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

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

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

Meal: B, L

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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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