● Discover the only one Water Yadan Landform on the earth

● Experience the fresh travel route of Jinai lake of Dongtai

● Explore the splendid Danxia Rainbow Mountain in Zhangye.

● Explore Mogao Grottoes, the home to the largest, best-preserved, and richest Buddhist art in the world—the first cave was carved here in 366 AD.

● Standing on the majestic Great Wall for a bird's eye view of Jiayuguan



Day 1Xining Arrival

Today your flight will touch down in Xining. Upon arrival, be met and bring you to the hotel check in.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Xining
Altitude: 2200m

Day 2Enjoy the scenery of Qinghai Lake, drive to Wulan

Enjoy the delicious breakfast, then head to explore Qinghai Lake. The best time of touring the lake is in August, when rape flowers around are in full blossom. Light yellow flowers and blue water fitting in each other, seen most beautifully and peacefully. The lake is also unique for sunlight falling on it with sky in one at the horizon. The other side for tourists to explore is Tibetan culture about the lake. In Tibetan people' belief, walking around the lake is the worship of holy spirit.  

The trip ends up with staying a night in Wulan.

Traffic: Car (380kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Wulan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 3100m
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Day 3Mysterious Emerald Lake, then travel to Golmud

With the early start drive to Emerald Lake, located in the northeast of Yike Qaidam lake and ten kilometers northwest of Dachaidan town. The lake water is rich in minerals. It combines with the surrounding salt beaches to form a unique landscape. The lake water with emerald color reflects blue sky and white clouds. The lake water with Jasper color, pure salt and the snow capped peak of Qaidam mountain in the distance form a colorful landscape picture. After the trip, back to Golmud.

Traffic: Car (450kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Golmud
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 2816m
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Day 4Visit Dongtai Jinai Lake and Water Yadan

Today we will drive along the National Highway 315 and take you to visit the Jinai lake of Dongtai, located in Golmud City. Due to its high copper content, the lake water presents a bright green color, which is known as China's plateau Maldives. It's like holy water in heaven so that it becomes a top attraction to many tourists. After visiting the lake, head to Water Yadan to explore the only one water yadan landform on the earth. From dawn to dusk, the sun shines on Water Yadan in the water feeling like floating magic castles in the air.

The fantastic tips ends up with driving to Dunhuang.

Traffic: Car (550kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1139m
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Day 5Explore the World Heritage Mogao Grottoes

This morning we will visit Mogao Grottoes, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the great artistic and religious wonders of the world and it is famous for its exquisite murals and various sculptures inside the caves, which was built in different dynasties, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art. we will head to visit the Echoing Sand Mountain&Crescent Lake. When there is wild wind, the sands will be blown up and make loud sound, while the sound sounds like being produced by some ancient musical instrument when blew by breeze, There is also a Crescent Lake that has been in existence for hundreds of years without ever being buried by the sand. Riding the camel as the Silk Road Caravan in the vast desert is highly recommended (approximately 40mins). Please bring your sunglasses and and mask to keep out the dust.

Last stop is to enjoy a walking tour at the Shazhou Night Market, the most bustling place of Dunhuang at night, taste the local cuisine and buy some souvenirs for your family and friends.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1139m
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Day 6Majestic Great Wall in Jiayuguan

Around 4-5hrs driving roughly, we head to Jiayuguan Great Wall after the delighted breakfast. It is located 6 km southwest of Jiayuguan City, built in Ming Dynasty with the 631 history. It is also called “The First Front Pass” known for Indestructible Military Defense System. As hanging around, pay a short visit Jiayuguan Great Wall Museum, which was opened to the public in October 1989 and it is the first one to exhibit the Great Wall culture in a comprehensive and systematic way. Then say farewell to Jiayuguan and transfer to next stop Zhangye.

Traffic: Car (380kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Jiayuguan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1700m
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    Jiayuguang- Pass

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Day 7Jiayuguan- Zhangye (230kms, 3hrs driving)

In the morning to visit Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park for ribbons of red, orange and yellow through the rock to create a rainbow vista contained only by the contours of the jagged mountain peaks. So many people also call it "Rainbow Mountain". After delicious lunch, head to Binggou Danxia for its unique stone castle complex on the mountain. The mail color is crasscok red. The panorama of Binggou Danxia is very impressive.

Traffic: Car (230kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangye
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1483m
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Day 8Zhangye departure

One more day in Zhangye for Mati Temple known for horse foot prints on the walls, which are said to be left by a heaven horse so named after by legendary. It becomes the treasure of temple culture integrating with Buddhist images, Qilian mountain scenery and Yugur customs. After visiting, we wish you would enjoy the trip and looking forwards to see you again.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: No Accommodation
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1483m
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  • Private transportation through out the itinerary. SRT will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure based on your flight info.

  • Shared accommodations in well located, tourist to superior class hotels include breakfast, service charge and government tax.

  • All entrance fees(shuttle bus) sightseeing; excursions and activities as per the itinerary

  • Private friendly and professional English-Speaking guides (French, Italy, Russian, German can be arranged per your request)

  • Visa support letter for you to apply Chinese visa easily.

  • Travel and health insurance when travel with us.

  • A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling.


  • International and domestic flights not indicated.

  • Food, Lunch or dinner not specified

  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

  • Personal expenses and the other tours or activities not mentioned


  • We will upgrade trains to 1st class where available if book the tour 5 months in advance of departure.

  • There is no problem to travel Silk Road during Ramadan.

  • Complimentary 2 bottles of water each person on daily use.


We will use business MPV to luxurious coaches and trains.


All the hotels we selected are 4-5star well-located in the city center with good and proper breakfast for our clients.


Our guides are very friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. And our group tours will be escorted from SRT.

Climate and Altitude

Generally speaking Mid March—End Oct are the best time to visit Silk Road. And we strongly suggest you come in May, June, October to avoid the heat and crowd. No need to worry about high altitude along the Silk Road. We will prepare Oxygen bags if the package includes Xiahe, Qinghai Lake and Taxkorgan County.

We offer beneficial Cancellation Policy to our customers.

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