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Silk Road China Tours

Zhangye, China
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About Silk Road China Tours
Reliable travel agency based in Dunhuang, creating customized tours across the Silk Road, from Xi’an - Xiahe - Zhangye - Urumuqi - Kashgar. See the Mogao Grottoes, traverse the Gobi desert, and learn the history of Buddhism in China, on your own terms and with reasonable prices.
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Michigan48158 wrote a review Nov 2019
Manchester, Michigan77 contributions69 helpful votes
FOMO - Fear of missing out There are many many wonderful sights in the area of China; about an hour away is the Zhangye Danxia Geopark which has both the Rainbow Mountains and the Binggou Danxia Scenic Area in separate locations. Both are amazing and must be seen. The Zhangye Buddist Temple in central Zhangye. And the Matti Temple Grottoes also nearby which ending up being one of the best places to visit. There is no way I could have seen all these sights with Silk Road Tours and Simon. Not only did he get me to all these places very efficiently but he simultaneously let me wander AND steered me to the better locations. Provided meals, which was helpful to me with unfortunately food allergies and navigated the little things. Many of these tasks I maybe / probably could have done by myself, with cerrtainly a lot more pain. But at the end of the tour I was certain I had seen the absolutely best sights and didn't miss anything. Simon was great. Two things he that further illustrate how helpful he was and tour is worth taking: at the Rainbow mountains (my main reason for visiting the area), they were offering short helicopter rides. I wanted to go but did not have enough Yuan for the cost. Simon paid the fee and let me pay him back later. Very kind. Even more helpful was right before I got on the helicopter, I noticed my phone (thus camera and video) battery was nearly dead. Simon again came to the rescue with a power bank to charge my phone through the helicopter ride. The two day tour ended up perfect. Only only warning: there is a fair amount of walking and climbing stairways to get to the scenic viewpoints.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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mcolt wrote a review Jun 2019
Shanghai, China62 contributions64 helpful votes
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We had a 3-day tour of Zhangye (rainbow mountains, canyons, and temples). The service exceeded our expectations. They (guide - Vicky, driver - Mr. Chu made everything easy and were always thinking of us! We've lived in China for two years, but didn't feel comfortable in a rural area. It was perfect! We saw everything we wanted, information was on point, and they were accommodating with small requests. It's always so helpful when our guide orders or assists with ordering in the restaurants since there isn't any English or pictures on the menu in Zhangye! This is a very reliable tour company! Highly recommend with no hestitation!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Rafal G wrote a review May 2019
Warsaw, Poland3 contributions1 helpful vote
Super interesting place - the highest dunes in the world! We were transferred from Zhangye by small bus (a couple of hours) and after at gate to the National Park we have got 4X4. Drive was really good, Nice views, adventure driving in the desert. Simon guide us all the time. We slept in guesthouse in the desert close to small buddhist temple, fortunately open this time (while only one monk lived there was on the place). Really good dinner in the guesthouse. There is shower and toilette there. In high season is possible to sleep in yurt there (traditional mongolian tent).
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Date of experience: April 2019
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VladsterT wrote a review May 2019
Astrakhan, Russia15 contributions12 helpful votes
I am a tour leader, I used Simon's services (Silk Road Tours) to arrange a bus for my group in Zhangye. Simon answers quickly, offers agreeable prices, cares about the service. The bus he arranged for us was in good condition and came on time. Everything went smooth. So I would like to thank Simon for a good service and wish good luck in developing his business.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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mcbiko wrote a review May 2019
nidau13 contributions1 helpful vote
We had an excellent 2 day tour with Simon Silk Road China Tours. Everything worked out as planned. Simon was waiting for us at Zhangye railway station. After visiting Giant Buddha Temple we drove to Danxia Landform to see coloured rock formations at sunset which was very impressive. The next day we visited Binggou Landform which was even more impressive, the rock formations were spectacular and we just about had the whole park to ourselves a very special atmosphere so quiet and peaceful in such a beautiful setting. In the afternoon we drove to the Matisi Grottoes. It was a bit of a climb up to the Grottoes built into the cliffs but well worth the effort to visit the small temples. We then drove back to stay overnight in Zhangye before catching our train back to Xining. The whole trip was very well arranged by Simon who was an excellent and very informative guide. He was very thoughtful and kind helping my wife climb up to the Matisi Grottoes. We had an excellent trip with Simon and would highly recommended Silk Road China Tours. Thanks a lot Simon Bill & Korina
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Date of experience: April 2019
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