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HomeChina Tours Amdo Tour Amdo Tour : Amdo Tour Itinerary Lanzhou-Linxia-Xiahe-Tongren-Guide-Xining (7 days)

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-008 ]
Lanzhou-Linxia-Xiahe-Tongren-Guide-Xining (7 days)

Far from Lhasa, the East of Tibet offers untold adventures that take travelers across verdant grasslands, over snowy mountain passes, and beyond
the shores of holy lakes. On this journey, explore the hidden monasteries and culture of Amdo. Learn about the great Buddhist traditions of Labrang
and Kumbum, two ancient monasteries that house thousands of monks. Visit small, colorful villages in the mountains.

Day01  -Lanzhou (70km)
Flight to Lanzhou, transfer to Hotel.

Day02  Lanzhou-Linxia-Xiahe (250km)
The Most Beautiful Mosque: Lao Huasi sufi mosque in Linxia, ChinaMorning flight to Lanzhou. Visit the Lanzhou Provincial Museum(closed on Monday). Depart from
Lanzhou, cross over Dangyang Mountain, then arrive in Linxia Hui Nationality Autonomous
Prefecture where is 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. Stay overnight in Xiahe. (B)

Day03    Xiahe-Tongren (130km)

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 guide will show you the
impressive interior of the Assembly hall and other temples. Drive to Tongren, known to Tibetan as
Rebkong. (B)

Day04  Tongren(Rebgong)-Kanbula Park-Guide ( 220km)
In the morning, we visit the famous Tibetan art school, Sengeshong Magotsang (五屯上寺-
which was funded during the 15th century and after 16th century Repkong became
the hometown of Tibetan art in Amdo. All monks here have good training of painting and sculptures
and are often invited to make fine art works in many monasteries or private houses by Tibetan in
whole Tibet even nowadays. We will visit some of monks’ houses. We also visit the local Museum:
Repkong art Museum (热贡艺术馆), a lot of Repkong art collections are enshrined in it.(B)

Today’s another 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. Over night in Guide, a beautiful town on the bank of the
upper Yellow River.(B)

Day05   Gui’de(Chika)-Kumbum Monastery -Xining (130km)

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. Overnight in

Day06  Xining-Qinghai Lake-Xining

After breakfast, head for Qinghai Lake (Kokonor See) and view of Sun-and-Moon Mountain
on the way. The names Qinghai and Koko Nur both mean "Blue/Teal Sea/Lake" in
Chinese and Mongolian. Overnight in Xining. (B)


Day07  Xining -
Transfer to airport. (B)

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