6 Days Tongren Shaman Festival Tour

Grand Tibetan Local Event


Shaman Festival is a religious ceremony organized in some villages around the Tongren during a whole June of Lunar Calendar. During Shaman Festival, there are numerous hilarious activities, such as ritual dancing, drum beating, singing, etc.

Highlights of this tour

  • Discvoer the originated place of "Regong Art" - Tongren;
  • Experience the hilarious anual Shaman Festival;
  • Go to enjoy the stunning landscape of Qinghai Lake.

Basic Trip Information

  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 / Qinghai Lake / Tongren / Xining
Travel Length:
6 Days and 5 Nights
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Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
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.


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 ( 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 Wutun Monastery which is a small but fully visited monastery which is located in Wutun Village of Longwu Town. Wutun Monastery has a history of more than 6 hundreds years, fully decorated by beautiful Tibetan works of art. The most outstanding ones are thangkas, barbolas and sculptures.

Then, you will take a visit to a local family to experience the authentic living. Most importantly, you will have chance to observe how the most beautiful in Qinghai Thangkas are painted. 

Qinghai Thangkas
Day 4 Shaman Festival ( B, L )

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Today greets the most important part of this itinerary – Shaman Festival. Shaman Festival is a religious ceremony organized in some villages around the Tongren during a whole June of Lunar Calendar. During Shaman Festival, there are numerous hilarious activities, such as ritual dancing, drum beating, singing, etc. The highlights part is the dancing played by the Shaman who is regarded as the spokesman of God. In this ritual dance, you will see how the people offer up sacrifice to God, how the Shaman greets God, the God showcase his sign, Shaman escort God. 

Shaman Festival
Day 5 Tongren – Xining ( B, L )

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After breakfast, 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 back to Xining. Once arrival, you will be escort to visit the famous Dongguan Great Mosque. As one of the “four great mosques in China”, Dongguan Great Mosque is the holy home to the millions Muslims in China. There are many Muslim disciples worship and attend Muslim event here.

Stay overnight in Xining.

Rongwu Monastery
Day 6 Xining Departure ( B )

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Today is free for you to have fun until your tour guide escort you to airport or train station for your flight/train to next destination.

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