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Gansu Xinjiang Tour - 12 Days

Destination: Lanzhou - Xiahe - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi
Duration: Twelve Day
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Explore ancient relics of monastery, grotto, city and town, also enjoy the spectacular desert landscape.
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Day 1 Day 1 Lanzhou Arrival 每 Xiahe ( D )
Welcome to Lanzhou. Your tour guide will meet you in the Dunhuang Airport/Train Station, and then drive to Xiahe which features in Tibetan culture and history.

Stay overnight in Xiahe.

 

Day 2 Xiahe ( B,L,D )
After breakfast, you will drive to visit the Labrang Monastery. Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Geluk (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 每 Lanzhou ( B,L,D )
Today you will drive back to Lanzhou. On route, take a side trip to visit the Binglin 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 Binglin 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 Binglin Temple, and go to driving to Lanzhou for the night train from Lanzhou to Jiayuguan. Stay overnight on the train.

 

Day 4 Jiayuguan ( B,L,D )
Today, you will witness the ※first pass under heaven§ 每 Jiayuguan Pass. Along with Juyongguan and Shanhaiguan, it is one of the main passes of the Great Wall, as well as the pass where Great Wall of Ming Dynasty starts. Here, you will visit the Jiayuguan Fort, Overhanging Great Wall and Great Wall Museum.

 

Day 5 Jiayuguan 每 Dunhuang ( B,L,D )
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).

Stay overnight in Dunhuang.

 

Day 6 Dunhuang ( B,L,D )
After breakfast, start your full day Duhuang culture and sightseeing trip.

Firstly, drive from the Dunhuang city to visit the Mogao Grottoes. It 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 have been preserved very well.

The following attraction is the Echoing Sand Mountains. It is said, in the sunny days, the sand mountains echo like Orchestra music even if there is no wind. If you slide from the sand mountains, you can hear the echoing sound clearly.

Your last things to do for today is the Crescent Lake. Surrounded by sand mountains from four directions, the Crescent Lake is a beautiful oasis with some well decorated traditional Chinese architecture, some trees and flowers and a lake that has never dried up.

 

Day 7 Dunhuang - Turpan ( B,L,D )
Today's highlight is the Yardang National Geopark. Yardang has been created over time by the sort part of the earth surface having being eroded by wind and rain, with the hard part of the rocks remaining in the desert. You will drive from Dunhuang city westwards. On route, visit the Yumenguan Pass and Ruin of Great Wall of Han Dynasty.

Drive back to Dunhuang City. After dinner, take the evening train to Turpan.

 

Day 8 Turpan (L)
Welcome to Turpan. Your tour guide will pick you up from train station, then escort you to your hotel.

The first attraction for today is the brilliant project - Karez System which is special kind of irrigation system consisting of vertical wells, underground canals, ground canals and waterlogging pond. The  vertically dug wells are linked together to channel the water which occur during summer rain season, or melt from snow mountains of Tianshan range to desired farmlands on the ground. After the Karez visiting, tranfer to tour anther famous relic - the Jiaohe Ancient City which used to be the capital city of the former Cheshi State. It is renowned as the "perfect ruin of earth building" because it has been well preserved for almost two thousand years. Last activity for today is to visit the Emin Minaret. It is a elegant and innovative Islamic pagodaby built by the duke Emin Hezhuo to express his devotion to the lord Allah.  Emin Minaret looks like a awl which is 44 meter high. Nearby, there is an ornate mosque.

 

Day 9 Turpan - Urumqi ( B,L )
After breakfast, go to visit the Flaming Mountains. Stretching about 100km, Flaming Mountain is covered by red sandstones which look like flaming fire. Want to get rid of the heat of Flaming Mountains? Transfer to enjoy the pleasant cool of the Grape Valley where you can also taste delicious grapes and other fruits.

In the afternoon, you will explore the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Its highlight is about 40 large wall paintings covering more than 1,200 square meters which have different themes, such as the Gaochang Kingdom, Buddhism, etc.

Drive back to Urumqi.

 

Day 10 Urumqi ( B,L )
After breakfast, your tour start with a visit to the Red Hill which is regarded as the symbol of Urumqi. The whole mountain is formed by aubergine rock. Followed by a visit to the Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar which is the largest bazaar in the world. You can buy some souvenirs and specialties here.

In the afternoon, visi the Xinjiang Regional Museum which is an integrated museum, located in the Urumqi City. It is a beautiful builing decorated by Uygur style, and has more than 5,000 arts and history relics. It features in three exhibition hall: Ethnic Exhibition, History Reclics Exhibition and Mummy Exhibition.

 

Day 11 Urumqi - Tianchi Lake ( B,L )
After breakfast, drive to visit the beautiful Tianchi Lake. It is located on the Tianshan Mountains. In ancient fairytale, it was the fairyland where the Heavenly Queen lived. It is the best summer resort in Xinjiang. Cruising on a boat, enjoying the breathtaking picturesque views of inverted reflection of snow mountains, flourishing plants and blooming flowers around the lake.

Drive back to Urumqi. Followed by a visit to the Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar which is the largest bazaar in the world. You can buy some souvenirs and specialties here.

 

Day 12 Urumqi Departure ( B )
Today is free for you to explore Urumqi by yourself until your tour guide escort you to airport for your flight.


 

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