5 Days Silk Road Tour of Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes & Zhangye Danxia Landscape

Take a bullet train from Dunhuang to Zhangye, Discover the three impressive Buddhist temples along the Hexi Corridor, Amazed by the fantastic landscape of Danxia Landform and Yadan Ghost City. You will be immersed in the wonders of history, culture, and nature with your private guide.

* Private transportation with good AC
* Professional and Friendly English Speaking Guide
* Bottled water and paper napkins
* 7/24 English Service online

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  • What's included :
    • 4x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Private Vehicle & Professional English Speaking Guide
    • 4 nights Hotel listed with breakfast (2persons shared one room)
    • Entrance fee listed in the itinerary
    • 2nd class train from Dunhuang to Zhangye
    • Entry/Admission - Mogao Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Dunhuang Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Shazhou Nightly Market
    • Entry/Admission - Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain
    • Entry/Admission - Zhangye Danxia Geopark
    • Entry/Admission - Mati Temple Scenic Resort
    • Entry/Admission - Dafo Temple of Zhangye
    What's excluded :
    • Personal expenses, Tips for the guide and driver
    • Lunch and dinner throughout the itinerary
    • Some activities not listed in the itinerary, such as boating, camel riding

  • Day 1: Dunhuang Arrival

    Stop At: Dunhuang, Dunhuang, Gansu
    Welcome to Dunhuang, The well-known ancient cities along the silk road. Upon you arrive at Dunhuang Airport, our tour guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Have a good rest and be ready for the next day's adventure.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Dunhuang Wansheng International Hotel

    Day 2: Buddhist Art Mogao Grottoes & Dunhuang Museum

    Stop At: Mogao Caves, West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200 China
    Our professional tour guide will meet you at your located hotel lobby, and your private day tour to Mogao Grottoes continue with the driving of 20-mins to entrance of the Mogao Grottoes. Here you can enjoy the magnificent grottoes and mural art, and learn the history of Buddhism in Dunhuang through explanation and film display, which is the best option for tourists to visit Dunhuang.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Dunhuang Museum, No.1390 North MingShaShan Road, Dunhuang China
    Following in a lunch in local restaurant, we will continue the tour to Dunhuang Museum. The museum has a great exhibition of the Silk Road culture, and it has duplicate caves with exquisite murals and statues that you can take photos of.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Shazhou Nightly Market, Yangguan East Road, Dunhuang China
    In the evening, strolling this interesting Shazhou Night Market with different types of things to see and food to eat, it's easy to lose our sense of time wonder the market while enjoying your leisure time and taste some local cuisine.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Dunhuang Wansheng International Hotel

    Day 3: Echoing Sand Mountain & Mogao Mural Painting Experience

    Stop At: Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, Three miles from Dunhuang, Dunhuang 831900 China
    Continue our Dunhuang travel, Visit Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake. When there is wild wind, the sands will be blown up and make a loud sound, while the sound sounds like being produced by some ancient musical instrument when blown by the breeze. There is also a Crescent Lake that has been in existence for hundreds of years without ever being buried by the sand. Riding the camel (approximately 40mins) as the Silk Road Caravan in the vast desert is highly recommended. Experience the feeling of the camel team marching in the desert. The sound of camel bells is a must-play item for every tourist.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Dunhuang, Dunhuang, Gansu
    Afternoon, you will go head to the Dunhuang Painting and Calligraphy Institute, visit the Carpet display, Painting and Calligraphy exhibition, The Murals of the Mogao Grottoes. You can also experience and copy the murals of Mogao Grottoes.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Dunhuang Wansheng International Hotel

    Day 4: Train to Zhangye, Enjoy the sunset of Rainbow Mountain

    Stop At: Zhangye Danxia Geopark, 30km South of the County, Linze County 734200 China
    A beautiful day start with breakfast. Then you will say farewell to Dunhuang and catch an express train to Zhangye. visit the splendid Zhangye Danxia National Geopark, located in northwest China's Gansu Province. It is a spectacular multicolor covering a large area of the cliffs that have made the place look like a masterpiece of an oil painting against the canvas of surrounding grey plain. The landform is the result of red sandstone erosion, together with its geological structure and long term desert conditions, wind and water erosion. The great force of nature has its great artwork emerged.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Zhangye Yujing International Hotel

    Day 5: Mati Temple & Giant Buddha Temple Exploration

    Stop At: Mati Temple Scenic Resort, Mati Country, Sunan County 734400 China
    The first site we will visit today is Mati Temple ( Horseshoe Temple ), located between the foothills of Qilian Mountain in Sunan Yugur Autonomous County. There are many grotto Buddha statues carved on the wall from Beiliang period to the present thousand years; and the high-rise grotto temple buildings, which is very attractive and splendid.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Dafo Temple of Zhangye, Dafosi Alley, Minzhu West Road, Ganzhou District, Zhangye 734000 China
    We will bring you to visit Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple, located in the southwest corner of Zhangye as a well-known Buddha worship place, has its founding in the 1st year of Yongan during the reign of Emperor Chongzong In Xixia Dynasty and strengthening maintenance for many times. Here, you can not only visit the largest indoor clay statue of Buddha in China, but also watch the simple and exquisite mural sculptures and ancient buildings in the temple, plus experience the ancient religious art.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Zhangye, Zhangye, Gansu
    This memorable Silk Road Holiday is coming to an end; we will set you off to Zhangye Ganzhou Airport and looking forward to seeing you next time.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your guide and driver will wait for you at the airport with a welcome board. Be met and transferred to the located hotel in Dunhuang.Airports
    • Dunhuang Airport, Dunhuang, Jiuquan, Gansu, China
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 4/10/2020 - 12/31/2022
    Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by China Silk Road Travel

Activity ID: V-63760P74

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