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Tour Code: EL-SF2018-002
Xining-Guide-Kanbula-Tongren(Rebgong)-Xiahe- Linxia-Lanzhou
Tour Code: EL-SF2018-004
-Diebu...-Tangke-Jiuzhaigou-Chengdu 12Days

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

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: EL-SF2018-004 ] Lanzhou-Binglingsi-Linxia-Xunhua–Tongren(Rebgong)
-Wangjia Temple -Tongren -Xiahe-Hezuo- Langmusi-Diebu-Ruoergai Grassland (Zoige)-Tangke-Jiuzhaigou
-Huanglong-Chengdu 12Days

2018 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 2018.

Day01 / 03.08.2018 Lanzhou (no meal)

Arrive Lanzhou. Transfer to your Hotel.

O/N: **** Lanzhou Legend Hotel

Day02 / 04.08.2018 Lanzhou-Binglingsi-Linxia    (B)

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
, 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.

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.

O/N: **(**) Lin Xia Hehuang Hotel


Day03 / 05.08.2018 Linxia-Xunhua–Tongren(Rebgong) 200km/3.5h (B)Shaman-Festival

Pass by the Former Residence of the 10th Panchen Lama, 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.

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 / 06.08.2018 Tongren(Rebgong)Shaman Festival

Shaman-FestivalToday you will have the entire day to experience the Tongren Shaman
, 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 / 07.08.2018  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

In the afternoon, visit Baijiao Village, an old Chinese village, now inhabited by
Tibetans.  We are not quite sure about the village name, anyway, visit the Bon Temple
as you want.

Visit the Tseway Gompa temple(Wang Jia Temple) a Bon Temple in Zuohai village,
about 10 km away from Baijiao Village. You can also do nice walks in the neighbouring hills. Views are stunning, easy walk.

Day06 / 08.08.2018  Tongren(Rebgong)-120km Xiahe-90kmHezuo  (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.

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.

O/N:*** Hezuo Tao Yuan Hotel

Day07 / 09.08.2018 Hezuo-Langmusi (B)  175km Langmusi

Drive to Langmusi, 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 visit the temple by trek and go hiking through a
spectacular gorge (Namo Gorge to Source of Bailongjiang, which is
about 12km, we only trek part of this gorge).

O/N: ***(*) LangmusiHotel

Day08 / 10.08.2018  Langmusi-Diebu-Zhagana-Diebu (B)  150km

Village-of-ZhaganaZhagana is a Tibetan name, which means “Stone Box” or “Stone Castle”
, located 28 km northwest of Diebu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture. Although this land of idyllic beauty was named as the
birthplace of Adam and Eve by American Explorer Josef Rock hundreds
of years ago, it is still a virgin land until now.Chinese National Geography
selected Zhagana as “Top 10 Non-Famous Mountains”.

The small county Diebu in the remotest region of South Gansu Province
is located in the big canyon surrounded by Minshan Mountain and
Dieshan Mountain. It is said that the immortal saw the region full of
mountains was not suitable for human settlements, so the immortal
pressed with his thumb to create a place for human settlements.

From Riwa Village to Zhagana, 22km, there are forrest, Bailong Jiang
River and several Tibetan villages, where we can go part of the road or
visit the small Tibetan village as we want. Our bus can drive this part of
the road, so you can trek or you can also get on the bus if you are tired.
After that, we’ll trek from Dongwa Village to Yeri Village, which takes
about 2 hours (round way), this part is with small road, our bus could not follow you.


Day09 / 11.08.2018  Diebu-Ruoergai Grassland (Zoige)-Tangke  (B)  210kmRuoergai Grassland

Ruoergai Grassland is located in the north of Aba Tibetan and Qiang
Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. It is on the east edge of
Tibet-Qinghai Plateau with an altitude between 3000 and 3600 meters.
Ruoergai Grassland is said to be the fourth largest grasslands in China
after Hulun Buir Grassland in Inner Mongolia, Yili Grassland in Xinjiang
and Xilinguole Grassland in Inner Mongolia. Ruoergai Grassland
belongs to the kind of alpine meadow, also one of the China’s three
largest wetlands, covering 10436.58 square kilometers.

Yellow River has 99 bends, and the most beautiful bend is the First Bend
of Yellow River
. You will see an “S” shape of Yellow River in here. The
First Bend of Yellow River is located at Tangke Town and is 61km from
the downtown. Countless small lakes are scattered all over like stars.
The wind brings you a good smell of grass. At sunset, the shepherds
call back their sheep and cows. The poetic idyll resounds everywhere
creating the most wonderful melody in the grassland.

Trek from the entrance of the scenic spot of First Bend of Yellow River, about 9 km, 2.5hours

O/N: **** Tangke Huanghe Diyiwan Hotel


Day10 / 12.08.2018Tangke-Jiuzhaigou  (B)  360km/5h

Waqie Talin

Waqie Talin
(Waqie Buddhist Pagoda Forest) is located at Waqie Town,
Hongyuan County. Waqie Talin in Tibetan language means large tent, and
this place is the chanting blessing land in memory of the 10th Panchen
Lama. Thousands of prayer flags hang in the air around the Talin. Prayer
flag is a kind of totem written with scriptures to pray for safety and good
luck in Tibetan area. Buddhist pagodas gather around the monastery like
a forest.  Visit the Maoni Gou in the afternoon.

O/N: *** Jiu Xin Villa Hotel


Day11 / 13.08.2018Jiuzhaigou (B)

Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area

After breakfast, head to the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Areawhere 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.

O/N:*** Jiu Xin VillaHotel


Day12/ 14.08.2018  Jiuzhaigou/Huanglong-Flight to Chengdu 3U 8608(16:45—17:50)  (B)


The main scenic area of Huanglong is named as “JasperLake under
Heaven”. Visit the Huanglong Monastery and Multi-colored Pools with
hundreds of steps. You will see a variety of mountain structures, lush
woods, colorful flowers, and crystal waters, just like scrolls of classical

Both Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong are belong to the world nature heritage
from 1992. Take flight to Chengdu, transfer to your hotel.

O/N:**** Tibet Hotel

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

Hotel (or the same standard)

Lanzhou: **** Legend Hotel
Linxia: **(**) Lin Xia Hehuang Hotel
Tongren: *** Regong Hotel
Hezuo: *** Taoyuan Hotel
Langmusi: ***(*) Langmusi Hotel or Dacang International Hotel
Diebu:**** Diebu Benrixinmu Hotel
Tangke: **** Huanghe Diyiwan Hotel
Jiuzhaigou: ***(*) Jiu Xin Villa
Chengdu: **** Tibet Hotel

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