Day 1 → Zhangye and Mati Temple

9:00am- Pick up at your hotel in Zhangye or at Zhangye station (at 1,474 meters in elevation)

9:15am - Drive 65km to Mati Temple Grottoes

11:30am - Lunch in Zhangye or along the way to Mati Temple Grottoes

12:30pm - Arrive grottoes and explore for the afternoon

4:00pm- Drive back to Zhangye

7:00pm Dinner in Zhangye, possible Zhangye night market visit

9:00pm - Rest in hotel in Zhangye

Day 2 → Zhangye Danxia National Park and BingGou National Park

8:00am - Eat breakfast in hotel in Zhangye

9:00am - Early morning visit to Zhangye Dafo Temple (the giant buddha)

10:00am - Drive 32km to Zhangye Danxia National Park

11:00am - Arrive at Danxia formations, spend the morning at the rainbow mountains

1:30pm-  Late lunch near Danxia National Park along the Silk Road

2:00pm- Drive 30 minutes to BingGou National Park, see the red rock formations of this incredible park

4:00pm - Arrive at Jiayuguan Great Wall, explore and climb the wall

5:30pm - Depart BingGou National Park, drive back to Zhangye 

6:10pm - Arrive in Zhangye and settle into hotel

7:00pm - Dinner in nearby hotel

8:00pm - Rest and sleep in hotel in Zhangye

Day 3 → Jiayuguan Great Wall and Fortress

8:00am- Breakfast in the hotel

9:00am- Set off to drive 225km to Jiayuguan, lunch along the way

2:00pm - Arrive at Jiayuguan Great Wall, the western most section of the Great Wall near the Gobi Desert. Explore and climb the wall and see the nearby desert fortress.

5:30pm - Depart Great Wall

6:00pm - Arrive Jiayuguan at 1,462 meters and settle into hotel

7:00pm - Dinner in nearby hotel

8:00pm - Rest and sleep in hotel in Jiayuguan

Day 4 → Drive to Dunhuang, Dunhuang ancient city and night market

8:00am - Breakfast in hotel in Jiayuguan

9:00am- Meet in lobby of hotel. Drive 374km to Dunhuang

2:00pm - Arrive at hotel in Dunhuang at 1,142 meters and rest and settle

2:30pm - In the afternoon explore the sand dunes near Dunhuang and the Dunhuang ancient city

6:00pm- Return to Dunhuang, dinner. 

Explore Dunhuang night market

8:30pm - Sleep in hotel in Dunhuang

Day 5 → Camel ride in the Gobi Desert, sleep in a nomad tent in the desert

9:00am - Breakfast in hotel in Dunhuang

10:00am- Meet in lobby of hotel.  Drive to Gobi Desert, start camel ride into the desert

4:30pm - Arrive at nomad trader tent in the desert and enjoy a local dinner with nomads

8:30pm - Watch the stars over the Gobi Desert and sleep in tent in the desert.

Day 6 → Return to Dunhuang

8:00am - Breakfast in tent in the desert Dunhuang

9:00am - Spend the morning learning about desert culture on the Silk Road

10:00am- Return to Dunhuang

1:30pm - Late Lunch in Dunhuang

2:30pm- Check into hotel and rest and shower

4:00pm Spend the afternoon exploring Dunhuang and doing any last minute souvenir shopping

6:00pm- Dinner in the Dunhuang night market

8:00pm - Sleep in a hotel in Dunhuang

Day 7 → Mogao Cave Grottoes and a Silk Road Theater Show

8:30am - Eat breakfast in hotel

9:30am -Drive to Mogao Grottoes

10:15pm - Arrive at Mogao Grottoes, spend the day exploring the caves and paintings

4:00pm- Enjoy a special theater show that depicts the history of the Silk Road

6:00pm- Dinner in the Dunhuang night market

8:00pm - Sleep in a hotel in Dunhuang

8 → Depart Dunhuang

Morning- drop off at the Dunhuang train station as we say our goodbyes

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