6 days
US$ 285.00
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2020 Shaman Festival

2020 Shaman Festival will be held in the period from August 5th-14th 2020. It is traditional ethnic folk entertainment activities in Tongren County. It has lasted for about 400-500 years and full of magic and joy.

During the festival, villagers are put up their best cloth. They gather together at the Temple, singing and dancing. Local people expect to worship the Mountain God to looking forward to a harvest, peaceful and prosperity of life and well-being. Of all the activities of the festival, the most amazing practices of the ritual are the Kou-Qian (Mouth Piercing), Bei-Qian (Back Piercing) and Kai-shan (Cut forehead with knife).

Kou Qian (Mouth Piercing) — means to pierce steel needles through the mouth

Bei Qian (Back Piercing) — means to pierce steel needles through the back

Kai Shan (Cut forehead with knife) — the mage who cut the top of his forehead with a knife,and spread the blood in all directions,which is a quaint and peculiar way of offering heaven,

The town this festival bing held is in Tongren County, which is about 2.5 hours’ drive south of Xining

Recommended Departure Date Overview

MonthDeparture dateDeparture date
2020 August 4th9th

*This festival lasts 10 days, you are welcome to contact us for customized beginning date

Festival date: 2020 August 5th-14th
Arrival Xining, Qinhai Province, China
Departure Xining, Qinhai Province, China
Activity Culture events, Festival
Group size

Minimum 4 people, maximum 16 people

Licensed English-speaking guide
Accommodation based on double occupancy
Entrance fees to all sites listed in the itinerary
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Walking and driving tour per itinerary
Medical costs China visa fees
Personal expenses Single supplement

Arrive in Xining

Arrive in Xining, you will meet your guide at airport or train station, transfer to your hotel, check in,

Overnight: Enraton International Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

Xining to Repkong (Tongren)

In the morning, we will depart for Repkong , which is the “old” name of this county, currently it is called Tongren. The road to this county is well paved, it takes about 3 -4 hours to complete the drive. En route we will visit to Wutun village, and Wutun monastery.

Overnight: Hong Feng De Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

Repkong (Tongren) - attending the festival

Today we will visit to Longwu monastery, which is the principal monastery of Tongren. It was originally constructed in 1301 by the Sakyapa master Sangda Rinchen and later re-constituted as a Geluk Pa’s monastery by Shar Kalden Gyatso in the 16th century. It currently houses 9 temples and 400 monks. The festival will be also held in this monastery, we will follow and witness the whole process

Overnight: Hong Feng De Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

Repkong (Tongren) - attending the festival

Today we will drive to Wutu village to witness the program; in the afternoon we will get to Sakkyi village to witness programs in this village

Overnight: Hong Feng De Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

Repkong (Tongren) return to Xining

We will depart in the morning, we’ll get to visit Taer (Kumbum) monastery , then we will drive to your hotel in Xining city, check in, rest

Overnight: Hong Feng De Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

Xining departure

Your tour ends today, we will drive you to train station or airport for your departure

Overnight: Not include | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

2020 Repkong Festival Detail   
Location (village)DateDance TypePiercing type
Si He JiAugust 5th-8thGod danceNone
Bao An Xia ZhuangAugust 6th-13thMilitary danceMouth & Back Piercing
Nian Du HuAugust 8th-14thGod danceMouth & Back Piercing
Shi Ha LongAugust 9th-13thGod danceNone
Nai Ze DongAugust 9th-13thGod danceMouth & Back Piercing
Guo Me RiAugust 8th-13thMilitary danceBack Piercing
Nai Sha RiAugust 8th-13thMilitary danceMouth Piercing
Wu TunAugust 9th-14thGod danceNone
Lang JiaAugust 9th-13thDragon danceNone
Tie WuAugust 9th-14thGod danceMouth Piercing
Jia Cang MaAugust 9th-14thGod danceNone
Su He RiAugust 10th-14thGod danceMouth & Back Piercing
Huo Ri JiaAugust 10th-14thGod danceNone
Ma Ba Ri ZaAugust 10th-13thDragon danceMouth Piercing
Ma Ba Lu XiangAugust 11th-14thDragon danceMouth Piercing
Ma Ba Yin Zha MuAugust 11th-14thDragon danceMouth Piercing
Ma Ba Ha La Ba TuAugust 7th-12thMilitary danceMouth Piercing
Ma Ba Dong Gan MuAugust 11th-14thGod danceNone
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