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Lake Kokonor

Xining, China
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Ranked #1 of 34 attractions in Xining
Type: Bodies of Water
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Florence, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Apart that north side of the lake is contaminated with radioactive / toxic waste (biggest nuclear waste in Asia) and that Chinese are extracting oil (big platform in the middle of the lake) , it is extremely touristy, and there is not much to see, some tibetan folks will propose you a horse riding which is in fact a horse... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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331 reviews 331 reviews
235 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

A massive saltwater lake in a mountain range, flanked by sand dunes on one side and rolling hills on the other. This lake makes for a great weekend road trip for the family, but little else. The scenery is understandably repetitive after awhile, so you might get bored after an hour or so (not including the 2 hours it takes... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We visited the lake at the beginning of October, and according to the hired driver it was still during the tourist season (the season was to be over in mid October and the prices were to be lower after 15.10). However, it is not the time to see the Birds Island as all the birds are gone already, and it... More

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Long Beach, California
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264 reviews 264 reviews
184 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

For me what made this trip was the first time exposure to the tibetan culture, no not the temple but the way regular folks live here. you will see a lot of the tibetan tents, plenty of horsemen, and the multicolored tibetan structures with prayer flags

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

It's not convenient to take a trip of Lake Kokonor like a pilgrim, you still can find a way to visit few spots around the lake. I rent a car, started from the sunrise of Heimahe Town, visited tent of Tibetan by lake, had a gup of milk tea, visited big farm of Canola flowers, visited a town of nuclear... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

While Qinghai Lake can be done as a day trip from Xining or Lanzhou, I recommend spending at least one night at a lakeside hotel. We spent a night at a hotel on the west side of the lake with electricity, hot water, and its own private stretch of lakefront. (This wasn't a luxury hotel, because there's no such thing... More

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Dusseldorf/Germany
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19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

The 2-hours trip by taxi to Qinghai Hu = Lake Kokonor, some 130 km west of Xining is the real highlight and especially the pass between Ri+Yue Mountains should not be missed. From the alternative route you'll see plenty of today'sTibetian culture.

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Shenzhen, China
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

the lake likes ocean, it's great place in qinghai. it's big, but not too many place to see, suggest to rent a car to drive around, or bike around

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
57 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We drove up from lanzhou, it was a good drive and we stayed one night in one of the tourist hotels. Hotels were very poor standard. We drove all the way round and the high light was when we stopped at a Tibetan horse race meeting. This was very colourful. Apart from that it just a great bif lake surrounded... More

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Shanghai, China
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22 reviews 22 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

qinhai lake is the largest salt lake of china ,the colour of the lake is as blue as the sea,if you are the first time to go there you will confused weather this is a lake or sea .maybe you will see some pilgrims worship around the lake .don.t suprised about this action ,this is a apart of religious rites... More

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