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Top Choice Museum in Xīníng

Tibetan Culture & Medicine Museum

Exhibitions at this museum focus on Tibetan medicine, astronomy and science. The highlight is a 618m-long thangka (Tibetan sacred art) scroll – the world’s longest – which charts most of Tibetan history. Completed i…
Tibetan in Xīníng

Ah Ma La

Delish Tibetan food, tacky decor, English-speaking Tibetan boss, picture menu. That pretty much sums up the Ah Ma La experience. Slide into a booth seat and order up authentic Tibetan dishes such as yak tongue and m…
Mosque in Xīníng

Dōngguān Grand Mosque

About one-third of Xīníng’s population is Muslim, and although this, the city's biggest mosque, may not be the prettiest, in fact, it’s one of the largest mosques in China. Friday lunchtime prayers regularly attract…
Hawker in Xīníng

Mǎzhōng Snack Centre

Stalls selling local and regional specialities line this indoor food court. Miànpiàn (面片; flat noodle pieces) and chǎodāo xiāomiàn (炒刀削面; stir-fried spicy noodles) are popular choices. This is an easy option for a c…
Park in Xīníng

Nánshān

This park – which is also known as Fènghuáng Shān (凤凰山) – rises above Xīníng south of town. The grounds are home to two Buddhist temples: Nánchán Sì and Fǎchuáng Sì (法幢寺). In-between them is a path that leads up to …
Museum in Xīníng

Qīnghǎi Provincial Museum

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 pho…
Buddhist Site in Xīníng

Nánchán Temple

Standing atop Phoenix Mountain, this Buddhist temple overlooks Xīníng from the south. The temple was built during the Northern Song dynasty (960–1127), though most of the current structures date to the Qing (1644–19…
International in Xīníng

Elite's Bar & Grill

If you have a hankering for western food, Elite's extensive menu should do the job. Massive burgers, pulled pork, steaks, salads…Elite's serves it all. There's a good wine and beer list (including home-brewed takeaw…
Cafe in Xīníng

Greenhouse

Rustic split-level wood interior with some of the best coffee in town (from ¥25). You can also munch on pizzas, burgers and sandwiches (¥33 to ¥80) to a mellow music selection. Plenty of plugs and free wi-fi, and me…
Market in Xīníng

Shuíjǐng Alley Market

This arcade-style market has a double row of shops selling everything from fruit and spices to embroidered bags and Buddhist statues. It’s a good place to find a cheap souvenir. Runs north–south between Xi Dajie and…