Located in northwestern Gansu and in the middle section of the Hexi Corridor, Zhangye was called Ganzhou in ancient times. Lying on the Qilian Mountain to the south, the Heli and Longshou Mountain in the north and the Black River flowing through, all these geographical features contribute to Zhangye's unique landscape of desert oasis. Zhangye is endowed with flat terrain, fertile soil, luxuriant forests and crops, fragrant fruits and melons. The snow-capped mountains, the grasslands, and the deserts coexist side by side, featuring sceneries both in southern China and in the northern frontier. As praised by some poet: "If one does not see the snow-capped Qilian Mountain, one may think that Ganzhou is in southern China." Same as many other cities in the Hexi Corridor, Zhangye was also born against the backdrop when the Han general Huo Qubing led the army to conquer the Huns. In the 6th year of the Yuanding Period during the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty (121 B.C.), Zhangye was set up as a county and the connotation of the name means "open one's arms to link up with the Western Regions" Since then, the imperial court initiated a large immigration and land reclamation program in Zhangye, stationed troops and developed agriculture. This has further promoted the economic and cultural prosperity of both the Central Plains and the Western Regions. Zhangye, therefore, became an important city on the Silk Road.


Day 1Meet in airport or Train station, Danxia Rainbow Mountain

Arrive in Zhangye, meet our guide and driver at the airport, take you to visit Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, which is 64.7 kilometres (One hour) , it is situated in the north of Qilian mountains. The area includes the colour hills in Linze country, ice hills, Danxia Ganzhou District and PingShan lake. The scenic Danxia, is a distance of 40 km from east Zhangye city, north from Linze county town by 20 km, this is the most typical arid area of northern China.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangye
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 3633m
  • zhangye danxia landform

    Zhangye Danxia Landform

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    Zhangye Danxia

Day 2Zhangye Big Buddha Temple - 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". 


  • It takes 2hrs and 24 mins ( 223 km ) by car from Zhangye to Jiayuguan

  • The altitude of Jiayuguan is 1600m.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Jiayuguan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 3633m
  • Big Buddha Temple

    Big Buddha Temple

  • jiayuguan pass

    Jiayuguan Pass

Day 3Jiayuguan airport or train Transfer

Today our journey comes to an end after a good breakfast. based on your schedule, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Bon voyage!

Traffic: Car
Hotel: No accommodation
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1600m

Dates & Pirce

Dates 1 Person 2 Persons 3-6 Persons 7-9 Persons Single Supplyment




  • 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 Zhangye to Jiayuguan listed in the itinerary.

  • Domestic flight from Zhangye to Jiayuguan 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


We will use business MPV to luxurious coaches and trains.


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


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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