Badain Jaran Desert homes to the largest dunes on earth, with 140 spring fed-lakes residing in the interspaces of giant mega dunes, creating most captivating desert landscape in the world. The harmony between lakes, sand dunes, camels and Mongolian herdsmen make a great adventure trip. And visit the amazing Danxia Landform in Zhangye. And other highlights like Bandain Jaran Desert, Nuo'ertu Lake, Shandan Army Ranch...

Duration: 6 days & 5 nights

Destinations: Zhangye - Alxa Youqi - Shandan - Zhangye

Starting Point: Zhangye

Ending Point: Zhangye

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Fly from Xian or Lanzhou to Zhangye, be picked up at the airport and transfer to Alxa Youqi (130 km). Overnight at local hotel.

Meal: D

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. Tent camping overnight.

Meal: B, L, D

Bandain Jaran Desert

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.

Meal: B, L

Baoritaolegai Lake

Drive to visit Shandan Army Ranch, the most famous horse farm since 2000 years ago. Enjoy and grassland scenery and try a horse ride here. Then proceed to Zhangye. Visit Dafo Temple.

Meal: B, L

Shandan Army Ranch

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

Zhangye Danxia

After breakfast, transfer to the train station and head for your next destination.

Meal: B, L

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What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suit Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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