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10 DAYS THE HIDDEN CHINA SILK ROAD – NINGXIA & GANSU (05 – 14 Sep 2024) *Confirm Departure*

YINCHUAN, ZHONGWEI, WUWEI, ZHANGYE, JIAYUGUAN, DUNHUANG

Outdoor & Adventure, History & Culture, Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • View the majestic Zhangye Danxia landscape on a private tour with a curator 
  • Admire grottoes artwork of various dynasties, including exquisite grotto sculptures in Golden Pagoda Temple with a longer history than Dunhuang Grottoes 
  • Appreciate the beauty of Pingshan Lake Grand Canyon on 4×4 drive and camels 
  • Gain access to special caves at Matisi temple, Yulin and Mogao Caves 
  • Most fully inclusive arrangements and accompanied by Intriq’s Travel Concierge 

Ningxia and Gansu, the two remote provinces of northwest China are blessed with hidden secrets of historical and natural heritages. The mysterious Xia Kingdom, wiped out by Genghis Khan, the very best of Buddhist arts in Dunhuang and Great Wall at the edge of the empire are waiting to “wow” you. The landscape is equally stunning – the amazingly colourful Danxia canyon and the rolling deserts in Gansu plus the vast expanse of the steppes of Ningxia. And yes, we will also visit the very best of Chinese Vineyard here!

We will “wow” you further with many special arrangements – access the best of historical sites not opened to general tourists; avoid crowd in the very popular Danxia; enjoy wine tasting in the most advanced of Chinese winery.

Land Tour Price

Twin Sharing: HKD 52,780 per person
Single Supplement: HKD 10,080 per person

HKD 52,780 Per Person
Per Person

Early Bird Offer
First two bookings with deposit (limit to two rooms) will get complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Suite in Zhangye Hotel for 2 nights

Deposit Amount

HKD HKD 10,556/- Per Person

20% deposit at sign up

10 Days 9 Nights

*Registration Closing Date
10 Aug 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed

Cancellation Charges:
Before 07 Jun 2024: forfeit deposit From 07 Jun 2024: 100% cancellation fees apply

DETAILED ITINERARY OF XINJIANG

Day 01
5 SEP 2024 (THU) ARRIVAL IN YINCHUAN

Yinchuan
Lunch and Dinner included

Transfer: Airport to Hotel 
Upon arrival at Yinchuan airport, transfer to your hotel.

Ningxia Museum 
In the afternoon, visit the Ningxia Museum, which has a collection of 40,000 cultural relics, showing the unique charm of Western Xia Dynasty (1038-1227); a dynasty with most of its written records and architectures destroyed by the Mongol troops of Genghis Khan.

Day 02
6 SEP 2024 (FRI) YINCHUAN

Yinchuan
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Western Xia Mausoleums 
We take a 1-hour drive to the Western Xia Mausoleums, one of the country’s most expansive and best-preserved imperial tombs of the past emperors in the Western Xia Dynasty, often known as the “oriental pyramid”.  

Helan Mountain Rock Arts 
Later, drive 1.5 hours to see the Helan Mountain Rock Arts, comprising over 6,000 rock pictographs that paint the life scenes of the past. 

Day 03
7 SEP 2024 (SAT) YINCHUAN / ZHONGWEI

Zhongwei
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Wine Tasting at Xige Estate 
We will drive 1.5 hours to Xige Estate Winery to tour the impressive circular structure made of 200,000 Helan Mountain Stones, learn about the modern technology used and enjoy wine tasting.

Drive to Zhongwei 
Next, we will drive about 2 hours to Zhongwei. Visit a local village along Yellow River and admire the traditional architecture of the ancient buildings from Ming and Qing dynasties, where some farmers are still staying.

Day 04
8 SEP 2024 (SUN) ZHONGWEI / WUWEI

Wuwei
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Drive to Wuwei 
En route a 4-hour drive to Wuwei, visit the Tiantishan Grottoes with its meticulously carved Giant Buddha statue.

Explore Wuwei 
Visit the Leitai Tomb of Han Dynasty, built around the late Eastern Han Dynasty and renowned for the unearthing of a bronze sculpture called the “Flying Horse of Gansu”. Proceed to the Wuwei City Museum, housing historical relics spanning Wuwei’s five thousand years of civilisation.  

Day 05
9 SEP 2024 (MON) WUWEI / ZHANGYE

Zhangye
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Drive to Zhangye 
Embark on a 4-hour drive to the spectacular Pingshan Lake Grand Canyon en route to Zhangye.

Pingshan Lake Grand Canyon 
The Pingshan Lake Grand Canyon, comparable to the Colorado Grand Canyon features rugged canyons, stone forests and crisscross gullies. Its geological structure belongs to red-layer geomorphology formed by the sedimentation of the Mesozoic Jurassic to the Cenozoic Tertiary Era. We explore this canyon via an in-depth tour and leisure hike.  
 
Afterwards, drive 1.5 hours to the hotel in Zhangye.

Day 06
10 SEP 2024 (TUE) ZHANGYE

Zhangye
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Horse Hoof & Golden Pagoda Temples 
In the morning, visit the spectacular Horse Hoof Temple, a massive cave temple complex. Keep your eyes peeled for the exquisite grotto artwork of the coloured sculptures of Buddhas and Apsaras in Golden Pagoda Temple, with a longer history than Dunhuang’s Flying Apsaras.

Zhangye National Geopark 
Venture to Zhangye National Geopark, the only Danxia landform in China adorned with a kaleidoscope of multi-coloured hues. It is also rated as one of the seven most beautiful Danxia landforms in the country by National Geographic of China. Enjoy sunset views and an in-depth tour of this surreal undulating landscape! 

Day 07
11 SEP 2024 (WED) ZHANGYE / JIAYUGUAN

Jiayuguan
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Drive to Jiayuguan 
After breakfast, a 2.5-hour drive takes us to Jiayuguan Fort.

Discover Jiayuguan 
At Jiayuguan Fort, head to its impressive watchtower, narrowest part in the middle of the valley, the highest part of Jiayu Mountain, and see the walls outside stretching to the Gobi Desert. The Hanging Great Wall, situated 8km in the north, is the western end of the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty, and historically the first pass in Hexi.  

Day 08
12 SEP 2024 (THU) JIAYUGUAN / DUNHUANG

Dunhuang
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Drive to Yulin Grottoes 
Set out on a 4-hour drive to the Yulin Grottoes.  

Yulin Caves 
Uncover hidden gems at the UNESCO World Heritage Yulin Caves, built in the late Western Xia period of Guazhou. These Grottoes are integral to the Dunhuang Grottoes and sister caves to the famed Mogao Caves. Pay a visit to some additional special caves!  
 
Next, continue on a 2.5-hour drive to Dunhuang and check-in to your hotel.  

Day 09
13 SEP 2024 (FRI) DUNHUANG

Dunhuang
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Dunhuang Highlights 
Lying on an oasis, Dunhuang was the first trading town reached by merchants arriving in China from the west. Today, join an expert guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mogao Caves and a few of its special caves to admire the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years from the Sixteen Kingdoms period to the Yuan Dynasty.

In the afternoon, visit Dunhuang Academy China to experience clay or sculpture making. Thereafter, visit the famous Crescent Lake, followed by a farewell dinner.  

Day 10
14 SEP 2024 (SAT) DEPART DUNHUANG

Nil
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Dunhuang At Leisure 
Enjoy the morning at leisure before check-out and lunch. After lunch, be treated to a theatrical performance on Dunhuang’s history, before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

Intriq Journey's Curated Hotels

Cost Per Person

Twin Share HKD 52,780
Single Supplement HKD 10,080

JW Marriott Hotel Yinchuan • Kaihuiboer Hotel • HATG Jinling Grand Hotel • Zhangye Hotel • Nuojin Hotel Jiayuguan • Dongyi Dunhuang Hotels and Resorts

YINCHUAN

YINCHUAN

JW Marriott Hotel Yinchuan

A luxury hotel located in the Jinfeng District which is the administration centre of the city. Adjacent to landmark buildings such as Yinchuan People's Square, Yinchuan International Exhibition Centre, Ningxia Museum etc.

(Opened in 2020; Rooms: 279)

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ZHONGWEI

ZHONGWEI

Kaihuiboer Hotel

Kaihuiboer (凯汇博尔) Hotel is a new luxury 5-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of Zhongwei city (Opened: 2021; Rooms: 126)

WUWEI

WUWEI

HATG Jinling Grand Hotel

Jinling Grand Hotel is a luxury 5-star hotel adjacent to Tianma Lake. The design of the hotel skillfully incorporates characteristics of Wuwei Han culture (Opened: 2023; Rooms: 535)

ZHANGYE

ZHANGYE

Zhangye Hotel

Zhangye hotel is a luxury landscape garden-style hotel surrounded by lakes and mountains, and the perfect base for exploring Zhangye National Geopark. (Opened: 2015; Rooms: 509)

JIAYUGUAN

JIAYUGUAN

Nuojin Hotel Jiayuguan

A modern hotel with Chinese design elements, located in the most prosperous business district of Jiayuguan City, and connected to Jiahui Fashion International Shopping Center.

(Opened in 2019; Rooms: 120)

DUNHUANG

DUNHUANG

Dongyi Dunhuang Hotels and Resorts

A luxury hotel situated in the core of Dunhuang Cultural District, the hotel complex sits on the sand dunes, and the earthy colour of its architecture blends into the surrounding.

(Opened in 2021; Rooms: 60)

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Estimated Price Per Person

Economy Class HKD 22,854
Business Class HKD 64,588

Shenzhen/ China Airlines 

5 Sep, Shenzhen– Yinchuan (ZH9231), 09:25 – 13:00 

14 Sep, Dunhuang – Beijing (CA 1288), 21:35 – 00:45+1 

15 Sep, Beijing – Shenzhen (ZH9104), 14:30 – 18:05 

DEPOSIT
HKD HKD 10,556/- Per Person
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION
First two bookings with deposit (limit to two rooms) will get complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Suite in Zhangye Hotel for 2 nights

Registration Closing Date: 10 Aug 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed

COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation as stated on twin sharing basis, unless on single supplement, on bed & breakfast basis 
  • All transportations and transfers as stated on an air-conditioned vehicle 
  • Service of local English-speaking guide 
  • All entrance fees of sites as stated 
  • Lunches and dinners with 1 beverage per person per meal 
  • All tipping to local guides, porters and other local service staffs 
  • Service of Intriq’s Tour Concierge throughout the trip 

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and airport taxes 
  • Visa and entry taxes (if required) 
  • Airport transfer before or after stated travel dates 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Personal expenses such as spa, laundry, telephone and bar bills 

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