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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. You will visit other highlights like Bingling Temple, Bandain Jaran Desert, Bandain Jaran Lake, Nuo'ertu Lake, Baoritaolegai Lake, Dafo Temple, Mati Temple Grottoes, Yulin Grottoes, Mingsha Sand Dunes, Mogao Grottoes.

Duration: 10 days & 9 nights

Destinations: Lanzhou - Alxa Youqi - Zhangye - Dunhuang

Starting Point: Lanzhou

Ending Point: Dunhuang

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Upon arrival, our guide will meet you 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.

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.

Meal: B, L

Bingling Temple

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

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: B, L

Nuo'ertu Lake

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.

Meal: B, L

Mati Temple Grottoes

After breakfast, visit Dafo Temple and then head for Jiayuguan in the morning, After arrival, visit Jiayuguan fortress in the afternoon. 

Meal: 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. 

Meal: B, L

Yulin Grottoes

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 in Dunhuang.

Meal: B, L

Mogao Grottoes

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

Meal: B

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What's included

  • Guide

    Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide.

  • Meals

    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Transport

    Private transfers airport/hotel/airport.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodations with daily breakfast.

  • Other

    Domestic flights and trains listed.
    Admission fees.

  • Visa

    Visa arrangement. Please consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa.

  • Other

    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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