Highlights

● 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

● Visit Tibetan Monastery to understand Tibetan Religion

● 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.


ITINERARY Close All

Day 1Arrive in Xining

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: 2261m

Day 2Sightseeing in the picturesque Qinghai Lake & Chaka Salt Lake

With the early start drive to Qinghai Lake to see it as vast as sea. 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 sunset 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. Then head to explore Chaka Salt Lake. As the largest saline in Qinghai Province, Chaka in Mongolian means "the sea of salt" . It is actually a brine lake with solid and liquid salt coexisting, inlaid in snow mountain grassland. You might be surprised to find that Chaka Salt Lake is famed as the Sky of China as the  Uyuni Salt Marsh in Bolivia for its wide water area with silver salt waves decorated by mountains, grass, and sheep around.

Traffic: Car (400kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Wulan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 2960m
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    Qinhai-lake

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    Chaka-salt -lake.

Day 3Visit the Feicui Lake, then drive to Golmud

Enjoy the delicious breakfast, drive to Feicui 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: 2780m
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    Emerald -lake

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Day 4Explore the Dongtai Jinaier Lake and Water Yadan

Today we will drive along the National Highway 315 and take you to visit the Dongtai Jinaier lake, 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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    Jinai- Lake- Of- Dongtai

Day 5World Heritage Mogao Grottoes, Echoing Sand Mountain

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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    Echoing-sand-mountain&crescent-lake

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    Mogao- Grottoes

Day 6Jiayuguan Pass and Great Wall Museum

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: 1475m
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    Jiayuguang- Pass

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    Jiayuguan-great-wall-cliff

Day 7Explore the mysterious Zhangye Rainbow Mountain & Binggou Danxia

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 Kaoshan Tent
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1474m
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    Zhangye-danxia-national-geological-park1

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    Binggou-danxia

Day 8Mati Temple and Hiking in Pingshan Lake Valley

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, head to Pingshan Lake Valley for the cassock red stone forests. Among the colorful mountains, there are many peaks, steep slopes, and deep bottoms. They are ups and downs, stretching for thousands of miles, and looking like burning flame mountains.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangye
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1474m
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    Mati-temple

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    Pingshanhu-grand-caynon.jpeg

Day 9Visit A'rou Temple, then transfer to Xining

Enjoy the last breakfast in Gansu then head to A'rou Temple in Xining about 6 hours driving. Although A'rou Temple is a small one, it is definitely worth to pay a visit. Located on the hilly grassland 21 kilometers southeast of Babao Town away, it is surrounded by green grassland rolling, and looks very beautiful integrating with Tibetan courtyard architecture, and religion.

Traffic: Car (340kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Xining
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 2261m
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    Arou- Temple2

Day 10Xining-Tongren (170kms, 2hrs driving)

Having a good rest and delicious breakfast carry on with the trip. The first spot is to visit Ta'er Lamasery, as one of Gelupa Temples, known for richness in Tibetan religion, architecture, and surrounding scenery. Inside the monastery, magnificent Buddha stupas , wall paintings, prayer wheels are interesting and valuable. After lunch explore Wutun Temple, with a history of more than 600 years, there are many halls of ornate in decoration in the temple famed for exquisite Thangka, embroidery, sculpture and other works of art, which have high cultural relics and artistic value. At last to visit Longwu Lamasery, also is a Gelupa Lamasery. Inside temple hall are remarkable ornate and culture relics. Truly viewed a museum of Buddhist Art.


Traffic: Car (170kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Tongren
Meals: Breakfast
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    Ta'er Lamasery

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    Wutun Temple

Day 11Tongren-Luqu (104km, 1.5hrs driving)

In the morning cross Tongren to Ganjia Grassland in Gansu Province. The best time of touring the grassland is in July and August. Grass grows to more than half a meter high. The panorama of land looks particularly spectacular with Gesang flowers and Tibetan temples. Ganjia Grassland belongs to the original ecology of grassland. Cattle and sheep idle around. There are two rivers flowing in a serpentine shape, and form a small lake at the intersections. The whole grassland is rich in water and grass. The Qilian mountains covered with ice and snow can be seen in the distance.


Meals: Breakfast
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    Ganjia- Grassland

Day 12Luqu-Zhagarna-Diebu

Zhagarna is located in Diebu County of Gannan, known for green mountains, clear water, layers of ridge stacked chapter, flying springs, waterfall, holy lake, slope peaks, and grand passes. There are four villages in Zhagarna. Villages are full of forests, minerals, water energy, grassland, rare animals and plants. Zhagarna is a rare treasure house of green resources in Gansu Province, with beautiful mountains and waters, outstanding people, beautiful scenery, wide forests and lush paddock.


Meals: Breakfast
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    Zhagarna

Day 13Zhagarna

One more exciting day of hiking around village in Zhagana to fully enjoy the picturesque scenery.


Meals: Breakfast
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    Diebu

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Day 14Diebu-Langmu Temple - Xiahe

In the morning, enjoy your nice buffet breakfast then drive to Longmu Temple. It is a place, located in a small town at the junction of Gansu and Sichuan. Longmu temple has a temple, but it is far more than that integrating with beautiful natural scenery that makes it known as "Oriental Switzerland"; Its unique Tibetan Buddhism and customs are also known as "the post station of heaven". In the morning of Longmu temple, Lama's cigarette curls up. Such a quiet and wonderful picture is like Switzerland's paradise!


Meals: Breakfast
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Day 15Xiahe-Linxia (110km, 1.5hrs driving)

Breakfast then drive to The Labrang Monastery, known as the "world Tibetan University". The temple covers 866000km2, with more than 90 temples, 6 colleges, 16 Buddhist temples, 18 Great Living Buddha Palaces, pagodas etc forming a group of magnificent Tibetan architectures. The Transit corridor of Labrang temple is three kilometers long, and takes more than an hour to walk through. The medical college has trained many outstanding Tibetan doctors. Wenshu Status in Wenshu Bodhisattva hall stands for the God of wisdom. There are more than 10000 national cultural relics and Buddhist art works in the Green Tara hall. The magnificent Big & Small Golden Tile Hall etc make Labrang Temple outstanding. After the in-depth exploration of Labrang Temple to Sangke Grassland, located in the southwest of Xiahe County 1km away, it is a part of dajiutan grassland in Sangke township. Surrounded by mountains and an open flat Alpine grassland in the middle, Sangke grassland is one of tourist attraction. It has abundant water and grass, flocks of cattle and sheep under the blue sky and white clouds make a natural pastoral scenic.


Meals: Breakfast
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    Labrang-monastery

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Day 16Linxi-Lanzhou

It is the last day of the trip. With fully enjoyment, visit Muslin Street to explore cultur, architecture and food here. After lunch, time for taking the flight back to your home. Wish you would enjoy the trip and looking forwards to see you agagin.

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

  • 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.

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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