22 Days Culture Diversity of the Silk Road Tour
Destinations:Beijing, Xian, Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Kucha, Urumqi, Kashgar
Tour Code: CITIC-SD-16
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.
- The Forbidden City
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
- Summar 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 Terracotta Warriors
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
Be transfered back to Lanzhou today.
Day 9Lanzhou Jiayuguan by train
- Huanghe River Mother Statue
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 : 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 11Jiayuguan -- 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 12Dunhuang Turpan by train
- Mogao Grottoes
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,
- Tuyuq Valley
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 14Turpan Korler
In the morning we will drive to Kurler and visit the Loctus lake on the way.
Day 15Kurler Kuche
- Taklamkan Desert Highway
Visit the Tarim river , diversifolious poplars and Taklamgan desert.
Taklamkan Desert Highway It is the biggest moving desert in the world and most of the people believe that it has buried most of good civilizations among the central Asia. It has occupied land more than 345,000 square km, Taklamakan in local Uyghur language means “Tha desert which buried some places under”, and after some western explorers explore this desert on the early of 20th century, they have given another meaning which is “One go, but never come back”.
Diversifolious poplars Parkit is located in the north of Taklimakan Desert, the middle portion of Tarim River, There are sights of Tarim River, the poplar trees, the desert and the oil industry. It is a good a tourist resort of sightseeing.
- Kizil Grottoes
Visit the Kizil thousand budda caves. Tianshan great canyon, Kizilgaha beacon tower. Subash ruins and Kuche mosque.
Kizil Grottoes the caves were excavated on the cliff of Qul-tagh Mountain by the Muzart River, as the earlist caves in Xinjiang, they care also the earlist ones in China. The contents of these paintings are very rich. Including jataka stories, Budda’s life story and the stories about karma.
Tianshan Great Canyon (72 km, 1.5 hours). Known as the most stunning Canyon in China, five thousand meters in total length, and two hundred meters in average depth, the Grand Canyon was once the ancient river course for Kucha River. We will take a half an hour walk in the Grand Canyon to experience the gorgeous scenery, and then enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic spot before returning the same route.
Subashi ruins,The site is located on the ridges on both sides of Kucha River and 23 kilometers tto the north of Kucha City . “Subashi” means “headwater of a river”. It is composed of two parts divided by the river. With a lot of ruins of stupas, temples and grottoes from the Wei and Jin Dynasties to the end of the T`ang Dynasty, the site is the biggest site of Buddhist temples in Xinjiang.
Day 17Kuch Kashgar by train
Half free day for you to explore this traditional Uyger town.after dinner we will provide the footmassage for you and have a good rest ,at night take the night train to kashgar
- Apak Hoja Tomb
You will meet our nice guide at noon and explore this city after tranfer to the hotel and take the city tour.
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. Handicraft street,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.
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 town,Kashgar 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 19Kashgar Taxkorgan
- 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 20Taxkorgan Kashgar Urumqi
- Stone City
In the morning you will visit the Konjirap port which is the highest port in the world, after that go back to Kashgar and take the flight to Urumqi .over night in Xinjiang Grand Hotel(4 star)
- Erdaoqiao Bazzar
Visit Southern Pasture, The Erdaoqiao Bazaar.Xinjiang Museum. over night in Xinjiang Grand Hotel(4 star)
Southern Pasture : The pasture, in the Tianshan Mountain valley, is a very beautiful grazing area, with mountains, valleys, fountains, waterfalls, cypress and pine trees.
The Erdaoqiao Bazaar : The Erdaoqiao Bazaar: This is the largest Uygur bazaar in Urumqi, where you'll find a bustling market full of fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and more.
Day 22Urumqi –next stop
In the morning you will leave Urumqi 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||
|2-5 persons||$4498||$ 4174||$ 3982|
|6-9 persons||$3582||$ 3352||$ 2949|
|10 persons & above||$3290||$ 3136||$ 2771|
|Single room Supplement||$1091||$ 910||$ 767|
2 Personal Guide & Driver + Private car / van for Private Transfers & sightseeing
3 Hotels with breakfast(twin share bases) as listed in the itinerary .
4 Domestic flights or trains as listed in the itinerary
Flights； Beijing to Xi'an. Xi'an to Lanzhou, Kashgar to Urumqi
Trains (soft sleeper) : Lanzhou to Jiayuguan. Dunhuang to Turpan. Kuqa to Kashgar
5 Airport Taxes: US$30for domestic,
6 Service Charge & Government Taxes .
7 Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels
8 Goverment 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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