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Qinghai Overview

Qinghai Province is located at northeast of Qinghai - Tibet Plateau, with a total area of 721,200 square kms, a population of 5.40 million, 53 nationalities, which including 6 aboriginal nationalities as the Han, the Tibetan, the Hui, the Tu, the Salar and the Mongol. Ethnic minorities make up 42.8% of the total population. Tibetans are found throughout the province and 90% of China's Tu and Salar people reside in Qinghai, their unique customs are great attraction to visitors from around the world. At this miraculous land, with its ingenuity, nature mother created a land of wonder characteristic of bigness: big mountains, big rivers, big lakes, big grassland, big basins, big salt lakes, forming a magnificent landscapes.


Qinghai is the home to grand mountains and vast valleys. Kunlun mountains, also known as the "father of mountains", or "backbone of Asia" find their starting point here, 2,500 km eastward from the Pamirs, running through the Qinghai territory. From Kunlun mountains derive Tanggula mountains, Bayankala Mountains and Qilian mountains, passing through the Province south-northward, coordinating with each other from afar. Most of these mountains are 5,000 meters above the sea level. For thousands of years snow mountains and glaciers have been nurturing the sources of Great Rivers and "the water tower of China". The Yellow River and Yangtze River surge forward from Qinghai, rolling on in waves. It is believed that the Great Rivers gave birth to 5,000-year history of Chinese civilization.