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10-day Silk Road & Badain Jaran Desert Tour

Tour code: ETC-Q133   

Gansu in Northwest China is an important part of ancient Silk Road, and famous for its fabulous desert scenery. In this tour, 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.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Lanzhou Arrival in Lanzhou
2 Lanzhou Binglingsi Caves
3 Lanzhou - Alxa Youqi Gansu provincial Museum, Transfer to Alxa Youqi
4 Alxa Youqi - Bandain Jaran Desert Bandain Jaran Desert exploration
5 Bandain Jaran Desert

Bandain Jaran Desert exploration

6 Bandain Jaran Desert - Alxan Youqi - Zhangye Drive to Zhangye, Dafo Temple
7 Zhangye - Jiayuguan Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, drive to Jiayuguan, Jiayuguan fortress
8 Jiayuguan - Dunhuang Drive to Dunhuang, Yulin Grottoes
9 Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, Western Thousands Buddha Caves
10 Dunhuang End of Service

Day 01 Arrival in Lanzhou (D)

After arrival in Lanzhou, transfer to check in hotel.

Day 02 Lanzhou (B, L, D)

Drive to visit Binglingsi Caves. Built in 420AD of Western Qin Dynasty, it is one of 10 greatest Grottoes of China and a rare treasure house of Buddhist art along Ancient Silk Road. Overnight in Lanzhou.

Day 03 Lanzhou - Alxa Youqi (B, L, D)

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).

Day 04 Alxa Youqi - Bandain Jaran Desert (B, L)

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.

Day 05 Bandain Jaran Desert (B, L)

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.

Day 06 Bandain Jaran Desert - Alxan Youqi- Zhangye (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.

Day 07 Zhangye - Jiayuguan (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.

Day 08 Jiayuguan - Dunhuang (B, L)

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.

Day 09 Dunhuang (B, L)

Visit Mogao Grottoes in the morning. It is known as the Gallery of Perfectly Beautiful Murals, and the world's greatest treasure house of Buddhist art extant today. Then head for Western Thousands Buddha Caves, which house dozens of precious polychrome statues and wall paintings tracing back to as early as Northern Wei Dynasty (386 - 557).

D0 10 Dunhuang departure (B)

Transfer to the airport or train station to head for your next destination.

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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";

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