The geographical environment in northwestern China has created the unique features of Zhangye and Dunhuang. Start from Zhangye, where you can photograph the unique rainbow mountains, Binggou Danxia landform, and Kangle grassland. Dunhuang is a typical warm temperate arid climate. The scenery of the desert and Yardang are impressive. Besides all this, the great Buddhist art treasures and the Han Great Wall have been preserved there. Our professional photo guide will lead the way to each perfect camera point.
Arrive at Zhangye airport or train station; you will meet your guide who will accompany you to your hotel. Have a good rest at the hotel.
Binggou Danxia Park, a masterpiece of nature, is like red flowers blooming on the stones of the Silk Road. One of scenic areas – Daxitian – is also called Belphégor – Le fantôme du Louvre, and is even more figurative than the artificial one. The formations which were once in the ocean 65.5 million years ago have become strange isolated rocks after a long period of weathering and water erosion. They look like ice sculptures melting, and it is definitely a must-go place for photographers.
You can stop by the vast Kangle Grassland nearby. It is famous for its naturally formed nine rows of pines.
Zhangye Danxia landform was named as one of the "World's top 10 Geographical Wonders" by National Geographic magazine in 2011. Dozens of kilometers of rolling mountains and thousands of cliffs present bright red and reddish brown, rendering a unique sense of rhythm and layering. The most beautiful sights can be captured after rain or at sunrise and sunset.
Before heading to Dunhuang, you will visit the Giant Buddha Temple. Asia’s largest indoor wooden fetal clay reclining Buddha, palace-style architecture layout, frescoes, and sculptures could be your shooting subjects. Get on the speed train to Dunhuang.
On arrival, our guide will pick you up at the train station and transfer you to your hotel.
As a World Cultural Heritage, Mogao Grottoes is the world’s largest and most abundant Buddhist art site. You will be taken back to each period through the exquisite mural paintings and statues in different stages. Even though no photos are allowed inside, it is still worth seeing. Keep the images of its outside look, iconic memorial archway, and the Nine-story Temple as souvenir pictures.
The Nine-story Temple
After lunch, you will spend a half day in the Echoing Sand Mountains. Many award-winning photos were taken there, such as The Way Home, The Desert Raider, and Rejoin The Unit, which recorded the status of the camel team. Ride on a camel up to the mountains; you can have a perfect spot to capture a panorama of Crescent Lake. It is in the shape of a new moon, coexisting with the sand for thousands of years.
After breakfast, we will drive you to the Ruins of the Great Wall of the Han Dynasty. The Han Great Wall still stands in the Gobi sand after wind and rain erosion over 2,000 years. Against the backdrop of distant mountains in the north, the Great Wall stretches intermittently in a direction that is faintly visible on the southeastern horizon of Yumenguan Pass.
After a lunch break, you will shoot the sunset in Yardang National Geopark. 77 geological ruins in this vast park are in thousands of postures under the action of wind erosion after about 100,000 years. The most famous is “The Fleet Going to the Sea”. The magnificent view is that of rows of ‘ships’ in order which are heading to the sea in one direction.
Your photography tour ends today. The guide will take you to the airport / train station for your next destination.
|Zhangye||Tianyu International Hotel||Zhangye Hotel|
|Dunhuang||Dunhuang Fuguo Hotel||The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel|