Ride camel for desert trip in Dunhuang

This 4-day Dunhuang Desert Camping Tour provides you a great opportunity to experience the beauty of desert deeply and grab the highlights of Dunhuang. Desert camping is the most featured and special experience to get a further understand about the charm of desert and Gobi district. Enjoy sand activities and campfire party with new friends! Singing Sand Dunes & Crescent Lake and Mogao Caves are top Dunhuang attractions with amazing landscape and magnificent art and religious culture, which you can also hardly miss in this tour.

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Best for: Family with kids

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights

Destination: Dunhuang

Travel Style: Private guided tour - FlexibleFree to customize

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Make your way to Dunhuang by flight or train. You will be met and greeted by our guide and transfer to your hotel by a private vehicle. For the rest of the day, you may explore the city on your own arrangement.

  Tips for Desert Trip:  

1. Necessities for desert trip: Sunglasses, mask, hat, sun cream, arm sunscreen socks, overcoat mosquito repellent, comfortable shoes, any medicals you need and enough clothes. (Temperature difference between day and night from August. Please kindly prepare warm clothes after August.)

2. Sunrise time at desert in different month:

  • May: Around 6:00-6:30 am
  • June: Around 6:00-6:30 am
  • July: Around 6:00-6:30 am
  • August: Around 06:30-07:00 am
  • September: Around 07:00-07:30 am
  • October: Around 07:30-08:00 am
  • Sunset time at desert in different month:
  • May: Around 20:30-21:00 pm
  • June: Around 21:00-21:30 pm
  • July: Around 21:00-21:40 pm
  • August: Around 20:50-21:50 pm
  • September: Around 19:30-20:15 pm
  • October: Around 17:20-18:40 pm

After breakfast, you will start your Dunhuang tour by visiting the Mogao Grottoes, which is known as the greatest treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. You will watch 2 short digital movies about the history and development of Maogao Caves before you go into the caves so that you are more aware of these hard-won arts with culture. And then take shuttle bus to visit the caves. Mogao Grottoes is reputed as the world’s greatest treasure house of Buddhist art. The existing 492 grottoes contain 45000 square meters of murals and more than 2415 painted sculptures, which spanned 10 consecutive dynasties in more than 1000 years. There are about 40 caves with specific guides of the scenic spot were opened to public for regular visit. The highest grotto is more than 40 meters, and 30 meters wide. The biggest figure is 33 meters tall. Generally, it takes more than 3.5hrs to finish the whole trip here. Their superb craftsmanship and rich imagination are amazing.

After lunch, transfer to the Singing Sand Dunes & Crescent Moon Lake, which is an oasis in Gobi surrounded the numerous sand dunes. Reputed as the top 4 scenic desert in China, breathtaking view back across the rolling desert sands towards the oasis is the reward for climbing up the dunes. Camel riding is a must-try activity in desert area, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery on the back of camel. Here, popular activities like sand-sledding and desert motor-riding are available on your own choice and expense. Later, drive to Gobi desert campsite where you can enjoy a romantic moonlit meal (picnic or barbecue) and a campfire party before sleeping. Enjoy watching the stars filling the sky and the peaceful night.

  Tips for Desert Camping:  

  • Available month: Every year from May to October (from June to October are the best period to take the desert camping). The desert camping will be halted during the other months because of the cold weather.
  • The campsite will offer the tent, sleeping bag and Moisture-proof pad for you, but no pillow.
  • The sleeping bag may not clean like hotel supplies; if needed, you can prepare your sleeping bag on your own.
  • Group size: No limited. We recommend at least 2 people.Dinner: Buffet dinner (Hot pot+ BBQ)-Food and drinks are no limit. But do not waste.
  • Sand sledding for free, other activities like desert motor-riding, glider, etc. need to be paid by cash. Please take care when you play games.
  • The campsite has lavatory, but no shower. We recommend taking shower on the other day morning when back to your hotel.
  • Please pack one night’s bag baggage in advance, other baggage you can deposit at your downtown hotel. Try to carry as few items as possible for convenience.
  • Check carefully when you choose the tent, because some tents’ zipper may have problem.
  • No WIFI. And cell phone signals may very weak at desert.

Meal: B, L, D

desert camping

You will be picked in the morning and transfer to hotel for some rest and refreshing.

In the afternoon, drive to visit Yumen Pass, which was a strategic fort on the ancient Silk Road and a hub connecting Central Asia and China. Yumen means Jade Gate in Chinese, it earned this name because the jade of the Hetian Nephrite in Xinjiang region was transported to Central China through this frontier pass during the ancient time. After that, transfer to visit the Great Wall of Han Dynasty (206 B.C - 220), which has a “weather-beaten look” and reminds only a few broken sections and several towers standing the desert. It is the oldest and longest version Great Wall ever. The total length is over 10,000 kilometers. Finally, transfer back to hotel.

Meal: B, L

yumen pass

You will arrange the leisure time on your own before transfer you to airport / rail station, and move to your next destination. Farewell to Dunhuang.

Meal: B

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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 Suite Your Preference

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

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