6 days Gansu Discovery Tours to Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Zhangye
Gansu Discovery Tours

Gansu Discovery Tours 6-day

From USD $1340 p/p

Tour Code: GSPT-05|Tour Type: Private Tour

Destinations: DUNHUANG, JIAYUGUAN, ZHANGYE

Gansu is reminiscent of the Silk Road in China ( Dunhuang & Jiayuguan). Meanwhile, Zhangye Danxia is definitely worth the visit since she has unbelievable colors and nature formation. It is quite easy to travel to Zhangye with the train service. These destinations will offer you the typical natural scenery and historical sites of China Gansu.

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Day 1 – Arrival in Dunhuang

Upon arrival in Dunhuang, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a flag of “LEADTOCHINA”. After a warm welcome and brief introduction, take a private transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in.

 Overnight in Dunhuang

 Meals: No Meals

Day 2 – Dunhuang Tours

Today's highlight is the Yardang National Geopark. Yardang has been created over time by the sort part of the earth surface having being eroded by wind and rain, with the hard part of the rocks remaining in the desert. You will drive from Dunhuang city westwards. On route, visit the Yumenguan Pass and Ruin of Great Wall of Han Dynasty.

 Overnight in Dunhuang

 Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 3 – Dunhuang Tours

After breakfast, start your full day Duhuang culture and sightseeing trip.

Firstly, drive from the Dunhuang city to visit the Mogao Grottoes. It is famed as the “Louvre of East”, which is outstanding for its exquisite mural paintings and statues. There are now 492 grottoes in which about 45000 square meters mural paintings and 2100 colorfully painted statues have been preserved very well.

Next proceed to visit the Echoing Sand Mountains. It is said, in the sunny days, the sand mountains echo like Orchestra music even if there is no wind. If you slide from the sand mountains, you can hear the echoing sound clearly.

The last attraction is Crescent Lake. Surrounded by sand mountains from four directions, the Crescent Lake is a beautiful oasis with some well decorated traditional Chinese architecture, some trees and flowers and a lake that has never dried up.

 Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 4 – Dunhuang/Jiayuguan/Zhangye

Today you will drive from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan in the morning. (About 5 hours)

Enjoy your lunch there after your arrival. In the afternoon, you will witness the “first pass under heaven” – Jiayuguan Pass. Along with Juyongguan and Shanhaiguan, it is one of the main passes of the Great Wall, as well as the pass where Great Wall of Ming Dynasty starts. Here, you will visit the Jiayuguan Fort, Overhanging Great Wall and Great Wall Museum.

After sightseeing, you will drive to the railway station to take bullet train to Zhangye.

 Overnight in Zhangye

 Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 5 – Rainbow Mountains China

Today you will have a full experience of Zhangye Danxia Mountains.

Binggou Danxia Park has totally different landscape and absolutely worth a visit. It is about an hour from Zhangye and the formations are quite interesting. These formations really do look like ice sculptures melting, which rings true to its name bing which means ice in Chinese. (2-3 hours)

Then enjoy your lunch in Kangle County. In the afternoon, you are suggested to visit the Kangle Grassland.

Kangle Grassland is located in Sunan Yugur Autonomus County. The green grassland is dotted with colorful flowers, birds, and cattle and sheep scattered among the grasses. (2 hours)

Later, head to the Rainbow Mountains China and enjoy the sunset of it.

China Rainbow Mountains has an unbelievable geological formation. You can see different layers and colors of the rocks. You may wonder how these rocks were formed. There are four viewing platforms, each offers unique views. The region has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010. (4-5 hours)

Then, drive back to your hotel for a good rest.

 Overnight in Zhangye

 Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 6 – Zhangye Departure

In the morning, you will visit the Giant Buddha Temple in Zhangye, which is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. China's largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple. (1.5 hours)

Transfer to airport/railway station to catch your flight/train to next destinations. Tour ends.

 Meals: Breakfast

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