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Amidongsuo Peak “God of all mountains”

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Amidongsuo Peak

Amidongsuo Peak: The peak is two kilometers southeast of the Qilian County seat, and 290 kilome­ ters from the urban area of Xining. In the Tibetan language, Amidongsuo means “god of all mountains.” As the Amidongsuo Peaklooks like the heart of the ox, it is also called “Ox Heart Mountain.” The peak is the symbol of Qianlian County. With a height of 4,667 meters, the Amidongsuo Peak is shrouded in clouds and mist all year round. On the southern slope of the peak lies a forest of grotesque stones, called Foyeya, or “Rocks of Buddha,” by local residents. The view is gorgeous. On the northern slope of the peak, there is a place where Muslims gather for service and other religious activities.

Other Tourist Attractions in Qinghai

Qinghai also known as Kokonor, is a landlocked province in the northwest of the People’s Republic of China. It is the fourth largest province of China by area and has the third smallest population. Its capital and largest city is Xining.

Many tourist attractions center on Xining, the provincial seat of Qinghai.

During the hot summer months, many tourists from the hot Southern and Eastern parts of China travel to Xining, as the climate of Xining in July and August is quite mild and comfortable, making the city an ideal summer retreat.

Qinghai Lake is another tourist attraction, albeit further from Xining than Kumbum Monastery. The lake is the largest saltwater lake in China, and is also located on the “Roof of the World”, the Tibetan Plateau. The lake itself lies at 3,600m elevation. The surrounding area is made up of rolling grasslands and populated by ethnic Tibetans. Most pre-arranged tours stop at Bird Island. An international bicycle race takes place annually from Xining to Qinghai Lake.

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