Day01 29.01.2012 SUN Arrival Xining D Today we arrrive in Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province, meet the guide and transfer to hotel and spare time the rest of the day. Overnight at 4*Holiday Dynasty Hotel
Day02 30.01.2012 MON Xining – Kunbum – Tongren BLD Breakfast in hotel. Check out and leave for Tongren. On the way we will visit Kumbum monastery (Taer Si) of Gelukpa-sect, which was built in 1560 in Huangzhong county and also one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. After that drive to Tongren (Repkong), and visit of Longwu monastery of Gelukpa sect which was initially constructed in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) as a monastery of Sakya-sect. 4N at 3*Regong Hotel
Day03 31.01.2012 TUE Tongren BLD In the morning we set out for approx. 10km to Gomargar Monastery to see the grand assembly with Tibetan locals and monks of the monastery. The highlight of the tour today is with no doubt the Thangka Buddha-Painting Exposure, which normally starts from 14h00pm and will lasts for 3-4hrs. After the first hours, visit of Gomargar Monastery. Then we drive to lower Wutun Monastery to participate to the Grand Buddha Circuit activity. Drive back hotel.
Day04 01.02.2012 WED Tongren BLD We continue our visit at Repkong. We will spend the whole day at Wutun monastery and Wutun village, the center of Tibetan Regong-Art, which is a successful mixture of religion and folk art. Enjoy the mask dance at Wutun and take photos. In the afternoon drive to Gomargar Monastery to see the mask dance.
Day05 02.02.2012 THU Tongren BLD Full day tour to the Gomargar monastery to enjoy the monk mask dance. Drive back hotel late in the afternoon.
Day06 03.02.2012 FRI Tongren – Xiahe BLD Morning, revisit the Gomargar Monastery if desired. Afterwards we leave Tongren for Xiahe and stay overnight. 3N at 3*Wangfu Hotel
Day07 04.02.2012 SAT Xiahe BLD Today the Labrang Losar celebration takes place. In the morning, watch the big sunning-Buddha ceremony on the hillside by the monastery, with crowds of Tibetan. Enjoy the grand view and make nice pictures.
Day08 05.02.2012 SUN Xiahe BLD Enjoy and participate to the mask dance in Labrang and if you are lucky enough we can receive blessings by touching our heads from a high rank lama.
Day09 06.02.2012 MON Xiahe BLD A leisure tour to the big Labrang monastery, the most important religious centre on the northeast border of the Tibet region. The monastery created in 1710, as one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet area, has served for centuries there to connect Tibetans and Mongolians. Spare time in the afternoon. At night, enjoy amazing show of Butter sculpture Arts in Labrang, a vivid handi art created by the Buddhist monks inspired by the Buddha teachings.
Day10 07.02.2012 TUE Xiahe – Lanzhou BLD Another highlight of our tour to Xiahe in the morning: visit of the grand circuit together with thousands of pilgrims and monks at Labrang to make a round walk of the monastery with the huge statue of Maitreya, Buddha of the Future. After that, we leave Xiahe for Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province. En route make an excursion to grottos of 1000-Buddha’s-temple in Bingling over the yellow river. The grottos of the monastery were built in 420AD. Figures here are older than those in Dunghuang-Grottos. Late in the afternoon we drive to Lanzhou and check in hotel. 1N at 4*Legend Hotel
Day11 08.02.2012 WED See off B Spare time till check out and transfer to Lanzhou airport for departure flight. End of the amazing Losar tour.
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