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Qinghai Lake Group Biking Tour

Qinghai Lake Group Biking Tour

Qinghai Lake is the largest salt-water lake in China. This 10-day tour will provide an amazing opportunity to experience Qinghai's natural beauty, rich culture and exotic foods. This group biking tour starts at June 20th in 2016.


  • Cycle around the beautiful Qinghai Lake
  • Have a chance to see a large-scale cole flowers
  • Get close to Bird Island to watch birds
  • Enjoy popular and profession biking route in China

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival at Xining

Pick up from the airport and check-in with a help to you guide. The rest of the day is free for your own arrangement and to prepare for the bike tour tomorrow.

Day 2Xining to Huangyuan Biking (4 hours biking)

Commence the first leg of this biking tour from Xining to Huangyuan County. The ride is 70 km long and lasts for about 4 hours. Pass through Duoba County which is a Tibetan county, and then continue riding tour to Huangyuan County passing through Huangyuan Canyon.

Trip Note: Restaurant choices and conditions along the trip are very limited, but we will arrange meals at the best possible restaurants to ensure you have a taste of real local food..

Qinghai Biking
Day 3Huangyuan to Qinghai Lake Biking (7 hours biking)

Today's ride is 120 km long for about 7 hours. Start with a long moderate hill climb on the state road to Qinghai Lake. You will have probably gotten used to breathing in the high plateau air! From here the Dao Tang River (means reverse flowing river) is visible. The river flows from east to west, which is rare because the general geological pattern in China is higher in the west and gradually descends towards the east. Depending on how you feel after the climb, continue on the flat at the south eastern corner of Qinghai Lake and enjoy the sunset.

Qinghai Lake is China's largest inland salt water lake. The ellipse-shaped lake looks like a huge poplar leaf sitting on the alpine prairie. Scenery in Qinghai Lake varies according to seasons. Summer and autumn are the most comfortable weather conditions and the lake's scenery is most beautiful during these seasons.

Qinghai Biking Tour
Day 4Qinghai Lake to Heimahe Biking (7 hours biking)

Today's riding distance is 140km for about 7 hours. The morning's ride will first follow the busy national road. In June and July, the wild rapeseed flowers are in bloom, blanketing the landscape with shades of yellow and gold. There is little civilization around most of the lake, so we will stop in a quiet spot along the way for a picnic lunch to recharge our energy with some snacks and fruits.

The route in the afternoon will lead us away from the traffic onto quiet roads alongside the lake. We will cycle in an area of peaceful tranquility until we reach our overnight stop in Hemahe County. It is a small town located at the intersection of the road to Bird Island and Saltwater Lake at Chaka. Tonight we will camp near the village.

Qinghai Lake
Day 5Heimahe to Bird Island Biking (4 hours biking)

Today's ride is 70kms about 4 hours. On the way you will probably come across a few young curious but friendly Tibetan lamas. Those who wish can climb up a small mountain with a Tibetan style tower made of rocks and tree branches on top, to get a fascinating bird's view of the crops, the winding road leading to Bird Island and Qinghai Lake in the distance.

Between May and July, around 100,000 migratory birds - Red-Crowned cranes and King Shags migrate from South East Asia to Bird Island to breed, and literally cover the whole island. Tourists can get a close up view of these birds from within the well hidden observatory during the birds' breeding season.

Qinghai Lake
Day 6Bird Island to Gangcha Biking

Set off along the west bank of the lake for another 25km, then on the national road again to Quanji, where we will have lunch and also visit the local market to buy fruit. In the afternoon ride to Gangcha, where there is time to relax a bit and take a shower before wandering around this little Tibetan town with its various ethnic groups. After supper take in the amazing sunset over the seemingly-endless lake.

Birds Island
Day 7Gangcha to Xihai Biking

This morning get up before dawn to see a bit of Gangcha itself, with its traditional yurts, beautiful prayer flags, and mysterious praying stones. Then make an early start leaving Qinghai Lake behind and head back towards Xihai.

On the way pass though several small villages to the see the day-to-day activities of the local people. After a picnic lunch, ride through the most beautiful natural grazing grounds outside of Xihai.

Cole Flowers of Qinghai Lake
Day 8Xihai to Hudong Sheep Farm (7 hours biking)

Ride for about 60km lasting 5 hours today. On the way you will probably come across a few curious lamas by the roadside. Hudong Sheep Farm is one of the major breeding centers for purebred Qinghai sheep. The farm has beautiful scenery with lakes, marshes and meadows, and you may see some rare animals roaming about. Camp near the village by night.

Qinghai Lake
Day 9Hudong Sheep Farm to Xining Biking

The final leg of this biking trip stretches 160km long for about 9 hours, passing Riyue Mountain and Daotang River on the national highway. As this is the same route as the first day an option is available to return from Hudong Sheep Farm by mini bus to the your hotel.

Day 10Departure

Your personal tour guide, driver and car will pick you up from your hotel on time, and transfer to the airport for your departure flight to next destination.

Trip Notes

1.Food and hotels

Restaurant and hotels along the trip are very basic. We will try our best to arrange the restaurants for you.

2. Best time to hike

Best time to hiking in Guilin is from middle of April to October especially the autumn.

3. Time to go:

The best time for Qinghai Lake biking is June to September. July and August is the most expensive months. Our group tour starts at June 20th in 2016 with a view to bird watching and numerous cole flowers. And you can avoid the crowds, have a better price and have fun to share with other travelers.

4. What to pack

Good outdoor shoes, sunglasses, sun block and hat are necessary.

5. Booking Procedure:

Step 1: Submit your name, email address and traveling dates for the tour. The price may vary according to the location of your hotel.
Step 2: Choose to make payment via PayPal and your request will be listed as our top priority. We guarantee a 100% refund if you are not satisfied.
Step 3: Receive a reply within 24 hours. The tour will be tailor-made to meet your requirements and the booking confirmed.
Step 4: Enjoy the tour!

6. Payment Methods:

We now offer three payment methods: PayPal, credit card authorization via fax, and wire transfer. PayPal is recommended for its safety and efficiency. You can pay with USA dollars, Australian dollars, European dollars, and British pounds directly with your credit card or debit card if you do not have a PayPal account.

7. Cancellation Policy:

In the event of cancellation, we will refund any payment made to China Highlights (unless any cancellation fee is applicable) within 14 days of our receipt of your written cancellation request. Visit here for more details.

8. Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is not included. We carefully selected some insurance providers from your region that give you the best value for money.

FromUSD 2,754p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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