Project Description

China, Xining City
China, Xining Temple
China, Xining Temple


Xining is the capital city of Qinghai province in western China, close to the Tibetan border. The city was once a major stopping point on the ‘Northern Silk Road’ and as such has attracted travellers from all over Asia, giving the city its unique cultural and religious mix. The city is of particular importance to Buddhists and Muslims, with several sites of religious importance.

The most significant Buddhist structure is the ‘Kumbum Monastery’, one of the six major main monasteries of the ‘Yellow Hat’ branch of Buddhism. Meanwhile, for Muslims, the Dongguan Mosque is the most important place of worship. Built more than 600 years ago, the Mosque incorporates both Chinese and Islamic architectural styles, and is the largest in Qinghai Province.

Xining is situated at a high altitude averaging more than 2,000 feet, and has a continental climate owing to its inland location. Temperatures in the winter are bitterly cold and they remain cool throughout the summer months. This is the best time to visit, as, although cool, it is fresh and less humid than most of China throughout the summer.