6 Days Lanzhou Zhangye Jiayuguan Dunhuang Tour

Gansu is reminiscent of the Silk Road in China. This Gansu silk road tour starts in Lanzhou and end in Dunhuang, which offers you the chance to discover the amazing landscapes and cultural heritage sites in Hexi Corridor of Gansu – Zhangye, Jiayuguan and Dunhuang.


  • View the breathtaking rainbow mountains in China – Zhangye Danxia Landform.
  • Visit the glittering pearl that adorns the Silk Road – Mogao Grottoes.
  • Marvel at the nature wonders of the Yadan National Geological Park.
  • See the starting point of Great Wall of Ming Dynasty – Jiayuguan Pass.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lanzhou Arrival
  • Day 2: Lanzhou – Zhangye
  • Day 3: Zhangye – Jiayuguan
  • Day 4: Jiayuguan – Dunhuang
  • Day 5: Dunhuang
  • Day 6: Dunhuang Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Lanzhou Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Lanzhou

Upon your arrival, tour guide will pick you up from airport or train station and then transfer to your hotel in Lanzhou city. Free and easy time for you to explore this city.

Day 2 Lanzhou – Zhangye

Sightseeing and Activities: Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park
Accommodation: Zhangye
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will drive about 1.5-hour to Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, which is known for their otherworldly colors that mimic a rainbow painted over the tops of rolling mountains. Many artists admire this masterpiece which is like a perfect painting on canvas.

Day 3 Zhangye – Jiayuguan

Sightseeing and Activities: Giant Buddha Temple, Jiayuguan Pass, Great Wall Mesum
Accommodation: Jiayuguan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, drive to visit the Giant Buddha Temple, which is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia period. After that, drive about 2.5 hours to visit Jiayuguan Pass. Jiayuguan is a well restored fort marking the edge of the Great Wall in the Ming Dynasty time, in an important place in the Hexi Corridor. Frist we will stop at the Great Wall Mesum for a brief visit. Afte that, explore the grandoise fortress.

Day 4 Jiayuguan – Dunhuang

Sightseeing and Activities: Yulin Grottoes
Accommodation: Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, drive to Dunhuang. On route, visit the Yulin Grottoes in Guazhou county, which is considered as the sister of Mogao Grottoes. There are forty-two caves housing over 200 polychrome statues and over 4000 square meters of wall paintings. Then continue drive to Duhuang for overnight.

Day 5 Dunhuang

Sightseeing and Activities: Mogao Grottoes, Crescent Moon Spring, Minsha Mountain
Accommodation: Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, our local guide will pick you up from your hotel. Then we will head to visit Mogao Grottoes that is known as “The Thousand Buddha Cave”, and noted as one of the most important cultural and historical sites in China.

In the afternoon, drive to Crescent Moon Spring, which is an oasis in the Gobi Desert. Enjoy the rare view where an oasis meets the desert and have some fun sand adventure. After that, ride camels across the sand dunes to Minsha Mountain which can make sounds when the wind passes.

After the visit, enjoy the view of sunset and drive back to hotel.

Day 6 Dunhuang Departure

Sightseeing and Activities: Yadan National Gepark, Yumenguan Pass
Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, we will head to Yadan National Gepark, Yumenguan Pass. Situated 180 kilometers in the northwest away from Dunhuang City, Yadan National Gepark features the unique and wonderful scenes and landscapes of gobi desert.

After the visit, drive back to Dunhuang airport or train station for your departure.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.