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Asia » China » Qinghai » Xining March 19th 2018

Our excellent hotel has franchised the breakfast service to a neighbouring establishment, which provides a shocking breakfast, chipped plates and a depressing ambience; Kevin went to so far as to leave a note of this for the hotel manager as, in every other way, the hotel was fine. We are now in the hands of Frank and a driver, Mr. Shen, for a four day trip into the highlands of Qinghai. In a nutshell, Xinjiang is the most westerly area of China, bordered on the south by Tibet; to the east of Xinjiang lies Gansu, a peanut-shaped area bounded to north and south by mountains and populated by mainstream Han persons. South of Gansu is Qinghai, which (like Xinjiang and Tibet, partially embracing it) has minority ethnic populations and significant cultural and religious elements. Later we ... read more
The Yellow River
Themonastery at Baoan
At Baoan

Asia » China » Qinghai » Xining October 26th 2016

Hétfőn elsétáltunk a nagy mecsethez. Éppen Mekka felé kezdtek gyülekezni a sapis hui kínaiak. Egy idősebb magyarazott nekünk valamit, mi meg bólogattunk, mintha értenénk. Utána Berit apukájanak is megmutattuk a piacot a hotel mellett, estebéd és utána kicsit dolgoztunk a német blogon. Kedden reggeli után, úgy döntöttünk, hogy megnéztünk egy tibeti kolostort (itt élnek sima kínaiak : Han/ iszlám vallású : Hui/ tibetiek. A kolostor a sárga sapkás rendhez tartozik. És valamelyik dalai láma ott született vagy élt, annyira nem olvastam utána. Berit apukája valahogy felbérelt egy tele kocsit. Itt állnak mindig az út szélen és lehet velük alkudozni. Elvitt minket a hegyekbe kb 2800m magasan volt a kolostor. A hotel 2200m magasan van + 20 emelet. Több kis epuletbol állt a kolostor, hegyre fel is ment az út. A... read more
Szertartás volt bent és fotot nem csinálhattunk
Tibeti zászlok

Asia » China » Qinghai » Xining October 12th 2015

Hey everyone! This past week we took a plane and met up with some of the Shanghai kids in Qinghai. Qinghai is much farther north than Beijing, and is also at a much higher elevation (on average 9,800 ft above sea level). However, because we left early Sunday morning, we had half a day to ourselves so we ended up visiting a Tibetan medicine museum. Inside was the world's longest thangka (a traditional form of painting on a cloth tapestry) that at 618 meters took 100 people 3 years to complete. Thangkas are traditionally painted to tell stories about the Buddhist religion, and they are always super detailed. The next day, we met up with the Shanghai kids from the Intensive Language and 21st Century City programs (apparently they have a total of 40+ kids spread ... read more
Bird's eye of Xining
We're so cute
Prayer flags

Asia » China » Qinghai » Xining June 19th 2014

Xining It was another cold day, but no rain. There was a huge traffic jam getting out of town due to a car-truck crash blocking most of the road. Then there was the slow Chinese Army convoy of about 500 trucks going down the road. We spent about 40 miles passing the trucks. The road crossed high yak pastures and two 12,000 ft. passes and a 12,200 ft. tunnel. There was new snow from yesterday and the temperature on top was 36 F. Fortunately, we traveled a day ahead of schedule, or we would have been caught in the next snow storm. This area is near Tibet, and the terrain and people look like Tibet. Xining is a large city with strong Tibetan influence. We visited a Tibetan style monastery with huge golden Budas and a ... read more

Asia » China » Qinghai » Xining August 6th 2013

Hi All We had five days here to relax, do some washing and stock up on supplies. We visited a few of the many mosques, there is a very large community of Hui Chinese here, and the provincial museum, which had some really good exhibits from the bronze age all the way up to the Ming and Qing dynasty. So we move on from here to southern Qinghai and then on to Sichuan. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
tibetan market (2)
tibetan market (1)
around xining (1)

Asia » China » Qinghai » Xining July 15th 2013

Hi All, I've done my fairshare of travelling on trains but I must admit that this was one of the most incredible train rides I'd ever had. It was a long trip, nearly nine hours, but just looking out of the window was entertainment enough. We saw yaks, yurts, Tibetan cowboys, prayer flags, mountains and deserts. The railway also passes near to Qinghai lake, it took over an hour to go from one side to the other. The train terminated at Xining west station and getting a taxi was a trial. There are no taxis outside the station but in a car park where parking chaos ruled. After we'd finally sorted a price we set off, with another two people in the taxi. The driver seemed to take us on a tour of the city. We ... read more
Train from Golmud to Xining (1)
Train from Golmud to Xining (2)
Train from Golmud to Xining (23)

Asia » China » Qinghai » Xining June 4th 2012

Xining has a center very crowed, full of shops, especially Mobile phones. I visit two Buddhist temples that are pretty hide in town. I was surprised to find one of them just surrounded by a Shopping mall and the police stations. Then I entered to a local market where I bought fruit and vegetables. Here the stores for fruit and vegetables are different ones. I also bought some gojis and some kimchi of onion, garlic and other vegetables. Then I have not done much here, I have being sick in Xining for the last 2 days, and it sucked but now I am better. The drastic change of weather from where I was coming for, the air condition in the train, and the shower here with cold water, impacted me and got a cold. I ... read more
Blood Test Results

Asia » China » Qinghai » Xining June 2nd 2012

Today I got up with a little bit of a cold, so I was taking it mellow. Traveling could be exhausted and without the language a tough job. So today was my day off.I used it to do download footage, write, and meet people in the hostel. Hostels are amazing interesting places. Marc Auge will define them as non-places, but I disagree. They have their own identity. They are island of non-nationality in the middle of anywhere. Places that have some universal rules but invites diversity, gives you a sense of safe, security and support. I believe is the only way you can make a trip around here without being completely lost. Hostels and Lonely planet are the common share language for many travelers around the world, spaces of possibilities, leanings, and opportunities to discover realities ... read more

Asia » China » Qinghai » Xining August 27th 2011

In this TravelBlog #132, Part II of my visit to the Province of Qinghai, I am introducing the "GREAT MOSQUE" of Xining, Qinghai's capital city. After some research, here is some additional information about this least visited and poorest of the China's provinces: Qinghai is bordered by Tibet, Xinjiang, Gansu and Sichuan at an average altitude of more than 13,000 feet on the Tibetan plateau. Here, summers are hot and winters are cold and dry. The province is home of a mix of minority peoples, mostly Hui Muslims and Tibetans, along with Kazakhs and Mongols. Geographically part of Tibet and historically a distant and obscure region, Qinghai for centuries supported nomadic herdsmen. Later it found fame as a distant "Gulag"! The central government is making great efforts to develop the capital of Xining, infusing much money ... read more
My great fortune was to meet this young Iman at the Great Mosque of Xining.  He introduced the mosque to me, with fountains of friendly information, and finally gave me permission to photograph the interior of the "prayer hall".
The Great Mosque of Xining at night
Front fascade of the Great Mosque in Xining

Asia » China » Qinghai » Xining November 1st 2010

I went to Qinghai province last week for Fall break on a whim with a backpack and a sleeping bag, boots and the notion of camping. Well, I never used the sleeping bag, it was colder there then I expected and due to events on the train ride there I was not feeling up to the challenge. I took a train from Beijing on the 24th of October, two Sundays ago and because I bought my ticket that Friday there were no sleeper tickets available and I ended up with nothing but a seat for 23 hours. The bigger issue ended up being something I had not expected. Everyone seated near me wanted to talk to me when they found out I could speak some Chinese so I had a bunch of enthusiastic people trying to ... read more
Taoer Si, Buddhist Temple
Prayer cylinders
Burning Incense




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