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HomeChina Tours Amdo Tour Amdo Tour : Amdo Tour Itinerary Lanzhou-Linxia-Hezuo-Langmusi-Xiahe-Xunhua-Xining-Guide-Xining (9 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-009 ]
Lanzhou-Linxia-Hezuo-Langmusi-Xiahe-Xunhua-Xining-Guide-Xining (9 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-Hezuo (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. Stay overnight in Hezuo. 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. (B)

Day03    Hezuo- -Langmusi (170km)
In the morning, drive to Langmusi Monastery. Langmusi
is famous for the sky burial site. 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)
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. Langmusi
Horse Trekking also offers anything from 1 to 3 day horse treks where you can stay with Tibetan nomads. Optional Horseback riding as your

Day04   Langmusi Monastery – Xiahe (Labrang Monastery) (120km)

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)

Day05  Xiahe – Xunhua (120km)

Cross over Ganjia Grassland dotted with temples, pass by the Former Residence of the 10th Panchen
, 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)

Day06  Xunhua – Mengda Heavenly Lake – Xining (230km)

We will drive along the Yellow River to Mengda Heavenly Lake Nature Reserve. Jishixia Gorge is
mysterious with its winding roads and towering mountains on both sides. Mengda Tian Chi, the
Heavenly Lake, surrounded by forests, is at the top of the mountain.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)


Day 07 Xining- Kumbum Monastery -Guide (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. Over night in Guide, a beautiful town on the
bank of the upper Yellow River.(B)

Day 08 Gui’de(Chika)-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)

Day09  Xining-
Transfer to airport. (B)

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