The Bird Island

The Bird Island The Bird Island

Bird Island is located in the northwest of Qinghai Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in China. Bird Island is known as the kingdom and paradise of birds.

The main island is actually a peninsula, which is composed of two islands. One is Haixi Pi in the east, and in the west is the Haixi Shan. When the spring and summer come, many birds fly from faraway mountains and deserts to breed here. In the noisiest months of April and May, their numbers can amount to ten thousand, 80% to 90% of which stop on the Haixi Shan and lay eggs there. With eggs interspersed all over the island, Haixi Shan is also called 'Egg Island'. The local people have a saying about Bird Island: “An empty boat goes into the lake, but out comes a boat loaded full of eggs.”

Then why does the island attract so many birds? Because it has a flat physiognomy and mild climate, and is close to the water, which produces rich float grasses and fishes. The environment here is also very quiet, so it is a natural space for the birds to reproduce and inhabit.

The southern part of the island has now been set up as a nature reserve to protect the birds that inhabit on it. With its highly attractive natural scenery and many beautiful wildfowl, Bird Island has become a must-see spot for most tourists and birdwatchers in Xining.

Location: northwest of Qinghai Lake
Entrance Fee: RMB 78
Opening Hours: 07:10 to 18:00
Transportation: Take shuttle buses at Xining Bus Station.

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