Silk Road and Northern Amdo
This itinerary connects the classical Silk Road tour with the northern Amdo region of Qinghai and Gansu provinces. The first part of the trip will take you to explore the arts of Mogao caves and the Great Wall, then we will visit the ancient monasteries which have witnessed the Tibetan Buddhism influence in the area. Afterwards, we will drive cross the Qilian mountain ranges of Hexi Corridor for a couple of hours and enter into the northeastern Tibetan plateau. The second part of the journey includes an amazing variety of landforms -- canyons, open grassland, forestry, and mountains. We will visit the most important monasteries in the region, and appreciate the Thangka paintings.
Meeting with your guide you at Dunhuang Airport. Transport to your hotel.
After breakfast, visit Crescent Lake and Mogao caves.
After breakfast, drive toward Yulin. Visit the caves and some of the caves are marked even older than Mogao caves. Continue drive to Jiayuguan.
Visit Jiayuguan Great Wall and Overhanging Great Wall. Drive another 2 hours to Zhangye. Visit Zhangye and stop at Rainbow mountains (Chin: Danxia).
Visit Giant Buddha Temple in the morning and after noon visit Mati Monastery. Overnight in Zhangye.
Cross into Tibetan plateau. Arrive in Chabcha (Chin: Gong He).
Drive to Trika (Chin: Gui De). Visit the Trika Old Town. Then continue your trip to Khamra Geological National Park. Reach Rebkong (Chin: Tong Ren) in the evening. Overnight in Rebkong.
Visit the religious center for Thangka paintings and sculptures and Rongwu Monastery. Overnight inRebkong.
Drive to Labrang (Chin: Xia He) via Ganja grassland. Explore the town on your own. Overnight in Labrang.
Visit Labrang monastery in the morning. After noon join outer Kora around the monastery. Meet the Snow Mountain Art Center in the evening.
Drive to Linxia then to Bingling temple. Drive to Lanzhou.
Visit Gansu Provincial Museum. Afternoon, fly out
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