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Rainbow Mountains and Dunhuang

Rainbow Mountains and Dunhuang

Tailor-made journey

Rainbow Mountains and Dunhuang

Rainbow Mountains and Dunhuang

Extraordinary natural wonders abound

This tour takes you into the relatively undiscovered region of Gansu Province, which lies on the ancient Silk Road. The extraordinary landscape of Zhangye National Geopark, with its colourful rock formations, is not to be missed. Within easy reach of the city of Dunhuang are the Mingsha Sand Dunes and the unusual Cresent Moon Lake, an oasis in the desert. The nearby Mogao Grottoes, displaying a rich array of Buddhist art are considered to be the best of their kind within China. This is a fascinating region, and a real opportunity to explore off the beaten track!

dunhuang painting china

Locations you will be visiting

  • Mountains Zhangye Danxia Landform China 1

    Zhangye, China

    An excellent base for exploring the extraordinary Rainbow Mountains

    2 Days

  • Jiayuguan Fort Gansu China

    Jiayuguan, China

    A desert city on the Ming section of the Great Wall

    1 Day

  • dunhuang city view china

    Dunhuang, China

    The city of Dunhuang, is situated at an oasis on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert,

    2 Days


Rainbow Mountains and Dunhuang

6 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Bullet Train from Xian to Zhangye

Take a bullet train from Xian to Zhangye (approx 7 hours). Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Zhangye – Rainbow Mountains

Visit Zhangye Danxia Mountains, also known as China Rainbow Mountains. The mountains are magnificent comprising a variety of rich colours, which developed around 200 million Zhangye Danxia Mountain years ago. Covering an area of over 400 square kilometres, it is composed of lots of smooth and sharp cliffs, most of which are several hundred meters high. In the afternoon, you will visit the Giant Buddha Temple in Zhangye, which is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province from the Western Xia (1038- 1227) period. China’s largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 3 Bullet train from Zhangye to Jiayuguan

Transfer to the train station for the bullet train to Jiayuguan. In the afternoon visit Jiayuguan Fort, the Great Wall Museum and the Overhanging Great Wall.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Bullet Train
DAY 4 Drive to Dunhuang

Visit the Weijin Tomb Murals. Drive to Dunhuang, upon arrival check into your hotel, and in the late afternoon visit the Mingsha Sand Dunes and the Crescent Moon Lake.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Car
DAY 5 Dunhuang

Morning visit to the impressive Mogao Grottoes. In the afternoon, visit the West Thousand Buddha Cave. Continue to see the Yumen Pass, which was originally built more than 2,000 years ago. You will also have the opportunity to see the ruined Great Wall of the Han Dynasty. In the evening, visit the fascinating night market.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 6 Dunhuang and Onward Journey

Transfer to the train station or the airport for your onward journey.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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    China: Calligraphy Lesson

    Create your own piece with a class in Chinese caligraphy

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    China: Tea Tasting

    Appreciate the varying blends of Chinese tea at a tasting

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Sample Accommodation

Tianyu International Hotel, Zhangye

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Jiayuguan Hotel, Jiayuguan

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Grand Sun Hotel, Dunhuang

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China: Rainbow Mountains and Dunhuang
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What's included:
  • 4* accommodation based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Tours
  • Meals as stated
  • International flights
  • China visa
  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance

Price from £4,099 per person

Single supplement from £225

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.


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