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12 Days Silk Road Scenic Tour

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8-9 Hours Each Day
Availability : Departure Everyday
Visit Cities: Xining, Zhangye, Alax Youqi, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi
Transportation: Car, Bullet Train
Tour Highlights

This 12-day tour will take you to the top attractions along the Silk Road. From the beautiful Qinghai Lake to the immense Bardain Jaran Desert, you will marvel at how magic the nature is. From the stunning Mogao Grottoes to amazing Karez Well, you will appreciate the wisdom of the ancients. Your guide will provide you loads of background knowledge on the spots, and you just enjoy your journey.

  • Immerse yourself in the picturesque landscape
  • Get lost in the legends about Echoing-Sand Mountain
  • Enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Heavenly Lake
  • Explore the unique Danxia Landform in Zhangye
  • Considerate service from the start to the end

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Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Soft sleeper train of Dunhuang/Turpan
  • 2nd class fast train of Xining/Zhangye

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Room Service Fees
    Itinerary Abstract

    Day 1 Xining arrival: Ta’er Monastery

    Day 2 Xining: Qinghai Lake

    Day 3 Xining – Zhangye by Bullet Train: Matisi Grottoes

    Day 4 Zhangye – Alax Youqi by Car: Bardain Jaran Desert

    Day 5 Alax Youqi – Zhangye by Car: Giant Buddha Temple

    Day 6 Zhangye: Danxia Mountain

    Day 7 Zhangye – Jiayuguan by Car: Jiayuguan Pass, Wejin Art Gallery

    Day 8 Jiayuguan – Dunhuang: Yulin Grottoes

    Day 9 Dunhuang – Turpan by Train: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake

    Day 10 Turpan: Jiaohe Ruins, Karea Well

    Day 11 Turpan – Urumqi by Car: Heavenly Lake

    Day 12 Urumqi departure

    Itinerary Details

    Day 1Xining Arrival (No Meal)

    Upon your arrival in Xining airport/train station, our local guide will wait you by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to your hotel in Xining.
    If the flight arrives in morning, we will arrange the visit to 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. Accommodation: Xining

    Day 2Xining (Breakfast + Lunch)

    After hotel breakfast, pick up from hotel lobby and then drive for about 2.5 hours to visit Qinghai Lake, the largest inland salt water lake in China. Tourist will meet the most beautiful Qinghai Lake in July and August when rape flower in their full bloom. Qinghai Lake is one of the best residential place for various kinds of birds. Each summer thousands of birds fly to Qinghai Lake to escape from hot summer and the ground of grove will be covered with birds’ stool. We will arrange a lake cruise for you to visit Bird Island in the lake. After the visiting here back to hotel in Xining, Accommodation: Xining.

    Day 3Xining to Zhangye by Fast Train (Breakfast + Lunch)

    In the morning take the fast train to Zhangye. On the way you will appreciate Qilian Mountain Ranges in the train. Arriving in Zhangye you will visit Matisi Grottoes (Horse’s Hoof Temple). Highlight of the over 70 grottoes are Buddhist grottoes culture and Yugu Minor Ethnic culture. Accommodation: Zhangye

    Day 4Zhangye to Alax Youqi by Car (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

    After breakfast meet the guide and driver and drive to Alax Youqi. After lunch you will head for the Bardain Jaran Desert, one of the most beautiful desert in China. Walking at desert entrance to appreciate the lake and sand dune scenery. Today you will stay overnight at Mongolian yurt and enjoy local dinner. Accommodation: Bardain Jaran Desert

    Day 5Alax Youqi to Zhangye by Car (Breakfast + Lunch)

    In the morning please continue your time in desert scenic area and then drive back to Zhangye. After arrival 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. Accommodation: Zhangye

    Day 6 Zhangye (Breakfast + Lunch)

    After breakfast we will head for the Danxia Mountain where you will see a truly picturesque world makes up of red, white, yellow and other color’s rock. Finishing the tour in Danxia Mountain we will drive back to hotel. Accommodation: Zhangye

    Day 7 Zhangye to Jiayuguan by Car (Breakfast + Lunch)

    In the morning we will check out Zhangye hotel and drive for about 2.5 hours to arrive at Jiayuguan. In Jiayuguan City we will firstly visit  Jiayuguan Pass, the very west starting point of the Chinese Great Wall. Then move to visit Weijin Art Gallery which is actually the shared burial area of all ethnic group. The brick painting in tombs reflect some basic facts of local life in ancient time. Accommodation: Jiayuguan

    Day 8 Jiayuguan to Dunhuang (Breakfast + Lunch)

    In the early morning pick up from hotel and transfer to Dunhuang. On the way we will stop to visit Yulin Grottoes, the sister-caves of Mogao Grottoes. From the existed murals we could find Buddhist and Bodhisattva figures of various sizes and paintings telling Buddhist stories. The must visit cave is the Cave No 25 which was made in Golden Tang Dynasty. Then continue driving to Dunhuang City and check in hotel. Accommodation: Dunhuang

    Day 9Dunhuang to Turpan by Overnight Train (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. A short Camel Ride 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. After the happy time in Crescent Lake we will take the overnight train to Turpan. Accommodation: on the train

    Day 10Turpan (Lunch)

    Upon arrival in Turpan, met by local guide and driver at the railway station and transfer to the hotel. After a short rest, start to visit the 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. Followed by the Karez Well — an amazing irrigation system which made Turpan a rich oasis. Accommodation: Turpan

    Day 11Turpan to Urumqi by Car (Breakfast + Lunch)

    In the morning board the train and drive to Heavenly Lake and cruise on the lake. 100 kilometers away from city of Urumqi, Heavenly Lake gives the impression of nobleness, elegance and beauty. Clear lake, snow mountains and soaring trees compose the charming scenery of the Heavenly Lake. Come to Heavenly Lake, and you will find words are so weak for the surrounding. It will make you totally relaxed no matter you are sitting in a boat, walking in the mountains, or just standing by the lake. Then back to hotel in Urumqi. Accommodation: Urumqi

    Day 12Urumqi Departure (Breakfast)

    Pick up from hotel and transfer to airport for your flight departing Urumqi.