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6 Days Gansu Silk Road Tour to Dunhuang, Lanzhou and Xiahe

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Day 1: Be welcomed by your guide at airport and transferred to hotel in Dunhuang. Enjoy your free time for the rest of day.

Program:

welcome to Dunhuang! Your guide will meet at the airport or train station, and driven to your hotel. The rest of the time is free for you to explore the city.

Meals: N/A
Accommodation: 4 or 5 star hotel in Dunhuang

Day 2: After breakfast, begin Dunhuang city tour to Mogao Grottoes,Crescent Lake and Mingsha Hill.

Program:

In the morning, have a half day tour to Mogao Grottoes. Morning is the best time to see the miraculous Grottoes if weather permits. Owing to its location, you can have a better view with the sunlight in the morning. Before entering the grottoes, you’ll see two movies about the history and introduction about the closed grottoes. Then take a shuttle bus to visit Mogao Grottoes.

After lunch, have a visit to Mingsha Hill and Crescent Lake. Watching the sunset via camel ride is highly recommended. At night, enjoy yourself exploring the Shazhou Night Market.
-Mogao Grottoes: In China, it is one of the three famous rock grottoes and regarded as a storehouse of the Buddhist art in the world.
-Mingsha Hill: Mingsha Hill offers the best picture-book desert scenery that travelers are likely to see along the entire length of the Silk Road.
-Crescent Lake: Yueya Spring is near the northern foot of Mingsha Hill in the southern suburbs of Dunhuang City. It is shaped like a crescent moon, and its clear water is surrounded by grass.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: 4 or 5 star hotel in Dunhuang

Day 3: One-day Western Dunhuang tour: Yumenguan, the Great Wall in Han Dynasty, Hecang Fortress and Yangguan. Take an overnight train to Lanzhou after tour.

Program:

You will start the day with a visit to Yumenguan, the Great Wall in Han Dynasty, The Hecang Fortress and Yang Gate. In the late afternoon, take an overnight train to Lanzhou.

-The Hecang Fortress: hidden in the Gobi Desert twenty kilometers from Yumenguan Pass at the west, was originally the important quartermaster depot.
-Yumenguan: Yumenguan lies about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Dunhuang. Its name came from the fact that jade from Hotan in Xinjiang entered Central China through this pass.
-Yangguan: Yangguan lies 75 kilometers (47 miles) southwest of Dunhuang but consists of only the ruins of a high beacon tower. It’s named Yangguan because it borders the southern part of Yumenguan Pass.
Suggested overnight train for soft sleepers: Y669(20:07-07:23+1)
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: overnight at the train station

Day 4: Drive about 2 hours to Liujiaxia and visit to Bingling Temple Grottoes by cruise. After lunch, return Lanzhou and visit Gansu Provincial Museum.

Program:

you will have breakfast and then take a full day tour to visit Bingling Temple and Gansu Provincial Museum.

-Bingling Temple: Located 75km south-west of Lanzhou, Binglingsi is an important Buddhist cave complex dating from the 5th century and one of the most unusual sights in Gunsu.
-Gansu Provincial Museum: It has interesting collection, including an outstanding Tang Dynasty Warrior made from earth ware and the bronze Flying horse of Wuwei, 2000 years old and still with its accompanying procession of horses and chariots.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: 4 or 5 star hotel in Lanzhou

Day 5: Check out in the morning, drive about 4 hours to Xiahe. Upon arrival, go sightseeing to Sangke Grassland. Stay overnight at Xiahe.

Program:
check out in the morning, you will head to Xiahe. 4 hours later, arriving at Xiahe, check in the hotel. After short rest, be transferred to Sangke Grassland. Located at 15 kilometers(9.5 miles) away from Xiahe downtown, flocks of sheep and horses are ranging over this grassland. In summer, under the crystal sky, wildflowers are in full blossom at the greenest pastures. Wandering or horse riding at this vast grassland is relaxed and comfortable. Besides the attractive scenery, you can taste the local Qingke Wine and experience the Tibetan culture.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: 4 or 5 star hotel in Xiahe

Day 6: Moring visit to Labrang Monastery. After lunch, be drive to Xiahe Airport for the flight to Xian or be drived to Lanzhou Airport.

Program:
check out in the morning, you will have to visit to Labrang Monastery. Before entering the lamasery, you will have a panorama view of the lamasery at the Thangka Display Terrace. After lunch, return Lanzhou (or be drived to Xiahe Airport for flight from Xiahe to Xian).
-Labrang Monastery (LABULENG SI): It is one of the six largest religious temples of the Gelug Sect of China s Lamaism, second only to Potala Palace in Lhasa at Tibet. The lamasery covers 202 acres and has more than 10,000 halls and accommodates over 3,000 lamas.
Flight from Xiahe to Xian for reference: 3U8600 15:30 - 16:55 (fly every Mon. Wed. Fri. and Sun.)
Meals: breakfast, lunch,
Accommodation: 4 or 5 star hotel in Xian or Lanzhou
Service includes:

*Hotel accommodations with breakfast as specified (but hotels are subject to change to the same category before finally confirmed).

*Transportations between cities during the program (by air or by train).

*All meals as specified in the itinerary.

*Transfers among airports & hotels as specified in the itinerary by private car or coach with driver & English-speaking guide.

*Entrance fees for sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with English speaking guide.

*Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.

*Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

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Day 1:
Dunhuang

`Airport Transfer

Day 2:
Dunhuang

` Mogao Grottoes
`Crescent Lake
`Mingsha HillLake
Dunes of the Singing Sands

Day 3:
Dunhuang,Lanzhou

`Yumenguan
`the Great Wall in Han Dynasty
`The Hecang Fortress
`Yangguan

Day 4:
Lanzhou

`Gansu Provincial Museum
`Bingling Temple

Day 5:
Lanzhou,Xiahe

Labrang Monastery

Day 6:
Xiahe

`Labrang Monastery