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Lake Kokonor

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Address: 151km From the 109 National Rd Qingzang Highway, Xining, China
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Phone Number: 0974-8519680
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Really Beautiful

The place it really beautiful and mesmerizing. The lake with clear blue water and emerald green water and has many water sports opportunities here. The entry ticket is RMB 100 and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Wuhan, China
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Wuhan, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The place it really beautiful and mesmerizing. The lake with clear blue water and emerald green water and has many water sports opportunities here. The entry ticket is RMB 100 and if you have a valid chinese student card you get in by paying only RMB 50.

Thank mshemyalnisar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the largest Chinese lake with some Tibetan / pseudo-Tibetan attractions. Some souvenirs, folklore and architecture. Almost all tourists are and will be Chinese. It takes 2-3 hours from Xining anyway. You can take a boat ride or just look around people taking pictures. Some birds around (I counted 40 species in 1,5 hours) - a must see is... More 

Thank jusaja
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Thank OlegButenko1974

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