Qnighai Province lies on the Northeast of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and borders upon Gansu and Xinjiang. A branch of the Silk Road goes off westward from Lanshou capital of Gansu Province, to Xining and Bolmud in Qinghai Province, and then turns Northward to Duhuang to join the main Silk Road. The scenic spots and historical sites along this part of the Silk Road in Qinhai include Qinghai Lake, the Bird Island, the Salt lake and Ta'er Lamasery, etc.
Qinghai Lake, 3,196 meters above sea level, covers 4,635 square meters. It is the largest inland saline lake in China and home of fish and birds of different species. The main attraction, the Bird Island, is located in the Northeast of the Lake. During April-July each year, over a hundred thousand birds such as wild geese, cormorants, swans and ducks, migrate over from South China and Southeastern Asia onto this small island with less than one square kilometer.
The Salt Lake includes more than 30 lakes, which scatter over the around 200,000 square kilometer Qaidam Basin and forms a unique natural beauty. Some of them lies by the snow-clad mountains and others in the desert. Tourists may see the buses and trains traveling on the dry surfaces of some of these lakes.
Lamaism is popular in Qinghai. Ta'er Lamasery, built in 1560, is one of the six great lamaseries o fthe Yellow Sect and the birthplace of the founder of the Yellow sect.
Xining City is the Capital and a hub of communications of Qinghai Province. It has regular flights to Beijing Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi'an, Urumqi, Chengdu and Golmud and bus and train connections with other cities in Qinghai or in the other provinces in China.
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