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Discovery Tour during Tibetan New Year Losar in Tongren and Xiahe 2011
Experience the Tibetan New Year Losar in Tongren and Xiahe
East Tibetan cultural center Amdo
Varied activities: mask dance, thangka exposure, butter sculpture, circuit at Labrang monastery with the huge statue of Maitreya
Monlam, also known as a prayer meeting (Smon-lam-chen-mo), is an extremely grand holyday in Tibetan area during the Spring Festival. Initially, back to 1409, Tsongkhapa – founder of Gelug Sect – organized a prayer meeting at Jokhang Temple. Thousands of monks gathered together for the praying and sutra-debate here. As the days go by, the followers from all directions are in an endless stream to join in the spectacular pageant. "Monlam Tour" will offer you a rare opportunity to participate in the splendid celebration with the numerous followers and the pilgrims, and experience the various sorts of rituals performed at different temples in East Tibetan cultural center Amdo in Tongren and Xiahe. The highlight of the ceremony is thangka exposure. Ensuing along the hill, the marvelous jumbo thangka is 90 feet by 60 feet, showing to pray to the Buddha for blessings. All Kinds of vivid and vigorous mask dances and pray ceremonies will run through the whole Losar (Tibetan New Year) for two weeks.
Dates and Price
Length11days
Member number minimum6persons
Member number maximum16persons
Reise-Nummer: PANO-GR-FT-01
Reiseziele: Xining – Kumbum – Tongren – Xiahe – Bingling - Lanzhou
Preis: USD994,-
Dauer: 11 days
Datum:
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Single Room Supplement: USD228,-
Included
All transfers and overland tour
All sightseeing
10 nights in hotels (double rooms; single room as requested) and guesthouse
Meals as stated: B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
English speaking guide
 
Excluded
China Visa
Tips for guide and driver
Personal expenses
Flight or train riding to Xining and from Lanzhou
Service not mentioned in the itinerary
Itinerary

Day01 09.02 WED Arrival Xining D
Today we arrrive in Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province, meet with and transfer to hotel and free the balance of day for rest. Overnight at 4-star Xining Mansion Hotel or similar

Day02 10.02 THU Xining – Kunbum – Tongren B/L/D
Breakfast in hotel. Check out and leave for Tongren. On the way we will visit Kumbum monastery (Ta'er Si) of Gelukpa-sect, which was built in 1560 in Huangzhong county and also one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. After that drive to Tongren (Repkong), and visit Longwu monastery of Gelukpa sect which was initially constructed in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) as a monastery of Sakya-sect. 4N at 2-star Yunlong Hotel or similar

Day03 11.02 FRI Tongren B/L/D
In the morning we set out for approx. 10km to Gomargar Monastery to see the grand assembly with Tibetan locals and monks of the monastery. The highlight of the tour today is no doubt the Thangka Buddha-Painting Exposure, which normally starts from 14h00pm and will lasts for 3-4hrs. After the first hours visit in Gomargar Monastery we drive to lower Wutun Monastery to participate the Grand Buddha Circuit activity. Drive back hotel.

Day04 12.02 SAT Tongren B/L/D
Continue our visit at Repkong. We will spend the whole day long at Wutun monastery and Wutun village the center of Tibetan Regong-Art, which is a successful mixture of religion and folk art. Enjoy the mask dance at Wutun and take photos. In the afternoon drive to Gomargar Monastery to see the mask dance.

Day05 13.02 SUN Tongren B/L/D
Full day tour to the Gomargar monastery to enjoy the monk mask dance. Drive back hotel late in the afternoon.

Day06 14.02 MON Tongren – Xiahe B/L/D
Morning revisit the Gomargar Monastery if desired. Afterwards we leave Tongren for Xiahe and stay overnight. 3N at 2-star hotel Gang-gyan

Day07 15.02 TUE Xiahe B/L/D
Today the Labrang Losar celebration takes place. Watch the big sunning-Buddha ceremony at the hillside by the monastery in the morning with crowds of Tibetan locals. Enjoy the grand view and make nice pictures.

Day08 16.02 WED Xiahe B/L/D
Enjoy and participate in the mask dance in Labrang and if lucky enough we can receive blessings by touching our heads from a high rank lama.

Day09 17.02 THU Xiahe B/L/D
A leisure tour to the big Labrang monastery, the most important religious centre on the northeast border of the Tibet region. The monastery created in 1710, as one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet area, has served for centuries there to connect the Tibetan and Mongolian. Free at own leisure in the afternoon. At night, enjoy amazing show of Butter sculpture Arts in Labrang, a vivid handi art created by the Buddhist monks inspired by the Buddha teachings. Overnight at hotel

Day10 18.02 FRI Xiahe – Lanzhou B/L/D
Another highlight of our tour to Xiahe in the morning: visit the grand circuit together with thousands of pilgrims and monks at Labrang to make a round walk of the monastery with the huge statue of Maitreya, Buddha of the Future. After that we leave Xiahe for Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province. En route make an excursion to grottos of 1000-Buddha's-temple in Bingling over the yellow. The grottos of the monastery are firstly built in 420AD. Figures here are older than those in Dunghuang-Grottos. Late in the afternoon we drive to Lanzhou and check in hotel. 1N at 4-star Legend Hotel or similar

Day11 19.02 SAT See off B
Free till check out and transfer to Lanzhou airport for departure flight. End of the amazing Losar tour.


 
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