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9-day Southwest Gansu Tibetan Buddhist Culture Tour

Tour code: ETC-Q132   

Join us with this Southwest Gansu discovery tour to the Amdo Tibetan area, which is one the three traditional Tibetan Regions, the other two being U-tsang and Kham. You will visit the notable Tibetan monasteries, enchanted Tibetan villages, and watch the sacred Sunning Buddha ceremony.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Lanzhou
Arrival in Lanzhou
2 Lanzhou Binglingsi Caves
3 Lanzhou - Xining Kumbum Monastery
4 Xining - Tongren (Rebkong)

Transfer to Tongren, Drotsang Monastery

5 Tongren (Rebkong) - Xiahe Lower Wutong Monastery, Longwu Monastery, drive to Xiahe
6 Xiahe Labrang Monastery
7 Xiahe - Langmusi Drive to to Langmusi
8 Langmusi - Lanzhou
Drive back to Lanhou. Visit Hezuo Milarepa Palace
9 Lanzhou Departure
Service end

Day 01 Arrival in Lanzhou (D)

After arrival in Lanzhou, transfer to check in hotel.

Day 02 Lanzhou (B, L, D)

Drive to visit Binglingsi Caves. Built in 420AD of Western Qin Dynasty, it is a classic Buddhist Grottoes along Ancient Silk Road. Overnight in Lanzhou.

Day 03 Lanzhou - Xining (B, L, D)

After breakfast, drive about 28km/17mi to 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 04 Xining - Tongren (Rebkong) (B, L, D)    

Transfer to Tongren in the morning. Located in the East Qinghai Province, it is one of the important Buddhist center in Amdo Buddhist area, and the hometown of Tibetan Tangkha Painting Art. Head for Drotsang Monastery, the largest Monastery and Ming Dynasty Architecture in Ledu County. Overnight at local guesthouse at Tongren.                              

Day 05 Tongren (Rebkong) - Xiahe (B, L, D)

Visit Lower Wutong Monastery (Wutun Lower Temple) in the morning. You will have chance to watch Sunning Buddha ceremony and mask dance show of Tibetan style. And then head for Longwu Monastery to see the parade of Maitreya Buddha Statue around the pagoda. Drive to Xiahe.

Day 06 Xiahe (B, L, D)

Explore the Labrang Monastery, the Largest Monastery and Buddhist Institute in Amdo. You’ll have chance to watch the ceremony of sunning the Buddha at Labrang. Overnight in Xiahe.

Day 07 Xiahe - Langmusi (B, L, D)

In the morning, transfer to Langmusi. Langmusi is a quaint little town nestled among the mountains, and famous for its beautiful landscape, Nomad life and the mixture of Hui and Tibetan cultures. Pay a visit to two Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and trek on the grasslands. Overnight in Langmusi.

Day 08 Langmusi - Lanzhou (B, L, D)

Drive back to Lanhou. Visit Hezuo Milarepa Palace en route. This magnificent temple is towering up and ringed by prayer wheels.

Day 09 Lanzhou Departure (B)

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


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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