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Silk Road Tour with Bullet Train 8 Days Tour

Price from USD 1180 p/p

Whole Year Best Time
4 ~ 12 Group Size
1980 Max Altitude
Biling temple, Jiayuguan pass, Dunhuang, Turplan, Urumqi, Heavenly lake

Taking bullet train is one of the best and convenient ways to experience the Silk Road culture if travelers want to enjoy their holiday with flexibly. This tour combines with historical site and amazing west China landscape, such as the Zhangye Danxia Park, Mogao Grottoes, Camel Riding, and picturesque Tianshan Mountain.

Day 1: Lanzhou arrival
Day 2: Lanzhou
Day 3: Lanzhou-Zhangye-Jiayuguan
Day 4: Jiayuguan-Dunhuang
Day 5: Dunhuang-Turpan
Day 6: Turpan-Urumuqi
Day 7: Urumuqi-Heavenly Lake
Day 8: Urumuqi departure
Itinerary Details

Day 1: Lanzhou arrival

Upon arrival in Lanzhou, you will be transferred to the hotel for rest. The city is an important transportation hub. About 1,600 years after 100 BC, the Silk Road through the Hexi Corridor and Lanzhou was an important trade route.

lanzhou lanzhou city

Day 2: Lanzhou

Our nice guide will meet you at the hotel after you have breakfast, and then drive about 1.5 hrs to visit the Binglinsi Temple. After enjoying cruising from Liujiaxia Gorge to Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves, you will take a Lanzhou city tour, visiting the first bridge Of the Yellow River. It is the first highway bridge in the ancient Yellow River, also the second city steel bridge in China.

Yellow River Mother Sculpture: The sculpture comprises a mother and a baby, lying on the undulating water looking happy and kind. Resting on her breast is a small child smiling naively.

Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves: Bingling Temple Caves is one of the Four Most Famous Caves in China and just second to Mogao Grottoes of Dunhuang. Bingling, is the transliterating of the Tibetan "thousands of Buddhas".

binglinsi temple liujiaxia gorge

Day 3: Lanzhou-Zhangye-Jiayuguan

After breakfast at the hotel, we will go to the train station and take the express train to Zhangye (D2741, 07:25-10:36). Upon arrival, we will visit the Grand Buddha Temple,  which is the important place of the Silk Road and the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park. In the afternoon, we will take the express train to Jiayuguan (D2749, 17:19-18:28).

Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park: Zhangye Danxia is known for the unusual colors of the rocks, which are smooth, sharp and several hundred meters tall. They are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over 24 million years. Known for its colorful rock formations, it has been voted by Chinese media outlets as one of the most beautiful landforms in China.

grand buddha temple zhangye danxia national geological park

Day 4: Jiayuguan-Dunhuang

After breakfast, we will go to see the Jiayuguan pass and Weijin Tombs. At noon, you will be transferred to the train station to catch your express train to Dunhuang (D2703, 13:01-14:48). In Dunhuang, we cannot miss the Echoing Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake. At night, we can stroll around the Shazhou Night Market, the most bustling place of Dunhuang.

Jiayuguan Pass: Jiayuguan Pass is the largest and most intact pass of the great wall in China. Standing in the southwest part of Jiayuguan City, about 6 km away from downtown, it was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. 

Weijin Tomb: About 15 kilometers northeast of Jiayuguan, there are over 1,400 tombs which were built during the Wei and Jin dynasties (between the 3rd and 5th century). They feature brick wall paintings showing various social activities of the times.

Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake: Located 5 km south of Dunhuang City, the Echoing-Sand Mountain is celebrated for the sound of the moving sand. In 1994 it was acclaimed as the national key scenic spot and it’s advertised as the 40 must go places by CNN.

jiayuguan pass echoing sand mountain and crescent lake

Day 5: Dunhuang-Turpan

In the morning, off to visit the Mogao Grottoes and then after lunch drive about 1.5hrs to the train station, take the express train to Turpan (D2705, 15:41-10:24).

Mogao Grottoes: Also known as Thousand Buddha Grottoes, it’s located 25 km southeast of the center of Dunhuang. It’s an oasis strategically located at the religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road.

mogao grottoes mogao caves silk road 

Day 6: Turpan-Urumuqi

After breakfast, we will visit the Karez Well, which is a special irrigation system in desert areas. Sugong Minaret, the largest Islamic minaret in China built in 1778. And Jiaohe Ruins. Also known as Yarhotto, it is viewed as one of the world's largest, oldest historic sites and the best preserved raw soil buildings with more than 2,000 years. It is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Silk Road Sites.

In the afternoon, we will drive about 2.5 hrs to Urumqi which is the capital city of Xinjiang Province.

karez well sugong minaret

Day 7: Urumuqi-Heavenly Lake

After Breakfast, our nice guide meet you at the hotel and then drive to Fukang and visit the Heavenly Lake, a picturesque Alpine lake, 2000m up in the Tianshan mountain range. Afternoon, we will go back to Urumqi and visit the Xinjiang International Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Urumqi.

Heavenly Lake: The Heavenly Lake is an alpine drift lake shaped in the Quaternary Glacier period, and was listed by the State as one of the key scenic spots in 1982. The Nature Reserve covers 380-odd square kilometers, including 18 modern glaciers,3 rivers,18 lakes of which the Heavenly Lake is the most famed one.

xinjiang heavenly lake xinjiang international bazaar

Day 8: Urumuqi departure

We will transfer you to airport/train station based on your flight schedule.

Price Guide

Price Inclusions

1. Private transportation with good AC (Excellent and experienced driver guaranteed)

2. Accommodation with breakfast (twin bed shared room)

3. English speaking guide (Professional guide service)

4. All the entrance fee throughout the itinerary (Shuttle bus in Heavenly Lake are included)

5. Travel insurance

6. Meals listed in the itinerary

7. All the express train listed (2nd class)

8. Visa support letter

9. Service charge and government tax

10. Two bottles of mineral water per person per day

11. Express Boat in Binglinsi Temple

Price Exclusions

1. All Lunches and dinners throughout the itinerary

2. Personal expenses and tips to the guide and driver

3. International airfare with tax, flight arrive in Lanzhou and departure from Urumuqi

4. No guide service if only airport and train transfer only

Value Added

1. 7*24 English Professional Customer service Support! Whenever you are in need, our customer service will be available to help you. 

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2. Easy booking and Flexible cancellation!  Unlike most travel agency, we do provide free cancellation policies to travelers with good reason such as disease, covid, family emergency etc.

3.  Safety guarantee journey and well-euipped logistic support team

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4. We took to you less-tourists visited off the beaten path only to let you know real China 

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