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12 Days Silk Road & Hexi Corridor Adventure

Destinations:Urumqi-Turpan-Dunhuang-Jiayuguan-Zhangye-Lanzhou-Xining-Xi\'an

from: US$1980
Tour Code: CITA-SD-66
Summary: This tour will take you to the mysterious and attractive historical Silk Route in China, where you will visit many historical wonders, Buddhism temples and beautiful Chinese classical architectures and historical ruins. Hexi Corridor, refers to the historical route in Gansu province of China. As part of the Nothern Silk Road running northwest from the bank of the Yellow River it was the most important route from North China to the Tarim Basin and Central Asia for traders and the military.

Day 1

Arrival at Urumqi
Urumqi City

International flight on your own arrangement, We will arrange the airport transfer based on your flight time. Meet guide & take the sightseeing of Urumqi which means the beautiful pastureland in Mongolian Language. It is the largest city in China's western interior. Check into the hotel upon arrival. 
Meals: No,
Accommodation: In Urumqi Yilite Hotel

Day 2

Urumqi  Heavenly Lake (120kms, 1.5hrs driving)
 Heavenly Lake

Morning your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel. Then driving to Fukang and visit the Heavenly Lake, a picturesque Alpine lake, 2000m up in the Tianshan mountain range. Heavenly Lake is a long and narrow gourd-shaped moraine lake, 3400 meters long, about 1500 meters wide, 105 meters at the deepest point, with an average depth of 40 meters, covering an area of about 5.9 square kilometers. There are eight beautiful scenic spots in the lake scenic area. Afternoon, back to Urumqi, tour at the Xinjiang regional museum to see archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and Xinjiang's minority cultures. visit the Xinjiang International Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Urumqi Yilite Hotel

Day 3

Urumqi  Turpan (200kms,3hrs driving)
 Sugong Minaret

Morning driving to Turpan. take you to visit the Sugong Minaret, the largest Islamic minaret in China built in 1778. Karez Well, which is a special irrigation system in desert areas. And Jiaohe Ruins—with a history of 2,300 years lies between two rivers on a loess plateau atop a cliff of over 30m. It is one of the best preserved ruins of its ancient era in China, it was include in the World Heritage List on June 22, 2014. Flaming Mountains en route - lying in the Turpan Basin, on the northeastern rim of the Taklamakan Desert, is like a red dragon if viewed from afar. This is the largest, driest and hottest desert in China.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Turpan Huozhou Hotel

Day 4 

Turpan  Dunhuang (D56 09:36-13:05)
Echoing-Sand Mountain and Cresent Lake

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the train station and take the express train to Dunhuang(Liuyuan Station). upon arrival, visit the Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake. After dinner visit the Shazhou Night market. Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake: Located 5 km (about three miles) south of Dunhuang City, the Echoing-Sand Mountain, for many Chinese well known as Mingsha Mountain, is celebrated for the sound of the moving sand. In 1994 it was acclaimed as the national key scenic spot. Together with the Crescent Spring and the Mogao Caves, the Echoing-Sand Mountain is most popular site in Dunhuang travel.You may wonder why the sand makes these different sounds. There is a legend that says how, in ancient times, a general with many soldiers came here to fight in a war with their enemies.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Dunhuang Fuguo Hotel

Day 5

Dunhuang  Jiayuguan (350kms, 4.5hrs driving)
 Mogao Grottoes

Morning tour of Mogao Grottoes, also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the great artistic and religious wonders of the world and it is famous for its exquisite murals and various sculptures inside the caves, which was built in different dynasties, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art. Then we will drive to Jiayuguan for rest.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Jiayuguan Hotel

Day 6

Jiayuguan  Zhangye D2754 (17:05-18:06)
 Jiayuguan Pass

In the morning, visit 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. The Great Wall Museum opened to visitor in October 1989 and it is the first one to exhibit the Great Wall culture in a comprehensive and systematic way. visit the Weijin Tombs, which are ancient tombs of brick paintings dating back 265-420 AD. The wall paintings discovered are lifelike and succinct in style and cover a wide range of subjects including politics, economics, culture, military affairs, folk customs, and science and technology during the Wei and Jin periods. Then transfer to the train station to catch your express train to Zhangye. 
Meals: Breakfast,
Accommodation: In Colorful Hotel

Day 7

Zhangye  Lanzhou  D2754(18:28-21:47)
 Zhangye Danxi National Geological Park

After breakfast, we will visit the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park,which is 510 square kilometres in total, it located in the north of Qilian mountains, SuNa County territory. It includes the colour hills in Linze country ,ice hills, Danxia and GanZhou District and PingShan lake. The scenic Danxia, is a distance of 40 km from east Zhang Ye city, north from Linze county town by 20 kilometers, this is the most typical arid area of northern China. Then head to visit the Grand Buddha Temple, which is the important place of the Silk Road. Afterwards, transfer to the train station to take the express train to Lanzhou. Have a good rest upon arrival.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Lanzhou Legend Hotel

Day 8

Lanzhou
 Binglinsi Temple

Breakfast in the hotel, we will drive to visit the Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves which is close to Liujiaxia Reservoir, These caves 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). then we will take a Lanzhou city tour, visit the The first bridge Of the Yellow River, Yellow River's Mother Statue, waterwheel park.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Lanzhou Legend Hotel

Day 9

Lanzhou  Xining      D2745 (08:38-09:52)
Ta'er Monastery

Morning breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the train station to take the train to Xining. Upon arrival, visit the Qinghai Lake, As the largest inland saltwater lake in China, the oval-shaped lake covers an area of 4,635 square kilometers and is 3,196 meters above sea level. In ancient times, it was called “Xihai”, “Xianshui” and “Xianhai”. In Tibetan, it is called “Cuowenbo”, meaning “a blue sea”, and it is called “Kukunuoer” in Mongolian also meaning “a blue sea”, so it has its present name, after which Qinghai Province was named. Later we will head to visit the Ta’er Temple, which is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Northwest China, and enjoys a high reputation in China and Southeast Asia. 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Xining Xingwang International Hotel

Day 10

Xining  Xi’an D2688 (08:45-13:18)
The City Wall

Morning transfer to the train station and take the express train to Xi’an. Upon arrival, stroll on the Ancient City Wall, Which you have opportunity to cycle on this ancient wall,and then explore the Old Muslim Quarter and Old Mosque.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Xi’an Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

Day 11

Xi’an
Big Goose Pagoda

In the morning, we are going to visit the historical significance of the amazing The Terracotta Warriors and Horses -where7000 individually crafted clay soldiers stand on guard.Then continue to the Bid Wild Goose Pagoda built to house Buddhist scriptures collected by a Chinese Monk,where you can see variety of Buddha statues. 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Xi’an Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

Day 12

Xi’an

After breakfast, you will transferred to the airport to catch your flight.
Meals: Breakfast

 

Departure Dates Price Per Person Hotel Single Supplement Availability
20th May $1880 $350
16th June $1880 $350
8th Sept $2100 $480
13th Oct $1980 $350



Service included:

 Private transportation with Good AC 
√ 4star Accommodation based on TWN rooms listed with breakfast; 
√ Airfare: Xi'an to Urumqi, Bishkek to Tashkent
√ Excellent English speaking guide 
√ All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary;
√ 1st classexpress train:  Turpan to Dunhuang (Liuyuan station) ,Jiayuguan to Zhangye, Zhangye to Lanzhou, Lanzhou to Xining, Xining to Xi'an
√ 2 bottle of water each person every day 


Service excluded:

× All Airfares; flight to Urumqi, Leave from Xi'an
× Personal expenses and optional like boating, camel riding, Tips to the guide and driver
× Full board meals: all the lunches and dinners
× Other lost due to the weather condition
× Porters in Train stations
 
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