Gannan: An Earthly Pure Land
6-Day Xiahe, Langmusi and Zhagana Tour
Located in southwestern Gansu Province and the northeast of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture has both Tibetan culture and stunning plateau landscape.
This area is famous for having a similar feel to Tibet but doesn't require a Travel Permit. With the average altitude of 3000 meters above sea level, you can experience Tibetan culture and enjoy the plateau scenery in comfort and without the risk of altitude sickness.
Here you will see grand prairies, scattered lakes, monasteries, Tibetan villages, unique mountain peaks, and hidden wonderlands. This is a trip you will not want to miss.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Get A True Taste of Tibetan Culture Outside Tibet
Visit the Labrang Monastery to see the monks studying and debating Buddhism and pass by the longest corridor of prayer wheels in the world. Experience the spectacular religious atmosphere in the tranquil pure land of Langmusi.
Walk Through a Stunning Plateau
Explore the serene Zhagana region that has a unique cultural and natural landscape featuring Tibetan-style villages, primitive forests, and mountains formed by ancient glaciers.
Enjoy the Breathtaking Views of Nuoergai Grand Prairie
Stand by the First Bend of Yellow River and look out at the endless wetland dotted with beautiful lakes. Watch the water birds fly over the rose willows and appreciate the sunset views of the Yellow River surrounded by vast prairie.
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During our trip around China, we spent three days in Xi'an. Thanks to our wonderful guide, Susan, who took us to visit the most beautiful places, explaining additional details about the dynasties. We especially enjoyed the Terracotta Warriors, where we had the chance to create one at a local workshop. Susan was very attentive; she tried to find a restaurant where everyone was happy with the food and found a pizza for our little son. She even made a gift for our daughter—a beautiful hairpin. Very positive experience!more
Dec 2023, Kamilya1818
Jenny helped explain a lot of historical facts made us appreciate the Chinese civilisation a lot more. Want to know more after leaving.more
Nov 2023, 772lauw
Great time with a wonderful guide!
Wonderful time with a great guide. Ken is very knowledgeable, most helpful, with near perfect English. We visited stunning locations and learned much from him. Nothing was too much trouble for Ken. We had a perfect stay.more
Nov 2023, George123w2014
Thank you to our guide in Xi'an, Susan, for being very creative in preparing tours, for a beautiful handmade gift to our daughter, for your kindness and attention!more
Nov 2023, Kamila
Jenny is an excellent guide, so knowledgeable and easy to talk with. Her driver was also excellent. We spent 3 days together seeing the highlights of Xi'an and dining together. We hit a cold spell so she gave us two neck scarves, which was an unexpected treat. If you come to China, ask for Jenny. Highly recommended!more
Nov 2023, CNN N
Memorable Tour with Susan
Susan gave us a great tour of Xi’an. She has a genuine interest in Chinese culture and history and took us to sites and restaurants where locals go. She was flexible with plans and made some great recommendations and because of that, we did even more than we originally expected. Thank you to Susan for a wonderful experience. Xi’an was definitely one of the highlights of our tour and we will tell everyone about your beautiful and historically-rich city, Xi’an.more
Nov 2023, grei
Awesome Guide and Experience!
We have been travelling through China since the 10th of November. Prior to departing Shanghai, our guide in Xi’an made contact with me to let us know she would meet us at the arrival gate as we took the train from Shanghai, this made me feel super comfortable as we arrived into a completely new city. She let me know the instructions on where to meet her when we get off the train, when we arrived we were greeted by our guide Jenny at the gate.We were then taken to our car, met our driver for the duration of our stay Mr Chu!After arriving at our hotel Jenny helped us checkin and then we dropped our bags off to explore the main square of Xi’an and find some dinner as we arrived in the evening.The next day Jenny met us with our driver Mr. Chu at the hotel reception and took us to visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses followed by Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the afternoon, Jenny’s knowledge and explanation of both these activities were amazing and we learned so much from her. Later that evening she recommended a traditional Chinese show and dumpling banquet which we thoroughly enjoyed.The second day Jenny took us to the Xi’an City Wall where we were able to ride a bike along the top, we then went to a local house and made dumplings for lunch before she accompanied us to the train station where we were sad to say our goodbyes but very thankful for our time with Jenny and Mr. Chu.We are coming to an end of trip, returning to home to New Zealand. If you need a guide who has a great command of the English language, friendly and knowledgeable then please request Jenny as your tour guide through China Highlights!more
Nov 2023, John M
Wonderful Experience in Xi’an with Mervyn
Mervyn was a wonderful tour guide for our trip to Xi’an! She showed us the amazing food that the city offers and the important history this city contains. Both my father enjoyed trying the fresh pomegranate juice and the Muslim food court. She helped make our trip enjoyable and simple! Thank you Mervyn :)more
Nov 2023, Angelica Moreno
Great Fun Tour with Mervyn!
Mervyn was a wonderful tour guide for our trip to Xi’an! She showed us the amazing food that the city offers and the important history this city contains. She helped make our trip enjoyable and simple! Thank you Mervyn :)more
Nov 2023, Angelica M
Fantastic 3 days in Xian
I had a fantastic time visiting Xian over 3 days with Ken, I got to see so many sights in a short space of time, the highlight being the Terra cotta warriors. Ken was an amazing guide and explained each place really well with loads of much detail and was so helpful with any questions I had. Ken brought me to some amazing hidden restaurants I would not be able to try otherwise, I loved all the food we tried. I would recommend Ken to anyone thinking of going to Xianmore
Nov 2023, David
My husband and I completed the 8 day…
My husband and I completed the 8 day tour with Mervin (xi’an), and Qi (shanghai). Their knowledge and assistance with transportation, translation, and history of China made this trip extremely relaxing. The drivers were all very friendly and professional.more
Nov 2023, US
A Truly Amazing Experience
An amazing experience. Given China Highlights’ reputation, I had high hopes for the logistics of the tour. The reality, however, far exceeded my expectations. From arrival to departure, and all points in between, the tour was executed with precision. I stood in awe, gazing at the terracotta warriors; my wife and I strolled along the city wall. The warmth and friendliness of the locals were exceeded only by the knowledge, experience and genuine humanity of our guide, Jenny. China is amazing. While the historic sights are world attractions, I found its people to be the greatest treasure. Thank you China Highlights. Thank you Jenny.more
Nov 2023, Mark W
Wonderful time in Xi'an with a great guide
Visiting best museums, tourist attractions areas and historical sites with excellent guidance by Mervyn. She arranged everything in advance for our family so we spent very unforgettable time in Xi'an in three days.If you want to discover more about chinese history i would highly recommend Xi'an tour and my tour guide Mervyn to anyone visiting china.more
Nov 2023, burge c
Wow! Did not know China’s historical depth and culture.
Xi’an is an incredible historical city. Our guide Mervyn from China Highlights was extremely knowledgeable, informative and helpful. Very attentive to our needs and went above and beyond to take care of us. Exceptional service and care from the heart.more
Nov 2023, Tony S
Xian - Thank you Ken for making this our most memorable and favoured place to visit
Ken our tour guide really made Xian our most favoured and memorable stop in China . Not only is Xian filled with extra-ordinary history it has wonderful diversity with culture old and new . Ken's genuine care and responsibility to us whilst visiting Xian was truly felt with close planning with our driver and Carol Wang encompassing flexibility , which made our trip smooth and comfortable from time of pick up to our departure. Ken has a wonderful and welcoming nature to him . His knowledge of Chinese history is deep and profound , his patience and professionalism to explain things has made a mark on our family as he would reflect the gold standard for tour guides. We are truly grateful to Ken and China highlights team and would recommend this to people visiting Xian!more
Nov 2023, Marian C
1 day Xi'an tour
Despite my schedule only allowing for 1 day in Xi'an, Mervyn my guide was able to give me a fantastic experience in visiting both the Terracotta Warriors and making time for the old city too since she's hugely knowledgeable and great company. Great visit all round.more
Nov 2023, Voyager816706
Amazing experience in Xian
Xian was just amazing. We had a great tour guide, Jenny. Jenny spoke excellent English. Not only was she friendly, she was flexible too. She was able to reschedule our visit to the Terracotta warriors to the following day due to my hubby not feeling too well. She also helped get flu medicine for him. Very knowledgeable in Qin Dynasty history, she certainly made our trip very enjoyable.more
Nov 2023, Dell
Special thanks to Susan
This is my 2nd time in Xi An, My friend arranged a private tour through China highlight, it definitelymakes a huge difference with a tourguide! China highlight arranges all the tour guides and drivers for four cities for us, so convenient, saved us lot of time . Susan is our tour guide in Xi An, she is very responsible and took great care of us, she is knowledgeable about Xi An’s history, shared many fun stories, very impressive, obviously she loves n so good at what she does! We had great time in Xi An, the Xi A food is very delicious, Susan took us to the restaurant seems all were very popular among locals. Thank you so much, Susan, without you, our trip won’t be as funn efficient.more
Nov 2023, Venture216019
Must see in China - Terracota Warriors
Terracota Warriors were in our bucket list and it did not disappoint. Our guide in Xian was Ken, a very knowledgeable person with perfect English. I have been using China Highlights for the last ten years and will continue to do so for future travels.more
Oct 2023, Copan
Ken was the best guide in Xi’an!
Ken in Xi’an was the best guide we had during our stay in China. He was super knowledgeable and curious, added a bunch of extra tips and information that really helped us understand what we were seeing and meant we made the most of our free time as well as the time with him. Not to mention his English is perfect! We had the most wonderful time thanks to him!!more
Oct 2023, Inspire03097093187
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Liujiaxia Reservoir Speedboat Ride and Bingling Temple
Labrang Monastery, Ganjia Prairie and Bajiao City Ruins
Langmusi Monastery (Setri Compa), The First Bend of Yellow River at sunset
Huahu Lake in Ruoergai Grand Prairie, Zhagana Scenic Area
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.
- Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
- 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
Tour code: gs-3