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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!

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Locations you will be visiting

  • Mountains Zhangye Danxia Landform China 1

    Zhangye, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Zhangye with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • Jiayuguan Fort Gansu China

    Jiayuguan, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Jiayuguan with this handy destination guide.

    1 Day

  • dunhuang city view china

    Dunhuang, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Dunhuang with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days


Rainbow Mountains and Dunhuang

6 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 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 Rainbow Mountains

Visit Zhangye Danxia Mountains, also known as the Rainbow Mountains, are made up of a variety of vivid colours. which developed around 200 million 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, visit the remarkable Giant Buddha Temple in Zhangye, the largest architectural relic in Gansu from the Western Xia period, is home to China’s largest reclining Buddha.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 3 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 Jiayuguan to Dunhuang

Visit the Weijin Tomb Murals, before driving 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: Drive
DAY 5 Dunhuang

Morning visit to the impressive Mogao Grottoes. In the afternoon, visit the West Thousand Buddha Cave. Continue to 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 from 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
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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Sample Accommodation

4★ Tianyu International Hotel, Zhangye

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4★ Jiayuguan Hotel, Jiayuguan

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4★ 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 as stated
  • Meals as specified
  • International flights
  • China visa and fees
  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance

Price from £1,199
Single room supplement from £199

(sole passenger prices on request)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 12 weeks before departure.

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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