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Today, Zhāngyè is a useful base from which to explore the otherwordly landscapes of the Dānxiá Geopark and the ancient cliff temples at Mǎtí Sì. In town, one of Asia's largest reclining Buddhas is ensconced in a beautifully preserved wooden temple, which, according to legend, was the birthplace of Mongol warrior Kublai Khan.


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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.

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1-Day Zhangye Danxia VIP Photography Tour

On the departing day, the driver will pick you up from the hotel or railway station in Zhangye city. An comfortable car with air-conditioned will transfer you to the Zhangye Danxia Geopark in Linze County.   Upon arrival, following the tour guide, you will take the exclusive vehicles to visit 8 viewing platforms one by one in the Zhangye Danxia Geological Park. Because ordinary tourists can only go sightseeing at most 4 viewing platforms, this means that you will deeply explore some areas where don't open to the ordinary tourists in this itinerary. To escape the crowd, occupying the best photographing location. After the sightseeing, driver will wait for you to drive back to the downtown Zhangye.

$105 Private & Custom Tours

1 Day Zhangye Danxia Landform PrivateTour

On the departing day our guide will pick you up from the hotel or railway station in Zhangye city. An comfortable car with air-conditioned will transfer you to the Zhangye Danxia Geopark in Linze County.  The Rainbow Mountains of China within the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park are a geological wonder of the world. The mountains are full of unbelievable colors, changing tone depending on the height of the sun; extraordinary is the sunset! There are five viewing platforms for you to watch and shoot. You will visit one by one, and will be transferred by park buses from one deck to another. After the 3-4 hours tour, you will be driven to the downtown of Zhangye. Useful Tips:  1) Pack with sun creams, sun glasses, protective clothing and hat to protect from strong sunlight in summer; 2) sunset is the best time for taking photos which happen around 19:00~20:30 in summer and 17:00~18:00 in winter.

$759 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private Tour: 4-Night Trip From Lanzhou to Xining

Day 1. Arrival Lanzhou. Upon arrival Lanzhou, you will be met by the guide and transferred to the hotel located in the city downtown of Lanzhou, the capital of the Gansu province. You will walk along the Yellow River park in the afternoon if time permits. Accommodation: Lanzhou 4-Star Legend Hotel or equivalent Day 2. Lanzhou to Linxia (BL)After hotel breakfast, your guide will take you to visit Gansu Museum where there is must-see statue "Galloping Horsing On The Swallow" that was excavated in Wuwei in 1969, which is the token of China Tourism. After the museum, you will take 3-hour ride to Linxia where you will take a speed boat to go across Liujiaxia Reservoir on the Yellow River to visit Binlin Temple  Grottoes that was constructed from the 3rd century with amazing statues and frescos. Meanwhile the Grottoes are located beside imposing Stone Forest of the Yellow River. You will stay here about 2 hours, then take speed boat back to your vehicle. Accommodation: Linxia 4-Star Hehuang Hotel or equivalent Day 3. Linxia/Xiahe Labrang (BL) After hotel breakfast, you will be driven about 2 hours to Xiahe, Labrang in Tibetan Language. Labrang Monastery was founded in 1709 by the first Jamyang Shêpa, Ngawang Tsondru. It is Tibetan Buddhism's most important monastery town outside the Tibetan Autonomous Region. There are hundreds of lamas studying in the monastery. You will walk along the monastery with your guide, and visit the most import temples here in the afternoon. Accommodation: Labrang 4-Star Civil Aviation Hotel or equivalentDay 4. Xiahe/Xining(B) After hotel breakfast, you will be driven about 6 hours to Xining. You will visit  Longwu Monastery on the way, which is a typical Tibetan Buddhism temple.  Accommodation: 4-Star Qinghai Hotel or equivalentDay 5. Departing from Xining (BL) You will be transferred to visit Kumbum Monastery which is about 25 km from Xining. As birth place of Tsongkhpa who was the founder of Yellow Hat School of Tibetan Buddhism, Kumbum Monastery has impressive Buddha states, yak butter carvings etc. You will stay here for about 2 hours before transferring to Xining airport or Xining railway station where the trip concludes. You can book our another tour 32685P86 to Zhangye.  Note: Please book your flight departing from Xining airport after 3 pm.

$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

$295 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Private Tour of Dunhuang, Jiuquan and Zhangye with Accommodation Option

Day 1: Dunhuang Airport — Dunhuang Night Market — Hotel (D)Your Guide and driver will hold the sign with your name and be waiting for your arrival at exit based on your flight information. This is the biggest night market in the area. You will see a lot of local small commodities and it is a great place to experience the local food culture. after dinner to the hotel, relax in your comfortable hotel.  Overnight stay at Fuguo Hotel Day 2: Dunhuang — Mogao Caves — Mingsha Shan and Crescent Moon Pool (B/L/D)Meet your guide and driver in your hotel lobby and start your exciting sightseeing tour from to Mogao Caves and Digital Film Center, Located in the Gobi desert, the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas feature beautiful wall fresco paintings and more than 3,000 sculptures dating from the forth to the fourteenth century. After lunch you will visit  Mingsha Shan and Crescent Moon Pool, Includes shuttle bus and camel ride experience. the Mingsha sands and the crescent moon lake are both in the same place. you can camel ride. it only takes 1 hour for the ride . The camel ride was very enjoyable and going up to the top of a sandune gave u a commanding view of the area. make sure you dont wear a skirt if you are going camel riding. firstly the camels are wider than a horse, secondly the breeze on top of the dunes is significant. but wear a skirt if you want to look like Marilyn Monroe in New york.  After Dinner you will be drop-off at your Dunhuang hotel.  Overnight stay at Fuguo Hotel Day 3: Duhang — Jiuquan — Zhangye (B/L/D)Meet up your friendly private guide and driver at your hotel in the early morning, Head up to Jiuquan. Upon arrival, and enjoy a lunch after you will visit Jiayuguan Fortress. Standing among vast desert and surrounded by rolling mountains, Jiayuguan Fortress looks like a dignified general guarding the grand land. It was constructed with the most integrated defensive system: an inner city, an outer city, and a moat. Besides functioning as a frontier military fortress, it was also an important traffic hub along the Silk Road, the oldest worldwide trading route. After you will to Zhangye, Then, have a tasty local dinner.  Overnight stay at Ding He International Hotel  Day 4: Zhangye —  Danxia Geopark (B/L)Meet your guide with pickup from your hotel, then travel to Zhangye's colorful Danxia landforms ,and are more spectacular and beautiful because of the rich and varied colors of the rocks. On a sunny day, you can see the shadow of the sun setting off the dark and solid three-dimensional color of the rock. The rainy day is richer and more distinct because the rock absorbs the rich water color. When your tour is finished, After lunch time,  return back to Zhangye Hotel or Train station. We can help you book the high speed train tickets.