This 16-day tour offers the opportunity to learn the culture and traditions of the ethnic groups living in Xining,Gannan and Yunnan. Moreover, it would be delightful to travel in the Mongolian steppes on horseback, admire the Kubuqi desert by camel or visit the splendid monasteries and lamaseries in Inner Mongolia.

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    This 16-day tour offers the opportunity to learn the culture and traditions of the ethnic groups living in Xining,Gannan and Yunnan. Moreover, it would be delightful to travel in the Mongolian steppes on horseback, admire the Kubuqi desert by camel or visit the splendid monasteries and lamaseries in Inner Mongolia.

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    Overnight Soft Sleeper Train to Hohhot

    Transit in Beijing

    Upon arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport, you need to go to the West Railway Station on your own. If time permits, just freely explore Beijing on your own. Your night train leaves at midnight so be sure to take your dinner before boarding. Experience the first class soft sleeper to get to Hohhot, the provincial capital of Inner Mongolia. All of the attractions is ripe for exploration. Be prepared.

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    Meals/Accommodation

    Overnight on train

    Grasslands of Inner Mongolia

    You will arrive at the station in early the morning and your Inner Mongolian guide is there to welcome you. Breakfast is not included, so prepare your breakfast before departure or you can order some cookies on the train prior to arrival.Upon arrival, you will be directly driven to visit the Huitengxile Grassland, which the Mongolian nomads have used to establish their camp. Here, you will discover the traditions of Mongolian horse racing and view melee-style wrestling around the small villages. You can even try to compete with an opponent! Now unleash your inner explorer as you ride a Mongolian horse to venture around this vast prairie, which is located 1800 meters above sea level. In the evening, gather with the rest of the village to dance while feeling the cool breeze of the steppes. Conclude your day of adventure with a peaceful night's rest in a traditional home, the Mongolian yurt.
    Tonight, try the traditional grilled Mongolian lamb! This unique experience is not over, that night you will sleep in a traditional Mongolian yurt. a really impressive tour for numerous visitors.

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    Lunch Included 

    Dinner Included Mongolian Specialty

    Overnight in a Mongolian yurt

    This morning, in the most traditional district of Hohhot, Dazhao Temple is a must-see attraction. Oldest and largest Buddhist temple in the city, this lamasery contains unparalleled wonders. You can admire the statue of Sakyamuni that the third Dalai Lama came to inaugurate in-person. Do not miss the two protective golden dragons and splendid frescoes depicting the history of Buddhism. Then, go into the old city of Hohhot to visit the Five Pagodas Temple. The construction of the temple began in 1727 and completed in 1732. The five pagodas overlooking the building is a beautiful view to see. You can even approach them. Then discover the back wall of the temple, which is probably the single chart of its kind in Mongolian.?

    Meals/Accommodation

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

    Desert Escapade

    Today, you will be guided to Baotou and stop at the Meidaizhao Lamasery on the way. Giving the appearance of a fortress, you quickly lose that feeling once inside. In this former residence of Altan Khan, you will discover magnificent palaces. Amidst this Lamasery, which also served as a clearinghouse of Tibetan Buddhism, you can admire many temples and prayer rooms. On the way, you will also visit at a factory of local crafts. Moreover, near the west border to visit the Kubuqi desert and prepare to explore beautiful sand dunes. As you take a camel in the middle of a sea of sand and you walk away, you will feel quickly to be alone in the world. The blue goes perfectly with that golden ocean. Go through the singing sand to try to hear the drums beat.
    After the desert escapade, you will spend the night in Baotou.

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    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

    Accommodation
    • Economy
    • Superior
    • Deluxe

    Mongolian Lamas

    After breakfast, explore the mountains of Inner Mongolia to discover the imposing Wudangzhao Monastery. Out of nowhere in this beautiful green valley shines this majestic monastery. You feel as though you have arrived in Tibet, with the white walls and surrounding temples.
    Get out of the monastery and pass the residence of the monks, you will arrive at the back of the monastery. There, a local family will cook for you with raw vegetables in the yard and a nice meal is ready.
    After lunch, you will be driven to the Hohhot Airport for your flight to Xian, Upon arrival, your driver will pick you up at the arrival hall and then will be driven to the hotel for rest. Tomorrow morning, you will again tbe transferred to the airport for the flight to Xining.

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    Meals/Accommodation

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included in the monastery restaurant

    Shaanxi Aviation Hotel

    In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Xining, Qinghai. Upon arrival, the guide will greet you at the arrival and then you will be transferred to the hotel. This afternoon, you can have a rest or explore on your own. Visit the largest mosque in the province, Dongguan Mosque. It was originally built in 1380. Mixture of Chinese and Islamic architecture, the different buildings all have a special charm. Enjoy walking around the neighborhood where food stalls, dried fruits and clothes are offered.

    Meals/Accommodation

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

    Sanyu Hotel


    Tibetan Buddhism

    Get out of Xining to visit one of the largest Tibetan monasteries outside Tibet, the Kumbum Monastery. As the birthplace of the founder of the famous Yellow Hats sect, you will be seized by the sacred atmosphere here. As a major shrine, it offers the opportunity to cross pilgrims prostrating themselves face down the group to pray in the front of the halls. Of course, you shouldn't miss the delicate Tibetan butter sculptures made by monks.

    Meals/Accommodation

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

    Sanyu Hotel

    Mountain road in the middle of Yaks

    After 3-4 hour drive in the mountains of the former Tibetan Amdo, you will reach the town of Tongren and the famous Longwu Monastery. Wandering inside this large monastery with rich history, you will be aware of the importance of Tibetan Buddhism in the region. Enjoy being in Tongren admiring the nice paintings on canvas, Tibetan Thangkas, which occupy an important position in the Tibetan culture.

    Meals/Accommodation

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

    Huangnan District Regong Siheji Hotel

    Arrive in little Tibet

    Head to Xiahe and visit the largest Gelugpa monastery outside Tibet, the Labrang Monastery. In this part of Gansu called little Tibet, you will feel like going through the deepest part of Tibet. During your guided tour by a monk, you will have the opportunity to discover some of its greatest treasures.
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    Lunch Included 

    A visit the magnificent Bingling Temple Grottoes in Linxia is desirable. To access the site, you will first take a cruise above the Yellow River. You can admire the unique landscapes during the cruise. Upon arrive at the caves, go to the middle of the cliffs to discover incomparable masterpieces, some represent one of the earliest Buddhist monuments of China. You will be fascinated by the finesse of some of these sculptures, all in a millennium ocher decor.
    After then, you will be transferred to the capital of Gansu for overnight, Lanzhou.

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    Lunch Included 

    Accommodation
    • Economy
    • Superior
    • Deluxe

    Inside Sichuan

    In the early morning, take a flight to Sichuan. Upon arrival in Chengdu, go directly to the county of Aba to visit the Taoping Qiang Village, housing a large number of Qiang people of Sichuan. You will be seized by the ingenuity of the location and the organization of the village in the valley. But enjoy sharing an unforgettable moment with the locals who kept their language and traditions. Their clothes may be eye-catching, even the normal ones need skills and time.

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    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

    Dinner Included 

    typical inn


    Ancient Irrigation System in China

    Nearly 60 km away from Chengdu, the stunning Dujiangyan Irrigation System would definitely surprise all visitors for it showcases ancient wisdom. Built there more than 2250 years, it is one of the oldest hydraulic engineering project that still in use today. Then pay a visit the Temple of City God, a former Taoist temple, before taking an escalator going up to the Yulei pagoda where you have a view on this irrigation system that demonstrates the ingenuity of the Chinese people at the time. Return in the same way and then cross the Min River on the bridge of concrete and steel Nanqiao.
    In the afternoon, take time to appreciate life through the Chengdu Wide and Narrow Alleys. You won't forget the extraordinary experience that you have here in Chengdu. Discover a beautiful mural to depict the 500-meter long cultural and recreational alleys in Sichuan. But mostly enjoy the flavors come straight from restaurants and hawkers stalls. Stop in front of the wooden carts where you can enjoy some of the famous Sichuan snacks.

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    Lunch Included 

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    • Economy
    • Superior
    • Deluxe

    Fly to Yunnan

    This morning, you will take a flight to Lijiang. Upon arrival, you will then be transferred to th hotel in Lijiang. This afternoon, wander through the maze of alleyways of the old town of Lijiang, a historical center of Lijiang city. Amidst this unique picturesque site, you will plunge several centuries back. The traditional architectures blend beautifully with the splendid landscape, which consists of cobbled alleys interspersed by small channels, all with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background. In Lijiang, visit the Residence of the Mu family. You may understand how Naxi culture opens its doors to other peoples, such as the way that its new buildings are a mixture of Naxi architecture, Han, Tibetan and even Bai influences. Then ride to the Lion Hill to have a superb view over the rooftops of Lijiang old town.

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    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

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    • Economy
    • Superior
    • Deluxe


    Naxi Ethnic Group in Yunnan

    Today, a delightful visit to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is arranged. Upon arrival, attend the Impression Lijiang show at 3,100 meters above sea level. In the park of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, with snowy peaks as a backdrop, discover the musical traditions and lifestyles of ethnic groups in Yunnan. Four hundred players from these groups will leave you a unique experience for the sound of drums and galloping horses. Take the cable car to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and its Yak meadow. Discover a part of this majestic mountain snowcapped throughout the year. Once in the meadow, push up the mountain through one of the many hiking opportunities. On a clear day, you will have splendid views of the valley below and the snow-capped peaks of the mountain. In the scenic area, visit the Museum of Dongba culture that you will learn more about this special cultural governed by shamans. Descend into the valley to see the Temple of Jade Summit, which is one of the few lamaseries in the Valley of Lijiang. Created by the sect of the Red Caps, you'll be aware of the Naxi culture's influence and their appreciation of other religions. Stroll through the garden and see some of the multiple colors of camellias in the garden during the spring.
    In the afternoon, discover the beautiful frescoes of the Baisha village. This village was the capital of the Naxi kingdom before the conquest of Kublai. Even today, it remains original that you may feel like walking through a town frozen in time, where the Naxi architecture is visible everywhere. Be sure to pass by the pavilion of Liuli and Dabaoji palace to admire the incomparable frescoes by the Naxi, Tibetan and Han painters. These murals are quite unique.

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    Lunch Included 

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    • Economy
    • Superior
    • Deluxe


    Tiger Leaping Gorge

    After 3-4 hours of driving, you will arrive at the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze River. Choose a multitude of steps or a peaceful path to reach the Tiger Leaping Gorge, in the heart of the turbulent Jinsha River. Here, the tiger's roar resounds in your ears. Then enjoy the excellent views of the entrance to the gorge and the water of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain flowing into the river. The magnificent landscapes, the roaring river…..all of these are ripe for exploration.

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    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

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    • Economy
    • Superior
    • Deluxe

    return to Beijing

    This morning, fly back to Beijing. Upon?arrival in Beijing Capital International Airport, please pay attention to your terminal to avoid getting lost in one of the largest airports in the world.

    Notes: Possible flights to other destination.
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    • Economy
    • Superior
    • Deluxe

    13 destinations

    Travel 5350km

    20 attractions and activities

    Include

    • Natural and cultural heritage ( 18 )
    • The Constructions ( 16 )
    • Chinese Lifestyle ( 9 )
    • Chinese Art ( 11 )
    • Culture of Ethnic Minority ( 15 )


    Transit in Beijing

     

     

     

    Activities:Beijing Airport

    Accommodation

    Overnight on train

    Grasslands of Inner Mongolia

     

    Lunch Included 

    Dinner Included  Mongolian Specialty

    Sights:Huitengxile

    Accommodation

    Overnight in a Mongolian yurt

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

     

    Sights:Dazhao Temple,Five Pagodas Temple

    Accommodation

    Economy: Sulide Hotel

    Superior: Hailiang Plaza Hotel

    Deluxe: Jinjiang International Hotel

    Desert Escapade

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

     

    Sights:Meidaizhao Lamasery

    Activities:Kubuqi desert

    Accommodation

    Economy: Jingmao Dongfang Hotel

    Superior: Jingmao Dongfang Hotel

    Deluxe: Haide Hotel

    Mongolian Lamas

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included in the monastery restaurant

     

    Sights:Wudangzhao Monastery

    Accommodation

    Shaanxi Aviation Hotel

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

     

    Sights:Dongguan Mosque

    Accommodation

    Sanyu Hotel


    Tibetan Buddhism

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

     

    Sights:Kumbum Monastery

    Accommodation

    Sanyu Hotel

    Mountain road in the middle of Yaks

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

     

    Sights:Longwu Monastery

    Accommodation

    Huangnan District Regong Siheji Hotel

    Arrive in little Tibet

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

     

    Sights:Labrang Monastery

    Accommodation

    Economy: Overseas Tibetan Hotel

    Superior: Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel

    Deluxe: Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

     

    Sights:Bingling Temple Grottoes

    Accommodation

    Economy: Oriental Hotel

    Superior: JJ Sun Hotel

    Deluxe: Suhshine Hotel

    Inside Sichuan

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

    Dinner Included  

    Sights:Taoping

    Accommodation

    typical inn


    Ancient Irrigation System in China

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

     

    Sights:Dujiangyan Irrigation System,Wide and Narrow Alleys

    Accommodation

    Fly to Yunnan

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

     

    Sights:Lijiang Old town

    Accommodation


    Naxi Ethnic Group in Yunnan

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

     

    Sights:Jade Dragon Snow Mountain,Baisha Village

    Activities:Impression Lijiang

    Accommodation


    Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

     

    Sights:Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Accommodation

    return to Beijing

    Breakfast Included 

    Lunch Included 

     

    Activities:Beijing Airport

    Accommodation

    • Dujiangyan Irrigation System

    • Lijiang Old town

    • Tiger Leaping Gorge

    • Kubuqi desert

    • Labrang Monastery

    • Longwu Monastery

    • Kumbum Monastery

    • Impression Lijiang

    • Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    • Huitengxile

    • Taoping

    • Baisha Village

    • Dazhao Temple

    • Meidaizhao Lamasery

    • Wudangzhao Monastery

    • Bingling Temple Grottoes

    • Dongguan Mosque

    • Five Pagodas Temple

    • Wide and Narrow Alleys

    • Beijing Airport

    Prices

    Prices: Price may vary depending on the season, the price of transport and other external reasons. (Quoted in U.S. dollars and based on per person)

    Classes 4 persons
    Economy 0
    Superior 2,395
    Deluxe 0

    General Price Inclusion of Private Tours

    1.?The entrance fees as stated in the itinerary.?
    2.?Professional and private english-speaking guide for airport transfer?(train station transfer)?and sightseeing.?
    3.?Private and well-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver for airport transfer (train staion transfer) and sightseeing.?
    4.?Meals as stated in the itinerary. Chinese meal in a tourist restaurant or a local restaurant. The number of dishes varies according to the number of persons in the group. The meal also includes a glass of softdrink or beer.
    5.?Accommodations usually with breakfasts as state in the itinerary. Prices given are calculated on the basis of a double room or a twin-bed room for one night. When requesting a single room, a supplement will be required. Usually,the room is available from 11 am and must be vacated by noon the next day.?
    6.?Domestic flights (economy class) or internal trains as mentioned in the itinerary. All taxes such as airport and fuel are included.?
    7.?Service Charge and government taxes.?
    8.?Travel Agency Liability Insurance.?
    Your entire tour is covered by the travel agency's liability insurance, the insurance is directly regulated by the National Tourism Administration of China. This insurance covers accidents that transpire as a result of any?services caused by a travel agency. It doesn't cover any incidents or physical problems occurring outside of the tour period caused by clients themselves. We,?therefore,?recommend you purchase additional travel insurance in your home country before departure.?


    Excluded from the General Price of Private Tours

    1.?Chinese visa application fee.?
    2.?International flights fee?
    3.?Overload luggage fee.?
    4.?Tips for guides and drivers.?
    5.?Personal expenses. (such as room service, laundry, telephone bill...). The settlement of these expenses will be done when you check out.?The deposit, which will be requested when you check in,?will be returned on departure.

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