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8 Day Silk Road Tour Zhangye-Jiayuguan-Dunhuang
(tour code 937-101)

Main Content List:
  1. Information on Service Provider
  2. Silk Road Tour Itinerary
  3. Must-See Sights for Silk Road Tour
  4. Price
  5. Contact

About Tour Operator & Tour Guide

Welcome to Silkroadcamel, the leading online Silk Road travel service. A wholly owned division of Gansu Overseas International Tourist Corp, our business model is based on honesty, integrity and flexibility.
We provide various tour group packages to all parts of Silk Road, and we specialize in customizing and designing tours for individuals, families and groups for specific requirements such as trekking, self driving, desert exploration and camel ridding at great value for money. Hotels and restaurants are carefully selected to provide comfort and variety. We always devote ourselves to provide excellent tour service for every customer. Our tour guides are knowledgeable and experienced. We take you to the best attractions and sights in comfortable vehicles with safe drivers.

Logo of Silk Road Camel
Logo of Silkroadcamel, a brand under Stated-owned Gansu Province Overseas International Tourist Corp specializing in China Silk Road Tour.

We work hard to give our customers an unforgettable "Silk Road experience”. Welcome to explore the beautiful and cultural Silk Road with us. If you are interested in Silk Road tour, if you want to choose a unique tour in China, please feel free to contact us for information, ideas or a travel service quotation.

Silk Road Camel Tour Guide David Chen
David Chen, the founder of Silkroadcamel brand, is a great tour guide and an experienced photographer who is appointed to arrange you the Silk Road Tour. David speak both Chinese and English, he can be reached by email [email protected] or by phone number +86-937-8865249.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1 /Lanzhou                  O/N Lanzhou

The guide pick up you from the airport, train station or bus terminal in Lanzhou and we will then take the bus to Lanzhou downtown, take a city tour in Lanzhou, visit the Iron Bridge, Water Wheel Garden and make a free walk in the Zhenning Road.

Day 2 Lanzhou/Zhangye     O/N Zhangye

Taking the high speed train to Zhangye and visiting the Giant Buddha Temple, the largest architectural relic from the Western Xia Dynasty. The largest reclining Buddha of the country is well preserved here in Giant Buddha Temple. The whole Buddha statue is 113.5 feet long and 24.6 feet wide demonstrating solid worship of buddhist as well as high level of ancient Chinese handcrafting.

Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park
A bus is riding on the twisty mountain road. Zhangye Danxia Mountains are easily one of the most beautiful places you will see throughout the whole Silk Road Tour

We will then visit Danxia Landform Geological Park. Experience told us Danxia Geological Park is best viewed during sunset and sunrise times when the colors change continuously with yellow and red layers covered by a light gray layer.

Day 3 Zhangye/Badain Jaran Desert      O/N local farmer’s house

We are driving to the entrance of the Badain Jaran Desert, then we will take the 4*4 Jeep to surf in the desert and stay in the center of desert overnightly.
The Badain Jaran Desert covers an area of 49,000 sq. kilometers. It is the highest and most beautiful desert in the world spanning the provinces of Gansu, Ningxia and Inner Mongolia. The desert is also home to over 100 spring-fed lakes that lie between the dunes, some of which are fresh while others are salty. We will visit the highest peak in the Desert—Bilutu Peak, which is called the “desert Everest”, the Badain Lake and Temple in the desert.
Zhangye to Entrance of Desert is 200 km and riding time is about 2.5 hours

Day 4 Badain Jaran Desert/Zhangye      On: Zhangye

Badain Jaran Desert
Travelers are riding camels to visit Bilutu Peak of Badain Jaran Desert, which is known as the world's highest stationary dune.

See the sunrise in the desert, and continue to surfing in the desert, and enjoy the exciting sand sliding, the tour will end at lunch time and we will then transfer to Alxa Youqi and drive to Zhangye after lunch.
We will go to visit the Horse Footprint Temple Caves. The whole grotto is composed of Shenguo Temple, Puguang Temple and various Caves. Built in the Northern Liang Dynasty, Horse Footprint Temple boasts several tens of caves and shrines. It is said that a horse from the heaven once left a footprint here, and the temple then got its name.
We will come back to Zhangye downtown for lunch. Zhangye to Horse Footprint Temple Caves is 75 km and driving time is 1 hour.

Day 5 Zhangye/Jiayuguan     O/N Jiayuguan

Heading for Jiayuguan In the morning, after lunch we visit the Jiayuguan famous Fortress and Great Wall Museum. It is the west end of the Ten Thousands Li of Great Wall in China, the Fortress was first built in 1372 AD, in Ming Dynasty, it was reputed of the First Impregnable Pass Under the Heaven.

Jiayuguan Fortress
Jiayuguan Fortress, the First Impregnable Pass Under the Heaven, at the western end of the Great Wall

Day 6 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang     O/N Dunhuang

Driving for Dunhuang in the morning, we will visit the Singing Sand Dune (Mingsha Hill) which is piled up with colorful sand. The so-called singing sand can't sing by itself, but giving the sound of music when people are tring to slide on its surface, making it one of the greatest mysteries of nature. We will then visit the Crescent Lake or so called Sand Well to see the clear water all year around surrounded by the sand.
Jiayuguan to Dunhuang is 380 km and it takes 5 hrs of driving.

Day 7 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang       O/N Dunhuang

We will visit the Mogao Grottoes in the morning; Mogao Grottoes was listed as the World Cultural Heritages by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1987. With another name of thousand Buddha Cave, the Mogao Grottoes contains 735 buddha caves, 45 thousands square meters of wall paintings and 2415 statues. We will visit the Dunhuang city Museum in the afternoon, it is a small museum but showing the history of Silk Road and some antique or historical site around Dunhuang.

Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes
Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes: where buddhism was first brought to China and monks carved amazing caves into the earth for prayer and meditation. It's forbidden to take photos inside the caves but they are really impressive! One cave even holds a 26 meter Buddha!

Day 8 Dunhuang/

Clients leave Dunhuang and tour ends.

Keywords for Silk Road Tour

Lanzhou, Gansu China→ Giant Buddha Temple in Zhangye→Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park→Mongolia Badain Jaran Desert → the First Impregnable Pass Under the Heaven→Dunhuang Singing Sand Dune→Crescent Spring→ Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes→Dunhuang city Museum

Yummy Food in Dunhuang
We care both spiritual and physical needs of our clients and local yummy food is guranteed through the whole silk road tour.


We give travelers flexibility to purchase the whole tour as specified here or purchase partial and tailored silk road tour. Please contact David Chen to request a quotation.

Contact and Booking

⚑ Company Name: Zhongshang International Travel Agency Dunhuang Branch Co., Ltd
☛ Address: No. 1197, Middle Yangguan Road, Dunhuang City, Gansu Province
☎ Telephone: +86-13993712727, +86-937-8865249
✉ Email: [email protected], please indicate the tour code 937-101 while make enquiries.

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