青海湖 Qinghai Lake
Qinghai Lake, called "West Sea" in ancient times, is located in the northeast of Qinghai Province. With an area of 4,583 km2, it is the biggest salt lake and also the largest lake in China.
In winter, the lake is frozen, and it shines like a mirror in the sun. Harsh winds can pile up the ice on the banks in fantastic shapes. At the end of March, the ice begins to melt. In summer and autumn, the mountains and grass turn green, and beautiful flowers and grasses appear.
Bird Islet in the middle of the lake and the Haixin (Heart of the Sea) Mountain attract migratory birds whose number sometimes reaches 100,000.
Early summer is the best time to visit Bird Islet. At this time, it is covered with various birds' nests and colorful birds' eggs. Birds are flying, running and swimming everywhere, creating a busy and spectacular scene.