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Tibetan New Year Festival (Losar) in Amdo

Day1. Arrive at Beijing. Jianguo Hotel or other 4 star hotels.

Day2. Beijing--Xining
We fly to Xining (Alt: 2200m), capital city of Qinghai Province. Afternoon, we visit Kumbum
Monastery. Overnight Qinghai hotel.

Day 3. Xining-Kokonor--Xining

Drive 150km via Sun and Moon Mountain Pass (Tib: Riwo Nyida, Alt: 3520m. Gate of the grassland and was once border of Tibet) to Kokonor Lake. The reason I arrange Kokonor, because she presents fantastic scenery in wintertime and it is not so cold. At this season, lake surfaces are frozen from December to 5th or 10th of April every year. If clients like, we can drive back through north road to Xining, all round trip is 520km, Altitude is between 3200m to 3600m. 9 hours driving including stops for photos and 2/3 is grassland view. Or be prepared for some surprises, we can take a new and shorter high way along the north east Lake through a large sand dunes area and another beautiful valley back to Xining. Road condition is all good.
Overnight Qinghai Hotel.

Day4. Xining--Tongren
In the morning we drive 70KM to Youning Monastery (Tib: Gonlong Jampaling) built in 1604, now housing 400 monks. The third Dalai Lama came here to give lectures of Buddhism in 1584 and requested by the local people to build a monastery. The Fourth Dalai Lama, a Great Mongolian, passed here on the way from Mongolia to Lhasa in 1602. Then he sent a living Buddha from Lhasa to build a temple. Before 1958 the monastery used have more than 7000 monks. The monastery was specially built for the local Tu people, a very rare and small nationality who honors their tribe is descendant of Mongolia army settled here since 13th century, the Tu women wearing distinctly colorful striped dresses can be seen in villages and speak their own language but has no written language. So the masks dance by lama artists here is different from other Tibetan areas. Afternoon we drive 180KM to Tongren (Tib: Repkong) county, one of the most important Tibetan Culture Centers in East-Tibet. As the place is hidden in a mountain valley, it keeps its strong culture that it's still un-known by outside world. We will stay here for three days and each day with different activities by both monks and village people. We stay in Tongren hotel. With clean room and hot water for shower.
Huangnan hotel

Day5 Visit Tongren
We drive 7Km to Guomar village to see Sunning of the Buddha. The whole procession is exiting. As this great event happens only once a year, all the villager are eager to prostrate in front of this huge Tangkha, which 40m long and 30m wide.
Huangnan hotel

Day6 Visit Tongren
Drive 5Km to Wutun monastery (Tub: Sengeshong Mago), a famous monk art school set up in 16th century. Now has 120 monks, the youngest is only 7 years old but they are so well trained be a artists in this monastery. You can find their art works almost in whole Tibetan area, such as paintings and sculptures. 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, which made by barley flower in a triangle box (Tib: Tukchuwa, meaning bad things need to be thrown away). The best part is to see when monks burning the devil things at the end of Dance in the field near the monastery. You can not imagine how happy the whole village people is when seeing 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
Huangnan hotel

Day7 Visit Tongren
Drive 7Km to Guomar village again to see another different Masks Dance by monks in Guomar monastery. The huge colorful Kalachakra Pagoda providing a highlight view for beautiful Repkong valley.
Huangnan hotel

Day8 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. Labrang monastery is one of six great Gelukpa (Yellow hat sect) monasteries in Tibet, was founded in 1709, housing more than 1500 monks. As Labrang and Kumbum(Tar si) are considered most important institution of higher learning in East-Tibet, during the New Year Festival time, here attracts thousands of Tibetan people for pilgrimage, Lots of nomads come whole families for the Festival from far away. Stay in overseas hotel and standard rooms with hot water for shower. But we may change to another warmer hotel.
Tibetan Oversea Hotel or Another Better One

Day9 Visit Labrang
We see Sunning the Buddha; a large appliqu¨¦ Tangkha (30 by 40m) is displayed on the mountain slop opposite the monastery. We stay here for 4 days to see the Tibetan New Year Festival (Tib: Losar), which is different from Tongren Festival, but both places offer its own characteristic and every day we can enjoy something new.
Tibetan Overseas Hotel or Another Better One

Day10 Visit Labrang
Masks Dance by the monks from Labrang Monastery is quite famous among Tibetan and the monks are been trained for one year for this occasion. In summer you can see them practicing the dance in monastery or by the river band.
Tibetan Oversea Hotel or Another Better One

Day11 Visit Labrang
During the daytime, we visit the monastery and look around the big free market all selling Tibetan things. You will meet lots of Tibetan nomads at the market, as this is such good chance for them to buy the things the need for the year together with family. In the evening visit of the Butter Sculpture Show made by monk artists.
Tibetan Oversea Hotel or Another Better One

Day12 Labrang-Lanzhou
(Morning at Labrang after Lunch Drive to Lanzhou)
To see the procession of a Maitreya Buddha images around the monastery. Maitreya Buddha is the future Buddha; people are doing prostration in front of him to prey for bringing their lives again to the world when he becomes Buddha after thousands of years.
Jincheng Hotel.

Day13 Morning fly from Lanzhou to Beijing.
Afternoon sightseeing or rest in Beijing.
Jianguo Hotel or other 4 star hotels

Day14 EIXT

Tour Includes:
_All transportation (land & air) within the tour inside China
_Accommodations at four star international standard deluxe hotels in Beijing and Xining, three star hotel in Lanzhou, the best local hotels with standard rooms in Amdo area
_All meals during the tour
_Good Japanese bus
_Native Tibetan/English speaking guide
_All entrance fee
_Comprehensive sightseeing

Notes: The local temperature is usually minus 8 or 10 degrees centigrade. But because the area we go to is a sheltered mountain valley, it dose not feel as cold as you would think and the hotel rooms we will arrange are warmer.

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