Dunhuang is one of the most visited cities regarding Silk Road tour due to its location and the Mogao Grottoes. On this four-day Dunhuang tour, you will visit Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-sand Hill, Crescent Lake, Yadan Landform, Yumen Pass, Han Dynasty Great Wall, and Shahzou Night Market. This all-inclusive tour will spare you the trouble of arranging itinerary, booking tickets and hotel, and things like that.
Dunhuang Airport/ Train Station
Around 09:00 (Also flexible if you advise)
Day 1 Dunhuang Arrival
Day 2 Dunhuang: Mogao Caves, Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake
Day 3 Dunhuang: Yadan Geological Park, Yumenguan Pass, Han Dynasty Great Wall, Shazhou Night Market
Day 4 Dunhuang Departure
Our driver and guide will wait for you at the airport terminal exit or train station 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: Dunhuang
Today we will firstly visit the most notable attraction in Dunhuang, the Mogao Caves. one of the four most famous caves in China. The grottoes, also know as Caves of the Thousand Buddha, preserve nearly a thousand years of Buddhist cave temple architecture, clay sculpture, mural paintings, and manuscripts, dating from the 5th to the 14th centuries. And in Tourist Reception Center, which functions as Digital Exhibition Center now, tourists will see two 20-minute long digital movies to have a overall understand of Silk Road Tour.
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. A short Camel Ride (optional) will leave you a unforgettable memory. Riding along the mountain to reach the Crescent Lake, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. Then back to downtown Dunhuang to have dinner and then back to hotel. Accommodation: Dunhuang
Today’s first stop is Yadan National Geological Park to see magical landscape created by thousands of years eolian erosion. In Yadan Geological Park we will see the unique dessert view and various shaped landscape, and also you will hear the interesting and attractive ancient local folktale. Then we will drive to visit Yumenguan Pass and Han Dynasty Great Wall. Yumenguan Pass was set in the West Han Dynasty when building Great Wall. The pass was named so because this pass used to be the only pass to transfer Jade produced in turkestan to China (Jade is called YU in Chinese, and Yumen means Gate of Jade). The existed Han Dynasty Great Wall is much less grand than the Ming Dynasty Great Wall in Beijing. Great Wall here is built mainly with rammed earth and has been badly effected by eolian erosion. But we could still imagine the original look of that Great Wall. Back to hotel in Dunhuang. If have interest in local food and market, taking a walk at Shazhou Night Market is an ideal way to send night time. Accommodation: Dunhuang
According to the flight/train time, your guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to airport or train station to depart Dunhuang.