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Qinghai (青海) is a very large province in the northwest of China and is one of the most remote and sparsely populated places in the world. In the past, Chinese parents would threaten to send their bad children to live in Qinghai as it is home to many prisons, labor camps and toxic waste sights. This has given Qinghai province an extremely bad reputation it does not deserve. It is a diverse area with many minority groups and a fascinating history. The beauty of Qinghai lake and the stunning mountains surrounding Yushu County just give a glimpse of what Qinghai has to offer.
The geography of Qinghai is high altitude plateau with mountain ranges. One of the major geographical features of Qinghai is large salt water lake called Qinghai lake. Qinghai has domestic borders with Xinjiang, Gansu, Sichuan and the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
The easiest ways to get to Qinghai is to take an airplane or the train to Xining from anywhere in China. There are also several buses that service the highways from all of the surrounding provinces to smaller towns on the provincial borders. In many more remote areas you will have to flag buses down on the side of the highway.
Buses serve all the cities and towns in Qinghai.
The train only services cities between Xining and Golmud.
Qinghai food is heavily influenced by Chinese and Tibetan cuisine. One of the staples of the diet is a noodle soup known as laomien, which originates from the neighboring province of Gansu.
Tibetans, Tu, Hui, Salar, Mongolians and Han.
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