Xiahe is well-known for its Labrang Monastery, one of the six great monasteries of the Gelukpa sect (Yellow Hat) of Tibetan Buddhism. Xiahe is sometimes called “Little Tibet”. Your trip starts in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province. Drive to Xiahe, on the way you will visit the Bingling Temple Grottoes; it is made up of 34 caves and 149 alcoves for private meditation. When in Xiahe, you will explore the Labrang Monastery, meet Tibetan monks and discover the beauty of Songke Grassland. The three highlights of the area are the Tibetan Buddhism, the natural scenery and the folk local color.

Brief itinerary | Little Tibet Xiahe Exploration

Day 1     Arrive in Lanzhou (no meals incl.)
Day 2     Bingling Temple Grottoes exploration (Breakfast/dinner)
Day 3     Xiahe exploration (Breakfast/dinner)
Day 4     Xiahe-Hezuo exploration-Xiahe (Breakfast/dinner)
Day 5     Xiahe departure (Breakfast)

Tour details | Little Tibet Xiahe Exploration
Day 1     Arrive in Lanzhou (no meal)

Lanzhou arrival, meet and greet, transfer to your hotel in Lanzhou. Overnight in Lanzhou

Day 2     Bingling Temple Grottoes exploration (Breakfast/dinner)

Hotel breakfast, check out, then depart for the Bingling Temple Grottoes.
A visit to the magnificent Bingling Temple Grottoes in Linxia is desirable. To access the site, you will first take a boat ride above the Yellow River. The Bingling complex is made up of 34 caves and 149 alcoves for private meditation, but this place is particularly famous for the gigantic statue of Buddha Maitreya, that is Buddha of the future, which dominates the whole complex at a tall and beautiful 27 meters. The first constructions go back to 420 A.D.
After then, you will be transferred to the Xiahe for overnight.
Lunch on your own and dinner will be at a local restaurant in Xiahe.

Day 3     Xiahe exploration (Breakfast/dinner)

Hotel breakfast
Today you will visit Sangke Grassland and Labrang Monastery
Sangke Grassland, at an average altitude of over 3,000m above sea level, is situated a short 14km from Xiahe. This vast expanse of grassy plains, covering an area of around 70 square kilometers, is a lonely, beautiful place that is a nice change for those from bustling city. There are only 4,000 Tibetan nomads on the grasslands, all wrapped up in their many, dirty layers, who graze yak herds and offer tourists the chance of a ride upon their horses. Entertainment here varies according to your preference.

Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Gelukpa sect (Yellow Hat) of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery houses thousands of cultural relics including 60,000 volumes of Tibetan scriptures which have been well preserved. Today, there are more than 1000 monks living in the monastery.
There will also be an opportunity to meet the semi-nomadic herdsmen of the surrounding grasslands.

Lunch on your own and dinner will be at a local restaurant in Xiahe.

Day 4     Xiahe-Hezuo-Xiahe (Breakfast/dinner)

Hotel breakfast, and then drive to Hezuo and visit the Milariba Buddha Pavilion

Milariba Buddha Pavilion was built in honor of Milarepa Buddha, its one of the most important monasteries of Gelugpa Sect in the Tibetan region of Amdo. The Pavilion is dedicated to worshiping Milariba, the most legendary and well known of the Tibetan people. It is nine-stories high, enshrined with the statues of Milarepa and his disciples, the founders of different schools in Tibetan Buddhism, as well as Bodhisattvas and guardians totally 1720.  The huge murals in the building can well reflect the teaching of Tibetan Buddhism, and they were painted by highly skilled artists and have a high artistic value. Milariba Buddha Pavilion is one of two monasteries that dedicated to Milariba Buddha in the Tibetan area of China, which enjoys great fame in Amdo area.

Lunch on your own and dinner will be at a local restaurant in Xiahe.

Day 5     Xiahe Departure (Breakfast)

Hotel breakfast, check out and drive to Xiahe airport and departure. Trip ends.

Price
CNY 4380 per double occupancy, twin sharing room
CNY 5180 per single room
Size of group: min. 4 -6 persons

What’s Included
-All private transfers with air-conditioned vehicle as indicated in the itinerary
-4 nights hotel accommodation standard single, twin room
-4 hotel breakfasts, 3 dinners at local restaurant
-Sightseeing tours, entrance fee & environment protection fee
-Licensed English & Mandarin speaking local guide during the whole trip

What’s Not Included
-In and out flight or train (pls ask our assistant)
-Travel Insurances (pls ask our assistant)
-Personal expense, beverages and meals, and highlights or sightseeings, which are not indicated in the itinerary
-Tips to guides, porterages & drivers if service is satisfied

Hotels & Resorts | Little Tibet Xiahe Exploration

City: Lanzhou
Hotel Name: Hampton by Hilton Lanzhou Pedestrian Street
Information: Conveniently located in Chengguan District, Hampton by Hilton Zhangye Road is a 7-minute drive from Zhangye Pedestrian Street. Spacious and modern, the carpeted flooring rooms are fitted with a flat-screen cable TV, a refrigerator and a working desk. Guests can maintain their work out at the fitness center. A games room and a library are available for guests to relax and have fun with friends and family.
Location: Lanzhou Railway Station located approximately 7km away and Zhongchuan Airport roughly 66km away.

City: Xiahe
Hotel Name: Nirvana Hotel
Information: Offering a terrace and library. Nirvana is a 30-minute drive from Sangke grasslands and 45-minute drive from Ganjia grasslands. It takes a short 5-minute drive to Xiahe Bus Station. Xiahe Airport is an-hour drive away, while Lanzhou Railway Station is a 4-hour car journey away. Overlooking the mountains, each room here will provide you with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an electric kettle. Featuring a shower, the private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries.
Location: Nirvana Hotel is located only a 5-minute walk from the famous Labrang Monastery.

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