The world-famous ancient city of Loulan, situated in the west of the Lop Nor, was the hub of communications in the Western Regions and occupied a very important position on the ancient Silk Road. The Loulan Kingdom was founded in 176 B.C. and vanished in 630, existing for over 800 years. But the exact location of the Loulan City remained unknown for about 1,000 years. It was not until the beginning of 20th century that it was accidentally discovered by a Uygur in Xinjiang. Thus, the ruins of the thousand-year-sleeping ancient city came to be known again. Now, the Loulan Site is listed as a major culture site and under state protection. Lop Nor is Mongolian and means "the Lake Converging Many Water Source". Lop Nor is located at the eastern end of the Tarim Basin in the northeast part of Ruoqiang County. It is a terminal lake of the Tarim River, occupying an area of over 3000 square kilometers, the biggest salt migration lake in China. Now it desiccated completely and the lake bed is covered with a hard salt crust, nearby there are marvelous Yardang landscapes. Located on the southern route of the ancient Silk Road, Lop Nor occupied key pass through before coming into the Western Regions in ancient times. A great number of historical remains have been found along the banks of the Lake until toady. Among them is the well known Loulan ancient city, which is situated on the western bank of Lop Nor. This tour will take you to experience adventure in-depth. Most areas of this tour are desolated areas and there are no regular roads for this tour. The group members have to sleep in tents in a way to feel the silence of the desert and you are going to experience a really challenging trip.

2009 Lop Nur and Loulan Acient City Adventure Tour

Tour Map

Day Destinations Itinerary Meals
Arrive at Urumqi, meet and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Urumqi ***
D2 Urumqi/
Turpan 250KM
We drive to Turpan, where we visit Jiaohe ruin city, the Flaming Mountain and Bezikilik thousand buddha caves. In the afternoon we visit Grape Valley, Karez irrigation system and Gaochang ruin city. Overnight in Turpan. B,L,D
D3 Turpan /No.1 camp
After breakfast we start the Loulan trip after a meeting to give related information to members, and then we drive to Kumtag Desert via Dikan'er by cross-county car. On the way we will have panoramic desert views. Overnight in No 1 Campsite. B,L,D
D4 No.1Camp site
/No.2Campsite(Lake Center) 310KM
Start out from Dikan'er to Dragon City. Dragon City is one of three Yardang Groups in Lop Nur Lake and located on the north bank of Lop Nur Lake. All the earth pads arrange in the east-west direction and look like dragons seen from distance, thus it was called Dragon City. We pass the site where Mr.Yu Chunshun died, the famous Chinese adventurer before we arrive at the Lake center. Once a vast lake in ancient times, today Lop Nur has entirely dried up. It is now a lake only in name. Overnight in No 2. Campsite B,L,D
D5 No.2 Campsite /Loulan/
No.3 Campsite 280KM
All members take a group photo in the dried center of Lop Nur Lake where the tourists often leave memorials; Then we drive on to enter Loulan Ancient City. This ancient city once served as the capital of Loulan Kingdom and it was a very prosperous city on the Silk Road. The rest of the day is to visit this important ancient city and there is the best-preserved ancient castle. Overnight in No.3 Campsite B,L,D
D6 No.3 Campsite
/No.4 Campsite180KM
After breakfast we will drive to Kumtag Desert, on the way we need to hike 5 KM, then we get to Sanlong sand dune. The Kumtag Desert covers a total area of 2,500 square kilometers. And the converging winds have brought about clusters of sand hills in the shape of pyramids. We will see the magnificent expanse of the yellow sands, which has been neighbor to the oasis for thousands of years. Overnight in No.4 Campsite B,L,D
D7 No.4 Campsite
After breakfast we drive to Dunhuang, while passing Yumen Pass, Great Wall of Han Dynasty, Ancient Beacon Tower and Yardang Natural Landform Geopark. Overnight in Dunhuang B,L,D
D8 Dunhuang We visit the Mogao Grottoes and experience a short camel-ride along the Echoing-Sand Dune to reach the Crescent Lake for a visit. Overnight in Dunhuang B,L,D
D9 Dunhuang
We finish our wonderful Lop Nur adventure trip and transfer you to the airport for your flight home. B
Group Size 2009 Price
2-5 persons $10710
6-9 persons $9792


The above price are in US dollars, for one person. Based on twin share. Price are for reference only, may vary during special holidays, conference.

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Tour highlights

※the Fire Land,the most classical scenery spot!

※Dunhuang,fortress on the Silk Road!

※Adventure to Loulan ancient kindom!

service and equipment included

a. GPS satellite positioning instrument and satellite phone. vehicle station,interphone

b. Twin-share tent for every two persons

c. Electric generator.

4WD cross-county car

Dinner including 4 dishes and 1 soup.

d. The accommodation fee in the hotels and Tickets to scenic spots listed in plan.


A local English-speaking guide

Transport Note

Sleeping bag


sunbonnet taken by the participants themselves.