Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province, used to be the must pass of south pass of ancient Silk Road tour and also the only way linked the central plain area and Tibet. That city locates on the transition state from plain to Tibet. So Xining is the best place to feel Tibetan culture except for Tibet.
Day 1 Xining arrival: Ta'er Monastery
Day 2Xining: Qinghai Lake
Day 3Xining - Tongren: Wutun Monastery, Local family
Day 4Tongren: Shaman Festival
Day 5 Tongren – Xining: Rongwu Monastery, Dongguan Grand Mosque
Day 6Xining departure
Air condition car+ English speaking guide + Entrance fee + Lunch + Hotel
Day 1 Xining Arrival (No Meals)
Upon your arrival in Xining airport/train station, our local guide will wait you by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer directly to visit the Taer Monastery, one of the famous Tibetan Buddhist temples in Qinghai Province. If you happen to travel to the temple in first month, fourth month, six month or ninth month of Chinese calendar, you will have chance to experience the royal temple fair in the temple. Afterwards transfer to your hotel in Xining. Accommodation: Xining
Day 2 Xining (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner )
After hotel breakfast, pick up from hotel lobby and then drive for about 2.5 hours to visit Qinghai Lake, the largest inland salt water lake in China. Tourist will meet the most beautiful Qinghai Lake in July and August when rape flower in their full bloom. Qinghai Lake is one of the best residential place for various kinds of birds. Each summer thousands of birds fly to Qinghai Lake to escape from hot summer and the ground of grove will be covered with birds’ stool. We will arrange a lake cruise for you to visit Bird Island in the lake. After the visiting here back to hotel in Xining, Accommodation: Xining
Day 3 Xining – Tongren (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner )
In the morning pick up from hotel lobby and drive to Tongren County where we will visit Wutun Monastery. That 600 years old monastery consists of several halls with gorgeous decoration. Inside the monastery halls tourists may see delicate Thang-gas(a kid of Tibetan Buddhist scroll painting ), barbolas, sculptures, etc. then we will pay a visit to a local family to observe current life of local people. Another highlight of today is to see how the fancy Thang-gas are made. Then transfer to hotel in Tongren County. Accommodation: Tongren
Day 4 Shaman Festival (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner )
Today we will spend one whole day to observe local Shaman Festival in Tongren County. Each year in the 6th month of Chinese calendar, local people of Tongren County will celebrate the religious festival. the ritual dancing, drum beating, singing , and other activities make the tranquil villages bustling through out June. By watching dance by Shaman, who is regarded as the spokesman of God, tourists will see how people do religious worship in the festival. Back to hotel. Accommodation: Tongren County.
Day 5 Tongren – Xining (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)
In the morning pick up from hotel and transfer to visit Rongwu Monastery. A Buddhist temple worshiped by Gelu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Rongwu Monastery is the third most influential temple in southern Qinghai Province. And the monastery played an important role in Buddhist culture spreading and Buddhist master educating. Then we will drive back to Xining City to visit the Dongguan Grand Mosque, one of the Four sacred Mosques in northwest China. And the mosque here is the top institute of Koran study and research in China. Accommodation: Xining
Day 6 Xining Departure ( Breakfast )
Pick up from hotel lobby at confirmed time and transfer to airport/train station for departing. Service ends here.
* Transportation as listed
* All attraction entrance fees as listed
* All meals as listed
* Excellent English-speaking guide
* 5 nights hotels with breakfast
* Personal expenses
* Tips to your tour guide and driver
* Optional activities
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