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Silk Road's Ethnic Minority and Religion Exploration Tour

9-Day Lanzhou- Xiahe- Zhangye- Dunhuang- Turpan- Urumqi Tour
Day 1–3 Lanzhou & Xiahe
  • BinglingBingling Temple Grotto
  • Labrang Lamasery
3 hrs
Day 4 Zhangye
  • Rainbow Mountains
4 hrs
Day 5-6 Dunhuang
  • Mogao Caves
  • Desert Secenery
3 hrs
Day 7-9 Turpan and Urumqi
  • Karez Wells
  • Heavenly Lake


  • Visit the Bingling Temple Grottoes, which can only be accessed by boat.
  • Wander in Labrang Monastery and chat with Tibetan monks.
  • Meet the 'Color Palette Overturned by God' — the Rainbow Mountains.
  • Grasp the opportunity to see the Mogao Caves, which might disappear in 50 years.
  • Explore the ruins of the ancient city of Jiaohe, a city that was built by digging down instead of building up from the ground.
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Tailor Make Your Tour:
  • Your Schedule
  • Your Interests
  • Your Hotel Tastes
From US$2,489 p/p

Based on 2 persons & 4-star hotels for reference

Itinerary Details

There are many ethnic minorities living along the Silk Road and they have different customs, cultures, and languages. They live together harmoniously and their cultures interweave and integrate, forming a colorful and diversified Silk Road community. In this tour, you will experience the Han, Tibetan, and Uyghur cultures.

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Day 1Lanzhou Arrival

Your private guide will be waiting for you in the airport/train station arrivals area. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check in.

Tailor-made idea:

Lanzhou has many flights connecting to main cities in China so, if you need one, we can arrange a domestic flight to Lanzhou.

Hotel options:
Parkside Hotel
Crowne Plaza Lanzhou

Day 2Liujia Gorge and the Bingling Temple Grottoes
Day 3Vast Grasslands and Labrang Monastery
Day 4The Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park and a Bullet Train to Dunhuang
Day 5The Mogao Caves, Singing Sand Mountains, and Camel Riding
Day 6The Great Wall of the Han Dynasty and a Train to Turpan
Day 7The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe and Turpan City Highlights
Day 8Turpan to Urumqi and Heavenly Lake
Day 9Urumqi Departure

Our Service Includes

  • One-to-one consultancy with our travel expert
  • Versatile and knowledgeable local guides
  • Your own chauffeur and comfortable vehicle
  • Hand-picked hotels to suit your preferences
  • Hotel buffet breakfasts and local restaurant lunches
  • Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
  • The booking of internal transportation per your preferences
  • A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling

Trip Notes

1. Extend the Tour

  • Beijing: add 3–4 days — Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace
  • Xian: Terra-Cotta Warriors, ancient city wall
  • Jiayuguan: add 1 day — The Jiayuguan Pass (including Great Walls Museum)
  • Shanghai: For international transportation, visit the Bund, the Shanghai Tower and watertowns
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2. Overnight Train

This tour includes an overnight train experience. We have arranged a deluxe soft sleeper for you, which means you will have a private compartment with a door and two soft sleepers (bunks) in it. The bunks are each equipped with a pillow and a blanket. All the bedding is clean and sterilized.

If you are traveling in a group with more than two people, we can also arrange normal soft sleepers for you. This is a compartment with four soft sleepers (bunks) to make sure that your group is in one compartment.