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8 Days Qinghai Gansu Jiuzhaigou Land Tour

Fabulous Sightseeing on Wheels

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This is an ideal trip for those who want to enjoy the fun and joy of sightseeing land travel, also a great route for photography lovers. You will start your trip from beautiful plateau lake - Qinghai Lake, then overlanding drive to southern Gansu Province where is featured in Tibetan culture and stunning landscape. Lastly, you will get into Sichuan Province from Langmusi via Ruoergai Prairie. Then comes to the final dream destination - Jiuzhaigou Valley. Enjoy the fascinating ponds, lakes, waterfalls, wild forests, snow mountains...

Highlights of this tour

  • Pleased by amazing photography masterpieces of Mother Nature - Qinghai Lake, Ruoergai Wetland;
  • Visit two unique Tibetan monasteries - Labrang Monastery and Langmusi Monastery;
  • See how the World Natural Heritage Sites Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou attract travelers to swarm to.

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 a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Xining - Xiahe - Langmusi - Ruoergai - Jiuzhaigou
Travel Length:
8 Days and 7 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-QGJ-08
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureHikingPhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Xining Arrival

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.

Optional acitivity: 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.

Accommodate in Xining City.

White buddhist stupas in Taer Monastery
Day 2 Xining – Qinghai Lake (B, L )

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

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 - Langmusi (B, L )

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.

In the afternoon, drive about 180km(about 3hrs) from Labrang Monastery to Langmusi Town located on the bundary between Gansu and Sichuan Province.

Accommodate at Langmusi Town.

Labrang Monastery
Day 5 Langmusi - Ruoergai - Chuanzhusi (B,L)

Get up early to visit the peaceful Langmusi Monastery which is a Tibetan monastery built in 1748. Learn about its history and culture here. You can also go for a walk around the monastery to see the amazing landscape. Then you will drive southwards to Huahu Lake. On Route, enjoy the beautiful view of Ruoergai Grand Prairie which is famous as one of “Top 10 Most Beautiful Wetlands”. Huahu Lake lies elegantly like a beautiful girl on the wetland with an elevation of 3468m. Summer is the best time for traveling to Huahu. Florid flowers bloom in the lake, and many wild birds inhabits here. Hiking around and enjoy the landscape for two hours, and you can take many beautiful photos during this time. 

The rest of today is to finish the driving to Chuanzhusi Town which is distance of about 190km. You will have dinner and accommodate at Chuanzhusi Town.

Langmusi
Day 6 Chuanzhusi - Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou ( B )

After breakfast, drive about 30 minutes from Chuanzhusi to visit Huanglong National Park. Situated in the Minshan Mountains in northwestern Sichuan Province, Huanglong Valley has one of the three most outstanding travertine lake terraces in the world, which is 3.6 Kilometers long, lying under the grandiose peak of Xuebao Peak (Snow Treasure Mountain: 5,588 meters) like a yellow dragon. This is how the valley gained the name of Huanglong (Yellow Dragon). The travertine scenery was created by the thousands years of geological evolution, including glacial revolution, terrane movement, chemical reaction, climate changing, etc. At the top (3556 m) of the valley lies the best highlight - Five-Color Ponds consisting of 693 ponds of different sizes, shapes, colors, dazzling like beautiful emeralds. Huanglong Valley is also renowned for superlative sceneries of snow mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, wild forests, etc. as well as an important habitant of Giant Pandas and Snub-nosed monkeys. All these magnificences of nature helped Huanglong gained the title of World Natural Heritage Site in 1992.

It usually takes about 6 hours to hike from the entrance to Five-Color Ponds, then return to the entrance. To save energy and time, you will take a quick cable car directly to the top, and then walk down the valley to enjoy the scenery. After about 3-hour sightseeing in the valley, you will leave the park and drive about 2 hours to Jiuzhaigou to check in your hotel.

Useful tips: 1) some attractions in Huanglong valleys are located over 3500 meters above the sea level, which may cause high altitude sickness for some travelers. You’d better walk at a slower pace. If you feel hard to breathe or headache, you can go to the Oxygen Bars to rest and take oxygen; 2) Huanglong cableway is not operational in winter; 3) there is no restaurant in the valley, you can bring some food or snacks, or have lunch after exiting the park.

Huanglong Five-Color Ponds Five-Color Ponds in Huanglong Valley
Day 7 Jiuzhaigou ( B )

After breakfast at your hotel, set out for the full-day exploration of Jiuzhaigou National Park. Your guide will accompany you to hop on a sightseeing bus to enter the park to explore the fairyland landscape of Jiuzhaigou.

Having been hidden as a mysterious home to nine Tibetan villages and never been bothered by outsider until the first discovery in the middle 20th century, Jiuzhaigou is a reserve of superb and diverse natural beauty of which the waterfall and plateau lakes are praised as the most stunning waterscape in the world. According to official records, there are up to 114 turquoise pools and lakes, 47 tranquil springs, 17 groups of waterfalls, 11 rapids and 5 beautiful tufa shoals scattering in the three main valleys of Jiuzhaigou, Rize Valley, Zechawa Valley and Shuzheng Valley. They present various color patterns of white, blue, green, turquoise and emerald in different seasons. The visual feast of Jiuzhaigou also expands from waterscape to spectacular jagged alpine mountains, wild forests with multi-colors and many other remarkable natural features.

Visiting Jiuzhaigou Valley is relaxing and enjoyable. There are sightseeing buses running from the entrance to the three valleys with stops near the scenic spots. Travelers hop off the bus, walk along wooden plank roads to enjoy the sights, then hop on another bus to next attractions. Our tour guide will organize your visit route according to your time, energy and crowd level, and accompany you to explore the essence of Jiuzhaigou at a comfortable pace. The classic visit route is to take tourist bus from the entrance to Nuorilang Water Fall first, then transfer to Zechawa Valley to visit the Long Lake and Five-Color Pond, then move to Rize Valley to visit the Panda Lake, Five Flowers Lake, Pearl Shoal, Mirror Lake, etc. Lastly, get back to Nuorilang, and descend along Shuzheng Valley to the park entrance and visit Rhinoceros Lake, Tiger Lakes, Shuzheng Waterfall, Sparkling Lake, etc. on route.

After Jiuzhaigou sightseeing, your tour guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel.

Useful tips: 1) try to have breakfast and enter the park earlier to escape the crowds of tourist groups; 2) wear comfortable walking shoes and seasonal cloths based on your travel month; 3) Buffet lunch is provided in Nuorilang Restaurant (the only restaurant in the valley) but food options are limited. You can also bring some snacks or let your hotel prepare packed food for you if you like.

Jiuzhaigou Autumn - Nuorilang Five-flower Lake in Rize Valley Beautiful Long Lake in Summer (August) Jiuzhaigou in autumn - world of colors
Day 8 Jiuzhaigou Departure ( B )

Today, you are free until your tour guide escort you to the airport to catch your flight to next destination. 

Tips: So far, there is no any international flight to/off Jiuzhaigou. You can fly to Chengdu, Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou to go on your trip or transfer to other destination and countries.

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