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Sand Island of Qinghai Lake

Northeast of Qinghai Lake, Haiyan County 810200, China
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Wide silent landscapes

Driving two and a half hours from Xining we reached the Sand Island (沙岛 Sha Dao) scenic area on the... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
Verona, Italy
via mobile
Great Lake and Great Experience

This lake is the biggest salt lake in China. Hai it self means sea or ocean. According to our guide... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2015
Jakarta, Indonesia
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Northeast of Qinghai Lake, Haiyan County 810200, China
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Driving two and a half hours from Xining we reached the Sand Island (沙岛 Sha Dao) scenic area on the south east side of Qinghai Lake. In an inhabited landscape of grassland and sandy hills we arrived at this spot where high yellow sand dunes...More

Thank Andrea-Soave
Reviewed 11 November 2015

This lake is the biggest salt lake in China. Hai it self means sea or ocean. According to our guide it was called "hai" because it was considered as the sea as they are very far to have one. It is located at Tibetian plateau...More

2  Thank Darnel-HDI
Reviewed 2 September 2015

we went there with a group of 8, and we were travelling by bike. it was a great experience, and we finished 386.5km in 5 days. The lake is pretty, with magnificent view. only downside was it's ruined by drivers or tourist flowing rubbish around...More

1  Thank ecnfung
Reviewed 4 March 2015

Qinghai Lake the biggest inland salt lake in China. Located within the Qinghai Autonomous Province. A Province alienated by China from Tibet. Tibetan is one the ethnic , settling within the area en route and around Lake Qinghai. The famous Tibetan highland grassland located here....More

5  Thank Albakr
Reviewed 8 October 2014

What I imagine was once a gorgeous lake in the high country has now been so exploited and haphazardly occupied that there was simply no way to get any enjoyment out of it. The highway approaching the lake from Xining is one of the most...More

6  Thank pectopah
Reviewed 22 September 2014

Sand Island and Bird Island are two different attractions on Qinghai Lake, about 150km (90 miles) apart. I definitely recommend visiting both. Sand Island (Sha Dao) is located on the northeastern shore, while Bird Island (Niao Dao) is located on the far western shore. Both...More

2  Thank Shanghyper
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Qinghai Lake is a wonderful travel experience to a part of the world rarely visited. It is filled with natural beauty, especially the norther part of China's largest lake, where the desert sand dunes cascade from the far mountains all the way down to the...More

Thank Saysimba
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Qinghai Lake is a very large saline lake about 2 hours drive from Xining. It is at an altitude of over 3000m so even in summer it can be quite chilly. The surrounds are fairly flat, so it is not overly scenic, and the main...More

Thank Chris1199
Reviewed 15 October 2012

Don't listen to people saying that the Qinghai Lake is not worth visiting. It is actually one of the few places in China where you can enjoy a WONDERFUL scenery, without paying an entrance fee or anything. Just avoid the only tousitic place on the...More

1  Thank ChinaLittleTrips
Reviewed 13 October 2012

Due to its enchanting natural beauty, rich Buddhism culture and excellent ecological environment, Qinghai Lake was honored as the most beautiful lake by China National Geography Magazine in 2006. You can watch the most splendid bird clusters, see the most magnificent cole flowers and join...More

3  Thank sweetsophiaL
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