Highlights

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

● Explore the splendid Danxia Rainbow Mountain in Zhangye. 

● Meet Buddhist monks and nomads in the Qinghai of China's wild west.

● Discover the historic city of Dunhuang that is on the edge of the Gobi Desert.

● 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.

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Day 1Xining Arrival

Today your flight will touch down in Xining, the capital city of Qinghai. When you arrive at Xining you can meet your driver at the Airport, and then your driver will take you to the hotel to relax. Finally, I would like to wish you have a pleasant journey and Bon voyage.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Xining
Altitude: 2261m

Day 2Visit Chaka Salt Lake, then drive to Guide

Spend the morning to exploring Chaka Salt Lake, it is the largest saline in Qinghai Province, Chaka Salt Lake means "the sea of salt"  in Mongolian. It lies in the centre of Qaidam Basin, which was nominated by the national tourist geography magazine as one of the 55 places to go.

Thereafter, we will drive all the way to Guide County for overnight stay.


Traffic: Car——87km
Hotel: Overnight in Guide
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 2200m
  • Caka Salt Lake

    Caka Salt Lake

  • Caka Salt Lake

    Caka Salt Lake

Day 3Visit Kanbula National Park, then train to Zhangye

Continue our Qinghai journey, today our professional tour guide will meet you at the hotel lobby, and then our tour guide will bring you to trekking in Kanbula National Park to visit. Kanbula is well-known for the magnificent unique Danxia landform, and the landscape is mainly featured by wonderful peaks, precipitous, hills, caves, cliffs and many rock peaks, stone columns and stone walls. Meanwhile, it is also a world of natural plants and a paradise of wild animals. In summer, visitors can enjoy the shade and cool breezes and in autumn they can view a sea of red leaves and immerse themselves in the most spectacular landscape. They appreciate not only the fresh and tranquil natural environment but also the cultural inspiration drawn from the sites of the cultural interest.

Afternoon, we will go back to Xining and transfer to the train station to take an express train to Zhangye.

Traffic: Car+Train
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangye
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 3633m
  • kanbula national park

    Kanbula National Park

  • kanbula national park

    Kanbula National Park

Day 4Zhangye City Tour

Morning we will visit Matisi Temple ( Horseshoe Temple ), The temple was named by the court as "Puguang Temple" in the 14th year of yongle Period in Ming Dynasty. It houses a saddle and one dragon gown given by some emperor in Qing Dynasty. 

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
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangye
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 3633m
  • Matis Temple

    Matis Temple

  • Zhangye Danxia Landform

    Zhangye Danxia Landform

Day 5Visit Grand Buddha Temple, then drive to Jiayuguan

After breakfast at the hotel, our professional tour guide will bring you to visit the Grand Buddha Temple, which is one of the important travel destinations of the Silk Road, where you can visit the largest indoor clay statue of Buddha in China and the exquisite mural sculptures plus the ancient buildings.

Then drive all the way to Jiayuguan, take you to the Jiayuguan Fortress. Standing among vast desert and surrounded by rolling mountains,it looks like a dignified general guarding the grand land. Thereafter, we are going to visit 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". 

Traffic: Car——224km
Hotel: Overnight in Jiayuguan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1450m
  • Jiayuguan Fortress

    Jiayuguan Fortress

  • The Great Wall On The Cliff

    The Great Wall On The Cliff

Day 6Visit Weijin Tombs, then drive to Dunhuang

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, economies, culture, military affairs, folk customs, and science and technology during the Wei and Jin periods (4AD)

After lunch, 4hrs driving to Dunhuang to visit Echoing Sand Mountain, where you can ride the camels for 40mins to experience the beautiful desert scenery in the sunset.

After an extraordinary day, freshen up and enjoy a good dinner, we continue to appreciate the bustling Shazhou Night Market dotted with special commodities and souvenirs.

Traffic: Car——374km
Hotel: Overnight in Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1200m
  • Fresco Tombs Of Wei And Jin Dynasty

    Fresco Tombs Of Wei And Jin Dynasty

  • Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake

    Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake

Day 7Visit Mogao Grottoes

Today we are going to appreciate the Holy Center of Buddhism Culture and Art-UNESCO of Mogao Grottoes. First, you will watch two movies to get a rough idea of the history of the Silk Road and the Mogao Grottoes. Then take the sightseeing bus to the original cave area, where a professional expositor will lead you to visit seven caves.

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

    Mogao Grottoes

  • Dunhuang Murals

    Dunhuang Murals

Day 8 End 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+Train
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 Xining 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.

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