Qinghai means green lake in Chinese and this is
the largest inland saltwater lake in China. Lying in the northeast
of Qinghai Province, approximately 150km (193 miles) from Xining
at 3,200 meters (10,500ft) above sea level, the lake stretches endlessly
into the horizon. It has an area of 4,635 sq km and is more than
360km (220 miles) in circumference.
The lake has an abundant supply of fish, which
in turn attracts large flocks of birds including many migratory
breeds. Major sights on or around the lake are: Bird Island, Haixin
Hill, Haixi Hill, Sankuaishi (Three Stones), and Sand Island.