Qinghaihu National Park

Qinghaihu National Park (青海湖 国家公园, Mongolian: Kokonor, Tibetan: Tso Ngonbo) is in Qinghai province.

Understand

Qinghai Lake, in the northeast part of the province, is the largest inland saltwater lake in China. Both the Mongolian name and the Tibetan name mean 'Blue Lake'. The 0.8 sq-km Bird Island, on the western edge of the lake, is a paradise for more than 100,000 migratory birds, including bar-headed geese, brown-headed gulls, swans, and wild ducks. May through October is the best time for bird-watching.

Flora and fauna

May to June is peak season for bird watching at Bird Island.

See our articles on Travel_photography, especially the section on telephoto lenses, for advice on photographing birds.

Get in

In Qinghai's capital, Xining, it's hard not to wind up at the lake. Touts shout "Qinghai Hu! Qinghai Hu!" at both the bus and train stations, while it seems that very taxi driver in town will try to turn a three-kilometer journey into an overnight excursion to the lake. Be careful, and bargain hard.

There are three main ways to get to the lake:

Fees/Permits

Get around

There are a few buses a day from Heimahe to Qinghaihu Binguan where you would get off for Bird Island and then it is a 2 hour walk from there to the site. Might be able to arrange ride at Binguan.

See

Do

Biking around Qinghai Lake is one of the more popular rides in China. The 360km loop can be done in 3 days if you're adventurous, or 4 days at a more comfortable pace. Mountain bikes are available to rent at most towns around the lake, with xihai on the east side being the typical starting point for visitors from Xining. The road is generally quite good, but there are sections where wider tires are necessary.

Sleep

Accommodations are available at Heimahe and Hudong Muchang (Pastures)

Lodging

Kokonor Lake International Youth Hostel(青海湖牧民之家国际青年旅舍),located south of Lake,and the only youth hostel around the Lake. tel:0974-8519511 address:2103KM,109 state-way,Qinghai Province E-mail:muminzhijiahostel@163.com

Stay safe

Wild birds may carry bird flu; avoid contact with the birds themselves and their excrement.

Go next

Routes through Qinghaihu National Park

Xining  N  S  Golmud Lhasa


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