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13 Days Qinghai Gansu and Xinjiang Tour

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8-9 Hours Each Day
Availability : Departure Every Day
Visit Cities: Xining, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi
Transportation: Train, Car
Min Age : 2+
Tour Highlights

You may not have heard of Qinghai, Gansu and Xinjiang yet, but you will definitely fall in love with them after going there. This 13 days Silk Road tour will show you the historical sites like Mogao Grottoes, Sugong Pagoda, Leitai Han Tomb and Gaochang Ruins and beautiful natural scenery such as Sangke Prairie, Danxi Landform, Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake in the three places. Trust us you won’t be disappointed on this tour. You will have the best travel experience with us.

  • Learn more about the history and culture along the ancient Silk Road
  • Marvel at the famous UNESCO-listed world cultural heritage Mogao Grottoes
  • Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery on your way
  • Explore the ruins of ancient kingdoms and retrace their glorious past together with your knowledge guide
  • An all-inclusive and hassle-free Silk Road tour with dedicated service

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Price Includes

  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites

Price Excludes

  • Airfares of arrival and departure
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
    Tour Abstract

    Day 1 Xining arrival

    Day 2 Xining – Lanzhou by Train: Ta’er Monastery, Gansu Provincial Museum

    Day 3 Lanzhou – Xiahe: Binglingsi Grottoes

    Day 4 Xiahe: Sangke Prairie

    Day 5 Xiahe – Lanzhou: Labrang Monastery

    Day 6 Lanzhou – Zhangye: Leitai Han Tomb, Confucius Temple, Danxi Landform

    Day 7 Zhangye: Giant Buddha Temple, Wooden Pagoda Temple

    Day 8 Zhangye – Jiayuguan: Jiayuguan Pass, Wei-Jin Art Gallery

    Day 9 Jiayuguan – Dunhuang: Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake

    Day 10 Dunhuang – Turpan by Train: Mogao Grottoes

    Day 11 Turpan: Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda

    Day 12 Turpan – Urumqi: Gaochang Ruins, Bezaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, Flaming Hill

    Day 13 Urumqi departure

    Itinerary Details

    Day 1Xining Arrival(No Meals)

    Our driver and guide will wait for you at the airport terminal exit by holding a welcome sign with your name on it. Then you will be driven to the hotel and have a good rest. The rest of the day is free at your disposal. Accommodation: Xining

    Day 2Xining – Lanzhou by Fast Train (Breakfast + Lunch)

    After hotel breakfast we will drive for about 3.5 hours to visit the Ta’er Monastery, one of the famous Tibetan Buddhist temples in Qinghai Province. If you happen to travel to the temple in first month, fourth month, six month or ninth month of Chinese calendar, you will have chance to experience the royal temple fair in the temple. After lunch, take a bullet train to Lanzhou. Met and greeted by local guide at the train station and taken to visit the Gansu Provincial Museum. Accommodation: Lanzhou

    Day 3Lanzhou – Binglingsi Grottoes – Xiahe (Breakfast + Lunch)

    Today we will have a whole day tour to 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. After the visiting drive to Xiahe. Accommodation: Xiahe

    Day 4Sangke Prairie and Local Family Visit (Breakfast + Lunch)

    In the morning, pick up from your hotel in the morning and travel to Sangke Prairie to witness the typical plateau grassland. After that you will pay a visit to a local Tibetan family to learn about the nomadic life of local people. Accommodation: Xiahe

    Day 5Xiahe - Lanzhou(Breakfast + Lunch)

    In the morning, pick up from your hotel and pay a visit to the Labrang Monastery, the largest Buddhist Institute of Tibetan Buddhism. Where tourists will also appreciate thousands of statues of Buddha made of various materials. Tourists may have the chance to watch the morning devotion here. Then drive back to Lanzhou. Accommodation: Lanzhou

    Day 6Lanzhou – Wuwei – Zhangye (Breakfast + Lunch)

    In the morning, we will drive to Wuwei to visit the Leitai Han Tomb of the Han Dynasty from where the Galloping Bronze Horse was unearthed and the Confucius Temple. Then transfer to Zhangye. Today’s last stop is the gorgeous Danxia Landform. Accommodation: Zhangye

    Day 7Zhangye (Breakfast + Lunch)

    In the morning we will visit the Giant Buddha Temple, the largest architectural relics in Gansu Province from the Wear Xia Dynasty. Then move on to visit the Woolen Pagoda Temple. Accommodation: Zhangye

    Day 8Zhangye – Jiayuguan by Car (Breakfast + Lunch)

    Checking out the hotel in Zhangye and continue travel westward you will arrive in Jiangyuguan City and visit the famous Jiayuanguan Pass, the very west starting point of the Chinese Great Wall. Your next stop is the First Fire Tower of Great Wall of Jiayuguan Pass. Then continue to the Wei-Jin Art Gallery, a shared burial area of local people in ancient time. Highlight of the gallery is the brick-paintings. Accommodation: Jiayuguan

    Day 9Jiayuguan – Dunhuang by Car (Breakfast + Lunch)

    After breakfast drive to Dunhuang to visit the Echoing-Sand Mountain. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. A short Camel Ride will leave you a unforgettable memory. Walking sometime  to reach the Crescent Lake, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. Accommodation: Dunhuang

    Day 10Dunhuang – Turpan by Fast Train (Breakfast + Lunch)

    Upon your arrival in Dunhuang train station, our guide and driver will meet you at railway station and drive about 2 hours to the hotel in  downtown Dunhuang. After a short rest in the hotel, visit the Mogao Grottoes, one of the four most famous caves in China. Then you’ll be escorted to the Liuyuan Railway Station for your bullet train to Turpan. Upon arrival, met by local guide at the station and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation: Turpan

    Day 11Explore Turpan (Breakfast + Lunch)

    Starts today’s tour with Jiaohe Ruins, one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road and the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world. Then go to visit the Karez Well— an amazing irrigation system which made Turpan a rich oasis. The last stop will be Sugong Pagoda, the largest existed ancient Islamic pagoda in Xinjiang. Then back to hotel. Accommodation: Turpan

    Day 12Turpan Tour – Urumqi by Car (Breakfast + Lunch)

    Today you will visit three famous sites all together. The first stop will be Gaochang Ruins, the ruins of capital of ancient Gaochang Kingdom which existed from 500AD to 700AD. Then you will go to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, a series of caves with thousands of Buddhism murals that show many Buddhism figures, stories, and the social life about 1,500 years ago in Ancient Gaochang Kingdom. The last stop will be the hottest place along Silk Road in China– the Flaming Hill. The temperature in summer could reach 47.8 ℃. After finished the trip in Turpan , drive to Urumqi and check in hotel. Accommodation: Urumqi

    Day 13Departure from Urumqi (Breakfast)

    Our guide and driver will escort you to the airport to catch the flight home. Hope the 13 Days Silk Road Tour leaves you an impressive and pleasant memory.