China travel map - Xian Zhangye Tour

Xian is well-known for its history and over three-thousand-year civilization, while Zhangye, once an important trading post on the great Silk Road, charms travelers with its magnificent “Rainbow Mountain”. Travel with ETC on 5 days short break, which beckons with the allure of the ancient, cultural and natural, to discover one of the world’s most famous and best-preserved ancient capitals and witness yourself a surreal landscape on Earth.

Best for: Expats, Family, Photographers

Duration: 5 days & 4 nights

Destinations: Xian - Zhangye

Travel Type: Private tour - FlexibleFree to customize

• Must-see Terra-cotta Warriors in Xian
• Colorful Rainbow Mountains in Zhangye
• Dafo Temple on ancient Silk Road

Customize Your Tour:
☑  Travel Dates  ☑ Your Interests  ☑ Your Travel Style

Upon your arrival at Xi’an airport or rail station, you will be greeted by your private tour guide holding a sign with your name at the exit. With the window view, you will be transferred to the hotel booked in prior. Your tour guide will help you with the check-in procedure.

In the morning, meet your guide at hotel and then transfer to Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is one of the top attractions in China and famous for its historical significance and uniqueness. Spend about 2 hours there for the visiting. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be taken to visit a family who still leave in Cave Dwelling. The cave dwelling is an ancient form residence at the Loess Plateau in northwestern China. Afterwards driver back to Xi’an city. The Moslem Street can’t be missed, where a variety of local flavor snacks will surely dazzle one’s eyes. As long as one can think of, he or she can find the mouthwatering food in the cuisine paradise. The title “A Street for Gourmet” is fully deserved. You will also have chance to view the famous Bell Tower and Drum Tower near the Muslim Quarters.

Meal: B, L

Take photos with Terracotta Warriors

Visit the Ancient City Wall this morning, where you can take a walk or rent a bike to ride on the wall built 650 years ago. Later, you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Zhangye. Upon arrival, be greeted by your private guide in Zhangye, and transfer to hotel. The rest time of this day is free for your own exploration.

Zhangye is located in the western part of Gansu Province, in central Hexi Corridor. It was once an important commercial port, with the same status of present Shanghai, on the ancient Silk Road.

  Kindly Reminder  

  • 7.5hrs high speed train is available to choose instead of flight. 

Meal: B

Have one day to visit highlights of Zhangye with the company of your private guide. The first stop is Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park. Zhangye Danxia is known for the unusual colors of the rocks, which are smooth, sharp and several hundred meters tall. They are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over 24 million years. Wind, rain, and time then sculpted extraordinary shapes, including towers, pillars, and ravines, with varying colors, patterns, and sizes.

Here you will marvel at its majestic table mountain terrain and dynamic, dramatic colors. Get ready for taking some breathtaking photos. Then head for Dafo Temple (Giant Buddha Temple). As one of the most famous Buddhist temples in China, it’s notable for its gigantic reclining Buddha statue made around 1100 during the Western Xia and Song dynasty, which is thirty-five meters long.

The last stop is the Museum of Zhangye. There are several display themes inside the museum. The exhibition hall covers a total area of 894 square meters, displaying more than 7,000 pieces of cultural relics of various types. Through all kinds of cultural relics, the local characteristics are highlighted as far as possible from different sides, reflecting the long history and splendid history and culture of Zhangye.

If you're phtographer and want to take sunset of the Rainbow Mountain, another visit to Danxia Landform Park can be arranged at extra cost (please advise your travel consultant in advance).

Meal: B, L

See the colorful Rainbow Mountain in Zhangye

Free at leisure until the appointed time, be met by your guide at hotel and take the private transfer to airport/rail station for your next destination. End of your 5-day Xian Zhangye tour,

Meal: B, L

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

    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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