Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is located in the northeastern corner of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It adjoins Haidong Prefecture and Huangnan Prefecture in the east and Guoluo Prefecture in the south.
It’s contiguous to Haixi Prefecture in the west and lies across Qinghai Lake from Haibei Prefecture.
Characterized by long historical standing, splendid culture, magnificent natural landscape, broad grasslands, dense forests and particular human landscape, Hainan boasts abundant tourism resources with rich and unique folk customs. The colorful religious festivals and culture as well as the ceremony of offering sacrifice to the sea constitute its characteristic tourism landscape.
Besides, the tasty dishes of Hainan will also satisfy your stomachs, such as the delicious mutton eaten with hands, fresh and tender blood sausage, intoxicating highland barley wine and ghee milk. In the year 2006, “Layi (folk song) of Tibetan nationality” in Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai Province was included in the list of the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage.
Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is located in the east of Qinghai Province. As it’s located in the south of Qinghai Lake, it’s named Hainan. Covering an area of 46,000 Square kilometers, Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is a multi-ethnic gathering region with the ethnic minorities of Tibetan, Han, Hui, Mongol and Salar. The population of the Tibetan nationality accounts for 52% of the total.
There were human footprints in Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture about 7 thousand years ago. In the long process of historical evolutions, the local people of various ethnic minorities have created profound and characteristic history and civilization of primitive simplicity which are the important constituent parts of Chinese culture. The Yellow River flows through 5 counties of Hainan with the overall length of 411 kilometers.
Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture boasts a large number of scenic spots, including the miraculous Qinghai Lake with the reputation of the bright pearl on the plateau, the famous Bird Island of Qinghai Lake, Longyangxia Hydroelectric Power Station which is reputed as the No.1 dam of the Yellow River, Riyue Mountain which is the portal of grassland, Saizong Temple which is the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism, the renowned Zhacang hot spring which can treat various diseases, the beautiful Guide County which abounds with pear flowers, the primeval forest scenic area, Kanbu forest park, Zhihai snow mountain, miraculous plateau natural landscape and unique ethnic customs.
Besides, there is a number of other tourism resources to be developed, such as ecological tourism, expedition, religious culture and plateau summer resort. With incomparable superior geographical location, Hainan is also the only way which must be passed to Sanjiangyuan natural ecological tourist area. Due to the continental climate and special and geographical condition, Hainan also has abundant wildlife resources, such as snow leopard, white-lipped deer, snow cock, musk deer and otter.
Climate and Best Time to Visit
Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture enjoys typical plateau continental climate with thin atmosphere, strong solar radiation and large daily temperature range. It’s dry and windy in spring, short and cool in summer, wet and rainy in autumn and long and cold in winter, with the annual average temperature of about 4℃. The best time to visit Hainan is from May to September.