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8 Days Private Tour Chengdu – Songpan - Ruoergai – Langmu Si - Luchu – Jiuzhi – Aba - Taoping – Chengdu
This discovery tour will lead you to through the cultural area of east Tibetan area Amdo in western Sichuan and southern Gansu. In this area you will feel different religious atmosphere as in the center Tibet (TAR). In this area there are important Nyingmapa and Jonanpa Monasteries as well as the Monastery Nangshig of Bon Religion. The main target is the Tibetan New Year Festival (Monlam Festvial, Losar) 2021 in Langmu Si, Luqu and Aba of Gansu Province and Sichuan Province. This tour offers us the opportunity to participate in various religious ceremonies with colorfully dressed believers and monks. Langmu Si and Aba are two important centers of Eastern Tibetan cultural area Amdo. The highlight of the festivals will be the „Basking of the huge Thangkas with the figure of the Buddha“. In the whole two weeks of the festival, the lovely shamanic dances, pray ceremonies, jewelry show and the party of the believers will be held incessantly.
Highlights
Monlam Festival Tour in South Gansu and Aba 2021
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1

22.02.2021 Chengdu - Wenchuan - Maoxian – Songpan

Drive through the area of Qiang people to Songpan

Drive via Wenchuan and Maoxian where mainly Qiang minority lives and along the Min River to Songpan. Visit the old city Songpan.

313 km
5 hours 45 minutes
Overnight at Fengyu Shangyuan Hotel
Ancient Town Songpan
Ancient Town Songpan
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2

23.02.2021 Songpan - Ruoergai (3854m) - Langmu Si (3600m)

Taktsang Lhamo Monastery (Langmusi Si)

Drive via Ruoergai to Langmusi at the border of provinces Sichuan and Gansu, visit the Taktsang Lhamo Monastery (Langmusi Si).

241 km
3 hours 45 minutes
Overnight at 3*Langmusi International Hotel
Breakfast
Taktsang Lhamo Monastery (Langmusi Si)
Taktsang Lhamo Monastery (Langmusi Si)
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3

24.02.2021 Langmu Si – Luqu (3500m)

Sunning-Buddha ceremony in Langmu Si

In the morning, watch the big sunning-Buddha ceremony at the hillside by the monastery in the morning with crowds of Tibetan locals. We will watch the mask dance in Langmu Si Monastery. All participants as pilgrims, farmers, nomads and tourists at the ceremony will be blessed by gods. In the afternoon drive to Luqu.

95 km
1 hour 30 minutes
Overnight at 2*Longda Hotel
Breakfast
Monlam Festival Losar in Langmusi
Monlam Festival Losar in Langmusi
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4

25.02.2021 Luqu – Jiuzhi – Aba (3290m)

Jewelry show and mask dance (Cham) in Xicang Monastery

Drive to Xicang Monastery to take part in the jewelry show, which is celebrated on the eighth day of the second month in Tibetan calendar to admire nature and pray for good luck for the new year. The followers will put on their finest traditional clothes. You’ll also enjoy mask dance (Cham). In the afternoon drive to Aba (Ngawa). Aba means people from Ngari (Ali) in Tibetan. In this area all the sects of Tibetan Buddhism remain and exist in harmony.

287 km
5 hours 7 minutes
Overnight at 3*Jude Hotel
Breakfast
Jewelry Show in Xicang Monastery
Jewelry Show in Xicang Monastery
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5

26.02.2021 Aba (3290m)

Prayer ceremony and butter flower festival in Gomar Monastery

In the morning take part in the prayer ceremony of the Gomar Monastery. In the afternoon take photos of the full view of Aba, feel the atmosphere of the Tibetan New Year Festival. You may also visit Ngayul Monastery (Saige Si) of Jonangpa sect. And in the evening the butter flower festival will hold in the Gomar Monnastery.

Overnight at 3*Jude Hotel
Breakfast
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba
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6

27.02.2021 Aba

Mask dance (Cham) in Nangshig, the biggest Bon monastery in China

In the early morning go to Nangshig Monastery, one of the biggest Bon monastery in China and has a history of about 900 years after it was built in 1107. The parade of horses’ caravan is a characteristic activity of Nangshig Monastery. And you’ll see the prayer ceremony in the Tutelary Hall. The monks dance with masks from 10:00 until 18:00.

Overnight at 3*Jude Hotel
Breakfast
Mask dance (Cham) in Nangshig
Mask dance (Cham) in Nangshig
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7

28.02.2021 Aba - Taoping

Mask dance (Cham) in Nangshig monastery

In the morning continue to enjoy the mask dance (Cham) in the Nangshig Monastery. In the afternoon drive to Taoping, a Qiang People's stocked village. The ancient Taoping village has a great appeal for the numerous experts and tourists with its old and wonderful fortress buildings.

322 km
5 hours 39 minutes
Overnight at Shalang Hotel
Breakfast
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba
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8

01.03.2021 Taoping - Chengdu

Visit Taoping village of Qiang minority

In the morning visit the Taoping village. Then drive back to Chengdu. Service ends.
Breakfast
Taoping Village of Qiang Minority
Taoping Village of Qiang Minority
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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.
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Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Aba | Photo by Liu Bin
Monlam Festival Losar in Langmusi | Photo by Prof. Hans Först
Monlam Festival Losar in Langmusi | Photo by Prof. Hans Först
Monlam Festival Losar in Tongren | Photo by Prof. Hans Först
Jewelry show in Xicang Monastery | Photo by Prof. Hans Först
Jewelry show in Xicang Monastery | Photo by Prof. Hans Först
Jewelry show in Xicang Monastery | Photo by Prof. Hans Först
Monlam Festival in Tongren | Photo by Prof. Hans Först
Monlam Festival in Tongren