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2 Days Dunhuang Short Stay Tour (Classic Itinerary, Money-saving, Flexible)

Charming Pearl in the Gobi Desert

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This is the essence tour of Dunhuang - classic itinerary, money-saving, flexible. You will enjoy desert views, visit the World Heritage Site, and explore local custom of Dunhuang which is praised as the shining pearl in the Gobi desert and the bright star of ancient Silk Road. During this tour, you will find out the reason why Dunhuang has been a popular travel destination for more than 2,000 years since Han Dynasty. There used to be many travelers from Europe and Middle Asia traveled to Dunhuang for its amazing desert scenery and magnificent Buddhist art. Today, you will follow the footprints of ancient travelers to explore this legendary city!

Highlights of this tour

  • Be welcomed at airport or train station after arrival at Dunhuang, also be dropped off at airport or train station after the tour;
  • Spend a half day exploring the magic Mingshashan (Echoing Sand Mountains) and beautiful Crescent Lake;
  • Spend another half day seeing the classic caves (usually 8 grottoes) of Mogao Grottoes, also watching two amazing documentary films.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Dunhuang
Travel Length:
2 Days and 1 Night
Tour Code:
CD-DT-02
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Dunhuang Arrival & Desert Experience ( L)

Welcome to Dunhuang. Your tour guide will meet you at the airport/train station, and then escort you to check in your hotel in Dunhuang city.

In the afternoon, you will go to visit the magic Echoing Sand Mountains and Crescent Lake which are located in a same scenic area. 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. There are many exciting activities for you to try (at your own expense), such as sand skiing, viewing from glider or helicopter, motorcycling, etc. Riding a camel through the desert is very popular. 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.

After sightseeing, get back to Dunhuang city. The rest of today is free for you to have fun. You can go out to go for a walk in the Shazhou Night Market where you can try some local food, relax in a drinking bar, or buy some interesting handcrafts, etc.

Useful Tips: in the summer, travelers can stay up to late night around 21:30 to enjoy the cool time and beautiful sky of stars. It's usually very hot during 12:00~15:00. You can enter the park later when it is not that hot.

Crescent Lake has been a famous attraction for more than 1200 years Echoing Sand Mountains
Day 2 Mogao Grottoes Exploration & Dunhuang Departure( B,L )

After breakfast, drive about 10 km from 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, which will be very helpful when you visit the grottoes. After the movies, take an 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. There are about 40 common caves opened to the public. In the tourist area, you will be divided into groups by different tour guides who will accompany you to visit 7-8 caves among them with great introduction. After that, if you want to visit more other caves, you can do it by yourselves or follow other tour guides. Besides, there are 10 special caves (with extra fees) available for your extensional visiting.

After lunch, visit Dunhuang Museum where some precious arts and relics are preserved here. It is also a great place to learn about Dunhuang culture and history as well as the history of Ancient Silk Road.

Tour ends, and your tour guide will see you off at the airport/train station.

Useful 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 limited 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 extra admission fee for each cave. 3. It is not allowed to take photos inside grottoes.

the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang Mogao Caves

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