The Stone-Faced Buddhas: A Trip to Luoyang's Longmen Grottoes
Road trip Across China
DATONG IN PICTURES!
My date with the 17-metre Buddha of China
A Journey through the wonders of Silk Road (China) – Reliving the ancient trade route
Once there, you have the option for the following routes: - North cable car to North Peak - West cable car - more scenic & less crowded - Plank Walk at South Peak area of 2000m vertical drop with safety harness Xi’An to Tianshui - Morning softsleeper train to Tianshui and met with local tour guide - Visit Tianshui grottoes (entrance fee at approx. cost CNY 70) - Drive to Xiahe Tianshui to Lanzhou - Visit Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves - Visit Labrang Monastry - Drive to Lanzhou Zhangye to Jiayuguan -Hardseat train to Zhangye and met with local tour guide - Visit Great Buddha temple (CNY 41) + Matisi Grottoes (approx. cost CNY 235) + colourful Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park Jiayuguan to Dunhuang - Visit Jiayuguan Pass + Great Wall Museum (approx. cost CNY 350) Dunhuang to Turpan - Visit Mogao Grottoes UNESCO @ 4th century caves, murals, frescos, sculptures (approx. cost CNY 280) - Drive to Mingsha sand dunes + Crescent Moon Spring Oasis + camel riding (approx. cost CNY 170) - Softsleeper train to Turpan (overnight) – 790km distance (approx. cost CNY 275) Turpan to Urumqi - Visit Flaming Mountains (China’s hottest place) + Jiaohe Ruins (UNESCO) + Karez Underground Irrigation System + Bezeklik Caves + Emin Sugong Minaret - Visit Weiwu’er Ancient Village + Putaogou Vineyard (Grape Valley) Urumqi to Yining - Train from Urumqi-Yining - Yining train station pick and visit Chaychun Village (1-2h drive) - Local home cooked dinner at Abdul Wahab's house Tograsu Grassland - Drive 1.5hr to Tograsu Grassland - Learn about the local Kazakh nomadic culture and beautiful grassland scenery Sayyam Lake Drive 2-3hrs to Sayyam Lake Hike around/ rent a horse (own cost) Overnight at Kazakh Yurt Sayyam Lake to Yining to Urumqi - Drive back to Yining; free & easy - Afternoon train to Yining-Urumqi - Visit Xinjiang Autonomous Museum - Visit Urumqi Grand Bazaar + Uyghur song-dance show (approx. cost CNY 300) Urumqi to Xi’An to Singapore...