6 Days Classic Xining and Zhangye Tour

This 6 days China Silk Road tour links 2 pearl-like cities of ancient Silk Route: Xining and Zhangye for a deep exploration to the famous Rainbow Mountain, Matisi Grottoes, Qinghai Lake, Chaka Lake, and Ta’er Monastery. Benefitting from the only 2-hour high speed train ride between Xining and Zhangye, the tour itinerary better focuses on the travel itself and provides a life-time experience to discover the beauty of northwestern China!

  • Ta’er Monastery, Qinghai Lake, Chaka Lake, Giant Buddhist Temple, Matisi Grottoes, The Rainbow Mountain
  • Private transfers + Guide + Driver + Accommodation + Lunch + Entrance tickets + High-speed train
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6 Days Classic Xining and Zhangye Tour
 
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  1. Day 1: Xining Arrival & Xining Tour (L)
    Ta’er Monastery

    Upon your arrival at Xining 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.

    After short rest, your exploration begins with Taer Monastery. As one of the “Six Great Monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism Gelug Sect”, Ta’er Monastery is another site in Xining, Qinghai Province, sharing the same popularity with Qinghai Lake. Ta’er Monastery has profound historical origin that it’s the birthplace of famous Tsongkhapa, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism Gelug Sect. Not only bearing the divine position in religious followers, the monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist institution of higher education. Beneath the glorious decorations on surface fascinating your eyes, the rich accumulations in history, culture, religion and arts of Ta’er Monastery excites your souls deeply especially when meeting those devout followers trudged for pilgrimage here.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Xining

    Ta'er Monastery

  2. Day 2: Xining-Qinghai Lake-Chaka Salt Lake (B, L)
    Qinghai Lake

    In the morning, drive around 3 hours to Qinghai Lake.

    You must have heard the fame of Qinghai Lake before you go. It is indeed hot for tour to Qinghai and the whole Silk Road. Why? The co-existence of different views collected at the meantime at Qinghai Lake push its fame higher and higher: massive sea-like lake, vast desert, lush meadow-grass and yellow sea of rape flower. A single one of the four elements would attract people as a “wonderful place”, however, the mix of the four at Qinghai Lake makes it a “must-go” place. Each summer (June and July), it ushers in the annual peak when the blossom of rape flowers and round-the-lake cycle track here.

    Today, the main scenic area as you will be visiting is the Erlangjian Scenic Area where is reputed as the most beautiful place in Qinghai Lake. There is boat cruises, horse rides and bike rides available around the lake, you can optionally try it according to your interests (optional).

    After the relaxing sightseeing, you will head to Chaka Salt Lake which takes around 2.5 hours driving on road. You can have some rest on the van.

    Accommodation: Overnight near Chaka Salt Lake

     

    Qinghai Lake

  3. Day 3: Chaka Lake-Xining (B, L)
    Chaka Lake

    Today just relax yourself in the amazing Chaka Lake!

    Chaka Lake with title of “Mirror of the Sky in China” rose to fame nationwide rapidly in the recent years, attracting increasing travelers. “Chaka” means “Salt Lake” in Tibetan. As the name, Chaka Lake is a famous natural crystal salt lake in Qaidam Basin, able to meet all Chinese’s need to salt for 75 years. The pure white congealing in the water makes the lake a huge mirror to reflect the shadows of white clouds, blue sky, hovering birds and beautiful girls in bright- colored dress. Yes, a must thing to do at Chaka Lake is taking beautiful pictures for sky and people. Do remember to wear cloth with bright color.

    Finishing the visit, drive around 4 hours back to Xining city.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Xining

    Chaka Salt Lake

  4. Day 4: Xining-Zhangye by High-speed Train (B,L)
    Zhangye Giant Buddhist Temple, Matisi Grottoes

    Taking morning high-speed train from Xining to Zhangye. Upon arrival at Zhangye train station, our local English speaking tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name and your visit 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. Joined with Mogao Caves and Yulin Grottoes in Dunhuang, it 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.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangye

    Matisi Grottoes

  5. Day 5: 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 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

    Danxia Landform

     

     

  6. Day 6: 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

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in centrally located hotels with daily breakfast
  • Xining-Zhangye high-speed train (second class seat)
  • 5 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/battery car/shuttle bus/boat cruise/horse rides etc. 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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