Rainbow Mountains and Dunhuang


Land Only from £1,275

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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Day 1 Bullet Train from 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.

Day 2 Zhangye – Rainbow Mountains (B)
Visit Zhangye Danxia Mountains, also known as China Rainbow Mountains. The mountains are magnificent comprising a variety of rich colours, which developed around 200 million Zhangye Danxia Mountain 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, you will visit the Giant Buddha Temple in Zhangye, which is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province from the Western Xia (1038- 1227) period. China’s largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple.

Day 3 Bullet train from Zhangye to Jiayuguan (B)
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.

Day 4 Drive to Dunhuang (B)
Visit the Weijin Tomb Murals. Drive to Dunhuang, upon arrival check into your hotel, and in the late afternoon visit the Mingsha Sand Dunes and the Crescent Moon Lake.

Day 5 Dunhuang (B)
Morning visit to the impressive Mogao Grottoes. In the afternoon, visit the West Thousand Buddha Cave. Continue to see 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 of the Han Dynasty. In the evening, visit the fascinating night market.

Day 6 Dunhuang and Onward Journey (B)
Transfer to the train station or the airport for your onward journey.

Your Accommodation

Tour Name: Rainbow Mountains and Dunhuang
 6 Days

Land only prices from £1,275

Single supplement from £225

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.


  • 4* accommodation based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Tours
  • Meals as stated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • China visa
  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance

International flights can be arranged, further details and prices on request.

Zhangye: Tianyu International Hotel 4★

Located in the heart of the city, this hotel offers accommodation with great service and free WiFi in all areas. Each room is fitted with a TV and an electric kettle, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, slippers. Guests can enjoy meals in the on-site restaurant.

Jiayuguan: Jiayuguan Hotel

Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a TV and a telephone, a refrigerator, bathrobes, a hairdryer and slippers. Guests can relax with a drink at the on-site bar.

Dunhuang: Grand Sun Hotel 4★

Located in downtown area and only a 5-minute walk from Dunhuang Night Market, the guest rooms come with a minibar and a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. Free WiFi is provided throughout the entire property. The on-site restaurant serves Szechuan and Cantonese cuisines for guests to enjoy.