Cultural Trails

Dunhuang & Mogao Caves

  • Destination

    Gansu & Qinghai

  • Trip duration

    3 days, 2 nights

  • Price

    From 3220 cny

  • Availability period

    1 Jan. 2019 - 31 Dec. 2019

  • Min/Max travelers

    Min,2 - Max 10. Rate is per person sharing a twin room and travelling in a group of 6 people

  • Transport

    private vehicle

  • Accommodation

    The Silk Road Hotel

Ancient crossing of two trading route of the Silk Road, the place lies also in the (very) proximity of two very different desert: the massive sandy dunes of the Gobi and the purple evocative rocks of Yardan.

The Unesco Heritage of Mogao comprises almost five hundred cave with exquisite murals and statues. It’s discovery and multiple plunders stories are equally captivating. Not to be missed

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Day 1

DUNHUANG

Arrival at Dunhuang in the morning Lunch at leisure Meet and greet by our guide at train station or airport Visit the Dunhuang Night Food Market in the evening

Accommodation

The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel or similar

Day 2

DUNHUANG

Breakfast at hotel Pick up from hotel and visit the Mogao Caves. The Mogao Caves, also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes or Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, form a system of 492 temples 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China. The caves may also be known as the Dunhuang Caves; however, this term is also used as a collective term to include other Buddhist cave sites in and around the Dunhuang area, such as the Western Thousand Buddha Caves, Eastern Thousand Buddha Caves, Yulin Caves, and Five Temple Caves. The caves contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years.[1] The first caves were dug out in AD 366 as places of Buddhist meditation and worship.[1][2] The Mogao Caves are the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes and, along with Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes, are one of the three famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. Lunch at local restaurant Continue the visit to Crescent Lake and Echoing-Sand Mountain The Crescent Lake is also known as the Crescent Spring, Crescent Moon Spring, or Yueya Spring. It can be considered a natural wonder of the Gobi Desert. Just as its name implies, the lake appears like a crescent moon and with its crystal clear water, resembles a turquoise or pearl inlaid in the vast desert. Some say it reminds them of the eye of a beautiful woman, lucid, beautiful and amorous. Others say it looks like the mysterious, gentle and seductive lips of a pretty woman, or a slice of a lush, sweet and crystal cantaloupe. Located on the Silk Road, the Echoing-Sand Mountain is known as one of the Eight Great Landscapes of Dunhuang and one of the Four Great Singing Sands of China. Completely piled by sands, the mountain stretches for 40 km in length and 20 km in width respectively, with the highest point reaching 250 meters. When there is wild wind, the sands will be blown up and make loud sound, while the sound sounds like being produced by some ancient musical instrument when blew by breeze, hence the name

Food

Breakfast/Lunch

Accommodation

The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel or similar

Day 3

DUNHUANG

Breakfast at hotel Visit the Yadan National Geo Park. Dunhuang Yadan National Geologic Park is located in the famous historical and cultural cities in China, 180 km northwest of Dunhuang city, about 100 km northwest of Yumenguan Pass. The park covers an area of 398 square kilometers. It is Yadan landform landscape mainly formed by wind erosion. Yadan landform, of which is orderly layout, strange shape, and it is a rare natural sculpture museum. (private jeep included) Lunch in local restaurant. Transfer to train station or airport for the next destination

Food

Breakfast/Lunch

Dunhuang

The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel

Against the backdrop of sand dunes in the hotel captures the Silk Road taste with its unique architectural design and the typical enclosed courtyard style. All these work together to recapture the flavour of a bygone era . Absolutely one of the best breakfast view in China.

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