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Lake Kokonor, Xining

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Explore the ellipse-shaped natural beauty at Lake Kokonor. The lake rests encircled by mountains at an altitude of 3,195 m (10,482 ft), making it a refuge with cool air and views of green landscapes. Go on a hiking trip to explore the farmlands where herds of cattle go about their business and wheat sways with the wind. Each season brings new vibrant colors to the lake's environment, as well as migrating animals and tourists. Apart from enjoying the natural wonders, you can also go on a yak ride to visit surrounding historic sites or go fishing. For a reasonable fee, you can rent tents and food if you're game for camping. Our Xining online road trip planner makes visiting Lake Kokonor and other Xining attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • September 19, 2017
    I hired a driver and we left in the morning. There are plenty of cool things to do on the way there, like visiting Mongolian homes and and ancient town selling silk road antiques. The lake itself was ...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    We rented a car with a driver from Xining to qinghai lake and Chaka salt lake for a two day trip and paid the driver 1000 rmb. We were 3 people. He had done this trip many times before so he knew wher...  more »
  • September 9, 2017
    Elegant aftertaste, time to ride! Slow down, riding a bike to find, a city the story of time calming down, have a cup of coffee and listen to, the light breeze blowing through the streets in light, elegant, romantic ... ... Qinghai Lake we met!!!!!! Suffice it to say how beautiful it is here, you see you have no courage to let your blood a youth. Don't hit the road really old ... We'll take you tour of Qinghai Lake cycling, get you away from the bustle of the city, quiet, in the journey of cycling world, more about ourselves.
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Medium-sized Xining offers ample accommodations for the summer crowds coming here to escape the heat and enjoy the mountainous scenery. Almost all of these sit south of the Huangshui River, with the highest concentration found around the central Chengzhong district. You can find something to suit any budget, with a nice range of luxury hotels, simple guesthouses, and rental apartments. Expect plenty of business hotels, which offer all the necessary amenities but lack character.
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