Please arrange for your international flight to get to Lanzhou. We will meet you at the airport. Then transfer you to the hotel and check in.
Accommodation: In Lanzhou
- Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves
In the morning, head to visit the Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves , These caves, which stretch for 200 meters, were built during the Western Qin, North Wei, Sui, Tang, and Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing dynasties (between the 3rd and 18th centuries). then you will take a Lanzhou city tour, visit the first bridge Of the Yellow River, it is the first highway bridge in the ancient Yellow River, also the second city steel bridge in China. Yellow River’s Mother Statue, explore the ancient history and culture of Gansu Province. Waterwheel park, an ancient irrigation tool. you will be transferred to the train station, take the express train to Zhangye.
Accommodation: In Zhangye
27th,Dec.ZhangyeJiayuguan (223kms, 2-3hrs driving)
- Giant Buddha Temple
Breakfast at the hotel, take you to visit the Giant Buddha Temple, which is the important place of the Silk Road. Located in the southwest corner of Zhangye in Gansu Province, the Giant Buddha Temple is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. China's largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple. thereafter, we will head to visit the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, which is 510 square kilometers in total, it located in the north of Qilian mountains, SuNa County territory. It includes the colour hills in Linze country ,ice hills, Danxia and GanZhou District and PingShan lake. The scenic Danxia, is a distance of 40 km from east Zhang Ye city, north from Linze county town by 20 kilometers, this is the most typical arid area of northern China. Afternoon, take the express train to Jiayuguan
Accommodation: In Jiayuguan
28th,Dec.JiayuguanDunhuang (350kms, 4.5hrs driving)
- American Group in Jiayuguan Pass
Morning we will pick you up from the hotel and take you to visit the Jiayuguan pass. This Ming Dynasty fort guards the strategic Jiayuguan pass, at the western end of the Great Wall – this was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. Then we will visit the Weijin Tombs, which are ancient tombs of brick paintings dating back 265-420 AD. The wall paintings discovered are lifelike and succinct in style and cover a wide range of subjects including politics, economics, culture, military affairs, folk customs, and science and technology during the Wei and Jin periods. afternoon, bus transfer to Dunhuang, visit the Echoing Sand Mountaion&Crescent Lake upon arrival. 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. 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.
Accommodation: In Dunhuang
- Mogao Grottoes
After breakfast, tour of Mogao Grottoes, also known as the 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. after that, bus transfer to the train station and take the express train to Turpan. we will meet you at the station and bring you to downtown hotel check in.
Accommodation: In Turpan
30th,Dec.TurpanUrumqi (200kms, 3hrs driving)
- Australia Group in Karez Well
In the morning, your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel, take you to visit the Tuyoq Village, constructed in eastern and western cliffs in Tuyoq valley . more than 40 caves, there are 10 preserving murals.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. It is one of the best preserved ruins of its ancient era in China, it was include in the World Heritage List on June 22, 2014. later, drive back to Urumqi for rest.
Accommodation: In Urumqi
31st,Dec.UrumqiHeavenly Lake (120kms, 1.5hrs driving)
- Canada Group in Heavenly Lake
Morning drive to Fukang and visit the Heavenly Lake, a picturesque Alpine lake, 2000m up in the Tianshan mountain range. Heavenly Lake is a long and narrow gourd-shaped moraine lake, 3400 meters long, about 1500 meters wide, 105 meters at the deepest point, with an average depth of 40 meters, covering an area of about 5.9 square kilometers. There are eight beautiful scenic spots in the lake scenic area.
Afternoon, back to Urumqi, visit the Xinjiang International Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine.
Accommodation: In Urumqi
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport based on your flight time and end of service.
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