Qinghai Province in China

The Qinghai province has always been known as a mystical and breathtaking part of China. Its ancient sites, endless landscapes filled with rare wildlife and vast lakes have turned the Qinghai province into a popular tourist destination. With Xining as the largest and the capital city of the province, most of its political, cultural and business activities take place here. With the Yellow River and the Tibetan Plateau as landmarks of the province, it seems that there is no end to the beauty of the Qinghai.

As a business destination, the Qinghai province has the smallest economy in the China, leaving much room for growth and investment. Great opportunities lie in industries such as textiles, nonferrous metals, machineries, energy, communications and in the agricultural sector. At the end of the year 2004, the GDP for the province totaled 5.78 billion US dollars, with its main industries being oil, natural gas, salt-chemicals and steel. The province is fortunate to be rich in natural resources such as cobalt, coal, copper, petroleum, zinc, boron, gypsum, lead, nickel and asbestos. Even though there is room for development in the agricultural sector of the province, it is still a vital center for livestock breeding. Here, horses, yaks, sheep and Pian Niu are bred, with pian niu being a crossbreed of yaks and bulls. This provides meat, wool and leather to the province. Rapeseeds, spring wheat, broad beans, potatoes and barley are also produced within the province and the magnificent Qinghai Lake (the largest lake in China) provides scaleless naked carp that is famous across the country.

There is an extensive railway network that snakes its way across the Qinghai province. These railway lines connect the cities of Xining, Lanzhou and Gansu, with the Qinghai – Tibet Railway making travel between China and Tibet possible. The Xining Caojiabu Airport connects travelers and visitors to destinations such as Delingha, Beijing, Golmud and Lanzhou, and there are no less than six National Highways that accommodate road travel and transportation of goods. Investors and businessmen will find the Qining province to be a business destination with a stable infrastructure and many opportunities.

Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful historic attractions of the province such as the Great Mosque of Xining, the North Mountain Temple, the Kumbum Monastery, the Hall of Yak Butter Sculptures, the Lost City, Dongguan Monastery and the Qinghai Lake. The Qinghai Province is a cultural, historical and forward moving province that has many ancient treasures to discover and a majestic world of wildlife, waiting to be explored.

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