China’s thriving capital and 2008 Olympic Games host city is a destination of extremes; with striking architectural icons, such as the “Bird’s Nest“ National Stadium and CCTV Tower, springing up beside ancient national
treasures, such as the Forbidden City and Summer Palace.
Xining (Taer Monastery)
This ancient hillside temple is one of China’s largest Lama monasteries. Blending Han and Tibetan architecture, its colourful Buddhist sculptures and wall paintings are revered works of art.
China’s largest salt-water lake sits 3,200 metres above sea level. Its azure waters and alpine backdrop make it one of the China’s most cherished scenic treasures.
The beautiful Keluke and Tuosu lakes, known as the twin lakes, lie outside the city. Linked by one small silver creek – one lake is fresh water, the other salt water.
Isolated by the massive Kunlun Mountains, vast grasslands, and Chaerhan Salt Lake, the area has been virtually unexplored by foreign visitors.
Covered by wild grasslands, crystal lakes, snow-capped mountains and meandering rivers, the vast plateau is one of the world’s most breathtaking high-altitude regions.
Rising majestically from the Tibetan plateau, this snow-capped jewel of the Kunlun Mountain Range seemingly punctures the cloudless blue sky.
The summit on the Qinghai-Tibet railway sits at 5,072 metres above sea level and is the highest train station on earth. Travelling through the pass is like riding along the roof of the world – a truly spectacular sensation.
At 4,594 metres, this is one of the world’s highest freshwater lakes. During winter, the frozen waters refract the sunlight in dazzling kaleidoscopes, while herds of Tibetan yaks graze on the lakeshore.
Framed by a picturesque mountain backdrop, the ancient Tibetan capital is frequently featured as a hot travel destination. In addition to the Barkhor market, Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, intriguing temples and shrines are dotted across the hillsides.