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Tagong Masked Dance Festival (14 days)



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Tagong Masked Dance Festival (14 days)

This tour takes you to see the nomadic life of the Tibetans in Eastern Tibet, visit the Sertar Buddhist Institute and Yarchen Viddiyana Meditation Monastery to learn about the religion of Tibetans. Travelling on the vast grassland carpeted with flowers dotted with lakes, seeing the beautiful snow mountains…


Arrival in Chengdu

Arrival in Chengdu and transfer to Hotel, Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province, lots to see in town and food is famous.

Chengdu 1 night

Visit pandas in Chengdu

Morning visit Panda Research Center to see the Giant Panda. Afternoon visit to Wenshu Temple, a very popular Buddhist Temple among locals, you will meet lots of locals go and pray in the temple. An hour and half drive to Dujiangyan

Dujiangyan 1 night

Visit Dujiang, to Markam

Three hours visit to Dujiangyan, a two thousands years old irrigation project still in use today. Drive to Markam (6 hours 285km) stopping for villages and mountain views on the way.

Markam 1 night

Drive to Rangtang

Drive to Rangtang (Six hours drive 197km) Stops along the way to visit: Songgang Watching Towers built in 1644 for the purpose of the war in the history. Drive through the valley along Zhoushijia River with stops to see villages and temple. Visit Zengke Temple and see the old stupas before Rangtang along the way. Read more

Rangtang 2 nights

Visit Rangtang Monastery

An hour drive to Middle Rangtang village to visit Rangtang Monastery that is the centre of the Jonang school of Tibetan Buddhism. Originating in the 12th century, the followers of Jonang believe that only the mind is real and everything we perceive is purely a product of the mind. Rangtang Monastery consists of three temples built in different times the oldest one Querji Temple was built in 1378; Zebuji and Zangwa Temples were built in later times, this is an important monastery of Jonang School of Tibetan Buddhism. We spend the whole morning to visit the Monastery, to see the diferent temples and we see some old things and Buddhist Images from different Dynasties. We meet the lamas and learn from them about the Jonang sect of Buddhism. We also spend some time to visit the village near the monastery to learn about the Tibetans here. On the way back to Rangtang, we visit Bangtuo Monastey, means a Monastery on the grassalnd, built on hillside and facing Zequhe River in a very beautiful seating, a Red Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism Monastery, famous for it’s 300 year old stone carved Tibetan Scriptures took over 60 lamas 9 years to finish. There are also 500 years old pagodas here we can visit. Read more


Drive to Ganzi

We drive to Ganzi, which translates as ‘a pure white and beautiful place’, a drive of around seven hours( 255km) through landscapes of long mountain ridges and deep river valleys. On the way we’ll pay a visit to Shounig Monastery in Luhou (need more information about this monastery) Shouning Monastery, a yellow hat sect Tibetan Buddhism monastery, first built in 1650, moved the location for three times during the history, and the present monastery in finished in 1988, there are over 200 lamas in the monastery and also some young people study in the monastery. It’s the main monastery for people in Luhou to have the religious activities. We also spend some time at Qiuran Tibetan village, visiting one of the traditional wooden houses that make up the village and learning about the Tibetan way of life Read more

Ganzi 3 nights
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Visit Ganzi

Day in Ganzi including: An hour walk through the old part of Ganzi city up to Ganzi Monastery (half on streets, half uphill through village and around 200 steps to the monastery) Visit the Monastery for two hours to see the different temples, monastery kitchen and the Buddhist college attached to the monastery. It’s also possible to walk around in the monastery to see the houses of lamas. Ganzi Monastery, a Gelupa Tibetan Buddhism monastery, has the history of over 300 years, once destroyed during the culture revolution and rebuilt again in 1980’s, now the building has the combination of Tibetan and Chinese styles. There are over 400 lamas in the monastery. Drive out to visit Dajin Monastery, a Gelupa monastery, more than 600 years old, built in front of a snow mountain and with few villages around, a very popular monastery for locals, monastery has a three floors main buildings and many small houses for lamas. Read more


Yarchen Monastery

Two and half hours drive out to visit Yarchen Viddiyana Meditation Monastery and back to Ganzi. Yarchen Viddiyana Meditation Monastery set up in 1985 by Lama A Qiu Renpoche, a Nimapa (Red Hat sect)Tibetan Buddhism sect Monastery, there are over 20,000 lamas and nuns here, most of them are nuns. There are 4 big temple buildings for lamas and nuns to study and over 20,000 small houses built by lamas and nuns for themselves to live in. The Monastery in built around Changqi River on Zhangtai Grassland at 4000m with beautiful surroundings. The monastery give teachings for eight months a year, and monks and nuns have a meditation for over hundred days themselves in winter. Not only the monastery is nice to visit, also very beautiful landscape along the drive. Read more

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Drive to Tagong

Eight hours 270km drive to Tagong with the views of mountain, grassland and lakes along the way, visit Lingque Monastrey in Daofu city, a Gelupa Tibetan Buddhism Monastery built in 1662, it’s one of the 13 main monasteries in Kham area. This temple is famous for its butter flowers, you will see lots of butter flowers and crafts in the monastery which made once a year on the 15th of the first Lunar Month for the festival and keep them for a year. Visit nomads on the grassland along the way. Read more

Tagong 3 nights
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DAY 10

Masked Dance Festival

Tagong Masked Dance Festival This festival offers you an opportunity to see performances of cham, a ritual dance performed three days by lamas. The lamas, who wear masks, represent manifestations of various protective deities. Although every movement and gesture of cham has significance, it is no doubt the spectacle of the colorful masked dancers that awes the average pilgrim. Cham is about the suppression of malevolent spirits and is a throwback to the pre-Buddhist Bon faith. The act of exorcism is focused on a human effigy made of dough or perhaps wax or paper in which the evil spirits are thought to reside. Tagong Monastery customarily holds sacred dances on the 12th to 14th of the sixth Lunar Month, with the dancers wearing masks of demons, Buddhist guardians, celestial and animal totems. First Day: Pray and dance with traditional clothes Lamas pray and chant in Tagong Monastery for the whole morning as part of the festival, we can go inside to see all these. 13:00 - 16:00, Lamas dance in the courtyard in front of the Monastery, there are different Cham dances, some dances with just a couple of lamas, others with more lamas and some dances with all lamas dance together. Lamas dance in the Monastery courtyard and many locals sitting around and watch, we will do the same as the locals. And the senior lamas watch at a higher position from the Monastery. Read more

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DAY 11

Masked Dance Festival

Second Day: Dance with masks Lamas will also pray in the Monastery in the morning but not as long as the day before. 11:00 - 16:00, lamas will dances with different clothes and masks, some of the dances are the same as the day before, but with different clothes and masks, some are new dances compare with the first day, there are more dances to see today. There are also more locals come to watch, and also more lamas and students from Buddhist Collage attend. 18:30 - 19:30 Lamas dance in the monastery for a while and then travel around the monastery to dance on the grassland on the back off the monastery to send out the evil spirits to complete the dances. Read more

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DAY 12

Drive to Luding

Third Day: Horse race and show off the big Tangka of Buddha 9:00, Horses and riders will gather in Tagong Monastery, lamas hold a ceremony to pray and bless the horses and riders, after that, they will go out to the Tagong Grassland to have the race, it’s about 3km run from the start point to the top of a hill. All horses do it together at the same time to see who gets there first, and winners will get gifts from the monastery. After the race, the lamas will hang a big Tangka of Buddha in front of the Tagong Monastery. Lamas will have a ceremony to travel around the monastery, come back to monastery courtyard and dance for a couple of hours. And the festival finishes. After the Festival, 4 hours 165km drive to Luding via Xinduqiao and Kangding with stops to see the stones carved with mantra and Buddhist images, village along the way and Zheduola pass at 4270m Read more

Luding 1 night
DAY 13

Drive to Chengdu

Seven hours 290km drive Chengdu via Ya’an, a large tea production area for Tibetans, it was an important city on the Tea and Horse Trail in the pas

Chengdu 1 night
DAY 14

Transfer to Airport

Transfer to Airport and tour ends


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Chengdu
Hotel Wejun Mansion Hotel
Day 2
Location Dujiangyan
Hotel Holiday Inn Express
Day 3
Location Markam
Hotel Rongcheng Hotel
Day 4
Location Rangtang
Hotel Rangbala Hotel
Day 6
Location Ganzi
Hotel Shenglong Hotel
Day 9
Location Tagong
Hotel Tianzzhu Hotel
Day 12
Location Luding
Hotel Luding Bridge Hotel
Day 13
Location Chengdu
Hotel Wenjun Mansion Hotel


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

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  • Single supplement US$280.00 per person


3 Reviews

Amy, United States

Our customized tour of Yunnan province for 16 days far exceeded our expectations. It was a fascinating journey through some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen. There is a lot of unique geography and interesting ethnic groups throughout the region. We traveled through many areas of relatively remote mountains and river gorges. Really off the beaten track! But even on somewhat treacherous roads, we were comfortable and felt secure. One reason we chose Edward Adventures was because they were able to provide us with one guide and driver that would be responsible for us the whole trip. The high level of service and consistency of this approach was really exceptional and very tailored to our preferences. We felt like a family friend was showing us around his home territory. The meals were really something special! Our guide knew all the local specialties in each place we visited and we tried them all. It seemed he handpicked our food for us and made sure of the best quality everywhere we went. Our hotels were very comfortable. The most impressive thing about our tour was probably the way our guide seemed to always know where to go to get away from the crowds, to see the most amazing scenery and interesting sites in a very personalized way. And the many Chinese people he introduced to us everywhere were so friendly and warm. We didn’t even feel much like tourists travelling with him! It was really a fabulous trip that we will always remember! Read more

Joan & Pat, Australia

Edward helped the two of us plan a two week trip to fascinating places and people in China. Edward took us on a cultural and scenic adventure. The scenery was wonderful. The people were so very hospitable, and the food great. We never felt that we were on a typical touristy tour but rather that we were with an old friend learning all about his country and having a trip of a lifetime. We still keep in contact with Edward and cherish our new friendship. Read more

Ian Noakes, United Kingdom

We did a 3 week tour from Lijiang to Chengdu ( 3 of us ) with Edward as our guide and driver. It was a most memorable experience with Edward intimate knowledge of the best scenery , the best cultural experience and local customs and events. Wherever we went we got an insight into the local way of life and tried all the local food specialties. We also did some trekking and were taken to some really special places such as Thousand Tortoise Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Yading Nature Reserve. The scenery is really spectacular and for us fortunately also were the wildflowers. We have previously toured in Western China and had a fantastic time but Edward Adventures provided us with a far superior experience from start to finish. Read more

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