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11-day Tibetan New Year Monlam Festival Tour

Tour code: ETC-Q42   

Southwest Gansu Province stands stategically along ancient Silk Road in northwestern China, and an important part of Amdo Tibetan Region. See the amazing natural landscapes in this off-the beaten track areas, and experience the splendid Tibetan cultures by watching and joining the Grand Buddhist Festival of Labrang Monastery between late Feb and early Mar during the Tibetan New Year Festival.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Xining
Arrival in Xining, Kumbum Monastery
2 Xining / Rebkong (Tongren)
Drive to Xining, Drotsang Monastery
3 Rebkong Morning Gomar Stupa Buddhist Ritual, Afternoon Wutun Lower Temple, Show Tangkha Painting
4 Rebkong Gomar Buddhist Ritual, Wutun Lower Temple
5 Rebkong Cham Dance (Vajira Dance) at Wutun Lower Temple
6 Rebkong
Cham Dance at Gomar Monastery
7 Rebkong / Xiahe
Visit Longwu Monastery, Drive to Xiahe in the afternoon
8 Xiahe
Labrang Monastery, show Tangkha Painting
9 Xiahe
Labrang Monastery, Cham Dance
10 Xiahe / Lanzhou
Drive to Lanzhou, Visit Binglingsi Caves.
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Lanzhou
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Day 01 02/24/2015 Arrival in Xining (D)

Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport, and transfer to hotel for check in.  Go and visit Kumbum Monastery (also called Ta'er Monastery), one of the greatest six lamaseries of Gelukpa sect (the Yellow Hat Sect) of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in Xining.

Day 02 02/25/2015 Xining – Rebkong (Tongren) (B, L, D)

After breakfast, transfer to visit Drotsang Monastery, the largest Monastery and Ming Dynasty Architecture in Ledu County. Overnight in Rebkong.

Day 03 02/26/2015 Rebkong (B, L, D)

Watch Gomar Stupa Buddhist Ritual in the morning. After lunch, visit Wutun Lower Temple in Magotsang Village, and watch Sunning Buddha ceremony. Overnight in Rebkong.

Day 04 02/27/2015 Rebkong (B, L, D)

Watch Gomar Stupa Buddhist Ritual in the morning. After lunch,  Go to Wutun Lower Temple again for a grand parade of Maitreya Buddha Statue aroud the Monastery. Overnight in Rebkong.

Day 05 02/28/2015 Rebkong (B, L, D)

Watch Cham Dance (Vajira Dance) at Wutun Lower Temple. Overnight in Rebkong.

Day 06 03/01/2015 Rebkong (B, L, D)

Watch Cham Dance at Gomar Monastery (Gomar Gompa). This mysterious 400-year-old Monastery resembles a medieval walled village. Overnight in Rebkong.

Day 07 03/02/2015 Rebkong - Xiahe (B, L, D)

Visit Longwu Monastery in the morning, then drive to Xiahe. Overnight in Xiahe.

Day 08 03/03/2015 Xiahe (B, L, D)

Explore Labrang Monastery, the Largest Monastery and Buddhist Institute in Amdo Tibetan Area. Watch the ceremony of sunning the Buddha. Overnight in Xiahe.

Day 09 03/04/2015 Xiahe (B, L, D)

Watch Cham Dance at Labrang Monastery. Overnight in Xiahe.

Day 10 03/05/2015 Xiahe – Lanzhou (B, L, D)

Drive back to Lanzhou, visit Binglingsi Caves. Built in 420AD of Western Qin Dynasty, it is a rare treasure house of Buddhist art along Ancient Silk Road. Overnight in Lanzhou.

Day 11 03/06/2015 Lanzhou departure (B)

Transfer to the airport or train station to go to your next destination.

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As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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