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Bardain Jaran Desert Silk Road Tour - 13 Days

Destination: Xining, Zhangye, Alax Youqi,Jiayuguan,Dunhuang,Turpan,Urumqi.
Duration: Thirteen Day
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Transportation: Vehicle
Best Travel Time:May - Oct
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The Badain Jaran Desert is a desert  in Alxa youqi ( in inner mongolia). which spans the provinces of Gansu, Ningxia and Inner Mongolia.By size it is the third largest desert in China.This desert is home to some of the tallest stationary dunes on Earth. Some reaching a height of more than 500 meters.Although most average at around 200 meters. Its tallest dune is also measured, from base to peak, as the world's third tallest dune and highest stationary dune in the world.The desert also features over 100 spring-fed lakes that lie between the dunes, some of which are fresh water while others are extremely saline. These lakes give the desert its name which is Mongolian for "mysterious lakes". It is also crossed by one river, the Ruo Shui ("weak water"), which has formed an alluvial plain in the desert.

Measuring over 49000sq kilometers, the Badain Jaran Desert covers a significant part of the south-central part of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region as well as the North part of Gansu province. Located in the Alxa Plateau at about 1200 meters above sea level it is listed as a subsection to the Gobi Desert. It is bound to the north by the Gobi and to the East by Mount Lang which separates it from the Ulan Buh Desert.Although most of the dunes in the desert are not stationary, the larger ones usually ranging above 200 meters are static. With these dunes only the shallow surface of the sand is constantly shifting. The middle and lower layers of the highest dunes have been compacted for more than 20,000 years causing the sand particles to harden resulting in solid layers of sand and sandstone. High moisture levels inside the dunes also contribute to maintain their fixed state. This rigid structure also allows peaks, cliffs, gullies and even caves to form as a result of water erosion and desertification.


The Badain Jaran Desert, like the Tengger Desert which lies to the east (and with which the Badain Jaran Desert is currently merging with, due to extensive desertification) is about one-half barren, sandy desert and one-half a mixture of solid bedrock and loose gravel. Several small lakes and oases scatter the desert around which limited vegetation is able to grow.

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$3100/persons 3100USD/Person


Day 1  Arrival Xining
Meet by guide and driver at the Xining airport. After lunch we will drive to Kumbum Monastery (called by Chinese as Ta'er si). It was founded in 1583 in a narrow valley close to the village of Lusar in the Tibetan cultural region of Amdo. Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism, was born nearby in 1357.
Meals : No
Hotel: Xining


Day 2 Xining
After breakast drive to the Qinghai Lake. Qinghai Lake is the largest lake in China, both the current Chinese name "Qinghai" and the older Mongolian name Kokonur translate to "Blue Lake" or "Teal Sea". Qinghai Lake is located about 152 kilometers west of the provincial capital of Xining at 3,205 m (10,515 feet) above sea level in a depression of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Xining


Day 3 Xining to Zhangye
After breakfast, we will drive from Xining to Zhangye, this tour will take us 6-7 hours, but our car will drive over Qilian mountain, which is caped with snow all year round. The northern and southern slope of the Qilian Mountain covered with natural forest and rape field. Each year during July and early August the slopes of Qilian Mountain become a sea of flowers.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Zhangye


Day 4 Zhangye to Alax youqi
After breakfast, drive from zhangye city to Alax youqi, where we will have lunch. Along the road there are grassland and beautiful mountains. After lunch we will take a four wheel drive to Bardain Jaran desert. This is one of the most beautiful desert in China, is also called" the curves drawn by god". You will have a chance to see several beautiful lakes and the highest sand dune of the world, which know as the desert Mount Everest. In the evening arrive at the camping site. You can stroll along the lake bank and visit the Bardain Jaran monastery. After dinner, you can sleep in the Mongolian yurt and walk out to see the beautiful stars.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camp: Bardain Jaran Desert


Day 5 Alax youqi to Zhangye
After breakfast we will drive across the desert to the entrance of the Bardain Jaran Desert, along the way you have chance to see more beautiful sand dunes and lakes. Then we will have lunch at Alax youqi. In the afternoon we will drive from Alax youqi to Zhangye city and visit the giant Buddha temple.
Meals : Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Zhangye


Day 6   Zhangye
After breakfast drive to the Danxia Landform which is 40 kilometers from Zhangye city. It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age.  After lunch at the local farmer's restaurant, we will drive 16km to Binggou Danxia landform which is not know to most tourists and the landscape is terrific.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Zhangye


Day 7 Zhangye to Jiayuguan
Drive from Zhangye to Jiayuguan city in the morning. After lunch we will visit the famous Jiayuguan Pass, which is the western end of the great wall and one of the most important pass along the great wall. Then we will visit the Tomb of Wei and Jin dynasty which enjoy the fame as ¡°the Gobi underground gallery¡±.
Meals : Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Jiayuguan


Day 8 Jiayuguan to Dunhuang
Drive for 3 hours to the Guazhou city in the morning where you will have lunch. On the way you will see vast  areas of Gobi desert , oasis and wind farm, to have a close contact with the wild west of China. After lunch drive to the Yulin Grottoes (1.5 hours driving) which is one of the most important grottoes in China.After Yulin Grottoes we will drive to dunhuang and check in the hotel. In the everning you can visit the local market which is one of the most popular market in China.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Dunhuang


Day 9 Dunhuang to Trupan
Today, enjoy a cultural tour begin with the visit to Mogao Grottoes. The site is considered the great treasure house of Buddhist arts in existence. Then, continue your trip to Crescent Lake and Sighing Sand Dune. after the sand dunes  our guide and driver will escort you to the Liuyuan Train station which is 130 KM away from dunhuang, there you will take over night train to Turpan.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Dunhuang


Day 10  Turpan  
Arrive in Turpan, your local guide will meet you at the railway station and accompany you for a visit to the mysterious death city, the Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City, which reveals traces of a prosperous ancient trading center and military stronghold 1,600 years ago. And then Emin Minaret (Sugong Pagoda) - the biggest ancient pagoda existing in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient pagoda in the country and ancient Karez Well, the underground water supply and irrigation system.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Turpan


Day 11 Turpan to Urumqi
Today you will drive 2.5 hours to Urumqi. After lunch you will visit the Xinjiang Museum, which is one of the best museum on the silk road.
Hotel: Urumqi


Day 12  Urumqi Departure
After breakfast, we set off for Heavenly Lake. Also named as Tianchi, nestled high in the Bogda Mountains of the Tianshan Mountain Range of Xinjiang, lies 115 kilometers west of the city of Urumqui.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Urumqi

Day 13 Urumqi Departure
Drive to Urumqi Airport for Departure.

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