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Notes: July is the tourist season of Xining, so please book your tickets in advance if you choose to travel by air or train. 

By Air

Taking flights is the most convenient way to get to Xining. Hainan Airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines and other airlines all have direct domestic flights to Xining Caojiabao Airport (XNN). If you take international flights, you may have to transfer from Beijing, Shanghai or other cities. Please reserve enough connection time for passing the customs if you have connecting flights.

There are limited flights from Xining to other domestic cities. Instead, you can take train for Lanzhou and then take flights from Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport (LHW) to your destination. 

By car

We highly recommend you drive to Xining, by which you can explore Xining and make the most of your festival experience with some don’t –miss sites, such as the majestic Qinghai Lake, the divine Taer Lamasery, and the Qinghai Lake Open-air Screenings. You can take Beijing-Kunming Expressway, Lanzhou-Haikou Expressway,Beijing-Lasa Expressway to Xining. Having arrived, you can take Qinghai Lake on Beijing-Lasa Expressway to sites like the Qinghai Lake. 

By train

Xining Railway Station is located on Jianguo Road, Chengdong District. Around the railway station is Xining Long-Distance Bus Station. Xining was connected into the high -speed railway network in 2004 and now you can get direct train to Xining from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Lanzhou, Jinan, Taiyuan, etc.

Attend FIRST

After arrival, festival guests should go to the registration center (Sofitel Xining) to sign in and get their participating certificates.

From Airport to other Xining destinations

Xining Caojiabao Airport is about 28 kilometers from the downtown. You can choose the following ways to get to the downtown:

  • Airport Shuttle Bus arrives every 30-40 minutes, and stops at Qinghai Hotel, Central Square, Xining Hotel, Wuyi Lukou, Qiyi Lukou and Bayi Lu Terminus. The rate is 
  • ¥21 per passenger;
  • If you choose taxi, the rate is approximately ¥100 per ride;
  • The festival committee will provide shuttles between the airport and the registration center for attendees.

From Railway Station to other Xining Destinations

You can take Bus No. 47, 9 or 31 to Wenhui Lukou or Haihu Middle School (Haihu Zhongxue), then walk to Sofitel Xining; or you can take Bus No. 104, 31 or 9 to Modern Maternity Hospital in Xining (Xiandai Fuchan Yiyuan), then walk to Summer Beauty Hotel.

City Transportation


There are many routes in Xining, connecting the urban and nearby suburbs. The rate is ¥1 per ride. Buses from Xining Railway Station and Guanlizhan Bus Station (the intersection of Nanchuan East Rd and Nanshan Rd in the south of Xining downtown) both go straight to the Taer Lamasery.


Xining Taxi Rates: ¥8/3 kms, ¥1.6/km, ¥1.9/km after 22:00. 

Shared Transportation

Online car-hailing service and bike sharing have been operated in Xining. You can download certain apps for shared transportation.