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Tiger Leaping Gorge

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain towering over the winding Jinsha river below, mirrored by the equally enormous the [...]

Sangke Grasslands

The Sangke Grasslands lies about 15 km (9 miles) to the southwest of Xiahe County, Gansu Province. It enjoys a good reputation in the [...]


The Zoige Grassland, also known as Ruoergai Grassland, is the largest high-altitude wetland area in the world with elevations between 3,300 meters (10,826.8 ft.) [...]


If you are looking for some of the best hiking and trekking in Gansu, province, Zhagana is it!  

Laji Shan

Laji Shan (or Laji Mountain) is only about a 50km, 1 hour drive, from Xining and is one of the best, most accessible day [...]

Kumbum Monastery (Taer Si 塔尔寺 )

Kumbum Monastery (Tibetan: སྐུ་འབུམ་བྱམས་པ་གླིང་ )  also called Ta’er Temple or 塔尔寺 in Chinese, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery with over 800 monks in Huangzhong County, Xining, Qinghai, China. It was [...]

Chaka Salt Lake

Just a 1.5 car ride west of Qinghai Lake,  Chaka Lake is a shallow salt lake that offers beautiful reflections of the sky when [...]

Dongguan Grand Mosque

Most people do not know that western China has over 21 million Muslims, that is more than the entire country of Syria.  Find out [...]


Get ready for a bumpy ride!  Almost all of the roads outside of Nangchen town are dirt and are still quite rugged.  Driving even [...]

Chengduo and Lab Monasatery

If you are up for an adventure in Qinghai Province, make sure you check out the back roads going to Chengduo and Lab Monastery. [...]

Tangbo Monastery and Qinghai Lake

In the year 641 AD Princess Wensheng traveled from the Chinese capital of the Tang Dynasty in Xi'an to Lhasa to marry the 32nd [...]

Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake for the last several years has offered only very touristy sites that are full of Chinese tour buses.  The lake itself is [...]

Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigou is home to nine Tibetan villages and that is where it's Chinese name,  九寨沟 ,comes from.  Jiuzhaigou is a nature reserve and national park located [...]

Maiji Shan

With a backdrop of the lush, green mountains just southeast of Tianshui town, the grottoes of Maiji Shan contain some of the [...]

Jiayuguan Fort

Jiayuguan Pass is an iconic image of western China. Sandwiched between the snowy 6,000 meter Qilian Mountain peaks and the Black Mountains of the [...]

Bingling Temple

The Bingling Temple (simplified Chinese炳灵寺pinyinBǐnglíng Sì) is a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculptures carved into natural caves and [...]

Yadan National Park

Located about 180-kilometer northwest of Dunhuang City, Yadan National Geological Park sits right on the edge of the Gobi Desert and [...]


Dunhuang is a Silk Road trading town that offers vast stretches of open desert, camel rides, a great walking night market, [...]

Everest Base Camp, Tibet Side

Come explore the world's highest mountain with stunning views of Mount Everest.  In this article we take a look at what it takes to [...]

Shigatse and Tashilunpo Monastery

This is the second largest town in Tibet and is home to one of the greatest Gelugpa Monasteries in Tibet’s history, Tashilunpo Monastery.

Gyantse and Pelkor Chode Monastery

Gyantse is a small town in Tibet that packs a big punch.  Located just a one day drive from Lhasa, you are definitely going [...]

Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake (also known as Yamdrok Yumtso or in Tibetan: ཡར་འབྲོག་གཡུ་མཚོ་ and Chinese: 羊卓雍錯) is a freshwater lake in Tibet, it is one of the [...]


Lanzhou is a city of 4 million people and is the capital of Gansu Province.  Many of our adventures start and finish in this [...]


Xining is the capital of Qinghai Province and is the launching point of many of our tours into the high plateau. Xining is an [...]


Hezuo is a town in Gansu Province. It is also the capital of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and it is known as a gateway [...]


Shangrila (香格里拉; Xiānggélǐlā; formerly Zhongdian 中甸 in Chinese, known as Gyalthang in Tibetan) is in northern Yunnan Province. Be aware that a big part of the historic wooden "old town" [...]


Once a major stop on the former Tea Horse Road, Lijiang is teeming with beautiful landscapes, deep history, and rich Naxi culture. Most adventures [...]

Tiger Leaping Gorge

The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek (虎跳峡; Pinyin: Hu Tiao Xia), near Lijiang in Yunnan, is one of the finest treks through some of the [...]

Kanbula National Park

Kanbula National Park is like a mini Grand Canyon with soaring Red Rock Cliffs and perfect hikes winding through the canyon walls overlooking the [...]


From the legendary Horse Hoof Temple (Mati Si)  to the striking colors of the Rainbow Mountains, Zhangye is a small town on the Hexi [...]

The Potala Palace

The Potala Palace (on the north side of Lhasa, Tibet) is the massive fortress-like building that is often depicted in the classic photographs of [...]


Lhasa (Chinese Name: 拉萨 (lā sà) is the capital and largest city in Tibet. Founded in the 5th century and largely [...]

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai hospitality is an art perfected in Chiang Mai, and recent decades have seen the city emerge as one of Asia’s most popular, best [...]


Danba 丹巴  is a small mountainous Tibetan town in a narrow valley in Ganzi Autonomous Prefecture in western Sichuan Province that is [...]


Dawu  or  大武镇 (in Tibetan known as Maqen) is the capital of Golok, also sometimes spelled "Golog".  Golok is the highest area [...]

Yushu 玉树 – Jyekundo

Yushu (玉树; Yùshù; also known as Gyêgu, "Gyêgudo", "Jyekundo" or "Jiegu") is a town in Qinghai Province located on high rolling grasslands at 3,700 metres (12,100 ft).

Xinghai 兴海 and Serdzong Monastery

Located just 5 hours south of Xining, Xinghai 兴海 is a small Tibetan town south of Qinghai Lake. Xinghai is located in Hainan Tibetan [...]

Maduo 玛多

In the backpacking and mountaineering world of the Western United States, a “fourteener” is a mountain summit with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet (4267 meters). There are 96 [...]

Langmusi (郎木寺) – Taktsang Lhamo (སྟག་ཚང་ལྷ་མོ་)

Located right on the border of Sichuan and Gansu Province, Langmusi is a town that offers two distinct monasteries- one on each side of [...]

Labrang Monastery  བླ་བྲང་བཀྲ་ཤིས་འཁྱིལ་ – Xiahe 夏河

Stand on the corner of the monastery pilgrimage and allow the smells of burnt juniper and grain offerings to fill your nose. Listen to [...]

Kangding – Dartsendo (དར་རྩེ་མདོ)

At an altitude of 2600m (8,530 ft) Kangding, known as Dartsendo Tibetan དར་རྩེ་མདོ་, is by far one of the most charming towns in all of [...]

Dege སྡེ་དགེ (德格)

Situated right on the border with the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) , Dege, 德格 in Chinese or in Tibetan སྡེ་དགེ , is the last town [...]

Rebkong (རེབ་གོང་)-Tongren (同仁)

Rebkong (Tibetan རེབ་གོང/ Chinese 同仁 Tongren) is a small Tibetan town that lies 180km south of Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province . Known [...]

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