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Qinghai Travel Guide

Qing is short for Qinghai Province. It lies in the northern part in China. It is 720,000 square kilometers in area with a population is 4.4 million. Qinghai located in Qingzang Plateau. The topography here is very complicated. There is hilly area, plateau, basin and valley, but the most parts are plateaus and hilly areas. Qinghai is the origin of the Yangtze River, the Yellow River and the Lancang River.

It has a continental plateau climate. It abounds in mineral resources, with the reserves of Li, salt, Br, asbestos, mica amongst the most abundant in China. Also, Qinghai abounds in petroleum, natural gas, coal, iron and some kinds of non-ferrous metals. 

Its major industries are machinery, livestock products, chemical industry, metallurgical industry and petroleum industry. In agriculture, the main produces are wheat, highland barley, grains, rape and sugar-beet. The animal husbandry is well developed. Qinghai is one of the main pastoral areas in China. There are a lot of kinds of livestock. They are sheep, goats, horses, donkeys, camels yaks and so on. The highway system here is very important. The railway, aviation and popular transportation forms the traffic network. 

Qinghai is at the source of the rivers in Ximalaya. It has some natural and civilizing resources, specially, the long history, the unique mountains and the national favour. The places of interest here are Qinghai Lake, Riyue Mountain, Ta’er Temple and Xining Mosque. The traditional specialties are blanket, fur, silver material and a kind of fish that is without scale in Qinghai Lake.

Qinghai lake

Qinghai-Tibet Railway

48 hours... from Chengdu to Lhasa...

And what magnificent views...

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is an engineering gem... Decades of research has gone into construction on permafrosts, i.e. soil that is permanently frosted in high altitudes... And since 1st July 2006, this railway has set the record for being the highest altitude rail system in the world... the highest altitude is at Tangula Station (5072 metres)... and the train climbs steadily from Chengdu (168 metres) to the Qinghai Plateau (average 3000 metres) to the Northern Tibetan region (aka the 3rd Pole averaging 4000 metres) till it reaches Lhasa (3650 metres)...

Very glad that I took this option of travel because it gave me the time to acclimatise gradually instead of flying into Lhasa over a 1.5 hrs flight... Pressurized train cabins and regulated oxygen supply helped passengers survive the thin air and low pressure in the high Tibetan plateau altitudes... And even so, I experienced some headache on my second night on the train when the train was climbing towards the 3000 metres Golmud station... Pretty torturing, but thankfully it didn't last too long... My headache went away when I woke up in the morning...

And with stunning 3rd pole views greeting me, I felt I was closer to heaven...

Snow Mt by the Rails

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