Spend the day hiking the mountainous sand dunes of Dunhuang • Bask in the glow of warm sands as you take in the sunset there • Enjoy a hearty meal, sure to satisfy your hunger after an active day
Education - A Paleontological Dino Dig (Gansu)
One of the most acclaimed natural sights in all of China, come and explore the other worldly technicolor hills of the Danxia landform and beyond. This trip is also a treat for hobby archeologists as you try your hand at the delicate excavation of China's prehistoric past.
About This Trip
An adventure that would excite Indiana Jones, this trip allows you to bask in the warmth of the desert, get close to ancient history, and try your own hand at digging for fossils. A feast for the senses and one of China's most resplendent sights, you will also get to explore the famous Rainbow Mountains.
What we love
- Camping and star gazing in the quiet peace of the desert
- Getting our hands dirty as we carefully excavate a real archeological site
- A moment of reflection next to the picturesque White Pagoda Basin
Journey to the Mogao Grottoes, home to almost 500 temples • Enjoy lunch at this scenic locale, at the religious and cultural epicenter of the Silk Road • Catch your breath on a coach transfer to Yumen, and freshen up at your hotel • In the early evening, take in an engaging lecture on how dinosaurs lived in prehistoric China
Begin the day early and transfer to the Changma Basin • Time to dig in--here is where we begin our field work experience • After a day of focused investigation and using a range of fun tools, it is time to head back to the comfort of the hotel
After checking out of the hotel, take a scenic coach ride to Jiayuguan • Explore the often overlooked west end of the Great Wall • Transfer to the White Pagoda Basin, where the world's oldest book is thought to have been discovered • Show off your culinary skills over an open pit BBQ • If interested, enjoy a second discussion on archeology in China • Sleep under a pristine sky after you set up camp in the peaceful desert
Wake up to the natural beauty of the desert, ready for the excitement of the day • Begin your dogged search for undiscovered fossils
After check out, set off for Zhangye National Geopark • Enjoy lunch before exploring the surreal Rainbow Mountains • Continue to take in the sights of this beautiful place with an overnight stay in Zhangye
Morning call with a filling breakfast, then it is time to conclude this adventure • Pack your bags and reflect on the beautiful scenery you've witnessed, and all you've learned about the natural world as it is today and as it was eons ago
Hike amongst steep sand dunes, try cooking your own BBQ meal, and set up camp under the stars. This trip invites you to rise to several challenges
Learn about archeology and imagine how dinosaurs roamed the ancient world. Try your hand at excavation and see what fossils you can find!
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W.W., Dec 2017
Visit that included 18 teenagers from our US school, staff and parents
The WildChina Beijing team was above and beyond EXCELLENT. The knowledge level, responsiveness, resourcefulness , 6 star level customer service is unmatched. I've traveled to China multiple times before for business and never have we had such excellent guides. I would highly recommend WildChina for leisure, academic and business purposes. I would also recommend WildChina for corporate expats. I would like to highlight that Michael , Anna and Fann did an amazing job ! Thank you !!
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International School - Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec 2015
The kids really liked the diverse program... from rock climbing, orienteering, bike rides… and even working on the local farm!
High School - Lakeville, USA, Jun 2016
Camping at Everest Base Camp was outstanding and the Sakya Monastery experience was remarkable. In fact, nothing (about the trip) was disappointing. It really was exceptional.
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