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The Lost Horizon at Gansu

Depart : 28th April 2018 (Saturday)
Return : 5th May 2018 (Saturday)
Price : SGD1600 (Twin sharing) / SGD1900 (Single) 
Group Size : 8 min / 16 max

Click for picture to browse the gallery and video from previous journey to Ganshu 

Highlights:

  • Lanzhou – A hot spot on the ancient Silk Road. The only provincial capital city with the Yellow River flowing through. Experience the traditional way of cruising down the Yellow River on an ancient-style sheepskin raft made up of a dozen inflated sheepskins.
  • Gannan Tibetan - autonomous prefecture located on the northeast edge of the Qing-Tibetan Plateau, with average altitude over 3,000 meters, played an important role in proving the relationship between the Han and the Tibetan.
  • Labrang Monastery - one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism and Labrang Monastery is home to the largest number of monks outside the Tibet Autonomous Region.
  • Execursion into the fairyland of Tibetan village at Xiahe county

Lanzhou the Capital City of Ganshu Province (L/D)

Depart from original country and arrive in Lanzhou in the afternoon, the capital city of Gansu province in Northwest China. Visit to the Lanzhou Museum to have the brief understanding of the history of Ganshu. The city is positioned along the Hexi Corridor, historically it was the only route from central China to western China and the rest of Central Asia. Overnight at Lanzhou.

Day 2 to Day 7 - Ganan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (L/D)

During Day 2 to Day 7, we would travel to the south of Ganshu provice entering the Ganan Tibetan Autonomous Prefectur. Starting from Xiahe county, we begin the journey climbing to altitude above 3300meter above sea and entering the rural Tibetan village. Along the journey, one can enjoy the most scenic landscape. It is believed that the English writer James Hilton had travelled here and wrote the book "Lost Horizon".  The travel will take you close to the nature and the opportunity to learn about the culture capturing good pictures of the daily life of the local. On Day 7, we return to Lanzhou and overnight at Lanzhou.

Lanzhou (B/L)

Morning visit to the Waterwheel Expo Garden. Learn about ancient devices that uses flowing or falling water to create power by means of a set of paddles mounted around a wheel, to transfer water from Yellow River to the city of Lanzhou. One could try the traditional sheep skin raft on the Yellow River. The raft has a long history in China, it was first used by the troops as early as the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) to carry people across the Yellow River. Taste a local favourite dish, Lanzhou Beef Lamian for lunch. It is a type of a spicy soup with sliced beef, radish, red chili oil and chewy hand-pulled wheat noodles. Transfer to Lanzhou international airport for returning flight, end of the trip.

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Inclusions :

  • Led by Master Photographer (UKMPA) Michael Lee
  • Chinese speaking guide for the entire trip X 1 (12pax and below)
  • English speaking guide for the entire trip X 1 (12pax above)
  • Fully private tour in vehicle (33 seat private bus)
  • 2 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels at Lanzhou
  • 5 nights accomodation with basic facilities at Gannan
  • Room is twin sharing basis (Single supplement is additional SGD300)
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Meals as per listed each day according to the itinerary
  • China domestic Travel insurance covered

Exclusions :

  • International flight to Lanzhou, China 
  • Visa entry to China (if applicable)
  • Additional beverages (including alcohol) not included in meals
  • Any other incidental expenses incurred by participants
  • Tips for both driver and local guide per person (voluntary basis)
Remarks

Condition : 

  • Day 2 to Day 7 entering Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It is a rural mountainous area with basis facilities to accomodate travellers. Restaurant and hotel would be at 2-3 star at most could be provided.

Weather :

  • Gansu temperature : 25°C / 4°C
  • High altitude : Average 2500meter to 3500meter above sea level

Suggested airline and flight detail as follow :

  • Airline : China Eastern Airline 
  • Depart : 28th April 2018 MU5094 0330 - 0730 , MU5094 08:35 - 10:55
  • Return : 5th May 2018 MU2353 1930 - 2215 , MU543 00:05 -  0525  (+1day)
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