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6 Days Private Tour Xining - Tongren - Xiahe - Xining
The Shaman Festival in summer is a widespread traditional festival for Tibetans and Tujia People in Rebgong (Tongren) area. With a history of more than 1400 years, it is celebrated between June 17th and 25th of the lunar calendar every year.
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Shaman Festival Tour in Tongren 2020
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1

09.08.2020 Xining - Jianzha – Tongren

Shaman Festival with military dance and Shangkouqian in Mabahalabatu Village

In the early morning transfer via Jianzha to Tongren (Repkong). The Shaman festival tour begins at Mabahalabatu Village with military dance and Shangkouqian, which means to pierce steel needles through the mouth.

172 km
2 hours 42 minutes
Overnight at 3*Shengyu Tianlun Hotel
Shaman Festival with Military Dance in Mabahalabatu Village
Shaman Festival with Military Dance in Mabahalabatu Village
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2

10.08.2020 Tongren - Mabahalabatu Village – Tongren

Shaman Festival with military dance and Shangkouqian in Mabahalabatu Village

The whole day experience some highlights of the Shaman Festival in the Mabahalabatu Village: military dance and Shangkouqian, which means to pierce steel needles through the mouth.

Overnight at 3*Shengyu Tianlun Hotel
Breakfast
Shaman Festival with Military Dance in Mabahalabatu Village
Shaman Festival with Military Dance in Mabahalabatu Village
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3

11.08.2020 Tongren - Langjia Village – Tongren

Shaman Festival with dragon dance and Kaishan in Langjia Village

The whole day experience some highlights of the Shaman Festival in the Langjia village:enjoy the dragon dance of the Shaman Festival and Kaishan rituals conducted by the shaman who also presides over the festival. Kaishan means "to cut an opening".

42 km
1 hour
Overnight at 3*Shengyu Tianlun Hotel
Breakfast
Shaman Festival with Dragon Dance and Kaishan in Langjia Village
Shaman Festival with Dragon Dance and Kaishan in Langjia Village
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4

12.08.2020 Tongren - Gazedong – Tongren

Shaman Festival with ritual dancing, Shangkouqian, Shangbeiqian and Kaishan in Gazedong Village

The whole day experience some highlights of the Shaman Festival in the Gazedong Village: ritual dancing, Shangkouqian, Shangbeiqian and Kaishan. Shangbeiqian: a bundle of twenty or so long needles are inserted into the male dancers' backs. Again, though onlookers unfamiliar with the ritual may shrink in horror, the participants consider it an honor and a privilege to practice their ancient religion in this way.

70 km
1 hours 33minutes
Overnight at 3*Shengyu Tianlun Hotel
Breakfast
Shaman Festival with Ritual Dancing
Shaman Festival with Ritual Dancing
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5

13.08.2020 Tongren - Xiahe

Longwu monastery, Wutun monastery and Tibetan Repkong Art. Labrang monastery

In the morning visit of Longwu monastery of Gelukpa sect which was initially constructed in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) as a monastery of Sakya-sect and Wutun village the center of Tibetan Regong-Art, which is a successful mixture of religion and folk art. After lunch drive to Xiahe and visit Labrang monastery, the most important religious centre on the northeast border of the Tibetan region. The monastery created in 1710, as one of the six grand monasteries in Tibetan area, has served for centuries there to connect the Tibetan and Mongolian Lamaism.

104 km
2 hours 7 minutes
Overnight at 3*Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel
Breakfast
Labrang Monastery
Labrang Monastery
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6

14.08.2020 Xiahe - Xining

Drive back to Xining

In the morning drive back to Xining. Service ends.

237 km
3 hours 46 minutes
Breakfast
Mural
Mural
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Hotel, program and itinerary are subjected to change with prior notice.
We must point out that you counter a basic tourism infrastructure in this region. You stay overnight mostly at simple hotel/guesthouse. Long journeys on bad roads and on high altitude and delays require good physical fitness, resilience and flexibility of the participants. Program and route changes due to unforeseen events are expressly reserved. If you desire the unknown and have an understanding of contingency, this is the right trip for you.
More Impressions
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Prof. Hans Först
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Li Wanfu
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Prof. Hans Först
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Prof. Hans Först
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Prof. Hans Först
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Li Wanfu
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Li Wanfu
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Li Wanfu
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Li Wanfu
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Li Wanfu
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Ping Pai
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Ping Pai
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Ping Pai
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Ping Pai
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Ping Pai
 Shaman Festival in Tongren | Photo by Ping Pai