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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. Using our custom trip planner, Xining attractions like Lake Kokonor can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We took a day trip to Qinghai Lake from Xining, the capital city of Qinghai province. i must say the journey was more interesting than the destination itself. unlike most parts of China, Qinghai provi...  more »
  • Scenery is beautiful and suitable for riding, but if riding for the first time, you'd better have a car, or butt too hard!! Is generally a four-day trip, you can go to caka, I was gone, but the weather is not very suitable, not the effect of
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  • This is a day trip as it is about 90 miles away. Even though it is by a 4 lane highway, it takes about 3 hours to get there. Heavy truck traffic & a 13,000 pass slow you down. It is a beautiful drive ...  more »

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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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