covid-19 latest news, useful prevention advice

3 Days Zhangye Danxia Classic Private Tour

Most Classic Zhangye Itinerary

1

This tour takes you to explore Zhangye with the classic itinerary. It covers the best Danxia landscapes as well as the best part of Zhangye’s culture. You will have a full day to see and take photos of different landforms of Danxia in Danxia Geo Park and Binggou Danxia Area, also a meaningful day to explore the profound Buddhist culture of Zhangye in the Giant Buddha Temple and Matisi Grottoes. The tour pace is moderate and enjoyable.

Highlights of this tour

  • A great joy to look the beautifully-shaped Danxia formations at Binggou Danxia Area, also enjoy the rainbow mountains and a wonderful sunset at Danxia Geo Park;
  • Go to visit the Giant Buddha Temple which is famous for having the largest indoor sleeping Buddha in Asia;
  • Visit the Matisi Temple which blends grotto art, Buddhist art, Qilian Mountain landscape and minority national customs together in a single site.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from
  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:
Zhangye / Danxia / Matisi / Zhangye
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-GSZYT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
CultureHikingPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Zhangye Arrival

Welcome to Zhangye, a key town of the Silk Road, the major thoroughfare of New Eurasian Land Bridge and national historical and cultural city! Your tour guide will meet you at Zhangye Ganzhou Airport (or railway station), then escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax in this historical city.

Arrival Ideas: Zhangye is not a very popular transportation hub like Lanzhou and Xining. Currently, it is usually reached by flights from Xian, Lanzhou, Chengdu, Beijing and Guangzhou. You can also get there by high speed trains from Lanzhou (4 hrs), Xining (2hrs), Xian (7.5hrs), Dunhuang (4hrs), Jiayuguan (1.5hrs), Urumqi (8hrs), and so on.

Welcome to Zhangye (Drum Tower)
Day 2 Zhangye Danxia Sightseeing ( B, L )

Zhangye is famous for its unparalleled Danxia Landforms which is a spectacular petrographic geomorphology landscape formed from red-colored sand stones and conglomerates. Among all the Danxia places in Zhangye, Binggou Danxia Landform Scenery Area and Zhangye Danxia Landform Geographical Park (Linze Danxia) have most significant Danxia landscapes. Today you will go to explore both of them.

After breakfast, you will go to visit Binggou Danxia Landform first which is about 1 hour's driving from Zhangye downtown. Even though just being visited by fewer travelers, Binggou Danxia Landform Scenery Area has its own featured charms. If the Linze Danxia Scenery is a visual feast of colors, then the Binggou Danxia is a great joy to find how the Mother Nature became a sculptor who sculptured the mountains to amazing different shapes, like grand palaces, long corridors, giant pillars, etc. You will hike leisurely about 2 hours to look the spectacular landform closely.

In the afternoon, drive about 30mins to visit the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geographical Park which was formed in the pre-Jurassic Age. Thousands of mountains and stiffs stretch like the colorful sunset glow. The barren mountains are covered by a red grit rock stratum. At the same time, some surfaces of mountains appear other colors, such as white, yellow, etc, and form many irregular lines and blocks looking like some abstract oil paintings. There are five viewing decks for you to watch and shoot. You will visit one by one, and will be transferred by park buses from one deck to another.

You won't miss the precious opportunity to enjoy the amazing sunset. Viewing Deck No. 4 is the best location to take sunset of the Danxia Landform. It's better to get there earlier to occupy a good location. After sunset, drive back to Zhangye downtown for accommodation.

Useful Tips:  1) Pack with sun creams, sun glasses, protective clothing and hat to protect from strong sunlight in summer; 2) sunset is the best time for taking photos which happen around 19:00~20:00 in summer and 18:00~19:00 in winter.

Zhangye Danxia Landform Views After RainZhangye Danxia Landform PhotographyBinggou Danxia Landform
Day 3 Zhangye Tour & Departure ( B, L )

After breakfast, you will go to visit the famous Giant Buddha Temple which is famous for having the largest indoor sleeping Buddha in Asia. This temple is a large complex with regal arrangements built in Xixia Dynasty(1098), and keeps many precious Buddhist scriptures and wall paintings. Its famous treasure is the Sleeping Buddha which is the centrally seated, symmetric buildings situate along the sides. The Buddha statue was carved by woods with a length of 34.5 meters, telling the story of Buddha’s Nirvana. His ears are as big as the space in which 4 adults can sit side by side. 

After the Giant Buddha Temple visit, drive about 65 km to visit the Matisi Temple (Matisi Grottoes). Built in Northern Liang period (A.D. 397 - A.D.460), Matisi Temple blends Buddhist culture, grotto art, Qilian Mountain landscape and Tibetan culture together in a single site. Its key site is the Puguang Temple which is set in the side of a sheer mountain rock wall with 21 grottoes in five storeys arranged in the form of a pagoda. The facades of several temples jut out on the surface of the cliff, making them look like they are hanging in the air. There are somewhere you need to climb up steep stairs to get up to the top storeys of the temple. The view outside the grotto is very beautiful with rolling hills covered with trees. In the distance is the Qilian Mountain which is usually snow covered (November to June).

After sightseeing at Matisi Temple, drive back to Zhangye City to catch your flight/train to next destination.

Matisi Temple is famous for Buddhist culture, grotto art, Qilian Mountain landscape and Tibetan cultureGiant Buddha Temple

Recommended Add-on Options

Recommended or Similar Tour Packages You May Also Like

Zhangye Danxia Landform Photography
6 Days Hexi Corridor Discovery Tour(Zhangye/Jiayuguan/Dunhuang)

Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang

Badain Jaran Desert
8 Days Zhangye Danxia and Badain Jaran Desert Tour

Xining - Zhangye - Badain Jaran Desert

Xinjiang Tianchi Lake
11 Days In-depth Wild Silk Road Adventure Tour (Cultural Relic & Unrivalled Landscape)

Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar

Customize your own China Tour

China DIY Travel
We are here to help you design your own travel experience in China which suits your specific needs best. Tailor make now!
Start to design

Why travel with us...

Personalized service to ensure you're delighted.
Flexible to get more time for photos or discovery.
We time the visits to avoid the crowds.
The food, accommodations, and sights selected to your interests.
Personal tour guide and private vehicle at your service.
More about Us

Start planning your tailor-made holiday to China by contacting one of our specialists. Once enquired, you’ll get a response within 0.5~23.5 hours.

Customize a Trip

You're inquiring about the " 3 Days Zhangye Danxia Classic Private Tour "

Please tell us more about your travel plans within just a few simple steps. We'll get back to you with a quotation in 0.5~23.5hrs.

Check Your Tour Inform

  • No documents found.

Tell us more about your trip

Tell us about yourself

Submit