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7 Days Xining to Chengdu via Gannan tour


Tour Type: Kham & Amdo Tours
Duration:  7 days
 
Qinghai is relatively unknown to foreign travelers. This huge area is home to many Tibetan monasteries, vast grasslands, the headwaters of the three of Asia largest rivers - the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and Mekong River. It also boasts of a mosaic of ethnic groups, including Tibetan, Mongols, Tu, Goloks and Hui with a vibrant religious life.

The highlight of this trip is Qinghai Lake, Ta’er Monastery, Labrang Monastery and Chengdu.

Qinghai Lake is one of the most tourist attractions.
It is located about 100 kilometres west of the provincial capital of Xining at 3,205 m (10,515 feet) above sea level in a depression of the Tibetan Plateau in the traditional Tibetan province of Amdo. Twenty-three rivers and streams empty into Qinghai Lake, most of them seasonal. Five permanent streams provide 80% of total influx.

Ta’er Monastery is located in a narrow valley close to the village of Lusar,[1] and about seventeen miles southwest of Xining is a Buddhist monastery part of the historical Tibetan province of Amdo.

Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Geluk (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism. In the early part of the 20th century, Labrang was by far the largest and most influential monastery in Amdo.

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, which is known as the "Heavenly State" (Tian Fu Zhi Guo). Being the natural habitat of cute giant pandas, Chengdu is located in the west of Sichuan Basin and in the center of Chengdu Plain.

 
ITINERARY
  

Day 1: Arrive in Xining
Day 2: Xining-Qinghai Lake-Xining
Day 3: Xining-Ta'er Monastery-Xiahe Labrang Monastery
Day 4: Xiahe-Sangke Prairie-Flower Lake (Hua Hu)-Ruo'ergai
Day 5: Ruo'ergai-First Bend of Yellow River-Hongyuan
Day 6: Hongyuan-Chengdu
Day 7: Depart from Chengdu

DETAIL ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrive in Xining
Arrive in Xining Caojiabao Airport by air or Xining Railway Station by train. Our guide in Xining will meet you, and you will be transferred to your hotel to check in.

Day 2: Xining-Qinghai Lake-Xining
Drive to Jinyintan Prairie to appreciate the beauty of highland grassland. Jinyintan Prairie comprised of 2 prairies, Jin Tan and Yin Tan. These two prairies cover nearly 1,100 square kilometers. Head to Qinghai Lake, also called Koko Nor in Mongolian through Riyue mountain pass (The Sun and the Moon mountain). It is the biggest inland salt lake in China . The most charming and attractive places in Qinghai Lake are the Birds Island and Sea of Rape Flowers.

Day 3: Xining-Ta'er Monastery-Xiahe Labrang Monastery
Vsit Ta'er Monastery in the morning. It's the birth place of the founder of the Yellow Sect (also called Gelu Sect) Tsong Khapa. In the Tibetan language, Ta'er Monastery is called "gongben" which means 100, 000 figures of Buddha. Ta'er monastery is famous for its butter sculptures, the barbolas, and the murals.
Drive directly to Xiahe. 1km west away from Xiahe county is Labrang Monastery, together with Tibet's Drepung, Sera, Ganden, Tashilumpo monastery and Qinghai Ta'er monastery, they are the six grand monasteries belonging to Gulug (Yellow Hat). Labrang Monastery has a large scale second only to the Potala Palace.

Day 4: Xiahe-Sangke Prairie-Flower Lake (Hua Hu)-Ruo'ergai
Get up early to go through Sangke Prairie to arrive at Langmu Monastery and Gerdi Monastery via Luqu. Langmu is on the border of Gansu and Sichuan Province. There, you can find the sky burial ground, the only place we can visit the special ceremony of the Tibetans and Mortal Body Bodhisattva which has been existing for 300 years, but still lifelike.
Drive to Flower Lake (Huahu Marsh) famed for its flowers growing under water. It's a nature reserve for protection of black-necked cranes. This is the largest and flattest marsh prairie in China. The way from Huahu to Ruo'ergai is a gravel road.

Day 5: Ruo'ergai-First Bend of Yellow River-Hongyuan
The way from Ruo'ergai to Tangke is very beautiful. Vast and fantastic prairies. The First Bend of Yellow River is in the Tangke town of Ruo'ergai, hometown of the Hequ Horse, one of the three most famous horses. It's on the border of Gansu, Sichuan and Qinghai. Here, Yellow River and White River merge to the First Bend of Yellow River in S-Shape.

Day 6: Hongyuan-Chengdu
Today, our final destination is the hometown of Giant Panda, Chengdu. En route drop a visit to Taoping Villages of the Qiang ethnic group (Self-paid) and Ganbao Village of the Tibetan ethnic group.

Day 7: Depart from Chengdu
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