Day 1 → Xining
Depart Xining in the morning
Drive 3 hours to Rebkong, a Tibetan town with lots of culture and local flavor. Eat lunch at a local Tibetan restaurant. After lunch we will have the chance to sample some freshly made yak yoghurt. Yak yoghurt is very creamy like ice cream but a little tart (and just right with a pinch of sugar on top).
Spend the afternoon exploring the labyrinthine alleys of the Longwu monastery to find out what life as a monk is really like. If there is time or interest there may be the possibility to hike above the Rebkong Monastery for an excellent view of the town. Eat dinner in town including some freshly made yak yoghurt.
Sleep at a nice hotel or homestay in Rebkong town
Day 2 → Rebkong
Eat breakfast in Rebkong
Spend the morning viewing two historically important icons of Rebkong town: a traditional Tibetan boot handicraft shop and a small monastery outside of town that is famous for its hand painted Tibetan Thangkas. We will watch professionally trained artists as they meticulously paint gold leaf images of Buddha and colorful portraits of Buddhism and its surrounding lore. We will eat lunch in Rebkong and return to Xining by dinner time.