Qīnghǎi Provincial Museum

Museum in Xīníng

At the east end of Xīnníng Square (Xīnníng Guǎngchǎng), the provincial museum looks like an ominous government building from afar. Once inside, galleries range from fairly dull provincial economics to historical photos of Xīníng, and an excellent ground-floor exhibit on Tibetan arts, including some beautiful Qing-dynasty thangka and Buddhist statues. English signage is limited. You’ll be asked to show a passport and sign in before entering.