This tour, starting from Beijing, well combined the important Silk Road stop Lanzhou and Yinchuan which is known with its the views Gobi and desert. In this tour, you will get chance to experience typical northwest scenery and culture of China. Binglingsi Temple, Labrang Monastery, Yellow River, Shapotou Desert Scenic Area…you will get a totally different impression from Beijing in this tour, making tour China holiday colorful and joyful.
Day 1 Beijing – Lanzhou by Flight: Gansu Provincial Museum, Yellow River
Day 2 Lanzhou – Xiahe by car: Binglingsi Temple
Day 3 Xiahe – Lanzhou by car – Zhongwei by train: Labrang Monastery
Day 4 Zhongwei – Yinchuan by Train: Shapotou Desert Scenic Area, Gaomiao Temple
Day 5 Yinchuan – Beijing by Flight: Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Museum, Shahu Scenic Area
In the morning our driver and guide will pick you up from hotel and transfer to Beijing airport to catch flight to Lanzhou. Upon arrival in Lanzhou, met by local driver and guide and be escorted to Gansu Provincial Museum. About 350,000 pieces of ancient cultural relics, contemporary and modern cultural relics, as well as ethnic cultural relics will enable tourists know this important city on the Silk Road from various aspects. Then we will take a walk along the bank of Yellow River to appreciate the beauty of Mother River of Chinese nation. Afterwards, check in at the local hotel.
In the morning, drive about 3.5 hours to Xiahe to visit the famous Binglingsi Temple, which is also known as Binglingsi 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 tour, check in at local hotel to have a good rest.
In the morning we will first go to visit the Labrang Monastery, the largest Buddhist Institute of Tibetan Buddhism. Where tourists will also appreciate thousands of statues of Buddha made of various materials. In the afternoon we will drive about 2.5 hours back to Lanzhou for train to Zhongwei (about 5 hours’ duration) . Arrival in Zhongwei our local driver will meet you at train station and transfer to hotel to have rest.
This morning we will drive to visit Shapotou Desert Scenic Area. Just like the Echo Sand Hill in Dunhuang, when you slide down the sand hill in Shapotou, you will also hear the roaring echo of sands. Afterwards we will drive back to downtown Zhongwei to visit Gaomiao Temple which was orginally built in the Ming Dynasty. The temple is worshiped by Confucianism followers, Taoism followers and Buddhism followers. In the late afternoon transfer to train station for train to Yinchuan. Arrival in Yinchuan met by local driver and guide and transfer to hotel in Yinchuan. Accommodation: Yinchuan
After hotel breakfast we will start Ningxia tour with Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Museum. The museum is built in local architectural culture. The basic exhibition of the museum falls into 5 sections: Ningxia Historical Relics Exhibition, Xixia Kingdom Relics Exhibition, Ningxia Revolutionary Relics Exhibition, Helanshan Mountain Petrogram Exhibition, Hui People Folk-custom Relics Exhibition. Next we will move to Shahu Scenic Area to appreciate the natural combination of water town in south China and the desert landscape. After the tour local driver and guide will escort you to airport for flight to Beijing. Upon arrival in Beijing, meet by local driver and guide and transfer to hotel. Accommodation: on your own.