Summer to Qinghai Lake, how to avoid the crowds without losing the best experience?

Into July and August, Qinghai Lake usher in the most beautiful season, but it is also the most season. How to avoid crowds of people, at the same time do not miss the most classic Qinghai Lake scenery and experience? This Raiders is your God assists to help you experience the depth of Qinghai Lake, easily avoid the crowds!
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Summer reason to Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake is undoubtedly an excellent destination for summer trips.
First, it is the most beautiful season of Qinghai Lake at this time: June-August is the most beautiful season in Qinghai Lake. It has a pleasant climate and is also the best viewing time for the unique scenery such as rape opening, catfish migration and sunset sea.
Second, since June, most of the cities in the country have entered the baking state and the average temperature has reached above 30 ℃. The Qinghai Lake is an excellent summer resort, and now it is necessary to wear a thin morning and evening down, the day when the hottest is almost no more than 30 ℃. Throughout the summer, Qinghai Lake are cool and comfortable.

Summer to Qinghai Lake will encounter problems

Although it is recommended to go to Qinghai Lake in summer, but it will inevitably encounter some common problems in the season scenic:
1. Qinghai Lake, although large, but most tourists are gathered in the core area. Every season when overcrowded. With the holding of the International Lake Race , it is even more congested on the highway. (2017 Lake Championship Time: July 15 - July 29)
2. Many businesses and hotels have skyrocketed prices in the high season, but service is more perfunctory because of too many tourists. Cause more money but feel worse.

Avoid crowds? You have to have a great trip

Want to avoid the crowds, but do not want to miss the most beautiful scenery of Qinghai Lake, in fact, there is a way!
The first is a reasonable planning of the itinerary.

Qinghai Lake along the prairie

Qinghai Lake pictures from bikego

Three-day itinerary planning

The essence of Qinghai Lake landscape are the following: rape, desert, tea card Salt Lake, sunrise and sunset, wetland pastures .
Therefore, although the large Qinghai Lake, but take the essence of bad planning to route, three days already can be more complete play.  

DAY1: Xining - Qinghai Lake - Small Lake Park - Jiro Sword - Black River
(all-day journey around 200km, a total ride time of about 3.5h.)   
 DAY2: Black River - Caka Salt Lake - Ga Rila - Gangcha
(about a day away 250km, and from which Chaka 160km, total ride time about 4.5h).  
 DAY3: Gangcha - Ga sea - Xining
. (all-day journey of about 200km, total ride time about 3.5h)   

the advantage of such a trip is planned:
1. day The journey is not long, greatly reducing travel fatigue.
2. Also covers most of the highlights of Lake.
Cleverly staggered most of the travel time line. 

This route is completely no problem by car, and the road is good, not too tired. If it is a car, then the specific needs and drivers to coordinate the route, attractions can take a long walk. If you take the elderly and children, of course, choose to drive or chartered is a good way.
However, there is a bright spot in this route is riding, finally came once, how can miss the plateau riding. If you carry the bike will be inconvenient, including carpool are not necessarily provide such services. How to do it? This time you can choose "4 +2" travel mode, is a chartered car and bike products, the whole journey relaxed and fun riding, more flexibility. At the same time, locals play with more experience.

However summer vacation is a student's privilege, office workers have limited holidays. That can be slightly reduced on the basis of the above trip:
Day1 unchanged, Day2 adjusted as: Black Horse River - Tea Card - Ga La - Xining.
This program retains the core essence, but also the most efficient use of time, for office workers is a good choice, three days a long holiday to play deep enough to visit Qinghai Lake.     

If the follow-up also want to Qilian Mountains, it can also refer to the above program, arrange two days to Qinghai Lake, plus two days Qilian.
Qilian's playability is actually not very strong, you can experience the project is also less, mainly the natural scenery. So it is more important that the traffic on the road comfort, there are reasonable spots in the stay. Here for everyone to recommend a high praise rate of products, one-time solution Qinghai Lake + Qilian trip, easy peace of mind ↓ ↓ ↓

Gahai Desert Pictures from bikego

Hot spots on the 3rd trip how to find niche play?

Next, we will share with you a few exclusive Fam, most of them in the vicinity of the core area, first of all have not lost the excellent beauty of the core area, and secondly, even in the season there are few people, cost-effective superior. Remove the expensive and crowded, more able to greatly enhance the sense of travel experience!  

Erlang sword - the most beautiful rape flowers

Erlang sword rape flowers sea

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bloom season: early July to mid August
Location: Jiro near the best
mode of transport: It is recommended chartered / car rental
golden rape The sea to the azure lake as the background, the formation of a colorful picture of the most beautiful, must not be missed!

The stretches of mountains and rape flowers are from bikego

There are several rape blossoms in Qinghai, the most famous of which is the source of Barry Rape flowers, but the flowering period is only about 20 days and the distance is far. Therefore, here recommended rape along the lake, do not have to spend too much effort can see enough.

Erlang sword around the rape is Qinghai Lake is the most beautiful coast ~ But rape is generally Tibetan private property, will be surrounded by fences, to enter the photo need to pay 10-20 per month, unlimited long.

Gahai - Desert Eye

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Location: near Sha Island.
Transportation: Recommended chartered / car rental. 
Due to the geological and climatic reasons, the Qinghai Lake coast gave birth to a period of desert. The dual view of the lakes and Han Hai dunes is spectacular.
Sand Island is the main scenic area of ​​the desert landscape, attracting a large number of tourists: one is the vast expanse of dunes, on the other side of the blue Qinghai Lake is exuberant, you can also ride a motocross, the experience of sliding sand ...... a richer sense of experience let it After the regular travel with regular guests must visit Erlangjianjing area. 

However, Sand Island tickets expensive, peak season 100 yuan / person, also need to sit in the scenic area to take the shuttle bus, scenic spots within a separate project also have to pay.
In fact, not far from the sand island, there is a view without losing the sand island but more cost-effective place - Gahai. Share the same desert with Sand Island, more blue lakes than the Qinghai Lake Plateau lakes, tidy yurts ... ... here is very original, and little-known, more quiet and not disturbed.  

Gahai yurts Pictures from bikego

Ivory Temple - View of the lake sunset

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Geographic location: Ivory Temple
Transportation: chartered / car return, you can also ride from Erlang sword ride.  
Sunset on the lake, shocking magnificent, also known as Qinghai Lake must be a landscape.

Ivory Temple watch the sunset from bikego

The ivory temple not far from Erlang sword is an excellent choice for viewing the sunset. Although close to the area is little-known, you can enjoy very close. Silent temples, romantic swing, the setting sun and the shimmering lake ... In this small private place exclusive beauty it!  

Sunset on the Qinghai Lake pictures from bikego

Black Horse River - Lake watch the sunrise

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Location: Black Horse River to Bird Island 15.1 km (near West Lake Road)
Transportation: Recommended chartered / car rental
Sunrise to the Black Horse River Landscape is classic enough, when the weather is good minutes out of the blockbuster.
Although many people come here, but most of the tourists live in Hema Township, not the lake. To view the sunrise need to get up early, go to the town's bridge or Panchen La scenic area, many people to the unruly ...

Black Horse River pictures from bikego

Little secret is to stay at the lake hotel, recommended Lake Business Hotel, through the windows you can see the sunrise of the Black Horse River. Walk 100 meters to reach the lakeside near view, exclusive best sunrise viewing, there is an absolute advantage!  
High season reference price: Pro Lake standard room 680-800

The dark horse river shock sunrise picture from bikego

Ga Ri La - half of the mysterious world

Keywords: waterfowl, cattle and sheep, wetlands, lakes, sunset, ancient temple

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Geographic Location: Gaila Village
Transport: Recommended chartered / Car to go

Ga Ri La Familia picture from bikego

And Gahai the same legacy of the ancient world! 
Back to the sea on the Banpo, summer flowers everywhere, excellent location seems quiet and beautiful.
Surrounded by fertile land pastures, cattle and sheep everywhere, countless springs, with rare wetland landscape.
A variety of waterfowl flew from the lake, with good luck, you will encounter very precious black-necked cranes in the wet walk.

Ps: black-necked crane is the world's highest flying birds, they are very demanding on the ecological environment, and now the global climate change, greatly affected the survival of black-necked cranes, a ornithologist once said: Now look at the black-necked crane once less.  

Qinghai Lake precious black-necked crane picture from bikego

Gazela pasture near the pictures from bikego

Tea card Salt Lake - the correct way to open the mirror of the sky

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Location: near the card town
ticket price: 70 yuan / person (train 100 yuan / person)
Opening hours: 7:00 ~ 18 : 30  
Tea Lake Salt Lake as the hot red of Qinghai Lake Top1, attracting countless people come here.
Remember that classic red dress according to what ~
Although everyone on the tea cards mixed, but for the tea card is particularly complex people still do not hesitate to put it in the itinerary.  

Since coming, the following suggestions can maximize the experience of Chaka Salt Lake:
1. Most of the hotel's car is in the afternoon to Chaka Salt Lake, so people will be relatively less in the morning, traffic jams will improve a lot on the road .

2. The scenic area of ​​the head and tail is the most people place (full 2-3km). Most people either do not take a small train just steps into the scenic area, or is the direct access to the train. At this time if you walk and walk a little further away, you can find the least people section ~

3. Take some interesting photo props, such as red umbrella, scarves, hats and so on. No matter what the weather can play a role, the effect is good oh.  

1. In addition to Erlang sword, tea card Salt Lake, Sand Island this formal area, many places are local Tibetan private, surrounded by a fence. So although there is no ticket, want to enter the play still need to pay some fees. Generally 10-20 per month. The best way is to find a local reliable driver with, will not be pit, but also based on experience to take you to the least people.
2. There are more local Tibetans and should pay attention to avoiding conflicts and expressing their respect. Do not stray into their "site", nor destroy the local environment, animals and so on.

Experience extra points for travel

In addition to the unique natural scenery, Qinghai Lake's cultural atmosphere is also very strong. In addition to sightseeing, personal experience can make the journey more memorable.

Tibetan culture: painting Thangka + Day by day transfer

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Recommended Location: Thangka: Erlang sword near Norbulingka Hotel by: Gailaji Temple

Thangka is a unique Tibetan painting art form, the theme contains almost all the Tibetan related; to gold, silver, pearls, vermilion and other pure natural paint, can be handed down thousands of years without changing color. In the Qinghai Lake coast, there Tangka artist opened the project, allowing you to experience the initial experience of painting Thangka.  

It is a peculiar ritual of Tibetan Buddhism and is the pious manifestation of believers. Laoshan ancient temple in the left and right of independence, go clockwise, turn the warp, feeling deep Tibetan culture.  

Gulagami Temple Rotation by the picture from bikego

Riding around the lake: the best section

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Qinghai Lake audience about 350km, if all ride, time and physical have great difficulties, but not riding It will be a great pity.
In fact, cycling Qinghai Lake, many levels of scenery.

Surrounding the entire Qinghai Lake, we have selected three sections of the best riding section, each about 7km (30 minutes riding time), relaxed and exciting.
1. Desert Ride (about 7km) - Road near East Lake Ring Road
2. Sunset (about 7km) - Road near Ivory Temple
3. Binhu Ride (about 7km) - Road near Xuanhu West Road    

Lake ride pictures from bikego

Past and Present of Qinghai Lake: Lake Park "Museum"

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Tickets and opening hours: private museum is self-willed, no tickets, open at any time, but it is best to advance about.
Geographic location: Xiaobohu wetlands
in the Qinghai Lake humble lake moors, there is a very old private "museum." It is a testimony from Tibetan teachers of Nanga waiting for more than 20 years to Qinghai Lake: controlling sandy land, cleaning rubbish, saving precious animals such as anchovy and Przewalski's gazelle ...

It is heartening to listen to Nanjia teacher here about his past life and his life and his story in Qinghai.
Can follow him to see under his management from the sand into a wetland, with heart, you can also donate a small sapling, personally planted, it is memorable!

Little Po Lake desert wetlands pictures from bikego

Common problems and precautions

Temperature and dress

June and September temperature is lower, the temperature difference between day and night is about 20 ℃, the average temperature is 12-30 ℃, sooner or later suggest down jacket / padded / assault clothing warm, during the day can be spring loaded.
July and August into the summer, the temperature difference between day and night about 15 ℃, the average temperature of 15-35 ℃, the proposed thin jacket + short-sleeved + trousers, can bring a thick coat to keep warm.

Accommodation recommendations

1. Accommodation mainly in Erlang sword, Black Horse River, Bird Island and Gangcha. High season standard room 300-800 yuan. There are CYTS, but few. Camping is not recommended because the pastures belong to pastoralists themselves, fence fencing and are not open.
2. The same distribution of eating and accommodation, per capita 30-50 yuan. In transit when Xining can bring some fruits, snacks, because not too many stores along the lake.

High anti-riding and plateau

1. Qinghai Lake about 3100-3300m above sea level. Generally do not have altitude sickness, but be careful not to strenuous exercise, do not catch a cold and cold.
2. The condition of riding is not very different from that of the plain. Most of the partners who ride the bike can hold it. If not, try not to ride for a long time or long distances.


1. It is strongly recommended to bring their own insulated mug, in the plateau, drink hot water to ensure gastrointestinal comfort is very important.
2. Highland UV is very strong, sunscreen is a commonplace problem, it is recommended SPF50, PA +++ level above sunscreen and replenishment regularly applied. Unfortunately, sunburn, aloe vera gel can be applied.

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This Raiders interpretation of the Qinghai Lake, we think the most suitable gameplay, all of the above are all we have been to experience before, sincerely recommended. Wish everyone can have a memorable journey here!

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