17 Days Silk Road Highlights
Destinations:Beijing, Xian, Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar
Tour Code: CITIC-SR12
Day 1Arrive / Beijing
International flight on your own arrangement. Once arrive in Beijing,be met & transferred to your hotel. Feel free at leisure for the rest of the day.
- Temple of Heaven
Full day trip to the Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. Enjoy Kungfu Show in the evening- The Tian'anmen Square : The largest city square in the world.
The Forbidden City : The largest imperial palace in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years.
The Temple of Heaven : The place where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation.
- The Great Wall
Full day trip to the Great Wall,Ming Tomb and Sacred road. Enjoy a famous Peking Duck Banquet for dinner.
The Great Wall : One of the seven wonders in the world and the symbol of China.
The Ming Tomb : The only underground tomb of the thirteen tombs of the emperors in the Ming Dynasty.
Day 4Beijing Xi'an
- The Summer Palace :
Visit The Summer Palace, Cruise in the Summer Palace, Hutong , Xiushui Street. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight and fly to Xian.
The Summer Palace : The largest and best-preserved royal garden in China with a history of over 800 years.
- The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
Visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, the Bell Tower and the Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoy the Tang Dynasty show in the evening.
The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses : The greatest archaeological findings of the century: the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb.
The Bell Tower : The emblem of Xian city.
The Wild Goose Pagoda : The pagoda where widely renowned Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his classics brought from India.
The Tang Dynasty show : The show that presents the palace dances and sings in the Tang Dynasty when Xian was the capital.
Day 6Xi'an Lanzhou
- The Ancient City Wall
Visit Shaanxi historical museum, Xian City Wall, The Grand Mosque. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight and fly to Lanzhou.
The Provincial Museum : One of the main museums in China which holds numerous unearthed cultural relics of China.
The Ancient City Wall : An extension of the old Tang Dynasty structure boasting the most complete city wall that survives through Chinese long history.
Day 7Lanzhou Xiahe
- Labrang Monastery
Visit Labrang Monastery, Songke Grassland.
Labrang Monastery : One of the major monasteries of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect. The architectural layout follows the Tibetan style, while the construction patterns are mostly Tibetan, Han, or a mixture of the two. The White Towers (in the northeast and in the northwest) are very typical.
Day 8Xiahe Lanzhou Jiayuguan
- Binglinsi Temple
Be transfered back to Lanzhou today. Visit Cruise from Liujiaxia Gorge to Binglingsi( fast boat), Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves.
Be transferred to the railway station to catch the train to Jiayuguan.
Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves : These caves, which stretch for 200 meters, were built during the Western Qin, North Wei, Sui, Tang, and Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing dynasties (between the 3rd and 18th centuries). They are highly valued for their contribution to research into the history of Chinese painting, and the spread of Buddhism during that time.
- The Jiayuguan Pass
Visit The Jiayuguan Pass, The Great Wall on the Cliff, Weijin Tomb, Great Walls Museum.
The Jiayuguan Pass : This Ming Dynasty fort guards the strategic Jiayuguan pass, at the western end of the Great Wall – this was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. It was built in 1372, and subsequently enlarged and strengthened, and was known as 'the strongest pass under heaven'.
The Great Wall on the Cliff : This is a nearby section of the Great wall which was built on the cliff, and includes sections at a 45 degrees angle, making it seem as if the wall is hanging from a cliff.
Weijin Tomb : About 15 kilometers northeast of Jiayuguan, there are over 1,400 tombs which were built during the Wei and Jin dynasties (between the 3rd and 5th century). They feature brick wall paintings showing various social activities of the times.
Day 10Jiayuguan Dunhuang
- Yulin Grattoes
Visit Yulin Grattoes.
Yulin Grattoes : These caves, with their murals and sculptures, are in a valley among Qilian Mountain, about 180kms from the Mogao Caves. The name is derived from the elms in the valley, and as you travel along the valley road you can easily imagine how it must have been to be a poet or brave solder in the distant past.
Day 11Dunhuang Turpan
- Echoing Sand Mountain
Visit Mogao Grottoes , Echoing-Sand Mountain, The Crescent Lake.
Be transferred to the railway station to catch the train to Turpan.
Mogao Grottoes : Constructed over a millennium, from the 4th to the 14th centuries, the caves hold the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures.Cameras are not permitted.
Echoing-Sand Mountain : Crescent Moon Spring is 6km south of Dunhuang in the Singing Sands Mountains and is quite literally an oasis in the desert. The spring's name derives from the crescent moon shape taken by the small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. Although the area is very dry, the pool doesn't dry up as one might expect,
- Bezklik Grottoes
Our nice guide will meet you at the train station and check into the hotel and Visit Jiaohe Ancient City, Astana Tombs, The Flaming Mountain, Karez Well, Suleiman's Minaret, Tuyugou Village.
Jiaohe Ancient City : The city's name means 'the River City'. It was founded during the first century B.C. and abandoned during the 15th century.
Astana Tombs : Astana Tombs: where the ancient people are buried. It is famous for its terracotta figurines and tomb paintings - The Flaming Mountain : The Flaming Mountain: Many years of volcanic activity have formed the unique crisscrossing gullies and ravines. During mid-afternoon the heat becomes intense as the sun's rays are reflected off the red rocks, as though the hillsides areengulfed by tongues of fire, hence the name.
Day 13Turpan Urumqi
- Sugong Minerat
AM visit Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minerat,
Back to Urumqi after lunch in Turpan Check in the hotel, visit Erdaoqiao & International Bazaar
Karez Irrigation System,The Karez System is a unique irrigation system in Turfan, which, taking advantage of the slopes, draws the underground water to flow by itself to irrigate farmland. It consists of four parts: vertical wells, underground channels, ground canals and small reservois
Sugong Minerat,Locatedin Mura Village 2 kilometers to the east of the city of Turfa , theTower was built in the 41st year of the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty,It is an embodiment of the ancient architectural arts of the Uygur nationality. The tower is 37 meters high and 10 meters in diameter at the base. The body of the tower is cylindroid in shape, built with bricks arranged in various symmetrical patterns on the outer wall. The tower has 14 windows and a spiral stairs inside it leading to the top.
Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar,The Erdaoqiao Bazaar is the largest in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. On Sunday, there are more stalls and more goods to buy than any other day. The old streets around the bazaar are really worth seeing.Here is the most welcomed place by tourist especialy by ladies where they can buy some traditional yugur make up cosmetic.
Day 14Urumqi Kashgar
- Xinjiang Museum
After breakfast visit the Xinjiang Museum and then take the flight to Kashgar and check into the hotel upon arrival and then take the city your, visit the Idigar mosque, Apark Hoja Tomb and Old town ,
Xinjiang Museum the museum is the main institution to collect and investigate the unearthed cultural relics and specimens in Xinjiang. There are more than 50 thousand pieces of various kinds of cultural relics stored in the museum, among them, the ancient mummies represented by ‘the Loulan Beauty', manuscripts in Chinese, Kharosthi, Qiuci, Yanji, Tibetan, Uigurian and other characters prevailed in ancient Westen Regions, the silk ,wool, cotton and hemp fabrics and folk rainment, etc., are unusual tidbits in the world.
Id Kah Mosque It is the large Mosque in China and most famous one in Xinjiang. The Mosque started to build in the mid of fifteenth century, and has gradually developed to the present size. Id K ah Mosque, with about 16800 square meters in area, consisting of Pray Hall, the Koran teaching Hall, The Corridor, the Arches and other buildings attaching to it. The Pray Hall of the mosque can hold 4000 prayers is supported by 140 carved wooden pillars.The buildings of Id Kah Mosque look magnificent and solemn , and display the artistic styles of Islamic mosque architectures.
- the Sunday bazaar
After breakfast visitr the Sunday bazaar and then go to Taxkorgan by coach to visit the White sand lake, Kalakuli lake, Gaici Fort(pass by) ,stone city and the colorful mountain (see afar)
Sunday Bazaar (livestock Market)Streets near this big market are choked on Sundays with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, ute, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive, eat breakfast, set up their animals and check out the action. Cattle, sheep (they definitely look different), goats, donkeys, horses have their own sections; sellers show their animals are "good eaters"(most go as livestock not meat) and the entire experience is fascinating and fun.
White sand lake : the lake is coverd by the blowed sand ,always shining in the sunshine. Lake Karakul i : Karakuli Lake is in Kashgar about 1500 kilometers from Urumqi in southwest of Xinjiang. It is about 3600 meters above sea level. with its srounding mountains Muztagata which is 7546 meters above sea level and the Gongeer Peaks with 7719 meters above sea level. Stone city : at the north of the Tashkurgan is a significant castle ruins on the mountain and unique with bizarre-shaped stones littering everywhere.Over night in Pamir Hotel
Day 16Taxkorgan Kashgar
- Apak Hoja Tomb
In the morning you will visit the Konjirap port which is the highest port in the world, after that go back to Kashgar and visit the Old Town and Apark Hoja Tomb.
Apak Hoja Tomb This Mazar is the holiest place in Xinjiang and an architectural treasure ． Built in 1640 ， it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style of Samarkand or Isfahan ． A handsome blue-and-white tiled gate leads into the compound, which includes a small religious school and the Abakh Khoja family tomb. The latter is domed and faced with multi - colored tiles. I t most complete Islamic tomb of the Qing Dynasty up-to-now in China. Old townKashgar is an ancient city, and in walking the streets of its.
Old Town, will provide a sense of what this legendary Central Asian hub was like in the days when the Silk Road was at its zenith. 500-year old remnants of the city wall, narrow lanes and colorful multi-ethnic crowds combine to make Kashgar's historic district a highlight of any visit to the city.
Day 17Kashgar Beijing or Shanghai
In the morning you will leave Kashgar to your next destination.(the airfare and the tax is on your own,but we can help you book the ticket ,and the service is free)
|Travel in party of||
|10 persons & above||$2760||$2586||$2371|
|Single room Supplement||$960||$756||$540|
2 Breakfast in the hotel
3 Personal Guide & Driver + Private car / van for Private Transfers & sightseeing
4 Hotels (twin share bases) as listed in the itinerary .
5 Domestic flights or trains as listed in the itinerary
Train (soft sleeper): Lanzhou to Jiayuguan, Dunhuang to Turpan
Flights with tax: Beijing to XI'an, Xi'an to Lanzhou. Urumqi to Kashgar
6 Service Charge & Government Taxes .
7 Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels
8 Government letter for visa support
2 Personal expenses. such as laudentry and tips to the guide and driver
3 other activities such as boating, camel riding ect
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