How to have fun in Xining? Opening your footstep to meet a different ancient city

Xining is the largest city in Qinghai Province and a ancient plateau city with a history of over 2,100 years. In Xining, the sky is still blue after 8 p.m. in the summer, making it a good place for summer retreat. We can visit the religious temples around Xining, check-in at Qinghai Lake and Chaka Salt Lake, and admire the lavender flowers in Menyuan during the summer.

Xining Dongguan Mosque

The largest mosque in Qinghai Province is known as one of the four largest mosques in the northwest along with the famous Huajue Temple in Xi'an, Bridge Gate Temple in Lanzhou, and Atiga Mosque in Kashi, Xinjiang. The grand architecture of the mosque incorporates various styles including Chinese, Tibetan, and Islamic. The main prayer hall in the center of the mosque is the largest building and can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers. Five prayers are held here every day, each lasting approximately 15-20 minutes. The mosque is solemn and awe-inspiring, especially when the green lights outside illuminate the mosque, creating a beautiful scene for photography.
The pagoda is the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism in the northwest of China. It is highly respected in China and Southeast Asia. The central government has always attached great importance to the religious status of the pagoda. Also known as Ta'er Temple, it was built in the 10th year of the Ming Hongwu era (1377). The name "Ta" comes from the Great Silver Pagoda built in the Jinkawar temple to commemorate the founder of the Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsongkhapa. Besides the exquisite statues and carvings of Avalokiteshvara, Ta'er Temple is also renowned for its butter flowers, murals, and embroidery. The murals are vivid and realistic, belonging to the Tibetan Buddhist painting tradition. They are painted on cloths, walls, and pillars, depicting stories from Buddhist scriptures with great precision and beauty. The embroidery is a unique form of Tibetan art created by Ta'er Temple. Various colored fabrics are cut into designed shapes, carefully stacked and layered to create complete pictures, and then delicately embroidered with colored threads. The themes of the embroidery are often derived from Buddhist stories and religious life, creating vivid and captivating artwork.
A good place to learn about the history of Qinghai and the culture of various ethnic groups, with exhibitions on Tibetan Buddhism and Islamic cultural systems. The museum has two floors, with a shop on the first floor selling handicrafts. The second floor houses exhibitions on the history of Qinghai and intangible cultural heritage. The intangible cultural heritage exhibition showcases the cultures and customs of many ethnic groups in Qinghai, with models and sand tables displaying various festivals, rituals, and performing arts. The museum's collection features colorful pottery from the modern era and ethnic religious artifacts, covering various fields such as religion, folklore, politics, economy, military, and daily life. Here, you can gain a detailed understanding of the historical changes of Xining, the ancient city, and the cultural history of the entire Qinghai region, making it a truly enriching cultural feast.

The Natural Museum of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Natural Museum is one of the largest natural museums in China. It fills the gap in presenting the natural ecology of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau from all aspects, and has become another "golden business card" of the tourism resources in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The museum has three floors and 24 exhibition halls, displaying large-scale landscapes such as glaciers, canyons, and Danxia landforms, as well as local specimens. The exhibits mainly include specimens of plants and animals in various postures, as well as minerals and salt crystals. The "Qinghai-Tibet Plateau" stereo sand table in the museum is the largest in the country, followed by the "Beautiful Qinghai" stereo sand table, allowing people to intuitively see the topographic features and distribution of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Qinghai Province. If you love nature, enjoy geography, want to popularize knowledge for children or yourself, and want to learn more about the magical charm of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, then you must not miss this place.

Pearl of Pudong

It is a TV tower that integrates functions of broadcasting, television, tourism, and urban planning exhibition. It is located on a hill with an altitude of 2,395 meters in Xishan Botanical Garden. The tower is 188 meters tall, approximately one-third the height of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. It is said to be the highest multi-functional sightseeing tower in China. It is named after the abbreviation of Pudong and Xining, as it is a western sightseeing tower built by Pudong New Area and located in Xining City. It reflects the deep friendship between the people of Pudong and Xining, and plays the anthem of the era of working together to create a better home.
Qinghai University is located in the northern suburbs of Xining City. It is a key university supported by the national government, with assistance from Tsinghua University and co-construction by the Ministry of Education and Qinghai Province under the "211 Project." It is the only key construction university under the "211 Project" jointly built by the Ministry of Education and the provincial government in Qinghai Province, and it is also a university for the construction of excellent doctoral dissertations and excellent engineer education training programs nationwide.

Mo Jia Street

Mo Family Hutong is located south of Dongda Street in Xining City. With a history of over 600 years, it is one of the oldest streets in Xining and a famous food street. Tourists come here to taste Chinese famous dishes and local Qinghai snacks. It is also bustling and lively due to the nearby night market on Daxin Street, attracting tourists from all over.

Tang Dao · 637

Tangdao Road 637 takes it as its mission to perfect and supplement the local business form of Xining. It integrates intangible cultural heritage displays, gourmet dining, leisure entertainment, and fashionable lifestyles, making it the chief shopping center of Xining's urban commercial district.