A fast-growing city of over 2 million people, Xining, is the largest city on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. At an elevation of 7,464 feet, our stay in Xining will allow us to get partially adjusted to the higher elevations of the plateau. We will walk around downtown Xining, tour a Buddhist temple and make a short visit to Qinghai lake. Here we will board the Qinghai-Tibet Railroad for our journey to Lhasa.