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DH01: 3 Days Silk Road Dunhuang Trip

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Day 1 Arrival in Dunhuang
Camel-riding along the Echoing-Sand Dune
Photo by our client Ms. Jolene Cheng
Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you outside the arrival hall at the airport and then transfer you to the hotel. After resting for a while, your 3 days Dunhuang tour starts from the Echoing-sand Dune, which is formed by the pileup of drifting sand. It was named so because the sand dunes utter tremendous sound if there is a gale and murmur while people slide down from the top. Here, you could experience a short but exciting camel-ride along the Echoing-Sand Dune to reach the Crescent Lake. The Crescent Lake is a crystal clear lake in the shape of the crescent moon. Although encircled by the Echoing-Sand Dune and frequently attacked by squall and furious sand storms, the lake water keeps limpid and sweet for hundreds of thousands of years.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Building No. 8 of Dunhuang Hotel
Day 2 Dunhuang
Great Wall of Han Dynasty
Your first stop today is Yumenguan Pass, a part of the Great Wall of China. It is said that the jade from the western regions was brought into the central plains through this pass, hence the name Yumenguan Pass (Jade Pass). In ancient times, it also functioned as the military strategic pass and significant passage of the ancient Silk Road. Then, continue the private tour to the Great Wall of the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220). Different from other sections of the Wall built of bricks and stones, this section was built of rammed earth, sanded reeds and the juniper tamarisks. As time passes by, the wall has been heavily destroyed both by the nature and human beings, but still you could get some insights of the original appearance of the wall here. After that, the tour will extend to Yadan National Geology Park, a physiognomy landscape formed by aeolian erosion. Entering the park, you could find various nature-made sculptures in different postures and manners. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Departure from Dunhuang
Mogao Grottoes
Today's private tour will cover Mogao Grottoes and Dunhuang Museum. As one of China's four most famous grottoes, Mogao Grottoes is also the largest and best-preserved Buddhism art treasure house. It is especially famous for a great number of delicate murals and statues. All together it has 492 caves housing over 2,000 statues and more than 50,000 square yards of murals. In the following Dunhuang Museum, you will see as many as 4,000 pieces of cultural relics. There are documents discovered in the No.17 cave of Mogao Grottoes, the historical relics unearthed from tombs as well as silk, brocade, tulle and voile, all of which provide materials and reference to the ancient Silk Road.

Your Dunhuang 3-day tour itinerary comes to an end, and our guide will transfer you to the airport and see you off today. Wish you a pleasant trip back home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Tour Prices
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Giang from VIETNAM | Aug. 02, 2018 20:57Reply
I would like go to Yardang National Geopark by bus. The bus will stop at Dunhuang Old City
, Western Thousand-Buddha Caves, Yangguan Pass, Yumenguan Pass, Great Wall ruins in Han Dynasty in the midway, Do I have time to visit this places? Could I go to Yardang National Geopark by bus at 7.30 and come back by other bus at 10pm?
Thank you very much.
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Answered by Nicholas from USA | Aug. 06, 2018 19:43
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I guess the time is too limited to visit all these places.
Asked by Sulak Sriphirom from THAILAND | Oct. 20, 2017 02:33Reply
If we want to visit to Magao Caves only do we need to book ticket in advance?
we want to visit the caves only, not visiting the Digital Exhibition Center. We have planned to go to Dunhuang during 5-8 December 2017.
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Answered by Azira from SINGAPORE | Oct. 23, 2017 01:52
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It will be during the slack season in Dec., so you don't need to book tickets in advance. Just go and buy tickets on the spot and you can enjoy the slack season price - CNY100. By the way, it will be cold then, so prepare warm clothes.
Asked by soh from SINGAPORE | Aug. 28, 2017 09:11Reply
Mogao Caves
I am visiting the attraction in Nov, wonder how is the weather there? As this is an off peak season, I supposed it would be easy to get the entrance tickets at the entrance booth. By the way, what is the difference between peak and off peak season in Dunhuang; is the attraction less attractive during off peak season?
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Answered by Julie from GERMANY | Aug. 29, 2017 21:41
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According to former information, the temperature may range from ten below zero to 15 C, and most of the days are sunny, so you are suggested to take your sweater, heavy coat and gloves.
As for Q2, the difference between the two periods is not about the attractions, but some shops may close, and some sightseeing buses don’t work in off peak season.
Asked by Wendy from USA | Aug. 09, 2017 06:28Reply
Echo Sand Mountain visiting time
I saw the recommended visiting time is evening during summer. Any reason why early in the morning isn't a good time to go?

Thank you.
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Answered by Liela from SINGAPORE | Aug. 09, 2017 20:08
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Well, as I know, evening is more popular because it’s not hot; besides, the sunset scenery is very beautiful. Morning is also a good time, you can enjoy the sunrise.
Asked by Clark from USA | Jul. 23, 2017 23:28Reply
I'm planning a trip with grand circle starting in Beijing but want to see the Mogao Caves before
What is the best way to book a hotel and get a reservation for an English speaking tour of the caves. I plan to be in Dunhuang sept 10 and 11, 2018
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Answered by Nancy from UK | Jul. 24, 2017 01:56
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Why not join a tour? The travel agency will get you well-arranged. I'd like to recommend TravelChinaGuide to you. They are really good at the trip in Dunhuang. I have experienced a wonderful holiday last summer, accompanied by them. You can contact them by traveltravelchinaguide.com.
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