Oct 1-7 [different itinerary]
Visit the most charming region in China in this 8 days trip!
Holy Tibetan monastery and buddhism culture in Qinghai and Gansu
Visit 3 lakes: Chaka lake, Qinghai lake and Crescent Lake
Cycling along Qinghai lake
Unesco world heritage Mogao caves and the famous Rainbow mountains
You’ll also have a chance to stay overnight in a yurt-hotel and ride a camel in the desert!
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.
Mogao Grottoes: The traveler finds the Mogao Caves, a shrine of Buddhist arttreasures, on the eastern slope of Mingsha Shan (Mount Echoing Sand). A networkof plank reinforced roads plying north to south 1600 meters (5, 249 feet) longlead to the cave openings, which are stacked five stories high some reaching up to 50 meters (164 feet). By the way, Mogao means high up in the desert. The history of the Great Wall issaid to start when seven powerful states appeared at the same time. In order to defend themselves, they all built walls and stationed troops on the borders. At that time, the total length of the wall had already reached 3,107 miles,belonging to different states.
Price: 8000 RMB, single supplement – 1800 rmb
Early bird price: 7700 rmb (first 3 people signing up!)
September 18-25: Price 7300 rmb, single supplement – 1500 rmb
Private transportation with A/C, English Speaking guide, all the entrance fee as per itinerary, 4-star hotel with breakfast (double occupancy), 2nd class train tickets from Xining to Zhangye, 2 bottles/person, government tax, insurance
Flights, lunches, and dinners, personal expenses, optional activities(camel riding, etc.), tips to the guide and driver (suggested 50 RMB/person/day), invoice
|WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING|
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 1600-1900 rmb for a single room. Thank you for understanding.
Suggested flights (please book your flight in advance at ctrip.com or qunar.com):
D1 07:40-11:00 HO1279 Shanghai-Xining
D8 16:30-23:20 MU2216 or 16:50-22:66 9C6138 Dunhuang- Shanghai
Book ASAP, limited spots!
How to book:
1) Fill up the booking form on our website: www.wannatravelshanghai.com/book-now/
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.
Phone number: 13764884661
You will catch your flight to Xining, we will meet you at 12:30 at the airport exit and bring you to visit Ta’er monastery (Kumbum Monastery), the most populous monks outside of Tibet. Inside the monastery, apart from magnificent Buddha stupas and wall paintings, prayer wheels are also the must-see spot. The whole monastery is surrounded by wheels, walk along the corridor, rotate the wheels and pray for chasing away the troubles.
We will drive to Qinghai lake and ride bike near the lake. During the cycling you can fully relax and have the best chance to enjoy the lake view! Qinghai Lake, the largest fresh water lake in China. It is no exaggeration to say that Qinghai Lake is a miracle that is endowed by a deity. The lake is surrounded by mountains and grasslands. Then go to Chaka for overnight stay.
After breakfast, we will head to explore Chaka Salt Lake, it is the largest salt lake in Qinghai Province, Chaka Salt Lake means “the sea of salt” in Mongolian. You will find perfect reflection in the lake, it’s one of the top places for taking pictures! Then drive back to Xining for the train ride to Zhangye, which belongs to Gansu province.
Today’s journey will begin from visiting unique Mati Temple (the ‘Hanging temple”) built in Jin Dynasty.
In the afternoon visit Pingshanhu canyon for impressive scenery like nowhere else! Stay in yurt-hotel near by Rainbow mountains tonight.
Stay in Zhangye
After breakfast visit 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. After the visiting, we will travel to next stop Jiayuguan for overnight stay.
This morning we will visit Jiayuguan pass. This Ming Dynasty fort guards the strategic Jiayuguan pass, at the western end of the Great Wall – this was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. After that, you will explore the Great Wall Museum, which was opened to the public in October 1989 and it is the first one to exhibit the Great Wall culture in a comprehensive and systematic way. After the musem we will drive to Xuanbi great wall, the defense system built 600 years ago.
Then transfer to next stop Dunhuang. Upon arrival, enjoy awalking tour at the Shazhou Night Market, the most bustling place of Dunhuang at night, taste the local cuisine and buy some souvenirs for your family and friends.
In the afternoon 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.
Optional: ATV car riding; camel riding