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HomeChina Tours Amdo Tour Amdo Tour : Color tour: Qilian Mountain area, Qinghai Lake, rape flowers, Danxia Landforms   
Tour Code: EL-AMT-003
Xining-Qilian-Zhangye-Qinghai Lake-Xining (5 days / 4 nights)

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-003 ]
Xining-Qilian-Zhangye-Qinghai Lake-Xining (5 days / 4 nights)

Color tour: Qilian Mountain area, Qinghai Lake, rape flowers, Danxia Landforms   

This route is very suitable for photography fans, with the relaxed route and very enchanting scenery: centered of the road circled Niuxin Mountain –
the highest peak of Qilian Mountain Range, the Qilian Mountain Grassland – one of the Six Most Beautiful Grassland in China, Zhangye Danxia
Landform – one of the Most Beautiful Danxia Landforms in China; and connected with Hexi Corridor and Qinghai Lake.

The best visit time is in July, all the rape flowers are blooming, and the forest is growing green and fresh.

Day01 Arrive in Xining 
Arrive in Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province. This city is mainly inhabited with Tibetan but also a home of Uygur, Kazak and Hui minorities.
Transfer to the hotel on arrival. (D)

Day02 Xining-Datong-Menyuan County-Zhangye-Linze
After breakfast, drive directional north to Datong County, pass by Black Spring
Reservoir, Chahan River National Forest Park, climb over the Daban Pass,
then reach Qingshiju Town of Menyuan County (3,200m). About 400 million
square meters of rape flowers blossom around the mountains and the lakes.
The sightseeing stand of the half-way up the mountain is the best place to enjoy
the scenery: the majestic Qilian Mountain stretching long and unbroken, whose
peak (Gangshika Snow Mountain, also called Lenglongling Mountain) is
covered with white snow; the wide basin valley spans between the Daban Pass
and the Qilian Mountain; the mighty Datong River flowing over. Climb up to
Haiyuanshan Mountain Sightseeing Spot (about 1 hour) to be greeted by the
golden rape flower land, which is running directly to the foot of Qilian Mountain.
Then, drive through Qilian Mountain Grassland, one of the six largest
grasslands in China, and reach Ebo which is one of important cities on Silk
Road. Drive cross Qilian Mountain and get to another best sightseeing spot at
Biandukou. Proceed to Zhangye, a famous and important town of Hexi Corridor.
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)


Day03 Linze-Sunan-Zhangye-Qilian After breakfast, drive to visit Binggou Danxia Landform (about 1.5 hours) in Kangle Township of Sunan Uygur
Autonomous County. The
Danxia formations here is
appeared as window
lattice style and palace
style. Amazing variety of
shapes, or like a camel,
or like a Greek palace, or
as rows of shrines on the
wall, or like a couple
looking into each other…
served as “Masterpiece of
Nature”. Then, drive back
to Zhangye City, visit the
Giant Buddha Temple,
the largest architectural
relic in Gansu Province of
the Western Xia (1038-
1227) period. The Giant
Buddha Temple was built
in 1098 to house the
Buddha. Zhenyuan Tower
and Zhangye Wooden
Pagoda are the landmark
of Zhangye. Then, drive
back to Qinghai Province,
and go ahead of Babao
Town from Ebo County
along Babao River. Cross
Heavenly Qilian – known
as “Jiangnan of Pasture” located at the southern foot of Qilian Mountain. Pay a visit to Zhuo’er Mountain Sightseeing Spot (about 1.5-2 hours), the
best place to have a bird’s eye view. Niuxin Mountain, just located opposite, a symbol of Qilian Mountains, is one of the highest peaks in the area.
Legend goes that Zhou’er and Niuxin are a loving couple standing on the both banks of the Babao River to protect the resources in the area. Stay
overnight in Qilian County. (B,L,D)

Day04 Qilian-Golden Silver Beach-Qinghai Lake-Xining Head for south and cross over Dadongshu Mountain (the pass is at the altitude of
4200m). Pass by the Qilian Grassland, famous as “The Beauty of Blending”. The grassland at the foot of the mountain has plenty of water and
pasture. When the yellow caragana flourishes in summer, the entire land puts on the color of sunshine and the Uygur herdsmen rove about in this
“golden sea” with their white and black yurts and their flocks and cattle. Then, reach the northern bank of Qinghai Lake. Option to ride horse on
Golden Silver Beach and taste the local Tibetan food (fare is on your side). Visit Sand Island of Qinghai Lake (about 2.5 hours), famous for its sand
scenery, which is also a good place for swimming. Then, drive back to Xining. (B,L,D)

Day05 Depart from Xining In the morning, you will visit Ta’er Monastery (Kumbum 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. Then, transfer to Xining
airport or railway station, and fly out. TOUR ENDS! (B,L)

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

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