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Scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet railway
08:26, December 23, 2010  

If not in a hurry to get to your destination and you would like enjoying the countryside scenery, take a train. The scenery along the railway is stretched out ahead.

The world's highest railway, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway extends 1,956 kilometers from Xining in Qinghai Province to Lhasa in Tibet. This plateau railway is laid across a series of mountain ranges and rush waters. The scenery along the way is breathtakingly majestic and beautiful. Today, many visitors prefer to visit Lhasa by train, mainly for the incredible views.



Qinghai Lake

Located in the northeast of the Qinghai Plateau, Qinghai Lake is China's largest inland lake and the largest salt-water lake. It is one of the top five most beautiful lakes in China ranked by China National Geographic magazine. The water in the lake shows a palette of colors during different seasons and when viewed from different angles. The shades range from light green, blue, green, and grey, to orange and yellow.

The lake has a number of attractions that draw ornithologists, campers, hikers, botanists, swimmers, sailors, fishermen and nomads. The beauty of the lake lies in its salty vastness and the remote peace where-in it instills. Highlights of the lake include the Bird Island, a peninsular in the westernmost part of the lake. For most of the summer rare avian species can be seen here in large numbers.

Admission fee: 100 yuan (Apr.16–Oct.15); 50 yuan (Oct.16–next Apr.15)

Transportation: take the long-distance bus at Xining Long-Distance Bus Station to Qinghai Lake.

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