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Xining (西宁) is the capital and largest city of Qinghai province, located along the upper reaches of the Yellow River. The city was originally a trading center along the Silk Road and a meeting point between Tibetan, Central Asian and Chinese people. Today it is slowly turning into a new commercial center, as business in China slowly grows further west. Although many would say this town is boring and a little industrial there is a certain charm to Xining if you give it a chance. From nomadic Tibetans hanging out in shopping malls to the glory of Ma Bufang’s warlord palace there is plenty to see and experience.
Qinghai Lake Bike Race starts and ends in Xining every July. Professional road cyclists brave the high altitude in order to gain fame.
The airport is around 27 kilometres outside of town and has flights to most major airports in China. A CAAC bus meets every flight.
The main bus station is located on Jianguo Lu just south of the Yellow River. This bus station serves all the cities in Qinghai and several cities in Gansu. There are also several trains a day to Lhasa, depending on the time of the year.
The train station is located north of the Yellow River at the termination of Jianguo Lu. There are trains to every major city in China and a few cities in Qinghai.
Xining is located on the Yellow River in a valley. Most of the city is on the south side of the bank. The city centre is located in the western part of the city and is easy to walk around.
Taxis are all over town and start at 6 rmb.
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See also International Telephone Calls
China Post (中国邮政) is the official postal service of the People's Republic of China, operated by the State Postal Bureau of the People's Republic of China (website in Chinese only), and has more details about price to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. The Chinese postal service is very good. Remember that in more remote places usually only one post office in a city can handle sending international boxes or letters. Also many times it might be worth having the name of the country you are trying to send to in Chinese characters. Post offices have a striking green logo and can easily be found everywhere in the cities. They are mostly open every day (including weekends!) from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though small offices might have shorter opening times, while the bigger ones in central and touristic areas are sometimes open during evenings as well.
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