How to plan a best tour in 3 days? Zhangye boasts the incredible Danxia landscape, Rainbow Mountain, well-connected with Lanzhou by high-speed train of 4.5 hours’ ride. This tour departing from Lanzhou including the Huanghe River Custom Tourist Line, Zhangye Giant Buddhist Temple as well as the Rainbow Mountain, will take you to further explore the local culture and remote history along Hexi Corridor. Taking high-speed train as the main transportation will definitely low your cost down!
- Day 1: Lanzhou Arrival & Lanzhou Tour (L)Huanghe River Custom Tourist Line
Upon your arrival at Lanzhou airport / train station, the English speaking tour guide and driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name.
After short rest, follow your guide to visit Huanghe River Custom Tourist Line, which is considered as “the Bund of Lanzhou City”, taking Zhongshan Bridge as the axis to stretch out along the Yellow River. The sites to visit of the Tourist Line are distributed on the Road River, including Yellow River Mother Sculpture, Zhongshan Iron Bridge, White Pagoda Hill Park, Waterwheel Park and so on. A leisure strolling bathed in rosy light of dusk on the River Road is a top thing to do in Lanzhou.
After that, transfer to downtown hotel for check in.
Accommodation: Overnight in Lanzhou
- Day 2: Lanzhou-Zhangye by High-speed Train (B, L)Zhangye Giant Buddhist Temple
Taking morning high-speed train from Lanzhou to Zhangye. Around 4.5 hours train riding, you will arrive at the Zhangye train station. The local English speaking tour guide and driver will meet you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with name.
Your visit begins with 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangye
- Day 3: Zhangye Tour & Zhangye Departure ( B,L )The Rainbow Mountain
Get up early to enjoy the highlight of 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.