We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Lake Kokonor

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 151km From the 109 National Rd Qingzang Highway, Xining, China
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: 0974-8519680
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Qinghai Lake Day Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 479 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 11
  • 9
    Very good
  • 7
  • 3
  • 0
It's Qnghai Lake 青海湖

Kokonor is its Mongolian name. Visited during the off-peak season, and trust me it's torturing trying to get lodging along the lake. Finally found one but facilities sucked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Singapore, Singapore
Add Photo Write a Review

479 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 30: English reviews
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kokonor is its Mongolian name. Visited during the off-peak season, and trust me it's torturing trying to get lodging along the lake. Finally found one but facilities sucked though. Nevertheless, it was an awefully nice experience without the tourist crowd around. Tend to get a lil' cold, so prepare some thick clothings. Worth the trip in my opinion.

Thank gurikogen76
Level Contributor
63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its took us 2-3 hours by private car from our Hotel to here. It was so peaceful and quiet there. The sky was clear and the air was so fresh although the oxygen level low. Be aware of the strong sunlight there, my face turned reddish when return to hotel. Tips: Bring your sunblock and sunglasses with you when visiting... More 

Thank Niceman2005
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

One of the most popular places to go to in the Xining area but it does take 2-3hrs to get there by car. It's at 3200m elevation (it can get chilly!Bring a jacket!) and China's biggest lake but I wasn't that impressed. It doesn't look like the whole lake is open to walk along - there is only an elevated... More 

1 Thank Mag2712
Paris, France
Level Contributor
130 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Wonderful trip by car from XINING to Quinhai or kokonor lake. Snowded mountains, streams, yaks, tibetan goats, shepperds and huge trucks with uncertain loadinds; landscapes absolutely magestic with prayer flags. A lot of monasteries to be visited, it is a sacred area and you will see pilgrims "walking" on their knees and hands on some times hundred of kilometers around... More 

Lhasa, China
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Kokonor is Mongolian word and in Tibetan it called Tsongonpo which mean Blue Lake. It was the best clear-sky when i visited the lake and it impressed me with its amazing beauty. Great experience.

Thank Norbu L
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
221 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

October is the end of the tourist season with very few tourists and plenty of opportunities to take in the sights without the massive crowd. A great location to take some stunning photos. The water was in different shades of blue with the beautiful surrounding mountains as the backdrop.

1 Thank FYL003
Meylan, France
Level Contributor
32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Complete round tour of the lake, with wonderlull sights. Official site in front of the old chinese torpedos experimental site is more than usual chinese kitsch... see other places with less ameneities.. Be carefull, the lake is very cold due to altitude and wind.

Thank clhm_11
Brussels, Belgium
Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

Thank OlegButenko1974
Hualien, Taiwan
Level Contributor
99 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Dougxrw

Travelers who viewed Lake Kokonor also viewed


Been to Lake Kokonor? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lake Kokonor and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Lake Kokonor staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?