Qinghai is blessed with ethereal natural beauty. Much like neighbouring Tibet, the landscapes are as extreme as they are stunning. Boasting China’s largest lake, Lake Qinghai, the province is home to a fascinating blend of ethnic minorities, giving it a vibrant and varied culture. The capital city of Xining was once an important stop on the Silk Road and is home to the Ta'er Monastery and Dongguan Great Mosque. In Guide, discover the Qing dynasty walls and the famous gold-plated prayer wheel. On the sloping banks of the Gu-chu river is Tongren, littered with monasteries and famous for the sacred Buddhist thanka scrolls.