Welcome to Yushu
A beautifully located, welcoming and endlessly rewarding Tibetan town, Yushu is one of the most idyllic places in the entire land. Tragically levelled in an earthquake in 2010, Yushu (玉树, Yùshù; Jyekundo is the name of the town while Yushu is the prefecture) has been entirely rebuilt and has bounced back to regain its popularity as one of Qinghai’s best adventure-travel destinations. Getting here is not such a struggle as it once was: though you can still take the 12-hour bus journey from Xining, you can fly in and out too. Aim to spend as long as you can here to walk the kora above Jyekundo Dondrubling Monastery and circumambulate the colossal Seng-ze Gyanak Mani Wall before delving into the surrounding region – the town is a superb high-altitude launching pad for the grasslands, mountain passes, monasteries, rivers and diversity of flora and fauna nearby.