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Xining Travel Guide

Xining, literally means “peace in west” in Chinese, is the capital city of Qinghai Province, with a population less than 2.2 million most of who are Han, Hui and Tibetan. It is located in northeastern Qinghai at a flatland as a junction of Huangshui and other three rivers, surrounded by mountain ranges. Xining has been an important historical city in northwestern China for more than 2,100 years. During ancient time, it played as the guarding frontier city, also an important stopover along the ancient Silk Road, as well a trading center for Tang Empire and Tubo Kingdom(Tibet).

Nowadays, Xining is the cultural and economic center of Qinghai Province. As the development of economy and tourism, Xining has become a hot tourist destination especially in summer vacations. Its strategic location makes Xining the transportation hub for traveling to Gansu, Tibet and Xinjiang.

Xining has a pleasant milder climate mostly because of its surrounding mountain ranges with green plants which also prevent the cold and dry air flowing into Xining flatland. The average elevation of Xining is 2,275 meters. Xining is featured in a semi-arid climate – low air pressure, rich and long sunshine, little precipitation. There usually a big temperature gap between day and night.Generally speaking, Summer and Autumn, briefly from June to October, is the best time to visit Xining and around. But if possible, avoid visit in July and August to get rid of crowding tourists.

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. Xining Caojiabao Airport is a very important transitional center in the Northwest of China.Since 1959 Xining has been connected by rail to the main Chinese system at Lanzhou; this railway extends into the Qaidam area via Haiyan near Qinghai Lake to Golmud.


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