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9-Day Gansu Silk Road and Buddhism Discovery

Tour route: Lanzhou - Wuwei - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-235
  • Tour Style: Affordable Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour).
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: Private tour with flexible travel date.
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Day 1: Arrival, Lanzhou
Arrive in Lanzhou and be met by your personal tour guide and driver, who will accompany you throughout your travel from Lanzhou to Dunhuang. The airport is about 78 km far from the downtown and it will take you about 1.5 hours by drive.
Day 2: Lanzhou

As the capital of Gansu Province, Lanzhou is the most important passage of China ancient Silk Road and now it’s also an important gateway to get into the northwest of China.

Your exploration of Guansu today will begin with a city tour in Lanzhou, including Gansu Provincial Museum, White Pagoda Hill Park, Yellow River Waterwheel Park, Iron Bridge of Yellow River and Sculpture of the Yellow River Mother. Climb up the White Pagoda Hill, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Day 3: Lanzhou
Drive about 2 hours to the first large reservoir in Yellow River - Liujiaxia Reservoir. Continue with an hour’s speedy boat and then you will be at Bingling Temple. Here, the Thousand Buddha Caves with elegant stone carvings, clay sculptures and murals over 1,500 years old will lure you.
Day 4: Lanzhou - Wuwei - Zhangye
Drive north forward to Wuwei (about 3.5 hours). After lunch, visit Leitai Han Tomb and Confucius Temple, and then drive another 3 hours to Zhangye, the former vital town on Silk Road now comes back to the front again for the rainbow-like Danxia landscapes.
Day 5: Zhangye

Today, you will visit Zhangye Danxia Geopark, the Wooden Tower and Giant Buddhist Temple which houses the largest Reclining Buddha in Asia. The first one is out of the city, around 50 minutes by drive. 

To get better pictures of the colorful mountains, you may like to visit the Geo Park in early morning to catch the sunrise or in late afternoon to spot on the sunset, or maybe both. Please ask more details with your personal travel consultant.

Day 6: Zhangye - Jiayuguan
Proceed to the north to Jiayuguan by 2.5 hours’ drive. After arrival, appreciate the magnificent frescos inside Wei Jin Tomb Art Gallery. Continue with Great Wall at Jiayuguan (included the museum), Jiayuguan Pass and the First Pier of the Great Wall.
Day 7: Jiayuguan - Dunhuang

Drive forward the north again and arrive in Dunhuang after 5 hours. Check into the hotel and have a break.

In the afternoon, enjoy some leisure hours at the Crescent Moon Spring and Singing Sand Dune, and then visit a local village.

Day 8: Dunhuang
Dunhuang got known to the world because of the Mogao Grottos. Today, you will visit the Mogao Caves and discover why it sensationalized the world. Afterwards, continue to the White Horse Pagoda, Song Dynasty Film City, and Western Thousand Buddha Caves.
Day 9: Dunhuang, Departure
Free at leisure until be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

There is no doubt that your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around China will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.


Hotel criteria for each tour class

Hotel arrangement for Standard Tour Class

It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

Standar Hotel


Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in very rare cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience. 
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Comfortable Hotel


Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

Luxurious hotel with top-notch service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Deluxe Hotel


Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, Chinese style, or a combination.

A la carte lunch

When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We provide a la carte lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. A la carte meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. The a la carte allowance would be adequate for a decent meal in our recommended local restaurants, but varies from different restaurants and different cities. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family.

Your own dinner choice

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in China. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All of our tour guides are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides in China who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed safe drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, your guide will stay at your side until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our travel guides in every destination are locals, who know the area well, they are very good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for taking your best photos.

When changing your itinerary is needed due to unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you have a wonderful experience.

Private Transportation

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China.

In every destination visited, your vehicle is air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured, and very experienced.

To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage. Depending on how many are traveling together, we generally use sedans or mini vans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small coaches (12-22 seats) for 5-12 people, medium coaches (33 – 37 seats) for 13 – 25 people, and large coaches (45 seats over) for more than 25 people.

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Rating: December 25th, 2015
Travel Consultant: Femando Shen
Fermando was so helpful with my trip. While in China working for two months, I had to cancel my trip to Beijing, and reschedule it by a month, he handle all the arrangements, at a very resonable charge! Had a wonderful adventure in Beijing, our travel guide was fabulous, vry persononal and very knowledgeable! Planning another trip to Asia, will defiantly use Fermat do and Odyssey Tours!!!!!!! .
Rating: June 18th, 2010
Travel Consultant: Sophie Lu

Hi Sophie, 

We're back from China and just wanted to thank you for a very smooth vacation. The guides were great. I filled out a survey for 2 of the guides but did not do one for Peter who took us to Suzhou and Tongli. He was really great! 

We got picked up and delivered to the airport perfectly. 

All in all, everything was perfect. 

Thanks so much again.


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