OVERVIEW

ITINERARY

Day 1Beijing Arrival Transfer

Welcome to Beijing, the capital of P.R.China. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Beijing hotel. 

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Beijing

Day 2Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour

Today you will take 2-hour ride to the  Mutianyu Great Wall, which was built 600 years ago in the early Ming Dynasty. You can choose walk up or take cable car up to the Great Wall, and view the imposing ancient Chinese military construction. The impressive Wall extends like a dragon on the top of the endless mountains. It is a nice walk on the Wall to enjoy the fantastic scenery.

Lunch is included at local restaurant before moving back to Beijing hotel.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3Beijing to Xi'an by bullet train after The Forbidden City tour

You will visit the biggest city square in the world, the Tiananmen Square. Then walk to The Forbidden City, the biggest palace in the world. Explore the main buildings with a local guide in the palace. Then you will catch 5-hour bullet train to Xian after included lunch. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel. 

Transport: Private vehicle + Bullet train
Accommodation: Overnight in Xi'an
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4Xi'an: Terra Cotta Warriors, Muslim Quarter and Grand Mosque

Today you will take one-hour car ride to The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum that is one of the highlights of the Silk Road. Discovered and excavated in 1974, the museum was built on the original site, and each of the warriors is unique one with its own uniform. You will learn the history and story about this site with your local guide.

In the afternoon, your will visit Muslim Quarter, particularly the Grand Mosque that is a traditional Chinese architectural style mosque.

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5Xian to Lanzhou by bullet train

Visit the old City Wall in Xian, which was built in Ming Dynasty with a length of nearly 14km. You can walk or ride a bike on the city wall.

Then you will be transferred to catch 3-hour bullet train to Lanzhou. Upon arrival, met and transferred to hotel.

Transport: Private Vehicle + Bullet Train
Accommodation: Overnight in Lanzhou
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6Lanzhou to Bingling Temple, then to Xiahe by car

Today you will visit Gansu Provincial Museum firstly(close on Mondays), which exhibits the relics and antiques from Silk Road, particularly the Galloping Horse Statue in the museum is a must-see. Afterwards you will take a 2-hour car ride to Linxia where you will take ferry to sail across the Liujiaxia Reservoir to view the Binglingsi Grottos that was built beside the Yellow River. There are various Buddha Statues with the stunning scenery around the Grottos are amazing.

Afterwards, you will be transferred to the hotel in Xiahe (Labrang).

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Labrang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7Labrang to Lanzhou after sightseeing

Today you will visit the Labrang Monastery with a local lama guide to learn the history and the culture about the Tibetan Buddhism in Labrang. The colorful paintings, statues, and carvings in the temples are very interesting to explore.

Afterwards, you will take 4-hour car ride back to Lanzhou to check in the hotel.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Lanzhou
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8Lanzhou to Zhangye by bullet train, visit Dafo Temple

Today you will be transferred to Lanzhou railway station to catch 3-hour bullet train to Zhangye, an important hub on the Silk Road in the history. Enjoy the fantastic views among the snow-capped Qilian Mountains on the train. 

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to visit Dafo Temple, or Giant Buddha Temple. Located in the city center of Zhangye, Dafo Temple has a history more than one thousand years. There is a huge 34.5-meter sleeping Buddha statue in the temple, which is hence the temple name comes from. Moreover, there are old paintings, stupas, and exhibitions in the temple, which are interesting to explore and learn the culture in Zhangye on the ancient Silk Road.

Later, you will check in the hotel in Zhangye.

Transport: Bullet train+private transfer
Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangye
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9Visit Mati Temple and Danxia in Zhangye, then drive to Jiayuguan

Today you will head to Matisi Monastery to visit the Tibetan Buddhism monastery. Built on the hillside, the temple is very impressive. 

Afterwards you will take one-hour ride to Zhangye Danxia to view the colorful Rainbow mountains this afternoon. This is very popular site recent years on the Silk Road for its impressive red, yellow, white and black clay on the mountains. 

Later, you will be take 2-hour car ride to Jiayuguan hotel.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Jiayuguan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10Jiayuguan: Visit Jiayuguan Fortress, Overhanging Great Wall and Wei& Jin Tomb Painting

Today you will visit the western end of the Great Wall, Jiayuguan Fortress, which was built on the narrowest area in the Hexi Corridor between Qilian Mountain and Black Mountain. Afterwards you will climb up the Overhanging Greal Wall to enjoy the amazing mountain view. 

Later, you will be transferred to visit the tomb brick painting in the Wei and Jin Ancient Cemetery, where the fresh colors painted on the brick are very impressive.

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Jiayuguan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11Jiayuguan to Dunhuang by car

Take 5-hour ride to Dunhuang in the morning, and view the stunning snow-capped Qilian Mountains, Gobi Desert and Oasis towns on the way. Then wander around the Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring in the afternoon. You have opportunity to ride camel at the sand dunes. 

You can explore the night market or watch Dunhuang performance copied from Mogao Caves this evening.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12Dunhuang to Turpan by bullet train

In the morning, you will visit Mogao Caves, the gem of the ancient Silk Road. The early history of Mogao Caves can be tracked back to the 4th century, and built many times in the histoty. The colorful fresco, statues in Mogao Caves display various stories about Buddhism.
After lunch, you will take 2-hour car ride to Liuyuan station where you will catch 3-hour bullet train to Turpan. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel. Turpan is a basin in Xinjiang Province, and renowned for its hottest weather in China.

Transport: Private vehicle + Bullet train
Accommodation: Overnight in Turpan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13Turpan City Day Tour

Turpan is a hub on the ancient Silk Road, and there are lots of historical sites that are renowned for its well-preserved conditions. 

Today you will visit Bezklik Thousand Buddha CavesAstana Ancient Tombs, the Ancient City of Jiaohe and GaochangKarez Irrigation System, and Emin Minaret with a local guide. 

You may taste some dried fruits and eat Uyghur food at the lunchtime.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Turpan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14Turpan to Urumqi by car

You will take a 3-hour ride to Urumqi where you will visit Xinjiang Museum (close on Mondays ), mummies are a must-see in it, particularly Loulan Beauty and Xiaohe Beauty. 

Lunch is included at local restaurant. Afterwards you will visit the renown Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar where you can purchase all sorts of souvenirs. 

Later, you will be transferred to the hotel in Urumqi for a rest. 

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15Urumqi to Tianchi, fly to Kashgar

This morning you will take 1-hour ride to Heavenly Lake, or Tianchi in Chinese, which is a high mountain lake with stunning scenery in the Tianshan Mountains, a world natural heritage.

Then you will catch 2-hour flight to Kashgar. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel.

Transport: Private vehicle + Flight
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16Kashgar City Tour

Today it is a busy day to explore Kashgar with a local guide. You will take the city tour by the first stop to visit the Apa Hoja Mausoleum which was built in 1640 by local Imam for his father, and later it became a family graveyard to bury 72 people for 5 generations. The mausoleum is impressive for its delicate Uyghur architectural style including the blue tiles, the dome and the minaret. 

Next, you will visit Kashgar old town to explore the interesting area where there are old houses for shops, workshops, restaurants, bakery, and tea houses etc. It displays the long history and vivid lifestyle in Kashgar from ancient Silk Road period to today. Handicraft Street is a must-see section in the old town, where the huge music instruments and bronze vessels are very impressive. You might taste some local snacks here, such as Nang Bread, grilled eggs, dried fruits etc. before visiting the old Id Ghar Mosque, the biggest mosque in Xinjiang. Enter the mosque at non-praying time to appreciate its architecture and decor, please wear long pants and cover the shoulders for ladies while visiting this mosque. 

Lunch is arranged at a local Uyghur's house for you to taste the authentic and traditional Uyghur food including nang bread, hand-stretched noodles, and pilau...etc. 

The animal bazaar is relocated near Kashgar Airport and opens only on Sundays. If it is Sunday, you will also visit the Animal Bazaar.

When your tour is finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17Kashgar to Karakul Day Tour

Today you will take about 4 hours by a private vehicle departing from Kashgar to Karakul Lake. You will drive along the renowned friendship highway to Pamir Plateau. On the way, you will stop at Upar Uyghur town to buy some snacks and fruits before heading to the mountains. Then you will view the pretty White Sand Lake that looks like a mirror reflecting the snow-capped mountains on the lake water. After lunch, you will wander around the stunning Karakul Lake(3600 meter), which is situated beside Muztagh Summit. The mountain, the lake and the yurt around the lake create a picture of paradise. Later, you will be transferred back to Kashgar.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 18Departing from Kashgar

Transferred to Kashagr airport to catch your flight heading for your next destination, where the wonderful Silk Road tour concludes.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation:
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDED

Group Size: 1--15 pax 

Travel Season: Year around 

Accommodation: 4-star hotel 

Transport: Chartered car or bus

Fast Train(Second Class): 

   Liuyuan/Turpan, Beijing/Xian/Lanzhou/Zhangye 

Flight: Urumqi/Kashgar(Economy)

Meals: Listed in the itinerary

Guide: English-speaking local guides

Entrance Fees: Entrance for the attractions listed

EXCLUDED

Tips

TRIP NOTES

China Visa is required.

Tour duration: 18 days 17 nights

Difficulty: Easy

Travel Insurance is required for the tour.


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