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 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 - 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:
ArchitectureCultureEcologicalPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

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.

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.

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 - Langmusi (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.

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.

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

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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 5 Chuanzhusi - Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou ( B )

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After breakfast, your tour guide will escort you to visit the Huanglong National Park. Famous for incredible calcified scenery, Huanglong is a 7.5 kilometers long, 1.5 kilometers wide gentle-slope valley on the Xuebao Peak (Xuebao Snow Mountain). Vast yellow travertine landforms exist in the valley, and look like a yellow dragon. This is how the valley gained the name as 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. It covers a total length of 3.6 kilometers. At the top(3990m) of the valley lies the best highlight - Five-Color Ponds consisting of 693 ponds of different sizes, shapes, colors, just looking like beautiful emeralds.

To save your energy and time, you will take a quick and convenient cable car directly to the top, and then walk down the valley to enjoy the scenery. After about 4-hour sightseeing in Huanglong National Park, you will drive about two hours to Jiuzhaigou. Stay overnight in Jiuzhaigou.

High Altitude Tips: since the attractions of Huanglong National Park are located more than 3,000 meters above the sea level, travelers should prepare well for the high altitude sickness. Keep a good healthy condition before your tour and rest well especially the first night of arrival. When walking in the valley, don’t go too rush. If you feel hard to breathe, you can stop in the tourist service center to rest and get oxygen supply.

Huanglong National Park LandscapeHuanglong National Park
Day 7 Jiuzhaigou ( B )

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Today, get up early, and throw yourself into the fairyland Jiuzhaigou Valley which is well-known not only as a national park, but also a UNESCO World Heritage. Having been hidden as a mysterious and never been bothered by outsider until been found in the middle of 20th century, all the forests, lakes, waterfalls, landforms in the national park still remains the wild original looks. It gets its name from having Nine Tibetan Fortified Villages in the region.

Jiuzhaigou is known for having the most beautiful waterscape in China which is hidden in three beautiful valleys - Rize ValleyShuzheng Valley and Zechawa Valley. It presents various color patterns of white, blue, green, turquoise and emerald in different season. According to the statistics, there are 114 lakes, 47 springs, 17 groups of waterfalls, 11 rapids and 5 tufa shoals within three valleys. Regular travel route is to visit the Shuzheng Valley after entering the park, next go to Zechawang Valley on the west, and last tour the Rize Valley.

Current Important Notices: 1) currently only Shuzheng Valley, Zechawa Valley and Mirror Lake in Rize Valley are open for visiting. The rest part is still under recovery from the earthquake in 2017; 2) only 2,000 travelers are allowed to enter the park each day, so you'd better plan and confirm your Jiuzhaigou tour as early as possible; 3) Jiuzhaigou is now only open for tourist groups operated by the licenced travel agency. We will help you make reservation to the park with your passport information, and collect tickets for you; 4) all travelers will be divided into groups, and be brought to visit with a tour guide and sightseeing bus arranged by the park.

Jiuzhaigou waterfallJiuzhaigou Green Lakes
Day 8 Jiuzhaigou Departure ( B )

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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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