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Lanzhou - Xining - Qinghai Hu - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Urumqi

Description :with the opening of new high speed railway, in order to have a fast and economical travel. This route is created. It has combined the ancient Silk Road, collected the essence of this area, and includes natural scenery, agricultural classic and human custom.
Tour Code : LXT-002
Price : from US$2644 p/p
Departure Date : You choose

Day 1

Lanzhou   (No meal included)

Pick up from Lanzhou Airport. Transfer to hotel. Free for the rest of day. Recommendation: walk by the Lanzhou Bund – Nanbinhe Road. View the marvelous Yellow River. Take a look at the Baitashan Park on the way; you can also view the river on the Zhongshan Iron Bridge. In the waterwheel park, we can get to know the oldest irrigation tool and see the statue of Mother Yellow River. In the evening, we can go to the Zhengning Road Muslim night market to taste some local food.
Photography spot: Yellow River and scenery along the coast
Photography tips: Baitashan Park main peak is the best spot to have a full view of the Yellow River, Zhongshan Iron Bridge is the spot for close shot of the river.
Sites info:
Baitashan Park: a white tower stands on the top the peak, hence the name. This is the best spot to have a full view of the whole Lanzhou city. Have a seat here with a cup of tea; this could be the best experience.
Zhongshan Iron Bridge: the oldest bridge in Lanzhou, also the first bridge on Yellow River. With hundred year’s history, we can watch the white tower up and yellow river down.
Waterwheel Park: Lanzhou waterwheel has long history. This is an old irrigation tool in the ancient times. The park replicates the old view of countless waterwheels on banks.
Zhengning Road: best place to be to taste authentic Lanzhou flavor. The milk, eggs, and lamb are famous. Tips: there are many muslin is Lanzhou, please respect their local custom. No outside food is allowed in muslin restaurant, no alcohol and no pork or pig topic related.

Accommodation: Legend Hotel Lanzhou 4 star

Day 2

Lanzhou   (B, L, D)

After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to Xiahe Labrang monastery for 3.5 hours. This is one of the main temples of China Tibetan Buddhism the Gelug Sect. it’s also world famous School of Tibetan Buddhism with the most complete Tibetan Buddhist teaching system. The monastery locates at the bank of Xiahe River; it’s even larger than the downtown Xiahe County. Visit time: 4 hours.
Photography spot: Labrang monastery
Photography tips: Tips: please respect local custom. When do pray wheel, do it clockwise. Please ask for permission before taking pictures.

Accommodation: Legend Hotel Lanzhou 4 star

Day 3

Lanzhou -> Xining   (B, L)

After breakfast, get to Lanzhou West Rail Station for High Speed train to Xining (8:30-9:44). On the way, we can observe the beauty of the Silk Road. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for a break. After lunch, visit the must come site in Xining - Kumbum Monastery for 2 hours. We can learn the culture of Tibetan and the history and present of Tibetan Buddhism. Then go to the Dongguan Great Mosque that has the most prayers in China. Visit time 2 hours.
Afterwards, you can have a free time; we suggest you could go to the Mojia Street which is a 6 hundred years old street with featured local food.
Photography spot: Kumbum Monastery
Tips: no photos at praying scene in Dongguan Great Mosque.
Site info:
Kumbum Monastery: this is one of the six monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, also the birth place of world's second Buddha of master Caba. This monastery has 640 years of history, is the treasure of Tibetan religion and culture. The architecture mixed Han and Tibetan style with precise layout, majestic momentum and magnificent colors. The butter sculpture, murals and embroidery are considered as the three Buddhist skills. Every certain date on lunar month, there will be ceremony and activity.
Dongguan Great Mosque: this is now the biggest mosque in Qinghai Province, also one of the biggest in northwest China. This is the largest scale and best preserved architecture which has the Chinese ancient and ethnic features. It has been listed as the most prayer mosque in China by China Islamic Association. Its main hall can hold 3000 people. Every Friday is the big day for Xining Muslim. By then, all muslin in the city will get to the mosque for praying.

Accommodation: Enraton Internation Hotel Xining 4 star

Day 4

Xining -> Qinghai Hu   (B, L, D)

In the morning, we will get to the China's largest inland plateau lakes – Qinghai Lake. Move forward along the lake, we can see the marvelous view of the lake for 3 hours. Then we will climb over the 3000 meters high Riyue Mountain and walk the road that Wencheng Princess used to come to Tibet. We will also see the inverted River which is the only one that flows to the west here. At last, reach the Erlang Sword scenic area. This is the main scenic area around Qinghai Lake. Due to a more than 10 km long peninsula stick into the lake, hence the name. We can walk along the peninsula and watch the lake, or take a boat on the lake. There is also motor cycle, water bike, horse racing etc.
After lunch, take 2.5 hours to go to the Caka Salt Lake which has the reputation of mirror of heaven. Climb over 3800 meters high Rubber Mount and watch the cattle and goat feeding. Under the sunshine, the lake has many fascinating colors, and then reaches to the Caka Salt Lake. Visit 1.5 hours. The lake is natural crystallization of Saline Lake, got its reputation for producing and tourism. It has been listed as one of the 55 must go places in life. This is paradise for photographers. The white salt and blue lake are under reflecting the snow mountain and grassland. With the sunshine, the view is just so peaceful. We can also take small train here to watch the salt dredger and the view of sunset.
Photography spot: Erlang Sword scenic area, Caka Salt Lake
Photography tips: every summer and fall is the best photography time for Caka Salt Lake. This is when we can have a shot of the sky mirror. The shot of reflection is the most important thing.
Tips: the temperature difference here is high; it’s only about 20 centigrade in daytime in August. At night, it’s only 3-6 degree. If you are coming in spring and fall, thick coat is needed. Also, on the plateau, UV is strong, protection is necessary.

Accommodation: Qinghai Lake Hotel 3 star

Day 5

Qinghai Hu -> Xining -> Zhangye   (B, L)

Heimahe County is one of the best places to watch sunrise at Qinghai Lake. After breakfast, we can go to the Bird Island for 1.5 hours. The road from Heimahe to Bird Island is the most beautiful part. With the flowers and birds on sides, cattle and sheep wandering aside, there’s nowhere like this until you see the Bird Island. This island got its name because there are 10 thousand of migratory birds living here. It consists of two islands; the one on the west is also called Egg Island. As every May to June, numberless bird eggs can be found here. The one on the east is called Cormorant Island, 10 thousand of cormorants are living here and we can see countless nests on the cliff. Here at Bird Island, we can observe the birds as close as possible. Visit time: 3 hours
After lunch, we will take the car to have a cycling around the lake. We will pass the Jinyintan grassland, Yuanzi Town, and takes about 4.5 hours to get back to Xining. Then take the train to Zhangye (18:47-20:39), and transfer to hotel.
Photography spot: Heimahe County, Bird Island
Photography tips: We can have different shots of the Bird Island in different seasons. In April, birds fly to the island; May to July has the most birds. In September, the gooses fly in shapes to the south. While in November to February has the best swan.

Accommodation: Zhangye Xiyu Hotel 3 star

Day 6

Zhangye   (B, L, D)

We will get to the Zhangye Danxia landform park for 2.5 hours. It has ice valley area and color hill area two parts. The color hill part is the best developed Danxia landform in China, the representative of Danxia landform, also the one and only area that has Danxia and hill combined. Zhangye Danxia is not like other regular Danxia, under the sunshine, it will have many colors reflecting. While for the ice valley area, the best part is its shape. It has typical window style palace Danxia. In 2005, Zhangye Danxia has been listed as one of the seven best Danxia in China. In 2011, American National Geographic listed it into the top 10 geographic wonder in world. Visit time: 4 hours.
Photography spot: Zhangye Danxia National Landform Park
Photography tips:Best shooting time: afternoon; Best sunset shooting spot: NO 4 and NO 5 platform; highest spot: NO2 platform; Most red spot: NO 3 platform; biggest spot: NO 1 platform

Accommodation: Zhangye Xiyu Hotel 3 star

Day 7

Zhangye -> Jiayuguan   (B, L, D)

In the morning, we will go visit the Giant Buddha Temple for 1 hour. The temple has 900 years history, with mixed Han and Xixia culture; it’s an important site on the Silk Road. It’s also the landmark of Zhangye. There’s a statue inside the hall, it’s the biggest Buddha statue in China with 34.5 meter high and 7.5 meter wide. Only the middle finger can hold one man lie on it. After that, take the train to Jiayuguan (11:43-13:12).
After lunch, go visit the NO.1 Pass – Jiayuguan for 2 hour. Then get back to hotel.
Photography spot: Giant Buddha Temple, Jiayuguan
Photography tips: the Buddha statue in Giant Buddha Temple is a must-do. While in Jiayuguan, the sunset is a good topic.

Accommodation: Jiayuguan Holiday Hotel 3 star

Day 8

Jiayuguan -> Urumqi   (B, L)

After breakfast, go to the Cliff Great Wall in 1.5 hours for the shot of sunrise. Have a shot of the great wall spread down from the stand cliff. The black wall winding on the mountain top makes it a unique view. After lunch, go to the train station for train to Urumqi (13:18-20:07). Then transfer to hotel.
Photography spot: Cliff Great Wall

Accommodation: Urumqi City Hotel 4 star

Day 9

Urumqi   (B, L)

Today we will go to the Heaven Pearl - Tianchi Scenic Area for 2 hours. On the road, we can see the economic crops and the endless dessert with yurt spread. The area sets heaven pool as the center. With the view of forest, grassland, snow mountain and humanity site, it has formed unique scenery. The heaven pool is under the mountain Bogeda. We can take a boat in the pool to take a good look at this pure nature.
Then we will get back to downtown and free for the rest of the day. We suggest you can explore the International Grand Bazaar. This place has the most concentrated and best preserved Uygur culture. The architectures here have strong Islamic style, reflects the strong national features and the regional culture of the Western Regions. Here we can buy many products from the whole Xinjiang or even nearby countries. The local food is also necessary. Moreover, there is dancing and singing banquet at night.
Photography spot: Heaven Pool

Accommodation: Urumqi City Hotel 4 star

Day 10

Urumqi   (B)

After breakfast we will transfer you to Urumqi airport for your flight home. If you flight is in the afternoon, we can go to the Redhill Park first. The park is famous for its red hill. The red hill is the landmark of the city. Due to the cliff on the west is in maroon color, hence the name. Stand on the top of the mountain we can have a bird view of the whole city and see the skyline. There are also historical buildings and lovely lakes and waterfalls.
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