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9 Days Hexi Corridor Exploration

Destinations:Lanzhou,Xiahe,Zhangye,Jiayuguan,Dunhuang

from: US$1080
Tour Code: CITIC-SD-066
Summary: You will take the Hexi corridor adventure to Lanzhou,Zhangye,Jiayuguan and Dunhuang. Learning about the treasures of the Silk Road and Buddhism art.UNESCO-Mogao Grottoes. Riding the camels in the vast desert where you will experience the silk road caravan.

Day 1

Arrive at Lanzhou

Please arrange your international flight to get to Lanzhou, we will meet you at the airport upon arrival, transfer you to the hotel and check you in. You will have the rest of the day free to do a little exploration at your leisure.
Accommodation: In Lanzhou

Day 2

LanzhouXiahe   (233kms,3-4hrs driving)
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). At afternoon, you can drive to Xiahe, enjoy the scenery of Songke Grassland, and lie at an average altitude of over 3,000m above sea level. The Songke Grassland is situated a short 14km from Xiahe. This vast expanse of grassy plains, covering an area of around 70 square kilometers, is a lonely, beautiful place that presents a nice change for those coming from the bustling cities, such as Chengdu or Lanzhou. 
Accommodation: In Xiahe


 

Day 3

XiaheLanzhouZhangye           D2753(18:27-21:58)
Labrang Monastery

Morning breakfast at the hotel, then we will head to visit the Labrang Monastery. In the afternoon, we plan to drive back to Lanzhou, then you will be transferred to the train station to take the express train to Zhangye.
Accommodation: In Zhangye
Labrang Monastery: The Labrang Monastery is located at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain, northwest of Xiahe County in Gannan Tibetan Nationality Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. As a propitious place in the hearts of the Tibetans, it stands by the Daxia River and faces the Dragon Mountain. A long time ago, this place was a boundless sea, which over time had turned into the present landscape. There is a beautiful legend that tells about how the Dragon Mountain, Phoenix Mountain, and the Daxia River were formed.

Day 4

Zhangye
Mati Temple

After breakfast, we will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you to visit the Grand Buddha Temple, which is the important place of the Silk Road. we will head to visit the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park,which is 510 square kilometers in total, and 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 and then we are about to visit the Mati Temple where were built in Jin Dynasty. A series of horse shoe prints are visible in Grotto 9, which are said to be left by a heaven horse. As a result, the temple was named for the horseshoe prints left by the legendary heaven horse, which become the treasure of the temple. Later head to visit the Wooden Pagoda Temple, it is the only pagoda that remains in Zhangye. 
Accommodation: In Zhangye

 

Day 5

ZhangyeJiayuguan    (223kms, 3hrs driving)
Jiayuguan Pass

After breakfast, we will drive to Jiayuguan, visit the Jiayuguan Pass. This Ming Dynasty for guards the strategic Jiayuguan pass, at the western end of the Great Wall – this was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. The Great Wall on the Cliff, The wall here was built on the ridge with the gradient of 45 degrees. It is high in the air and it looks as if it fell down from the top of the hill. So people refer to this section of the Great Wall as the "Suspended Wall".  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. 
Accommodation: In Jiayuguan

Day 6

JiayuguanDunhuang   (350kms, 4.5hrs driving)
Yulin Grottoes

In the morning, we will drive to Dunhuang, visit the Yulin Grottoes on route. The Yulin Grottoes lie 70 km to the south of Anxi County, Gansu Province. The Grottoes are chiseled into the cliffs on both the east and west sides of the Yulin River. The east cliff has 30 grottoes and the west has 11, with a distance of more than 100 meters between them. Then we will arrive at Dunhuang and have a rest.
Accommodation: In Dunhuang

Day 7

Dunhuang
Mogao Grottoes

Morning tour of Mogao Grottoes also is known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the great artistic and religious wonders of the world and is famous for its exquisite murals and various sculptures inside the caves where was built in different dynasties, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art. Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake, located in 5 km (about three miles) south of Dunhuang City, the Echoing-Sand Mountain, for many Chinese well known as Mingsha Mountain, is celebrated for the sound of the moving sand. In 1994 it was acclaimed as the national key scenic spot. Together with the Crescent Spring and the Mogao Caves, the Echoing-Sand Mountain is most popular site in Dunhuang travel.You may wonder why the sand makes these different sounds. There is a legend that says how, in ancient times, a general with many soldiers came here to fight in a war with their enemies.
Accommodation: In Dunhuang

Day 8

Dunhuang
Yadan Landform

Afer breakfast at the hotel, we are going to visit the Yumen Guan Pass, Yumenguan Pass is located northwest of the Dunhuang city. It got the name because the famous Khotan jade entered the Dunhuang from here. Later on, we will visit the Yadan Nation Geologic Park is the largest one of Yadan Landform found so far. The park stretches twenty-five kilometers from north to south and about two kilometers from east to west. It features the unique and wonderful scenes and landscapes of Gobi desert.
Accommodation: In Dunhuang

Day 9

Dunhuang

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight.


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2-5 persons N $ 1680 $ 1580
6-9 persons N $ 1370 $ 1210
10 persons & above N $ 1180 $ 1090
Single room Supplement N $ 260 $ 200

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