Xining Travel Guide
Situated on the edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and heavily populated by minority groups, Xining has earned a reputation as one of the more mysterious and diverse cities in China.
Situated on the edge of an inhospitable wilderness, Xining was a historic military garrison town. Those venturing beyond Xining into the frozen Qinghai-Tibet Plateau or the scorching deserts of Xinjiang were virtually guaranteed to never be seen or heard from again. This harsh remoteness made Xining and the surrounding areas perfectly suitable to serve as China's Siberia. The result is a diverse, open, slightly adventurous local population of Han Chinese as well as a large minority of Muslims and Tibetans.
First impressions upon arrival in Xining will likely be of the stark valley landscape and colorful people. The 30-minute trip from the airport into town take visitors through a handful of small Muslim villages and one begins to realize that this is a part of China that has remained untouched by the mighty hand of commercial tourism. The village homes are made of mud-bricks and wood, and horse drawn carts carrying people or goods are more prevalent than cars. As you get closer to the city you begin to see more urban development and soon enough, you've entered Xining. At first glance it appears to be a fairly typical developing Chinese city but scratch the surface, and you'll discover a thriving center of cultural diversity not found anywhere else in China.
Eating lamb kebabs, flat bread, and drinking salt tea late at night on the streets of Xining in Muslim food tents.
Drinking yak butter tea and chatting with monks at Kumbum Monastery.
Sipping tea while enjoying the sunset view.
- Tour Code: bj0427
- Days: 5
- Destination: Xining-Lanzhou
- Tour Code: OE01
- Days: 13
- Destination: Lhasa - Sigaze - Gyantse - Qinghai-Tibet railway - Xining - Lanzhou - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan
- Tour Code: OE06
- Days: 11
- Destination: Xi'an - Tianshui - Lanzhou - Xining - Qinghai - Tibet railway - Lhasa - Gyantse - Sigaze
- Tour Code: OE07
- Days: 11
- Destination: Lhasa - Sigaze - Gyantse - Qinghai - Tibet railway - Xining - Lanzhou - Tianshui - Xi'an