5 Days Dunhuang Zhangye Tour by High-speed Train

Looking for an adventure to both Dunhuang and Zhangye? This 5-day tour departing from Dunhuang, including Mogao Grottoes, Crescent Spring, Echo Sand Mountain, Giant Buddha Temple as well as Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, will bring you a true exploration of the ancient Silk Road in Gansu Province. Taking high-speed train of 4-hour ride as the main transportation will definitely low your cost down. Just try it! You won’t be regret.

  • Mogao Grottoes, Crescent Spring and Echo Sand Mountain, Shazhou Night Market, Zhangye Giant Buddhist Temple, The Rainbow Mountains
  • Private transfers + Guides + Drivers + Accommodation + Lunch + Entrance tickets + High-speed train
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5 Days Dunhuang Zhangye Tour by High-speed Train
 
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  1. Day 1: Dunhuang Arrival (No meal)

    Upon your arrival at Dunhuang airport/train station, our local driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to local hotel for check-in. Free and easy on your own for rest of the day.
    Accommodation: Overnight in Dunhuang

  2. Day 2: Dunhuang Classic Tour (B, L)
    Mogao Grottoes, Crescent Spring and Echo Sand Mountain, Shazhou Night Market

    Today you will explore the best of Dunhuang! No doubt the first site will be 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 late afternoon when it is not too hot, continue your visit to Crescent Spring and Echo Sand Mountain. 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.

    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 yout tour guide will help to purchase tickets.

    Last, come to Shazhou Night Market for further food exploration. 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

    Mogao Caves 

  3. Day 3: Dunhuang-Zhangye Tour by High-speed Train (B, L)
    Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple

    Taking morning high-speed train to Zhangye. The train rides around 4 hours, you can take this chance to rest on the train or enjoy the outside scenery.

    Upon arrival in Dunhuang, there will be our local English speaking tour guide and driver to pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name. Your visit begins with Zhangye Giant Buddhist Temple. Built in Western Xia Dynasty, the Giant Buddhist Temple had survived from the vicissitudes and stood 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 the visit, check in in local hotel.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangye

    Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple

  4. Day 4: Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park Tour (B, L)
    The Rainbow Mountain Scenic Area, The Ice Valley Mountain Scenic Area

    Today you will fully enjoy the highlight of Zhangye -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.

    Firstly, come to visit The Rainbow Mountain Scenic Area which locates in Linze County, 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.

    In the afternoon, move on to The Ice Valley Mountain Scenic Area, read Binggou Mountain in Chinese, earns its fame mainly with its graceful shapes. Usually, people come here for sunrise scenery. Although the color of hills here are not as bright as Rainbow Mountain, the unique form here easily excites people’s imagination to enjoy the natural masterpiece in another way.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangye

    Rainbow Mountain

  5. Day 5: Zhangye Departure (B)

    Free and easy on your own until the pickup time for departure. Our driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer to Zhangye airport / train station to see you off.

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in centrally located hotels with daily breakfast
  • Dunhuang-Zhangye high-speed train (second class seat)
  • 3 Chinese style lunches
  • Entrance tickets as listed in itinerary
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guides
  • Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers
  • Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
  • Government taxes

Price Excludes

  • China Visas/flights
  • Any dinner
  • Any optional activity/camel ride/battery car/shuttle bus/horse rides 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)

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