Tibetan Culture & Medicine Museum

Top choice museum in Xining

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 ancient relic, but it is unbelievably long. It took 400 artists four years to complete and is displayed in a maze-like exhibition hall.

There's a decent amount of signage in English.

The museum is located on the far northwest side of Xīníng. Bus 1 (¥1, 50 minutes) goes here from Dong Dajie (get off at 新乐花园). A taxi costs about ¥20 from the city.