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Lanzhou Bingling Grottoes Xiahe Labrang Monastery Tour - 5 Days

Destination: Gansu Lanzhou
Duration: Five Day
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The Bingling Temple is a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculpture carved into natural caves and caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River. It lies just north of where the Yellow River empties into the Liujiaxia Reservoir.

The caves were a work in progress for more than a millennium. The first grotto was begun around 420 CE at the end of the Western Jin Dynasty. Work continued and more grottoes were added during the Wei, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. The style of each grottoe can easily be connected to the typical artwork from its corresponding dynasty. The Bingling Temple is both stylistically and geographically a midpoint between the monumental Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan and the Buddhist Grottoes of central China, Yungang Grottoes near Datong and Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang.

Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Geluk (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$750/persons 750USD/Person
¡¡Day 1 ¡¡Lanzhou Arrival

Activity:Arrival at Lanzhou airport or Lanzhou Railway Station, you will be met by our guide. You will be transferred to your hotel in Lanzhou.


Hotel:  Lanzhou                                        Meals: Dinner

¡¡Day 2¡¡Lanzhou- Bingling Grottoes - Lanzhou

Activity:Drive to visit Bingling Grottoes. The site of Binglingsi Grottoes is about 70km to the southwest of Lanzhou. "Bingling" means "ten of thousand Buddhas" in Tibetan language since there are many stone carved buddha sculptures here. Today the cliffs are isolated by the waters of Liujiaxia Reservoir on the Yellow River.


So coming here it is a nice day out as well as for the cave art trip. The site is well preserved, including 183 caves, 694 Buddha stone statues, 82 earth buddha statues, more than 900 square meters'mural painting which are scattered around the cliff of 200 meter long and 60 meter high on the west bank. Back to Lanzhou after the day trip.


Sightseeing: Binglingsi Grottoes, Liujiaxia Reservoir.


Hotel:  Lanzhou                                        Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Binglingsi Grottoes

Binglingsi Grottoes

 Liujiaxia Reservoir

¡¡Day 3 ¡¡Lanzhou - Xiahe

Activity:After breakfast, drive 358km and get to Xiahe County of Gangan Tibetan Autononous Prefecture. After check-in at our designated hotel, you will be arranged to visit Sangke Grassland, 14km southwest of Xiahe. Bound by the mountains and cut through by a river in the middle, Sangke Grassland is a natural prairie which looks like a green carpet rife with numerous colorful flowers. Horse riding will be on your own. Next you will visit a Tibetan family, which helps you know more about the shepherd's life style and local customs in depth. Back to Xiahe for overnight.


Sightseeing: Sangke Grassland, Tibetan family.


Hotel:  Xiahe                                      Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Sangke Grassland


Sangke Grassland

¡¡Day 4 ¡¡Xiahe -Lanzhou

Activity:Today's highlight is focused on the Labrang Monastery, the buddhist center of Tibetan Buddhism and culture of the cross borders of Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan. Labrang Monastery is located on the north of Daxia River in the west of Xiahe County of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province. This most important Tibetan monastery outside Tibet was first founded by Ngagong Tsunde, the first generation of Jamyang from nearby Ganjia in 1709. it is an important monastery of the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. At its peak there were over 4000 monks. Currently there are over 3000 monks from Qinghai, Gansu, Inner Mongolia and Tibet as well.


You will visit the Institute of Medicine, three temples including the Grand Prayer Hall, Shou'an Temple, Shou'xi Temple and as well as Labrang Monastery Relic Musuem (Yak Butter sculpture).


Then after lunch, you will be transferred back to Lanzhou and check in the hotel. The rest of the time is on your own.


Sightseeing: Labrang Monastery.


Hotel:  Lanzhou                                      Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Labrang Monastery

Labrang Monastery

Labrang Monastery

¡¡Day 5 ¡¡Lanzhou Departure

Activity:Before transferred to Lanzhou airport or Lanzhou Railway Station to end your tour, you will be arrange to visit the Yellow River Waterwheel Garden. Having a glimpse of the 20km green belt along the Yellow River is a must for every first time visitor. One of the gems on the green park south of the Yellow River is the Waterwheel Garden in Lanzhou.You may see the Sheepskin Raft Drifting on the Yellow River.


Then, you will be returned either to Lanzhou airport or Lanzhou Railway Station for your next destination.


Sightseeing:Yellow River Waterwheel Garden.

Waterwheel Garden

 Iron Bridge

Sheepskin Raft

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