Qinghai Province, located in the inland northwestern China, is a mysterious pearl on the lofty Qinghai Tibet Plateau. It features both in stunning plateau natural landscape and longlast ethnic and Buddhism culture and history. Qinghai abounds in natural beauty, with lush valleys aournd the capital of Xining, and miles of unspoilt wilderness aournd the Qinghai Lake which is the largest lake in China. It also houses one of the most oldest and greatest Tibetan monasteries, Taer Monastery. Qinghai also povides the most important transportation acess into Tibet – Qinghai Tibet Railway.
Day 1 Xining Arrival
Welcome to Xining, Qinghai. Once arrival at Xining Caojiabao Airport/Train Station, your tour guide will meet you, and then escort you to your hotel by a private vehicle. If time allows, go to visit the 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.
Day 2 Xining ¨C Qinghai Lake (B, L, D )
After breakfast, drive around 2.5 hours to the Qinghai Lake which is the best highlights of your Qinghai tour.
Qinghai Lake is surrounded by high mountains from outside. And on the foot of mountains it is endless beautiful grasslands. So you can enjoy the great views by walking, riding or biking. Qinghai Lake is the paradise for birds, which can amount to more than 10 thousand in the summer.
Cruise on the lake and visit the Bird Island in the lake. On route, you will also visit the Riyue Mountains (Sun and Moon Mountains) and the Ri Pagoda and Yue Pagoda which hich were built in Tang Dynasty to commemorate the intermarriage of marrying Princess Wencheng of Tang to Tubo. In nearby, you will also be amazed by the Daotang River which flows oppositely.
Go back Xining and stay overnight.
Day 3 Xining Departure ( B,L )
After breakfast, drive about 26km to visit the famous Taer Monastery.
Taer Monastery is the birthplace of the Tibetan Buddhism master ¨C 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 ¨C murals, barbola and butter sculptures. Taer Monastery is also a very important institute to learn Buddhism, Astronomy and Medicine. There are many Buddhist ceremonies organized here in each year.
After lunch, go to visit the Qinghai Museum which features in three exhibition center: Qinghai Protoculture, Qinghai Ethnic Collections, Tibetan Buddhism Arts.
In the end, your tour guide will escort you to airport for your flight to next destination.
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