Qinghai Province, China

Qinghai is bordered by the Tibet Autonomous Region to the Southwest, the Province of Sichuan to the Southeast and Xinjiang Autonomous Region and the Province of Gansu to the Northeast.

History of Qinghai

In the year 1928, the Republic of China included Qinghai as one of its provinces. Earlier to becoming a province of the People’s Republic of China, the province of Qinghai was ruled the warlord Ma Bufang.

Geography of Qinghai

Xing Great MosqueThe Province of Qinghai is to the Northeast Tibetan plateau and both the Yangtze River and Mekong River originate Southwestern Qinghai Province.

On an average the province of Qinghai is 3000m above sea level. The Tanggula and Kunlun Mountain’s are the largest mountains of Qinghai.

Qinghai is the largest province of the People’s Republic of in terms of area but the Autonomous Region’s of Xinjiang, Tibet and Inner Mongolia are larger in land area.

Climate of Qinghai

The Temperatures of the province of Qinghai varies from -5o Celsius to +8o Celsius. During the months of January and February, the winter temperature ranges from -18.2C to -7C. During the summer months the average temperate in Qinghai are between +5C to +21C.

Local Economy of Qinghai Province

The smallest economy of the People’s Republic of China is Qinghai Province. In 2007 it had a per capita GDP of just 13,836RMB and the official GDP rate was just 76.1 billion RMB. Near Qinghai’s capital city “Xining”, some heavy industries such as the production of Iron or Steel productions can be found. A very important contributor to the local economy of the province of Qinghai is the Oil and Natural Gas industry at the Chaidamu Basin.

Touristic Attraction in Qinghai Province

The provincial city of Xining has some significant and historic attractions such the the Northern Mountain Temple or the Great Mosque of Xining. Other must see attractions are the Yellow Hat Sect Monasteries, the Kumbum Monastery which are about 30km of Xining. The Saltwater Lake of Qinghai attracts thousands of local and some foreign tourists and is the largest in the People’s Republic of China and is located on the “Roof of the World”. You will see Ethnic Tibetans that inhabit the grasslands, which surround the Qinghai and Tibetan plateau.

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