Tour Code:CN-TBT05
11 Days Nine-Color Shangri-la Tour to Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and Qinghai Province (Lanzhou, Hezuo, Maqu, Diebu, Langmusi, Gahai Lake, Xiahe, Longwu, Xining)
Duration:11 Day(s)
Price from:(per person)

CNY 6700

Departure/Pick-up from:

Lanzhou

Main Destination :Lanzhou, Hezuo, Maqu, Diebu, Langmusi Town, Gahai Lake, Xiahe, Longwu, Xining
Traffic between Cities:

Car

Departure Date:You Decide !
Tel:021-53069239

Why we suggest this tour itinerary? 

This is a top choice for you to release from daily grid to lay eyes on the mysterious Tibetan Buddhism, magnificent cultural heritages, along with the legendary landscape on the rarely-visited regions in the world, include Qinghai Lake - the biggest lake in China and the extraordinary sceneries of the vast expanse of prairie and wetland with all kinds of colorful flowers on the dense grass in the vast grand turning region of the Yellow River - the 5nd longest river in the world. 

 

This fascinating tour will bring you to charming Gannan, a Tibetan self-ruled area in Gansu Province at the east edge of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and some major tourist destinations in Qinghai Province on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in the northwest China. They are relatively unknown to foreign travelers and rarely-visited regions in the world. This huge area is home to many Tibetan monasteries, vast grasslands, the headwaters of the three of Asia largest rivers - the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and Mekong River. It also boasts of a mosaic of ethnic groups, including Tibetan, Mongols, Tu, and Hui with a vibrant religious life. Tourists will be amazed by its exotic culture, unique highland landscape scenery and enchanted by Tibetan Buddhist Culture. 

 

Being located in the intersection of Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan Province, Gannan is one of the important channels of the ancient silk road, which is an cultural combination of Han folk and Tibetan. It is a typical epitome of natural and humanistic resources of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is also called Little Tibet, but it is far more easily accessible. Foreign tourists do not need to apply for the Tibet Tour Permit in advance. Covered with vast expanse of prairie, dense forest, deep valley and highland lakes, in Gannan, there are the largest green canyon in the world, Asias largest natural grassland and the most beautiful wetland in China, along with Labrang Monastery, which is one of the 6 most major Geluk (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In summer, the vast prairie and wetland in this area are covered with all kinds of colourful flowers, so it is called 9-Colour Shangri-la (or pronounced as Shambhala in Tibetan, a mythical utopia kingdom of earthly paradise in Tibetan Buddhist tradition) . The "Fairy land" like scenery here does not merely means a travel route of Tibetan and Hui minority folklore and religious art, but also the most beautiful wetland eco-tour and natural unfurnished grassland scene as well. 

 

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:

Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province

Gansu Provincial Museum; 

 

Hezuo city, the capital of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture

Milarepa Buddha Pavilion; 

 

Maqu County

The No.1 Bridge on Yellow Rive – the 2nd longest river in China and 5th longest river in the world, Awancang Wetland and Ximeiduohetang Flower Prairie; 

 

Diebu County: 

Zha Ga Na Valley, Diebu Duoer Panda Nature Reserve, Dayi Village Watermills Group, Dayi Village; 

 

Langmusi Town:

Langmusi Monastery, Lanmusi Gorge

 

Gahai Lake 

 

Xiahe County:

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

 

In Qinghai Province: 

Longwu Town,  the capital of Huang Nan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture   

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 

 

Experience in the Itinerary:

* Enjoy Bronze Gallopping Horse with a Hoof on a Flying Bird, the symbol of Chinese Tourism, which is made around 2000 years ago, and the Tomb Brick with Picture of Postman, the symbol of Chinese Postal, which is also made around 2000 years ago.

* Visit Labrang Monastery and Ta’er Monastery – 2 of the 6 most major Geluk (Yellow Hat) Sect of Tibetan Buddhism to experience the unique Tibetan Buddhism culture and minority folk custom. 

* To know how people there live stresslessly and in moderation. Try to find the peace of mind in the harmonious wonderland of Shangri-La.  

* Uncover the exotic landscapes in the vast expanse of prairie and wetland covered with stunning colorful flowers (also called Chinese Water Tower) in Maqu County; 

* Amazed at Zha Ga Na Valley – one of the Top 10 “Non-famous but picturesque Mountains in China”; 

* Enjoy the fairyland like Duoer Valley. 

* Explore the natural and unfurnished beauty of Qinghai Lake – the largest lake in China. 

 

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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrang_Monastery  

 

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: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/RL/regong-arts-00207

Day 1
Arrive in Lanzhou (capital of Gansu Province) at Noon, Lanzhou-Hezuo (Capital of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture) by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Hezuo

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.

 

In Lanzhou, you will visit Gansu Provincial Museum to know more about the Silk Road and Gansu Province, one of the most important roots of Chinese civilization. 

 

Afterwards you will drive to Hezuo city - the capital of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (around 230km/3.5 hours drive). The altitude of Hezuo city is around 2800m. Overnight in Hezuo city. 

 

Gansu Provincial Museum

Gansu provincial museum has rich collection (totally 355,364 pieces) of cultural relics, fossils and specimens with distinguished feature . Those with most unique characteristics are painted pottery of the Neolithic Age (10000-5000 BC), the documents of wooden and bamboo strips of the Han Dynasty (202 BC–AD 220), documents, and treasures of the Han and Tang Dynasties from the Silk Road and Buddhist artworks  (202 BC–AD 907). The most famous and precious exhibits are: 

 

Bronze Gallopping Horse with a Hoof on a Flying Bird

Eastern Han Dynasty, AD 25-220,Unearthed at Leitai, Wuwei,H: 34.5 cm L:45 cm.

It was sculptured in the shape of "Liangshi Horse" (Liangshi means Good) which combines the advantages of Middle Asia Horse and Mongolian Horse. With ingenious design, refining ornamental mould and excellent copper casting technology. It is considered as the symbol of the cultural exchanges between the East and the West. So now it is the symbol of Chinese Tourism.    

 

Bronze Honored Guard of Horsemen and Chariots, Eastern Han Dynasty, AD 25-220 

Unearthed at Leitai, Wuwei. Totally there are 38 horses, 1 ox, 1 axe chariot, 4 light carriages, 3 honorable chariots, 2 small chariots, 3 big chariots, 1 ox chariot, 17 warrior figures with spear and 28 slave figures. This set of bronze horsemen and chariots is impressive to every visitors, they represent the outstanding achievement of the bronzes sculpture arts around 1900 years ago.

 

Painted sculpture of Buddha flanked by Bodhisattvas, Tang dynasty, AD 618----907,
Originally located at Tiantishan Grottoes, Wuwei. Buddha is 130 centimeters tall. 

 

A Tomb Brick with Picture of Postman (Wei and Jin Dynasty AD 220–420): 35cm long and 17cm wide. Originally located at a tomb at Jiayuguan city. Now it is the symbol of Chinese Postal.

 

More details about Gansu Provincial Museum at its official website and Wikipedia: http://www.gansumuseum.com/vm_bwg_en1/index.aspx                         Https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gansu_Provincial_Museum

Day 2
Hezuo city - Maqu County Town by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Maqu County Town

You can get up a little late this morning. So that you can get refreshed and help you to get used to the climate of 2800m altitude city. Today you will visit Milarepa Buddha Pavilion in Hezuo city. 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. 

   

After lunch, drive south to Maqu County (around 210 km/3 hours). The altitude of Maqu County is around 3450 m. 

 

Marvel at the stunning scenery of the green prairie and the turning river around the No.1 Bridge on Yellow River (the bridge nearest to the origin of the river) by the side of Maqu County Town. Afterwards check in your hotel in theTown. 

  

The Yellow River is the 2nd longest river in China and also the mother river for Chinese. In Tibetan, Maqu means Peacock River. Here, the Peacock River means Yellow River. Yellow River runs east from Qinghai Province to Maqu County (Gansu Province). But turns back to west at the east border between Maqu County and Sichuan Province. Yellow River gets into Maqu County from west at the south side of Maqu County and turns back west to Qinghai Province at the north side of Maqu County.  With plentiful rainfall, good prairie vegetation and very large area wetland, Maqu is called Yellow River Cistern and Chinese Water Tower.

Day 3
Tour in Maqu County
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Maqu County Town

Today you will take one day tour to visit Awancang Wetland and Ximeiduohetang Flower Prairie

 

Awancang Wetland located around 54 km to the south of Maqu County Town. Yellow River which gets here from Qinghai Province in the west becomes many braided rivers and marsh due to poor water flow. Thus it makes this immense wetland with abundant water and dense grass and fat herds of sheep and cattle. The scenery here is fabulous, it is one of the most picturesque prairie wetlands in China. 

   

Ximeiduohetang Flower Prairie is famous for its endless all kinds of colourful flowers on this immense green prairie in June, July and August. No wonder Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is widely known as "9-Color Shangri-la ".This kind of stunning scenery is very hard to be found in other grasslands in China.

  

Day 4
Maqu County - Diebu County by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Diebu County

Today you will drive for around 190 km/4 hours to Diebu County. After lunch, drive to Zha Ga Na Valley (at 3970 m altitude) which is located around 28km to the north of Diebu County Town (at 2300 m altitude).  

 

Zha Ga Na Valley

Between June 1925 and March,1927, Joseph Charles Francis Rock (1884 -1962), an Austrian American explorer, botanist and geologist, made several expeditions into Diebu area including Zhagana Valley. He exclaimed that ” I have never seen the magnificent scenery before. If the writer of the book of Genesis had seen the beautiful in Diebu, he would have put the birthplace of Adam and Eve here. I’m amazed by Diebu, an expansive forest like a natural botanical Museum,  absolutely a maiden place. It will become a mecca for those who love nature.”. Dibu boasts the unique conifer trees. 

 

In 2009, China National Geography sponsored an activity of looking for Top 10 “Non-famous Mountains in China” and Zhagana Valley was listed as No.4. Zha Ga Na, literally”Stone Box” in Tibetan, is a complete natural “stone city” at the altitude of 3970 m. North of the massive Zhagana Valley is the grand and bright treeless rock peak known as “Stone Mirror Mountain”; Zhagana Valley in is ringed by the steep rock peaks on its east and south. The Zhagana Valley Scenic Area is totally natural and unfurnished.

 

Day 5
Diebu County - Langmusi Town by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Langmusi Town

Today in the morning, you will visit Duoer Valley. Now the Diebu Duoer Panda Nature Reserve was established here by the central government (But it is hard for normal tourists to find a panda here.).

 

After around 3 hours drive, you will arrive at Dayi Village (Another name of it is Yangbu Village) to enjoy the 300 years Old Dayi Village Watermills Group - Now there are 11 watermills on the Duoer Stream and they are still working now. It is "the Key Historical Site under the State Protection". Dayi Village is a Tibetan Village with around 1300 years history. With unique beauty that goes beyond any words, the scenery around this village in Duoer Valley never disappoints any visitor. Tourists would find time is suspended here. The folklore in this village is still quite like its old time. The breathtaking scenery here is definitely the perfect representation of the mythical and legendary Shangri-la. Although now it is not very famous, it will get recognized by outside society and get more and more fame all over the world.

  

 

After soaking up in the Shangri-la surroundings, you will drive for around 180km/4 hours to another lost paradise - Langmusi Town. The drive is long but the views outside of window are unique and extremely charming.  

 

Sitting at an altitude of 3325m and located in a border area between Gansu and Sichuan Provinces (In fact, the provincial border right in the middle of the town), Langmusi Town is known as "Oriental mini-Switzerland" with its mysterious Tibetan Buddhist culture and picturesque primitive landscape. 

 

Named after the Tibetan lamasery of Langmu built in 1748 in the town (in Tibetan, it spelled as Taktsang Lhamo, or just Lhamo), the town is very famous in the world for a foreign churchmans propaganda. In the 1940s, an American missionary James and his wife arrived at Langmusi Village. They ate, lived with grazing for over 10 years here, were fully integrated into the local Tibetan society. The beautiful mountains and bold rough herdsman life in Langmusi left an indelible mark on their life. They know from the heart that this nation had a long history of magic. The wife died in Langmusi. After returning the Sates in 1957, the missionary wrote a book named “Tebitlife”  (means “Tibetan life”).  This book was published in the United States. Just as the great sensation which the “Vanishing Horizon” caused in western society, from this book, Westerners know the mountains, grasslands, monasteries and the Tibetan people life at the eastern edge of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Thus, generation after generation, Western tourists have dreamed of getting here, to find the mysterious fascination of the “Tibetan life” in this small town. 

More detail about Langmusi at Wikipedia: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Langmusi

  

Day 6
Langmusi Town - Gahai Lake – Xiahe County by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Xiahe County Town

Visit the Langmusi Monastery and explore the mysterious Lanmusi Gorge behind the monastery in the morning. 

   

  

After lunch, drive for around 36km/45m to Gahai Lake. With an average altitude of 3,480m, Gahai lake and its wetland, occupying an area of 120 square kilometers, serves as a rest stop and hatching destination for tens of thousands of migratory birds from spring through fall. Named as a pearl on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the lake is home to 95 species of 28,000 birds, including the black-necked crane, white swan, grey crowned crane and pintail. Due to ecological protection, the area of the wetland has expanded from 480 hectares in the early 90s to 2,200 hectares. The area around Gahai Lake is very fertile with lush grassland. In summer,All kinds of flowers in full bloom spreading on the grassland make it like a flower blanket. 

   

After sightseeing here for around 1.5 hours, drive north for around 200km/3hours to Xiahe County (around 2900m above sea level). Overnight at Xiahe County tonight. 

Day 7
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 8
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, the capital town of Tongren County, 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 Arts, 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 Arts 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 Rongmu 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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rongwo_Monastery 

More travel guide of Tongren County at Wikipeida: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Tongren

   

Day 9
Longwu Town - Xining City by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Xining City

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

 

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 10
One Day Tour to Qinghai Lake (at around 3200m altitude)
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Xining City

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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qinghai_Lake

 

Day 11
Tour in Xining, Leave Xining
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:

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:
http://www.yellowsheepriver.com/~qh000001/eng/intro/index.php 

   

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.

Price:  per person in CNY (Chinese Yuan)

1 P

2 P

3 P

4 P

5 P

30170

16990

12600

10410

9090

6 P

7 P

8 P

9 P

10 P

8610

7930

7420

7020

6700

Single Room Supplement: CNY 2280

* 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.

4. The sequence of the activities in the itinerary maybe will be changed according to the situation.

5. In principle, the working hour of the driver and guide (include meal time) is not over 10 hours. (except the service time in the itinerary is listed to be over 10 hours).

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

6. Tourists must bring their passport (for foreign tourist) or Chinese ID card (for local Chinese) in the tour.

7. Tourists should pay attention to the safety during the tour and the during the time when tourists arrange the activities themselves (such as during the meal time, shopping time, rest time, go to toilet and taking bath at hotel and so on…)

8. Shanghai Elite Tours is NOT a medical institution, and can only provide the tour and/or trip and/or conference service (if any). Every tourist should also know the health situation of them own, and tourists should guarantee their health condition can meet the needs of this tour.

9. Guide and/or driver represent Shanghai Elite Tours only when the guide and/or driver serve tourists according to the Itinerary. If tourist asks guide and/or driver to add more service item and this kind of item does not been approved by Travel Service Company in written form, Travel Service Company will not take any responsibility to the added item.
Tour Reservation Procedure:

1. Please view the itinerary and quotation listed in our website.

2. Contact Shanghai Elite Tours to tell us your desired tour itinerary, tour date, tourists name and head count of total tourists, your contact information, such as phone number, Wechat, E-mail address.

3. Please also tell us your name on your passport and indicate which word is your family name, your passport number, birthday and gender. Thanks.

4. After we reserved everything OK, we will confirm to our tourists. Then you can pay to us according to the following way.

5. The guides info, includes guides name and mobile phone number, will be told to tourist one day before the tour at the latest. And the tour guide or our office will contact tourist one day before your tour at the latest, to confirm the exact pickup time based on your preference. We will contact you by phone or E-mail or Wechat or in some other way. Anyway, we will try to confirm these info to you as early as possible. 

 

If by 6 pm one day before the tour, you still don’t receive the E-mail or a call or a message at your hotel desk or the Wechat message for the tour departure info, please call us at 139 0176 5092. We will aim to resolve any problem immediately. Thank you very much!.

 

How to Make the Payment:

1) Pay in Cash to us,

We can get to your address to collect the payment from you if your address is in downtown Shanghai.

 

Or you can also get to our office to pay to us if you are convenient. The address of our office is: 6th Floor, 396 Jinling Road East, Huangpu District, very near to the People Square. The detail map of our office building can be found at: http://www.tripww.com/about/1.html

 

2) Transfer money to Alipay

adamyu1@hotmail.com于时凡)

You can also scan the following QR Code of our Alipay to pay to us:

 

3) Transfer money to Wechat

13901765092 (Adam Yu)

You can also scan the following QR Code of our Wechat to pay to us:

 

4) Bank Transfer

A. Transfer money to bank account  

    Bank of China: 601382 0800088245467

    Pay to 于时凡

B. Transfer money to bank account

    ICBC: 6222 0810 0100 1773 807

    Pay to 于时凡 

C. Transfer money to bank account

    China Merchants Bank: 6225 8821 1083 7728 

    Pay to 于时凡 

D. Transfer money to bank account

    Agricultural Bank of China: 622848 0039158293579

    Pay to 于时凡 

For the above bank transfer, please kindly get to the same bank of the above bank account at your side, and choose immediately transferring money. Then the money can be immediately arrive at my bank account. I can get the bank notice at my mobile phone immediately. Thanks.

 

Or to our company bank account:

上海英途国际旅行社有限公司

03309200040015290

中国农业银行上海瑞金二路支行

 

Company Account in English:
Beneficiarys Bank:      

AGRICULTURAL BANK OF CHINA, SHANGHAI BRANCH, LUWAN SUB-BRANCH

SWIFT BIC :                    

ABOCCNBJ090

Beneficiarys A/C NO.   

03309200040015290   

Beneficiarys Name:     

Shanghai Elite Tours International Travel Service Co., Ltd.

Beneficiarys Address:  

         601 Xujiahui Road, Shanghai, China

 

5) In Credit Card

You can pay us in credit card. But we will have to add 3% on the total amount which the bank handles as the bank service fee. For instance, if the payment is RMB1000 by cash, if paid in credit card, the total payment is RMB1000/97%=RMB1030.92. 

 

For the 1st time tourist, we have to ask the torurist to pay to us in credit card face to face. We can also bring the mobile care machine to your address if it is in downtown Shanghai.

 

For the regular tourist of us, you only need to give us your credit card number and the expiry month of this card. And write the following authorization sentences to us via E-mail or Wechat or Mobile Short Message: 

 

I authorize Shanghai Elite Tours International Travel Service Co., Ltd. to draw the payment of RMBxxxx (Include bank service fee) from this card of mine.

 

My credit card information is as follows,

Card number:

Expiry Month:

 

Then we can draw the money from your credit card in the card machine in our office.

 

Afterwards we will photo the credit card payment memo, and E-mail or Wechat this memo to you.

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