The remains of ancient civilizations living in Qinghai indicate that the area has been populated for around 5,000 years, though Xining was only given this name around 900 years ago in 1103.
A successful farming community had been developing in Xining for thousands of years before the royal government of Emperor Wudi of the West Han Dynasty established a fortress and built the Xiping Pavilion here in 121 B.C, paving the way for the area to be incorporated into the system of prefectures and counties of the Central Plains
After uniting Tibet, in the 7th Century AD Songtsen Gampo took control of the tribes in the Qinghai area establishing an enduring connection between the Han and Tibetan people. Xining flourished as a trading town when it became an important stop on the legendary Silk Road and its importance as a military, economic and political outpost grew. It is still the only road by which to enter the hinterland of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
In 1927, the Kuomintang Government established Qinghai Province which led to the birth of the Qinghai People's Government in 1950, with Xining named as the capital.
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The T151 and T152 train, going between Xining and Beijing, has been upgraded to a newer model train, making the journey between the two faster and more convenient.
If you want to get out of the city, see some amazing sights, breathe some fresh air, and get a feel for Qinghai province, head to Xining. Here is a three day itinerary for the Western city.
If you are in Xining over the festive period, check out the Lantern festival being held at the People’s park January 23 – February 14. The park will be filled with…no, guess. I bet you can’t…yes lanterns, thousands of them. How in the world did you know?
To meet the demands of the increased passenger flow into Tibet during the upcoming travel season, the Xining-Lhasa Rail Company has added four more trains to its March timetable.
Xining is a hub for all transportation within Qinghai Province, and also the city which connects the province with the outside world. It has excellent transportation links, and is accessible by air, train and bus.
By 2006, there were 70 post offices in Xining and postal and telecommunications revenues reached 1.76 billion RMB, including 117 million RMB in postal service revenues and 1.65 billion RMB in telecom revenues. There are 786,600 local phone users, 851,600 mobile phone users and 82,900 households ...
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