Located in eastern Qinghai on the lower reaches of the Huangshui He river, south of the Datong He river and east of Qinghai Hu lake (CN156). The IBA has a temperate, semi-arid alpine climate. It is a relatively populated area with agricultural and herding economies, and it is also the most industrialised part of Qinghai.
Non-bird biodiversity: No information.
Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
The IBA is partially protected in the city-level Baoku Nature Reserve and Dongxia Nature Reserve, which were established in 1984, and the provincial-level Datong Beichuan Heyuanqu Nature Reserve (198,300 ha) which was established in 2005.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Xining. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 12/07/2020.