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QingHai's Trip -- 20090215  

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QingHai's Trip -- 20090215

1\ QingHai Map

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It borders Xinjiang on the northwest, Sichuan on the southeast, and Tibet on the southwest. The average elevation of Qinghai is over 3000 meters above sea level.
By area, Qinghai is the largest province in China - excluding the autonomous regions of Xinjiang, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia, which are technically not provinces.
 
2\ Destinations' Introduction:
 
A\ QingHai:

QingHai is named after QingHai Lake, the largest lake in China, and also nicknamed "China's Siberia".
It borders Xinjiang on the northwest, Sichuan on the southeast, and Tibet on the southwest. The average elevation of Qinghai is over 3000 meters above sea level.
The Yellow River (Huáng Hé) originates in the middle of the province, while the Yangtze  (Cháng Jiang) and Mekong  (Lánchang Jiang) have their
sources in the southwestern part.
By area, Qinghai is the largest province in China - excluding the autonomous regions of Xinjiang, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia, which are technically not provinces.
Qinghai Lake is the largest lake in the People's Republic of China.
Qaidam basin lies in northwestern Qinghai. About a third of this resource rich basin is desert.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/qinghai, Last updated: 2008-9-24.
Lying on the northeastern border of Tibet, Qinghǎi is one of the great cartographic constructions of our time. For centuries the area was part of Amdo in the Tibetan world; these days it’s separated from the Tibetan Autonomous Region by little more than the colours on a Chinese-made map.
A relatively unknown province, nicknamed ‘China’s Siberia’ for its gulags and nuclear dumping grounds, Qinghǎi may not immediately strike you as an ideal travel destination. Think again: this vast area is also home to dozens of Tibetan monasteries, epic grasslands, one of Tibet’s holiest mountains (Amnye Machen) and the headwaters of three of Asia’s greatest rivers – the Yellow River (Huáng Hé), Yangtze  (Cháng Jiang)  and Mekong  (Lánchang Jiang)
Add to this a mix of ethnic groups, including Tibetans, Goloks, Tu, Mongols, Salar and Hui, and a vibrant religious life. The current Dalai Lama, the 10th Panchen Lama and Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, were all born in present-day Qinghǎi.
For the traveller, Qinghǎi forms the launching pad for some of China’s wildest journeys: the new train link to Lhasa; overland to Yùshù (Jyekundo) and on into the wilds of western Sichuan; through the back door to Gansù and the Labrang Monastery; or west from Golmud, following the deserts of the southern Silk Road into XinJiang.
China’s economic miracle has been slow to come to Qinghǎi; it’s the country’s fourth-largest province but its third poorest. Travel can be a little rough here and few travellers make it further than Xiníng. Those visitors that do explore the region keep their secrets well; Qinghǎi is one of the frontiers of adventure travel in China.
For more introduction, please refer to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qinghai
 
B\ KumBum Monsater
One of the six great monasteries of the Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built in 1577 on hallowed ground – the birthplace of Tsongkhapa,, founder of the  Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Introduction from LonelyPlanet, http://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/qinghai/taer-s, Last updated: 2008-9-24,
While of enormous historic significance, KumBum Monsater today seems to have been relegated to museum status by Beijing. The artwork and architecture are redeeming, yet the atmosphere and scenery pale in comparison with other monasteries in Amdo. If the thought of being led around a Tibetan monastery by a Chinese tour guide dressed in fake Tibetan clothes makes you wince, then spend your time at Labrang Monastery instead.
Nine temples are open, the most important being the Grand Hall of Golden Tiles, where a 11m-high ch?rten marks the spot of Tsongkhapa’s birth. The monastery is also famous for its sculptures of human figures, animals and landscapes carved out of yak butter.

Admission tickets are sold at the building diagonally opposite the row of stupas. Photography is prohibited inside the temples.
For more details, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumbum_Monastery
 
C\ Yellow River
 
The Huang He, or Yellow River, is the sceond largest river in China after the Yangtze, with a total length of 5464 km (3395 miles).

Yellow River is origins of Chinese culture where human trace of dozens of ten thousand years ago and sites of Neolithic Age have been found. It has been cultural , ecnomical and political center of China for a quite long historical period since the age of the class society and is regarded as the cradle of Chinese nation. Chinese Yellow River is a symbol of national spirits of constantly striving to became stronger, which feeds the nation with glorious and magnificent civinizations.

Introduction of headwaters of The Yellow River, from http://travel.chinavista.com/destination-sight.php?id=118
 
D\ QingHai Lake
 
You might already hear QIngHai Lake from Tour of International QingHai Lake Cycling Race these years.
Introducing from LonelyPlanet, http://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/qinghai/qinghai-hu, Last updated: 2008-9-24
Qinghǎi Hú (Lake Kokonor) is a somewhat surreal-looking saline lake west of Xiníng. The huge lake (more like an inland sea) has often served as the symbolic midway point between Tibet and Mongolia. It was here in 1578 that the Mongolian leader Altan Khan conferred upon Sonam Gyatso (then head of the Gelugpa sect) the title of Dalai Lama, dalai being the Mongolian translation of gyatso, or ocean.
The main attraction is Niǎo Dǎo (Bird Island; admission Y58), located on the western side of the lake, and about 300km from Xiníng. It’s a breeding ground for thousands of wild geese, gulls, cormorants, sandpipers, extremely rare black-necked cranes and other bird species. Perhaps the most interesting are the bar-headed geese. These hardy birds migrate over the Himalayas to spend winter on the Indian plains and have been spotted flying at altitudes of 10, 000m. You will only see great numbers of birds during the breeding season between March and early June. Niǎo Dǎo is no longer an island, although it used to be before the lake receded and made it part of the mainland.
Be aware that tourism here is depleting the native fish population, which the birds depend upon for survival. Stating that you don’t eat fish; well in advance of any meals is highly encouraged.
Qinghǎi Hú is also ground zero in China’s struggle against avian flu. If there has been an outbreak recently, you may find the lake is off limits to visitors.
More introduction, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qinghai_Lake

E\ Mt. Machen Kangri

It is ranked number 23 in height among the mountain peaks of China.


Introduction from LonelyPlanet, http://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/qinghai/mt-amnye-machen, Last updated: 2008-9-24
The 6282m peak of Machen Kangri, or Mt Amnye Machen, is Amdo’s most sacred mountain – it’s eastern Tibet’s equivalent to Mt Kailash in western Tibet. Tibetan pilgrims travel for weeks to circumambulate the peak, believing it to be home to the protector deity Machen Pomra. The circuit’s sacred geography and wild mountain scenery make it a fantastic, though adventurous, trekking destination.
The full circuit takes seven to nine days, or five on a horse, though many foreigners limit themselves to a half circuit. Several monasteries lie alongside the route, including Guri Gompa near Xiàdàwǔ and Ch?rten Kharpo (White Stupa) at Chuwarna. Some nearby spots are linked to the Tibetan hero Gesar of Ling.
Independent trekkers can hire pack horses and Tibetan- and Chinese-speaking guides, the two main starting points for the trek, but beyond that you need to be totally self-sufficient. Organised trips are possible but not cheap. Travel agencies such as Qinghai Tibet Adventures and Wind Horse Adventure Tourswww.windhorseadventuretours.com; ) arrange all-inclusive trips for around US$80 to US$110 per day. At the mountain you may find yourself asked for an admission fee of Y100, as well as an ‘environmental fee’ of Y30 per day.
With almost all of the route above 4000m, and the highest pass hitting 4600m, it’s essential to acclimatise before setting off, preferably by spending a night or two at nearby Mǎqìn (3760m). You can make a good excursion 70km north of town to Rabgya Gompa, an important branch of Tibet’s Sera Monastery. The best months to trek are May, June and September.
More introduction, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amne_Machin
 
F\ Introducing of Sun & Moon Mountain

The lakes and mountains here are very beautiful like a picture and like an unpolluted precious place out of the Great Wall.
Also called Chi Ling before, the Sun & the moon Mountain has vast and green big grassland at the foot of the mountain, full of green trees on the mountain and the cloud and mist on the top and the sun and the moon river flowing from east to west. This combination forms a very beautiful picture.
From ancient times many mythology stories were spread by the people, most legends are concerned with Wencheng Princess who married the Tibetan king in Tang Dynasty. It is said that when Wencheng Princess passed here, she broke the lovely the sun and the moon mirror, the succeeding named the mountain "the sun & the moon mountain" from "Chi Ling" in order to miss and thank Wencheng Princess.

http://www.china-travel-tour-guide.com/attractions/sun-moon-mountain.shtml
 
3\ Travelog

Dear all,

I’m writing to share with you my fantastic trip in QingHai.

Zhou, my husband who is devoured by CCTV and NHK joint production of 480 - minute documentary,
 “Yellow River”, http://www.amazon.com/Yellow-River-DVD-Boxset-Regions/dp/B001F5FXKG/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1234360035&sr=1-12, hence,  Zhou, his friend and me, we three went to the headwater of the Yellow River last year.

August. 01st,         Shanghai to XiNing, the capital of QingHai province, by air,
                        (around 2000 km, Shanghai's elevation is about 4m and XiNing's elevation is about 2295 m)
August, 02nd,         XiNing to the First Bridge of The Yellow River, passing alongside Sun & Moon Mountrain and Mt Amnye Machen, stay at MaDuo,
                        one of the smallest town in QingHai, (day trip around 600 km, and MaDuo's elevation is 4272 m)
August, 03rd,         From MaDuo to The headwater of the Yellow River and be back to XiNing,
                        (daytrip around 800km and elevation of the peak of the headwater is around 4610 m)
August, 04th,         Have a good rest at the hotel in the morning and wander in the city in the afternoon
August. 05th,         From XiNing to QingHai Lake, Bird Island, stay at XiNing,
                        (daytrip around 600 km and lake's elevation is about 3239 m)
August, 06th,          To visit Kumbum Monastery in the morning and be back to Shanghai at night,
                        (The monastery is about 26 km away from XiNing)

QingHai, in a little girl’s memory when I was a child, it is the area where the criminals would be expelled to;
QingHai, introduction from Lonely Plant dated on Sep, 24, 2008, “A relatively unknown province, nicknamed ‘China’s Siberia’ for its gulags and nuclear dumping grounds, QingHǎi may not immediately strike you as an ideal travel destination.

But it does strike me, especially on the way to the Headwater, it is the entrancing place, blending the gently pastoral and grimly serious. Inevtiably, we suffered sever altitudes sickness, no cozy hotel in MaDuo, no road or muddy or stone "road" on the way, etc, but thankfully, all travails paid off!

I still remember my trip in XinJiang in year 2004, after we crossing the exuberant forest, grand grassland, sparkling lakes; while, marshes, ice mountains, steep cliffs ambushes us with no any preparation. One of the team member couldn’t help saying that “most of the peopel say Tibet is one of the best places for travelers in China, that is simply because he doesn’t come here!”

And QingHai, it bears a remarkable resemblance to what he said. And I’m sure, I would explore more and more similar or better places when I continue on my way  quest for paradise.

For Chinese readers, here are some more detailed thoughts, http://i.cn.yahoo.com/joyce_yinjun/blog/
  • White Clouds
  • Yak Butter Art in Kumbum Monastery (TaEr Temple)
  • Tibetan Buddhism, Lama and me
  • People in QingHai
  • Solitary Walkers
  • Tips for traveling in QingHai and Executive summary

Next trip alert, we would go to the Glacier in Sichuan to compensate not see enough ice on Mt Amnye Machen this time.

Thank you!

yoyoujoyce

PS: the mentioned XinJiang journey, the trip toppest all of my trips so far,

Chinese readers:  http://i.cn.yahoo.com/joyce_yinjun/blog/p_393/
English readers:   http://i.cn.yahoo.com/joyce_yinjun/blog/p_9/

 
4\ Photos:

photos' link: http://www4.kachayu.com/photolibrary/t_=133450828

XiNing City: 

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On The Way: 

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Clouds: 

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Rape Flowers: 

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Kumbum Monastery: 

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QingHai Lake: 

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Headwater of Yellow River: 
 
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