Welcome to Xiahe

In an arid mountain valley at 2920m above sea level, Xiàhé has a certain rhythm about it and visitors quickly tap into its fluid motions. The rising sun sends pilgrims out to circle the 3km kora (pilgrim path) that rings the monastery. Crimson-clad monks shuffle into the temples to chant morning prayers. It’s easy to get swept up in the action, but some of the best moments come as you set your own pace, wandering about town or in the splendid encircling mountains.

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Private Tour: 4-Night Trip From Lanzhou to Xining

Day 1. Arrival Lanzhou. Upon arrival Lanzhou, you will be met by the guide and transferred to the hotel located in the city downtown of Lanzhou, the capital of the Gansu province. You will walk along the Yellow River park in the afternoon if time permits. Accommodation: Lanzhou 4-Star Legend Hotel or equivalent Day 2. Lanzhou to Linxia (BL)After hotel breakfast, your guide will take you to visit Gansu Museum where there is must-see statue "Galloping Horsing On The Swallow" that was excavated in Wuwei in 1969, which is the token of China Tourism. After the museum, you will take 3-hour ride to Linxia where you will take a speed boat to go across Liujiaxia Reservoir on the Yellow River to visit Binlin Temple  Grottoes that was constructed from the 3rd century with amazing statues and frescos. Meanwhile the Grottoes are located beside imposing Stone Forest of the Yellow River. You will stay here about 2 hours, then take speed boat back to your vehicle. Accommodation: Linxia 4-Star Hehuang Hotel or equivalent Day 3. Linxia/Xiahe Labrang (BL) After hotel breakfast, you will be driven about 2 hours to Xiahe, Labrang in Tibetan Language. Labrang Monastery was founded in 1709 by the first Jamyang Shêpa, Ngawang Tsondru. It is Tibetan Buddhism's most important monastery town outside the Tibetan Autonomous Region. There are hundreds of lamas studying in the monastery. You will walk along the monastery with your guide, and visit the most import temples here in the afternoon. Accommodation: Labrang 4-Star Civil Aviation Hotel or equivalentDay 4. Xiahe/Xining(B) After hotel breakfast, you will be driven about 6 hours to Xining. You will visit  Longwu Monastery on the way, which is a typical Tibetan Buddhism temple.  Accommodation: 4-Star Qinghai Hotel or equivalentDay 5. Departing from Xining (BL) You will be transferred to visit Kumbum Monastery which is about 25 km from Xining. As birth place of Tsongkhpa who was the founder of Yellow Hat School of Tibetan Buddhism, Kumbum Monastery has impressive Buddha states, yak butter carvings etc. You will stay here for about 2 hours before transferring to Xining airport or Xining railway station where the trip concludes. You can book our another tour 32685P86 to Zhangye.  Note: Please book your flight departing from Xining airport after 3 pm.

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4-Day Private Tour to Binglingsi Grottoes and Lambrang Monastery from Lanzhou

Day 1: Arrive at Lanzhou   (L/D)          Our professional tour guide will meet you at the arriving hall of Lanzhou airport or high speed train station. Transfer to the     downtown, visit the Iron Bridge, White Pagoda Hill, Water Wheel Garden along the Yellow River. Accommodation : Lanzhou Legend Hotel ****Day 2: Lanzhou – Xiahe  (B/L/D)         After breakfast, transfer to Binglingsi Grottoes, we will by boat on the yellow for 30 minutes to the grottoes  It has been 1600 years since the Lower Temple was established in the Western Qin Dynasty (385-431) of the Sixteen States period (304-439). Nowadays, there are 216 grotto shrines, 815 figures of Buddha and 1,000 square meters mural.  On the way to Xiahe, you will pass Moslem area to visit Moslem markets and Mosques, passing through terraced fields and Tibetan villages.      Accommodation: Baoma Hotel *** (Tibetan style hotel)Day 3: Xiahe  (B/L/D)      Visit Labrang Lamasery, one of the six main lamaseries of the Yellow Sect of Buddhism and the largest Lamaism institute in the world with a large collection of scriptures volumes. The site of Labrang Lamasery is named Xiahe which is often referred to as “ Little Tibet ”. In the afternoon visit the Old Octagonal Town, it was initially established in 1st century AD. The Tibetan and Han people live in this town from the ancient until today, let’s visit a local Tibetan family in this town, and tasty the Tibetan food, yogurt, Zangba and milk tea. Accommodation: Baoma Hotel *** (Tibetan style hotel)Day 4: Xiahe – Lanzhou (B/L/D)        Get up early, join in the local people’s praying, circling the whole temple, it will take about an hour to walk. Then, go back to the hotel enjoy the breakfast.By bus back to Lanzhou, Tour ends.       You may connect your high speed train to Zhangye in the later afternoon. • Welcome to book your next trip, continue your Silk Road tour, the next tour code is 40805P9