Qinghai Lake, a recommended self-driving tour route following the terrain (Part 3)

The Jinshatan Grassland on the Qinghai Lake Ring Road has regained its flourishing scenery with green grass as far as the eye can see. Visitors can also visit the Atomic Bomb Memorial Monument and Museum to pay tribute to the martyrs by going further north into the grassland. Furthermore, by taking the East Lake Ring Road, tourists can leave the Qinghai Lake and visit the Riyue Mountain Scenic Area. Riyue Mountain runs through the hinterland of Qinghai, serving as the overlap between the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the Loess Plateau. Lastly, travelers can visit the ancient city of Dan Ga'er and Tashi Monastery in Xining to experience the local culture along Mo Street.

Golden Silver Beach Prairie

Leave the sandy island and head north on S130, and you will arrive at the Jinshatan Grassland in Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in about 20 minutes. As the manufacturing site of China's first atomic bomb and hydrogen bomb, Jinshatan has long been tasked with the glorious mission of nuclear physics research and testing. The thermal power plant responsible for supplying electricity to the site is still in use today, making it a living fossil in the history of China's nuclear weapons development.

Riyue Mountain Scenic Area

"Today, Riyue Mountain is a flood storage dam in the eastern part of Qinghai Lake. However, during the Tang Dynasty, it was an important boundary between China and the Western Regions. Princess Quan and the Tang-Tibet Ancient Road within the area witnessed historical events such as diplomatic alliances, marriage alliances, and tea-horse trade."

Dangar Town

"Dan Gar Ancient City is located in Huangyuan County, Qinghai Province, 40 kilometers from Xining City. It is known as the "throat of the ocean" and the "tea-horse trade capital". The ancient city is not large in scale, but there are many shops along the streets selling Qinghai's local souvenirs and specialties, where you can buy souvenirs. In addition, there are old buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties, such as Chenghuang Temple and Jinfo Temple."
Tashilhunpo Monastery. It is one of the six major monasteries of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism in China, serving as the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Northwest China. It is renowned for its exquisite murals, tapestries, and butter sculptures, showcasing the prosperous history of Tibetan Buddhism. The white pagoda and the intricate relief murals from the base to the top of the tower represent the essence of Tibetan culture and tell the hidden history of Tibetan Buddhism.

Mo Family Street

Returning to Xining, there is nothing more perfect than having a big meal. Mo Street, located in the Dashizi commercial district, is a traditional dining area where you can find local Qinghai specialties such as hand-pulled lamb, Tuhuo hot pot, Niangpi, and sweet fermented rice. It's definitely the right place for food seekers.

Nanshan Park

At the end of the trip, why not use a picture of Xining night view as the conclusion of this journey? Go to Nanshan Park in the central of the city, climb up the Phoenix Terrace with the widest view, take a photo, and put an end to this thrilling journey in Qinghai.

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