Lake Qinghaihu Reviews
The Ultimate Impressive Lake Qinghaihu Dec 21, 2009
Lying on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Lake Qinghaihu is the largest inland saltwater lake in China. The 0.8 sq-km Bird Island, on the western edge of the lake, is a paradise for more than 100,000 migratory birds
Both the Mongolian name and the Tibetan name of Lake Qinghaihu mean “Blue Lake.” It is surrounded in four sides by Datong Mountain, Riyue Mountain, Qinghai South Mountain and Xiangpi Mountain, serving as four imposing natural barriers. The weather here is cool all the year round.
Even in midsummer, the daily average temperature is about 15 C (59F) making the lake a perfect summer resort. And May through October is the best time for bird-watching. So many attractions draw travelers in this 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 colours 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
Lake Qinghaihu, 130 km from Xining, is the largest salty water lake in China, covering an area of 4583 square kilometers. The lake sits at an altitude of 3266 meters and is called “Koko Nor” in Mongolian and “Tso Ngonpo” in Tibetan. Koko Nor means “blue lake”; its brackish waters are an extraordinary turquoise-blue. It is lined by a brilliant yellow algal bloom. Lake Qinghaihu was originally freshwater.
It developed in the Early Pleistocene when tectonic movements blocked the course of the through-going ancestral Buh He, which now enters the northwest side of the lake. However, the water is now brackish. Rock steps and strand lines, features carved into the landscape when the lake was higher, document a long gradual decline in water level during the past 8000 years.
The highlight of the lake is Bird Island , 350 km away from Xining , a peninsular in the westernmost part of the lake and the most impressive sight, especially in season. This island attracts 100,000 migrating geese and gulls every year. The best time to watch the birds is May to June. For most of the summer rare species can be seen here in great multitude.
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