Welcome to Jiayuguan

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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$3099 Cultural & Theme Tours

Silk Road China

Day 1 Arrival / Beijing / Welcome Meeting & Dinner (D)Make your own way to the starting hotel. Group meeting is at 18:00 pm in the hotel lobby. Enjoy Peking Duck Dinner welcome dinner.Day 2 Beijing / Great Wall (B)Start early to visit the Great Wall Mutianyu. The scenery is definitely rewarding. Day 3 Beijing / Forbidden City & Hutong / Overnight Train (BL)Hop on a local bus or metro to explore the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Go deep into the Hutong for the family visit. Overnight train (First Class) journey to Xi'an.Day 4 Overnight Train / Xi’an / City Wall & Muslim Quarter (D)Arrive in the morning. Explore the the Muslim Quarter and learn making dumplings and enjoy the banquet dinner.Day 5 Xi’an / Terracotta Army Museum / Calligraphy Class (BL)Visit Terracotta Army which was buried underground for more than 2000 years. Learn about Han Zi (Chinese Characters) before free to explore the night beauty of Xi'an.Day 6 Xi’an / Han Emperor Tomb / Tianshui (B)Transfer to visit the 2000 years old tomb, which belongs to the fourth emperor of the Han Dynasty. Travel to Tianshui by bullet train.Day 7 Tianshui / Maijishan Grottoes / Xining (B)In the morning, visit Maijishan Grottoes. Explore this amazing cultural heritage then go to station for the bullet train to Xining, the summer city of China.Day 8 Xining / Ta’er Temple / Tibetan Cultural Museum (B)Visit one of the biggest Monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism, Ta’er Temple. Transfer to Tibetan Culture Museum, where the world's longest Tangka Painting in the world is kept.Day 9 Xining / Danxia Landscape / Zhangye (B)Take another 2-hour bullet train journey to Zhangye, enjoy the scenery along the way. In the afternoon, head out to visit the colourful and picturesque Danxia landscape.Day 10 Zhangye / Jiayuguan City / Jiayuguan Great Wall (B)Board on the bullet train for Jiayuguan. In the afternoon, visit the most magnificent pass of the Great Wall, Jiayuguan Pass.Day 11 Jiayuguan / Hami (B)Enjoy a relaxing morning before travelling by bullet train to Hami. Free time to explore this less-known historic city on the Silk Road. Day 12 Hami / Wubao Ghost City / Muslim King Palace / Turpan (B)Explore Wubao Ghost City and visit the former Muslim King Palace. In the early evening, travel to Turpan by bullet train.Day 13 Turpan / Jiaohe Ruins / Kumutage Desert (B)Take a full day to explore Turpan and around. Visit the oldest and best-preserved earth building city ruins in the world. Enjoy the sunset in the Kumutage Desert.Day 14 Turpan / Tianshan Grand Canyon / Urumqi (BD)Morning bullet train to Urumqi. Visit Tianshan Grand Canyon, and enjoy farewell dinner in the evening.Day 15 Urumqi / Departure (B)Departure anytime for onward travelling.

$59 Transfers & Ground Transport

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 Cultural & Theme Tours

3-Night Private Tour from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan

Day 1: Arriving Dunhuang Upon 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 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

Day 1. Xining or Lanzhou to Zhangye by bullet train You 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 equivalent Day 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

$999 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 GuazhouOver night :  Guazhou Yulin Hotel ****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