September 12, 2016
Qinghai Lake is the largest lake in the People's Republic of China.
Located in Qinghai Province on an endorheic* basin, Qinghai Lake is classified as a saline and alkaline lake.
Qinghai Lake has a surface area of 4,317 square kilometers (1,667 sq. mi.); an average depth of 21 meters (69 ft.), and a maximum depth of 25.5 m (84 ft.).
The current Chinese name "Qinghai," the older Mongolian name "Kokonor", and the Tibetan name translate to "Green Sea,” "Blue Lake" and "Teal Sea" respectively.