7 Day

Gansu Silk Road Tour

Overview


Start Xining

Finish Xining

Theme Culture immersion 

Ages Min5

Type Families group

Group size Min 10, Max 30


Map





Itinerary

Day1 Arrive Lanzhou and check into hotel.


Day2  Yellow River Sheepskin Rafts

7:30am-11:30am Open ceremony

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

2:00pm-5:30pm Yellow River Sheepskin Rafts


Day3  Zhangye 

8:00am-11:00am Lanzhou-zhangye By train (2 hours)

11:00am-1:00am Lunch and check in hotel

2:30pm Course: The Spread of Buddhism on the Silk Road

 3:30 Tour Zhangye Big Buddha Temple

 4:30pm-6:30pm  Zhangye Danxia Geological Park


Day4  Jiayu Guan& Dunhuang

7:30pm-9:00pm Zhangye-Jiayuguan (about 2.5 hours drive)

9:30 pm -11:30 pm Jiayuguan Ancient Great Wall Tour

Course: History of Jiayuguan, Architectural Structure and Legend of Jiayuguan Ancient Great Wall

12:00pm Lunch 

1:30pm-6:30pm Jiayuguan-Dunhuang (5 hours drive )

6:30pm-7:00pm Dinner

7:30pm-10:30pm Watch the performance of "Seeing Dunhuang again"


Day5  The Echoing-sand Mountain Camping and BBQ in the Desert

8:00am-11:30am  Dunhuang Academy Cultural Protection Project Course: Mural painting

12:00 pm -1:00pm lunch

4:00-6:30 Mingsha Mountain Crescent Spring

sand sliding  camel riding

7:00 pm -9:30 pm Desert Starry Campfire + Camping

Make camp at the foot of the sand dunes. You can climb to the top of the dunes and enjoy the desert sunset. Dinner will be BBQ. Watch the sunset and sunrise, and enjoy the starlight in the night.


Day6  Mogao Grottoes   

7:00am-11:00am Tour The Mogao Grottoes

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

2:00pm-5:30pm Duhuang Buddhist Art Wall Painting Class

Participants will learn Dunhuang-style art creation under the instructor’s guidance and explore the essence of the art of Dunhuang.


Day7 Departure


Inclusions

Tour transportation

Daily activities,culture classes, tours and entrances to attractions

Hotels

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Full-time Tour Director

Travel insurance in China

Please note: The prices listed are per person, in US dollars, and do not include international airfare, and are based on a minimum of double occupancy, 5% discount for the third guest and the fourth guest sharing a room. There must be at least one adult per room.


Exclusions 

International or internal flights unless specified

China visa

International travel insurance

Personal expenses

Accommodation not listed in the itinerary

Single Room Supplement

Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary

Recommended optional activities in each city

Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc



Dates
Departing Finishing Status
2019-07-12 2019-07-19 available Book
2020-07-19 2020-07-26 available Book
2020-07-26 2020-08-02 available Book
2020-08-02 2020-08-09 available Book
2020-08-09 2020-08-16 available Book
2020-08-16 2020-08-23 available Book

Culture immersion


Duhuang Buddhist Art Wall Painting Class

Participants will learn Dunhuang-style art creation under the instructor’s guidance and explore the essence of the art of Dunhuang.




Clay Art

Participants will do colored drawing, imitation, and sculpture in groups.


Watch a Performance

Silk Flower, an indoor interactive spectacle, was premiered at the first Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo.


Sliding down the Echoing-sand Mountain


Camel Trekking

Amiable camels, the ships of the desert, take you traversing on the endless stretching sand dunes. 


Camping and BBQ in the Desert

Make camp at the foot of the sand dunes. You can climb to the top of the dunes and enjoy the desert sunset. Dinner will be BBQ. Watch the sunset and sunrise, and enjoy the starlight in the night.



 


Sightseeing


Ta’er Monastery & Dongguan Great Mosque

Visit the famous Ta’er Monastery, the birthplace of the Tibetan Buddhism master—Tsongkhapa—who was the founder of Gelug sect. The monastery is also famous as one of "six monasteries of Gelug", and a very important institute to learn Buddhism, Astronomy and Medicine. The Ta'er Monastery is rich in fascinating arts. The famous butter sculptures, the barbolas, and the murals are considered to be the three most unique arts of superb craftsmanship.         

    


Zhangye 

As an important commercial port on the ancient Silk Road, Zhangye has rich historical sites and amazing natural scenery.  The famous tourist attractions in the city include the Wooden Pagoda Temple, Danxia National Geological Park, Bell and Drum Tower, Shandan Buddha Temple and Shandan Horse Farm, and Giant Buddha Temple.

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   Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park

    Giant Buddha Temple.


Jiayuguan 

Jiayuguan city culture is a combination of the Great Wall and the Silk Road. It boasts many historical relics related to these two wonders.

  

 

Mogao Grottoes   

The Mogao Grottoes are located at the precipice on the eastern foot of the Mingsha Hill. First dug in AD 366, they are one of three grottoes in China, noted for fabulous frescos and statues. And in December 1987the Mogao Grottoes have been included into the List of the World Cultural Heritages by the UNESCO.bIt is the largest and richest extant treasure house of Buddhist art in the world.  

        

 Crescent Spring and Singing Sand Dune 

 The Singing Sand Dune (Mingsha Hill) and Crescent Spring are twin sisters of natural beauty in the wild Gobi Desert. The sand mountain sings because it is divine while the spring is beautiful because it is miracle. 

      

  


Local Food

Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup 

  

Roast Lamb 


Kabobs  


Dunhuang Rangpi


Hand Grasping Mutton


 Fried Potato 



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