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6-Day Private Silk Road Tour to Qinghai and Zhangye

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Following the footsteps of ancient Silk Road to visit Qinghai Lake, Chaka Salt Lake, the Buddhist Temples with profound history and culture, explore the UNESCO splendid Danxia Landform, as well as the mysterious Giant Buddha Temple and Mati Temple. You will discover a fascinating landscape of Northwest China with our 6-days itinerary.



Tour Code



6 Days/5 Nights

Day 1Xining Arrival

Attractions: Ta’er monastery (Kumbum Monastery)
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Xining

Today your flight will touch down in Xining, We will meet you at the airport exit with a welcome board. Then take you to visit the Ta’er monastery (Kumbum Monastery), the most populous monks outside of Tibet. You will stay at Thangka Sunning Terrace that is one of a good place to view the monastery and surrounding scenery. Inside the monastery, apart from magnificent Buddha stupas and wall paintings, prayer wheels are also the must-see spot. The whole monastery is surrounded by wheels, walk along the corridor, rotate the wheels and pray for chasing away the troubles.

Day 2Xining - Gangcha County - Chaka Town

Attractions: Qinghai Lake
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Chaka

Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Qinghai Lake in the morning, which is the largest inland salt water lake in China. It is no exaggeration to say that Qinghai Lake is a miracle that is endowed by a deity. Outside, He encircled the lake with four continuous mountains and extends broad grassland at the foot of them.

Then drive to Chaka for an overnight stay.

Day 3Chaka - Xining - Zhangye

Attractions: Chaka Salt Lake
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangye

Enjoy a delighting breakfast at the hotel and set off by the private vehicle to enjoy the most charming landscape of Chaka Salt Lake, which was nominated by the national tourist geography magazine as one of the 55 places to go. We will arrive at the ticket office after 4hrs driving, the guide will assist you with the tickets. Entering the scenic area, you will follow a long salt lake avenue to the Prayer Square and Mirror of the Sky Square, see a variety of salt sculptures, as well as the exquisite Muyaoluosang Goddess Statue. Take a small train to explore the depths of Chaka Salt Lake and leave some fabulous photos in the Mirror of Sky Square Experience Area. Believe you will have a beautiful day at Chaka Salt Lake. We will back to Xining in the afternoon and then catch an express train to our next stop Zhangye.

Day 4Zhangye

Attractions: Giant Buddha Temple, Mati Temple
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangye

After breakfast at the hotel, we will take you to visit the Giant Buddha Temple, which is the important place of the Silk Road. the Giant Buddha Temple is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. China’s largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple.

Then proceed the tour to Mati Temple where were built in Jin Dynasty. A series of horse shoe prints are visible in Grotto 9, which are said to be left by a heaven horse. As a result, the temple was named for the horseshoe prints left by the legendary heaven horse, which become the treasure of the temple.

Day 5Zhangye - Jiayuguan

Attractions: Binggou Danxia, Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Jiayuguan

Today we will proceed to visit the Binggou Danxia, which is the most significant geological and geomorphic relic of the window lattice palace in China, mainly composed of sandstone geomorphic relic landscape.

After that, continue the tour to Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, which is the most typical arid area of northern China. Ribbons of reds, oranges and yellows slice through the rock, to create a rainbow vista contained only by the contours of the jagged mountain peaks. so many people also call it “Rainbow Mountain”. Afternoon, drive you to back to Zhangye hotel.

Day 6Zhangye - Departure

Attractions: No
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Not Included

Free to explore Zhangye City. Transfer to airport to catch the flight. Tour ends.

Price Includes

  • Local transportation with private vehicle and skilled driver
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Entrance fees as listed in the program
  • 5 nights accommodation(3 or 4 or 5-star depends on yourself)
  • Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets
  • Meals
  • Gratuities(optional)
  • Any optional programs/activities
  • Any services not mentioned