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10-day Qinghai & Gansu Expedition

Tour code: ETC-Q44   

Gansu and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau are gorgeous, with mysterious Tibetan culture, clear water, snow-capped mountains and grand holy temples. Taking the 10-day Qinghai Tibet Trip to this rarely visited region for beautiful views.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Xining
Arrival in Xining
2 Xining
Qinghai Lake
3 Xining
Ta’er Monastery (Kumbum Monastery), Dongguan Mosque
4 Xining / Lanzhou
Visit the Takster village of Dalai Lama then drive to Lanzhou
5 Lanzhou / Dunhuang
White Pagoda Hill, Water Wheel Park, Gansu Provincial Museum, train to Dunhuang
6 Dunhuang
Mogao Caves, Mingsha Sand Dunes
7 Dunhuang / Lanzhou
Fly to Lanzhou
8 Lanzhou  / Xiahe
Visit Linxia, Labrang Monastery
9 Xiahe
Labrang Monastery, explore nearby grassland
10 Xiahe / Lanzhou
Back to Lanzhou
Day 01 Arrival in Xining
Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport/train station and transfer to the hotel for check in.

Day 02 Xining – Qinghai Lake – Xining (B, L)
Drive to Qinghai Lake, which is the largest inland saltwater lake in China. It also enjoys high respect from Tibetan pilgrims.

Day 03 Xining (B, L)
Drive to visit Ta’er Monastery (Kumbum Monastery, 25km), one of the greatest six lamaseries of Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Then visit Dongguan Mosque, one of the most famous mosque in Northwest China.

Day 04 Xining – Lanzhou (B, L)

Drive 1.5 hours to a small village named Takster, where is the birthplace of the present Dalai. We will visit the room where the Dalai Lama was born as well as a small prayer and worship hall. Old pictures of the Dalai Lama and his family can be seen in the house. Then drive to Lanzhou.

Day 05 Lanzhou – Dunhuang (B, L)
visit White Pagoda Hill, Water Wheel Park, Gansu Provincial Museum with a large collection of nearly 100,000 pieces of relics. Transfer to take an overnight train to Dunhuang at soft sleeper class.

Day 06 Dunhuang (B, L)
Upon arrival in the morning, transfer to hotel for refreshing up. Then visit Mogao Caves, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in China. Of the thousand or so caves that once existed, 492 have survived in good shape, but only a fraction of these are open to tourists. Visit Mingsha Sand Dunes, optional camel riding available.

Day 07 Dunhuang – Lanzhou (B)
Fly to Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province. Transfer to hotel for check in.

Day 08 Lanzhou to Xiahe via Linxia (B, L)
Drive to visit Linxia, one of the main religious, cultural, and commercial centers of China's Muslim community, earning itself the nickname of "the little Mecca of China". After lunch, continue our trip to Xiahe, where the famous Labrang Monastery is located. Built in 1709, the monastery is one of the six most important monasteries of the Gelupka sect. 

Day 09 Labrang Monastery (B, L)
Visit the monastery in the morning. See the museum, the great halls, libraries and their exquisite yak butter sculptures. In the afternoon we can explore the nearby grassland on bike or on horseback, and venture up to the valleys to reach a monument surrounded by prayer flags.

Day 10 Xiahe – Lanzhou (B)
Drive back to Lanzhou, and connect your flight to the 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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