Qinghai Lake Festivals and Events

Qinghai Lake (Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture) Festivals and Events introduce a brief introduction of festivals and activities and tell travelers Top Things to Do for Qinghai Lake festivals Tours and important Qinghai Lake events and activities including tourism festival, horse riding and cycling race, etc.

Festivals in the Areas Around Qinghai Lake

Located at the junction of Gangcha CountyGonghe County and Haiyan County, Qinghai Lake and the areas around are home to ethnic people inlcuding Tibetan, Mongolian and Hui. There are several grand festivals celebrated in those regions.

Tibetan New Year

Tibetan New Year Festival(It's around February in the solar calendar, lasting 3 days) is another significant festival in Tibet. On the first day of the New Year Festival, the locals will celebrate the coming year in elaborate dresses.

Horse Racing Festival

A lot of the Tibetans are nomads, and they usually horses to help them move around. It isn’t surprising therefore if they will have their own horse racing festival. It is normally celebrated around July 25. One of the highlights is, of course, the racing of horses, though other animals such as the yak may also be competing with one another. Others are engaged in tugs of war. 

Qinghai Lake Viewing Festival

It is a cultural festival in Hainan prefecture, including the openning ceremony and sacrificial activities, performances, etc. The festival is held from August 5th to 8th every year.

Hua'er Folk Song Festivals

Hua'er, literally means flower, however this one doesn’t really refer to a certain type of flower or the celebration of flowers. Instead, it’s very similar to the festivals held in the monastery (Wufeng Temple). This style of singing, and the customs that go with it, are widely practiced not only in Qinghai, but also in Gansu and Ningxia. The occasion is a chance to hear the nomads singing folk songs, either impromptu or staged.

Activities at Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake International Road Cycling Race

It is an annually held event in Xining. The event is held during the period from July to August every year since 2002. Co-organized by Qinghai Provincial Government, Union Cycliste Internationale, UCI Asia Tour and Chinese Cycling Association, it is the largest international road cycling race and top of its kind in Asia. The participants increase every year.

Hot Air Balloon over Qinghai Lake

Hot Air Balloon over Qinghai Lake is an attraction in the Erlangjian Scenic District, which is the main tourist destination by the Qinghai Lake. Its departure location is right next to the scenic district’s cruise terminal. Slowly rising up into the sky on a hot air balloon ride, visitors can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Qinghai Lake below, as well as views of lovely pastures, flower fields, and small hills, which form a beautiful landscape painting beneath their feet. It is a great photo opportunity for all.

Qinghai Lake Horse Riding

Riding a horse at Qinghai Lake is one of the best ways to see the scenery of Qinghai Lake. The Huanhu Road that encircles Qinghai Lake is one of the most beautiful roads in China. Featuring blue lake water, green grass fields, golden canola blooms, and the view of cattle and sheep grazing on the mountains in the distance, the opportunity to witness this wonderful scenery is a rare and enjoyable experience.

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