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$129 Cultural & Theme Tours

All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Jade Gate Pass, Han Dynasty Great Wall Ruin, and Ghost City from Dunhuang

At 8 am, you guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Then, you will take a 1.5-hour ride to Jade Gate Pass, also known as Yumenguan in Chinese. Yang Pass and Jade Gate Pass were 2 important passes near Dunhuang in ancient time. You can still see the ruin of these big passes that are situated near a oasis in the middle of Gobi Desert.Afterwards, you will head to Han Dynasty Great Wall Ruin that was built in Han Dynasty about 2,000 years ago. It is very impressive to see the wonder extending from inland China all the way here, and then to Lop Nur.Later, you will continue driving for 1.5 hours to Ghost City that is Yardan Geological National Park nearby Lop Nur, and it is the key route of the ancient Silk Road from Dunhuang to Lop Nur. There are many different clay formation created by the wind. You will hear the horrified sounds from the clay on a windy day as if whispers of ghosts, hence the name. Lunch is included and served at a local restaurant. At the end, you will be transferred back to you hotel where the busy but wonderful day concludes.

$129 Cultural & Theme Tours

Dunhuang Private Day Tour Mogao Grottoes, Singing Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring

At 8:00am, your guide will pick you up from the lobby of your Dunhuang hotel and transfer you to Visitors' Center of Mogao Grottoes, an UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, where you will watch two documentaries about the caves and Silk Road. Then, a professional cave guide will lead you to explore about 7 to 9 caves closely. You will be astonished by well-preserved fresco and statues in the caves from the 4th century. The caves were built by monks with donated funds and elaborately painted to serve as shrines and for meditation and enlightenment. Those paintings are also a teaching tools to inform those illiterate about Buddhist beliefs and stories. The primary caves were sponsored by patrons of important clergies, local ruling elites, foreign dignitaries, and Chinese emperors. Some of the caves might have been funded by merchants, military officers, and local residents.  Lunch is included at local restaurant. This afternoon, you will be transferred to see Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring. This magical spring is located in the center of sand dunes but it has never been covered by the sand throughout the history. It is also called whistling sand or barking sand that produces sound which is perhaps caused by wind passing over dunes or by walking on the sand. Crescent Moon Spring is a crescent-shaped lake oasis in Gobi Desert that is slowing shrinking due to climate change.  If time permits today, you can visit Dunhuang Museum without extra charge, which closes on Monday. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Dunhuang where this wonderful private day trip concludes.  *Note: Your visit to the Mogao Caves might be changed to the afternoon due to daily availability of the attraction. In this case, you will visit the Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring in the morning.

$119 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Silk Road Hiking Day Tour of Yangguan Pass Including Lunch

At 8:30 am, your private English-speaking guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to embark on a day of adventure. You will be transferred by comfortably air-conditioned private vehicle to Yangguan that is located by a small oasis about 70 kilometers away from downtown Dunhuang. By 9:30 am, you will start hiking in Yangguan. The distance of your hike is approximately 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) from the entrance to the site of Yangguan Pass. Along the way, you will see the beautiful oasis before arriving at Yangguan Pass where you will apply for a "passport" from the governor as a souvenir and also visit the Museum of Yangguan Pass. Lunch will be served at a local farmer's restaurant where you could visit the vineyard during lunch.In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Jade Gate Pass and the site of Han Dynasty Great Wall (256 B.C. - 195 B.C.) which takes approximately 1 hour. In Chinese history, Han Dynasty built many walls to strengthen the safety of their frontier as well as exploring ways to do business with the western region. Instead of piling up layers upon layers of stones or bricks like other dynasties did, the Great Wall of Han Dynasty was built with sand and weeds that were abundant locally. These two materials were mixed together by being layered on top of each other. On average, every layer measures from 4.7 to 5.9 inches (12 to 15 centimeters). Current remains of the wall is ranging from 1.6 feet tall to over 6.6 feet in height. At the end, you will be transferred back to your Dunhuang hotel by 5:30pm where this tour ends.

$389 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Private Silk Road Tour of Dunhuang: Mogao Grottoes, Yulin Grottoes, Crescent Moon Pool

Your professional tour guide will meet you at the lobby of your Dunhuang hotel, and depart from your Dunhuang hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to start your 3-day comprehensive tour. Day 1: The Yumen Pass & Great Wall of Han Dynasty, Yangguan Pass (L)Visit the Yumen Pass (Jade Gate Pass) & Great Wall of Han Dynasty, In history, the Han Dynasty built many walls to consolidate the safety of the frontier region as well as exploring ways to do business with western region. Instead of piling up stones or bricks layer upon layer like other dynasties' walls, the Han Dynasty Great Wall is built by using the local sand and weed. These two constructional materials were added by putting one on top of another.We will show to a local farmer's restaurant to taste the local food, you can walk around in the grape garden during the lunch time.Visit the Yangguan Pass and it's museum, you may learn more history about the ancient Silk Road in the museum.After your tour is finished,you will be drop-off at your Dunhuang hotel.Day 2: Mogao Grottoes and Sing Sand Dunes &  Crescent Moon Spring (L) Visit Mogao Grottoes & Digital Film Center , one of the 4 most famous grottoes in China. It has a total of 492 grottoes, 45,000 square-meters of murals, 2,400 painted statues and over 250 residential caves remain. After lunch continue to visit the Crescent Moon Spring & the Singing-Sand Dunes. The camel riding , the SILK ROAD SHOW are optional tours (see booking for details.)After your tour is finished,you will be drop-off at your Dunhuang hotel. Day 3:   Yulin Grottoes and Suoyangcheng Ruins (L) Visit the Yulin Caves, it can be traced to the same origin in contents, artistic style and form of painting for the Mogao Grottoes, it’s regarded as its sister with its name known to many people in the country. After lunch visit the ruins of Suoyang City, it used to be a very important stop on the Silk Road, it has listed in the UNESCO in 2015.After your tour is finished,you will be drop-off at your Dunhuang hotel.

$108 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private One Day tour to Yulin Grottoes and Suoyangcheng Ruins Including Lunch

At 8:30 am, our professional tour guide will meet you in your Dunhuang hotel, by car / bus to the Yulin Grottoes, during the 2.5 hours trip, you will see the vast Gobi and desert, village, grassland and snow mountain on the way. The grottoes were opened on the cliff of a valley, the cave 25 is the most complete preservation. Murals in these grottoes which consist of huge scripture drawings, portraits of Buddha etc. reveal the highly developed art of painting in the Tang Dynasty more than 1300 years ago. Scripture drawings on the southern and northern walls of cave 25 are big ones. These colorful, especially line drawings are rare. Lunch will provided in a local farmer's restaurant. The Suoyangcheng Ruins used to be a very important stop on the famous Silk Road, it was established in 3rd century AD. it has listed in the UNESCO in 2014. It consist of the ancient city, the ancient river way, the old temple, the old graves and the farming area.The ancient city consist of inner city and out city, now days, the city wall is still 10 meters high, we still can see the old construction site in the Suoyangcheng city. At the end, you will be transferred back to your Dunhuang hotel where this tour ends. Wish you have a nice trip with us.

$79 Cultural & Theme Tours

Dunhuang Silk Road Adventure Day Tour: Mogao Grottoes and Crescent Moon Spring

Meet your guide at your hotel in Dunhuang down-town, and you will head to the Mogao Caves, also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas. These caves form a system of 492 temples and are located about 25 kilometres south-east of Dunhuang city.One of the most important caves at the complex is the Library Cave, which was discovered in 1900. The cave contained a large amount of important religious documents which had been sealed up in the cave in the 11th century. The contents of the cave were spread across Beijing, London, Paris and Berlin, to coordinate, collect and study the materials found. This cave is also open to visitors and draws large crowds.Afterwards you will go for a simple local lunch to a restaurant. Afterwards you will head to the Crescent Spring and Echoing Sand Mountain.Crescent Spring is 100 meters long and 25 meters wide, deeper in the east than in the west. The spring has been surrounded by desert for thousands of years, and the water here is extremely clear. There’s lush vegetation surrounding the spring, so it creates a real oasis. Its name comes from the shape, which resembles a half moon, and the spring is surrounded by Echoing Sand Mountain. This mountain is known to ‘whisper’ when the breeze comes in from certain angles, hence its name. This mountain also offers a heap of fun for those who like sand gliding or camel riding. Then you will be taken back to your hotel.

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