Note: You might need to take nucleic acid test before this trip, it is very easy and costs around 120 rmb.
Visit the most charming region in China in this 8 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 stay overnight in a yurt-hotel and ride a camel! With our itinerary you will visit the most important places of the ancient silk road.
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.
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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 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 11:00 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.
After breakfast, we will head to explore Chaka Salt Lake, it is the largest saline 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 to the hotel near the Qinghai Lake.
Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Qinghai Lake in the morning, which is the largest fresh water lake in China. Itis no exaggeration to say that Qinghai Lake is a miracle that is endowed by adeity. The lake is surrounded by mountains and grasslands. Then go back to Xining and catch the express train to Zhangye.
Xining – Zhangye D2673(19:22-21:24)
Optional: cycling on Qinghai lake (200 rmb/person)
The journey today will begin from the Giant Buddha Temple, which is the important place of the Silk Road. Midway in the HexiCorridor along the Silk Road lies the historic city of Zhangye, the centerpiece of which is the mysterious Giant Buddha Temple
In the afternoon visit unique Mati Temple built in Jin Dynasty.
Spend a night in the picturesque yurt-hotel to enjoy a different view of the rainbow mountains!
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 that, continue the tour to the Ice valley, which is the most significant geological and geomorphic relic of the window lattice palace in China, mainly composed of sandstone geomorphic reliclandscape. 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. 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
Free time in the morning. If you are interested, you can do an exploration to Dunhuang Museum before the airport transfer.
Transfer to Dunhuang airport airport, see you next time!