Travel both Qinghai and Gansu in a clasic 5 days tour. The highlights are Qinghai Lake, Rongwu Monastery and Lanbrang Monastery.
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.
In the afternoon,, drive about 26km to visit the famous Taer Monastery which 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.
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 ¨C Tongren ¨C Xiahe (B, L, D )
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 ¨C Xiahe.
Stay overnight in Xiahe.
Day 4 Xiahe – Lanzhou (B, L, D )
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 ¨C the capital city of Gansu Province.
Stay overnight in Lanzhou.
Day 5 Lanzhou Departure(B, L)
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.
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