Recommended places for self-driving around Qinghai Lake. You cannot miss any of these 6 attractions

Everyone knows that the scenery of Qinghai Lake is breathtakingly beautiful, but you shouldn't just admire the beauty of Qinghai Lake. There are several other attractions around it that you must not miss!

Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake is located in the northeastern part of Qinghai Province in the Qinghai Lake Basin. It is the largest inland lake and the largest saltwater lake in China. The attractions here include Bird Island, Haixin Mountain, Sand Island, Three Stones, and Erlang Sword. Its Tibetan name is "Cuo Wen Bu" (meaning "blue sea"). It is located in the northeastern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, within Qinghai Province, and is China's largest inland lake and saltwater lake. It was formed by the fault collapse between the Datong Mountain of the Qilian Mountains, Riyue Mountain, and the Southern Mountains of Qinghai.

Beishan Forest Farm

Qinghai Beishan Forest Farm, with its murmuring streams, swirling clouds and mist, and lush vegetation including towering pine trees and verdant cypresses, is home to a wide variety of wild plants. Within the forest farm, there are high canyons, deep valleys, precipitous cliffs, and numerous magnificent sights like the Eighteen Turns, Huangya Huo, Hule Tianchi, and Laohukou. Also known as Huzhu Beishan National Forest Park, Qinghai Beishan Forest Farm is located in Beishan, Huzhu County, Qinghai Province, covering an area of over 400 square kilometers. It is not only a famous primitive forest area and scenic tourist spot, but also an ideal place for scientific research, exploration, and forest bathing.

Menyuan area

The hundreds of miles of canola flower sea in Menyuan, Qinghai is a rare outdoor artistic wonder. In July, when the canola flowers bloom along the hundred miles of river, being in the flower sea, bathing in the fragrance, the mood is as buoyant as the wind. The range of canola flower cultivation here stretches from the Qing Stone Mouth on the west bank of Haomen River to the Yulong Beach on the east bank of Datong River, from the Lenglong Ridge on the border with Gansu Province to the towering Daban Mountains in the south, spanning tens of kilometers.
"Chaka" is Tibetan, which means salt lake. Unlike other salt lakes, Chaka Salt Lake is embedded in the snowy mountain grasslands, not in the Gobi Desert. It is called the "Mirror of the Sky" by travelers in China. Chaka Salt Lake is famous in Qinghai, along with Tashilhunpo Monastery, Qinghai Lake, and Menda Tianchi. It is considered one of the "Four Great Sights of Qinghai" and one of the "55 Must-Visit Places in a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Kanbula National Forest Park

Here is the Danxia landform, which combines dense forests, religious culture, power plants and dams, gorge reservoirs, and the Tibetan style. It attracts many tourists. The Kanbula National Forest Park is located in Jianzha County, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. It is a national forest park and has been rated as a 4A-level scenic spot by the National Tourism Administration. The park is 131 kilometers east of Xining, Qinghai Province, and 50 kilometers west of Jianzha County.
Tashilhunpo Monastery has a great reputation in China and Southeast Asia. The Chinese central government has always highly regarded its religious status. Butter flowers, murals, and pile embroidery are renowned as the "three treasures of Tashilhunpo Monastery art." The annual Buddhist events, "Four Great Dharma Assemblies," held here are the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism activities in northwest China. Both the Ming and Qing dynasties highly respected the religious status of Tashilhunpo Monastery. The Ming dynasty conferred titles on the high-ranking religious figures within the monastery on multiple occasions. Emperor Kangxi of the Qing dynasty bestowed the plaque of "Jing Shang Jin Liang" (Pureness Supports the Beam) and Emperor Qianlong bestowed the title "Fan Zong Si" (Brahma Monastery) and the plaque of "Fan Jiao Fa Zhuang" (Banner of Brahmanism).

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