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HomeChina Tours Amdo Tour Amdo Tour : Amdo Area, Qinghai Lake Trekking, Silk Road
Tour Code: EL-AMT-001
Lanzhou-Linxia-Xiahe-...-Zhangye-Jiayuguan-Dunhuang (11D / 10N)

TIBTE travel, without Tibet travel Permit
— Why not travel to Amdo ?

For foreign tourists, travel to Tibet( Tibet Autonomous Region ) is required a TTP ( Tibet travel Permit ). Since 2012 May, only the group with
than 5 person of same nationality can apply the TTP. why not travel to Amdo? The Amdo and Kham regions, also considered to be TIBET
to the Tibetan people, make up 50% of the land mass of the Tibetan Plateau and are home to 60% of the total Tibetan population. In many
regards, the Amdo and Kham regions are better places to go to experience traditional Tibetan culture. Most repeat travellers to Tibet agree
that Amdo are the best regions of Tibet to travel to.

Amdo Tour
AmdoSituation of the east Tibetan region of Amdo ( Chinese: 安多), is one of the three
traditional areas of Tibet, the other two being U-Tsang and Kham. Amdo was and is the
home of many important Tibetan Buddhist monk scholars or lamas who had a major
influence on both politics and religious development of Tibet, including the 14th Dalai Lama
, the 10th Panchen Lama, and the great reformer Je Tsongkhapa. It was traditionally a place
of great learning and scholarship and contains many great monasteries including Kumbum
Jampa Ling (Ta’er Si) near Xining, Labrang Tashi Khyil south of Lanzhou, and the Kirti
Monasteries of Ngaba and Tewo (Taktsang Lhamo).
There are many dialects of the Amdo language due to the geographical isolation of many
tribal groups. The (Tibetan) inhabitants in Amdo call themselves Amdowa (Amdo pa), and
not Böpa (Bod pa), which is the Tibetan word of Central Tibetans. The region of Amdo is
distributed mainly among the Chinese provinces of Qinghai, Gansu and Sichuan. Amdo is
a large area of northeastern Tibet, it encompasses the section from the Yellow River
northeastward to Gansu province in China. As Amdo is a large area and consists of a number of different regions, it is difficult to accurately
summarize the history of the entire region of Amdo. Each smaller district/region has its own unique and long history.

[ Tour Code: EL-AMT-001 ]
Lanzhou-Linxia-Xiahe-Xunhua-Lijiaxia-Xining-Zhangye-Jiayuguan-Dunhuang (11D / 10N)

Amdo Area, Qinghai Lake Trekking, Silk Road

Situation of the east Tibetan region of Amdo (Chinese: 安多), is one of the three traditional areas of Tibet. This tour leads you to visit Kumbum
Temple (Ta’er Temple), the biggest Tibetan Buddhism center in Amdo area; Labrang Monastery; “Small Mecca of China” Linxia Hui Nationality
Autonomous Prefecture; many towering mosques in the counties; Mengda Heavenly Lake Nature Reserve known as “Highland Xishuangbanna in
Qinghai”; Kanbula National Forest Park; Qinghai Lake, the largest salty lake in China, and the beautiful pasture view, as well as Hexi Corridor in
Gansu Province.

Day01    Arrive in Lanzhou Arrive in Lanzhou. Transfer to the hotel on arrival. (D)

Day02    Lanzhou-Linxia-Xiahe (280km)
Depart from Lanzhou, cross over Dangyang Mountain, then arrive in Linxia Hui Nationality Autonomous Prefecture known as “Small Mecca of
China”, with many Mosques along the roadside. Pay a visit to Linxia Mosque. Passing through Tumen Pass, the obvious dividing line of Gansu
temperature and the intercommunion of Chinese Muslim culture and Tibetan Buddhism cultures, reach Labrang Monastery. You can explore the
Tibetan antique shops as well as the shops providing for the needs of monks and the monastery. Stay overnight in Xiahe. (B,L,D)


Day03    Xiahe-Xunhua (180km) 
Visit Labrang Monastery, one of the six most important Gelukpa (the Yellow Sect) monasteries in
whole Tibet and a center of Tibetan learning in Eastern Tibet. Our Tibetan guide will show you the
impressive interior of the Assembly hall and other temples. Cross over Ganjia Grassland dotted
with temples, pass by the Former Residence of the 10th Panchen Lama, and proceed to Xunhua
Sala Autonomous County inhabiting Salas. They have their own national spoken language, but no
written language. Their ancestors were a branch of the Saruks who lived in the 13th century,
belonging to the west Turki Oguz tribe in Samarkand. A chieftain named Kharmang led the clan
men believing in Islam eastwards to Xunhua, Qinghai, and settled down there and lived and
intermarried with the local Tibetans and Hans and multiplied, and becoming an ethnic group. The
Salas are mainly engaged in farming and take animal husbandry and gardening as sideline
industries. They have preserved much beautiful folklore. Duiwina (camel game), a traditional
game showing how their ancestors came to Xunhua from central Asia, is very popular among the
Salas. (B,L,D)

Day04    Xunhua-Lijiaxia-Xining (320km)
Jishixia Gorge is mysterious with its winding roads and towering mountains on both sides. It
is a flourishing area of natural beauty, contrasting sharply with the great swathes of sterile
land that cover Qinghai Province. Drive westwards along Yellow River, today’s highlight is the
visit to Kanbula National Forest Park in Jianzha County, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture, situated about 131km away from Xining, the Kanbula National Forest Park faces
the Yellow River and is close to Lijiaxia Hydropower Station. The park is featured with its stone
peaks of Danxia landform (Danxia landform is named after Danxia Mountain situated in the
border area of Renhua and Qujiang counties, the northeast environs of Shaoguan City,
Guangdong Province.), forests and man-made sight. It is a “historical documentary” of the
evolvement of the rise of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and its climate, carrying a precious value
of research on west China’s environment evolvement since Cenozoic. Proceed to Xining, the
capital of Qinghai province, located on the eastern edge of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. (B,L,D)

Day05    Xining-Qinghai Lake 
After breakfast, head for Qinghai Lake and view of Sun-and-Moon
Mountain on the way. Trek from Fish Farm (Yuchang) to Qinghai Lake
Erlangjian Sightseeing Spot (about 20km distance, 4 hours). After lunch,
go into the Qinghai Lake Erlangjian Sightseeing Spot. Trek from the pier
to Erlangjian Halfinsel, “green see and golden sand”. Take half-a-hour
cruise on Qinghai Lake. Stay overnight in Qinghai Lake Erlanfjian
Sightseeing spot. (B,L)

Day06    Qinghaihu-Guide-Xining (300km)
Drive to Guide, the clear Water of Yellow River and Red Mountain. In the afternoon, visit the Kumbum Monastery (Ta’er Monastery), located in a
narrow valley about seventeen miles southwest of Xining. It is the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan
Buddhism. Kumbum is one of the six great monasteries of the Yellow Hat, and it is rich in fascinating arts. The famous butter sculptures, the
barbolas, and the murals are considered to be the three most unique arts of superb craftsmanship. (B,L,D)

Day07    Xining-Zhangye (360km)
Drive northwards crossing over Daban Mountain and entering Menyuan Basin, overlooking Gangshenka
Snow Peak which is one peak of the Qilian Snow Mountain, and Qilian Grassland. In every July and
August, you will have a chance to be greeted by blooming yellow rape flowers. Today’s destination is
Zhangye, a famous commercial port on the Silk Road. Pay a visit to the Giant Buddha Temple, the
largest architectural relicin Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. The Giant Buddha
Temple was built in 1098 to house the Buddha. Roam around the street circled the Giant Buddha
Temple. Then, drive visit Linze Danxia Landform (about 2 hours), the shooting location of “A Simple
Noodle Story” which was directed by Zhang Yimou. Here is the competitive and fine spot of Danxia
Landform in China, the Danxia formations are surrounded by colorful hills, which seem to rise and fall
like waves, with rock strata of different colors mixed in graceful disarray, which is an imposing and
magnificent sight. You will see the colorful gorge, colorful pagoda, colorful screen and etc. Stay overnight in local guesthouse, and experience the
farmhouse stead of Hexi Corridor. (B,L,D)

Day08    Zhangye-Jiayuguan (270km)  
Drive to Jiayuguan, the western terminal of the world famous Great Wall. Visit Jiayuguan Pass,  the first pass
at the west end of the Great Wall of China and was built during the Ming Dynasty, earned the name “Strategic
Pass under the Heaven” as an important communication center in Chinese history. Also visit the
Overhanging Great Wall, an important part of the defensive work of Jiayuguan Pass. Climb up to the top of
the Wall for a bird’s eye view of the desert stretching before you, the oasis of Jiayuguan in the foreground,
and the snow-capped mountains in the distance. Then, pay a visit to the Tombs of Wei & Jin Dynasty to
appreciate the largest subterranean art gallery in the world. (B,L,D) 


Day09    Jiayuguan-Dunhuang (420km)  
After breakfast, drive over Qiaowan Old Town, and head for Dunhuang, enjoying the scene composed of Qinian Mountain, Gobi, desert and oasis
on the way. Dunhuang is the center of trade between China and its western neighbors in ancient time. Take sightseeing of Echoing-Sand Mountain
and Crescent Lake, a natural wonder in the Gobi Desert. Echoing-Sand Mountain has colorful sands ranging from red to yellow, green, black and
white. Each time the wind blows, there is a sound from the mountain and when there is a breeze, the sound is like musical instruments, hence the
name Echoing-Sand Mountain. Crescent Lake is in the arm of Echoing-Sand Mountain, appearing clear and beautiful. It is amazing that the lake
was never buried by sands and never dried up during over two-thousand years. At the foot of the hill you may want to take an optional tour of slow
camel ride (at your own expenses). Stay overnight in Dunhuang. (B,L,D) 



Day10    Dunhuang (50km)
Begin today’s activity with a visit to one of most famous archaeological discovery at the
beginning of the 20th century--the Mogao Grottoes, also known as Thousand Buddha Cave,
which is also the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Buddhist art in the world
. Then, drive to Nanhu County, a local grape producing area and Grape Gallery, overlook
Dunhuang sleeping Buddha in the distance. Proceed to visit Yangguan Pass, then gateway to
the south western region on the way to Silk Road. The beacon tower is all that remains of the
pass. A famous Chinese poem of Tang Dynasty mentioned Yangguan pass described as “West
of Yangguan Pass you will have no acquaintances”. So going west of Yangguan was considered
to be a pretty extreme act of going into an unknown territory. (B,L,D) 




Day11    Depart from Dunhuang  Transfer to the airport, and fly out of Dunhuang. TOUR ENDS! (B)

Note: B(breakfast)  L(lunch)  D(dinner)

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