Kumbum Monastery (Ta'er Si) now costs 80 RMB. 40 RMB if you can produce a student card. We didn't get checked to see if our student cards were our own, although they were. If you're not keen on seeing the various "halls" and just want to soak up the atmosphere (and vehicle exhausts), then sneak in by the "exit" door which's to the left of the...more
Yak butter sculptures are one of the things that Kumbum Monastery is renowned for.These life-size and life-like sculptures, once made, are on display for a full year. New sculptures are unveiled every year in winter around Losar (Tibetan New Year). They're behind glass and enjoy aircon to prevent them from melting, as...Yak butter melts around...more
No 158 Huanghe Road, Xining, 810001, CN
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
No.59 Dongguan Main Street, Xining, Qinghai, 810000, China
Good for: Couples
No.38 Huanghe Road, Xining, Qinghai, 810001, China
Good for: Couples
For those heading to southern Xinjiang, there's a Xining -- Huatugou sleeper bus daily at 1015. Fare is 225.3 RMB and the journey is expected to take around 20 hours. Tickets seem to be very much in demand, we could only get tickets for the day after tomorrow. So do get your tickets well in advance!For those heading to Urumqi, there's now a sleeper...more
Taxi to Kumbum Monastery cost 25 RMB for 4 of us. On the way back, all the taxi drivers wanted at least 30 RMB for the same -- we settled for a private car for 30 RMB, much roomier and better ride.The bus apparently costs 6 RMB, but we didn't bother walking to check.more
There's a outdoor equipment store near the Shuijing Xiang market... unfortunately I no longer remember the exact address, but I *think* it's 25 Xi Dajie. There's a yellow sign with the words TOP SKY in red, blue and black.
What to buy: Xining is getting more and more popular for travellers going to Tibet, mainly by train through the new line. This city is a good place to acclimatise and if necessary, stock up on outdoor/warm clothing for Tibet.
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...more
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