Qinghai to Sichuan
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 6:03 AM Last Post By: chrisliujun
Nov 12, 2012 8:13 AM
need some advice for a trip I'm planning next year (for approx 5 weeks, starting in mid-april)! :)
The itinerary goes something like this:
- Start of in Kashgar (quick visit in Xinjiang province, Ürumqi)
- Onwards by train to Lanzhou/Xining, where the main focus of the trip will be:
- Travelling through tibetan areas of Qinghai en route to Chengdu, possibly making circumambulation of Amnye Machen, visits to Dzogchen monastery etc, and smaller treks.
- Fast train to Beijing, flight home
Does this schedule make sense in 5 weeks time? Is Qinghai and high plateau Sichuan possible to visit in early/mid-May or the roads will still be snowy? Is trekking suitable? How is the conditions after the Yushu earthquake?
Also, I would love interesting recommendations along this route, especially sites/events related to tibetan buddhism.
While in Xinjiang - are there tibetan areas/sites within the province that are possible to visit?
Thanks a lot for any feedback.
Nov 15, 2012 10:32 PM
Nov 16, 2012 12:45 AM
Nov 16, 2012 6:03 AM
3I'm not really familiar with this part of China, but here are my comments:
1 Xinjiang would take you 3-4 days if you wanna 'visit' it 'coz it's a long way from Kashgar to Urumqi.
2 Tibetan area btw Qinghai and Sichuan are time-consumingly connected to traffic hubs. So once you start, you have to go thru the whole of it; returning or moving fast wouldn't save you too much time.
3 Early May sounds like a OK season for trekking to me.
4 Better check with local administration to see if you're allowed to go there; so far, i am under the impression that main roads in this area are open to you people, though some sensitive places might be inaccessible from time to time due to political reasons.
5 If you are not thinking of other places than these, I'd say 5 weeks is enough to cover it.
However, if you are a tough and tight traveller, or if you can't make it to the Tibetan area, or not the whole of it, and you still want to come, there are good stuff to see in Xinjiang and Gansu, too. Han stuff and Han Budhism staff. Old temples, budhist caves, fresco paintings, etc.. Cultural things that most outlanders pass by. Pity.
Edited by: chrisliujun
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