Dunhuang Travel Guide
敦煌In the northwest corner of Gansu Province, Dunhuang is a desert oasis that was once a hugely important way station along the Silk Road. Today, this magical place is unlike any other part of the country. Loaded with history, surrounded by majestic sand dunes, and focal point for both western and eastern Chinese culture, Dunhuang should be on the itinerary for any adventurous traveler.
Dunhuang first rose to prominence as a garrison town under Han Dynasty Emperor Wu. For centuries, it was a key base for Central Asian traders coming to trade with Chinese merchants. It was also a focal point through which Buddhism spread through China. Over the centuries, it was conquered by many different ethnic groups, including the Tuoba, Uighur, Tibetans, and Mongols.
The undisputed highlight of Dunhuang is the exquisite Mogao Grottoes site. Unlike the Buddhist art found at Longmen or Yungang, Mogao contains more paintings than carvings and was constructed over a much longer period of time. Nearby, the beautiful Singing Sand Dunes Park and Crescent Moon Lake make for a wonderful afternoon of fun for the whole family.
The city itself hosts a lively night market that seems to take over the town. It contains food streets, café/bar streets, a fruit market, and a street of handicraft vendors.
History buffs will love this tour. On this truly eye-opening journey, we will take you from Beijing, which has held the title of capital on-and-off since the 11th century BC, to Xi’an, which held the title for an impressive 13 dynasties. Your Beijing adventure includes a jaunt around the city’s hutong alleyways on the back of a cycle rickshaw. Any trip to Beijing is incomplete...
Beijing → Xi'an → Beijing
2 days • CNY 1,060
Two days in the Chinese capital may not seem like very long, but it’s just enough to tick off a few of Beijing’s must-see sights. Let your imagination run wild in the Forbidden City, holiday like an emperor at the Summer Palace, and whizz down the side of the Great Wall in a toboggan. Make the very most of your short stay in Beijing by tucking into real Chinese cuisine, in a restaurant...
1 day • CNY 470
If you want to visit all of capital’s must-see attractions but don’t know where to start, don’t worry - we have you covered. We will whisk you off to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven. Not only will you have a private chauffeur, but you will also have your very own guide (fluent in English and an expert on local culture and history.) If...
This tour is ideal for visitors who are stopping off at Xingang Port in Tianjin. We will pick you up from the port and return you back after your whirlwind trip to the capital. As you will be on a tight schedule, we take you to Beijing’s must-see sites. This tour also includes an overnight stay at the excellent Hotel Kapok, which is walking distance from the Forbidden City. If you would...
1 day • CNY 800
This day trip will take you from the celebrated Terracotta Warriors to the lesser-known Banpo Ancient Town, with some beautiful sights in between. What makes this tour special: The Terracotta Warriors are widely regarded as the most significant archaeological find of the 20th Century, and for good reason. The fully excavated Banpo Ancient Village also draws in archaeologists from...
1 day • CNY 480
Zhujiajiao is the closest and most touristed water town near Shanghai. A good choice if you don't have a lot of time. It includes a canal boat ride and you get a chance to stroll the streets of the village. But if you do want to make a longer day of it we would recommend our Tongli Water Town / Suzhou one day tour from Shanghai, or our Two Water Towns in one day tour.
Shanghai → Zhujiajiao → Shanghai
Starting and ending in Shanghai, this tour will take you to all the major sights of China’s financial capital before you embark on an epic cruise adventure. The cruise we include is on the Century Cruise line, the very best of the five star options! You’ll stop off from short time in Chongqing to explore the Three Gorges Museum, the Luohan Temple and Ciqikou, an ancient town and...
Shanghai → Chongqing → Yangtze River Cruises → Yichang → Shanghai
Huangshan can be easily visited from Shanghai by overnight train. This option is both convenient and economical as you will save money on hotels. You will be transferred from your hotel or apartment in Shanghai to the train station where you will catch the overnight train to Huangshan. Upon arrival in Huangshan, you will be picked up by your guide and driver and taken into Tunxi old town where...
Shanghai → Huangshan → Shanghai
This tour takes an incredible pilgrimage through Tibet, visiting the most important historic and cultural sights along the way. Starting in Lhasa you will visit the Potala Palace, several monasteries and walk the Barkhor with Tibetans on their own holy pilgrimage. On your road trip around Tibet you will visit Samye Monastery, then the cities of Gyantse and Shigatse. Next a trip to Namtso...
Beijing → Tibet / Lhasa → Tsedang → Gyantse → Shigatse → Namtso Lake → Tibet / Lhasa
Have you ever heard of Datong? It is a small city in Shanxi province, best known for its rich history, and it is well worth checking out. The first day of this tour will take you to the famous Hanging Temple, which is bound to blow you away with stunning architecture inside and out. Visiting the Yungang Grottoes, home to the oldest Buddhist cave art in China, is also sure to be an...
Beijing → Datong → Beijing