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A daily life scene from Xining

Two women meet in the street and catch up on the latest gossip and stories. In the background hangs a mop, the daily house cleaning is done.

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XINING is the largest city on the Tibetan Plateau and the capital of Qinghai province. It has some 2.5 million inhabitants, mainly Han, Hui and Tibetan.

The city was a commercial hub along the Northern Silk Road's Hexi Corridor for over 2000 years, and was a stronghold of the Han, Sui, Tang, and Song dynasties' resistance against nomadic attacks from the west.

The capital of Qinghai province has a few impressive religious sites (Muslim and Buddhist), but most tourists regard Xining as a transport hub on their way to Gansu, Tibet or Xinjiang.

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