Xining Travel Guide

  • Xining
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Xining
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Xining
    by jorgejuansanchez

Xining Things to Do

  • Kumbum Monastery

    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...

  • Yak Butter Sculptures

    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...

  • Qinghai Lake

    Without going to Tibet this is the best glimpse of the high Tibetan Plateau ("Roof of the World"), with a vast inland sea surrounded by verdant pastures and snow capped mountains. At more than 10000 feet elevation, the view of sky and a vast open space is stunning.


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Xining Transportation

  • Moving on to Xinjiang

    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...

  • Trains to/from Tibet

    All the trains going to or coming from Lhasa have to pass through Xining. This city might be your best chance to get a train to Lhasa, never mind the fact that it might be only hard seat.

  • Getting to Kumbum Monastery

    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.


Xining Shopping

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    by ellyse Written Aug 31, 2007

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    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.

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Xining Off The Beaten Path

  • 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.

  • 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...

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