Xining Things to Do
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
I stayed here for 6 nights in May 2014....Clean and comfortable....all facilities and amenities...more
No 158 Huanghe Road, Xining, 810001, CN
Good for: Families
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.Related to:
- Mountain Climbing
- Adventure Travel
Xining Local Customs
Totally recommend having a good read up about Qinghai and its melting pot of people groups and cultures...the majority are the Han, Tibetan and Tu and the muslim communities of Salar and Hui.
The Lonely Planet guidebook is quite good for providing info and insight into the culture and insights into the various areas around China. Qinghai province has quite a number of ethnic people groups so when arranging day trips with driver and car I chose to go to the Salar autonoumous area around Xunhu where many Salar muslims live and many Tibetans also live.
I also went out to Kumbum (Ta'er in Chinese) monastery and out to Shaqu monastery which is in quite a remote area out in the mountains where quite a number of Tibetan monks/lamas still live. Beautiful scenery but fascinating to be amongst the variety of people groups.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
Xining Off The Beaten Path
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...more
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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