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7-day Essence of Gansu

Tour code: ETC-Q45   

Gansu is a historical and amazing destination in China which is rarely visited by foreigners. Take the 7-day Essence of Gansu Tours to visit the capital city Lanzhou, grand Jiayuguan Fort and ancient stops of Silk Road – Dunhuang to explore the historical sites in Northwest China.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Lanzhou
Arrival in Lanzhou, visit Whiter Pagoda Hill if have time
2 Lanzhou
Bingling Temple
3 Lanzhou / Wuwei / Zhangye
Leitai Tomb of Han Dynasty, Wuwei Confucius Temple
4 Zhangye / Jiayuguan
Dafo Temple, Wooden Pagoda Temple
5 Jiayuguan / Dunhuang
Jiayuguan Fort, Great Wall Museum, Overhanging Great Wall, drive to Dunhuang
6 Dunhuang
Mingsha Sand Dunes, and ride a camel to the Crescent Lake, Mogao caves
7 Dunhuang
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Day 01 Arrival in Lanzhou (no meal)
Upon arrival, our local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. 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-Wuwei-Zhangye (B, L)
Drive to Wuwei and visit the Leitai Tomb of Han Dynasty and the ancient Wuwei Confucius Temple. Finally drive to Zhangye for overnight stay.

Day 04 Zhangye-Jiayuguan (B, L)
In the morning, you will see the Giant Buddha Temple (Dafosi) and Wooden Pagoda Temple. Continue your trip to Jiayuguan.

Day 05 Jiayuguan-Dunhuang (B, L)
Visit Jiayuguan Fort, which is the west end of the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty. It is the most magnificent and best-preserved ancient military fort in China. You can also visit the Great Wall Museum at the gate tower. After a visit to Overhanging Great Wall, then proceed to Dunhuang by private transfer.

Day 06 Dunhuang (B,L)
Transfer to visit Mingsha Sand Dunes, and ride a camel to the Crescent Lake. After lunch, explore Mogao Caves, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in China.

Day 07 Dunhuang departure (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.


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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