The Qinghai Lake contains little oxygen and much salt, with little plankton. It has a visibility of 8-9 meters, so it appears especially blue, just like a piece of glittery sapphire. Various kinds of birds hover in the sky while countless fish swim in the water. The lake is surrounded in four sides by Datong Mountain, Riyue Mountain, Qinghai South Mountain and Xiangpi Mountain, serving as four imposing natural barriers. Along the lake, the grassland stretches several hundred miles. Every summer and autumn, the grassland is covered by overlapping grass with numerous flocks and herds, adding an artless flavor and leisure to the lake. Chains of mountains, the blue lake, the green grassland and the yellow wheat fields form a landscape of the open west area.
The lake is also abundant in fish, among which the naked carp is the most famous and delicious. Also known as Huang fish without scale, it has a reputation of the king of lake in the local area. The naked carps live on plants and planktons in the lake and grow very slowly but very long due to the low water temperature. For this reason, it has been introduced to the similar lakes in Inner Mongolia and Liaoning Province.
The lake has a number of attractions that draw travelers in the region in. Ornithologists ,campers, hikers, botanists, swimmers, sailors, fishermen, loners and nomads all find areas of interest around the lake. The beauty here lies in its salty vastness and the remote peace that it instills. The colors that can be found around the lake are of purity and contrasts, from the deep yellows of oil seed rape against the cold blues of the lake to the dark greens of distant mountains against the fluffy white of bilious clouds. In a latest competition activity by the magazine of China National Geography to select the country’s most beautiful places, Qinghai Lake ranks top of China’s five most beautiful lakes.
Traveling to the lake can be chosen either in the independent way or by tour. Most people come to the lake from Xining, the capital of Qinghai that is located 150km to the east of Qinghai Lake. It will be far easier for you to organize a tour through one of the agencies in Xining, and this is especially practical for those with limited time. Budget travelers, hikers and campers, however, with time to spare may find traveling independently worthwhile.
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