Remains of the old city wall
Just across the road from where I stayed at the Lete Hostel are the remains of the old city wall that surrounded Xining - and the lovely park that is there alongside it.
The park is truly lovely to walk through or take some time relaxing in it. Each morning I saw many locals exercising along the paths but at one end there is Tibetan dancing starting about 7-730 am lasting for an hour or so...anyone is free to join in these get togethers in a number of squares around the city.
Here now in May are lovely flowers - Xining is in full swing spring with many flowers around the city including a Tulip festival in the Peoples Park.
- Historical Travel
Walking in the countryside, near Xining
I wanted to find Weiyuan village, but could not explain it, so I took a bus from the main bus station near the train station, to HUZHU (about 40 km from Xining).
You can stop at the entrace of the city, before getting to the center, and then follow the road on the left, pass the stone carvers, and the the direction of the mountains.
There, after a while (just try to get closer to the mountains), you will see an irrigation canal about 1 m wide, that you can follow in the direction of south, for some hours.
The canal is at the bottom of the mountains and is always about 500 m from the road back to Xining, so you can stop your walk anytime and catch a bus back to Xining. You will cross villages, meet farmers, and enjoy this quite and beautiful place... I think it might be wonderful during the summer.
At one point, you will see a Mosquee on the left, near the road (2 hours from the begining). On the right, there is a road leading to a village located at the top of a mountain. It does not seem very far, but very beautiful... I did not have time to visit it, but tell me if you do....
- Budget Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Bird's-Eye View of Kumbum Monastery
For a bird's-eye view of Kumbum Monastery, climb the hill opposite the monastery. It's not too difficult a climb, there's a newish staircase going up.
- Arts and Culture
- Religious Travel
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