Qinghai Lake is a famous tourist destination in Qinghai Province and the source of the province's name. The shoreline of the lake is approximately 360 kilometers long. The lake is surrounded by mountains and grassland, creating a magnificent sight. The lake’s scenery changes with the seasons. Every year in July and August, the many canola flowers around the lake come into bloom. The yellow of the canola fields complements the blue of the lake beautifully. In winter the lake is covered by a massive sheet of ice, creating otherworldly scenery.