Due to the riots in march, for the past several months travel to Xiàhé (夏河) Tibetan Autonomous County in south Gansu has been restricted for foreign visitors. Those who did manage to slip in found they had nowhere to stay. Even foreigners with residency there found travelling around almost impossible.
Well, after reading a few online reports that restrictions had just been lifted (and the Labrang Monastery resuming allowing foreigners to join their tours) I phoned the south bus station to get more information. I was told that foreigners could indeed now travel into the area, as long as they provide photocopies of passport and visa when they buy the bus tickets.
I'll keep looking out for any reports that might verify this.
South Bus Station
Bus times: 07:30; 08:30; 09:30; 14:30
Tickets: 49.5 yuan
Here are some recordings and photos I made on my last trip there in 2007:
From Xining we returned to Lanzhou, and took the N857 overnight train to Dunhuang.
We hired a driver through Tibetan Connections, and drove around Qinghai Lake for a couple of days...