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Lake Kokonor

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Address: Xining, China
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The most beautiful lake in the world

Yes, it is in the desert, but Kokonor is the best place to see the beauty of the desert. The sunset is fabulous. The wild life is amazing. So many birds I've never seen in whole... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
Brussels, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Yes, it is in the desert, but Kokonor is the best place to see the beauty of the desert. The sunset is fabulous. The wild life is amazing. So many birds I've never seen in whole my life. Highly recommend.

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Hualien, Taiwan
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I took the train from golmund to xining and the view is wonderful everywhere, but it's like a desert, if you check map and timetables you should arrange you trip avoiding tourist traps

Thank bitto2015
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The lake doesn't compare with a good beach but for an inland city like Xining this extremely large lake is an attractive picnic spot for Xining residents. The lake is about 2-3 hours more on weekends) drive from Xining and along the way there are various tourist attractions like Yak and pony rides, handcrafts, trail and quad bike rentals, etc.... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Really love it! It's really good season to visit there during May to August, summer time. But for this yearly peak hour, your overall expense will rise up and need to book in advance. The most common way of visiting here is joining a tour or sharing car and driver with other travelers. Very peaceful and there's many animals around,... More 

2 Thank CharlotteChenPY
new zealand
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357 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Qinghai Lake is about 100 kilometres west of the provincial capital of Xining. Scenery in the area is neat. The lake has a total surface area of 4,400 square kms. Lots of local tourists, the lake is okay nothing outstanding. Five permanent rivers flow into the lake. The lake also provides China with its only source of high grade Potash... More 

1 Thank thesmdm
Xining, China
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Cycling around the holy Kokonor Lake at a comfortable altitude of 3200 meters is definitely be your lifelong memory; thousands of Tibetan pilgrims circulate the sacred Lake. Follow the pious pilgrims and let yourself be pulled in by the wonder of endless grassy fields and high still air, Experience nomadic Tibet at the tempo of the summer grassland. Mingle with... More 

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Lodz, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Kokonor Lake (Quingai Lake) is the biggest ( 4500km2 ) lake in China . Situated in Quinghai province at more than 3200 meters above the sea level , salty. There are almost no trees , but you can see the yaks .

1 Thank mediterania_1
western australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Quite disappointed, yes sure this is a lake and it is blue, high and big...not quite enough to justify the long trip there, a bit of a tourist trap, dirty feel and definitely not a highlight for us. Much more enjoyed the view from the Shala pass.

2 Thank frankie27
Xining, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is the biggest lake in China, unfortunately it has become the Qinghai's major tourist spot and there are thousands of Chinese tourists go there very day during the top season (May-Oct). Normally i suggest people to go Shala Pass which is situated 23km south of the lake, where you can get a great panoramic view of the lake, optionally... More 

Thank TibetanConnections
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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.

1 Thank Seth G

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