In over- time China published a new railway to Tibet , it would be better to avoid the circus tour and then running away with it . Indeed , unless the reader has a certain fondness for the hotel was overbooked and disturbing , red hat – put on a group tour , Lhasa Tibet almost joy that travel agents remain as billing .
Fortunately , less-traveled Gansu Province in northwestern China , Tibet cultural charm without the crowds . Shares a border with six other provinces except Tibet , Gansu physically unobvious the home for any type of Tibetans going . This , coupled with the large shadows of the ever popular neighboring Sichuan and Shaanxi , Gansu results in one of China’s travel secrets maintained . Provincial umbrella makes it a little scary difficult to traverse , but because of this fact that the handsome northern and southern regions offer dramatically different topography , climate and culture , lending a unique charm to Gansu change .
Located in both Qinghai and Xinjiang provinces , a small town in the Hexi Corridor Gansu Dunhuang famous mountain – sand size and caves of ancient Buddhist cave art . A tree – cut oasis surrounded by endless sand , Dunhuang , once an important post along the Silk Road , is now a hot destination such as a remote desert .
On theoretical and geographical across the province , the mountainous area of Xiahe offers cool , quiet respite from the scorching sand both regular and tour groups from Dunhuang . After threading through green meadows with grazing yaks , golden wheat fields and hills of neighboring Qinghai – Tibet plateau suddenly appeared Xiahe real blue sky as a monastic vision .
The Gannon Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture , Xiahe is actually nothing more than a simple ruler – wood along the river Daxia completion of physical and social orbit Labuleng impressive , mainland China’s biggest Tibetan monastery . Embraced by the surrounding mountains , beautiful also known as Lamma Labrang monastery was built in 1710 and holds six seminars and more than 500 Buddhist monks of the Yellow Hat sect .
Buddhists from all over the region come to worship Labuleng , contributing to the colorful activities that give an attractive appeal Xiahe . A three kilometer kora ( circuit spiritual walk ) environment halos and heavy with pedestrian traffic from sunrise to sunset , with red – clad monks and pilgrims spun natives dressed Amdo handheld wheel seminal abbey road , while they bow down and panting sing .
Turn the mid 1200 brightly painted wooden prayer wheels , resplendently decorated nomads peace among the stupa for chatting and sipping yak butter tea , a true portrait of the culture of Tibet .
A visit to the holy city of Lhasa in the roof of the world may sound appealing , but the increase occupancy and unbridled tourism has rapidly diluted once was a quiet getaway . Xiahe , which is known as Little Lhasa , Gansu plateau is an alternative that is more intimate , cozy and close , for those who want to retreat secluded pristine Tibetan culture .
1 . Flights from Beijing to Dunhuang daily at 07:30 ( 3 hours , 1,880 yuan )
2 . Of langzhou to Xiahe , buses leave the Northern Bus Terminal at 07:00 , 08:30 and 02:00 ( 5 hours , 25 yuan ) .
1 . In Dunhuang , which Feitian Binguan in Mingshan Lu across the street from the bus station is a popular backpacker hangout Direct offers dormitories and bathrooms with hot water only 20 yuan .
2 . There are a number of small hotels of different standards along Renmin Jie in Xiahe , despite Tara and Foreign hostels in the west side of the city seem to prefer ( 25 yuan for a dorm bed ) is .
Hand- pulled noodles and thin beef – soup ( saozi Lamian ) province is a favorite . Hui – Islamic influence in northern heavily spiced mutton / lamb kabob ( Yangrou chuan ) , freshly baked bread ( nang ) and bushels of fragrant peach and watermelon . Simple Tibetan fare , including the famous yak butter tea ( po cha ) , a spicy , thick , salty Tibetan drink normally , eating and Tsampa , principal nomadic barley flour kneaded with butter tea to the edible , nutritious dough .