Free to air satellite television can offer an amazing window into the daily lives of people in distant lands. Perhaps you enjoy watching documentaries and travelogs on your local television stations, however the ultimate media experience is to actually watch foreign local television broadcasting from remote parts of the world. One of the most remote and exotic television services freely available in Australia and New Zealand comes to us from the Tibetan Highlands.
China's Qinghai Province lies on the north-east border of Tibet. For centuries this region was part of the Tibetan world before being incorporated into the Chinese empire in the early 18th century. In 1928 Qinghai was formally established as a Chinese province.
The geography of Qinghai is a contrast between the high grassy plateaus in the eastern region of the province, the barren desert basin in the north-west and the high mountains and plateaus of the south. Southern Qinghai is populated by nomadic Tibetan herders of sheep, yaks and goats. The population of the province is a mixture of Chinese minorities including the Kazakhs, Mongols and Chinese Muslims. Tibetans are found throughout each region of Qinghai, this is reflected in the provincial television and radio broadcasting which includes substantial Tibetan language programing.
A number of media outlets from the provincial broadcasting centre in Xining are available for reception in Australia and New Zealand via the Asiasat 3 and Apstar VI satellites.
Qinghai Television offers a mixture of Chinese and Tibetan programing. During the day the station runs many hours of Chinese infomercials promoting growth hormones and fertility potions. Particularly exotic viewing commences around 8 PM AEST (Sydney time) with Tibetan cultural programing followed at 9 PM AEST (Sydney time) with the Tibetan News.
Qinghai People's Radio
Asiasat 3 also offers both the Chinese and Tibetan language services from Qinghai People's Radio. The Tibetan radio channel is a delight to listen to, with a wide variety of Tibetan musical programing.
Tuning & Resources
Qinghai TV is featured in the Satdirectory package on DVD Disk Two.
Qinghai Peoples Radio Tibetan Channel is featured in the Satdirectory package on DVD Disk One.
Qinghai Peoples Radio Chinese Channel is featured in the Satdirectory package on DVD Disk One.
Satellite : Apstar VI
Orbit Location : 134.0 East
Frequency : 3868
Polarity : Horizontal
Symbol Rate : 8680
Satellite : Asiasat 3
Orbit Location : 105.5 East
Frequency : 4067
Polarity : Horizontal
Symbol Rate : 4420
Qinghai - Radio & Television from the Tibetan Highlands
Qinghai Province (China)
Capital : Xining
Population : 5.3 million
Area : 720,000 sq km
The population of Qinghai Province is a mixture of varoius minorities, including Kazakhs, Mongols and the Hui (Chinese Muslims). Tibetans are found throughout all areas of the province with the Han concintrated around the capital city, Xining.
The province is named after China's largest lake, Qinghai Hu, which features specaticular scenery and abundant birdlife. The lake was known as the Western Sea in acient times.
Qinghai's climate is characterized by short cool summers and long freezing winters.