Gansu in Northwest China is an important part of ancient Silk Road, and famous for its fabulous desert scenery. This 10 day trip includes the important ancient towns along Silk Road, like Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, as well as the highlight attractions in Gansu Province. You will see the greatest artistic accomplishment of Buddhist grottoes art of ancient China, and explore Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park and Badain Jaran Desert with breathtaking natural landscape of high Sand Dunes and hundreds lakes.

Duration: 10 days & 9 nights

Destinations: Lanzhou - Alxa Youqi - Bandain Jaran Desert - Alxa Youqi - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - 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 visit Binglingsi Caves. Built in 420AD of Western Qin Dynasty, with its 1600+ years old history, it is one of 10 greatest Grottoes of China and a rare treasure house of Buddhist art along Ancient Silk Road. Overnight in Lanzhou.

Meal: B, L, D

Binglingsi Caves

After breakfast, drive to visit Gansu provincial Museum. The museum boasts nearly 100,000 pieces of relics, specimens and historical finds of the province. Transfer to Alxa Youqi (500km), a typical Mongolia town in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, near Badain Jaran Desert.

Meal: B, L, D

Proceed to Bandain Jaran Desert, and explore Bandain Jaran Lakes, Bilutu Peak, and Xiannv (fairy) Peak, have a bird's eye view of Badain Jaran Temple, Optional campfire party at night. Tent camping overnight.

Meal: B, L

Bandain Jaran Desert

After breakfast, we will enjoy an oasis tour 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.

Meal: B, L

Drive to Zhangye. Visit Dafo Temple (Giant Buddha Temple). This 900-year-old temple is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in China. Overnight in Zhangye.

Meal: B, L

Visit Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park. Marvel at its majestic table mountain terrain, odd-shaped Danxia cliffs, and dynamic, dramatic colors. Get ready for taking some breathtaking photos. Then proceed to Jiayuguan. After arrival, visit Jiayuguan fortress in the afternoon. The fortress is the west end of the Great Wall of Ming Dynasty, and a magnificent, well-preserved military fort of ancient China.

Meal: B, L

Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park

Transfer to Dunhuang in the morning, and visit Yulin Grottoes in Anxi. Yulin Grottoes is the sister grottoes of Mogao grottoes and an important part of Buddhist grottoes art in Dunhuang. Enjoy the stunning flying Apsaras on the wall painting of Yulin Grottoes. Overnight in Dunhuang.

Meal: B, L

Explore Mingsha Sand Dunes in the morning, enjoying the soft sands and nice sunshine, optional camel riding available. Then visit Mogao Grottoes. It is known as the Gallery of Perfectly Beautiful Murals, and the world's greatest treasure house of Buddhist art extant today. 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

  • 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

    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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