This 5-day Silk Road tour takes you to explore the Hexi Corridor on the ancient Silk Road including Zhangye, Jiayuguan and Dunhuang on a budget way. You will view the Zhangye Rainbow Mountains, Jiayuguan Fort, Mogao Caves, and Mingshan Sand Dunes etc. This is one of the must-do tours in China to explore the historical route.
Note: Due to the limited entrance tickets to the Mogao Caves, we will arrange you to visit Western Mogao Caves intead of if we can not get the tickets particularly in July and August.
Welcome to Zhangye, today is arrival day. You can check in the hotel in Zhangye with your ID. Please contact us if you need airport or railway station transfer.
Today you will head to Zhangye Danxia Mountain, or Zhangye Rainbow Mountain in English, to view the colorful mountains, which is a very popular site recent years on the Silk Road for its impressive red, yellow, white and black clays on the mountains. You will take the sightseeing bus from one spot to another one to view the fantastic colorful clays. Moreover, the mountains are in all sorts of forms to display the colorful clays.
Later, you will take 3-hour car ride from Danxia Mount to Jiayugan where you will check in the hotel.
Today you will visit the western end of the Great Wall, Jiayuguan Fortress, which was built on the narrowest area in the Hexi Corridor between Qilian Mountain and Black Mountain. It is a renowned world heritage on the Silk Road.
Later, you will take 5-hour car ride from Jiayuguan to Dunhuang via the large Gobi desert along the Hexi Corridor.
In the morning, you will visit Mogao Caves, the gem of the ancient Silk Road. The early history of Mogao can be traced back to the 4th century, and built many times in the history. The colorful fresco, statues in Mogao Caves display various stories about Buddhism.
Afterwards, you will visit the Minsha Shan or Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring this afternoon, where you have opportunity to ride the camel.
In the evening, you can explore the night market or watch the Dunhuang performance at the theater.
Today is departure day, the wonderful Hexi Corridor tour concludes on the Silk Road. You can check out before noon, and depart on your own. Please conctact us if you need airport transfer service.
Group Size: 2--15 Travelers
Travel Season: Year around
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Transport: Chartered car or public bus
Meals: 4 Chinese breakfasts listed in the itinerary
Guide: English-speaking local guides
Entrance fees: Sites listed
- Dinners and lunches
- Arrival/Departure transfer
- China Visa
China Visa required
Tour days: 5