• 7 Days Gansu – Gobi Desert To Luxury Camp On Tibetan Plateau

    Escape the city bustle and explore the beautiful natural landscape of Gansu. Get rid of the modern but busy communication and relax in peace on the undisturbed rural grassland. This is the most authentic of Tibetan Culture. (Note: Norden Camp is open from 1May – 15 Oct 2015)
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7 days
From S$ 5,100/Adult

Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Singapore / Dunhuang
    Fly

    Singapore / Hangzhou

    Hangzhou / Xi'an

    MF842

    0230/0730– Every Mon, Tue, Sun (5h 00m)

    0840/1100 (2h 20m)

      Xi’an / Dunhuang CZ6896 1325/1600 – Every Mon & Sun (2h 30m)

     

    Upon your arrival, you will be met and transfer to hotel. Free and easy for the rest of the evening.

    Overnight: Dunhuang 
    Meal: None

  • Day 02 - Dunhuang

    This morning, visit the Mogao Caves. Spend the day exploring the Mogao Grottoes (aka Caves of the Thousand Buddhas), a system of Buddhist caves which contain religious artworks spanning the 4th to 14th century. There are about 600 surviving caves, out of which only 30 are open to public.

    After a short rest, take a tour with a camel ride to view Mingsha Shan (the Singing Sands Mountain), named after the natural phenomena. You will also visit the Crescent Moon Lake – a natural wonder in the Gobi Desert. Relax and enjoy a fantastic sunset dinner by the dunes.

    Overnight: Dunhuang
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 03 - Dunhuang / Lanzhou
    Fly Dunhuang/Lanzhou MU 2440 1025/1200– Every Mon, Sun (1h 35m)

     

    Upon arrival, transfer to the city. Visit Gansu Provincial Museum.  The museum boasts more than 75,000 cultural including Gansu color-painted pottery, and bamboo slips on medication of the Han era and more.

    Late afternoon, enjoy some downtime at hotel.

    Overnight: Lanzhou
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 04 - Lanzhou / Xiahe

    After breakfast, we will stroll along the Binhe Road to experience local life. By the end of the road, walk into the Waterwheel Expo Park – an exhibition of over 10 waterwheel – one of the oldest irrigation tools in Lanzhou, first appearing in the Ming Dynasty.

    Afterwards, drive about 1.5 hours to Liujiaxia Hydroelectric Power Station (visit exterior). After lunch, take a speedboat 40 minutes to Binglingsi Grottoes. "Bingling" means "thousand Buddha" or "ten-thousand Buddha" in the Tibetan language. Also known as Bingling Temple, the grottoes are carved on Jishi Hill. After the tour, we will take the boat back to the Dam

    Continue on a 2-hours’ drive to Xiahe -Tibetan town in the south of Gansu province.
    Upon arrival, stay in a luxury nomad camp – 11 hectares campsite ringed by Himalayans foothills.

    Overnight: Norden Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 05 - Xiahe

    This morning, meet your guide and visit the Labrang Monastery, the spiritual heartbeat of Kanlho. It is one of the six great monasteries of the Geluk (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was founded in 1709 by the first Jamyang Zhaypa, Ngawang Tsondru. Walk the “kora” around the Monastery.

    Have an in-depth visit of the Monastery and see the daily life of local monks. If lucky, you may witness the interesting monk debating for the Tibetan Buddhist Classics.

    After lunch, continue to visit to the Buddhist Scripture Printing House and learn how the monks print these classics. Continue to visit the Gong Tang Pagoda. Situated at southwest of Labrang Monastery,  it was first built in 1805 and famed for the statue of Amita Buddha from Nepal, unfortunately, destroyed in 1960s during the cultural revolution. Rebuilt in 1991, the pagoda now is the shrine to honor the Buddhist relics of 2nd Gong Tang Live Buddha, also a wonderful place to have an overview of the Labrang.  Visit a nearby nunnery to learn about their daily lives.  

    Return to the campsite to wind down over finnish sauna or grassland yoga. As the night falls, star gaze around a bonfire.

    Overnight: Norden Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 06 - Xiahe

    Drive through the beautiful pastures, a nomad’s camp where you will share a local lunch and meet a local family.  A traditional menu may include: yak or lamb meat, fresh butter, fresh yogurt, local bread, Tsampa. Afternoon, go horse- back riding on the magnificent grasslands. (Other alternative activities available – Day/ Overnight Hikes, Hike to Labrang Tashi Chem, Norlha textile workshop, picnic on the grasslands, bird-watching and more)

    Evening, take a Tibetan Culture Q&A session at 7pm with the team at the camp, who will give you the best insight into the local nomadic life.

    Overnight: Norden Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

  • Day 07 - Xiahe / Lanzhou / Singapore

    Enjoy a relaxed breakfast, and then drive back to Lanzhou. En route, stop at Linxia Autonomous prefecture, and visit its Grand mosque and have a walk in the local market. Return to the airport and take flight back home. 

    Fly

    Lanzhou / Kunming

    Kunming / Singapore

    MU 5093

    1920/2130– every Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun (2h 10m)

    2240/0200+1 (3h 20m)

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

 

 

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