Lanzhou-Zhangye-Dunhuang-Urumqi Silk Road Safari 12 days Tour
Lanzhou - Xiahe - Lanzhou - Wuwei - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang Turpan - Urumqi
Day01,Arreive in Lanzhou
You will arrive at the lanzhou airport,our local guide will meet you at airport and transfer you to the hotel. After a short rest, continue to visit the Gansu Provincial Museum.overnight in lanzhou
Today you will take an intensive visit to the Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves by boat. The excavation of the caves could be dated back to about 1,700 years ago during the Western Jin Dynasty. Expansion has been taken in the following dynasties. Now you can see well-preserved 183 niches, 694 vivid Buddha statues, 82 clay sculptures and about 900 square meters of colorful murals.
Day03, Lanzhou - Xiahe
It will take you about 4 hours to arrive at Xiahe by car this morning. After the hotel registration, you could visit the Sangke Prairie after a short rest. Surrounded by mountains from all sides, the Sangke Prairie is reputed for the excellent pasture and frequent Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies. You will also visit a Tibetan family on the prairie to have a taste of the traditional Tibetan food and learn about the unique custom.
Day04, Xiahe - Lanzhou
There is a visit to the Labrang Monastery and watch the morning devotion there. Labrang Monastery is one of the six largest monasteries and one of the most prestigious institutions of Tibetan Buddhism in China. You will not only be impressed by the splendid Tibetan Buddhist buildings but also gain more knowledge about Tibetan Buddhism from the large collection of Buddhist statues, sutras and murals. Finally, we will transfer you back to Lanzhou.
Day05, Lanzhou - Wuwei
Today we will drive you to Wuwei which is located about 300 kilometers from Lanzhou and help you register in the hotel. Here, you could tour around the Leitai Han Tomb about 1,800 years ago, which is famous for the bronze statue Galloping Horse Treading on a Flying Swallow. After that, go to the Confucius Temple which is the largest and best-preserved Confucius Temples in northwest China.
Day06, Wuwei - Zhangye
Driving westwards for 3 hours, you could get to Zhangye today. For the rest of the day, you will first visit the Giant Buddha Temple. Built in 1098, the temple is said to be where Kublai Khan was born, collecting the largest indoor clay reclined Buddha in Asia, the rare hand-written classics of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and thousands of cultural relics. Then continue to visit the Wooden Pagoda Temple to see the famous Wooden Pagoda. In the afternoon, we will have to visit Danxia Zhangye Geological Park, which is the world heritage, look at the beautiful colorful mountains.
Day07,Zhangye - Jiayuguan
Continuously going westward, you could arrive in Jiangyuguan City and visit the famous Jiayuanguan Pass. Reputed as 'the Greatest Pass under Heaven', Jaiyuguan Pass is one of the most important and majestic military fortresses along China Great Wall. Your next stop is the First Fire Tower of Great Wall which is the west end of the Ming-dynasty Great Wall. The 56-meter-high tower stands on the cliff of the Gobi desert, with the Talai River flowing by and the majestic Jiayuguan Pass at a distance. Then proceed to the Wei-Jin Art Gallery. Namely Wei-Jin Mural Brick Tomb, it is a huge tomb group of more than 1,400 tombs built between the 3rd and 5th century during the Wei and Jin dynasties. Regarded as the largest subterranean gallery in the world, it houses vast collection of murals which reflect the unique culture about 1,500 years ago.
Day08, Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
After breakfast, you will head for Dunhuang and register in the hotel. Then go for a camel-ride along the Echoing-Sand Mountain to reach the Crescent Lake. As its name indicates, the sand in the Echoing-Sand Mountain echoes when wind blows or when you slide down the slope of the mountain. Amongst the endless sands, there is the Crescent Lake which resembles a crescent naturally. The most amazing part is that for thousands of years, it dose not dry up because of the movement of the desert.
Day09,Dunhuang - Turpan
Today's highlight is the noted Mogao Caves treasuring exquisite murals and Buddhist statues. The excavation was started between 3rd and 5th century during the Jin Dynasty and continued in the following dynasties. Now there are altogether 735 grottoes, 45,000 square meters murals and 2,415 colorful Buddhist statues. The second stop of the day is Dunhuang Museum where you will learn more about Dunhuang City and the development of the ancient Silk Road. Then take a high speed train to Turpan in Xinjiang.
After having breakfast in the hotel, you will go to visit the Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto). In the ancient city with 2,300 years of history, you can still find the past glory from the ruins. After that, go on to the Karez Well which has played an important role in irrigation and potable water supply of this area for 4,000 years. The last stop is the Emin Minaret which is a 44-meter-high conical pagoda with strong Islamic flavor. Built in 1777, it is the largest ancient tower in Xinjiang.
Day11, Turpan - Urumqi
Your Turpan tour will be extended to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves, the Ancient City of Gaochang and the Flaming Mountain. The Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves were first excavated in the Southern and Northern Dynasties (4th to 6th century) and finished in the 13th century during the Yuan Dynasty. The colorful murals and vivid Buddhist statues show the development of Buddhism and the history of this area. Gaochang is another ruin of ancient city in Turpan. Though has a history of more than 2,000 years, the ancient city is still standing there with clear outline.
Day12, Departure from Urumqi
Today our guide will see you off at the airport for your onward flight,end the tour.