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Lake Kokonor

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Address: 151km From the 109 National Rd Qingzang Highway, Xining, China
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Qinghai Lake Day Tour
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It was a huge lake

Its a huge lake. Unfortunately when we went their cruise ships didn't started functioning but it still a very nice place.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Salman B
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

July and August will be the best time come because of the greens & flowers 🌺. Fortunately it snow a day earlier and the snow cap mountain and the blue blue water looks great. 450Km2 is really big salt lake .

Thank Tk N
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Its a huge lake. Unfortunately when we went their cruise ships didn't started functioning but it still a very nice place.

Thank Salman B
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's also known as Qinghai Lake. I actually went to Xining to see the lake and to take the train to Lhasa instead of flying from Beijing. I have a separate review on the train trip but the scenery for neither of them is really spectacular. I booked the lake trip with a Chinese tour bus as part of a... More 

Thank Gordonnomad
Batam, Indonesia
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Rent you own driver to visit this place. You will have more places to go and much more time to spend, as long as you like.

Thank frederico_son
Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

It is a nice drive to the lake just to see outside of Xining. The lake is considered a mustsee place but it will depend on the season though. Go there in the monsoon time will probably see cloudy/raining weather and the view of the lake is not very great.

Thank AlexTung
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Qinghai Lake, also known as Lake Kokonor, is a must-see. It is amazingly beautiful and is perhaps the most beautiful lake in China. In July, the weather was mild and it was really a good time to go. This place is very popular with local and overseas tourists.

Thank yipjcs88
Singapore, Singapore
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

It's very cold when we reach there. So please bring warm clothing when visiting the place. The lake sits at 3190m high and it is only about 100km from Xining, which is the capital of Qinghai province. Tourist can take a boat ride on the turquoise waves of the lake or go horseback riding along the shores with Tibetan nomads.

Thank hazelineng
Wuhan, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

The place it really beautiful and mesmerizing. The lake with clear blue water and emerald green water and has many water sports opportunities here. The entry ticket is RMB 100 and if you have a valid chinese student card you get in by paying only RMB 50.

Thank mshemyalnisar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

This is the largest Chinese lake with some Tibetan / pseudo-Tibetan attractions. Some souvenirs, folklore and architecture. Almost all tourists are and will be Chinese. It takes 2-3 hours from Xining anyway. You can take a boat ride or just look around people taking pictures. Some birds around (I counted 40 species in 1,5 hours) - a must see is... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

Kokonor is its Mongolian name. Visited during the off-peak season, and trust me it's torturing trying to get lodging along the lake. Finally found one but facilities sucked though. Nevertheless, it was an awefully nice experience without the tourist crowd around. Tend to get a lil' cold, so prepare some thick clothings. Worth the trip in my opinion.

Thank gurikogen76

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