About Qinghai

Qinghai is an important province of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in China, got the name for the biggest salt water lake, Qinghai Lake in China. Qinghai province is the origin of Yangtze River, Yellow River and Lantsang River, was rewarded as “the origin of river”, "China’s Water Tower”.

Qinghai is located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, and the Yellow River originates in southern part of the province, while the Yangtze and Mekong have their sources in the southwestern part. It borders Gansu province on the northeast, the Xinjiang Autonomous Region on the northwest, Sichuan province on the southeast, and Tibet Autonomous Region on the southwest.

The average elevation of Qinghai is over 3000 meters above sea level. Mountain ranges include the Tanggula Mountains and Kunlun Mountains. Qinghai is the largest province in China. However, if include the autonomous regions, Xinjiang would be the largest. Qinghai Lake (Koko Nor) is the largest salt water lake in China, and the second largest in the world.

The famous Qaidam basin lies in northwestern Qinghai, and one third of this rich basin is covered by desert. The basin has an altitude between 3000 to 3500 meters.

Collection of Qinghai Orphanages

Based in China, Lead to China works closely with Chinese Government and Social Welfare Institutes throughout China. This section contains detailed information like each orphanage address, photos, travel stories, visit arrangement, and travel tips.

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15 Days Qinghai Children Reunion Heritage Tour

Destinations: Guangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, Xining, Xian, Beijing

  • We can arrange the visiting to all the orphanages in Qinghai Province
  • Famous places like Great Wall/ Giant Panda/ Terracotta Amy are all covered
  • Private guide/ vehicle and diver offer you valued sevice
  • No forced shopping activities
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Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo

Spring Schedule: Mar 16th, Apr 06th
Summer Schedule: Jun 8th, Jun 29th
Winter Schedule: Dec 20th

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Tips for a China Orphanage Visit

When you plan to have a China return trip, you'd better prepare a gift for other children in the orphanage. You can ask our travel consultant about the details and buy some gifts several days before your trip or you can buy that after your arrival in China if you're inconvenient for the excessive baggage. The guide from LeadtoChina will give you proper suggestions and help you to buy these. If you're confused about what items the SWI need, here are some good examples: snacks, or a basket of fruit, backpack, books or other school supplies. You are also suggested to buy fans and air conditioning in summer in some poor SWI. Most of the SWI will give you a present in return for memory.

Many families care about the donation, and if you want to do this, we suggest you to exchange the donated money for RMB and show this to the director of the SWI. Some SWI will issue a donation certificate to you but not every SWI will do this.

According to the size of the SWI and the frequency of the families' return, the visit can be the most important thing for the staff or a small part of the orphanage's routine work. You can talk to your child about the actual situation you've known to let them make enough preparations. You'd better tell them what will happen and what to do if things are not the same as they expected. They should keep a flexible attitude towards life and enjoy the process instead of following a certain model to start as things are not exactly what we think and this is very important. One more important point which is often ignored is that most of the orphanage children always have various special needs. It is better to consider this before visiting and your child should know that some children in the SWI have physical or mental disability. All these can provide a better atmosphere for the children with special needs in the orphanage during your return visit.

If you'd love to invite the orphanage director to lunch, please don't forget other people in the SWI as they are usually the director's assistants. If you want to invite the caregiver or nanny, you'd better extend the invitation through the director to request the consent out of courtesy. Our guide can help you to do this and convey your invitation accurately and politely. What's more, some of the orphanages will offer you free lunch but many SWI will charge you for about 100 USD as lunch fee. You can inquire about this through your trip consultant before travelling.

At last, some Chinese individuals act turgidly in front of you for not losing face. But most people follow traditional Chinese values, modesty and gentleness. Bearing this in mind can help you deal with problems in different situations successfully during your return visit.