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12 Days Silk Road Buddhist Culture Tour

12 days Silk Road tour starting and ending at Beijing. You will visit: Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Lanzhou, Tianshui, Lanzhou, Xian, Luoyang. Highlight of the itinerary is the cultural heritage, especially Buddhist relics.

  • Day 1Beijing arrival

    Day 2Beijing – Dunhuang by Flight: Yardang National Geologic Park, Yumen Pass, Great Wall of the Han Dynasty

    Day 3Dunhuang: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake

    Day 4Dunhuang – Jiayuguan: Yumen Grottoes

    Day 5Jiayuguan – Zhangye: Jiayuguan Pass, Danxia Landform

    Day 6Zhangye – Lanzhou by Train: Giant Buddha Temple, Matisi Grottoes

    Day 7Lanzhou: Gansu Provincial Museum, Binglingsi Grottoes

    Day 8Lanzhou – Tianshui: Maiji Mountain

    Day 9Tianshui – Xian: Famen Temple

    Day 10Xian – Luoyang by Train: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    Day 11Luoyang: Longmen Grottoes, White Horse Temple

    Day 12Luoyang - Beijing

  • Air condition car + English speaking guide + Entrance fee + Lunch + Hotel + Flight & Train tickets
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12 Days Silk Road Buddhist Culture Tour

Day 1 Beijing Arrival(No Meal
Upon your arrival in Beijing airport/train station, our local guide will wait you by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to your hotel in Beijing. Accommodation: Beijing

Yumenguan Pass

Day 2 Beijing – Dunhuang by Flight (Breakfast + Lunch)
In the morning meet our driver and transfer to Beijing airport. Taking the flight to Dunhuang. After arrival met by local driver and guide we will drive to appreciate the Yardang Landform in Yardang National Geologic Park. Then move to visit Yumen Pass, the crucial fort along ancient Silk Road for import of Jade in todays Xinjiang Hotan. Last pay a visit to Great Wall of the Han Dynasty. Accommodation: Dunhuang

Crescent Lake

Day 3 Dunhuang (Breakfast + Lunch)
In the morning pick up by driver and guide and transfer directly to Mogao Grottoes, one of the four most famous caves in China and the real must see attraction along ancient Silk Road. In the afternoon, continue to visit the Echoing-Sand Mountain. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. Walking for some time you will reach the Crescent Lake, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. Accommodation: Dunhuang

Day 4 Dunhuang – Jiayuguan (Breakfast + Lunch)
After hotel breakfast board the car and drive to Jiayuguan City. On the way we will make a stop to visit Yulin Grottoes. The well preserved Buddhist figures and murals explain religious and social facts of several dynasties in ancient time. Accommodation: Jiayuguan

Day 5 Jiayuguan – Zhangye (Breakfast + Lunch)
In the morning we will visit  Jiayuguan Pass, the very west starting point of the Chinese Great Wall. In the afternoon drive to Zhangye to visit the beautiful Danxia Landform which is known to some international friends as Rainbow Mountain. Accommodation: Zhangye

Matisi Grottoes

Day 6 Zhangye – Lanzhou by Fast Train (Breakfast + Lunch)
In the morning pay a visit to Giant Buddha Temple which is considered the largest architectural relics in Gansu Province. The Buddha Figure is so large that only the ear could keep 4 adults at one time. And the highlight of the temple is a Sleeping Buddha. After that you will visit Matisi Grottoes (Horse’s Hoof Temple). Highlight of the over 70 grottoes are Buddhist grottoes culture and Yugu Minor Ethnic culture. Then in the afternoon you will take the fast train to Lanzhou. Accommodation: Lanzhou

Day 7 Lanzhou (Breakfast + Lunch)
In the morning pick up from hotel lobby and we will visit Gansu Provincial Museum to have some brief background information. Then drive to visit Binglingsi Grottoes by boat to visit the completely preserved grottoes. There are776 Buddha statues, over 1,076 square yards murals and 6 stones sculptures from 1,600 years ago waiting for your exploring. Accommodation: Lanzhou

Maijishan Grottoes

Day 8 Lanzhou – Tianshui by Car  (Breakfast + Lunch)
After breakfast we will drive to Tianshui to visit Maiji Mountain. The existing caves were excavated from the Later Qin Dynasty (384-417) to the Qing Dynasty (1616-1912). Among all Buddhist Caves in China, Maijishan Grottoes boasts most attractive natural view. Accommodation: Tianshui

Day 9 Tianshui – Xian by Car (Breakfast + Lunch)
In the morning meet your guide and driver. We will drive to Xian, the staring point of Silk Road. On the way we will pay a visit to Famen Temple, the excavation place of figure relics of Sakyamuni which used to be an imperial temple of many dynasties and now it is still the sacred place in Buddhist followers’ mind. Accommodation: Xian

Terracotta warriors and Horses

Day 10 Xian – Luoyang by Fast Train (Breakfast + Lunch)
In the morning, pick up from hotel and drive for about 1.5 hours to visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Then drive back to downtown city to Big Wild Goose Pagoda which was build 1,300 years ago in the Tang Dynasty to keep the Buddhist Sutra brought back to China from ancient India by Master Xuanzang. In the afternoon transfer to North Xian Station to catch the fast train to Luoyang. Met by guide and driver in Luoyang. Accommodation: Luoyang

Longmen Grottoes

Day 11 Luoyang (Breakfast + Lunch)
After hotel breakfast you will head to visit Longmen Grottoes, a world heritage culture. The Buddha figures with difference facial features reflect development facts of Buddhism in China. After than you will visit White Horse Temple, the earliest Buddhist temple in central China which was built in the 2000 years ago. Accommodation: Luoyang

Day 12 Luoyang – Beijing by Fast Train  (Breakfast)
Meet your guide and driver. Then transfer to train station to take the fast train to Beijing. Met by our driver in Beijing and escort you back to hotel or to airport.

* Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
* Private English-speaking guides
* Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
* Entrance fees to tourist sites
* Domestic 2nd class fast train mentioned
* Personal expenses
* Dinners
* Gratuities for guides and drivers

Price for Reference (Per Person in US Dollars)
All Year Round Superior Deluxe Economy Single Room Supplement
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  • Please use our online booking or send your travel request via e-mail to us. You are also welcome to call us at 0086-15129005119 from Mon to Sun 24 hours.
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  • Deposit USD 50 will be charged in advance via Paypal for tour booking. The balance can be paid to our tour guide when you are on the tour, or the credit card balance payment via Paypal latest 3 days ahead of the tour date. Both RMB and hard currency are acceptable.

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