Qinghai Lake largest saltwater lake in China

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The Qinghai Lake is not only one of the largest inland lakes in China but also an extraordinary saltwater lake at an altitude of over 3,000 meters. As a paradise for birdwatchers and cyclists, the blue water is fascinating. Around the lake, ethnic groups villages are there to remind the culture mix of Qinghai region.

Largest Inland Saltwater Lake in China 

The beautiful Qinghai Lake is well worth its name. Meaning blue sea in Chinese, the lake with the mountains and blue sky in the background is a beauty. Once there were over a hundred rivers that flew into the lake, today, it still remains more than twenty. With a circumference of 360 km, Qinghai Lake covers an area of over 4,500 km² and with an average altitude of 3000 meters. See from where it is located, we find we are in the middle of the ocean. Twice salty than the water in the sea, the lake still breeds many kinds of fish.

The Prairie and the Bird Island

The nomads were used to settle down around Qinghai Lake a long time ago. In recent years, with gradual drying of the Lake, the Government asked them to move away from this land which is overgrazing. The ethnic groups villages along the bank remain an important visit during a trip to Qinghai Lake. There are the rich culture mix of the Tibetans, Mongols and Han.
The Bird Island attracts around 100,000 migratory birds, especially red-crowned cranes and king shags, migrate from South East Asia to Bird Island to breed from May to July. It is a paradise for birdwatchers who can admire some rare species such as the bar-headed goose.

Tour of Qinghai Lake

Annually, at the same time as the Tour de France, the Tour of Qinghai Lake is organized. All professional cyclists from all over the world joining in this race. Lying at an altitude more than 3,000 meters, the competition has challenged more about the tired muscle of the athletes.
For amateurs, you can always have a day trip to Qinghai Lake, or experience several days' biking tour around the Qinghai Lake including the Bird Island.

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  • Altitude

    3 196M Altitude Qinghai Lake
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