HuZhu BeiShan National Forest Park
Mountainous Forest Park
Flora and fauna
From Xining you can take a bus from the medium distance bus station located on the north-west corner of KangLe intersection (HuangZhong Lu and XiaDu DaJie). You can take a bus directly to the Forest Park (Every day, departs from Xining 9.45am, departs the forest park 4pm returning to Xining), or alternatively take a bus to HuZhu County Town bus station (¥12, departing every 10 minutes during the day), and from there there is an hourly bus (¥17.5, departs on the hour) to HuZhu BeiShan. The entrance to the Forest Park is a couple of miles before the end of the ordinary bus route, so you need to get off there.
At the main entrance to the Forest Park you need to buy a ticket (¥80).
Unless you have your own transport you are also likely to want to buy a ticket for the golf buggy style buses (¥12). These take vistors to most of the significant scenic areas in the Park.
See & Do
Mostly walking! There are a couple of beautiful waterfalls, and you can walk up to the Heavenly Lake near the top of one of the mountains - although its a 10km walk up a track at the end of one of the roads.
Eat & Drink
Each of the main scenic spots has a one or two stalls selling cold drinks and snacks. There are also some hot food stalls selling food such as bings (savoury fried pancakes) and roast potatoes.
Where to stay
Most of the small hamlets in the park are guest houses. Cai Lun Duo Forest Lodge (才伦多森林之屋 - 13897723151) is an excellent lodge with various individual rooms set around a courtyard. Prices around ¥300 per night for a double room. Staff are helpful and are used to having foreigners to stay - they have a restaurant on sight with a menu in English, although dishes are twice as expensive as you'd find in Xining.
There are no official camping areas, but wild camping is possible in the park - follow wild campers etiquette!