Visit the most charming region in China in this 7 days tour! See the biggest desert in China, snow-capped mountains, ancient cities, Unesco world heritage Mogao caves, the famous Rainbow mountains and unique lake in the desert! You’ll also have a chance to ride a camel! With our itinerary you will visit the most important places of the ancient silk road.

Dunhuang tour:

The Crescent Lake – unique lake in the desert!

The Echoing-Sand Mountain, for many Chinese well known as Mingsha Mountain, is celebrated for the sound of the moving sand. In 1994 it was acclaimed as the national key scenic spot. You may wonder why the sand makes these different sounds.

private transportation with A/C, English Speaking Guide all trains as per itinerary, insurance
all the entrance fee as per itinerary 3 star hotel with breakfast (double occupancy; single supplement – 960 rmb)
Flights, lunches and dinners personal expenses, optional activities(camel riding, etc.)
 tips to the guide and driver (suggested 50 rmb/person/day), invoice

Itinerary at a glance:

Day 1 Arrive to Lanzhou

Day 2 Liujiaxia reservoir, BinglingsiThousand Buddha Caves

Day 3 Baita Mountain Park, GansuMuseum

Day 4 Giant Buddha Temple, Rainbowmountains

Day 5 Jiayuguan pass, Weijin Tombs

Day 6 Mogao Grottoes,  Echoing Sand Mountain&Crescent Lake

Day 7 Departure from Dunhuang

PLEASE NOTE: if you sign up for the trip alone, we can try but cannot guarantee to find another participant to share room with, please be ready to add extra 960 rmb for a single room. Thank you for understanding.

Suggested flights (please book your flight in advance at or

24.01 Shanghai – Lanzhou (any flight)

30.01  17:20-22:30 9C8796  Dunhuang – Shanghai

or 15:50-23:20 MU2216 Dunhuang – Shanghai

You can also join us from another city, contact us for suggestions of the flight!

Book ASAP, it is a small group, limited spots!

How to book:

1) Fill up the booking form on our website:

2) Secure YOUR SEAT by transferring 2000 RMB deposit

3) Send us the picture of the transaction and receive the confirmation

Cancelation policy: in case of cancelation, the deposit is not refundable and cannot be used for another trip unless the replacement has been provided.

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Note: this tour can be organized as a private tour for 3-4 people any time during winter! Contact us for quotation!

Xinjiang is not crowded in winter but full of leisure.  This winter in Kanas is lovely with snow-capped peaks, rime on the cliff’s edge, and boundless forest; every angle and small scene make people feel excited. Warm sunshine passes through the clouds, sweeping away the haze of the rainy season. This is Hemu Village, the nearest place to heaven. Welcome to Xinjiang, you will have a fantastic holiday in this fairy tale world!

Note: You may need to take the nucleic acid test before the trip, it is very easy and the costs around 120rmb.


D1: Altay

Flight pickup and check-in 

D2: Kanas Nature Reserve

Highlights: Altay airport pick up and drive to Kanas Nature Reserve, Visit Kanas Lake(Dragon Bay, Immortal Bay, Moon Bay). Overnight in Hemu.

🚗 330kms/7hrs driving

D3: Hemu

Highlights: Visit Hemu Village, enjoy a walking tour in the tranquil village.

D4: Hemu-Altay

Highlights: drive back to Altay

🚗290kms/5hrs driving

D5: Altay skiing

Highlights: Altay is the origin of the human’s skiing history

D6: Altay skiing

Highlights: Another whole day skiing!

D7: Altay to Shanghai

Safe trip back home!

Extra skiing days can be arranged if you’d like to stay longer, please PM us!

Additional information

DatesJan 24 – 30

Day 1

Day 1: January 24

Take the morning flight to Lanzhou. Our driver will pick you up and transfer to the hotel for rest, tomorrow you will start you great silk road tour!


Day 2

Day 2: January 25

In the morning we will drive to Liujiaxia Reservoir, we will take a speedboat to Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves. On the way, you will see the green water connecting to the yellow water while the blue sky connects to the yellow earth. Perhaps this can only be experienced in Liujiaxia. Upon arrival, visit the Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves, stretching for 200 meters. They were built between the 3rd and 18th centuries. In the afternoon drive back to downtown and transfer to Yellow River’s Mother Statue, explore the ancient history and culture of Gansu Province.


Day 3

Day 3: January 26

Today the tour will begin from the Baita Mountain Park, one of the symbols of Lanzhou city. The White Pagoda and the iron bridge on the Yellow River constitute a magnificent picture. You can also see whole Lanzhou from here. Visit Gansu Museum, it will provide you with a unique and memorable experience.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the train station and catch the express train to Zhangye. D2757(16:20-20:37)


Day 4

Day 4: January 27

After breakfast visit Giant Buddha Temple, which is the important place of the Silk Road. It is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. You will see the largest and well-preserved reclining Buddha in this temple.

Then we will drive all the way to our next stop Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, the Rainbow mountains. Ribbons of reds, orange and yellow slices through the rocks create a rainbow vista contained only by the contours of the jagged mountain peaks. Drive to Jiayuguan afterwards.


Day 5

Day 5: January 28

Full day sightseeing in Jiayuguan, we will climb the Jiayuguan pass in the morning, a strategic pass at the western end of the Great Wall–this was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. Visit the Great Wall Museum, the first one to exhibit the Great Wall culture in a comprehensive and systematic way. (There are many steps from one tower to the other, please consider if you are able to walk and climb for 2hrs) Next, travel to the Weijin Tombs, which are ancient tombs of brick paintings dating back to 265-420 AD. Drive to Dunhuang afterwards.


Day 6

Day 6: January 29

This morning we will visit Mogao Grottoes, also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes, UNESCO World Heritage site. .The professional guide from the Mogao will bring you to 8 grottoes with their special torch for you to have clear view of the mural sand paintings. (Note: No photos and Video in the caves). The visiting time is around 4 hrs including a movie.

Afterwards we will head up to 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 breeze. The Crescent Lake has been in existence for hundreds of years without ever being buried by the sand. Riding the camel as the Silk Road Caravan in the vast desert is highly recommended (approximately 40mins). Please bring your sunglasses and mask to keep out the dust.


Day 7

Day 7: January 30

Transfer to Dunhuang airport, see you next time!