Qinghai attractions

Top Choice Park in Guide

Guìdé National Geological Park

In the stunning multicoloured clay scenery of Dānxiá Canyon (丹霞峡谷; Dānxiá Xiágǔ), this geopark offers walking trails in among red and orange hills that have eroded into other-worldly shapes. Set against the contrast…
Top Choice Museum in Xining

Tibetan Culture & Medicine Museum

Exhibitions at this museum focus on Tibetan medicine, astronomy and science. The highlight is a 618m-long thangka scroll – the world’s longest – which charts most of Tibetan history. Completed in 1997, it’s not an a…
Lake in Qinghai Lake

Chákǎ Salt Lake

Located 25km west of the main lake past Heīmǎhé, this salt lake is a popular side trip for a stunning optical illusion that occurs between noon and 4pm daily. On a clear day, you can capture amazing photographs of s…
Mountain in Qinghai

Mt Amnye Machen

The 6282m peak of Machen Kangri, or Mt Amnye Machen, is Amdo’s most sacred mountain – it’s eastern Tibet’s equivalent to Mt Kailash in western Tibet. Tibetan pilgrims travel for weeks to circumambulate the peak, bel…
Lake in Qinghai Lake

Èrlángjiàn Scenic Area

The closest Qīnghǎi Lake tourist spot to Xīníng, this site 150km west of town consists of a Chinese-style sightseeing village backing on to the shores of the lake. A long pier allows you to walk out over the calm wa…
Monastery in Tongren

Wútún Sì

This two-monastery complex is the place to head if you’re interested in Tibetan art. The Upper (Yango) Monastery (吾屯上寺; Wútún Shàngsì) is closest to Tóngrén, while the Lower (Mango) Monastery (吾屯下寺; Wútún Xiàsì) is …
Monastery in Qinghai

Yòuníng Monastery

Well known throughout the Tibetan world, this 17th-century hillside monastery in the Hùzhù Tǔzú (互助土族) Autonomous County is considered one of the greats of the Gelugpa order. The monastery lies at the edge of a fore…
Buddhist Temple in Yushu

Princess Wencheng Temple

This small but busy temple, 15km south of Yùshù, is dedicated to the Tang dynasty Chinese Princess Wencheng, who was instrumental in converting her husband and Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, to Buddhism in the 7th ce…
National Park in Qinghai

Kanbula National Park

The desert scenery outside of Tóngrén comes to a pinnacle in this national park where flaming-red mountains meet the turquoise waters of a reservoir created by the damming of the Yellow River. A nervous-sweat-induci…
Buddhist Site in Yushu

Seng-ze Gyanak Mani Wall

Completely rebuilt after suffering extensive damage in the 2010 earthquake, this site is thought to be the world’s largest mani wall (piles of stones with Buddhist mantras carved or painted on them). Founded in 1715…