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4 Days Classic Dunhuang Tour

Get a Deep Insight of the Brightest Star on the Desert

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The beauty of Dunhuang is unparalleled in the world. Since the day when the monk Yue Zun digged the first grotto on the cliff more than 1600 years ago, the small city in the Gobi desert started its way to become the brightest star of Buddhist art. During this thorough tour, you will explore the most of popular attractions and activities in Dunhuang during 4 days.

Highlights of this tour

  • Catch a deep insight of about Dunhuang's history and culture by visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes and other historical sites;
  • Be amazed by the spectacular Gobi desert landscape which can only be seen in Dunhuang.

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Dunhuang
Travel Length:
4 Days and 3 Nights
Tour Code:
CT-DT-04
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Dunhuang Arrival

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Welcome to Dunhuang, the brightest star in the Gobi desert. Your tour guide will welcome you in the airport/train station, and then escort you to your hotel. The rest of today is for you to explore this exotic city by yourself.

Free time ideas:

Shazhou Night Market is the most bustling place in the city where you can stroll leisurely to experience local living, hunt for delicious food, relax in a drniking bar, or buy some interesting handcrafts, etc.

Shazhou Night Market
Day 2 Dunhuang ( B,L )

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After breakfast, drive about 10km from the Dunhuang city to visit the newly opened Mogao Grottoes Digital Exhibition Center before go to Mogao Grottoes. You will watch two well-produced educational documentary movies that introduce the history, arts, and other facts about Mogao Grottoes. After the movies, take the interzonal bus to Mogao Grottoes. Mogao Grottoes is famed as the “Louvre of East”, which is outstanding for its exquisite mural paintings and statues. There are now 492 grottoes in which about 45000 square meters mural paintings and 2100 colorfully painted statues from which you can trace the development of Chinese art over 1600 years from one dynasty to the next because each dynasty built own caves to record its own features.

Tips:

1. During peak seasons (May to October), there are usually a lot of visitors to Mogao Caves, so it is recommended to make a reservation in advance for at least 7 days. 2. If you want to see the Special Caves (excluded in the regular visit, and only open for limmited individual visitors or small groups with reservations), you can contact our travel consultants or your tour guide to arrange for you, but you have to pay the seperate admission fee for each cave. 3. It is not allowed to take photos inside grottoes.

The following attraction is the Echoing Sand Mountains. It is said, in the sunny days, the sand mountains echo like Orchestra music even if there is no wind. If you slide from the sand mountains, you can hear the echoing sound clearly. Your last thing to do for today is the Crescent Lake. Surrounded by the Echoing Sand Mountains, Crescent Lake is a beautiful oasis with some well decorated traditional Chinese architecture, some trees and flowers and a lake that has never dried up and shapes like a crescent moon.

Tips:

In the summer time, travelers can stay up to late night around 24:00 to enjoy the cool time and beautiful sky of stars;

Echoing Sand Mountainsthe Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang
Day 3 Dunhuang ( B,L )

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After breakfast, you will be taken to explore the remote wild Gobi desert landscape as well as several legendary historical sites. Drive westwards about 100km, you will firstly arrive at Yumen Pass (Jade Gate Pass) which used to be a military defensive pass as well as an important border for international trading along the ancient Silk Road. It is said that the jadewares from West were imported to China through this gate, which is how the name Yumen was given. About 5 km from Yumen Pass is the Ruin of Great Wall of Han Dynasty which was built to fight against Xiongnu in the ancient time. Keep driving more 80 km, you will get to Yadan National Geologic Park. It is also called Devil City in that you will hear the sound just like the devil screaming when the strong wind goes through the desert. The park is featured Yadan landforms in distinct shapes like Mongolian Bao, Stone Bird, Peacock and others. Make full use of your imagination, you may find some rocks with some miniatures similar to famed architectures, like the Potala Palace in Tibet, Heaven Temple in Beijing or something else.

Leave Yadan National Geologic Park, and drive along the coming way back to Dunhuang. On route, you will take a side trip to visit Yangguan Pass which was the gate to another branch of ancient Silk Road.

Tips: 1) Pack some food and water for the long driving on the desert; 2) get fully prepared for the strong sunlight and high temperatures in the daytime.

Yardang National GeoparkYangguan Pass
Day 4 Dunhuang Departure ( B )

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Today is free for you until you tour guide see you off at the airport/train station.

Tip: remember to check out your hotel before 12:00 and pack all your belongs carefully. 

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