Wonderful Gansu Highlights 8 Days Tour
Lanzhou– Xiahe-Lanzhou - Zhangye-Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
Day 1 Lanzhou Arrival – Xiahe
Welcome to Lanzhou. Your tour guide will meet you at Lanzhou Airport/Train Station, and then drive to Xiahe which is about 3.5 hours driving from Lanzhou, featuring in Tibetan culture and history.
Day 2 Xiahe
After breakfast, you will drive to visit the Labrang Monastery. Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism. It is Tibetan Buddhism's most important monastery town outside the Tibetan Autonomous Region. You have chance to see the monks studying and debating about Buddhism. After then, drive to visit the Songke Prairie which is famous for its excellent pasture and frequent magnificent Buddhist ceremonies.Drive back to Xiahe and stay overnight here.
Day 3 Xiahe – Lanzhou
Today you will drive back to Lanzhou. On route, take a side trip to visit the Bingling Temple. Firstly, you will arrive at Liujiaxia Dam which is a major hydroelectric dam on the upper Yellow River. Then you will take a yacht on the dam to tour the Bingling Temple. Bingling Temple is a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculpture carved into natural caves and caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River.The sculptures, carvings, and frescoes that remain are outstanding examples of Buddhist artwork and draw visitors from around the world.Leaving Bingling Temple, and go to driving to Lanzhou. Take a good rest in Lanzhou.
Day 4 Lanzhou - Zhangye
After breakfast, you will drive about 5 hours from Lanzhou to Zhangye city. Enjoy the beautiful landscape along the road. After arrival at Zhangye, have lunch in the city then take some rest in your hotel.In the afternoon, drive about an hour to visit the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geographical Park. The Danxia landform is a spectacular petrographic geomorphology landscape which is formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates. The one in Zhangye was formed in the pre-Jurassic Age. Thousands of mountains and stiffs stretch like the colorful sunset glow. The barren mountains are covered by a red grit rock stratum. At the same time, some surfaces of mountains appear other colors, such as white, yellow, etc, and form many irregular lines and blocks looking like some abstract oil paintings. There are four viewing decks for you to watch and shoot.
Day 5 Zhangye - Jiayuguan
After breakfast, you will go to visit the Giant Buddha Temple which is famous for having the largest indoor sleeping Buddha in Asia. This temple was built in Xixia Dynasty(1098), and keeps many precious Buddhist scriptures and wall paitings.The Buddha statue was carved by woods with a length of 34.5 meters. His ears are as big as the space which 4 adults can sit side by side. The statue tells the story of Buddha’s Nirvana. The whole Dafo Temple is a large complex with regal arrangements. After visit the Buddha Temple, dirive about 220km(2.5hrs) to Jiayuguan City and check in your hotel. Then you will go to visit the "the First and Greatest Pass under Heaven", also the westermost starting point of Great Wall of Ming Dynasty - Jiayuguan Pass. Start your exploration with an education visit to the Great Wall Mesum to learn some interesting facts about both the Jiayuguan Fort and Great Wall, including history, old photos, relics, etc. Then enter the gate to explore the grandoise Jiayuguan Fort.
Day 6 Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
Today you will drive to Dunhuang from Jiayuguan in the early morning. On route, visit the Yulin Grottoes. The forty-two caves house some 250 polychrome statues and 4,200 square meters of wall paintings, dating from the Tang Dynasty to the Yuan Dynasty (seventh to fourteenth centuries).In the evening, you can go out to go for a walk in the Shazhou Night Marketwhere you can try some local food, relax in a driking bar, or buy some interesting handcrafts, etc.
Day 7 Dunhuang
After breakfast, drive about 10km from the Dunhuang city to visit the newly opened Mogao Grottoes Digital Exhibition Center before go to Mogao Grottoes. You will watch two well-produced educational documentary movies that introduce the history, arts, and other facts about Mogao Grottoes. After the movies, take the interzonal bus to Mogao Grottoes. Mogao Grottoes is famed as the “Louvre of East”, which is outstanding for its exquisite mural paintings and statues. There are now 492 grottoes in which about 45000 square meters mural paintings and 2100 colorfully painted statues from which you can trace the development of Chinese art over 1600 years from one dynasty to the next because each dynasty built own caves to record its own features.
Day 8 Dunhuang Beijing, Departure
After a leisure hotel breakfast, transfer to take a morning flight to Beijing capital airport, where you will need to transit to your departure flight on your own.