This add on takes you into the relatively undiscovered region of Gansu Province, which lies on the ancient Silk Road. The extraordinary landscape of Zhangye National Geopark, also known as the Rainbow Moutnains with its colourful rock formations, is not to be missed. Also nearby is the Giant Buddha Temple, home to China’s largest reclining Buddha.
Day 1 Arrive Zhangye
Arrival at Zhangye where you will be met and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, you will visit the Giant Buddha Temple in Zhangye, which is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. China’s largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple.
Day 2 Zhangye (B)
After breakfast, proceed to visit the Binggou Danxia Park. It has a totally different landscape and is very much worth a visit. It is about an hour from Zhangye and the formations are quite interesting as they look like ice sculptures melting. Enjoy lunch in Kangle County. In the afternoon visit the Kangle Grasslands which are located in Sunan Yugur Autonomus County. The green grassland is dotted with colourful flowers, birds, and cattle and sheep are scattered among the grasses. Later, head to Zhangye Danxia Mountains, also known as China Rainbow Mountains. The mountains are magnificent with gorgeous 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. Return to your hotel.
Day 3 Zhangye (B)
After breakfast, drive to the Zhangye Desert Sports Park, 15km away from the south of Zhangye, it’s a fine example of eco-tourism in the desert. Explore the desert and see the main scenic spots both on foot and by off-road vehicle. In the afternoon, visit the Mati Temple, which integrates grotto art, Buddhist culture and natural scenery in the Yugur and Tibetan style.
Day 4 Depart (B)
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Zhangye: Tianyu International Hotel
Located in the heart of Zhangye, around a 6-minute drive from the downtown area. The Tianyu International Hotel offers guestrooms with modern amenities including TV, kettle, toiletries, slippers and hairdryer. The on-site restaurants provides a selection of dishes.