Xining is the capital of Qinghai province and the largest city on the Qinhai -Tibet Plateau. It covers an area of 7,660 square kilometers with the population of 2.38 million.
Xining has been an important historical city in northwestern China for more than 2,100 years. During ancient time, it played as the guarding frontier city, also an important stopover along the ancient Silk Road, as well a trading center for Tang Empire.
Nowadays, it is the cultural and economic center of Qinghai Province and it has become a hot tourist destination especially in summer vacations. Its strategic location makes Xining the transportation hub for traveling to Gansu, Tibet and Xinjiang. The most famous and popular attractions are Qinghai Lake, Ta’er Monastery, Donguan Grand Mosque.