Tour Code:CN-TBT04
6 Days Tibetan Area Tour in Gansu & Qinghai Provinces - Lanzhou, Hezuo, Xiahe, Tongren, Xining
Duration:6 Day(s)
Price from:(per person)

CNY 4230

Departure/Pick-up from:


Main Destination :Lanzhou, Linxia, Xiahe, Tongren, Xining Regong Art Thangka
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Departure Date:You Decide!

Why we suggest this tour itinerary, & the Key Points of This Tour:

Many people know Tibet, but only few people know that there are still many Tibetan Chinese also stay in many other areas beyond Tibet in China. The altitude of these rarely visited remote areas is not as high as Tibet, but the sceneries are the same breathtaking. It is far more easily accessible than Tibet. Foreign tourists do not need to apply for the Tibet Tour Permit in advance. You also do not need to tap your physical potentials to enjoy the scenic masterpieces and splendid culture at the high altitude area. In this itinerary, tourists would visit Labrang, the most important religious center of Gansu and Sichuan Provinces for the Tibetan Chinese stayed there, Taer Temple, the most important religious center of Qinghai Province, Ganjia Prairie, a Shangbala (wonderland in Tibetan legend) like area near Labrang, Qinghai Lake, the biggest lake in China, and many other sites well worth a visit. You can also enjoy the Tangka art (As the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, Tangka is the one kind of Tibetan Buddhist painting) at Tongren County in Qinghai Provine.  


You can enjoy the local Tibetan’s custom in some small towns. And we will also arrange you to visit a local normal Tibetan family in Tong Ren County. To have a dinner and enjoy the local Tibetan life with them. 


Tashi delek! (the Tibetan greeting to wish somebody happiness and luck) 


Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary: 

In Gansu Province: 

Huzuo, the capital of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture

Milariba Buddha Tower 


Xiahe County:

Labrang Monastery, Ganjia Prairie (include Saint White Rock Cliffs Cave, White Rock Cliffs Monastery, Octagonal City Ruins).  


In Qinghai Province:

Tongren County,

Longwu Monastery, Wutun Monastery for its famous Regong Arts, the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.  


Xining, the Capital of Qinghai Province

Taer Monastery (or called Kumbum Monastery), Qinghai Lake 


Some More Info about Labrang Monastery, Ganjia Prairie and Regong Art which you will visit in this Itinerary:

Labrang Monastery was founded in 1709 by Ngagong Tsunde (E’angzongzhe in Chinese), the first-generation Jamyang (a line of reincarnated Rinpoches or living Buddhas ranking third in importance after the Dalai and Panchen lamas), from nearby Ganjia. Known as the "World Academy for Tibetan Art", it possesses a vast number of Tibetan written works covering politics, history, culture and many other fields. The monastery is one of the six major Tibetan monasteries of the Gelugpa order (Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism). The others are Ganden, Sera and Drepung monasteries near Lhasa; Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse; and Kumbum (Ta’er) Monastery near Xining in Qinghai. 


Renovations began in September 2012 with a budget of 305 million yuan ($45 million). The Labrang Monastery restoration project is the most extensive undertaken since Chinas reform and opening.


Many of the chapel halls in the temple are illuminated in a yellow glow by yak-butter lamps, their strong-smelling fuel scooped out from voluminous tubs. Although Tibet is not on your itinerary this time, the monastery sufficiently conveys the mystique of its devout persuasions, leaving indelible impressions of a deeply sacred domain. 


In addition to the chapels, residences, golden-roofed temple halls and living quarters for the monks, Labrang is also home to six tratsang (monastic colleges or institutes), exploring esoteric Buddhism, theology, medicine, astrology and law. 


At its peak, Labrang housed nearly 4000 monks, but their ranks greatly declined during the Cultural Revolution. Modern Labrang is again such a popular destination for young disciples that numbers are currently capped at 1800 monks with about 1600 currently in residence, drawn from Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Inner Mongolia. 

More detail about Labrang Monastery at Wikipedia: 


Ganjia Prairie 

Located some 20 km away to the north of the Xiahe county, Ganjia Prairie features its original wild features with abundant grass and beautiful scenery,some mysterious scared Buddhist lands. Under the white-clouded blue sky, herds of sheep and cows are grazing, surely a perfect place of natural scenes for enjoying a pastoral life. Every summer the pastureland covered with grasses and all kinds of flowers vying for beauty seems to be a carpeted lawn. With a fresh and cool weather, they are the ideal places for returning to nature in which visitors can be free from summer heat while getting to know something about the nomadic life of the Tibetan people.  


Regong Art includes paintings (murals and scrolls called "Thangka" in Tibetan), clay and wooden sculptures, barbola, color paintings on buildings, patterns, butter sculptures, and so on. Among these, the paintings, sculptures and designs are most famous. The contents of Regong art ranges from the story of the Sakyamuni, Bodhisattvas, Buddhist guardians and fairies, to Buddhist stories. 


The period from the 10th century to the 13th century was the “Late Development Period of Tibetan Buddhism”, as well as a transferring period for the art of Tibetan Buddhism, which was also the time when Regong Art was born. During this time, Tibetan Buddhism was already widely accepted by people. Thus, being a tool to deliver the sermon, the art of Tibetan Buddhism had begun to change itself from foreign style to the style answering to the appreciation of the beauty of the nation.  


During the hundreds of years of its development, Regong Art has become a unique folk art. It features in accurate and vivid characters, beautiful and delicate drawing, gorgeous and decorative colors, fully displaying the rhythmic, moving and stereoscopic sensation of the lines. It also maintains the perfection with the whole. The modest style of painting, clear and harmonious color set and life-like portraying shows the excellent culture created by Tibetan people, which is an important treasure of art among Chinese heritages. 


To better protect this art, it was included in the 2nd batch of the National Folk Culture Protection Project in April 2004. And on 20 May 2006, it was listed in the 1st batch Directory of National-level Non-material Cultural Heritage. Itinerary was inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

More about Regong Arts at UNESCO official website:

Day 1
Arrive in Lanzhou city (capital of Gansu Province) at Noon, Lanzhou - Hezuo - Xiahe County Town by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Xiahe County Town

On your arrival in Lanzhou city for your exciting journey, you will be met at the airport or train station by your personal guide, who will take care of you during this journey. If you need any advice, tips or help please just ask your guide. 


After lunch, drive south for around 240 km/4 hours to Xiahe County at 2900m altitude. On the way, in Huzuo, the capital of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, to visit the famous Milariba Buddha Tower. The Milarepa place itself is a very unique structure with 9 stories. Each floor is like a separate temple with Buddha figurines, Thangkas, precious stones, urns etc etc. It is dark and calm (and calming) as only the inner sanctum of a Tibetan Buddhist place of workship can be.


Day 2
Tour in Xiahe County
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Xiahe County Town

Today the first place you will visit is the famous Labrang Monastery. Founded in 1709 by the Yellow Hat Sect (Gelukpa) of Tibetan Buddhism, Labrang Monastery is one of the six very important Yellow Hat Sect monasteries in China. In terms of size it is second largest one, only next to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. In Tibetan, Labrang means the place where the Buddhist Palace stands. The present head monk, 3rd in religious importance behind the Dalai and Panchen Lamas, is the sixth incarnation of the Jiemuyang. Within the monastery there has been built 6 Sutra Halls, 84 Buddha halls of different size and period. 


When entering Labrang you are able to appreciate the supernatural and recondite Tibetan Buddhism, you can visit the relics with long history, enjoy recitation of the sutra and find out thousands of monks, pilgrims and learners in an endless stream. Labrang also has voluminous Tibetan sutra and is home to six famous colleges. Labrang Monastery happens to be the largest Tibetology university in the world. 



Afterwards, you will drive north for around 20 km to the charming GanJia Prairie. a Shangri-La like area covered with pretty and dense grass. Without any commercial development, the picturesque and mysterious Ganjia Prairie a flat and vast pasture on plateau and a piece of clean land where human beings and the nature coexist peacefully and harmoniously.  


Tourists can enjoy the natural but extremely enchanting wild scenery, White Stone Cliff Hills, and the mysterious ancient Octagonal City, White Stone Cliff Cave and White Stone Cliff Temple. This grassland mainly distributes in Maqu, Xiahe and Luqu counties. The vast Maqu prairie is the largest ecological wetland located at the first curve of the Yellow River as the paradise of the local Hequ Horse, ack-necked crane, swine, goa and spotted deer. You can enjoy fascinating scenes decorated by various flowers and birds on the lush grassland in summer and autumn. Blue sky, white cloud and clear water deliver a beautiful picturesque view of prairie with the snowy mountains standing afar.



Day 3
Xiahe County in Gansu Province - Longwu Town in Qinghai Province by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Longwu Town

In the morning, drive west for around 120km / 3 hours from Xiahe County town, cross the border between Gansu Province and Qinghai Province, to Longwu Town at 2500 m altitude. You will visit the famous Longwu Monastery in the town.  


Longwu Town, the capital of Huang Nan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, is a small monastic town situated on Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai Province that attracts great number of pilgrims and art-oriented travelers. There are three temples inside the town: Longwu Monastery, Yuantong Temple, and the Mosque (which serve Tibetan Buddhism, Han Buddhism and Islam respectively), but it’s Wutun Monastery, located just outside of the town, that attracts most visitors. It’s famous for producing some of Tibetan world’s best Thangkas – religious paintings that depict Buddhist deities, scenes from the sutras or mandalas. 


Here is the land of Regong Art, UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, including paintings (murals and scrolls called "Thangka" in Tibetan) clay and wooden sculptures, barbola, color paintings on buildings, patterns, butter sculptures, and so on. Among these, the paintings, sculptures and designs are most famous. 


This area is also the birthplace of Regong Art which is a successful mixture of religious arts and local folk arts by the local Tibetan and local Tu ethnic minorities. It is the birthplace of Anduo Tibetan Plays which is presented at many local festivals. 


Named after Longwo River upon which the monastery was built, Longwu Monastery is situated at the southwestern end of Longwu town, about 180km away from Xining, capital of Qinghai. As one of the oldest and largest Gelupa monasteries in the world, the Longmu Monastery was initially established in 1301. 


The Longwu Monastery faces to the east and with a large architecture scale. Tourists can visit many halls including the main prayer hall (Grand Sutra Hall) and Great Golden Pagoda in it to enjoy the valuable cultural relics and find arts, including numerous Buddha statues, Thangka paintings, architectural arts and so on in the monastery. 


More about Longwu Monastery at Wikipedia:
More travel guide of Tongren County at Wikipeida:


Day 4
LongwuTown - Xining City by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Xining

In the morning, Visit Wutun Monastery which is around 7 km to Longwu Town to enjoy the master pieces of famous Regong Art. After lunch, drive to Xining city at 2280m altitude, the capital of Qinghai Province (around 180km/3 hours). Overnight in Xining city tonight. 


Wutun Monastery

With a reputation unequalled in the Tibetan world, many visitors come here exclusively to see the monasterys collection of centuries old Thanka paintings and watch the resident artists continuing the tradition. Though the art is undoubtedly the headliner, the rebuilt grounds are a fine example of modern Tibetan architecture elaborately decorated with brightly painted wood carvings. The complex is divided into upper and lower monasteries, each with its own set of prayer halls, courtyards and artist studios. Some say upper feels more authentic and holds the best art but the lowers towering gold-tipped gompa is quite impressive. Please note: In Summer (July to early September), women are not allowed to enter the monastery.



Day 5
One Day Tour to Qinghai Lake (at around 3200m altitude)
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Xining

Today, you will drive for around 150km/3 hours to Qinghai Lake, the largest lake in China. On the way, you will pass the endless grassland and the famous Sun & Moon Mountain.


Classified as a saline and alkaline lake and at 3,205 m (10,515 ft) above sea level, called West Sea in ancient time, Qinghai Lake has a surface area of 4,317 sq km (1,667 sq mi); an average depth of 21 m (69 ft), and a maximum depth of 25.5 m (84 ft) as measured in 2008. The lake is surrounded by 4 high mountains with height of 3,600-5,000m, which is like 4 high natural barriers closely encircling Qinghai Lake.  


Look out on the side of Qinghai Lake, you can see the distant green mountains encircling each other; green lake water, wave ripping; green grassland, sheep group like clouds. Around Qinghai Lake is the boundless grassland. With the flat topography, enough water resource, and temperate weather, the lake is a natural pasture with lush grasses. Prairie in summer and autumn is very green just like a blanket. The titian rape flowers emanate fragrance towards wind; tents of herdsmen spread all over the place; herds of cattle and sheep move like clouds. The charming scenery of sunrise and sunset is full of poetic and pictorial splendor, which makes people carefree and happy. 

More detail about Qinghai Lake at Wikipedia:


Day 6
Tour in Xining, Leave Xining
Dining:Not included in the quotation

Today in the morning, you will visit Ta’er Monastery which is around 25km to the southwest of Xining city. Standing in an imposing manner according to the gradient of the mountain, the Taer Lamasery is a wonderful architectural complex that embraces 9,300 structures, including scripture halls, Buddha halls, lamas residences, and Buddhist pagodas. Built in 1622, in the center of the entire complex, the Great Hall of Gold Tiles is the core structure of the lamasery. The ridges of the halls roof are decorated with auspicious objects such as treasure bottles, gold streamers, and gold deer. In the center of the hall is a silver pagoda built around a pipal tree; and a statue of Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the founder of the Yellow Sect (Gelug Sect) of Tibetan Buddhism, is placed in the pagoda. In the hall there also exists a collection of hundreds of works by Tsongkhapa and his disciples as well as hand-written copies of scriptures in Tibetan and Mongolian. 

More detail of the Taer Monaster, you can visit: 


Afterwards, transfer to the Xining Airport or railway station. Your guide will look after you until your safety at the correct airport check-in desk or railway station check-in channel to complete your amazing tour.

Note: Visiting time,transporting time and the duration of shows and meals in the above itinerary are for reference only and will be subject to change accoring to the real situation.

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Single Room Supplement: CNY 1280

* For 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

Price includes:

1. Private van with parking fee and highway fee in Tibet.

2. 3-star standard hotel with breakfast in the itinerary (2 people stay in one room)

* But for 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

3. Private local English speaking guide in Tibet,
4. Entrance ticket to the attractions as listed in the itinerary.
5. Tour accident insurance.


Price excludes:

Traffic to Lanzhou and leaving Qinghai on the 1st and last day,

Lunch & dinner

Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping. 


Tips is highly appreciated but not requested. 


No national guide service. 


Please Note:

1. Child under the age of 12 may have discount.

2. This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan.

3. The tour itinerary described above may change or cancel because of force majeure. If because of force majeure or any conditions and/or situation which are not under the control of Shanghai Elite Tours happens (such as the problem of airlines, train, ship, public bus and any other public traffic means, the sudden change of weather, temporary road problem…) and/or accidental situation such as tourists will endanger the personal safety and property safety problem, and/or any other accidental situation which are unforeseen, unavoidable and insurmountable by Shanghai Elite Tours, this tour can not be accomplished as scheduled, Shanghai Elite Tours will not bear the responsibility.

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The car can only be used according to the itinerary listed in the itinerary.

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