Tour Itinerary of Essence of Tongren and Xining Tour

5-Day Lanzhou, Xiahe, Tong ren, Xining, Qinghai Lake and Lhasa Tour (CHT-OB-01)

Discover the most important Lama Monasteries across two provinces and the incredible scenery of Qinghai Lake and Chaqia Salt Lake.

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Day 1

Place & Transport: Arrive in Lanzhou, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Lanzhou)

Accommodations: Gansu International Hotel (Economy) 

Day 2

Place & Transport: Lanzhou to Xiahe
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Lanzhou to Xiahe, Labrang Monastery
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Xilin Hotel, Chinese Dinner

- Labrang Monastery (2 hours): Labrang Monastery, is one of the six important temples of Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and the most important temple outside Tibet. It’s now home to over a thousand monks who have come to attend one of the six institutes of learning.
To tour the monastery, you must be accompanied by an English speaking monk from the monastery. The service is only available twice a day at 10:15am and 3:10pm. The guide will usually show you 6 halls. One of the most interesting stops is an exhibit of colorful sculptures — made of yak butter! The brightly colored sculptures, some more than 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall look more like Fimo clay than butter. They take two to three weeks to make, and are used in parades to celebrate Tibetan New Year.
- Xilin Hotel: the Xilin Hotel is near the Labrang Monastery. It serves Sichuan style and Tibetan style food. Tsampa (roast barley) with butter and boiled mutton is one of the famous dishes.

Accommodations: Wangfu Hotel 

Day 3

Place & Transport: Xiahe to Tong ren
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Xiahe to Tong ren, Longwu Monastery
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Local Restaurant, Chinese Dinner

- Longwu Monastery (2 hours): It is one of the leading monasteries in Amdo with 800 lamas. Longwu Temple is one of the Gelukpa (Yellow Hat) sects and is known as a center of Tibetan Thangka painting. It was founded in 1301 and is the largest Gelukpa temple in the Qingnan Area covering about 100 hectares.
- Local Restaurant: The limited restaurant options mean that there is no choice available however our guide will organize the best available based on the season and the surroundings.

Accommodations: Repkong Hotel 

Day 4

Place & Transport: Tong ren to Xining
Today's Activities: Wutun Monastery, Our guide and driver will escort you from Tong ren to Xining
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Local Restaurant, Chinese Dinner

- Wutun Monastery (1.5 hours): There are two monasteries in Wutun village; one is upper Wutun Monastery, another is lower Wutun Monastery. These Monasteries is famous throughout Tibet for its beautiful artwork of Buddhist art of Thangka. Upper Wutun Monastery is magnificently decorated, and the surface of the entire assembly hall has been carved and painted with traditional Regong designs. Lower Wutun Monastery is just about 10 minutes' walk from the upper village. It boasts a much livelier monastery as the location for ceremonies and festivities that draw crowds of local worshippers.
- Local Restaurant: The limited restaurant options mean that there is no choice available however our guide will organize the best available based on the season and the surroundings.

Accommodations: Xining Hotel (Economy) 

Day 5

Place & Transport: Xining to Qinghai Lake to Lhasa, Train No. K9801 (Xining West Railway Station - Lhasa Railway Station) Dep 15:04 - Arr 14:55
Today's Activities: Qinghai Lake, Qinghai Lake Cruise, Our guide and driver will escort you from Xining to Qinghai Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Local Restaurant

- Qinghai Lake (2 hours): Qinghai Lake, China's largest inland salt water lake is at 3200 meters above sea level and is situated at the east of Qinghai province, around 2.30 hours drive from Xining. The ellipse-shaped lake looks like a huge poplar leaf sitting on the alpine prairie. Scenery in Qinghai lake varies according to seasons. Summer and autumn are the most comfortable weather conditions and the lake's scenery is most beautiful during these seasons.
- Qinghai Lake Cruise (20 minutes): A popular way to appreciate the lake. The cruise takes around 30 minites.
- Local Restaurant: The limited restaurant options mean that there is no choice available however our guide will organize the best available based on the season and the surroundings.

Price Per Person and Shown in US Dollars -Top-
Nov.1 - Mar. 31 Superior Deluxe Economy Single Room Supplement *
1 Person not supplied
No hotels available which meet our required standard
X
not supplied $1,709 -
2-5 Persons $1,009 $138
6-9 Persons $699 $138
Apr.1 - Oct.31 Superior Deluxe Economy Single Room Supplement *
1 Person not supplied not supplied $1,749 -
2-5 Persons $1,039 $146
6-9 Persons $709 $146
  1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
  2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
  3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.
  4. * Single Room Supplement prices are shown: Superior/Deluxe/Economy

Note: A Tibet Travel Permit is required to enter Tibet in addition to a China Visa. The Tibet Tourism Administration has recently indicated that they will tighten the regulations which control the issuance of Tibet Travel Permits. Besides now having to enter Tibet in a group of five people or more of the same nationality, the permit will be issued just 4-5 days before arriving in Lhasa. This means that we are unable to guarantee that a permit to travel will be approved. Also the permit will need to be sent to the place of departure in China for Lhasa by express courier. The additional cost will be 300–400 CNY. Your travel advisor will provide additional information. We apologize for this extra cost. However, it is out of our control.

Excellent Local Guide

Excellent Local Guides

We selected the most experienced tour guides in each city. They are all very professional and flexible during the tour with oustanding knowledge of all the sites and history.

Our Luxury Car for  Families

Our Luxury Car for Families

We use the modern air-conditioned luxury cars for families or 2-3 persons. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well-maintained and always very clean.

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

We use only air-conditioned small buses for small groups of 4-7 persons. Our drivers are very nice and careful with over 5-year drive experience.

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Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Private Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Lanzhou, Xiahe, Tong ren, Xining, Qinghai Lake, Lhasa by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
    Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Transportation:
    To Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    Xining To Lhasa Transfer via: Train, K9801 (Our arrangements)

  • Airport Tax and Fuel Fee
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    Click here to learn more about the insurance coverage and the sum insured.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports/railway stations and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways. We are able to offer these special deals to confirmed customers. Discount US to China Flights
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More
  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.
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