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Discovery Tour in Shandong Province
Monasteries, Grottoes and Lake:
Exploring the Most Mysterious Part of Western China

Day 1: Arrive in Xining
Upon arrival in Xining in the morning, you are greeted by the local guide and driver. After lunch, drive to Kumbum Monastery (Ta'er Monastery) for half day tour.
Meals included: Lunch
Accommodation: 4* Xining Enration Hotel

Kumbum Monastery (Ta’er Monastery) is a Buddhist monastery in present day Qinghai, China. Kumbum was founded in 1583 in a narrow valley close to the village of Lusar in the Tibetan cultural region of Amdo. Its superior monastery is Drepung Monastery, immediately to the west of Lhasa. It was ranked in importance as second only to Lhasa. It is still very much a repository of Tibetan culture and art, including various sculptures, statues and religious artifacts.

Day 2 : Qinghai Lake Day Tour
Day trip to Qinghai Lake. It is the largest inland salt-water lake in China and Bird Island, on the west shore of Qinghai Lake, is also worth a visit for its astonishing scenery.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: 4* Xining Enration Hotel

Qinghai Lake is the largest lake in China. Located in Qinghai province on an endorheic basin, Qinghai Lake is classified as a saline and alkaline lake. It has a surface area of 4,317 square km; an average depth of 21m, and a maximum depth of 25.5m as measured in 2008. Both the current Chinese name "Qinghai" and the older Mongolian name Kokonor translate to "Blue Lake" or "Teal Sea", are used in English. The lake has fluctuated in size, shrinking over much of the 20th century, but has increased since 2004. Despite its salinity, it has an abundance of fish, such as the edible naked carp.

Day 3: Tongren Tour
Today transfer to Tongren and visit the famous Tibetan Art School, Sengeshong Magotsang, also visit Wutunshang Monastery which was found during the 15th century and after 16th century became the hometown of Tibetan art in Amdo. All the monks here have good training of painting and sculptures and are often invited to make fine art works in many monasteries or private houses.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Nuoerbang Hotel (local best)

Day 4: Labrang Monastery
This morning, drive to Labrang Monastery for a visit. Later, you will be transferred to Xiahe and stay in Xiahe for 1 night.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.
Accommodation: 4* Xiahe Jiusheng Hotel

Labrang is located in Xiahe County Gansu, in the traditional Tibetan area of Amdo. Labrang Monastery is home to the largest number of monks outside of the Tibet Autonomous Region. In the early part of the 20th century, Labrang was by far the largest and most influential monastery in Amdo. It is located on the Daxia River, a tributary of the Yellow River. The monastery complex dominates the northern part of the village. The white walls and golden roofs feature a blend of Tibetan and Han architectural styles. The monastery contains 18 halls, six institutes of learning, a golden stupa, a sutra debate area, and houses nearly 60,000 sutras.

Day 5: Bingling Temple
Morning we drive to the Bingling Temple and take the boat to visit Binglingsi Grottoes. In the afternoon, transfer to Lanzhou for overnight or for departure flight.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.

The Bingling Temple is a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculpture carved into natural caves and caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River. It lies just north of where the Yellow River empties into the Liujiaxia Reservoir, some 100 km (62 mi) southeast of Lanzhou. The caves were a work in progress for more than a millennium. The first grotto was begun around 420 CE at the end of the Western Qin kingdom. The style of each grottoe can easily be connected to the typical artwork from its corresponding dynasty. The Bingling Temple is both stylistically and geographically a midpoint between the monumental Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan and the Buddhist Grottoes of central China, Yungang Grottoes near Datong and Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang.

PRICE (per person):

No. of Pax Price Single Supplement
2-3 $1090 $179
4-5 $940 $179
6-9 $790 $179
Notes: $=USD, US Dollars

Price Includes:
* 4 nights accommodation in the hotels with private facilities.
* All meals specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch.
* Comprehensive sightseeing entrance fees.
* Professional English speaking guide.
* Private car transfer in Xining and Lanzhou also including pick up and drop off between hotel and airport.

Price Excludes:
* Flights arriving Xining and departing Lanzhou.
* Your own international travel insurance.
* Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc. and other personal expenses.
* Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers.

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