Gansu Province's

ZHANGYE

Global Mark : 9.54

Ratings by criteria : 

Charm Scener. Parks Culture Minor. Market Relax Fiesta 

Cost

AVER.
3 2 2 2 3 2 2 2

3

9.33

Ratings by backpackers :

Surveyed Liked  Comeback  Recommend Notes AVER.
4 75%  (3) 25%  (1) 50%  (2) 8 to 12 9.75


Description :
A charming and fairly relaxed town with the biggest indoor lying Buddha in China (34 m)

Comments : Treat this place as a nice stopover on your way to or from Dunhuang

What to do : Watch the local exercising around the park in the morning / Discuss with the friendly locals / Check the measurements of the Big Buddha

What you may not like : The bad lightning at the Buddha

How long ? a few hours are enough to see the sights but one day would let you take the pulse of the place


Where to stay ?

Two cheap places, conveniently located near the West Bus Station :

  • Gonglu Zhaodaisuo (821 5318), on the left when you exit the station / Dorm 9 (4), 10 (3) or 15 (2) in nice rooms without bath or 25 to 30 in rooms with bath / Dble 60 / Trpl 75 / Correct toilet / Common shower / HW 21 to 23 // Go there for the excellent quality price ratio of the dorm, the nice bath tube, the friendly staff, the relative quietness

  • Minzu (821 3996), on the right / Dorm 10 (4) to 16 (3) / Sgl & Dbl with bath 40 or 50 / Correct toilet / Common shower / HW 7 to 11 & 20 to 23 // Go there for the best deal in town for Sgl or Dbl

 
Gonglu zhaodaisuo gonglu zhaodaisuo
Minzu minzu


Bus Schedules :  From West Bus Station / Prices without  or with insurances

To Price Type Duration Time Nb Freq.
Jiayuguan 35/19 mini 5 7 to 16 ++ 45mn
Dunhuang 184/93 sleep 12 7:30/16:20/18 3 na
Xining 62/30 ordi 10 7:00 1 na
Lanzhou 57/37 ordi 12 7/9/11:10 3 na
Lanzhou 160/80 sleep 12 17/18:30/19/19:40 4 na

Trains  << Click there


The trip to Jiayuguan :
Minibus / SS / L & R / Y19 / 5 hrs

The insurance scam is resurfacing in Zhangye in the form of double price for Laowai. Fortunately, the bus station staff were friendly and comprehensive and I managed to get the Chinese price without even showing my own travel insurance... This was however not a good day for the bus driver as his minibus remained deceptively empty all the way. A relaxed trip indeed that would have been better with less monotonous desert scenery...

See also trip from Xining to Zhangye...