Your private guide and driver will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The remainder of today is yours to relax or explore the local area solo.
Your private vehicle will take you and the guide to Liujiaxia Gorge to board a cruise on the Yangtze to Binglingsi, caves full of paintings from the 3rd to 18th centuries. In wintertime it is inaccessible due to low water levels, but our travel advisor can recommend other attractions or experiences.
White Pagoda Hill by the Yellow River will reward a half hour climb with a wonderful view of Lanzhou City and the surrounding mountains. There is also a cable car across the river.
In the evening your guide will take you to the railway station to board the overnight train to Jiayuguan.
After an early arrival to Jiayuguan you will be picked up by your guide and taken to see the Great Wall on the Cliff, also called the “Suspended Wall”. In this remote location the ridge necessitated building in such a steep angle, that it appears to half hang off the cliff. Nearby Jiayuguan Pass forms an impressive sight against the backdrop of magnificent mountains and the Gansu Corridor. The adjacent Great Wall Museum has a wide range of artifacts telling the story of the world's longest wall.
Mogao Caves, also called Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, are a vast collection of temples and grottoes, filled with a thousand year’s history and art, murals and sculptures. A local guide leads visitors in groups, as the damage done to these delicate relics must be minimized. There is something very special about visiting this site; it’s like stepping back in time.
The Singing Sand Mountains have been famous for centuries; the vast formations give out an eerie hum in certain wind conditions. Crescent Spring between two dunes forms a small lake and a lush oasis. Here you can ride a camel to feel what the Silk Road merchants experienced.
In the afternoon your guide will take you back to Dunhuang for your flight onwards.