Tongren Shaman's Festival Tour

The Shaman's Festival is a traditional folk festival which takes place in many of the small villages around Tongren County and which is presided over by the village's local shaman. There are numerous ceremonies and activities including ritual dances, the beating of holy drums and the singing of folk songs during which the shaman goes into a trance. Take this tour to experience a different side of China tour.

Daparture Date: Aug 2th,2013 (Travel in a group with minimum of 2 adults)
Duration: 5 Days

per person

Day 1

Place & Transport: Arrive in Xining, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Xining)

Accommodations: Xining Hotel (Economy) 

Day 2

Place & Transport: Xining to Tong ren
Today's Activities: Wutun Monastery, Our guide and driver will escort you from Xining to Tong ren, Visit Thangka Painter’s House
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.

Visit Thangka Painter’s House: Visit the Thangka painter’s house get to know the person how to painting.

Accommodations: Repkong Hotel 

Day 3

Place & Transport: Tong ren
Today's Activities: Shaman's festival
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner

Shaman's festival: Shaman's festival is a traditional folk festival which takes place in many of the small villages around Tongren presided over by each village's local shaman. There are numerous ceremonies and activities including ritual dances, the beating of holy drums, the singing of folk songs, and shaman going into trances.Some people find this festival exciting and exotic and enjoy watching the ritual piercing of cheeks of all the young men in the village, the men dancing a drum dance with pierced backs, and the shaman in trance climbing the dragon pole then cutting his forehead with a knife.

Accommodations: Repkong Hotel 

Day 4

Place & Transport: Tong ren to Xining
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Tong ren to Xining, Dongguan Giant Mosque, Longwu Monastery
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Mazhong restaurant

Dongguan Giant Mosque (30 minutes): It's located on the south side of the East Dongguan Road in Xining. The well-known Dongguan Giant Mosque is the center where more than 100,000 Moslems in Xining practise their religion. It’s the largest-scale mosque in Qinghai Province, with a long history. It's called one of the four major mosques of Northwest China, with the Huajue Temple in Xi'an, the Qiaomen Temple in Lanzhou and the Aitike'er Mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang.

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.

Mazhong restaurant : Mazhong restaurant is a muslim restaurant.,the main meal is the Qinghai delicacy .Including mutton、sheep neck、various noodles and yogurt.It is a two storyed building ,there is inter-packet in the second floor,Meals for 500 people at the same time

Accommodations: Xining Hotel (Economy) 

Day 5

Place & Transport: Depart Xining, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Xining)
Meals: Breakfast

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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.
  • Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Xining, Tongren by shared coach 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.
  • 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 and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • 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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Q:Javier Asked on 07:03 AM Jun. 20 2011 Reply
Would you please tell me when does the Tongren Shaman festival 2011 begin and when does it end??? Thank you very much!! Javier
Hi Javier

the Tongren Shaman festival 2011 begins from Aug. 5 to Aug. 15

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Thank You Nero Hou Replied on 01:53 AM Jun. 21 2011
Q:Eve Barkley Asked on 9:21 PM May. 16 2011 Reply
We will be in China and would like to know more about this tour. We would be coming from Xian by train
Hi, this is a fixed date and itinerary group tour, you will travel with others at that time. Tongren Shaman Festival is celebrated by the Tibetan and Tu ethnic minorities in the villages of Tongren County in western China's Qinghai Province, located about two hours' drive from Xining. It is a grand and festive occasion for local people to show their devotion and gratitude to the Mountain God. The Tibetan and Tu ethnic minorities in Tongren County worship the Mountain God as the immortal who protects them. The belief is believed to date back to the ancient worship of totems in the pre-civilization era of this part of China.

We are glad to give you a complete itinerary if you want, before it, could you let us know how many people in your group? Thanks! Vanessa Zheng Replied on 03:05 AM May. 17 2011