Hexi Corridor Explore

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Duration: 7 days
Type: Luxury
Itinerary:
Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan,
Dunhuang
 
Price: 2 travelers: USD2309 pp
Single room: USD545

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Tour Details

Group Size:
2 pax--12 pax

Travel Season:
Year around

Accommodation:

5 or 4 star hotel

Transport:

Chartered car or bus

Train:
High speed train Lanzhou/Zhangye

Flight:

N/A

Meals:

Listed in the itinerary

Guide:

English-speaking local guides

Entrance fees:
Sites listed in the itinerary

Payment

Hexi Corridor Explore
This 7-Day tour will let you explore Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province on the ancient Silk Road to view Mogao Caves, Jiayuguan Fort, Overgangning Great Wall, Zhangye Danxia Mountain, Mati Monastery, Singing Sand Dunes etc.

Itinerary
Day 1. Arrival Lanzhou

Fly to Lanzhou, our guide will meet you and transfer you to Lanzhou hotel where you will have a welcome dinner.
Accommodation 5-star Lanzhou Crowne Hotel or similar
Included meals: Welcome dinner


Day 2. Lanzhou - Zhangye    Car&Bullet train
City tour in Lanzhou before moving to Zhanye in the afternoon by fast train. You will visit the Yellow River, Provincial Museum(Close on Mondays), Waterwheel Park, Zhongshan Bridge.
Take 3-hour bullet train to Zhangya in the afternoon. Upon arrival, transferred to hotel.
Accommodation 5-star Zhangye Hotel or similar
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 3. Zhangye     Car
Visit the Dafo Monastery after breakfast in the city.  Then Drive to Matisi Monastery to visit the Tibetan Buddism monastery in the morning. Transfer to Danxia Moutains to view the colorful Rainbow mountains.
Accommodation 5-star Zhangye Hotel or similar
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 4. Zhangye - Jiayuguan    Car
Take about 2-hour ride to Jiagyuan this morning. Visit the militery fortress Jiayuguan Fort and climb up the imposing Overhanging Great Wall.
Accommodation 5-star Jiayuguan Plaza Holiday Hotel or similar
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 5. Jiayuguan - Dunhuang   Car

Take 5-hour ride to Dunhuang in the morning. Then wander around the Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring in the afternoon. Optional camel-riding.
Dinner is at local night market.
Accommodation 4-star but local best Dunhuang Silk Road Hotel or similar
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 6. Dunhuang
Visit the Mogao Caves, the highlight of the ancient Silk Road in the morning. Visit Dunhuang Museum in the afternoon to learn the history of this oasis town.
Accommodation 4-star but local best Dunhuang Silk Road Hotel or similar
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 7. Departure from Dunhuang
Transfer to Dunhuang airport to catch your flight to next destination. Tour concludes.
Included meals: Breakfast


Jiayuguan嘉峪关
Province:Gansu
Population:115,000
Jiayuguan City is a prefecture-level city in Gansu, China, with a population of 127,532 as of2007. It is most famous for the nearby Jiayu Pass, the largest and most intact pass of the Great Wall of China. In ancient times, many inns were built nearthe pass. Gradually, more and more people decided to stay there for businessand Jiayuguan City was built. At present, Jiayuguan City is not only famous for Jiayuguan Pass but also for Jiuquan Steel Company built in 1958. The steel company is the largest in Gansu Province.
Jiayuguan and its fort represented the Wild West frontier of Ancient China. In centuries past there were many levels of capital punishment, the highest being death by decapitation or strangulation. The next level of severity was banishment for life from the capital. The worse the crime, the further you were sent from Beijing. Jiayuguan was considered the furthest place to be sent, a land of barbarians and criminals.
Today Jiayuguan is a relatively wealthy industrial center producing chemical fertilizers, cement and iron, with the raw materials coming from nearby mines.It is richer per capita than Xi'an and the government is in the process ofbuilding a large steel plant which will bring more money to the area.

Dunhuang敦煌
Province: Gansu
Population: 114,000
Dunhuang is a city (pop. 187,578 (2000)) in northwestern Gansu province, Western China. It was a major stop on the ancientSilk Road. It was also known at times as Shāzhōu , or 'City of Sands', a name still used today. It is best known for the nearby Mogao Caves.
It commands a very strategic position at the crossroads of the ancient Southern Silk Route and the main road leading from India via Lhasa to Mongolia and Southern Siberia,as well as controlling the entrance to the narrow Gansu Corridor which led straight to the heart of the north Chinese plains and the ancient capitals of Chang'an (today known asXi'an) and Luoyang.
In the history, the commercial prosperity on the Silk Road provided a basis for a flourishing and diverse Buddhist community. Most Buddhist monks came to China from India and Central Asia by way of the Silk Road. As the westernmost Chinese station on the route, Dunhuang became the ideal place for these foreign monks to learn the Chinese language and culture before entering central China.
Foreign monks and their Chinese disciples formed the earliest Buddhist communities at Dunhuang in the late 3 and early 4centuries. Many Buddhist sutras were translated at Dunhuang and then distributed into central
China. Monk Zhu Fahu, a famous translator of Buddhist texts, organized his translation team at Dunhuang and became known as "The Bodhisattva of Dunhuang”. Enormous economic and human resources were used to produce Buddhist sutras and to build places of worship, including thousands of cave temples.

Travelers are advised to read the Trip Notes before your China tours.
 
Visas - A China visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China. Please view our web page for detailed information about China Visa: http://silkroadtrips.com/260.html
 
Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. Please provide us with:
•    Insurance company
•    Policy number
•    24 hour medical emergency contact number
•    The expiry date of the policy
You may check our webpage for more detailed information as below.
http://silkroadtrips.com/266.html
 
Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
 
Luggage - We suggest you to take one main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Don’t overload yourself, because you have to carry your own baggage.
 
Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
 
Accommodation - Each tour lists the hotel standard, you can check it before your booking, The hotels are selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range differently from tour to tour. In some remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences and quality do exist between the European Countries and China, though it is marked 4 or 5 star hotel.
In bigger cities and large towns the standard is similar although on a lesser scale. In small towns or villages where tourism is less prevalent, the hotels we use are smaller and facilities are more limited, though we generally stay in the best place in town. Rooms will still be en suite but rooms can be basic. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.
 
Booking a Single Room – Silkroadtrips are pleased to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room.  Kindly note our single supplement do not include sharing cabins on the overnight trains or cruises. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
 
Trains
Aboard the overnight sleeper train, berths are usually in 1st class ‘soft sleeper’ lockable compartments for 4 which have 2 sets of bunks with clean bedding provided. WC and washbasins are provided for shared use at the end of each carriage. Hot meals and snacks are sold to your berth on all overnight journeys. In times of large demand we may have to travel in 2nd class ‘hard sleeper’ which consists of sectioned off compartments for 6,leading off an open plan carriage.
Bullet trains are getting popular, it is very modern with a high velocity of 300km per hour. There are western toilets, dinning car on the bullet trains, and normally for short distance running 1—8 hours.
 
Air
You can check in 20 kg baggage and carry 5kg hand bag with you while boarding a flight in China. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

Food
Eating is always an important part of the tours. Each tour of Silkroadtrips has listed the included meals, please check it on-line. Our professional guide will always arrange the meals at clean local restaurants to taste different food with different budget approximately from CNY20 to CNY200 per person per meal. Please check our webpage for Chinese Cuisine as below.
http://www.silkroadtrips.com/284.html
 
Tipping - If you're happy with the services provided then a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. Tipping is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across China and other Asian countries. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.
Tour guides: Throughout your tour you may at times have local guides or national guide. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for guides.
Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Optional Extras - Our standard tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time you may be suggested to join optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost, with prices ranging from 20-200 CNY per person. If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.
 
Personal Expenses - Kindly check the inclusions for your tour, you will need to take some extra money to cover drinks, laundry and souvenirs, plus any additional sightseeing that may be offered to you. Based on the advice of previous customers an approximate amount of $250 per week should be sufficient; however for those that can’t resist a bargain, consider allocating a higher amount.
 
Electricity Supply & Plugs
China operates on a 220V and uses a combination of US/European and Chinese style plugs in most hotel rooms. You can buy an international adaptor before the tour

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