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11 Days China Silk Road Plus Highlights Qinghai Tour

11 Days China Silk Road Plus Highlights Qinghai Tour

Chengdu - Lanzhou - Zhangye - Dunhuang - Xi’ning
Duration: 11 Days Departure: All year around
Highlights:
Chengdu Panda Base, Marquis Wu Shrine, Jinli Street, White Pagoda Hill Park, Gansu Provincial Museum, Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple, Zhangye Danxia Landform National Geopark, Mogao Grottoes, Echoing - sand Mountain, Crescent Lake, Jiayuguan Pass, Xuanbi Great Wall, Dongguan Mosque, Ta'er Monastery, Qinghai Lake
Along the unique scenery of the Silk Road in northwestern part of China, various thoughts came into China with caravans, Buddhism was one of them. In this 11 days tour, besides the beauties of the Silk Road, you will also have a chance to see a little bit about Tibetan Buddhism and its picturesque plateau beauties in Qinghai.
DAY BY DAY
D1-D2: Chengdu
D3: Lanzhou - Zhangye
D4: Zhangye
D5 - D6: Dunhuang
D7 - D8: Jiayuguan - Xi’ning
D9: Xi’ning - Chaka - Heimahe
D10 - D11: Qinghai Lake - Xining
$ per person

Day 1: Chengdu Arrival

Schedule today: In the morning, your guide and driver will meet you at airport, and transfer you to your hotel. Have a nice rest at your hotel.

Day 2: Chengdu - Lanzhou (by train)

Highlight: Chengdu Panda Base, Marquis Wu Shrine, Jinli Street

Schedule today: Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby, you will first to visit Chengdu Panda Base, where you can get close to see the pandas and photograph them. After visiting, transfer to have lunch. In the afternoon, you will go to visit Marquis Wu Shrine which is dedicated to Zhuge Liang who was the Prime Minister of the Shu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms era in Chinese history. Shu Kingdom territory almost was the same like today’s Sichuan province. Afterwards, you will go to visit Jinli Ancient Street, which is sitting beside Marquis Wu Shrine, is one of the most famous streets to experience the traditional architecture of Sichuan. Then your guide and driver will send you to Chengdu North Train Station. Take train to Lanzhou, (suggest you train K2616, 20:26 PM - 07:57AM) overnight on train.

Chengdu Panda Base Marquis Wu Shrine
Chengdu Panda Base Marquis Wu Shrine

Day 3: Lanzhou - Zhangye

Highlights: White Pagoda Hill Park, Gansu Provincial Museum

Schedule today: When you arrive at Lanzhou, your guide and driver will pick you at train station. Then go to visit White Pagoda Hill Park. Seating besides Yellow River, the White Pagoda Hill Park used to be an ancient military fortress. Then go to Gansu Provincial Museum. It is a comprehensive museum with historical and cultural relics, modern cultural relics, ethic cultural relics, paleontological fossils and specimen. In the afternoon, take the bullet train to Zhangye. When you arrive, your guide and driver will meet you at train station and transfer to hotel.

White Pagoda Hill Park Gansu Provincial Museum
White Pagoda Hill Park Gansu Provincial Museum

Day 4: Zhangye

Highlights: Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple, Zhangye Danxia Landform National Geopark

Schedule today: In the morning, go to visit Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple. There is a large reclining wooden Buddha as long as 34.5 meters with one shoulder7.5 meters, ear 4 meters and feet 5.2 meters, and till now it is the longest indoor Buddha in China. Then, check in at hotel and have a nice rest. Then, go to visit Zhangye Danxia Landform National Geopark, aka Rainbow Mountain, which is known for its colorful rock formations, and it has been voted by Chinese media outlets as one of the most beautiful landforms in China

Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple Rainbow Mountain
Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple Rainbow Mountain

Day 5: Zhangye - Dunhuang (609km, 6.5hrs.)

Schedule today: In the morning, your guide and driver will transfer you from Zhangye to Dunhuang. It will be a long day but the road condition is nice and the view is fantastic. Enjoy the view en route.

Day 6: Dunhuang

Highlights: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing - sand Mountain, Crescent Lake

Schedule today: In the morning, your guide and driver will transfer you to visit Mogao Grottoes. Located on the eastern slope of Echoing - Sand Mountain, it is a shrine of Buddhist art treasures. It is one of the most famous Grottoes in China. Then, go to visit Echoing - sand Mountain. When a strong wind blows, the fast shifting sand roars. That’s where its name comes from. Later, go to visit Crescent Lake, which is encircled by the Echoing - Sand Mountain. It is called so because of its shape. It looks like an emerald set in the sand, existing for hundreds of years without ever being buried by the sand.

Mogao Grottoes Crescent Lake
Mogao Grottoes Crescent Lake

Day 7: Dunhuang - Jiayuguan

Highlights: Jiayuguan Pass, Xuanbi Great Wall

Schedule today: In the morning, transfer from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan. When you reach, your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby and transfer you to Jiayuguan Pass and the city wall, which is the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China. It enjoys the reputation of "the first impregnable pass in the world".

The City Gate Xuanbi Great Wall
The City Gate Xuanbi Great Wall

Day 8: Jiayuguan - Xining (bullet train)

Highlights: Dongguan Mosque, Ta'er Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning, take the bullet train from Jiayuguan to Xi’ning, the eastern gate of Qinghai - Tibetan Plateau and the must - pass place in the South route of the Silk Road, shows it diversity on Culture and Ethnics. The Han People, Muslims and Tibetans are the biggest Ethnic Groups in this City. When you arrived, go to visit Dongguan Mosque, which is the Xining is the center of religious activities for the more than 100,000 local Muslims in Xining City. Then, go to visit Ta’er Monastery, Built in Ming Dynasty, it is the hub of Tibetan Buddhism in northern Northwestern China.

Dongguan Mosque Ta’er Monastery
Dongguan Mosque Ta’er Monastery

Day 9: Xi’ning - Chaka Salt Lake - Heimahe

Highlights: Chaka Salt Lake, Jinyintan Grassland

Schedule today: Guide and driver meet you at hotel lobby and head to your destination.On the way, you will pass the Jinyintan Grassland, where you can see local Tibetan tent and thousands yaks and sheep. After around 4 hours’ driving, you will reach Chaka Salt Lake. It is a natural crystallized saline lake surrounded by mountainous scenery. The snow - white lakebed and the crystal blue water reflecting the azure sky wins it the reputation of the "Mirror of the Sky." After visit, transfer back to Heimahe village.

Chaka Salt Lake Jinyintan Grassland
Chaka Salt Lake Jinyintan Grassland

Day 10: Heimahe - Qinghai Lake - Xi’ning

Highlights: Qinghai Lake

Schedule today: Get up early to see the sunrise over Qinghai Lake. Qinghai Lake, also called Kokonor in Mongolian, which is the largest salt water lake in China. Surrounded by the mountains and grasslands, you can see all the great views of the herds of cattle and sheep over the grassland. The color of the lake changes according the season, from green to blue. After visit, transfer back to Xi’ning.

Qinghai Lake Bird Island of Qinghai Lake
Qinghai Lake Bird Island of Qinghai Lake

Day 11: Xining Departure

Schedule today: Today your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby, and transfer to the train station/airport. Your trip will end up with sweet memories.

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