Labrang Monastery belongs to the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and it is their most important center outside Tibet. Some of the most surprising sights are the sculptures made of yak butter, used in their New Year celebrations. The tour of the monastery is conducted by one the English speaking monks, offering insights you couldn’t get with anyone else.
In the nearby hotel has Tibetan style food: Tsampa (roast barley) with butter and boiled mutton.Meals:Lunch, Dinner
The Longwu Monastery, founded in 1301, is a center of Tibetan Thangka painting. Pilgrims frequent this center for religious life in this area, and perform the offerings in the many temples.Meals:Lunch, Dinner
Wutun Monastery is actually formed of two separate centers: the upper Wutun Monastery and lower Wutun Monastery, both famous for Buddhist art of Thangka. One of the halls has stunning paintings in Regong design. If your even a mild art lover you should not miss this.
In the afternoon you will be driven back to Xining.Meals:Lunch, Dinner
In the morning your guide and driver will take you to admire the Qinghai Lake, a salt water lake about two and half hours drive away. The journey itself is enjoyable, as the views are majestic. The alpine prairie like surroundings and the stunning mountains reflecting on the surface give it an unearthly quality.
In the afternoon you will be taken to board your overnight train onwards to Lhasa. Your guide will say goodbye once you are settled in your compartment.Meals:Lunch