Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province, is most famous for Qinghai Lake, known as “mirror of the sky”. This 6 days tour will take you to appreciate the beauty of everything in Qinghai and help you mingle with the locals by participating in local festival and visiting local family. You will be highly impressed by the hospitable minority people there.
Day 1 Xining arrival: Ta’er Monastery
Day 2 Xining: Qinghai Lake
Day 3 Xining – Tongren: Wutun Monastery, Local family
Day 4 Tongren: Shaman Festival
Day 5 Tongren – Xining: Rongwu Monastery, Dongguan Grand Mosque
Day 6 Xining departure
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
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
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
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.
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
Pick up from hotel lobby at confirmed time and transfer to airport/train station for departing. Service ends here.