Qinghai is a province in the North West region of China located south of the Republic of Mongolia, east of Xinjiang, and north of Tibet Auto. Region in the far northern reaches of the massive Tibetan Plateau. It is home to many cultures including Tibetan, Muslim, Mongol and Han and is home to the source of the two major rivers of China. It is home to the Tibetan historical province of Amdo.
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Xining is the capital of Qinghai Province and the capital of Xining City District, a prefecture of Qinghai. The large city of Xining acts as one of the major gateways to the Tibetan Plateau. It is an ancient highland city on the Yellow River which offers many scenic spots and historical sites. Although the city itself has a strong Islamic flavor, as it is home to many Hui people, you will start getting a more Tibetan feel as you move away from the city.
Yushu is in the traditional Kham Area. It is a multi-ethnic town. The inhabitants are mostly Tibetan while most merchants are Han Chinese. The area has a population of over 250,000. Although it is outside the Tibet Autonomous Region, it is clearly Tibetan, albeit increasingly flooded with Chinese incomers.
In the morning of 14 April 2010, the town was struck by 7.1 magnitude Earthquake. Around 2,000 people died.