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2 Days Classic Dunhuang Tour

Duration: 2 Days
from: US$500
Tour Code: CITA-SD-01

Summary: Yumen Pass was a strategic fort on the ancient Silk Road. It was so named because the jade of the Xinjiang region was transported to Central China through this frontier pass. Together with the fort at Yang Pass (Yang Guan) it protected Dunhuang against invasion from the west.In his poem "Go North of the Great Wall", the Tang Dynasty (618– 907) poet Wang Zhihuan wrote the famous line,

Day 1

Yumen Pass

Morning we will meet you at the airpor and Transfer you to the hotel.And then head to visit the Yumen Pass.
Yumen Pass: This mountain pass was fortified by officials of Emperor Wudi of the Western Han Dynasty in about 121 BC, and used as a military garrison outpost. This fort at Yumen (Yumenguan) and the Yangguan fort controlled the vital pass in the great Gansu Corridor valley that stretched between Central Asia and the Han Empire, with giant mountain ranges north and south bordering the valley. The forts helped defend Dunhuang and the Han Empire from invasion from the northwest. It was the Silk Road gate through which traders traveled between Central Asia and China. It was called Yumen (Jade Gate) Pass as it was said that the jade from the famous Hetian jade mines in Xinjiang was transported through the pass.

Day 2

 Echoing-Sand Mountain

After breakfast head to visit the Mogao Grottoes , Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake. Then you will be transferred to the airport or the station to  take the flight or train to your destination.
Mogao Grottoes: The Mogao Grottoes, a shrine of Buddhist art treasures, is 25 km from downtown Dunhuang on the eastern slope of Mingsha Shan (Echoing Sand Mountain). A network of plank-reinforced roads plying north to south 1600 meters long lead to the cave openings, which are stacked five stories high, some reaching up to 50 meters. Incidentally, Mogao means high up in the desert. According to Tang Dynasty records, a monk had witnessed onsite a vision of thousand Buddhas under showers of golden rays. Thus inspired, he started the caves construction work that spanned a millennium, from the 4th to the 14th centuries. What remains today is truly awe inspiring, and is likely the world’s richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures. Please note that cameras are not allowed inside the grottoes.
Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake: Together with the Crescent Spring and the Mogao Caves, the Echoing-Sand Mountain is the most popular tourist site in Dunhuang. Echoing-Sand Mountain, known as Mingsha Mountain to the Chinese, is 5 km to the south of Dunhuang and is famous for the constant sound of the moving sand. Legend has it that many years ago a horrific battle was fought here, and the sounds we hear today were the haunting cries of soldiers buried in the sand dunes. Situated within the Echoing-Sand Mountain Park, the Crescent Moon Lake is literally an oasis in the desert. The lake’s name derives from the crescent moon shape taken by the pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. Although the surrounding area is very dry, the pool surprisingly doesn’t dry up as one might expect. 

Travel in party of Superior Class
Deluxe Class
Tourist Class
2-5 persons $ 100 $ 100 $ 100
6-9 persons $ 100 $ 100 $ 100
10 persons & above $ 100 $ 100 $ 100
Single room Supplement $ 100 $ 100 $ 100

Service included:

√ Entrance fees
√ Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch ;
√ Personal Guide & Driver + Private car / van for Private Transfers & sightseeing
√ Hotels with breakfast(twin share bases) as listed in the itinerary .
√ Domestic flights or trains as listed in the itinerar
√ Airport Taxes: US$30for domestic,
√ Service Charge & Government Taxes .
√ Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels
√ Goverment letter for visa support

Service excluded:

* All lunches and dinners, and breakfast on the train
* Personal expenses, tips to the guide and driver.
  Note, the price for 6-10 pax included Lunches and Dinners
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