Multi-Day Tour | Private

Sacred Buddhist Land - China (7 days)


Xining, China To Lanzhou, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Dec 2018


Day 1
Xining, China
Sapphire hotel Dinner

- Upon arriving in Xining, your WildChina Qinghai guide will meet you at the arrival hall with your chauffeur and private vehicle ready to take you to your hotel for check-in

- If time permits, experience the eclectic mix of sights, sounds and scents at Xining’s bustling night market

Day 2
Xining, China
Local Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Head to Kumbum Monastery, a trove of art and religious artifacts known throughout Asia for its magnificent architecture

- Drop by Xunhua town, home to a Muslim community far removed from the surrounding sea of Tibetan towns

- Visit the former residence of the 10th Panchen Lama, a lesser-known figure whose tragic story and role in the Tibetan-Chinese debate cannot be overemphasized

- Continue onwards to Tongren, the sacred center of the culture of Tibetan art

Day 3
Xining, China
Local Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Start your day off with a pilgrimage around Longwu Temple, where monks carry out their timeless traditions in serene, incense-laden halls

- Visit the intricately decorated Upper and Lower Wudun monasteries, whose monks are highly skilled at the art of thangka painting

Day 4
Xining, China
Xiahe, China
The Norden Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Following breakfast, set out for Labrang, one of the most important Tibetan monasterytowns outside of Tibet

- En route, visit Garter Gompa Monastery

- Enter the vast Gyenjia grasslands, a rolling landscape of endless green during the summer months dotted by nomadic campsites

- If time permits, stroll through Labrang’s main street

Day 5
Xiahe, China
The Norden Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Explore the Norlha workshop, a Tibetan yak wool handicraft studio, and hike at your leisure through the surrounding area

Day 6
Xiahe, China
The Norden Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Admire Labrang Monastery’s red walls and elaborate gold and copper colored roofs, passing by monks and pilgrims

- Follow the pilgrimage trail around Labrang Monastery

- For the afternoon, partake in some horseback riding or simply relax in the peacefulgrassland camp

Day 7
Xiahe, China
Lanzhou, China
None Breakfast, Lunch

- After breakfast, make your way to Linxia, which has been dubbed the “little Mecca of China” for its numerous mosques and minarets (3 hrs)

- Drive to Lanzhou (3 hrs) and enjoy a traditional lamian (“pulled noodle”) lunch upon arrival

- If time permits, visit the insightful Gansu Provincial Museum

- Your WildChina guide and chauffeur will escort you to the airport in your private vehicle and see you on your departure flight

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Experience how Tibetan Buddhism has manifested itself outside of Tibet on this adventure to the remote provinces of Qinghai and Gansu. Fairly unknown to the outside world, these provinces are rich in Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. Qinghai was the hiding place for many of Tibetan Buddhism's most sacred scripts and artifacts when Buddhism was under threat in Chia during the 12th century. Gansu's Xiahe Country is home to the famous Labrang Monastery, which hosts the largest number of monks outside of Tibet. The hidden monasteries and colorful murals in these regions offer an opportunity to experience Tibetan Buddhism in some of its purest and most original forms.

About Us

We believe that luxury and sustainability come hand-in-hand. From picking tea in Yunnan to making hand-spun yak wool with nomads in Gansu, our journeys are accented by sophisticated interpretation of nature and local artisan culture through genuine interactions with local communities. Our innovative way of travel has been critically recognized through numerous awards including National Geographic Traveler - "Tours of a Lifetime; Travel + Leisure - “Best Life Changing Trips”; and Fast Company - “50 Most Innovative Companies”. In 2017 we were honored to be nominated for two Virtuoso Awards including "Destinations Partner of the Year".

Insider Tip

For first-timers, cover Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai in a week. Save five to ten days to explore the southern and western provinces and experience the true diversity of China.

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By: Angie

Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2014

Our travel agent used the services of Wild China for our recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Overall the guides were good and having their services proved very helpful in a country where the language & driving were very different from our own. 2 of our 3 guides were quite insightful & accommodating and enhanced our trip in many ways. Our only complaint was that 1 of the guides in Shanghai was quick to deliver us to tourist-trap locations where she would receive a kick-back from any purchase we made. We only learned of this after we had already made a few unwise purchases and then wished maybe we had spent less time with her. My advice would be to use the help, but be forewarned & slightly wary of any guide suggested "tours" or shopping.

Wildly Fantastic!

By: Lisa580

Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2016

WildChina provided outstanding service during our recent trip to China. Our guide, Anna, was suburb! Thank you, WildChina!
Travel Advisor:  Bobbi Nappi

The best guides

By: Bookstaver

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2016

Wild China setup up the perfect itinerary for my trip to China and Tibet. A different well versed guide met me in each section of my trip and showed me the trip of a lifetime
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

Fantastic trip

By: Jeff

Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Very good experience. Well thought out trip and every detail was covered. Flexibility was also a key factor.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Rosenberg

And on my next trip to China as well.

By: Guy

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

We spent two full days touring Beijing with Wild China and they really could not have been better. Couldn't ask our guide a question he couldn't answer about what were seeing (and in 9.5/10 english fluency). Always on time and always with a smile and great attitude throughout the tour. Very flexible, even on the fly! We made several requests in the car that required slight deviations from the original plan. No problem.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Mercer

WildChina Exceeds Erwin Family Expectations of China

By: Rhonda Erwin

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2018

Rachel Dicker partnered with WildChina to plan our custom Chinese Adventure for our family of four (two boys ages 12 and 16). We experienced REAL China! We're a global family and we've never experienced the professionalism and attention-to-detail as we did from both Wild China (supervisor Kendra Tombolato) and Rachel Dicker Travel (owner Rachel Dicker). We particularly want to say that Joyce Ying (Shanghai), An Na (Beijing), Jessica Zhu (Xian), Dustin Zhang (Chengdu), James Lee (Guilin), and David Leung (Hong Kong) enhanced our trip each day with their warmth, humor, knowledge, and suggestions of off-the-beaten-path of things to see, do, buy and explore...things we would have never discovered on our own. Things we didn't necessarily plan for as well as fulfilling our requests of stuff we wanted to do. They are true GEMS in the sea of tour guides. We cannot say enough about how they made our trip and memories of China unforgettable.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

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By: The Wellford family

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2018

So glad to have this group as a resource for airport transfers and especially in Beijing where weather became a factor and Nancy Hsu and the team were able to completely rearrange their days and schedules at the last minute in order to accommodate our requests. Couldn’t have been more grateful for that and I would recommend this team to anyone with travel needs in China.
Travel Advisor:  Tui Kenny Leatherman

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By: China Yunnan 2018

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

The guides were well educated, courteous, kind, thoughtful, and friendly. They were all knowledgeable about each area we visited. We could not have navigated this trip without the guides. Also, the trip was too vast and expansive to try and go it alone. Literally, we would never have gotten out of Beijing without the guide's help. Also, when the chair lift at the park stopped working, when our car over heated and when we needed a toilet, we were graciously helped! It was a trip of a lifetime and we loved every minute of the vacation. Many of the details were so well suited to our family- hiking, natural sites, luxurious lodges, delicious (and clean, safe) food and water, tea, religious monuments, and a spacious and comfortable van. We felt safe and well attended at all times.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Musgrove