This past May holiday Silk Road Start students took an overnight sleeper train from Xi’an to visit the beautiful Qinghai province. Qinghai is the home to diverse minority culture and beautiful mountain scenery.
When we woke up from our overnight train ride we were in the province capital Xining. Here we relaxed at our hostel then went to check out the historic Mosque and explored some of the city’s shopping areas.
We drove to Xia Qiong Tibetan Buddhist temple complex, located in an Amdo Tibetan village on top of a mountain. We then made our way to the town of Xun Hua, the center the small Salar minority group.
We hiked and rode donkeys up to Meng Da Lake in the Morning then we returned to Xining and enjoyed our evening in the city.
We made our way to famous Qinghai Lake. China’s Largest lake, also a sacred place for the local Amdo Tibetans. We had the unique opportunity eat dinner at a Tibetan families home.
We woke up to a snowy morning! We continued around the lake and visit Bird Island National Park, then capped off the the trip sledding down sand dunes.