Xining is the capital city of Qinghai Province which was also called Xipingjun County and Qingtang City in ancient China. The city is the largest city in Qinghai and also the largest city on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. As capital city of Qinghai Province, the city is the economic, political culture, educational, scientific, transportation and communication center of Qinghai.
Lying in the est part of Qinghai province, Xining is the eastern window of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and the must-pass place of ancient Silk Road route.
The altitude of Xining is 2261 meters and the annual precipitation is 380mm. The annual average temperature is 7.6 ℃ with the highest temperature as 34.6 ℃ and the lowest temperature as -21℃. So the city is quite cold in winter and not livable. But the high altitude make Xining an ideal summer resort because the average temperature in summer is 17-19℃. Hence the city is renowned as Summer Resort Capital.
If Tibet is the spiritual Holy Land and Shangri-La is the terrestrial paradise, the nXining will be the purest land of the shared home of human race, immortal, and the nature. Walking in the street of Xining City one will find it is not so desert as one imagined. The stereotype will be immediately replace with the florid folk costume and the rows of modern or local styled buildings.
Spending 3 days in Xining to observe the thick Buddhist culture taste in and around Xining, one of the two big cities locating on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.So Xining is cooler than most of cities in China in summer. Do you want a cool and leisure short Silk Road tour in summer? Just pick that tour and get ready to enjoy.
Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province, used to be the must pass of south pass of ancient Silk Road tour and also the only way linked the central plain area and Tibet. That city locates on the transition state from plain to Tibet. So Xining is the best place to feel Tibetan culture except for Tibet.