Langmu Si Festival is held in Langmu Si monastery, which is translated as “fairy monastery” in Chinese. It is located about 90 km from Luqu County on the main Gansu highway to Sichuan. The town was named after an ancient legend about a fairy turning to stone and later into a mountain. The town harbors two monasteries, facing each other over the river and bottom of the valley. It houses approximately 1,200 monks, and was originally built as an academic institute for lamas studying Tibetan Buddhism. However, it gradually lost importance when a sharp contrast was formed with the growing popularity of the Labrang Monastery of Xiahe. The festival of Langmu Si is called “Monlam,” which is the same as the one in Aba county. It is also one of the greatest religious festivals in the eastern Tibet in Amdo and Kham. During festivals, monks and pilgrims from different areas of TCA gathering to Langmu Si for prayer in front of Shakyamuni’s image as if it were a living Buddha
|2017 Festival date||January 29th to February 11th
February 9th is the day for unfolding Thangkar
|Arrive||On Feb 6th, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China|
|Departure||On Feb 11th, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China|
|Activity||Culture event, Tibetan festival|
|Single Supplement||US$ 247.00|
|Group departure||Minimum 2 people; Maximum 12 people;
“Group departure” is available, please Contact Us for Group departure price
February 6th Arrive in Chengdu
After your arrival in Chengdu airport, you’ll meet your guide at airport, then drive to your hotel. You will have your time free after check in
February 7th Chengdu to Miyaluo town
Today, we begin our journey by driving to Lixian, en route, we will detour Dujiangyan Irrigation system, then drive to Miyaluo town for overnight
February 8th Miyaluo town to Langmu Si via Hongyuan
You’ll depart from Miyaluo town. The road is well paved road, and the view widens, while the paved road crosses the grassland. It is scattered with hundreds of thousands of yaks, sheep in summer time, and leading up to one unnamed mountain north to Aba. Heading north for a 70 km drive where we’ll turn northeast into the area where herds roam in the summer. The road changes from well paved to a dirt road, and is bumpy. Later, we slow down the speed to enjoy the landscape for a 3 hours drive to Maqu town. Maqu in Tibetan means, “Yellow River.” The Yellow River turns abruptly, forming the first of its “eighteen bends” on the course. The Tibetans here still retain their traditional methods of food production, lifestyle, and customs among nomadic tribes. From this town we head toward Langmu Si by following the dirt road along the mountain on the edge of the grassland. By sunset we’ve approached the mountain that Langmu Si is located in the valley surrounded by those mountains.
February 9th Langmu Si – Thangkar Unfolding day
Today is the “Biggest day” of Langmu Si Monlam Festival, The ceremony of Thangkar unfolding will be held on this day, we will get up early to attend this program
February 10th Langmu Si to Chengdu
On this day , we will drive about 600km in total. En route, you’ll enjoy the landscape of the Tibetan plateau, along Ming River to Chengdu via Li-xian.
February 11th Chengdu departure
Your tour ends today, you’ll be driven to the airport for your departure.