6 Days Qinghai-Sichuan Overland Tour from Xining to Chengdu via Gannan

During this tour, we will view the largest inland and salt-water lake in China – Qinghai Lake. Then continue the tour to Chengdu via Xiahe and Ruoergai grassland. On the way, enjoy the beauty of prairies in west China and feel the Tibetan Buddism atmosphere out of Tibet.


  • Visit the famous sights of Qinghai and Gannan.
  • Enjoy the beauty of prairies in west China.
  • Feel the Tibetan Buddism atmosphere out of Tibet.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Xining Arrival
  • Day 2: Xining – Qinghai Lake – Xining
  • Day 3: Xining – Xiahe
  • Day 4: Xiahe – Ruoergai
  • Day 5: Ruoergai – Hongyuan
  • Day 6: Hongyuan – Chengdu

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Xining Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Xining

Upon your arrival, our tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. Then explore this city at leisure.

Day 2 Xining – Qinghai Lake – Xining

Sightseeing and Activities: Jinyintan Prairie, Qinghai Lake, Birds Island
Accommodation: Xining
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will drive to Jinyintan Prairie, a typical pastoral area, where there are more than 300,000 cattle and sheep live here. Then move on to Qinghai Lake and visit the Bird Island in the lake.

Day 3 Xining – Xiahe

Sightseeing and Activities: Taer Monastery, Labrang Monastery
Accommodation: Xiahe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will visit Taer Monastery, the birthplace of lamaism shamanism founder Tsongkhapa, which is some 25 kilometers from Xining. It is a Tibetan lama monastery with a history of over 400 years with the “three treasures of the monastery”: mural, barbola and butter sculptures.

Then continue the tour to 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”.

Day 4 Xiahe – Ruoergai

Sightseeing and Activities: Sangke Prairie, Langmu Monastery, Gerdi Monastery, Flower Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Sangke Grassland in Xiahe, Gannan

Today we will drive through Sangke Prairie which is famous for its excellent pasture and frequent magnificent Buddhist ceremonies. Then head to visit Langmusi Monastery and Gerdi Monastery. Langmusi town is a small and intriguing town standing at the border of Sichuan Province and Gansu Province.

After that, continue the tour to Flower Lake. In the summer, enjoy the impressive landscape with flourishing flowers and greenery.

Day 5 Ruoergai – Hongyuan

Sightseeing and Activities: Ruoergai, First Bend of Yellow River
Accommodation: Hongyuan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy the scenery along the way from Ruoergai to Tangke. Visit the First Band of Yellow River in Tangke.

After that, drive to Hongyuan and stay overnight here.

Day 6 Hongyuan – Chengdu

Sightseeing and Activities: Taoping Villages of the Qiang Ethnic Group, Ganbao Village of the Tibetan Ethnic Group
Meals: Breakfast

Today we will arrive at the final destination of this tour – Chengdu. Visit Taoping Villages of the Qiang Ethnic Group and Ganbao Village of the Tibetan Ethnic Group on the way.

Service Included:

  • 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.