5 Days Amdo Tibetan Culture Experience Tour

Authentic Tibetan Culture

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You may have no idea that the whole Tibetan Region includes there separate areas - Tibet, Kam and Amdo. Each of them shares the same tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, but at the same time has some its own features. This 5 Days tour takes you to explore the famous Tibetan monasteries of Amdo areas, such as Taer Monastery, Rongwu Monastery, Labrang Monastery. You will also experience local Tibetan living culture.

Highlights of this tour

  • Visit the largest beautiful salt lake in China - Qinghai Lake;
  • Learn about the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Xining - Tongren - Xiahe - Lanzhou
Travel Length:
5 Days and 4 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-QG-05B
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
EcologicalPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Xining Arrival

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Welcome to Xining, Qinghai. Once morning arrival at Xining Caojiabao Airport/Train Station, your tour guide will meet you, and then escort you to your hotel by a private vehicle.

In the afternoon,, drive about 26km to visit the famous Taer Monastery which is the birthplace of the Tibetan Buddhism master – Tsongkhapa who was the founder of Gelug(a sect of Buddhism). It is also famous as one of “6 monastery of Gelug”. You must not miss the “three bests” of Taer Monastery – murals, barbola and butter sculptures.

Taer Monastery
Day 2 Xining – Qinghai Lake ( B, L )

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After breakfast, drive around 2.5 hours to see the picturesque Qinghai Lake from Xining via Huangyuan, Riyue Mountain, etc. You won't feel boring along the driving since fascinate scenery of green grassland, blue sky, white clouds, clustered flocks and herds unfold like a photo gallery.

You will stop at the Erlang Jian Scenic Area to enjoy the beauty of Qinghai Lake. As the largest inland lake, as well as the largest salt water lake in China, Qinghai Lake(3200m) stretches 105km at length,  63km at width and occupies a water area of over 4,500 square kilometers. Attracting thousands of photographers to take photos every year, this plateau lake was elected as the Most Beautiful Lake in China by China’s National Geographic. It is surrounded by harsh mountain ranges from outside. While on the foot of mountains are endless beautiful grassland and rapeseed flower lands which are connected to the lakeside. At the same time, Qinghai Lake is a sacred Tibetan Buddhist site. There are many devoted Buddhist coming from afar to worship to Qinghai Lake each year.

After the sightseeing, drive back to Xining.

Tips:

1. Qinghai Lake is famous as the Paradise of Migrant Bird. If you are planning a bird watching tour, you are suggested to visit the Bird Island during May and June; 2. From late July to early August is the best time to view the vast golden rape flower fields surrounding the Qinghai Lake; 3. If you are interested and time allows, you can take optional visiting to some interesting attractions along the driving to and back to Xining, such as Dangaer Ancient City, Riyue Mountain, Jinyintan Prairie, etc.

Qinghai LakeQinghai Lake walking
Day 3 Xining – Tongren – Xiahe ( B, L )

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Today, you will drive to Tongren County, Qinghai, where is the originated place of the famous “Regong Art”. Visit the holy temple - Rongwu Monastery is the third largest Tibetan monastery in south northwestern China, right after Labrang Monastery, Taer Monastery. It is now a Gelug monastery. Rongwu Monastery played a very important role during the history of Tibetan Buddhism in northwestern China. Many famous Buddhist master, scholars lived and studied Buddhism here.

After then, drive across the beautiful Ganjia Prairie to the center of Buddhism center of Qinghai, Gansu and Sichuan – Xiahe.

Stay overnight in Xiahe.

Rongwu Monastery
Day 4 Xiahe - Lanzhou ( B, L )

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After breakfast, you will drive to visit the Labrang Monastery. Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Geluk (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism. It is Tibetan Buddhism's most important monastery town outside the Tibetan Autonomous Region. You have chance to see the monks studying and debating about Buddhism. After then, drive from Xiahe, via Linxia which is famed as the “small Mecca”, to Lanzhou – the capital city of Gansu Province.

Stay overnight in Lanzhou.

Labrang Monastery
Day 5 Lanzhou Departure ( B, L )

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In this morning, you will explore the most popular itinerary along the Yellow River. Firstly, you will visit the First Bridge on Yellow River which has more than one hundred year history. The following attraction is the grand Yellow River Mother Statues which stand the beauty of oriental women. Lastly, enjoy an interesting time in the Yellow River Ancient Waterwheels Park.

In the afternoon, you will be escorted to leave airport or train station for your next destination.

Yellow River mother sculpture

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