Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes
Home China City Tours Xinjiang Tours Urumqi Tours Urumqi Dunhuang Tours 2 Days Urumqi-Dunhuang-Urumqi Tour by High-speed Train

Tour Overview

Looking for a short tour to Dunhuang from Urumqi? The availability of high-speed train with 4.5 hours’ ride makes this easily happen. This 2-day Urumqi-Dunhuang tour will not only low your cost down, but also take you to explore the must-see Mogao Grottoes, Echo Sand Mountain, Crescent Spring as well as Shazhou Night Market within the limited time. What’s more? During this trip, you can not only explore the breathtaking landscapes along the way, but also can experience the special cultures of local people. Both of the two places never let their visitors down, so just take this trip to enjoy yourself in this 2 days!

Highlights of this tour:

*Appreciate the brilliant Buddhist art in Mogao Grottoes.
*Visit one of the five most beautiful deserts in China-Crescent Spring and Echo Sand Mountain.
*Experience the local lifestyle and unique culture in Shazhou Night Market.
*With private driver and English guide, as well as our 10+ years experience, you will love your tour and completely feel the magic of this wonderland.

Day-by-day Itinerary

Collapse All
  1. At around 06:00, the local driver will pick you up from Urumqi downtown hotel and transfer to train station for your morning high-speed train to Dunhuang. The train rides around 4.5 hours, which would be a good chance for you to enjoy the scenery of Northwest China on the way.

    When you arrive at Dunhuang Liuyuan Train Station, the local English speaking tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name. After lunch in a local restaurant, your Dunhuang tour starts!

    Echo Sand Mountain and Crescent Spring are harmonious mates of miracle created by natural, glittering like a pearl along the Silk Road for thousands of years. The incredible co-existence between spring water and sand mountains always amazes visitors at their first sight here: the sand mountains meanders like a huge dragon and roars when wings blowing while the Crescent Spring, like a gentle maiden, is embraced in arms of mountains without being smudging. A life-time experience provided here as optional activity is camel ride at Echo Sand Mountain.

    Dunhuang Echoing Sand Mountain
    Echoing Sand Mountain

    Friendly tip: There is camel ride available in the Echo Sand Mountain, if you would like to try it, please pay in cash on your own (around CNY100 /pax ). Of course your tour guide will help to purchase tickets.

    Afterwards, move on to Shazhou Night Market. Though you might have visited many night markets or food streets during your weeks of vacation, Shazhou Night Market still brings something different for you. Mogao Caves visited in daytime put the most outstanding highlight of Dunhuang before you, Shazhou Night Market just takes you into the down-to-earth life of the local. Do you feel a pull from the strong perfume emitting from the stalls bathed in the dim lights and speed up towards the hawkers and carefully avoid the busy crowds? For sure, you will find the special vitality of this northwest city remoting from the country center during your leisure strolling.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Dunhuang

    Camel ride at Echoing Sand Mountain in Dunhuang
    Camel ride at Echoing Sand Mountain

  2. Today will be the highlight of your Dunhuang tour as you will head to the amazing Mogao Grottoes. As the existing anthology of Buddhist art with biggest scale and the best preservation in the world, Mogao Caves wins a fame of “the pearls of oriental art”. It keeps 735verns, about45,000 square kilometers frescoes, 2,415 painted sculpture, more than 4,000 flying Apsaras (the beautiful Bodhisattva in the Buddhism who has fair scent and does well in dancing and music), and 5 wooden constructions of Tang and Song Dynasty as well as thousands of Stone pillars and flagstones with lotus carving on them.

    In the afternoon, you will be dropped off at Dunhuang Liuyuan Train Station to catch the afternoon high-speed train back to Urumqi. Since the train rides around 4.5 hours, you can have a nap on the train. Upon your arrival at Urumqi, there will be the local driver picking you up and transfer back to your hotel. The 2 days tour will end by then, if you also need other China tours, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

    Accommodation: N/A


    Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes
    Mogao Grottoes

Price Includes

  • 1 night accommodation in Dunhuang centrally located hotel with breakfast
  • Urumqi-Dunhuang-Urumqi round way high-speed train (second class seat)
  • 2 Chinese style lunches
  • Entrance tickets as listed in itinerary
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide
  • Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers
  • Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
  • Government taxes

Price Excludes

  • China Visas/flights
  • Accommodation in Urumqi
  • Any dinner
  • Any optional activity/camel ride/battery car/shuttle bus/horse ride/boat cruise inside the attractions
  • Our package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase commercial travel insurance before your trip for any unforeseen circumstance.
  • Any item beyond "Price Includes"
  • Gratuities to guide and driver (recommended if you are satisfied with their services)
Certificate of Excellence

Make an Inquiry for Free

    Contact us on WeChat
    Popular tours

    Lost your password?

    A TripAdvisor award-winning China travel agency organizing diverse private and mini-group China tours. We offer in-depth experience, free cancellation, flexible & safe trips.




    (08:00-21:00 Beijing Time)

    Send us a quick inquiry

      I prefer to be contacted via:

      Your travel consultant will reply within 24 hours.

      Send us a quick inquiry

        I prefer to be contacted via:

        Your travel consultant will reply within 24 hours.

          I prefer to be contacted via: