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Lake Kokonor

Xining, China
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Ranked #1 of 33 attractions in Xining
Type: Bodies of Water
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Most head up here for a day trip, but we camped. The lake is fun and the views of the hills, Canola fields are great, but night time is the real magic when the stars come out. You can grab a photo op with a yak, or Tibetan horse, from most of the farmers.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

There are several season that are best to go to Lake Kokonor. The most colorful season is between middle of July to middle of August every year to see the rapeseed flowers with the dark blue lake, far away mountains and fresh air. But, at this season there are not many Migratory birds on bird island.

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Toronto, Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We went to Qinghai Lake as a day trip from Guide. It was nice to see it, but we enjoyed the rest of the scenery much more. The mountains, plains, plateaus and fields are so much more beautiful and interesting than the lake. We accessed the lake through one of the nomad farms (30 RMB to enter). It was neat... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I loved this place because of the landmarks and the fact that the lake is bigger than my home country. I also think that this lake is very beautiful as I could see the horizon from afar. Hopefully this beautiful lake can be preserved. Moreover there are also musuems and other monuments around the lake area which educated me about... More

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Florence, Italy
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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