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Tour Code: GW-SF2017-002
Xining-Guide-Kanbula-Tongren(Rebgong)-Xiahe- Linxia-Lanzhou
6Days

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-SF2017-002 ]
Xining-Guide-Kanbula-Tongren(Rebgong)-Xiahe-Linxia-Xining 6Days



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  Xining (no meal)

Arrive Xining.

O/N: ***** Xining Qinghai Hotel


Day02/ 26.07.2017  Xining-Guide-Kanbula-Tongren(Rebgong) (B)Kanbula National Forest Park

Pass by Guide, a beautiful town on the bank of the upper Yellow River.

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.

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

 


Day03/27.07.2017  Tongren(Rebgong) (B)

Sengeshong MagotsangTongren, 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.
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.

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)- Xiahe 120km  (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. 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








Day06/ 30.07.2017 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.




 
 
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