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Qinghai-Tibet Railway Tour

By ChengAn | | Updated: 2018-06-21 16:10
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  The exquisite lake -- Qinghai Lake, a golden rape flower sea in Menyuan, a haven for wild animals -- kekexili and the Tanggula Mountain are all scenic spots along the journey. Some of the most renowned scenic spots along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway tour, starting from Lanzhou, are:

  Qinghai Lake青海湖

  Qinghai Lake [nipic.com]

  Qinghai Lake, "a blue sea" in Mongolian and Tibetan, is the largest inland salt lake in China, covering an area of 4,500 square kilometers (450,000 hectares). With an average depth of 20 meters, the lake is known for its vast expanse of misty and wavy blue water.

  Around the lake is the an endless stretch of picturesque grasslands, rapes and wheat fields. Countless sheep, cattle and horses are grazinggraze under the white cloud-dotted blue sky.

  The most fascinating attraction of Qinghai Lake is the Bird Island, a sanctuary for many kinds of birds, which is one of China's eight key bird nature reserves. Covering an area of 0.11 square kilometers (11 hectares), the island provides habitats for over 100,000 migrating birdsnts from south China and Southeast Asia. Such a density is rare in the world.

  The splendid scenery of Qinghai Lake has attractedattracts millions of tourists. May, June, and July are the best months to go and see the birds.

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  Ta'er Lamasery塔尔寺

  Ta'er Lamasery [tibet.cn]

  Located 25 kilometers (15.53 miles) southwest to Xining City, the Ta'er Monastery is one of six famous monasteries in the Gelugpa Sect (also called Yellow Hat Sect) of Tibetan Buddhism. It is said to be the birthplace of Zongkaba (1357-1419), the founder of the Gelugpa Sect.

  Founded in 1379, the lamasery has a history of more than 600 years. It sits on the slopes of a mountain, covering an area of 600 mu (40 hectares). With a combination of Tibetan and Han architectural styles, it is a complex that embraces 9,300 structures, including scripture halls, Buddha halls, lamas' residences, and Buddhist pagodas.

  Butter sculptures, mural paintings and embroidery are three spectaculars specialties of the Ta'er Lamasery.

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