5 Days Lanzhou Tour with Xiahe Labrang Monastery and Bingling Grottoes

During this classic Southern Gansu tour, we will not only visit the Binglingsi Grottoes and Labrang Monastery, but also explore the beautiful Sangke Grassland and the most popular sights along the Yellow River.


  • Visit the famous Binglingsi Grottoes.
  • Learn about Tibetan Buddhism in Labrang Monastery.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lanzhou Arrival
  • Day 2: Lanzhou – Binglingsi Grottoes – Lanzhou
  • Day 3: Lanzhou – Xiahe
  • Day 4: Xiahe – Labrang Monastery – Lanzhou
  • Day 5: Lanzhou Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Lanzhou Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Lanzhou

Upon your arrival, tour guide will pick you up from airport or train station and then transfer to your hotel in Lanzhou city. Free and easy time for you to explore this city.

Day 2 Lanzhou

Sightseeing and Activities: Binglingsi Grottoes
Accommodation: Lanzhou
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, drive about 132km to visit Binglingsi Grottoes, one of the best-preserved collections of Buddhist cave art in all of China. There are three parts: Shangsi, Donggou, and Xiasi.

Day 3 Lanzhou – Xiahe – Sangke Grassland – Xiahe

Sightseeing and Activities: Sangke Prairie
Accommodation: Xiahe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, drive about 233km to Xiahe county and check in hotel. Then head to visit the Sangke Prairie which is famous for its excellent pasture and frequent magnificent Buddhist ceremonies. After that, drive back to Xiahe.

Day 4 Xiahe – Labrang Monastery – Lanzhou

Sightseeing and Activities: Labrang Monastery
Accommodation: Lanzhou
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will visit Labrang Monastery. It is one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, which has become known to visitors as the film’s shooting place of “World Without Thieves”. After that, drive to Lanzhou.

Day 5 Lanzhou Departure

Sightseeing and Activities: First Bridge on Yellow River, grand Yellow River Mother Statues, Yellow River Ancient Waterwheels Park
Meals: Breakfast

This morning, we will head to visit 100-year First Bridge on Yellow River, Yellow River Mother Statues, and Yellow River Ancient Waterwheels Park.

In the afternoon, transferred to Lanzhou airport or train station for your next destination. Service ends.

Service Excluded:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.