Highlights

  • Explore the splendid Danxia Rainbow Mountain in Zhangye. 

  • Discover the famous Mogao Caves which was built up from 4th Century AD.

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

  • The nearby dunes in Dunhuang are known as the Echoing Sand Mountain and can be explored on a camel to see spectacular views of Crescent Moon Lake. Ride on a camel to view the stunning desert scenery...

ITINERARY Close All

Day 1Lanzhou Arrival

Today your travel begins with a welcome meeting at airport. After checking in the hotel, rest of your time is free to explore Lanzhou with a long history and colorful culture. There are many historical sites worth visiting.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Lanzhou
Altitude: 1500m
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    Lanzhou

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    Lanzhou City

Day 2Visit Binglingsi Temple, then Train to Zhangye

Breakfast in the hotel, drive you to Liujiaxia Reservoir, we will take a speedboat to Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves, On the way, you will see the green water connects to the yellow water while the blue sky connects to the yellow earth. Perhaps this can only be experienced in Liujiaxia. Upon arrival, head to visit the Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves which is close to Liujiaxia Reservoir, These caves stretch for 200 meters, were built during the Western Qin, North Wei, Sui, Tang, and Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing dynasties (between the 3rd and 18th centuries). then transfer to Yellow River's Mother Statue, explore the ancient history and culture of Gansu Province.

After the visiting, you will be transferred to the train station and take an express train to Zhangye, our driver will pick you up from the train station and transfer you to the hotel check in.

Traffic: Car+Train
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangye
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 3633m
  • Binglingsi Temple

    Binglingsi Temple

  • Yellow River Mother Sculpture

    Yellow River Mother Sculpture

Day 3Zhangye City Tour then Drive to Jiayuguan

After breakfast, take you to visit the Binggou Danxia, which is an important component of Danxia National Geopark in Zhangye. It is the one of the most complete and unique shapes in China.

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 4hrs adventure to the different platforms.

Afterwards, 3hrs driving to Jiayuguan for a refreshing dinner and a good rest.

Traffic: Car——223km
Hotel: Overnight in Jiayuguan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1450
  • Danxia Landform

    Danxia Landform

  • Jiayuguan

    Jiayuguan

Day 4Jianyuguan Tour then Drive to Dunhuang

In the morning, we will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you to visit the Jiayuguan pass. This Ming Dynasty fort guards the strategic Jiayuguan pass, at the western end of the Great Wall – this was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. and visit the The Great Wall Museum, which was opened to visitor in October 1989 and it is the first one to exhibit the Great Wall culture in a comprehensive and systematic way. (There are many steps from one tower to the other, please consider if are able to walk and climb about 2hrs). Next, we will pay a visit to the Great Wall on the Cliff, The wall here was built on the ridge with a gradient of 45 degrees. It is high in the air and it looks as if it fell down from the top of the hill. So people refer to this section of the Great Wall as the "Suspended Wall".

Afterwards, we will head to Dunhuang with about 4.5 hours driving

Traffic: Car——375km
Hotel: Overnight in Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1200m
  • Jiayuguan Pass

    Jiayuguan Pass

  • The Great Wall on the Cliff

    The Great Wall On The Cliff

Day 5Dunhuang City Tour

Our first destination is Mogao Grottoes, also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves, 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. and head up to Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake. When there is wild wind, the sands will be blown up and make a loud sound, while the sound sounds like being produced by some ancient musical instrument when blown by the 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 mask to keep out the dust

In the evening, you can walk around and taste Gansu delicacies at the Shazhou Night Market, the most bustling place of Dunhuang at night. It's easy to lose our sense of time wonder the market while enjoying your leisure time and taste some local cuisine.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1200m
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    Mogao Grottoes

  • Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake

    Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake

Day 6End of Tour

Today you will end your enjoyable Gansu tour, we will book the train tickets from Dunhuang to Lanzhou for you. the driver will transfer you to catch the express train. Wish you have a pleasant journey home.

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 Lanzhou to Zhangye 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.

  • Cancellation prior 15-29 days – 15% charge of the total land cost.

  • Cancellation prior 7-15 days – 30% charge of the total land cost.

  • Cancellation prior 2-7 days – 50% charge of the total land cost.

  • Cancellation prior 1-in the process of the tour – No refund unless it is agreed by SRT.


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