Northwest China


Qinghai Lake Nature Reserve

Established in 1975, Qinghai Lake Nature Reserve is located in the northeastern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau covering an area of 495,200 hectares. The reserve was listed as “Wetland of International Importance” in 1992. Qinghai Lake as the main body is surrounded by a lakeside plain, grassy swamp, alpine grassy marshland, semi-desert, and dry grassy beach with abundant wetland ecosystem and bio-resources. There are altogether 200 species of birds and beasts in Qinghai Lake and lakeside areas, including Brown-headed Gull, Great Cormorant, Bar-headed Goose, and Black-necked Crane. As a plateau lake, Qinghai Lake is a paradise for summer breeders. In spring and summer, around 100,000 birds fly to the reserve for their summer breeding. Qinghai lake also boasts of abundant fish resources that serve as a food source for birds there.

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