Day 1 Beijing
You will arrange for your international flight to arrive in Beijing. We will meet you at the Beijing international airport and transfer you to your hotel. Feel free to explore the city at your leisure for the rest of the day.
Accommodation: In Beijing
Day 2 Beijing
Morning head to visit the Mutianyu Great Wall, Mutianyu Section is called as the Majestic Pass on Precipitous Mountains, which is one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, it is also the longest Great Wall in China. On the way, you can take a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to see the Bird's Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Centre.
In the afternoon, drive back to the downtown and transfer to visit the Tiananmen Square, which is the largest city public square in the world. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of a number of important events in the Chinese history, including the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. Afterwards, we are going to visit the Chinese royal palace Forbidden City, Also called Palace Museum, the Forbidden City is recognized as the most magnificent and splendid palace complex in China and one of the five world-famous palaces, along with the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in England, the White House in United States, and the Kremlin in Russia.
Accommodation: In Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall Forbidden City
Day 3 Beijing Xi'an
Fly to the ancient city Xi'an in the morning and the air journey around 2 hours. Upon your arrival there, your nice guide and driver will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, This provincial museum is one of the major museums in China, and it holds numerous unearthed cultural artifacts from within the Shaanxi province as well as the rest of China.
then take a tour at The Ancient City Wall, This is an extension of the old Tang Dynasty structure boasting the most complete city wall that has survived through the long Chinese history. The City Wall has corner towers, ramparts, sentry towers, gate towers, battlements and a number of city defensive fortifications with very strong defense capability. here you can spend a few hours walk around the city wall or experience the cycling if you are interested. thereafter, explore the Grand Mosque. The Grand Mosque is a Chinese traditional Alhambresque architecture with a long history and grand scale, and is a great combination of Islamic and Chinese culture. after that, you can do a cuisine exploration at the Muslim Street.
Accommodation: In Xi'an
Ancient City Wall Muslim Street
Day 4 Xi'an
After breakfast we will take the city tour, and visit the amazing Terracotta Warriors and Horses - where7000 individually crafted clay soldiers stand on guard. This is one of the greatest archaeological findings of the 20th century - the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin Shi Huang's tomb from two thousand years ago. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China.
From there we will proceed to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built more than a thousand years ago to house Buddhist scriptures collected by the renown monk Xuan Zang. it is the one of the oldest structures in China.
Accommodation: In Xi'an
Terracotta Warriorrs Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Day 5 Xi'an Jiayuguan Dunhuang
Today you will end your tour in Xi'an and take the morning flight to Jiayuguan. Upon arrival there we will visit Jiayuguan Pass, about 6 km away from downtown. The Ming Dynasty fort here guards the strategic pass, at the western end of the Great Wall – this was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. Construction of the fort was started in 1372 in the Ming Dynasty, and subsequently enlarged and strengthened, and was known as 'the strongest pass under heaven'. and you can learn more hisotory and culture from the GReat Wall Museum, it is the first museum to exhibit the Great Wall culture in a comprehensive and systematic way. then we are going to visit the Great Wall on the Cliff, The wall here was built on the ridge with a gradient of 45 degrees. It is high in the air and it looks as if it fell down from the top of the hill. So people refer to this section of the Great Wall as the "Suspended Wall". The Suspended Wall, the extension of the walls at the Jiayuguan Pass towards the north, was an integral part of the ancient defense system at the Jiayuguan Pass. After that we will proceed to Dunhuang by bus.
Accommodation: In Dunhuang
Jiayuguan Pass The Great Wall on the Cliff
Day 6 Dunhuang Turpan
Morning enjoy your breakfast at the hotel, then we will first visit the famous Mogao Grottoes, a shrine of Buddhist art treasures, enjoy the Silk Road Movies in Mogao Grottoes Visitor Center, then we will start to explore the Grottoes, Please note that cameras are not allowed inside the grottoes. After that, continue to visit the Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake, the most popular tourist site in Dunhuang. Echoing-Sand Mountain, known as Mingsha Mountain to the Chinese, is 5 km to the south of Dunhuang and is famous for the constant sound of the moving sand. the Crescent Moon Lake is literally an oasis in the desert. The lake’s name derives from the crescent moon shape taken by the pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. you can enjoy the oasia in the desert and experience a camel riding.
In the afternoon, you will take a 3 hours ride to Dunhuang Liuyuan Station and catch your express train to the next destination Turpan.
Accommodation: In Turpan
Mogao Grottoes Echoing Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake
Day 7 Turpan
Today you will start your journey from the Bezeklik Grottoes, which is a complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to 14th century between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan at the north-east of the Taklamakan Desert near the ancient ruins of Gaochang in the Mutou Valley.it has always been the Buddhist Center of Gaochang area, there are 57 existing caves and murals for you to visit. then transfer to visit the Astana Tombs, This is the graveyard of the residents who lived in the Gaochang City in the Jin-Tang period. Between 1959 and 1975, a great number of cultural relics had been unearthed, including Chinese documents, textiles, epitaphs, coins, clay sculptures, pottery, wooden wares, silk-paintings, crops and foods, etc. The site is known as the Underground Museum. the last site we visit for today is Tuyoq Valley. the oldest surviving Uygur village in Xinjiang. About a kilometer from the cave shrine is a group of grottoes that have some Buddhist and Nestorian artwork. These grottoes are said to date from the West Jin Dynasty (265AD-316AD), and are considered to be the earliest in Turpan. Most of the murals are damaged. Fortunately, 10 of the grottoes still have some of the preserved murals. These precious murals are very unique in style.
Accommodation: In Turpan
Bezeklik Caves Tuyoq Village
Day 8 Turpan Urumqi Kashgar
This morning you will take a Turpan city tour, we will first head to the Karez Irrigation system, ancient Irrigation System, which is still used today, is a unique irrigation system in Turpan. It takes 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 reservoirs. then explore the Sugong Minaret, the minaret tower was built in the 41st year of the long reign of Qianlong Emperor during the Qing Dynasty. It is the embodiment of the ancient architectural arts of the Uighur people. 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 staircase inside going to the top. the final site is Jiaohe Ruins , The city's name means 'River City'. with a long history over 2,000 years. upon arrival, spend couple hours to wander around this ancient city, and pursue the past civilization along the ancient Silk Road.
After the visit, we will drive to Urumqi, and take the flight to Kashgar. the local guide and driver will meet you at the Kashgar airport, drive you to the hotel and check you in.
Accommodation: In Kashgar
Sugong Minaret Jiaohe Ruins
Day 9 Kashgar
In the morning we will take the city tour, the entire day to visit the Sunday Bazaar, This is called “Sunday” bazaar but it is open daily, even though it is busiest on Sundays. Streets near this big market are jammed with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, ute, motobike, or on foot, with their animals. It is 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 off their animals as “good eaters” (most go as livestock, not meat). The entire experience is fascinating and fun.
In the afternoon, drive you to the Apak Hoja Tomb, This Mazar is the holiest place in Xinjiang for the Muslims, and an architectural treasure. Built in 1640, it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style of Samarkand or Isfahan. The site is also known as the Xiang Fei (Fragrant Concubine) Tomb in memory of Abakh Khoja's granddaughter, Iparhan, who was the Fragrant Concubine of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty. A handsome blue-and-white tiled gate leads into the compound, which includes a small religious school and the Abakh Khoja family tomb.
Accommodation: In Kashgar
Sunday Bazaar Apak Hoja Tomb
Day 10 Kashgar
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel, and then we will take the bus to Kashgar Old Town, you will first see the cabaret performance in the old town around 10:00am every morning. and in walking the streets of its Old Town, one gets the sense of what this legendary Central Asian hub was like in the days when the Silk Road was at its zenith. Visit the small alleys to look at the characteristic Uygur residences. You will experience and enjoy the culture and history that has been retained in the small alleys and deep courtyards. In the alleys on platforms beside the residence you could marvel at the even more ancient primitive workshops for hand-made earthenware. Some 17 or 18 antique workshops have been restored. afterwards, stroll around the Old Town, to explore the local lifestyle and unique architecture, most of the folk houses here all have a hundred years of history. then we will take you to visit the Handicraft street, it gathered hundreds of handicraft workshops, Uygur hats, pottery, musical instrument, you can find everything what you want, which has become a boutique exhibition for handicraft in Kashgar and Central Asia. After the visit, we are going to Idigar Mosque, the largest Mosque in China and most famous one in Xinjiang.
Accommodation: In Kashgar
Old Town Handicraft street
Day 11 Kashgar Torugart Tash Rabat
Today we will drive to Tash Rabat Caravanserai, visit the Stone Castle from the 14th century. The building is a unique one. It is located at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains. And it has no analogue in the whole world, because it was made of stones and furthermore it was hidden in the mountains at a height of 3200 m. In total there are 31 rooms in the castle. The wall is 1 meter thick.
Traditional dinner will be served at 7 p.m. You will spend tonight in real yurts. It is a great chance to discover the land of nomads and to find out many interesting facts.
Accommodation: In Tash Rabat Yurt
Tash Rabat Yurt Stone Castle
Day 12 Tash Rabat Koch-kor
Early in the morning we will drive to Kochkor. The town is actually a conjoining of two villages. One guide book calls if a "sleepy little Kyrgyz village" - although it is a little hard to imagine it as "sleepy" when you consider the number of people in the main square almost every day. There are also painted wooden fences with slats of wood held together by an elongated diamond shape - typical of villages everywhere in the former Soviet Union. We will be driving along mountain roads and on the way we will climb over a few high mountain passes. The highest one is called Dolon pass. It is 3030 meters high above the sea level! Then we will arrive at Kochkor Village to visit a local family to find out more about Kyrgyz people. After that we will visit a small local Handicraft museum.
Accommodation: In Koch-kor
Kochkor Village Kochkor Village
Day 13 Kochkor Issyk Kul
After breakfast we will drive to the celestial Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world and is 1609 above sea level. The lake is about 180 km long by 70 km wide and 668 meters deep at the deepest point, the average depth being about 300 meters. The lake never freezes (hence the name), even though surrounded by mountains. In Cholpon Ata town you will have an opportunity to visit the Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs site. It is the most ancient place of Kyrgyzstan. Also, we will visit a local museum that is considered to be the best one in Kyrgyzstan. sometimes referred as a Stone Garden, which covers some 42 hectares and contains a number of prehistoric monumental structures (stone circles, tombs, the remains of a boundary stone wall, balbals) and Petroglyphs dating from the 2nd millennium BC up to the Middle Ages upto the 6th century AD.
Accommodation: In Issyk Kul
Issyk Kul Lake Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs site
Day 14 Issyk Kul Burana Tower Bishkek
In the morning we will leave Issyk Kul and drive to the Bishkek city. On the way we will visit Burana Tower (a minaret from the 11th century) 75 km east from the Burana city is a 25m-high tower, which dates from the 11th century and is all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagyn. The name “Burana” most probably comes from wrongly pronounced word “Monara” which means Minaret. Minaret is an obligated part of any mosque, it is a tower from which the Muslims were called up for the next prayer. Some centuries ago the tower was 44 metres high, but after an earthquake in early 1900, the upper part fell down.and an Open Air Museum of Balbans (stone warriors).
Accommodation: In Bishkek
Burana Tower Burana Tower
Day 15 Bishkek
After breakfast we will take the city tour, visiting the central Ala-Too Square, This is the central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The square wаs built іn 1984 tо celebrate the 60th anniversary оf the Kyrgyz SSR, аt whіch tіme а massive statue оf Lenin wаs placed іn the square's center. The statue оf Lenin wаs moved іn 2003 tо а smaller square іn the city, аnd а new statue called Erkindik (Freedom) wаs installed іn іts place.then we will take a tour at Duboviy Park (Oak Park), The Dubovy Park is full of strollers on warm Sundays, has a few open-air cafés and some neglected modern sculpture and funnily enough, century-old oaks. Where Erkindik Prospektisi (Freedom Ave) enters the park, there is an open-air art gallery. and stroll around the Pobeda Square (Victory Square), the History Museum, National philharmonic and Asian Bazaar, as well as other places of interest. This bazaar is very colorful and noisy. People sell all kinds of goods there. You will walk in the bazaar for about an hour to see local people, goods, fruits, vegetables, meat store, and other things! You will see very interesting people that come from villages to sell their goods. During the tour you will see the city main squares and buildings that were built during the Soviet period.
Accommodation: In Bishkek
Ala-Too Square Asian Bazaar