3 Days Photography Tour to Zhangye Danxia Landform with Best Price
Zhangye Danxia and Badain Jaran Desert Tour

Zhangye Danxia and Badain Jaran Desert Tour 5-day

From USD $890 p/p

Tour Code: ZYPT-19|Tour Type: Private Tour


As one of the most breathtakingly surreal sights China has to offer, the Zhangye Danxia Landform is a must see. With layers upon layers of bright, multi colored rock, this incredible natural formation is a sought after destination for tourists and locals alike. You'll also tour the Badain Jaran desert, which is home to a plethora of beautiful lakes, as well as some of the tallest sand dunes in the world!

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Day 1 – Arrival in Zhangye

Upon arrival in Zhangye, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide. After a warm welcome and brief introduction, take a private transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in. Then our guide will take you to have lunch.

In the afternoon, 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)

 Overnight in Zhangye

 Meals: Lunch

Day 2 – Zhangye Danxia Tour

The guide will meet you in the hotel (about 08:30 am)

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 Autonomous County. The green grassland is dotted with colorful flowers, birds, and cattle and sheep scattered among the grasses. (2 hours)

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

Rainbow Mountains China enjoys the honors of “The world's top ten magical geograpgcial wonders”, and is the best place for photography. The best time to see it is in the late afternoon / evening as the sun is setting. Blues, reds and golds are among the colours visible in the breathtaking rock formations. It is a glorious view! (4-5 hours)

Drive back to your hotel for a good rest.

 Overnight in Zhangye

 Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 3 – Zhangye to Badain Jaran

After breakfast, drive about 3.5hrs to Badain Jaran Town on the edge of the desert, where you meet up with the jeep team, who then drive you further into the desert.

The Badain Jaran Desert is the most amazing desert not only because it has the world's highest stationary sand dune but aside from its windswept overlaying patterns of sand and erosion are over 100 multi-colored lakes, ponds and oasis within its southern portion. This makes it unique among the deserts of the world.

 Overnight stay in a Mongolian-style yurt or Badain Jaran Lake Hotel

 Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 4 – Bandain Jaran Desert

You'll head out to the highest sand dune in the Badain Jaran Desert and climb to the top of Bilutu Peak, the third-tallest dune in the world. From there you'll enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding desert and the mysterious lakes. The rest time after sunrise is for you to explore other featured sites in the desert, such as Nuo'ertu Lake, a perfect spot for photography. Then, we will drive to Baoritaolegai Lake, experiencing special surfing on the resound sand in the sand lake. Return to Zhangye city.

 Overnight in Zhangye

 Meals: B,L

Day 5 – Zhangye Departure

Today is free for you to leave Zhangye for next destination. From Zhangye, you can take flight or train to Jiayuguan, Xian, Xining, Lanzhou, Dunhuang. Tour ends.

 Meals: B

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