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You’ll need plenty of imagination to conjure up visions of the Silk Road, as modern Jiāyùguān is a city of straight roads, identikit blocks and manufacturing. But the Jiāyùguān Fort is an essential part of Silk Road lore and most certainly worth a visit.

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Private transfer between Jiayuguan and Dunhuang

When you travel on the ancient Silk Road by yourself, it is quite difficult to travel for intercity transfer. This private transfer will let you travel easily. Our driver will pick you up either from Dunhuang or Jiayuguan hotel with a signage writing your name, then drive on the expressway between Dunhuang and Jiayuguan. The expressway runs through the desert, oasis, and ancient beacon towers etc.  It takes about 5 hours by car between these two cities. You can enjoy the scenery on the way, and relax to your next travel destination. Please state clearly your preferred pick up time, hotel name and address for both cities so that our driver knows where to pick up and drop off. Moreover, please note the transfer stops after 4pm.

$599 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Night Private Tour from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan

Day 1: Arriving DunhuangUpon arrival at Dunhuang Airport or Dunhuang Rail Station, your guide will pick you up at arrival lobby and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Be sure to explore the night market nearby the hotel in the evening! Accommodation: 4-Star Dunhuang Silk Road Hotel or equivalent Day 2: Dunhuang (B) You will visit the highlight of Silk Road today, Mogao Grottoes (Caves of the Thousand Buddhas). These caves are examples of rock-cut architecture of soft gravel conglomerate not suitable for either sculpture or elaborate architectural details. In the afternoon, enjoy a fun hike on the sand dunes to visit the Crescent Spring and Singing Sand Dunes.  Accommodation: 4-Star Dunhuang Silk Road Hotel or equivalent Day 3: Dunhuang - Jiayuguan (B)In the morning, you will catch 5-hour ride to Jiayuguan, the western end of the Great Wall for Ming Dynasty. Upon arrival, transfer to visit Jiayuguan Fort that is called The First Pass Under Heaven. Then climb up the Overhanging Great Wall, which was reconstructed in 1980s based on the original site with a wonderful view.  Afterwards you will be transferred to hotel. Accommodation: 4-Star Jiayuguan Great Wall Hotel or equivalent Day 4: Departing Jiayuguan (B)If time permits, you could visit Wei and Jin Tombs before heading to Jiayuguan Airport where this 3-night trip concludes.

$659 Tours & Sightseeing

3-Night Tour From Xining or Lanzhou to Zhangye, Jiayuguan & Dunhuang

Day 1. Xining or Lanzhou to Zhangye by bullet trainYou can start the tour either from Lanzhou or Xining, our guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby in Xining or Lanzhou to the railway station to catch 2 or 3-hour bullet train heading to Zhangye. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Zhangye. Accommodation: Zhangye 4-Star Jingyang Hotel or equivalentDay 2. Zhangye (BL)After hotel breakfast, Afterwards you will drive one hour to visit Mati Temple that houses grottoes, buildings and fresco which still keep its original style since ancient time. Afterwards, you will take 2-hour ride to Multi Danxia Mountains, which is impressive for its scenery decorated with red, yellow, white, black clay. Later, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Accommodation: Zhangye 4-Star Jingyang Hotel or equivalent   Day 3. Zhangye to Jiayuguan by car (BL)After hotel breakfast, your guide will take you to visit Giant Buddha Temple in the city center.  The 34.5-meter sleeping Buddha is well-preserved with colorful robe in the temple. Then you will be driven about 3 hours to Jiayuguan Fort, which was the end of the Great Wall in Ming Dynasty. As a UNESCO site, this fort exhibits its functional design for the military aim. Afterwards you will climb up the Overhanging Great Wall that was rebuilt on its original site on the impressive Black Mountain in the Hexi Corridor. Later you will be transferred back to your hotel in Jiayuguan. Accommodation: Jiayuguan 4-Star Jiayuguan Hotel or equivalentDay 4. Jiayuguan to Dunhuang by car(BL)After hotel breakfast, you will be driven about 5 hours to Dunhuang. The trip concludes in Dunhuang hotel after lunch, you can book our other Dunhuang tours. Accommodation: Dunhuang 4-Star Silk Road Hotel or equivalent

$369 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Private Silk Road Trip of Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Zhangye with Accommodation

 Day 1:Our professional tour guide will meet you at the airport of Dunhuang, transfer by comfort car / van / bus to the hotel, relax in your comfortable hotel. Over night :Grand Sun Hotel  **** Day 2 We will visit Mogao Caves & 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, visit the White Horse Pagoda.Enjoy the a famous dance drama in the evening, the SILK ROAD show. (the show is not available in winter) Over night: Grand Sun Hotel **** Day 3: (B\L) Visit the Gade 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. In the afternoon visit the Crescent Moon Lake & the Singing-Sand Dunes. enjoy a camel ride in the sand dunes     Over night: Grand Sun Hotel **** Day 4: (B\L) Visit the Yulin Caves, it can be traced to the same origin in contents, artistic style and form of painting for the Mogao Caves, it’s regarded as its sister with its name known to many people in the country. After lunch visit the ruins of Suoyangcheng, it used to be a very important stop on the Silk Road, it has listed in the UNESCO in 2015.Transfer to Guazhou Over night : Yuantong Hotel Guazhou **** Day 5:(B/L) )By bus to Jiayuguan,Visit the famous Jiayuguan Pass & Museum of the Great Wall, the western end of the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty – Overhanging Great Wall, Over night : Holiday Inn Jiayuguan ***** Day 6:(B/L) Painting Bricks in the tomb of the Wei & Jin Dynasty, the painting bricks inlaid on the four walls have beautiful colors and various contents which cover the polities, economy, military and culture, it’s called “Underground Art Gallery ”.Transfer to Zhangye, viist  Zhangye Danxia,which is China's only Danxia landform in high recombination with color hilly landscape. Over night :Jinyang International Hotel ***** Day 7:(B/L) Visit the Giant Buddha Temple, which is the biggest Nivana Buddha in Asia. The Horse Hoof Temple Grottoes, it's well-known because of the deity horse footprints. Day 8:(B) After breakfast, transfer to the airport (or Zhangye Railway Station) for your flight to next city. We can help you book the high speed train tickets, and give you some advise how to book the flight in Zhangye.

$1800 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Private Silk Road Bullet train Tour from Lanzhou

D1 Lanzhou ,Today you will arrive in Lanzhou by train or flight on your own. Upon arrival, meet our nice guide and then will be transferred to the hotel for rest.  D2  Lanzhou---Train to   Zhangye          D2753(18:27-21:53)Breakfast in the hotel, we will drive to visit the Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves which is close to Liujiaxia Reservoir, These caves stretch for 200 meters, were built between the 3rd and 18th centuries. after that transfer to the train station and take the express train to Zhangye. D3  Zhangye train to Jiayuguan        D2749(17:19-18:28)After breakfast, we will head to visit the Grand Buddha Temple, which is the important place of the Silk Road. then visit the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park which is the most typical arid area of northern China.then we will take the train to Jiayuguan.D4 Jiayuguan train to Dunhuang           D2711(15:34-17:40)In the morning, visit the Jiayuguan pass. This Ming Dynasty fort guards the strategic then visit the Weijin Tombs,which are ancient tombs of brick paintings dating back 265-420 AD.catch your train to DunhuangD5, Dunhuang train to Turpan         D2711(17:43-21:17)Morning visit the Mogao Thousand Buddha Grottoes, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the great artistic and religious wonders of the world and it is famous for its exquisite murals and various sculptures inside the caves, which was built in different dynasties, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art.visit the Echoing Sand Mountaion&Crescent Lake. then catch your express train to Turpan. D 6, Turpan drive to Urumqi (200kms,3hrs driving)In the morning, take you to visit the Karez Well, which is a special irrigation system in desert areas. Sugong Minaret, the largest Islamic minaret in China built in 1778. And Jiaohe Ruins—with a history of 2,300 years lies between two rivers on a loess plateau atop a cliff of over 30m. in the afternoon drive to Urumqi.D7 Urumqi drive Heavenly Lake(120kms,1.5hrs driving)Morning drive to visit the Heavenly Lake, a picturesque Alpine lake, 2000m up in the Tianshan mountain range. Heavenly Lake is a long and narrow gourd-shaped, after lunch back to Urumqi, visit the Xinjiang Museum and Grand Bazaar.D8 Airport tranfer based on your flight schedule

$580 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 3-Day Silk Road Tour Including Dunhuang and Jiayuguan

Day 01 - Dunhuang (L)Start on 9:00am in the morning from Dunhuang 's hotel lobby,  then we will visit the world famous and impressive  treasure house of Buddhism—Mogao Grottoes, Constructed over a millennium, from the 4th to the 14th centuries, the caves hold the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist building, murals and sculptures; drive to the natural miracle in the desert – Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Lake, where you can enjoy the camel riding like the traders on the ancient Silk Road. The lake and the Sounding Sand Dune which can make sounds when the wind passes are located in the place where the sand and the oasis meet.Accommodation: DunhuangDay 02 - Dunhuang- Jiayuguan (L)Drive to Jiayuguan in the morning visit Jiayuguan Pass first , which is the best-preserved and most completed ancient military pass along the Ming Great Wall in China as well as the western starting point of Ming Great Wall. Frist built in 1372. it was built much earlier before the eastern pass, Shanhaiguan Pass was built. Jiayuguan consisted of three defense lines: an inner city, an outer city, and a moat.then visit Greatwall Museum.Accommodation: JiayuguanDay 03 - Jiayuguan (L)Take a Morning visit to Weijin Mural Tomb(220-419AD), which is honored as the largest underground art gallery in the world, then our driver and guide will transfer you to Jiyuguan airport after lunch.