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Tibet & Silk Road

Published: 23 Dec 2008 23:23:17 PST

In China, the best exotic picturesque place to appreciate is Tibet plateau. Long time isolation from the outer world makes Tibet a tranquil place boasting of its unique culture and religion. There you may find lamas rotating prayer wheels enjoy strong Tibetan butter tea, play around with simple friendly Tibetan people. On the other side, one of the best culture routes in China is “Silk Road”. Playing the key roles of trading line and culture exchange between east and west in the past, the “Silk Road” will never ever disappoint you to discover the ancient Chinese culture in a broader and deeper way!


Track the footsteps of Pricess Wencheng

In 640, Princess Wencheng (Tibetan: Mung-chang Kungo) of Tang Dynasty traveled all the way from the capital city Changan (the present Xian) to Tibet to marry Songtsan Gampo -the thirty-third king of the Yarlung Dynasty of Tibet in a marriage of state as part of a peace treaty. As the pious Buddhist, she introduced Buddhism to Tibet. Now, you have the chance to follow the footsteps of the Tang Princess to enter Tibet. During the journey, you may visit monasteries of different sects of Tibetan Buddhism, view distinctive Buddhism assembles, or even join the grand Derby in Yushu together with the Tibetans.

Mount Everest Base Camp Adventure

Maybe you are not a professional mountaineer, but you still have the chance to get a close touch with the highest peak on earth. You will travel to Tibet by the highest railway of the world, passing through the vast grassland, snow-capped mountains, colorful flora and fauna. With the local guide driving the Toyota 4500, you will travel all the way from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp. And at your destination, Everest Base Camp, you will definitely be highly impressed by some of the most dramatic views in the world, the impressive panorama of the Shishapangma, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, and Gyachung Kang peaks.

Buddhism Cultural Tour in Qinghai and Gansu Provinces

Besides Geru Sect prevailing in the Tibet Autonomous Region, other sects of Tibetan Buddhism also flourishes in parts of Qinghai and Gansu Provinces adjacent to Tibet. If you want to know about the Tibetan Buddhism outside Tibet region, just join the Buddhism Cultural Tour in Qinghai and Gansu Provinces. With local guide riding the Toyota 4500, you can visit the significant monasteries and spots in Qinghai and Gansu Provinces, enjoy the unique Tibetan handicrafts: marvelous embroidery and Thangka paintings, and visually- feast the picturesque landscapes of the sacred plateau. If you are here on January, you may be luck to catch the Buddhism assemble during the Tibetan New Year.

Yak-back Trekking on the Silk Road

Covering a great distance and landscapes, we combine culture, history, and nature into one great adventure. Primarily traveling by airplane, car or 4-wheel drive, you will experience the threatening Taklamakan and Gobi deserts and the intimidating Pamir and Tianshan mountain ranges. You will see stunning terrain and diverse wildlife, from sheep and mountain goats to wolves and mountain cats. Also you could see some of the wildest parts of the Silk Road from the back of a yak, camel, or horse. Further more, we will arrange home stays for an authentic life experience.

In Xi'an:
You can visit: Shannxi Historic Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Great Mosque
You can experience: Chinese herbs feet massage
You can enjoy: Tang Dynasty Performance
You can taste: Special Dumplings

In Dunhuang:
You can visit: Mogao Caves, Yangguan Pass, Local tree farm

In Kashigar:
You can visit: Taklimakan Desert, Plateau Lake, Mushitake, Ancient Stone City, Tajikan village, Hongqilapu Pass
You can experience: Yak or Horse for a full day’s safari on the Pamir Plateau.

Deep Adventure of Silk Road

If you desire to explore the Silk Road deeper, this tour is a good choice. As the key trading route between the west and the east, Silk Road was actively used among traders 2000 years ago. With the great contribution through the trading business, the west communicated the east and left a big treasure of culture and art. To explore that, we invite you to follow Marco Polo’s footsteps: begin from Beijing, visiting the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, then travel to Xi’an – hometown of the Terracotta Warriors. Your last stop will be in Dunhuang. Buddhist caves, wall paintings countless sculptures and Buddhists scriptures may dazzle your eyes.

In Beijing:
You can visit: Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City,Local residence district, Great Wall, photo stops at Olympic Stadiums
You can enjoy: Acrobatic Show
You can taste: Chinese Dumpling, Beijing Duck

In Xi'an:
You can visit: Shannxi Historic Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Great Mosque
You can experience: Chinese herbs feet massage
You can enjoy: Tang Dynasty Performance
You can taste: Special Dumplings

In Lanzhou:
You can visit: Xiahe County, Labolung Temple, Tibetan family, Bingling Temple Caves, Jiayu Pass, Great Wall Museum, Wei-Jin Tomb
You can taste: Ghee Tea

In Dunhuang:
You can visit: Mogao Caves, Echoing-Sand Dune, Crescent Lake
You can enjoy: Uygur dancing and singing performance named "Summer of Dunhuang"
You can taste: Dunhuang Banquets

In Turpan:
You can visit: Karez Irrigation Site

In Urumqi:
You can visit: Nan Shan Pasture, Erdaoqiao Bazaar

In Kashigar
You can visit: 0Id Kah Mosque, Abakh Khoja Tomb

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