Dunhuang Private Tour: Western Thousand Buddha Caves and Yadan Geological Park

Immerse yourself in Dunhuang’s past at the Western Thousand Buddha Caves and Yadan National Geologic Park. A professional guide leads you on an informative tour past ancient structures and shares insight about this civilization. Western Thousand Buddha Caves is not as famous as the Mogao Caves, however, they are part of the Dunhuang art which considered as the world most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art. Admire the wisdom of ancient people. Be amazed by the natural formation of the landscape at Yadan National Geologic Park which will give you an unexpected shot. Tour includes all entrance fees, a Chinese lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.

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6 to 9 hours


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Battery bus at Yadan National Geological Park
    • English speaking tour guide
    • Entrance fee
    • Travel by private air-conditioned vehicle
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Xiqian Buddha Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Yadan National Geological Park
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuites
    • The entrance fees is only for regular caves, you can pay extra if you want to visit special caves.
    • Accommodation
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Xiqian Buddha Caves, West of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200 China

    Your tour guide will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel by holding your name sign, hop on your private air-conditioned vehicle, heading directly to Western Thousand Buddha Caves(1 hours), your tour guide will explain the related histories and stories, feel free to ask questions if you have.

    As part of the Mogao Grottoes, the Western Thousand-Buddha Cave is set into a cliff on the northern bank of the Dang River. Because the frescos in this cave are similar in structure and artistic style to those in Mogao Caves, the Western Thousand-Buddha Cave is considered as one of the important components of Dunhuang Buddhist art.

    Follow the professional tour guide from the attraction to discover the charms of this site. You will explore 5 caves. As you explore the caves, your guide will point out the meaning of different wall paintings which aspects of medieval politics, economics, culture, arts, religion, ethnic relations, and daily dress in western China.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Yadan National Geological Park, 180 Km Northwest of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200 China

    Then, heading to Yadan National Geological Park(1.5 hours), sit back and enjoy the sceneries along the way.

    Enjoy a tasty lunch, continuing to Yadan National Geological Park.

    Dunhuang Yadan National Geological Park, also referred as Yadan Devil City for the bleak desert and horrific sound, presents an astonishing scene of Yardang landform. If you care about seeing natural landscape or having an adventurous tip, this is a must-do. Quite spectacular with natural formation of the landscape will give you an unexpected shot.

    As the largest one of Yardang Landform found so far, you will hear the sound just like the devil screaming when the strong wind goes through the desert.

    Accompanied by your tour guide, take the battery bus to explore four main sites in the park. You will have free time to watch the great view and take beautiful photos. You can get a view of uniquely-shaped rocks like Mongolian Bao, Stone Bird, Peacock and others. Make full use of your imagination, you may find some rocks with some miniatures similar to famed architectures, like the Potala Palace in Tibet, Heaven Temple in Beijing or something else.

    Perhaps you have watched sunset numerous time in untold places, but you may never experience such a grand sight in Yadan Geologic Park. If you want to stay longer to experience the unique sunset moment, just let your tour guide know (with extra cost).

    After the tour finished you will be transferred to your hotel in Dunhuang.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your tour guide will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel by holding your name sign
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • The entrance fees is only for regular caves, you can pay extra if you want to visit special caves.
    • 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 Unique Beijing Tours

Activity ID: V-19099P684

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