Speaking of the city Zhangye, the first thing comes up to mind for most peopel might be the splendid Rainbow Mountain which is reputed as a pearl-like place along Silk Road. If you would like to further explore this amazing city, this 2-day Zhangye classic tour will be the perfect choice since it includes all the worth-to-visit places here covering Zhangye Giant Buddhist Temple, Matisi Grottoes, The Rainbow Mountain. Pick it, you won’t regret!
- Day 1: Zhangye Arrival & Zhangye Tour (Lunch)Zhangye Giant Buddhist Temple, Matisi Grottoes
Upon your arrival at Zhangye airport / train station, our local English speaking tour guide and driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name. Your exploration begins!
The first site will be Zhangye Giant Buddhist Temple. Built in Western Xia Dynasty, the Giant Buddhist Temple had survived from the vicissitudes and stands on Silk Road for 900 years. There is a gigantic sleeping Buddha statue of Sakyamuni with the largest scale in Asia inside the temple, hence the name. The beautiful woodcarving, paintings and statues as well as the underneath culture and history impresses travelers a lot.
After that, continue your visit to Matisi Grottoes. Located in Zhangye, joined with Mogao Caves and Yulin Grottoes in Dunhuang, is famed as “Three Artistic Grottoes of Hexi Corridor”. You will amaze at the incredible combination of Buddhist temple and mountain grottoes here: the large elegant temple stands against the hill where plenty of grottoes were engraved. Another luminous point of Mati Temple is that it embraces both Han Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism at meantime which you will discover in the visit here.
Last, transfer to Zhangye downtown hotel for overnight.
Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangye
- Day 2: Zhangye Tour & Zhangye Departure (Lunch)The Rainbow Mountain Scenic Area
Get up early to enjoy the highlight Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park. The Danxia landform earns the most spotlight for Zhangye City. Rated as one of “10 Wonders of Nature in the World” in 2011 by National Geographic News, it does deserve the reputation. There are two main scenic area of the Zhangye Danxia with different features, and you will visit The Rainbow Mountain Scenic Area for today.
Located in Linze County, the Rainbow Mountain features in its bright color and is better to enjoy sunset, which chosen by most travelers. Seen from the high platform, the rising layers of mountains in beautiful red with different saturation is bathed in rosy sunlight, depicting a gorgeous picture for the visitors who trudged a lot to here.
Finishing the sightseeing, you will head to Zhangye airport / train station for departure.