5 Days Qinghai Tour with Qinghai Lake and Tongren Monasteries

Qinghai Lake, which gives its name to the province, is the largest lake in China and is fed by 23 rivers. During this tour, apart from the the famous Qinghai Lake, we will also head to visit the famous Tibetan Buddhism temples: Taer Monastery, Rongwu Monastery and Wutun Monastery.

Highlights:

  • View the largest inland and salt-water lake in China – Qinghai Lake.
  • Visit the famous Tibetan Buddhism temples: Taer Monastery, Rongwu Monastery and Wutun Monastery.
  • Visit the Dongguan Great Mosque, one of the “four great mosques in China”.
  • Appreciate the beautiful Qinghai Thangkas.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Xining Arrival
  • Day 2: Xining – Qinghai Lake – Xining
  • Day 3: Xining – Tongren
  • Day 4: Tongren – Xining
  • Day 5: Xining Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Xining Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities: Ta’er Monastery
Accommodation: Xining
Meals: Lunch

Take the morning flight or train to Xining and tour guide will pick you up from airport or train station. Then we will head to visit Ta’er Monastery, the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, who is the founder of the Gulugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 2 Xining – Qinghai Lake – Xining

Sightseeing and Activities: Bird Island, Riyue Mountains
Accommodation: Xining
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, drive about 2.5 hours to Qinghai Lake, the largest inland and salt-water lake in China and is fed by 23 rivers.

We will cruise on the lake and visit the Bird Island in the lake. Then drive back to Xining.

On the way, we will stop at the Riyue Mountains for a visit, which also known as “Sun and Moon Mountain”, which is part of the magnificent Qilian Mountain Range. On either side of the pass, the Ri (Sun) and Yue (Moon) Pavilions were built to commemorate Princess Wencheng’s sacrifice.

Day 3 Xining – Tongren

Sightseeing and Activities: Wutun Monastery, local family visit
Accommodation: Tongren
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will drive about 173km from Xining to Tongren county. It is the originated place of the famous “Regong Art” and Thangka. Visit Wutun Monastery featured with decorations of Tibetan style. After that, you will have the chance to visit a local family to experience their lifestyle and culture. Besides, we will appreciate  the beautiful Qinghai Thangkas. Stay overnight in Tongren.

Day 4 Tongren – Xining

Sightseeing and Activities: Rongwu Monastery, Dongguan Great Mosque
Accommodation: Xining
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, head to visit Rongwu Monastery, the third largest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Amdo Tibetan Area and named after Rongwo River upon which the monastery is built.

Then drive back to Xining to visit the Dongguan Great Mosque, which is one of the “four great mosques in China”.

Day 5 Xining Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation:
Meals: Breakfast

Explore the city at your leisure until being transferred to the airport or railway station for you next destination.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.