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Silk Road of Kansu

duracion Duration:
7 days
duracion Travel guides:
English
duracion Departures from:
Lanzhou
ingo Highlights:
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Begin your 6-day adventure in Lanzhou, known as the Golden City and the primary point in crossing the Yellow River during they heydays of the Silk Road. On your way south to Xiahe you will pass through Linxia, nicknamed ‘Mecca of China’ because of its numerous mosques. Spin the prayer wheels at the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe and experience Tibetan tents in comfort before you continue to Tongren and get a feel of frontier life as you visit the fortified town of Bajiao. End your expedition in Huangzhong, just south of Xining, with a visit to the Buddhist Ta‘er Monastery, ranked in importance second only to the Potala Palace in Lhasa.

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Itinerary
Day 01, Origin/Lanzhou
-Pick up from the airport;

Day 02, Lanzhou/Linxia (160 km.)
-Liujiaxia Reservoir;
-Bingling Temple;
-Linxia;

Day 03, Linxia/Xiahe (105 km.)
-Xiahe;

Day 04, Xiahe (20 km.)
-Labrang Monastery;
-Xiahe Landscapes;

Day 05, Xiahe/Tongren (125 km.)
-Ganjia Grassland;
-Bajiao;
-Tongren;

Day 06, Tongren/Huangzhong (200 km.)
-Xining;
-Yellow River;
-Huanghzong;
-Ta’er Si Buddhist Monastery;

Day 07, Huangzhong/Xining/Destination
-Dongguan Mosque;
-Beichan Si Temple.
-Transfer to the airport.


-Private trip;
-Compulsory travel insurance;
-Local guide speaking English or other languages;
-Private vehicle;
-Hotel in a double bedroom with breakfast;
-Tickets for the visited places;
-Full board;



-Excursions or extra services;
-Tips for the tour guide and the driver;
-Single room supplement;
-Personal expenses;
-Any service not mentioned in “Includes”.


The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at the airport to transfer them to their hotel.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Liujiaxia Reservoir and Bingling Temple
Drive south to the Liujiaxia Reservoir to visit the Bingling Temple, carved into natural caves and only accessible by boat.

Linxia
This city was an important stop and trading centre of Silk Road. It is also known as the  ‘Mecca of China’ due to its over 80 mosques. It is one of the main religious and cultural centres of China’s Muslim community for centuries. 

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Xiahe
Rising through the curvy mountain roads you will arrive to the city of Xiahe. Sometimes called "Little Tibet", it is an interesting place where Tibetans, Hui Muslims, Han Chinese and foreigners live together. On your way you will notice the change in the scenery: sandy hills develop into forested mountains topped by snow-covered peaks while mosques make room for temples and monasteries. 

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Labrang Monastery
Visit this 300 year-old monastery, home to the largest congregation of monks outside of political Tibet. Witness Buddhist monks and pilgrims spin the prayer wheels of the Inner Kora as you circle the monastery. Such an experience!

Xiahe Landscapes
In the afternoon take advantage of the short transfer that will take you to this winter grazing area for sheep and yaks. In summer the grounds are transformed into temporary camp sites where visitors can experience nomad life and learn more about a vanishing lifestyle Don’t forget to take pictures!

The guide will help you in a luxury yak hair camping tent where you will learn more about the Tibetan culture in a comfortable installation. All a experience!
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Ganjia Grassland
After leaving Xiahe, the landscape becomes increasingly scenic as you set out through the Ganjia grasslands. This scenery that will leave you breathless!

Bajiao
Admire this ancient fortified town and learn about its inhabitants. Its walls are made of rammed earth reinforced by stones and still stand firmly in its rugged environment. Imagine how frontier life was with the wind as only company  while walking Bajiao streets and the surrounding fields. 

Tongren
Continue along steep mountains and skirt raging rivers as you zigzag your way to Tongren, the epicentre of Thangkas (sacred Tibetan paintings).

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.

Day 6
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Xining 
Once an important stop along the Silk Road, Qinghai’s capital lost most of its splendour when overland trading was replaced by faster and cheaper maritime trafficking, but it still keeps its old charm.

Yellow River
The road will fork and you keep following the one that runs parallel with the Yellow River, China’s second largest river.

Huanghzong y Ta’er Si Buddhist Monastery
About 30km south of Xining, you head west to the small town of Huangzhong, location of the Buddhist Ta’er Si Monastery.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.

Day 7
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel and, depending of the flight schedule, go to the airport or to begin today visits.

Dongguan Mosque
Check out the 600 year-old Dongguan Mosque, testimony of the Hui presence in the area.

Beichan Si Temple.
Enjoy a small hike and a good view over Xining from the top of the stairs in Beichan Si Temple.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests to the airport or train station for their return to their destination.
In remote areas of China is possible that we couldn’t satisfy the same requirements of western food, amenities and facilities that could be expected from more developed cities such as Shanghai or Beijing. We beg for your sympathy and understanding.
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