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8 days Tibetan New Year Festival Tour In Amdo

1. -Arrive at Xining
Arrive at Xining airport; our guide and car will pick up you and driving about 3.5 hours to Tongren. If you could arrive in Tongren at about 6 o’clock pm, drive directly to Upper Wutun monastery (Tib: Sengeshong Yago), to see monks burning the devil things at the end of Dance in the field near the monastery. You can see this ceremony also in Uper Wutun on 16th. You can not imagine how happy the whole village people is when seeing the Tukchuwa is burning and hundreds of village men let off countless firecrackers together… At the moment in this atmosphere, you can create a strong feeling of self-confidence towards New Year. It seems no any difficulties can stop your steps to a bright future. Overnight Dianxin Hotel ** LD

2. -Tongren
In the morning, we visit some important monasteries in different villages. Afternoon we go to see The Sunning the Buddha in Lower Wutun (Sengeshong Yago). Some time starts at 12:30pm, some time 1:00pm but sometime 2:00pm BLD

3. -Tongren
We drive 7Km to Guomar village to see Sunning the Buddha. The whole procession is exiting. As this grand event happens only once a year, all the village people is eager to do prostration in front of big Tangkha of Buddha which is 40m long and 20m wide, at the beginning of the year to thank Buddha for the passed year and to pray for good things in the coming year. After the procession at about 3pm, you may drive to Sengeshong Yago (Lower Wutun) to see Turning the Buddha ceremony.( But sometime finish earlier, sometimes longer). BLD

4. -Tongren
Drive 5Km to Sengeshong Yago (Uper Wutun), a famous monk art school set up in 16th century. Now it has 120 monks, the youngest is 7 years old and all of them have a good training to be artists in this monastery. You can find their art works such as paintings and sculptures almost in whole Tibetan area. Masks dance by monk artists here is wonderful. The main theme of the performances describes all the Protector Deities how to kill the devil spirits that is made of barley flower in a box. You will see again but some different from you see in Upper Wutun on 4th, monks burning the devil things at the end of Dance in the field near the monastery. When seeing Tukchuwa is burning and hundreds of village men too, let off countless firecrackers together…BLD

5. -Tongren/Labrang
Drive 4 hours through a very nice valley to Labrang monastery. The valley looks like “Grand Canyon” but afterwards we will drive into the beautiful grassland where we can see yaks and sheep and visit Nomads families. After lunch, we visit Labrang monastery, which is one of six great Gelukpa (Yellow hat sect) monasteries in Tibet, was founded in 1709, housing now 1000 monks. As Labrang and Kumbum (Tar si) are considered as important institution of higher learning in East-Tibet, during the New Year Festival time, here attracts thousands of Tibetan people for pilgrimage, among them a lot of nomads families from far away. BLD
We stay in Xiahe Government Hotel**.

6. --Labrang
A full day sightseeing strolling around Labrang to see many kinds of nomadic peoples who come here to celebrate the great new year festival from the grassland, some of them may come from far away of remote areas. BLD Xiahe Government Hotel**.

7. -Labrang /Linxia
We see Sunning the Buddha; a large appliquéd Tangkha (30 by 40m) is displayed on the mountain slop opposite the monastery.
After lunch, we drive to Linxia or Lanzhou for overnight (Depending on your flight time next day). BLD

8. Linxia / Lanzhou airport
After breakfast, we drive to Lanzhou air port to catch up the flight which takes off at ….. Be sure arriving at airport before …. BL


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