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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-AM-005 ]
Lanzhou-Xiahe-Langmusi-Jiuzhaigou-Songpan-Chengdu (10D/9N)

Tibetan custom of South Gansu and Aba Sichuan

This tour leads you to visit Labrang Monastery, the largest Tibetan Monastery outside Tibet Province; Langmusi - a very small town situated on the
border of Gansu and Sichuan province, and even though it is a tiny town, the town has two monasteries, one in each province. Then, visit Huanglong
and Jiuzhaigou Scenic Areas, located in Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. Tour ends in Chengdu.

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

Day02    Lanzhou-Xiahe 
After breakfast, drive to Xiahe, taking about 6 hours, including a stop in Linxia for bite to eat. The landscape
changes dramatically from the desert dry mountains around Lanzhou to the green mountains of Xiahe. (B,L,D)

Day03    Xiahe
Today you will visit the Labrang Monastery, the largest Tibetan Monastery outside of Tibet province. It houses about 2000 monks from the Yellow
Hat tradition and there are 6 schools of Buddhist teachings. You will see many monks, often in prayer or busily debating each other on religious
issues. All year around you’ll meet the many pilgrims in town wearing their splendid traditional clothing and jewellery. In the morning you will join in
with the monastery tour. A monk from the monastery guides this tour in English. In the afternoon, our guide will take you around the monastery
again, but this time to different areas of the large monastery. Also you will go up the hills surrounding the monastery for a bird’s eye view of the
whole complex. (B,L,D)

Day 04    Xiahe-Langmusi    Today you will travel from Xiahe to Langmusi via the Hezuo City. Hezou is capital of the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture. Visit Hezuo Milariba Temple, first built in 1777, the forty second year of Qian Long in Qing
dynasty. The original was destroyed in the Institutional Revolution and the existent architecture was
rebuilt in May in 1988 what was spend 4 years. It belongs to Geju faction in Tibetan Buddha and is one
of the most lamasery in Amdo Tibetan area. This 14 storey temple was razed by Red Guards during the
Cultural Revolution and was rebuilt in 1988. It’s forty meters tall and contains 1,270 Buddhas. Arrive in
Langmusi in late afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day05    Langmusi                              
In the early morning, you may be able to see a sky burial. If there is no sky burial at that
moment, you will visit the sky burial site. After that, you will enjoy visiting the beautiful
Monastery on the Gansu province side of Langmusi. Langmusi is a very small town nestled
in the mountains along the border of Gansu Province and Sichuan Province, and even though
it is a tiny town, the town has two monasteries, one in each province. In the afternoon you will
go hiking through a spectacular gorge where you can see many eagles and vultures soaring
above your head. (B,L,D)

Note: Langmusi is a popular destination for those interested in Tibetan culture, hiking and the
combination of the two. If you want to take more days for trekking, we can arrange for you

Day06    Langmusi-Jiuzhaigou  
Drive from Langmusi to Songpan. This will take up most of the day. On the way you will stop several times for some short hiking trips and other
scenic stops. (B,L,D)


Day07    Jiuzhaigou After breakfast, head to the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area where you will board on environmentally friendly bus to take sightsee of
the park. Jiuzhaigou has 3 gullies (Shuzhen Gully, Rize Gully, Zezhawa Gully), 118 lakes, 5 beaches, 12 waterfalls, 10 rapids, and decades of
springs as well as 12 peaks. Visit the Shuzheng and Zezawa Valleys; Pearl Sands and Shuzheng Waterfall; the Tibetan village of Shuzheng, and
numerous picturesque lakes including Panda Lake, Long Lake, Rainbow Lake, Tiger Lake and Rhinoceros Lake. Then summon your energy for a
Tibetan folk customs show at night, consisting of singing, dancing and other programs. (B,L,D)

Day08    Jiuzhaigou-Songpan-Chengdu  The whole day is to drive from Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu. En route, visit Dujiangyan Irrigation system, one
of the world first irrigation systems and ratified into the World Cultural Heritage list. It`s located on the upper reaches of the Minjiang River. It was
built between 306-251 BC. by the local people under the guidance of Libing and his son. Fortunately the Dujiangyan Irrigation system brings the
vast Chengdu Plain under irrigation and has protected it against droughts and floods for over 2,300 years. Because of this Chengdu Plain has
turned into the land of abundance with a mild climate and fertile soil. (B,L,D)

Day09    Chengdu   
In the morning, visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, located in the northern
suburb of Chengdu on Futou Hill, 10km from downtown Chengdu. Giant pandas at the Chengdu
Research Base live in large naturalistic habitats, which help the visitors to understand how these
animals live in the wild. It is an excellent recreational area and a highlight of any visit to Chengdu.
Many types of bamboo, trees, and flowers thrive at the Research Base. Several species of birds also
make their home there. The Research Base is one of the important centers in China for the captive
conservation of giant pandas. Then, visit Jinsha Relics Museum, exhibiting the splendid culture of
the ancient Shu Kingdom 3,000 years ago, modifying previous assumptions about the origins of the
Chinese civilization. Over 6,000 pieces of cultural relics with sophisticated craftsmanship, like carved
jade, gold, bronze, stone, and ivory artifacts, have been unearthed at the Jinsha Ruins. Historians
believe they are the remains of the ancient Shu Kingdom mentioned in stories of the Qin and Han
dynasties. The discovery is considered by local archaeologists as one of the most important finds in the region’s history. As an option in the
evening, enjoy a wonderful variety show of “Face changing” and “Flame Spitting - Out” of Sichuan Opera. (B,L,D)

Day10    Depart from Chengdu Drop off to Chengdu airport, service end. (B)

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

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