Magnificent Qinghai in Autumn
It has become a little cold and the temperature difference is big in Qinghai in early September. Since time is limited, I was unable to travel across Qinghai, but the beautiful scenes of the plateau left a great impression on me nonetheless. I acquired more knowledge of local habits and practices through my contact with locals. In a nutshell, it was a great travel experience.
Qinghai is located in the middle and southern part of China’s Northwest. As part of the Qinghai-tibet Plateau, it has an average elevation of over 3,000 meters. Qinghai was named after China’s largest salt lake which was located within the province, Qinghai Province also contains the headwaters of the Yangtzeriver, the Yellow R iver and the Mekong River. Mountain ranges include Kulun Mountain, Qilian Mountain, Altun Mountain and Tanggula Mountain.
Adjacent to Tibet, Xinjiang, Gansu and Sichuan, Qinghai Province is a melting pot of different ethnics, including Tibetans, Hui, Mongols and Han. Impacted by surrounding cultures ( Han culture, Xiyu culture and Indian culture), Qinghai has a diversif ied culture and maintains distinct features.
Qinghai’ s natural and humanistic scenes are enticing. It has unique natural advantages.
Qinghai’s natural scenes are enticing. It has unique natural advantages: high altitude, small population and no heavy industry meaning. there is almost no environmental pollution. Its geological features shaped its natural scenes: the Danxia Geopark, for example, it has a blue sky, white clouds and clear water, which creates a natural wonderland bird’s view of Qinghai.
Take the night flight and fly over Xining City, the capital of Qinghai Province. the view that comes into sight is as follows: the colorful lights shinning to the backdrop of darkness, the connections and crisscrossing of streets, showing a rectangular grid shape and exuding an exotic feeling.
See the sunrise. I once saw the sunrise at the sea, but this time seeing a sunrise at sucha high altitude makes me feel like I am stepping on the clouds. A proverb says that if you want to see farther, just climb higher. I think the saying is correct.
Look far in the distance. The rosy dawn had appeared before the sunrise above the sea level. The sky is shinning with mysterious light. Then the sun is rising slowly, like a girl gently unveiling her mask and showing her red face of shyness.
Ta’er Temple—holy place of Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetans are major ethnics of Qinghai and Tibetan Buddhism is the major local religion, while the major vehicle of Qinghai Tibetan Buddhism is Ta’er Temple.
Ta’er Temple is located in the valley of Lianhua Mountain, southwest of Lusar village, Huangzhong County, Xining City. The temple is a group of architectures along the mountain ranges and includes hall buildings, scripture buildings, pagodas and rooms of monks. the architectures are magnificent and grandiose, making the temple one of the six temples of Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. Ta’er Temple is also the supreme school of Buddhism i n Qingha i Province.
facinating Qinghai Lake
It will remind you of Qinghai Lake when talking about Qinghai. Qinghai Lake is the symbol of beautiful Qinghai, and the only salt lake in China’s high-altitude area. The lake water has more salt in density when compared to other salt lakes. Because of the refraction of light, the lake water has a blue color that is darker than a fresh water lake. Qinghai is named for its water color.
Qinghai Lake water is clear and has different levels. With the white cloud in the blue sky, the blue river in the lake and the mountains as the connection, it is like a beautiful oil painting.
The surrounding area of Qinghai Lake is a good farmland and living place of ethnic minorities. It still has rich folk culture.
It is worth mentioning that in Qinghai Lake there is a rare wild animal — Huangfish. Huangfish is one of China’s five rare fishes, and is dark but has a strong ability to survive. To survive and produce offspring, Huangfish will travel a long way to lay eggs in fresh water and then swim back to Qinghai Lake with the risk of being eaten by seagull or captured by people. The surviving Huangfish would lose most of its energy and the survival will be extremely difficult. I was lucky to watch Huangfish swimming against the currents three times.
Beautiful place — Qarhan Lake
Qarhan Lake has an elevation of 3,100m and takes a floor space of 105 sq. m. the lake has high salt contents and is coexistence of solid and liquid, so the water has strong light reflection ability. It is like a natural mirror for the sky. From May through to September, the sunrise at Qarhan Lake is about 6:30 am and sundown is at about 7:30 pm.
Qarhan Lake is located on the 36 degree north latitude and east of Qaidam Basin. The unique geographic location allows people to enjoy the magnificence of galaxy river and unique beauty of meteor. the lake water’s reflection of light makes the lake have the same color with the night sky. It looks as if the stars are falling towards the lake. So the Qarhan Lake in the night is called China’s “night mirror”.
During the early development of Qarhan Lake, small trains walk on the rails to transport salt and workers in and out of the salt lake. Later the Qarhan Lake was used to transport salt on large boats, while today trains are more commonly used for this purpose. But in today’s Qarhan Lake tourism, taking small trains is an experience that you can not miss. Take the train into the lake and you will enjoy the true beauty of the lake.
Qarhan salt sculpture is the large open-air salt sculpture culture and is first of its kind in China. In 2009, domestic sand sculpture masters were invited to make two salt sculptures, which achieved great success. After that sculpture masters made more sculptures each year and the salt sculpture cultural festival was held. In 2011, the Qarhan Lake salt sculpture was rated as the largest open- air salt sculpture groups in the world. Each year there would be new salt sculptures made, which forms huge salt sculpture groups. Qarhan Lake salt sculpture is the perfect combination of natural and artistic beauty, to give people a visual sense of power.