If you once have had a Yangtze River tour to experience the view of Yangtze River, you can compare the difference between Yangtze River and view of Qinghai.
1. Mengda Nature Reserve
Located about 110 kilometers (68.35 miles) southeast of Xining in the Xunhua Salar Autonomous County, the Mengda Nature Reserve is a flourishing area of natural beauty. It boasts for its amazing scenery and a wet and mild climate, which may explain how it has won itself a nick name “highland Xishuangbanna.” (Xishuangbanna is a fairyland inis the tropical southern region in China’s Yunnan Province).
Established in 1980, the reserve is the first reserve focusing on plant protection in Qinghai. Covering a total area of 9,544 hectares, it feature primeval forest, a large variety of exotic flowers, waterfalls and many wild animals. Looking from a distance at the Mengda Heavenly Lake in the reserve, the lake is like a pearl on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is a perfect place for hiking and boating.
Admission:70 yuan (US$10.99)/person
2. Qarhan Salt Lake
Located in southern Qaidam Basin in the northeastern part of Qinghai Province, Qarhan Salt Lake is the largest natural salt lake in China, as well as one of the most well-known inland salt lakes in the world, covering about 5,800 square kilometers (580,000 hectares).
As a natural resource for a number of important minerals, the lake is famous for its deposits of more than 50 billion tons of sodium chloride, or table salt, which canenough to supply 6 billion people for 1,000 years. The briny water of the lake crystallizes into salt under the searing heat, forming a hardened salt bed around the lake.
The most amazing feature of the lake is the 32-kilometer-long salt bridge built across the lake. The bridge, 15-18 meters thick, is made with salt. “Floating” on the lake, the bridge is straight and smooth on the surface, which divides the lake into two parts. Driving on the bridge is an interesting experience which will give you different view by comparison with the view in modern cities tour like Shanghai tours.
Admission:100 yuan (US$15.69)/person
3. Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve
Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve, or the Three Rivers Nature Reserve, contains the headwaters of the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and the Mekong River. The reserve, established in 2000, is to protect the headwaters of the three rivers.
Located in the hinterlands of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau in southern Qinghai with at an altitude of over 4,000 meters, the reserve covers an area of about 150,000 square kilometers (15 million hectares), larger than the total area of England and Wales of the UK. It is the largest and highest natural wetland in China.
The reserve boasts for its beautiful scenery and rich resources including grasslands, mountains, rivers, snow mountains, wetlands and wild life. It is home to many precious animals such as Tibetan antelopes, Tibetan gazelles, wild yaks and wild asses. It has been described as "Asia's water tower," providing the lower reaches of the three rivers with 60 billion cubic meters of water annually.
Admission:80 yuan (US$12.56)/person
If you want AFFORDABLE china tours in Qinghai, the above-mentioned attractions should not be missed.
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