Highlights

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

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

● Explore the splendid Danxia Rainbow Mountain in Zhangye. 

● 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.

● 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 1Lanzhou Arrival

Today you will arrive in Lanzhou - the capital of Gansu Province. It has been a centre since early times, being at the southern end of the route leading via the Gansu (Hexi) Corridor across Central Asia, and it also commands the approaches to the ancient capital area of Changan (modern Xi' an) in Shaanxi province from both the west and the northwest.

Meet your guide and driver at the airport, upon arrival you will be taken to downtown hotel and check in.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Crown Plaza Lanzhou
Altitude: 1500m

Day 2Visit Binglings Temple, Drive to Xiahe Songke Grassland

Today tour begin with driving around 1.5 hours we will arrive in Binlings Temple, taking the 40mins fast boat into the park. You will see the stone sculptures and appreciate the miracle of Buddha caves, dating from the social situations and customs in ancient time.


After lunch, it takes 3 or 4 hours to drive from Lanzhou to Xiahe, an ethnically-Tibetan town in Gansu Province. We will head to visit the natural picturesque pasture - Songke Grassland, where you can see the Tibetan nomads graze their drove. Lying in a sea of green and bathing in the warm sunshine. Visit Tibetan family and wear tibetan cloth, drink milk tea and traditional food. Drive to hotel for overnight stay.

Traffic: Car——233km
Hotel: Nirvana Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 2850m
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    Binglings Temple

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    Songke Grassland

Day 3Visit Labrang Monastery, Return to Lanzhou to take the Train to Zhangye

After breakfast, head to Labrang Monastery, the most populous monasteries outside of Tibet. It is advisable to stay at Thangka Sunning Terrace that is one of a good place to view the monastery and surrounding scenery. The whole monastery is surrounded by wheels, people usually pray for chasing away the troubles by rotating the wheels.


Drive back to Lanzhou, upon arrival, take you to the train station to catch the train to next stop Zhangye.

Traffic: Car+Train
Hotel: Zhangye Hotel Tianyu International Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 3633m
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    Labrang Monastery

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    Labrang Monastery.jpeg

Day 4Zhangye City Tour and Visti Zhangye Rainbow Moutains

Star the tour with experience the 900-year old impressive Buddha culture and architectural treasures, located in the downtown - Grand Buddha Temple. Then visit 1600years old Mati Temple which is a hanging temple carving into the face of the cliff. Please note: The steps inside of the hanging caves are very narrow, may not suit for the larger and stronger people. But the scenery of the snow covered Qilian Mountain see afar is amazing and fresh.


Continue the tour with driving to Zhangye Linze County. Pay a visit to the masterpiece of Zhangye Danxia National Geological Parksituated in the north of Qilian mountains with a distance of 40 km from east Zhangye city. You will be marveled by the red-coloured sand stones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Afterwards, back to hotel for rest.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Zhangye Hotel Tianyu International Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 3633m
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    Mati Temple

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    Zhangye Danxia

Day 5Drive to Jiayuguan and Have City Tour

Driving from Zhangye to Jiayuguan with about 2-3 hours. Begin your tour to the most important chapter of Silk Road - Jiayuguan Fortress. It is very well maintained and beautiful views from the fort of the snowy mountains one side and black mountains other side.


Continue the tour to Weijin Tombs, known as the largest subterranean art gallery with a great deal of colorful murals in the world, has attracted tourists from all over the world housing. Afterwards, transfer to the hotel and check in.

Traffic: Car——224km
Hotel: Plaza Holiday Inn Jiayuguan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1450m
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    Jiayuguan Fortress

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    Weijin Tomb

Day 6Drive to Dunhuang and Visit Yulin Grottoes

Continue west to the Dunhuang. We will visit the Yulin Grottoes which paintings are generally in good shape,especially the green blue colour of paintings are original and very rare.


Next stop is Echoing Sand Mountain, where you can You can ride camels, slide down the dune, just a walk up the sand dune with wooden stairs to help you to have a great bird's eye view of Crescent Lake, ride helicopters, ride a personal plane, and of course, walk around Crescent Lake itself. And experience the beautiful desert scenery in the sunset.

Traffic: Car——375km
Hotel: Overnight in Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1200m
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    Echoing Sand Mountain

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    Yulin Grottoes

Day 7UNESCO Mogao Grottoes Sightseeing

Full day exploration in Dunhuang. First visit the Mogao Grottoes, may also be known as the Dunhuang Caves. It contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years. 


Coming out from the Mogao Grottoes, you can stroll around at the Shazhou Night Market with interesting and different types of things to see and food to eat; souvenirs, handicrafts, fruits, food, nuts, etc.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: The Silk Road Dunhuang Hote Fuguo Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1200m
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    Mogao Grottoes

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    Shazhou Night Market

Day 8Yangguan Pass and Yardan National Geological Park

There is another day to explore Dunhuang. 

Pick you up from the hotel and drive to Yangguan Pass, featured in the Tang Dynasty Poems and Han Dynasty events. 

Afterwards, we will be going to called "Yadan Ghost City" - the Yadan National Geological Park. From here you can appreciate wonderful and fascinating landscapes of Gobi desert. 

Return to downtown and have a good rest in the hotel.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel Fuguo Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude: 1200m
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    Yangguan Pass

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    Yardan National Geological Park

Day 9 End of Trip

Morning after buffet, meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby. Transfer to the airport or train station. Your enjoyable tour ended. Looking forward to seeing you next time.

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.

Client’s Reviews Write Review

  • Lucia

    Review submitted 19th January 2020

    Everything organized according to our requests. Punctuality, reliability, precision. The guides were prepared and passionate, we had great support from Xinjiang China Travel agency, lead by Lesley with great attention !!!  Lucia from Italy

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