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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Tibetan New Year Losar & Monlam Festival in Amdo 2020Tour Name:         Tibetan New Year Losar & Monlam Festival in Amdo 2020
Tour Code:          M82D755
Duration:            10 Days & 9 Nights
Destination:        Xining, Tongren, Xiahe, Lanzhou
Features:            Losar, or better known as the Tibetan New Year, is the most important festival in the Tibetan calendar. On the Tibetan New Year's Day, each home will open its door with prayers and fetch the first bucket of water of the year. People will greet each other with well-meaning wishes - "Tashi Delek". This festival tour brings you to Repkong and Labrang in Amdo to see the unique Losar celebration activities in the monasteries and villages such as Masks Cham Dance, devil spirits burning, and Thangka display etc. Join this tour to have an exotic experience in the wild west of China.
Departure Date:
 FEB 22, 2020
Tour Price:          From US$950 P.P

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Arrive in Xining, be met and transferred to hotel.   N/A

Sanwant Hotel


Xining - Repkong

In the morning visit Kumbum Monastery (Ta'er Monastery), and Mosque in Xining, transferred to Repkong (Tongren). B, L

Repkong Hotel



Full day at the Losar Festival at villages and monasteries. B, L

Repkong Hotel



Full day at the Losar Festival at villages and monasteries. B, L

Repkong Hotel



Full day at the Losar Festival at villages and monasteries. B, L Repkong Hotel

 Repkong - Xiahe

Drive to Xiahe today and visit a local Tibetan family. B, L Wangfu Hotel


Visit mighty Labrang Monastery and enjoy Monlam rituals for the new year celebration at Labrang. B, L Wangfu Hotel


Attend the Losar activities at Labrang.  B, L Wangfu Hotel


Xiahe - Lanzhou

Morning revisit Labrang and transferred to Lanzhou, visit Bingling Grottoes en route. B, L

Lanzhou Legend Hotel



Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends. B N/A

FEB 22, 2020 Day01 Arrival Xining Grand Mosque,Xining,Amdo
Today you arrive in Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province. This city is mainly inhabited with Tibetan but also a home of Uigur, Kazak and Hui minorities. Transferred to your hotel in Xining.

FEB 23, 2020 Day02 Xining - Repkong (B, L)Repkong Scenery,Amdo
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel. This morning you will drive out the city to visit the Kumbum Monastery (Ta'er Si) of Gelukpa-sect. Sitting approx 27km southeast from Xining, Ta'er Si , also known as Kumbum Monastery in Tibetan, is acknowledged to be one of the six most important monasteries along with the Ganden, Sera and Drepung monasteries in Lhasa, the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse and the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe. Although not nearly as attractive as Labrang, and rather swamped by local tourists, Ta'er Si is nevertheless a good introduction for outsiders to Tibetan culture. Both as the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Yellow Hat Sect , and as the former home of the current Dalai Lama, the monastery attracts droves of pilgrims from Tibet, Qinghai and Mongolia, who present a startling picture with their rugged features, huge embroidered coats and chunky jewellery.   Then you will drive back town and visit a local Mosque and a local bazaar. In the afternoon you will drive to Repkong (Tongren).

FEB 24, 2020 Day03 Repkong (B, L)Cham Dance at Longwu (Rongpo Gonchen) Monastery,Amdo
In the morning, we visit some of main monasteries in different villages including Longwu (Rongpo Gonchen) Monastery, an important and the local biggest monastery, built in 1301. It once was the political and administration center in Repkong area. Now it has 450 monks. Then to visit Gomar monastery built in 1741 and now it has 160 monks inhabited. This small but beautiful monastery is famous for its colorful 7-storey Astronomy Stupa (Dhekor Kalachakra). Afternoon we drive to Sengeshong Mago (Lower Wutun), a famous monk art school set up in 17th 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 throughout Tibet. About 1 pm, we take part in the ceremony of a big Applique Thangkha Display (Khakhl Sham). All village people do prostration in front of big Tangkha and the women together sing carols dedicated to Buddha devotionally.

FEB 25, 2020 Day04 Repkong (B, L)Displaying a big Thangkha at Gomar Monastery,Repkong,Amdo
This morning we drive for 7Km to Guomar Monastery to join with hundreds of local village people celebrating the New Year ceremony of Butter Tea and Bread which were blessed in the monastery and offered from different tribes in this village. About 1 pm we will see a big ceremony of Displaying a big Thangkha (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 this we may go to another village to see something different.

FEB 26, 2020 Day05 Repkong (B, L)Masks dance at Wutun Monastery,Repkong
Drive 5Km to Sengeshong Mago (Lower Wutun) to enjoy a different Monlam celebration, Masks dance (Cham) by monk artists which is wonderful to see. 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 triquetrous black box. You will see Monks burn the devil things at the end of Dance in the field near the monastery. When seeing Tukchuwa is burning, hundreds of village men light countless firecrackers together to celebrate and this spectacular and thrilling scene impact you with a strong confidence towards a promising New Year.

FEB 27, 2020 Day06 Repkong - Xiahe (B, L)Local Tibetan gathering at Gomar Monastery during new year celebration
Transfer to Xiahe, famous for the Labrang Monastery. You will drive in the valleys and further onwards to grassland near Xiahe. Upon arrival you will visit a local Tibetan family.

FEB 28, 2020 Day07 Xiahe (B, L)Tibetan Monlam Festival at Labrang Monastery,Amdo
The highlight of Monlam Festival is the ritual of Sunning the Buddha. You will join a large crowd of pilgrims who have been waiting since the early morning for today's special event, the annual 'sunning of the Buddha' ceremony.  In the morning, a large yelp will mark the entrance of a horse-ridden lama clutching an iron stick, followed by the entry of the thangka of the Buddha. The 98 by 66 ft thangka will be carried out of the hall towards a mountain range to be spread along the slope of the Nan Mountain. Along the way, crowds of worshippers will gather around to touch the thangka in order to get the New Year blessing, and later sing, dance and hold prayer sessions to celebrate the occasion. Join the local Tibetan and enjoy today's activities at Labrang.

MAR 01, 2020 Day08 Xiahe (B, L)Cham Dance at Labrang Monastery,Xiahe,Amdo
Today you will enjoy the Cham Dance, a lively ceremony of religious dances, in the square adjacent to the Lection Hall of Labrang Monastery. Not only the dancers and musicians, but also the audience will be blessed through participating in this grand ceremony. At night enjoy amazing show of Butter sculpture Arts in Labrang, a vivid handicraft created by the Buddhist monks inspired by the Buddha teachings.

MAR 02, 2020 Day09 Xiahe - Lanzhou (B, L)Bingling Grottoes in Gansu Province
In the morning you can revisit Labrang if desire. Then you will leave for Lanzhou and on your way you will visit Bingling Grottoes. The excavation of the caves could be dated back to about 1,700 years ago during the Western Jin Dynasty. Expansion has been taken in the following dynasties. Now you can see well-preserved 183 niches, 694 vivid Buddha statues, 82 clay sculptures and about 900 square meters (about 1,076 square yards) of colorful murals. Later of the day you arrive in Lanzhou.

MAR 03, 2020 Day10 Depart Lanzhou (B)Lanzhou City by the Yellow River
This morning is free at your own leisure to explore this famous city by the Yellow River. Check out at noon and be transferred to airport for your departure flight to next destination. End of your festival tour to Amdo.

Tour costing starts from US$950 per person based on 6 persons per group. Tour costing  varies upon group size and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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