Xining Travel Guide

Xining Overiview

Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province, is the biggest city on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Located in between the two mountains in Hehuang Valley and standing 2261 metres above the sea level, Xining is the hub of politics, economy, culture, education, science, transportation and communications of Qinghai Province, with Huangshui River – the tributary of the Click here to eanlargeYellow River - flowing through the downtown from the west to the east.

Facts of Xining

Population: 2,049,700
Land Area: 7,472 square kilometers (2,885 square miles)

Area Code: 0971

Postal Code: 810000

City Flower: lilacenic

Ethnic Minorities: Han, Hui, Tu, Tibetan, Mongol, Manchu (totally 37 ethnic minorities)


Xining is a typical immigration city where you can find different ethnic nationalities and religions. The immigration population reaches as much as one million. Han, Zhuang, Hui, Man, Yao, Dong, Bai, Qiang, Zang and other 34 minorities reside here, with 0.54 million ethnic minorities, representing 25.55% of the city population. Buddhism, Islam, Daoism, Christianity and Catholicism are the five coexist, with Islam and Tibetan Buddhism exerting a far-reaching influence on the daily life of the common people.

Administrative DivisionsXining CityXining has 4 districts (Chengzhong, Chengdong, Chengxi, Chengbei); 2 counties (Huangyuan, Huangzhong); 1 autonomous county (Datong Hui and Tu Autonomous County).

Climate and Weather

The good news for many travelers is that the city enjoys such an agreeable climate that it is an utterly ideal summer holiday resort, known as "Summer Resort Capital", so they are provided a different way to spend their leisure.

History of Xining

Xining, called Jinchengjun, Xipingjun, Shanzhou and Qingtangcheng in the past, has a long history dating back to 60,000 years ago. Di and Qing, whose posterity became Han nationality because of intermarriage, were ancient nationalities living here. In the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 24), Xining used to be the thoroughfare of the Silk Road, and the vital town connecting Central Plains and west border areas...More

Xining Tourism

Rich in tourism resources, Xining boasts ancient religious culture and unique river culture. Xining is also called the Summer Resort Capital of China for its cool summer. The region also provides a number of attractions making a visit to the area well worth considering.  The scenery of the Qinghai Lake, provides an escape from fervent cities and allows you to experience beautiful natural sceneries. The lake itself is quite amazing. The Birds Island, situated on the northwest of Qinghai Lake, is waiting to present you with an extensive array of birds. To the city's southwest, is the birthplace of the founder of the Gelugpa Sect. The gem of the Tibetan culture-Ta'er Monastery was built here. To the north of Xining is the Northern Buddhist Temple. Climbing the temple will reward you with a view of the city from the mountaintop. A site not to be missed is the Dongguan Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in northern China.
For most visitors from both home and abroad, Xining provides a variety of delicious food and snacks. You can find some special meat products easily here for this is also a pasturing area. But, at the same time, don't forget that your health should be put on the first position. The popularity of the region has been enhanced by convenient transportation and accommodation. Xining therefore fully deserves the title of one of the most peaceful cities of China and one of the most beautiful cities of China.

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