8-Day Wonderful Qinghai Lake and Silk Road Tour

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8-Day Wonderful Qinghai Lake and Silk Road Tour Highlights

  • Fascinating lake view of Qinghai Lake.
  • Amazing Matisi Temple and the grottoes.
  • Fantastic and incredible Danxia Landform in Zhangye.
  • Touring the well-preserved ancient city tower and unique Great Wall in Jiayuguan.
  • Explore the magical  Mogao Grottoes.

Price Per Person: Available upon request

Notes:

  • We suggest you do not travel during the National Day holiday (Oct. 1-Oct. 7) because the tourist attractions will be very crowded and tour prices will increase.
  • This tour is a private tour with private English-speaking guide, private car, and driver
  • No shopping stop is included.

Services Included:

  • Entrance fees to tourist sites as specified in the itinerary.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Experienced English-speaking guide in each city.
  • Activities as listed in the trip.
  • The bulletin train ride as listed in the trip.
  • Private car and driver for transfers and sightseeing.
  • Hotel accommodations (double occupancy basis).
  • Daily Free mineral water (1 bottle per person)
  • Government tax.

Services Not Included:

  • International/domestic flights
  • China visa.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as excess luggage charge (please verify your flight documentation), beverages, laundry services, etc.
  • Tips or gratuities to local driver and guide.

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Tour Schedule by Day


Day 1 Arrival at Lanzhou

Meals: Chinese Dinner.

Accommodation:

Lanzhou Jinjiang Sun Hotel**** or similar class

Welcome to Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Province which is the gateway to the Northwest of China and the important city on ancient Silk Road. Upon arrival, our local guide will pick you up at Lanzhou airport. Then you will be transferred to the downtown.

Firstly, visit the Gansu Provincial Museum where you will have the chance to see many cultural relics of the ancient silk road, including the bronze collection, silk product of the Han and Tang dynasties, Buddhist statues, and porcelain of Yuan Dynasty. After that, stroll around the beautiful Yellow River Scenic Spot and see the famous Yellow River. The Yellow River is considered to be the cradle of splendid Chinese culture. Overnight in Lanzhou.

Yellow River

Day 2 Lanzhou-Xining.

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Chinese Lunch.

Accommodation:

Xining Mansion**** or similar class

After breakfast, drive to Qinghai and visit the fascinating Qinghai Lake. As the largest inland lake in China, it covers a total area of 4,456 sq.km. The lake is surrounded by 4 soaring mountains. In the summertime, you will have the chance to see copious wildlife.  Afterward, drive to Xining and visit the famous Ta Er Monastery.  The monastery is considered to the Buddhist center of Qinghai Province and Northwest of China and the center of the Yellow Hats. The butter sculpture, fresco, and Tangka are considered to be the best part of Ta Er Monastery. Overnight in Xining.

Qinghai Lake

Day 3 Xining-Zhangye (by bullet train, around 2 hours)

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Chinese Lunch.

Accommodation:

Zhangye Hua Chen International Hotel**** or similar class

After breakfast, take a bullet train (around 2 hours) to Zhangye, another famous city on Silk Road. Once there, be picked up and transferred to visit the Giant Buddha Temple. Originally built in 1098 A.D.during the Xixia Kingdom, it was given the name as there is a giant reclining Buddha in the temple. With a total length of 34.5 meter, the Buddha is considered to be the largest indoor reclining Buddha in China. Then drive to Sunan and visit the amazing grottoes in Mati Temple. It consists of the Puguang Temple, Thousands Buddha Cave, Jintasi Temple, and Guanyin Buddha Caves. It is said that the grottoes were mostly built in the 5th and 6th centuries. In Thousands Buddha Cave, there are over 500 cliff stupa niches. In Jinta Temple, you will see the large flying Apsaras. Overnight in Zhangye.

Matisi Grottoes

Day 4 Zhangye-Jiayuguan

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Chinese Lunch.

Accommodation:

Jiayuguan Plaza Holiday Inn**** or similar class

 

After breakfast, continue on your exploration to typical Danxia Landform. You will visit the two locations of extraordinary beauty - Colorful Danxia Landform and Binggou Danxia Landform. Zhangye Danxi Landform has been inscribed as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO. You will definitely be amazed by the sheer natural beauty of this place. Afterward, drive to Jiayuguan. Overnight at Jiayuguan.

Qicai Danxia

Day 5 Jiayuguan-Dunhuang

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Chinese Lunch.

Accommodation:

Grand Sun Hotel Dunhuang **** or similar class

After breakfast, you will start to explore the legendary city of Jiayuguan. It is located Ancient Town section is southwest of downtown. Hanging Great Wall on Heshan Hill is around 8 km away in the north. It’s the most important pass in the western end of the Ming Great Wall and the best-preserved pass among all the sections of Ming Great Wall. Continue on to visit the Great Wall Museum and get to know the history and stories of this ancient project. Afterward, drive (around 4.5 hours by car) to the last stop Dunhuang. Overnight at Dunhuang.

Jiayuguan City Tower

Day 6 Dunhuang

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Chinese Lunch.

Accommodation:

Grand Sun Hotel Dunhuang **** or similar class

After enjoying the breakfast, visit Mingsha Sands Mountain in the morning. You can enjoy the soft sands and if you want to explore a bit, you should take a camel ride.  In the afternoon, visit the Mogao Grottoes. They are the largest and best-preserved grottoes in China. We will take about 4 hours for the tour, exploring different periods, such as 5th-9th centuries. Night market in Shazhou. Overnight in Dunhuang.

Mogao Grottoes

Day 7 Dunhuang

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Chinese Lunch.

Accommodation:

Grand Sun Hotel Dunhuang **** or similar class

Today after breakfast, you will spend a full day to explore the highlights in Dunhuang. Firstly, drive to visit the mysterious Yadan Ghost City. The unique natural Yadan landform consists of a series of parallel grooves and ridges. It looks like a large sailing fleet on the sea. When the high wind blows across the land, it sounds like a ghost - Hence the name. The region covers a total area of 400 sq.km. Upon the return, you will visit the Yumenguan Pass and Yangguan Pass which are the famous sites on the ancient Silk Road. The Great Wall of China is considered to be one of the wonders in the ancient time in the world. In Han Dynasty, the empire built over 5000 km long wall. It’s an important part of the Great Wall in China. Nowadays, you can still see the Great Wall of the Han Dynasty in Yumenguan Pass which is one of the best-preserved sections of the Han Great Wall. After the tour, drive back to your hotel.

Yadan Ghost City

Day 8 Dunhuang-departure.

Meals: Buffet breakfast

Today, you are free until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Thus, the end of your exciting exploration tour to the Silk Road.