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Tour Overview

Join us on a captivating 14-day journey along the ancient Silk Road and through the enchanting landscapes of Northern Xinjiang. Discover the historical riches of Lanzhou, explore the vivid wonders of Zhangye Danxia Landform, and delve into the spiritual treasures of Mogao Grottoes. Traverse the desert landscapes to uncover the mysteries of Jiayuguan, and experience the ethereal charm of Dunhuang. Venture into the alpine beauty of Kanas Nature Reserve, witness the culture of Urumqi’s International Bazaar, and immerse in the vibrant heritage of Xinjiang’s Northwestern gems. This odyssey offers a fusion of history, nature, and culture, a truly unforgettable exploration.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Walk upon an engineering marvel, gazing over the historic Yellow River and feeling the city’s pulse.
2. Witness the surreal hues of Zhangye Danxia Landform, nature’s artistic canvas painted with vivid reds and oranges.
3. Explore ancient caves adorned with Buddhist art at Mogao Grottoes, where history and spirituality intertwine.
4. Journey through Turpan’s Flaming Mountains, reliving Silk Road tales and savoring roasted lamb’s rich flavors.
5. Glide on Tianchi Lake’s tranquil waters amidst lush forests, absorbing the serenity of Xinjiang’s Heavenly Lake.
6. Marvel at Kanas River’s turquoise waters, ascend the Fish Watching Platform, and immerse in Kanas’ alpine beauty.
7. Wander the ruins of Jiaohe, an ancient oasis city where earthen walls whisper tales of Silk Road travelers.
8. Experience the symphony of the Singing Sand Mountains and discover the hidden oasis of Crescent Moon Spring.
9. Gaze upon Altay mountain’s open grasslands, a panorama of nature’s grandeur and untamed beauty.
10. Explore Urumqi’s bustling International Bazaar, a vibrant tapestry of cultures where flavors and crafts converge.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Your journey begins as you land in Lanzhou, a city renowned for its strategic location along the Yellow River and its historical significance.

    Upon arrival, your friendly guide and driver will warmly welcome you at the airport and assist with your transfer to the hotel. After checking in and freshening up, take a moment to rest or venture out to explore the city at your own pace.

    Meal: N/A

  2. Start your day by visiting the magnificent Yellow River Bridge, an engineering marvel that symbolizes Lanzhou's connection to the river and its strategic importance in history.

    Venture to the Yellow River Mill Park along the Huanghe River Custom Tourist Line, a peaceful oasis where you can unwind amidst lush greenery and the gentle flow of the river.

    Waterwheel Garden Huanghe River Custom Tourist Line
    Waterwheel Garden

    Marvel at the Mother of Yellow River Sculpture, a colossal representation of the nurturing spirit of the river that has sustained life in the region for centuries.

    After a morning of exploration, embark on a scenic drive to Wuwei, a journey that offers glimpses of the changing landscapes as you make your way to the next destination.

    Meal: Breakfast

  3. Begin the day with a visit to the Confucius Temple, a serene haven that exudes cultural heritage and tranquility. Immerse yourself in the architecture and ambiance that reflect centuries of Confucian teachings.

    Confucian Temple in Wuwei
    Confucian Temple in Wuwei

    Lunchtime offers an opportunity to savor Wuwei Rice Noodle, a local specialty that showcases the flavors of the region.

    The journey to Zhangye takes you through the picturesque Zhangye National Wetland Park, where you can enjoy the serenity of nature and spot various bird species in their natural habitat.

    As you arrive in Zhangye, settle into your local hotel and take the evening to relax, recharge, and anticipate the wonders that await.

    Meal: Breakfast

  4. Today's adventure begins at the Great Buddha Temple, where you'll encounter an awe-inspiring reclining Buddha carved into the rock, a testament to the region's rich Buddhist heritage.

    Explore the ethereal landscapes of the Zhangye Danxia Landform National Geological Park, where surreal hues of red, orange, and yellow dance across the land, creating a breathtaking natural canvas.

    Zhangye Danxian Rainbow Mountains
    Zhangye Danxian Rainbow Mountains

    In the evening, enjoy the flavors of the region with a steamed pot chicken dinner, a culinary delight that captures the essence of Northwestern Chinese cuisine.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

  5. Your day starts with a visit to the historic Jiayuguan Tower, a sentinel of the Great Wall that stands proudly against the backdrop of the desert. Immerse yourself in the history of the Great Wall at the Great Wall Museum, where exhibits and artifacts provide insights into the construction, defense, and significance of this iconic structure.

    Embark on a scenic drive to Dunhuang, and upon arrival, you'll explore the mesmerizing Singing Sand Mountains, where the shifting sands create a unique auditory experience that has captivated travelers for centuries. Discover the natural wonder of Crescent Moon Spring, a serene oasis nestled within the dunes that presents a picturesque contrast against the surrounding desert landscape.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Dunhuang Echoing Sand Mountain
    Echoing Sand Mountain in Dunhuang

  6. The day begins with a journey to the renowned Mogao Grottoes, an archaeological treasure trove adorned with intricate Buddhist murals, sculptures, and cave architecture that spans over a millennium.

    Your guided tour will unveil the history and significance of these ancient caves, offering insights into the spiritual and artistic expressions of the people who crafted them.

    Buddha Statues in Mogao Grottoes
    Buddha Statues in Mogao Grottoes

    Later, you'll embark on a high-speed train ride to Turpan, allowing you to enjoy the passing landscapes and transitions between regions.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Turpan

  7. Marvel at the vividly colored Flaming Mountains, whose striking red hues have inspired legends and captivated travelers for generations.

    Engage in an immersive cultural experience by visiting a local house, where you'll have the chance to sample a diverse array of seasonal fruits and learn about the agricultural traditions of the region.

    Savor the flavors of roasted lamb, a delicacy that embodies the culinary heritage of Xinjiang.

    As you explore the ancient ruins of Jiaohe, envision the bustling Silk Road city that once thrived within these earthen walls, and discover the stories they hold.

    Xinjiang Jiaohe Ruins
    Well-planned Jiao he Ruins

    Delve into the innovative Karez Irrigation System, a testament to ancient engineering brilliance that enabled oasis communities to thrive in arid landscapes.

    Experience the historic Emin Minaret and immerse yourself in the charming ambiance of Weiwu'er Ancient Village, where history comes to life in its well-preserved architecture and cultural traditions.

    Meal: Breakfast

  8. Embark on a scenic journey to Heavenly Lake, situated in the midst of lush forests and surrounded by towering peaks. Here, you'll have the opportunity to take a boat ride on the serene waters of Tianchi Lake, offering a moment of tranquility in the heart of nature.

    Xinjiang Heavenly Lake Boat Ride
    Rent a Boat and Explore the Heavenly Lake

    Savor the flavors of Xinjiang's big platter chicken, a feast of flavors and textures that reflect the region's diverse culinary influences.

    As you continue your journey, enjoy the scenic beauty of Kalamaili Nature Reserve, where expansive landscapes and natural wonders unfold before your eyes.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

  9. Following breakfast, set out on a scenic drive to Jiadengyu, allowing you to immerse yourself in the mesmerizing Altay mountain grasslands. The panoramic views and open landscapes create a sense of awe and wonder.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  10. Embark on an exciting adventure to Kanas Nature Reserve, where the pristine beauty of turquoise waters and alpine scenery awaits.

    Explore Kanas Lake, Wolong Bay, and Moon Bay, each offering unique perspectives of this captivating landscape. The translucent waters and surrounding mountains create a stunning visual contrast.

    Xinjiang Kanas Lake
    Explore the Pristine Waters of Kanas Lake

    Ascend the Fish Watching Platform for breathtaking panoramic views that encapsulate the breathtaking beauty of the region.

    Overnight stay in Jiadengyu, where you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature's embrace.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  11. Journey to the charming Hemu Village, a picturesque hamlet nestled amidst rolling hills and surrounded by verdant landscapes. The traditional architecture and local culture offer a unique glimpse into the lifestyles of the villagers.

    Xinjiang Hemu Village
    Admire the traditional Tuwa houses in Hemu Village

    Engage with the local family in the Tuwa Ethnic Village, fostering connections and gaining insights into their customs and traditions.

    Discover the mesmerizing Burqin Five Colored Beach, a natural phenomenon where the sands display a dazzling array of hues, creating a surreal and dreamlike scene.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

  12. Embark on a journey through the vast expanse of the Gurbantunggut Desert, a rugged landscape that speaks of nature's raw beauty and untamed spirit.

    Arrive in Karamay and explore the enigmatic Urho Ghost City, where wind and water have sculpted the rock formations into a surreal cityscape that sparks the imagination.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Urho Ghost in Xinjiang
    Ghost City

  13. Immerse yourself in the Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park, a haven of natural beauty that offers insights into the diverse ecosystems and conservation efforts of the region.

    Later, journey to Urumqi's downtown area and immerse yourself in the vibrant Urumqi International Bazaar, a bustling marketplace where diverse cultures intersect, and where you can sample local delicacies, shop for unique crafts, and experience the pulse of the city.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar
    Urumqi International Bazaar

  14. The journey comes to an end with a leisurely morning, providing you with an opportunity to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you've gathered throughout the trip.

    Your driver will accompany you to the airport or train station for your onward journey, bidding you farewell as you embark on the next chapter of your travels or return home.

    Meal: Breakfast

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.


Price Includes

  • 13 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Second-class high-speed train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Lanzhou / off Urumqi;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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