Xining Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by angiebabe
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by angiebabe
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by angiebabe

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.


Xining Hotels

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  • Lete Youth Hostel

    I stayed here for 6 nights in May 2014....Clean and comfortable....all facilities and amenities...


    No 158 Huanghe Road, Xining, 810001, CN

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Yinlong Hotel

    No.38 Huanghe Road, Xining, Qinghai, 810001, China

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

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 Local Customs

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    by angiebabe Written May 13, 2014

    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.

    lovely Tibetan features grandma and granddaughter beautiful!
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    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Photography

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Xining Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

  • 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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