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Silk Road Exploration 8 Days Tour

Xining-Qinghai-Zhangye-jiayuguan-Dunhuang

From $1075
TOUR CODE: G-XJ-004
TOUR TYPE: Group,Family,Culture,Photography

Summary

Following the footsteps of ancient Silk Road to visit the Buddhist Temples with profound history and culture. Explore the UNESCO Mogao Grottoes, splendid Danxia Landform, as well as the mysterious Crescent Lake surrounded by desert. You will discover a fascinating landscape of Northwest China with our 8-days itinerary. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Xining Arrival
Today your flight will touch down in Xining around 11:00am, We will meet you at the airport exit with a welcome board. Then we will take you to the Ta'er Monastery (Kumbum Monastery), the most populous monks outside of Tibet. You will stay at Thangka Sunning Terrace that is one of a good place to view the monastery and surrounding scenery. Inside the monastery, apart from magnificent Buddha stupas and wall paintings, prayer wheels are also the must-see spot. The whole monastery is surrounded by wheels, walk along the corridor, rotate the wheels and pray for chasing away the troubles.
Lama in Ta'er Monastery Ta'er Monastery (Kumbum Monastery)

Day 2: Xining-Chaka-Qinghai Lake
Depart from the hotel and explore Chaka Salt Lake, the largest saline in Qinghai Province, Chaka Salt Lake means "the sea of salt"  in Mongolian. It lies in the centre of Qaidam Basin, which was nominated by the national tourist Geography magazine as one of the 55 places to go. Thereafter, drive to the hotel near the Qinghai Lake.
Chaka Salt Lake Train by Chaka Salt Lake

Day 3: Qinghai Lake-Xining-Zhangye
Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Qinghai Lake in the morning, which is the largest inland salt water lake in China. It is no exaggeration to say that Qinghai Lake is a miracle that is endowed by a deity. Outside, he encircled the lake with four continuous mountains and extends broad grassland at the foot of them. Then back to Xining and catch the express train to Zhangye.
Qinghai Lake Sunset by Qinghai Lake

Day 4: Zhangye
After breakfast at the hotel, we will take you to visit the Giant Buddha Temple, which is the important place of the Silk Road. the Giant Buddha Temple is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. China's largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple. then proceed the tour to Pingshan Lake Valley, which is located in Pingshanhu Geopark Ganzhou Zhangye China, it is characterized by gutters and gullies and was an important channel to enter the Hexi corridor. Spend a night at Kaoshan Tent.
Pingshanhu Geopark Kaoshan Tent

Day 5: Zhangye-Jiayuguan
Today we will proceed to visit the Binggou Danxia, which is the most significant geological and geomorphic relic of the window lattice palace in China, mainly composed of sandstone geomorphic relic landscape. After that, continue the tour to Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, which is the most typical arid area of northern China. Ribbons of reds, oranges and yellows slice through the rock, to create a rainbow vista contained only by the contours of the jagged mountain peaks. Many people also call it "Rainbow Mountain". Afternoon, drive you to Jiayuguan. Met and be transferred the hotel for rest.
Danxia National Geological Park Danxia National Geological Park

Day 6: Jiayuguan-Dunhuang
In the morning, we will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you to visit the Jiayuguan Pass. This Ming Dynasty fort guards the strategic Jiayuguan pass, at the western end of the Great Wall – this was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. you will explore the Great Wall Museum, which was opened to the public in October 1989 and it is the first one to exhibit the Great Wall culture in a comprehensive and systematic way. Afterwards, we will drive all the way to the next stop Dunhuang
Jiayuguan Pass Jiayuguan Pass

Day 7: Dunhuang
The journey will begin from the Mogao Grottoes, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the great artistic and religious wonders of the world and it is famous for its exquisite murals and various sculptures inside the caves, which was built in different dynasties, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art.
Following a lunch in local restaurants, then we will head to visit the Echoing Sand Mountaion&Crescent Lake. it is famous for the constant sound of the moving sand. and the Crescent Lake, The lake’s name derives from the crescent moon shape taken by the pool of spring water between two large sand dunes.
Mogao Grottoes Echoing Sand Mountaion&Crescent Lake

Day 8: Dunhuang Departure
Enjoy your leisure time in the morning, we will arrange airport transfer according to your flight schedule, wish you have a pleasant journey home!

Price Guide

Price Includes
1. Private transportation with good AC
2. Excellent English speaking guide
3. 4-star Hotel with breakfast(2persons shared one room)
4. Entrance fee listed in the itinerary
5. 2nd Class Train from Xining to Zhangye
6. 2 bottles of water each person on daily use
7. Government tax
8. Travel insurance

Price Excludes
1. Personal expenses and tips to the guide and driver
2. Full Board Meals
3. Some activities such as boating, camel riding, culture show etc.
4. Flight arrive in Xining and leave from Dunhuang

Notice

1.. It is always advisable that you bring extra warm clothes and a jacket just in case the weather becomes chilly.
2.. Hats, scarves, sunglasses, sun block and lip balm or some protective material are essential to protect you from sun and wind burns.
3. Comfortable shoes are very important because you will be walking most of the time. Sports shoes or low-heeled shoes are your best bet.
4. Please bring your own drugs for diarrhea, fever, skin allergy drugs just for emergency.
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