Xining Laji Mountain
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Tour Overview

Located in northwest China, Qinghai Province is home to numerous religious complexes, precious ancient cultural sites and melodious folk songs.

This 5-day hiking trip allows you to experience the multi-ethnic culture and different natural landscapes. Not just about traveling, it’s an awe-inspiring experience that allows you to truly immerse in the Tibetan way of life.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore Ta’er Monastery, a renowned Tibetan Buddhist center with intricate butter sculptures and vibrant murals.
2. Hike in the serene beauty of Mt. Lajishan, where green grass, flowers, and pastoral songs provide an escape from city life.
3. Encounter the majestic Yellow River and many natural wonders in Kanbula National Forest Park.
4. Spend a day in Tongren visiting ancient Buddhist monasteries, learning about unique Regong Art and experiencing authentic Tibetan culture.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Xining (altitude: 2,261m), the capital of Qinghai Province. Upon arrival at Xining Caojiabao Airport, your driver and guide will meet you at the exit and transfer you to visit Ta'er Monastery, the center of Tibetan Buddhist activity in Northwest China.

    This monastery is one of the Six Famous Monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, featuring butter sculpture, murals, and barbola. The butter sculpture, in particular, looks quite lifelike.

    Xining Ta'er Monastery
    Ta'er Monastery

    After the visit, you will be escorted to your downtown hotel. After checking in, the rest of the day is for you to acclimatize to the altitude and explore this historical city on your own.

    Accommodation: in Xining

  2. After breakfast, you will be driven to Laji Mountain, known in Tibetan as "Gongmaola", which means the place where Gala Chicken (Shi Chicken) resides. When summer comes, the slopes of the mountain are full of green grass, colorful flowers, herds of cattle and sheep, and melodious pastoral songs, which provide an excellent environment for people who want to get away from the hustle and bustle.

    Xining Laji Mountain
    Laji Mountain in Summer

    You will hike past red rock formations to a high hill, from which you can see a stunning view of the valley. After the hike, drive you back to the hotel in Xining.

    Accommodation: in Xining

  3. Drive 1.5 hours from Xining to Kanbula National Forest Park, with the awe-inspiring Yellow River flowing slowly through. It’s the first national geopark in Qinghai with the Danxia landform as its main landscape, featuring a great number of natural wonders such as deep caves, lofty cliffs, grotesque peaks, dozens of wild animals, and rich plant resources.

    Kanbula National Forest Park
    Kanbula National Forest Park

    Go to see the Nanzong Buddhist Nunnery, and take a short hike to visit a small Tibetan village.

    After all visits, we will transfer to Tongren (a 2-hour drive) for the night.

    Accommodation: in Tongren

  4. Today, a Tibetan cultural experience is arranged for you by visiting Longwu Monastery first, which is a richly decorated Tibetan temple, housing various fine arts and precious cultural relics, like exquisite Buddha statues, murals, embroidery, Thangka paintings, as well as vast Buddhist scriptures.

    Xining Longwu Monastery
    Longwu Monastery

    Then head for Wutun Temple, the birthplace of "Regong Art", where most monks are good at painting, clay sculpture and carving. Finishing the visit, move forward to a local Regong Painting School to witness the scene of local people creating Thangka paintings on site. Here you can try to make a Thangka painting. (Charging an extra fee)

    Drive you back to Xining after that.

    Accommodation: in Xining

    Xining Thangka Painting
    A local artist is drawing Thangka paintings

  5. After enjoying breakfast, your driver will escort you to Xining Airport or train station for departure.

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private van with good air conditioner;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • 4 nights in local well-selected hotels with daily breakfasts;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight to/off Xining;
  • Lunches or dinners throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions, like making a Thangka painting;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single room supplement fee;
  • Tips to the guide and driver.
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