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Best of Lanzhou Day Trip to Bingling Temple Grottoes, Waterwheel Garden and White Pagoda Mountain

Binglingsi Temple Grottoes

Binglingsi Temple Grottoes

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$260.00
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  • 5 persons - per adult: $86.00
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  • 7 persons - per adult: $72.00
  • 8 persons - per adult: $66.00
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  • 10 persons - per adult: $54.00
Child (Age 2-12): 80% of adult price
Infant (Age 0-2): free
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Located some 100 km (62 miles) southeast of Lanzhou, the Bingling Temple is a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculpture carved into natural caves and caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River. It lies just north of where the Yellow River empties into the Liujiaxia Reservoir. Bingling means thousand Buddhas or 10,000 Buddhas in Tibetan language. The caves were a work in progress for more than a millennium. The first grotto was begun around 420 CE at the end of the Western Qin kingdom. Work continued and more grottoes were added during the Wei, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. The style of each grotto can easily be connected to the typical artwork from its corresponding dynasty. The Bingling Temple is both stylistically and geographically a midpoint between the monumental Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan and the Buddhist Grottoes of central China, Yungang Grottoes near Datong and Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang. Altogether there are 183 caves, 694 stone statues, and 82 clay sculptures that remain. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2014. This Best of Xian private day trip will take you to visit Bingling Temple Grottoes together with Waterwheel Garden and White Pagoda Mountain where you can have a panoramic view of Lanzhou. Traveling with GoGrandChina knowledgeable and professional guide and free use of GoGlobalis multilingual audio guide during sightseeing, NO SHOPPING STOPS, NO FACTORY VISITS, NO HIDDEN COSTS, you are sure to get the most out of this best of Lanzhou private tour.

Why Travelers Have to Choose GoGrandChina Private Tours?
• Choose your most suitable departure time, whether you are an early bird or you prefer sleeping in.
• GoGrandChina private tours are more flexible, allowing you to adjust everything on your trip to your wishes.
• GoGrandChina tour guides will be at your service to make sure you get the most from each destination. They are there for you and are responsible for making your journey special – and your needs always come first.
• GoGrandChina offers comfortable and luxury vehicles with a private & experienced driver who’s always by your side and ready to take you to your next destination.
• No shopping stops & factory visits, no chance of getting ripped off.
• No hidden costs, rest assured that there are no nasty surprises.
• Multilingual GoGlobalis audio guide, travel with mother tongue in ear.

About This Tour
• Departure: Daily departing from Lanzhou.
• Tour Duration: Approximately 8 hours.
• Guide Languages: Chinese & English.
• Audio Guide Languages: Chinese, English, Deutsch, French, Spanish, Polski, Dansk, Portuguese, Russian.
• Pick-up Time: Between 07:00 and 10:00, choose a departure time most suitable for you.
• Pick-up & Drop off Place: Your self-booked accommodation in Lanzhou
• Internet access is needed to use our multilingual audio guide.
• Advice on Meals: Lunch is not included in this tour, please have a big breakfast and pack snacks just in case you get a bit peckish during sightseeing. If you want to try authentic local food for lunch, please feel free to inform your guide who is always ready to help.

Brief Itinerary
• Pick up from your self-booked accommodation in Lanzhou
• Drive to Liujiaxia Reservoir (90 minutes)
• Board speedboat to Binglingsi Temple Grottoes (40 minutes)
• Visit the Grottoes (1 hour & 30 minutes)
• Drive back to Lanzhou (2 hours)
• Visit Waterwheel Garden (15 minutes)
• Visit Whilte Pagoda Hill (1 hour)
• Transfer back to your hotel in Lanzhou

Tour Prices (US$ Per Person)

Price Inclusions
• Professional English language speaking private tour guide
• Air-conditioned vehicle with private experienced driver
• Multilingual GoGlobalis audio guide if available
• All admission tickets to sightseeing places
• Two bottles of mineral water per person
• All government taxes

Price Exclusions
• Meals
• Hotel accommodation
• Your personal expenses
• Gratuities to guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). They are customary and would be of great encouragement and reward for quality service.

Additional Info
• Bingling Temple Grottoes are only accessible by boat, this trip is not available when the reservoir gets frozen
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
• The itinerary is subject to change due to traffic conditions or bad weather. However, we guarantee that time of visiting at each destination will remain unchanged.
• Our private tour itineraries are flexible. You can make changes if there is not much difference in prices.
IMPORTANT: It is required by the government regulations that travelers must provide their name, gender, nationality, passport number and date of birth to their tour operator upon booking a tour. Failure to do so could result in being denied access or admittance to sites and attractions during sightseeing. When you book this tour, please complete all required fields at checkout. Please bring your passport with you on the tour.

Cancellation
• You may cancel your tour and receive a full refund up to 24 hours prior to the date of your tour. Cancellation within 24 hours or after the tour begins is non-refundable. Due to timezone differences, the confirmed cancellation date is determined based on the supplier's local time. Please allow 2-5 business days to process and confirm your cancellation request. Once the cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 14 working days.

GoGlobalis Audio Guide APP
• GoGlobalis APP offers multilingual audio guide of attractions in worldwide destinations based on Amap in China and Google Map outside China. Travelers can follow audio guide stops marked on maps while listening to audio guide in their mother tongue. It is currently available in Chinese & Chinese dialects, English, Dansk, Deutsch, Español, Français, Polski, Português and Russian. GoGlobalis audio guide is provided free of charge to GoGrandChina travelers. Please download GoGlobalis APP in advance and make sure you have internet access during sightseeing if you want to use this APP. Please be aware that sites & attractions mentioned in the itinerary may not be available on GoGlobalis Audio Guide APP.

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Know Before You Go
GoGrandChina is using Wechat, WhatsApp and Skype for instant communication. Our WeChat ID is gct13910830737, WhatsApp ID is 13910830737 and Skype ID is gcttravel. Please add us so that we can advise you departure time in advance. We do recommend you to use WeChat because WeChat is really great. If you are not using WeChat, WhatsApp or Skype, you will receive phone call from your tour guide at around 19:00 to 20:00 the night before your trip to confirm your next day departure time. If you are not available to receive phone calls, your guide will leave a message for you at your hotel front desk. In case you haven't received the pick-up message before 20:00, please contact our 24/7 emergency line shown in our confirmation letter.

Hotel Pick-up & Transfer to Liujiaxia Reservoir
Your private guide will be holding GoGrandChina pick-up sign and waiting for you in your hotel lobby (or other appointed meeting place) at the appointed time. You will be transferred to Liujiaxia Reservoir by a comfortable air-conditioned private vehicle. The trip takes about 90 minutes.

Liujiaxia Reservoir
Liujiaxia Reservoir is formed by the Liujiaxia Dam on the Yellow River. It occupies over 130 km2 (50 sq miles). The Daxia River and the Tao River flow into the reservoirs, forming wide bays. The water level in Liujiaxia Reservoir is usually reported as 1,735 m (5,692 ft) above the sea level, but in practice it varies significantly, in accordance with the water flow and human needs. The initial capacity of the reservoir was 5.7 km3 (1.4 cu mi), but after 10 years it lost 10% of its capacity due to silting, and after 17 years, 17.4%. The primary purpose of the Liujiaxia dam is generating electricity; in addition, it is used for flood control, irrigation, and "ice flood prevention". The power plant has 5 generators with the total installed capacity of 1,225 MW. When it became fully operational in 1974, it became China's largest hydroelectric power plant, and remained so until the 1980s.

Speedboat Ride to Bingling Temple Grottoes
Bingling Temple Grottoes can only be reached by speedboat, the ride is about 40 minutes.

Explore Bingling Temple Grottoes
Located some 100 km (62 miles) southeast of Lanzhou, the Bingling Temple is a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculpture carved into natural caves and caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River. It lies just north of where the Yellow River empties into the Liujiaxia Reservoir. Bingling means thousand Buddhas or 10,000 Buddhas in Tibetan language. The caves were a work in progress for more than a millennium. The first grotto was begun around 420 CE at the end of the Western Qin kingdom. Work continued and more grottoes were added during the Wei, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. The style of each grotto can easily be connected to the typical artwork from its corresponding dynasty. The Bingling Temple is both stylistically and geographically a midpoint between the monumental Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan and the Buddhist Grottoes of central China, Yungang Grottoes near Datong and Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang. Altogether there are 183 caves, 694 stone statues, and 82 clay sculptures that remain. The relief sculpture and caves filled with buddhas and frescoes line the northern side of the canyon for about 200 meters. Each cave is like a miniature temple filled with Buddhist imagery. These caves culminate at a large natural cavern where wooden walkways precariously wind up the rock face to hidden cliff-side caves and the giant Maitreya Buddha that stands more than 27 meters, or almost 100 feet, tall.

Drive back to Lanzhou
It will be about 90 minutes to drive from the reservoir back to Lanzhou city

Visit Waterwheel Garden
The Waterwheel Garden, built in 1994, is located by the Yellow River. The garden covers an area of 1.45 hectares (3.58 acres) and is comprised of two waterwheels, a cofferdam, the recreation area and a house of water mill. In the garden, tourists can experience crossing the river on a sheepskin raft, which is the most primeval ferrying tool in the northwest region of the Yellow River. A visit to the Waterwheel Garden will provide an insight into the irrigation tools of ancient times.

Visit White Pagoda Mountain
White Pagoda Mountain, famous for its white pagoda built during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), is located at the northern bank of the Yellow River in Lanzhou. Legend has it that the White Pagoda was built in honor of a well-known Tibetan Lama who died of an illness in Lanzhou when on his way to Mongolia as representative of the leader of Sakyapa in order to meet Genghis Khan. The white pagoda, 17 meters high, has a round foundation and seven floors. Its eight sides contain many statues of Buddha. The mountain where the park is located also boasts the elephant-skin drum, bronze bell and redbub tree, which are the so-called "three treasures of Lanzhou." Tourists enjoy an excellent bird-eye view of Lanzhou from the park.

Transfer Back to Your Hotel
After visiting White Pagoda Mountain, this private tour comes to the end. Your guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful Day Trip Review by TAYLOR LOGAN
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It was a very enjoyable day out and our guide Demi was knowledgeable and helpful. Lanzhou Liujiaxia Reservoir and Waterwheel Garden were beautiful destinations. We visited the master of the Grottoes in Lanzhou, made in the beautiful traditional Chinese style. The other highlight was the trip at Whilte Pagoda Hill. I thoroughly recommend this trip. (Posted on 7/7/2019)

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