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Xining Travel Guide
Geographical Position
As the political, economic, scientific and technological, cultural and traffic center of Qinghai Province, Xining is located in the eastern part of Qinghai Province and lies at the upper reaches of Huangshui River.

Area
The total area of Xinign is 350 square kilometer. The average altitude of Xining is about 2,200 meters.

Population
With a population of more than two million, Xining is the first city on the upper reaches of the Yellow River to achieve a population in the millions. Minorities occupy 23% of the total population.

Nationalities
There are about 37 nationalities living here, though it is only the Han, Hui, Monguor Tu, and Tibetan who are numerically significant.

History
Xining has a history of over 2100 years. Xining used to be a chief commercial hub on the Hexi Corridor caravan route to Tibet, handling especially timber, wool and salt in ancient times. Until now, it is still the only road by which to enter the hinterland of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Weather
The climate in Xining is characterized as having an arid climate with little rain and has plenty of sunshine; it is dry and windy in spring, and has a short summer season and a long and cold winter.

Local products
The main special local products in Xining are fern, rhubarb, gen-seng, aweto, tian ma, caladium. yak hair, etc.

Major Attractions
Ta”er Monastery, Bird Island, Qinghai Lake, Dongguan Mosque, Northern Buddhist Temple

Xining Shopping
Xining Shopping

Although located at the far northwest of China, Xining has a number shopping places where you can buy some specialties like most Chinese cities.

Local products of Xining include carpets, butter, milk powder, highland barley wine, honey, vinegar, dried beef, knives, bronze wares, Tibetan oriental wormwood, etc. Shopping in Xining will add a unique experience to your trip, I”m sure of that.



Xining Dining
Xining Dining

Xining food is famous in northeastern area of China. As the capital of Qinghai Province and a city with many nationalities, Xining almost boasts all varieties of local flavors.
When you arrive in Xining, people there will offer you a great variety of Hui and Han food, including mutton eaten with fingers, plum blossom shaped hoof, yogurt, mutton mushroom slice, assorted ginseng fruit, and so on. Most of the food in Xining is inexpensive.


Xining Weather
Xining Weather

Xining is located on the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the upper reaches of the Huangshui River, with a average altitude of 2,275 meters. Xining belongs to the continental mid-drought climate with rich sunshine. The annual average temperature of Xining is 3.2 centigrade.


Xining Nightlife
Xining Nightlife

Compared with other cities of China, the nightlife in Xining is not so colorful. Visitors may find the nightlife in Xining is limited. But there are still some venues worth checking out: bars, pubs, clubs, cinemas, tea houses, theaters, for example.
The focus of clubs of Xining is on karaoke and bowing rather than nightclubs. You can sing a song with the accompaniment. It is very popular in China.


Xining Attraction
Xining Attraction

Xining, with a history of more tan 2,000 years, is also called the Summer Resort Capital of China. People from both home and abroad like to go there in summer.
There are many nice places to explore in the summer season like Qinghai Lake, Dongguan Mosque, Ta"er Monastery, etc.



Xining Transportation
Xining Transportation

Xining is the capital city of Qinghai, and is considered as the “Gateway to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau”. The transportation system, including planes, trains, long-distance buses, is relatively convenient.




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