Difference between revisions of "Qinghaihu National Park"
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Qinghaihu National Park (青海湖 国家公园, Mongolian: Kokonor, Tibetan: Tso Ngonbo) is in Qinghai province.
Qinghai Lake, in the northeast part of the province, is the largest inland saltwater lake in China. Both the Mongolian name and the Tibetan name mean 'Blue Lake'. The 0.8 sq-km Bird Island, on the western edge of the lake, is a paradise for more than 100,000 migratory birds, including bar-headed geese, brown-headed gulls, swans, and wild ducks. May through October is the best time for bird-watching.
Flora and fauna
May to June is peak season for bird watching at Bird Island.
In Qinghai's capital, Xining, it's hard not to wind up at the lake. Touts shout "Qinghai Hu! Qinghai Hu!" at both the bus and train stations, while it seems that very taxi driver in town will try to turn a three-kilometer journey into an overnight excursion to the lake. Be careful, and bargain hard.
There are three main ways to get to the lake:
There are a few buses a day from Heimahe to Qinghaihu Binguan where you would get off for Bird Island and then it is a 2 hour walk from there to the site. Might be able to arrange ride at Binguan.
Accommodations are available at Heimahe and Hudong Muchang (Pastures)