Highlights

The Price Based on 2 Persons in a Private Tour for 4Star Hotel.

● Explore Dunhuang's markets and soak up a very different culture to that of western China.

● Ride camels up the dunes Echoing Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake of Dunhuang.

● 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.

● Explore the splendid Danxia Rainbow Mountain in Zhangye. 

● Mysterious Labrang monastery in Xiahe where also can enjoy the marvel grassland.

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Day 1Dunhuang Arrival

Welcome to Dunhuang, the well-known ancient cities along the Silk Road. Upon you arrive at Dunhuang Train Station/Airport, our tour guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Have a good rest and be ready for the next day's adventure.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Dunhuang
Altitude: 1200m

Day 2Dunhuang City Tour

After a pleasant breakfast, we specially arrange Dunhuang experts and professors who'll introduce this exotic city in detail to you.The Crescent Lake & Singing Sand Mountains is an oasis Gobi desert, surrounded by numerous sand dunes, reaching a relative height of 250 meters (820 feet). The Mingsha Shan is so named for the sound of the wind whipping off the dunes. After dinner, we move to Dunhuang Night market - bustling Shazhou Night Market. Never miss its tasty snacks, local specialties, and crafts etc.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1200m
  • Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake

    Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake

  • Mogao Grottoes

    Mogao Grottoes

Day 3Visit Mogao Grottoes, then Drive to Jiayuguan

After breakfast, let's visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes, which was designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its 1600 years accumulated cultural, architectural, and art treasures. There remains 492 cave temple and 45000 square meters of frescos. According to Tang Dynasty records, a monk had witnessed onsite a vision of thousand Buddhas under showers of golden rays. Thus inspired, he started the caves construction work that spanned ten dynasties. Mogao Caves are commonly known as the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. After visiting, we will drive to Jiayuguan for overnight stay.

Traffic: Car——350kms
Hotel: Overnight In Jiayuguan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1450m
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    Mogao Grottoes

  • Jiayuguan.jpg

    Jiayuguan

Day 4Jiayuguan City Tour, then drive to Zhangye

Today we begin our journey to the Jiayuguan Fortress. Standing among vast desert and surrounded by rolling mountains,it looks like a dignified general guarding the grand land. It was constructed with the most integrated defensive system. It was also an important traffic hub along the Silk Road, the oldest worldwide trading route.

Continue the sightseeing to renowned underground gallery Weijin Tombs. There we can enjoy lifelike and succinct wall paintings covering a wide range of subjects including politics, economics, culture, military affairs, folk customs, and science and technology during the Wei and Jin periods (4AD)

After lunch, we will drive 3hrs to the masterpiece of nature Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, which is situated in the north of Qilian mountains with a distance of 40 km from east Zhangye city. You will be marveled by the colorful layers of mountain ridges in the 4hr's adventure to the different platforms.

Traffic: Car——223kms
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangye
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 3633m
  • Fresco Tombs of Wei and Jin Dynasty

    Fresco Tombs Of Wei And Jin Dynasty

  • Zhangye Danxia Landform

    Zhangye Danxia Landform

Day 5Visit Grand Buddha Temple, then train to Laznhou

Morning we will visit the Grand Buddha Temple, which is the important place of the Silk Road. The Temple is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. China's largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple. afternoon, you will be transferred to the station to take the express train to Lanzhou.

Traffic: Car+Train
Hotel: Overnight in Lanzhou
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1500m
  • Zhangye Big Buddha Temple

    Zhangye Big Buddha Temple

  • Lanzhou

    Lanzhou

Day 6Visit Binglings Temple, then Drive to Xiahe

After breakfast, the day begins with Bingling Temple where you will see the air trestle road and various grottoes Then we will take you to explore Xiahe,  home  to  the  famed  Labrang  Tibetan  Buddhist  monastery,  one  of  the  largest  Tibetan  Buddhist  monasteries outside the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Traffic: Car——233km
Hotel: Overnight in Xiahe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 2850m
  • Binglingsi Temple

    Binglingsi Temple

  • Xiahe Labrang Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

    Xiahe Labrang Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

Day 7Visit Labrang Monastery, then drive to Lanzhou

Today we will arrange the English Speaking Lama guide you through the Labrang monastery, the most populous monks outside of Tibet. You will stay at Thangka Sunning Terrace that is one of a good place to view the monastery and surrounding scenery. Inside the monastery, apart from magnificent Buddha stupas and wall paintings, prayer wheels are also the must-see spot. The whole monastery is surrounded by wheels, walk along the corridor, rotate the wheels and pray for chasing away the troubles.

We will then head back to Lanzhou, uupon arrival, transfer to visit the the first bridge of the Yellow River's Mother Statue consisting of "a mother" and "a baby boy" which symbolizes the mother of the Yellow River nurturing the Chinese nation.

Traffic: Car——233m
Hotel: Overnight in Lanzhou
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1500m
  • Labrang Monastery

    Labrang Monastery

  • Yellow River Mother Sculpture

    Yellow River Mother Sculpture

Day 8Lanzhou Departure

It's time to say farewell to Lanzhou. After a pleasant breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for the flight back to your hometown or next destination. Bon voyage!

Traffic: Car
Hotel: No Accommodation
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDES

  • 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

  • 2nd class express train from Dunhuang(Liuyuan Station) to Jiayuguan, from Zhangye to Lanzhou and from Lanzhou to Xiahe listed in 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.

  • 8, A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling.

EXCLUDES

  • 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

TRIP NOTES

  • 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.

Transportation

We will use business MPV to luxurious coaches and trains.

Accommodation

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

Guides

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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