Qinghai Tour & Qinghai Travel Guide: Dongguan Mosque-Chaka Salt Lake
Itinerary: in today’s tour , you go to Dongguan Mosque from your hotel in the morning, then to Chaka Salt Lake, and back to Xining in the night. Dongguan Mosque is close to the downtown, while Chaka Salt Lake is about 292 kilometers away from Xining, in a driving of 4 hours.
Qinghai Tour Schedule
Trasport to Dongguan Moqsque
You could take a bus or take a taxi to Dongguan Mosque. Then to Dongguan Mosque, here are two options for you, the first is bus and second is to charter a car or book a transfer service from a travel agency like Topchinatravel.
Chaka Salt Lake from Xining
Buses from Xining to Chaka Salt Lake are available to tourists, who should go to Xining Bus Station, or Xining Bayi Bus Station to take a bus. From Xining to Chaka, there are buses available at Xining Bus Station, which leave Xining at 08:00, 09:45, 11:00 12:00, 14:00 and 15:30, and cost 65 yuan/ person. But back to Xining, there is almost no bus available from Chaka, you may need to rent a car. For chartering a car for a tour to Chaka Salt Lake and back to Xining, the fare is about 600 yuan. and you could find some tourists and share the rental fare with them. Though expensive, it is flexible for you to arrange your itinerary. Therefore, I recommend you to rent a car for this tour.
Donguan Mosque Facts
Dongguan Mosque is one of the well-known old magnificent buildings in Xining, marked as one of the top four mosques in northwestern China. It faces to the east, covers an area of about 12,000 square meters, and consists of many splendid buildings, which combines building styles of the Han, Tibetan and Islam. First built in the latter half of the 14th century, this Mosque has been through several ruins and reconstruction since its completion, and the buildings standing there are rebuilt in 1913. Dongguan Mosque is grandly built, and has a complex of towers, halls and walls. Its large main building contains over 3,000 believers, so that lots of believers come to here and have their worship.
Donguan Mosque Travel Tips:
How to Get to Dongguan Mosque
Why Get to Donguan Mosque
Chaka Salt Lake Facts
Chaka Salt Lake or Chakayan Lake(茶卡盐湖) As a salt lake, you can see crystal salt in the lake, thus it looks like a mirror. For this, it is reputed as one of the best places to take photo, and got a name as Mirror of Sky. It is recommended to you, a photographer, and an amateur of photo-taking. The best tour time is from July to August, and a sunny day is perfect for photo-taking.
Chaka Salt Lake is regarded as one of the best places to photograph.
Chaka Salt Lake Location
Chaka Salt Lake is located in Qinghai province, close to Qinghai Lake, and it is in Wulan county(乌兰县), about 150 kilometers away from Erlangjian Scenic Spot.
Chaka Salt Lake Travel Tips
Chaka Salt Lake Entrance Fee Ticket: 70 yuan for entrance ticket, 50 yuan for a single trip of train to the lake from the entrance gate, 5 yuan for eletromobile and 90 yuan for a cruise.
Chaka Salt Lake Opening Hours: 05:30-22:00 (July, August); 06:00-21:00 ( June & September ); 07:00-21:00( April, May, October)
How to Get to Chaka Salt Lake From Xining
What to see and what to do: to see salt products, salt sculpture, have a walking along the salt lake, and take photos of wetland, and the lake.