Home Transportation What's New? About Us Contact Us Sitemap

HomeChina Tours Amdo Tour Amdo Tour :Lanzhou-Binglingsi-Xunhua-Tongren-Wangjia Temple-Tongren-Xiahe-Linxia 7Days
 
Tour Code: GW-SF2017-002
Xining-Guide-Kanbula-Tongren(Rebgong)-Xiahe- Linxia-Lanzhou
6Days
Tour Code: GW-SF2017-003
Lanzhou-Binglingsi-Xunhua-Tongren(Rebgong)
-Wangjia Temple-Tongren-Xiahe-Linxia-Lanzhou 7Days

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 ). 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.

About Shaman Festival


Shaman-Festival
Tongren Shaman Festival is celebrated by the Tibetan and Tu ethnic minorities in the villages of
Tongren County in western China's Qinghai Province. It is a grand and festive occasion for local
people to show their devotion and gratitude to the Mountain God.

The Tibetan and Tu ethnic minorities in Tongren County worship the Mountain God as the
immortal who protects them. The belief is believed to date back to the ancient worship of totems
in the pre-civilization era of this part of China. During the festival, the villagers dress up in their
holiday best. Females are done up in ornate, dazzlingly embroidered holiday costumes, which
are adorned with gems. They assemble at the Temple of the Mountain God, singing and dancing
to entertain the Mountain God.

Of all the activities of the festival, the most amazing, if not shocking, practices are the
Shangkouqian, Shangbeiqian and Kaishan rituals. They are each conducted by the shaman, or
wizard, who also presides over the festival.Shangkouqian means to pierce steel needles through
the mouth. The process involved in Shangkouqian goes as follows: the shaman, on behalf of the
Mountain God, pierces one or two steel needles about 25cm long,which somewhat resemble
trussing needles,horizontally into either cheek. They generally pierce both cheeks on the same
level of the mouth. This unusual and somewhat morbid, to an outsider, practice is believed to
prevent diseases from entering the mouth. A few minutes later, the shaman pulls out the needles
and blows on the "wounds" made by the needle points as a symbolic act of healing the punctured
flesh. The unusual practice is not a sight for the faint-hearted to witness, yet the young males who
submit themselves to being pierced in this way do so eagerly. Throughout the ritual (up to four
needles may be inserted in the cheeks, two from either side of the face), the participants show
no signs of suffering pain, but remain calm and collected. Surprisingly, no blood seeps from the
"wounds" thus created.

Shangbeiqian is quite similar to shangkouqian, except that it is even more incredible: a bundle of twenty or so long needles are inserted into the
male dancers' backs. Again, though onlookers unfamiliar with the ritual may shrink in horror, the participants consider it an honor and a privilege
to practice their ancient religion in this way.

This ritual is performed exclusively by the male dancers during the Tongren Shaman Festival. This somewhat bizarre form of "acupuncture" is
believed to impart strength to those who practice it, and the dancers continue their dance ecstatically, seemingly feeling no pain.The third ritual,
Kaishan, marks the end and also the climax of the festival. Kaishan means "to cut an opening". At the end of all the celebrations, the shaman
makes a slit into his forehead with a knife, and uses his own blood as a sacrifice to the Mountain God.These ancient traditions, perhaps not
unlike the rather morbid to onlookers, Christian practice of self-flagellation in certain parts of the world, are performed in a spirit of piousness
and reverence toward the "patron saint" of the Tibetan and Tu peoples, the Mountain God.

[ Tour Code: GW-SF2017-003 ]Lanzhou-Binglingsi-Xunhua-Tongren(Rebgong)
-Wangjia Temple-Tongren-Xiahe-Linxia-Lanzhou 7Days



2017 Shaman Festival in Tongren (Repgong)


Tongren Shaman Festival is celebrated by the Tibetan and Tu ethnic minorities in the villages of Tongren County in western China's Qinghai
Province. It is a grand and festive occasion for local people to show their devotion and gratitude to the Mountain God.

The Shaman Festival will held on 15th June Chinese lunar calendar, it will be 28July 2017.




Day01/ 25.07.2017 Lanzhou (no meal)

Arrive Lanzhou.

O/N: **** Lanzhou Legend Hotel


Day02/ 26.07.2017 Lanzhou-Binglingsi-Xunhua (B)

Bingling Temple

Pass by the Liujiaxia Reservoir on the yellow river, it occupies over
130 km2 (50 sq mi). Today’s highlight is an excursion with boot, visit Bingling
Temple
, a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculpture carved into natural
caves and caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River. Bingling is a transliteration
from Tibetan meaning “Ten Thousand Buddhas”. The sculptures, carvings, and
frescoes that remain are outstanding examples of Buddhist artwork. Pass by the
Former Residence of the 10th Panchen Lama, and proceed to Xunhua.

O/N: *** Xunhua Buhala Hotel

 


Day03/ 27.07.2017 Xunhua–Tongren(Rebgong) 200km/3.5h (B)Shaman-Festival

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.

Tongren, known to Tibetans as Rebgong. Rebgong is known as a center of
Tibetan thangkapainting. Rebkong arts where named to the Representative List
of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009. 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 a village in Tongren(Guomari or Nianduhu village), take part in their Shaman Festival, the villagers dress up in their holiday best.

O/N: ***(*) Rebgong Hotel( local best)


Day04 /28.07.2017 Tongren(Rebgong)Shaman Festival

Shaman FestivalToday you will have the entire day to experience the Tongren Shaman
Festival
, which is celebrated by the Tibetan and Tu ethnic minorities in
the villages of Tongren County, annual from 16thJune to 25th June of
Chinese Lunar Calendar. During the festival, the villagers dress up in
their holiday best. Females are done up in ornate, dazzlingly
embroidered holiday costumes, which are adorned with gems. They
assemble at the Temple of the Mountain God, singing and dancing to
entertain the Mountain God. Some of the festival activities you will see
include: the beating of holy drums, the singing of folk songs, and
shaman going into trances. Some people find this festival exciting
and exotic and enjoy watching the ritual piercing of cheeks of all the
young men in the village, the men dancing a drum dance with pierced
backs, and the shaman in trance climbing the dragon pole then cutting
his forehead with a knife.

Before sunrise, if you are interested, you can take picture of the
pilgrims at the green tara square, the square in front of Longwu
temple in Tongren.

About 09:30, drive to Suhuri Village,the ceremony begins on 10:00 and ends on about 15:00. See the Shangkouqian, Shangbeiqian and
Kaishan rituals.


O/N: ***(*) Rebgong Hotel( local best)


Day05/ 29.07.2017  Tongren(Rebgong)-Wangjia Temple-Tongren  (B) Shaman-Festival


We also visit the local Museum: Repkong art Museum (热贡艺术馆), a lot of Repkong
art collections are enshrined in it. Visit the famous Tibetan art school, Sengeshong
Magotsang (
五屯下寺- WutunXiasi) 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.

In the afternoon, visit the Tseway Gompa Temple (Wang Jia Temple), a Bon Temple in
Zuohai village, about 10 km away from Baijiao Village. You can also walk in the
neighbouring hills. Views are stunning.




Day06/ 30.07.2017  Tongren(Rebgong)-Xiahe 120km  (B)

Labrang Monastery

Today you will visit the Labrang Monastery, the largest Tibetan
Monasteryoutside 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 jewelry.

O/N: Xiahe(Labreng):***(*) Ming Hang Hotel  or  *** Labreng Bao Ma Hotel





Day07/ 31.07.2017 Xiahe-Linxia-Lanzhou (B)  Shaman-Festival

Drive to Linxia Hu Nationality Autonomous Prefecture (Alt:1500m), which is horned as
“Small Hong Kong” by local people as you can buy anything you want in this Moslem
city. It’s a major congregating area of Chinese Muslim Hui nationality, with many
Mosques along the roadsides.

Drive to Lanzhou. End of the tour.

 


 
 
Tel : 0086 - 10-84466033 / 844636032 - 803 / 84466213

Mobile : 0086 - 13910842776

Address : A -2007 Ocean Express, Sanyuanqiao Chaoyang District , Beijing 100027 , China
 
 
 
 


Elite China Travel
Elite China Travel
Copyright© Elite China International Travel Service( ECITS ),2008 All Rights Reserved
Tel:(+86)10 8446-6033 / 8446-6213 / 8446-6032 ext .801,802 ,803 Fax:(+86)10 8446-6212