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10-day Gansu Highlights plus Desert Exploration

Tour code: ETC-Q43   

This 10 day trip includes the important ancient towns along Silk Road, like Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan in Gansu province etc, and travelers will also have chance to the amazing Bandain Jaran Desert for some great outdoor activities.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Lanzhou
Arrival in Lanzhou
2 Lanzhou
Bingling Temple
3 Lanzhou / Alxa Youqi
Drive to Alxa Youqi
4 Alxa Youqi
Bandain Jaran Desert, Bandain Jaran Lakes, Bilutu Peak, and Xiannv (fairy) Peak
5 Alxa Youqi / Zhangye
Nuo'ertu Lake, Baoritaolegai Lake
6 Zhangye
Danxia Landform, Mati Temple Grottoes
7 Zhangye / Jiayuguan
Dafo Temple, drive to Jiayuguan
8 Jiayuguan / Dunhuang
Transfer to Dunhuang, Yulin Grottoes
9 Dunhuang
Mingsha Sand Dunes, Mogao Grottoes, Shazhou night market
10 Dunhuang
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Day 01 Arrival in Lanzhou (no meal)
Upon arrival, our guide will meet your at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. If time permits, go and visit Whiter Pagoda Hill for a panoramic view of the city.

Day 02 Lanzhou-Bingling Temple – Lanzhou (B, L)
Drive to Bingling Temple. Take speed-boat to cross Yellow River (Liujiaxia Reservoir) to explore Bingling Temple Grottoes, which was first built in 420AD with its 1600+ years old history. Same way back to Lanzhou in the later afternoon.

Day 03 Lanzhou-Alxa Youqi (B, L)
Drive to Alxa Youqi (540 km, 8hrs), the city near by Badain Jaran Desert, and it is typical Mongolia town in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Day 04 Bandain Jaran Desert (B, L)
After Breakfast, Drive to Bandain Jaran Desert, and visit Bandain Jaran Lakes, Bilutu Peak, and Xiannv (fairy) Peak, bird's eye view of Badain Jaran Temple, Optional campfire party at night. Camping overnight.

Day 05 Bandain Jaran Desert- Zhangye (B, L)

After breakfast, we will enjoy a tour of "Jiangnan resort" in the desert---Nuo'ertu Lake, a perfect spot for photography. Then, we will drive to Baoritaolegai Lake, experiencing special surfing on the resound sand in the sand lake. Return to Alxa Youqi, drive to Zhangye in the later afternoon. Overnight in Zhangye

Day 06 Zhangye (B, L)
Visit Danxia Landform in the morning, which is the biggest National geographic Park in the middle of Hexi Corridor. Visit Mati Temple Grottoes in the afternoon, It has very strong influence of Tibetan Buddhism with 1600 years history.

Day 07 Zhangye-Jiayuguan (B, L)
After breakfast, visit Dafo Temple and then head for Jiayuguan in the morning, After arrival, visit Jiayuguan fortress in the afternoon.

Day 08 Jiayuguan-Dunhuang (B, L)
Transfer to Dunhuang in the morning, and visit Yulin Grottoes in Anxi, Yulin Grottoes is the sister grottoes of Mogao grottoes in Dunhuang. We can see nice flying Apsaras on the wall painting. It has 42 caves, mostly of Tang Dynasty style.

Day 09 Dunhuang    (B, L)
Visit Mingsha Sand Dunes in the morning, enjoying the soft sands and nice sunshine, optional camel riding available. Visit Mogao Grottoes in the afternoon, which is one of the four famous grottoes in China. Visit Shazhou night market in the evening. Overnight at Dunhuang.

Day 10 Dunhuang departure (B)

Transfer to the airport or train station to head for your next destination.

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PRICES START FROM PER PERSON

As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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The Silk Road is like a thick history book to me, so enchanting with full of contents. The best season to visit is in July, August and September.

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