Top Choice Museum in Xīníng

Tibetan Culture & Medicine Museum

Exhibitions at this museum focus on traditional Tibetan medicine, astronomy and science, as well as traditional Tibetan life, homes and costumes. The highlight is a 618m-long thangka (Tibetan sacred art) scroll – th…
Buddhist Site in Xīníng

Běichán Sì

The temple at the foot of a barren hillside on Xīníng’s north side is nothing special but halfway up the steep climb to the top you pass cave temples and shrines that are thought to be 1700 years old. A pagoda, and …
Museum in Xīníng

Qīnghǎi Provincial Museum

At the east end of Xīníng Square, the provincial museum looks like an ominous government building from afar, but once inside, galleries range from dull (government puff pieces in Chinese) to OK (historical photos of…
Mosque in Xīníng

Dongguan Grand Mosque

About one-third of Xīníng’s population is Muslim and there are more than 80 mosques across the city. It's not the prettiest, but in fact, it’s one of the largest mosques in China. Friday lunchtime prayers regularly …
Buddhist Temple in Xīníng

Golden Stupa Temple

This small temple was named after a long-destroyed golden chörten (Tibetan stupa). It's now used as a place of study by monks from Kumbum Monastery.
Ruins in Xīníng

Xīníng City Wall

One or two isolated sections of Xīníng’s old city wall still remain, the most accessible being this short stretch within a park on Kunlun Zhonglu. The wall was originally built in 1385, but different portions were e…
Buddhist Site in Xīníng

Nánchán Sì

Stood atop Phoenix Mountain, this Buddhist temple is the southern counterpart to Běichán Sì, overlooking Xīníng from the south. The temple was built during the Northern Song dynasty (960–1127) and is the oldest Chan…
Park in Xīníng


South of town, this park – which is also known as Fènghuáng Shān (凤凰山) – rises above the city. The grounds are home to Nánchán Sì (南禅寺), a Buddhist temple built during the Northern Song dynasty (960–1127) and is the…