Lanzhou Xiahe Jiayuguan Dunhuang Silk Road 8 Days tourr
Day 1: Lanzhou Arrival
Yellow River Mother Statues Yellow River Mother Statues in Lanzhou
Upon your arrival at the Lanzhou Zhongshan International Airport/ Train Station, our tour guide will meet and escort you to your hotel in Lanzhou downtown. The rest of today is free for you to explore Lanzhou city.
Day 2: Lanzhou - Xiahe - Sangke Grassland - Xiahe
After breakfast, we will drive about 233km to Xiahe county of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Upon your arrival at Xiahe and check-in your hotel, and then drive to visit Sangke Grassland, about 18km southwest of Xiahe county. Surrounded by the mountains and cut through by a river in the middle, Sangke Grassland is a natural prairie, which looks like a green carpet rife with numerous colorful flowers. Then drive back to your hotel in Xiahe.
Day 3: Xiahe - Labrang Monastery - Lanzhou
Today, we will drive to visit the Labrang Monastery, one of the "six great monasteries of the Geluk sect of Tibetan Buddhism". The monastery is the most important Buddhism monastery outside the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Here, you will see the monks studying and debating about Buddhism. After that, drive from Xiahe to Lanzhou, via Linxia which is famed as the "small Mecca".
Day 4: Lanzhou - Binglingsi Grottoes - Lanzhou (264km)
Today after breakfast, we will drive to visit the Binglingsi Grottoes, about 132km away from Lanzhou. Binglingsi Grottoes is a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculpture carved into natural caves and caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River. The sculptures, carvings, and frescoes that remain are outstanding examples of Buddhist artworks and draw visitors from around the world. The site is well preserved, including 183 caves, 694 Buddha stone statues, 82 earth buddha statues, and more than 900 square meters mural paintings.After visiting, drive back to Lanzhou train station for your overnight train to Jiayuguan.
Day 5: Arrival at Jiayuguan, visit Jiayuguan Pass
Upon your arrival in Jiayuguan train station, our tour guide will meet and escort you to have breakfast and then transfer to your hotel in Jiayuguan downtown. After a short break in the hotel, we will drive to visit the Jiayuguan Pass. Wander along the ancient city wall and feel the heartbeats of this “first pass under heaven”. Then head to visit the Great Wall Museum where you will learn about the history of Jiayuguan Pass and the Great Wall.
Day 6: Jiayuguan - Yulin Grottoes - Dunhuang
Today after breakfast, we will drive about 374km from Jiayuguan to Dunhuang. On the way, visit the Yulin Grottoes in Guazhou county. In the forty-two caves are preserved more than 100 polychrome statues and over 5,000 square meters of wall paintings, dating from Tang Dynasty to Yuan Dynasty. It is considered as the sister of Mogao Grottoes. Then continue drive to Duhuang and check in your hotel.
Day 7: Visit the Mogao Grottoes, Echoing Sand Mountains, Crescent Lake
Today, we drive to visit the Mogao Grottoes, which is the world’s most important site of ancient Buddhist Culture. It is outstanding for its exquisite mural paintings and statues. 735 sandstone caves holds 2,415 colorful statues and 45,000 square meters mural paintings. Then move on to visit the Echoing Sand Mountains, where it is said that the sand mountains echo like Orchestra music in the sunny days, even is there is no wind. If you slide down from the mountains, you can hear the echoing sound more clearly.After that, continue to visit the Crescent Lake which is surrounded by sand mountains from different directions. It is a crescent-shaped lake in an oasis, with some well decorated traditional Chinese architecture, trees, flowers and a lake that has never dried up.
Day 8: Visit the Yadan National Geological Park, Yumenguan Pass, the Great Wall, Dunhuang Departure
Yadan National Geological Park Yadan National Geological Park
After breakfast, drive to visit the Yadan National Geological Park, which has been created over time by the sort part of the earth surface and then has been eroded by wind and rain with the hard part of the rocks remaining in the desert. Then you will visit the Yumenguan which was the most important pass on the western of the Hexi Corridor region, where you will witness the management system of the traffic and the beacons, the defensive system of the Great Wall, and the long-distance traffic and communication on the Silk Road.In the afternoon, drive back to Dunhuang City. Then our tour guide escort you to airport/ train station,end the tour.