By this tour, you will visit the highlights of Beijing, enjoy the charming scenery along the silk road, the picturesque view of Qinghai Lake, and visit the Xian highlights, the treasured Terracotta Warriors. Experience ancient and modern civilizations along your Silk Road Discovery.
Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights
Beijing International Airport (Based on your requirements)
Dunhuang Airport (Based on your requirements)
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Silk Road was one of the most important arteries of trade and culture in world history. A dozen immense caravans traveled on this long stretching route between ancient China and Mediterranean for two millennia. Today, the Silk Road is rather a historical travel route on which you can experience interesting history and enjoy exotic culture.
Day 1 Arrive in Beijing
Day 2 Beijing:Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Bike at Hutong
Day 3 Beijing: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tomb, The National Stadium and The Water Cube
Day 4 Beijing--Xi'an by Trian,Xian City Wall, Bell Tower & Drum Tower
Day 5 Xian to Urumqi by Flight: Terra-Cotta Warriors,Shaanxi History Musuem
Day 6 Urumqi to Kashgar by Flight: Heaven Lake(Tianchi)
Day 7 Kashgar: Abakh Khoja Tomb,Old Town of Kashgar City, Id Kah Mosque
Day 8 Kashgar flight back to Urumqi: Kashgar Bazaar
Day 9 Urumqi to Turpan by Car: Karez System, Jiaohe Ancient City,Emin Minaret
Day 10 Trupan to Dunhuang: Flaming Mountains, Grape Valley
Day 11 Dunhuang: Mogao Grottoes Digital Exhibition Center, Mogao Grottoes, Echoing Sand Mountains
Day 12 Dunhuang Depature
Welcome to China! Upon on your arrival, our Beijing local guide will meet you at the exit of the
airport with a welcome signage "China Private Tour" and escorted you to your hotel
directly. The rest day is free on your own to explore the city or recover the jetlag.
In the early morning, our guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive to Tiananmen Square for the see the dawn flag raising ceremony in the Square. And you can have a relaxing time in Tiananmen Square and take some photos.
The next stop is the Forbidden City, you will notice the dominant color in the Forbidden City is yellow as yellow is the symbol of the royal family. Roofs are built with yellow glazed tiles; Decorations in the palace are painted yellow; Even the bricks on the ground are made yellow in special process. However, there is one exception. Wenyuange, the royal library, has a black roof. Because it was believed black represented water in the ancient China which could extinguish fire.
Have lunch at a local Chinese restaurant.
Then you have the chance to visit the Temple of Heaven, you are recommended to visit the Three Echo Stones, which is outside of the gate of the Imperial Vault of Heaven. If you speak facing the Vault while standing on the first stone, you will hear one echo. Standing on the second and then the third stone, you will hear two and three echoes respectively. Another interesting and famous place for you to visit is called Echo Wall owning special feature. The wall encloses the Imperial Vault of Heaven and its perimeter is 193 meters long. If you and your friend stand at the east and the west roots of the wall respectively and you whisper a word, then your friend will hear clearly what you say.
At last, you will go to explore the traditional Hutong,
which tells the story of growth and change and daily local life from
ancient to present in old Beijing. Or you can talk with the local people
and know more about their local conditions and customs. If you want to ride bike around this area, our guide can help to rent a bike for you. (Optional)
our guide will take you to a local family to try the home-cooking dinner, you will know what are they daily eating. After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel.
Pick up from your hotel and drive to do the Great Wall Tour, which is one of the most important thing to do when you tour in Beijing. Today, you will do a brief hiking at Mutianyu Great Wall. No words can tell its amazement to the world. It is the must place you should visit in China. Its tremendous influence is well-known around the world. The Mutianyu stretch of the Great Wall is 22 kilometers long and has 22 watchtowers - the highest of which reaches an altitude of 540 meters above sea level, thanks to the mountain peak on which it is erected - making it the most densely packed section of the Great Wall as far as watchtowers go.
After lunch, you will continue the visit to the Sacred Way and the Ming Tomb. The Ming Tomb was originally built only as Changling, the tomb of Emperor Zhuli and his empresses. This is the most magnificent of the tombs. The succeeding twelve emperors built their tombs around Changling. We feel that it is necessary to remind visitors with heart problems to consider carefully whether they should enter the underground chambers. The atmosphere and dull lighting can be a problem. As always, do not hesitate to consult your guide, who will be able to offer advice.
On the way back to your hotel, you are fortunately to pass by the famous Bird's nest and the Water Cube. You can take their exterior photography photographs to keep track of the two grand constructions and leave a pleasant memory here. And you can enjoy your meal in your hotel and have a rest for your tomorrow’s tour.
In the morning, our guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to Beijing train station for the train to Xi'an. It takes around 5 hours. Upon arrival, our Xi'an local guide will
meet you at the exit of the train station with a welcome signage "China Private Tour" and you
will have lunch directly.
After lunch, you will visit Xi'an Ancient City Wall. You will head over to the Xi'an Ancient City Wall for a leisure bicycle tour.as one of the UNESCO's World Heritage Site, Xi'an Ancient City Wall was built in the 14th century, under the regime of Emperor Zhuyuanzhang in Ming dynasty, had the function of protecting the cities or towns as military defense systems in ancient China. Xi'an Ancient City Wall is one of the oldest, largest and best preserved Chinese city walls.
Then, go to visit Bell Tower & Drum Tower. In Chinese history from Ming Dynasty, each city had a bell tower and a drum tower. The bell was sounded at dawn and the drum at dusk each day in ancient time, a means of telling time. Xian was not exception. The Bell Tower and Drum Tower of Xi'an date back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The two are located in the center of the Xian city connecting the four roads from east, south, west and north within the city wall. Atop the Bell Tower you will have a panoramic view of the Xian City; atop the Drum Tower you will have a bird's eye view of the Muslim Quarters.
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel.
Your trip in Xi'an begin in the Terra-cotta Army. Built on the site of the terra-cotta warriors and horse’s pits in the Emperor Qin's Mausoleum, the museum is located at the northern piedmont of Lishan Mountain 7.5 kilometers east of Lingtong County in Shaanxi Province and 37.5 kilometers west of Xi'an City. Excavation of the vault revealed thousands of terra-cotta warriors and their horses, an entire army designed to follow its emperor into eternity. The emperor's terra cotta army was found in three underground timber lined vaults. The life-sized terracotta figures vary in height, uniform, and hairstyle in accordance with rank, which will surely leave you deep impression.
After lunch, continue your tour visit Shaanxi History Museum
to know more about the glorious history. The building covers an area of
over 70,000 square meters and houses more than 370,000 historical items
excavated from all over Shaanxi Province, including murals, paintings,
pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects. The modern
museum was built between 1983 and 2001 and its appearance recalls the
architectural style of the Tang Dynasty.
After visiting musuem, transfer to Xi'an airport for your flight to Urumqi. Upon on your arrival, our local guide will meet you at the exit of the airport with a welcome signage "China Private Tour". You will have a dinner before back to hotel.
After breakfast, drive to visit the beautiful Heaven lake.
It is located on the Heaven Mountain. In ancient fairytale, it was the
fairyland where the Heavenly Queen lived. It is the best summer resort
in Xinjiang. Cruising on a boat, enjoying the breathtaking picturesque
views of inverted reflection of snow mountains, flourishing plants and
blooming flowers around the lake.
Upon arrival, have a simple lunch and start your tour with Heaven Lake, also named Tianchi Lake on Tianshan. The Mountain Lake stands 1980 meters above sea level and features picturesque scenery of snowcapped peaks. In ancient Chinese literature, Tianchi also refers to Nanming. Some other well-known lakes named Tianchi include those in Xinjiang and Taiwan. North Korean propaganda claims that Kim Jong-il was born near the lake on the mountain. In accordance with this, North Korean news agencies reported that on his death, the ice on the lake cracked "so loud, it seemed to shake the heavens and the Earth."
After finished the tour of Tianchi, drive you back to your hotel and you can enjoy dinner in your hotel.
In the morning, our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Today is full of interesting activities. Firstly, you will visit the Abakh Khoja Tomb which
used to be the family graveyard of the powerful ruler of Kashgar, Abakh
Khoja, in 17th century.
Next, you will go to visit the Old Town of Kashgar City where you will experience the authentic uygur life style.
Kashgar Old Town is the unique maze city in China. Over two hundred narrow alleys crisscross each other. If you get lost, you can use the hexagonal tiles as a guide to help you out. The tiles with four corners will lead you to blind alley. Most of the buildings here are in a combined Islamic and Uygur style. It gives a feeling of being in the Middle East.
You will have a lunch at local restaurant to try the authentic food.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Id Kah Mosque which is the holy land for the Muslims. Every day, there are thousands of Muslims worshipping here. In the history, Id Kah Mosque used to be a school where taught Islam culture. Many scholars and honored clergies graduated from here.
After the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel and enjoy the dinner in your hotel.
After breakfast, go to visit the famous Kashgar Bazaar. Bazaar, in Uygur, means large market. As one of the most importance cities along the Silk Road, Kashgar has always been a very important trading center. Wander around the busy Sunday Bazaar where you can buy anything from herbal medicines to carpets, from a cradle to a camel.
After lunch, transfer to Kashgar airport for your flight back to Urumqi. Upon on your arrival, our guide and driver will meet you at the exit of Urumqi airport. After dinner, you will be taken to your hotel.
In the morning, pick you up from your hotel and driver to the “fire land” – Turpan, it takes around 3 hours. Here is famous for its melons and vineyards.
The first attraction for today is the brilliant project - Karez System which is special kind of irrigation system consisting of vertical wells,
underground canals, ground canals and waterlogging pond. The vertically
dug wells are linked together to channel the water which occur during
summer rain season, or melt from snow mountains of Tianshan range to
desired farmlands on the ground.
After the Karez visiting, tranfer to tour anther famous relic - the Jiaohe Ancient City which used to be the capital
city of the former Cheshi State. It is renowned as the "perfect ruin of
earth building" because it has been well preserved for almost two
You will have a lunch at local restaurant to try the authentic Sinkiang Food.
Last activity for today is to visit the Emin Minaret. It is a elegant and innovative Islamic pagodaby built by the duke Emin Hezhuo to express his devotion to the lord Allah. Emin Minaret looks like a awl which is 44 meter high. Nearby, there is an ornate mosque.
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel
After breakfast, go to visit the Flaming Mountains. Stretching about 100km, Flaming Mountain is covered by red sandstones which look like flaming fire. Want to get rid of the heat of Flaming Mountains?
Next, drive you to enjoy the pleasant cool of the Grape Valley where you can also taste delicious grapes and other fruits.
In the afternoon, you will explore the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Its highlight is about 40 large wall paintings covering more than 1,200 square meters which have different themes, such as the Gaochang Kingdom, Buddhism, etc.
Drive you to Dunhuang at a suitable time. You will be taken back to your hotel and you can enjoy a dinner in your hotel.
After breakfast, drive about 10km from the Dunhuang city to visit the newly opened Mogao Grottoes Digital Exhibition Center before
go to Mogao Grottoes. You will watch two well-produced educational
documentary movies that introduce the history, arts, and other facts
about Mogao Grottoes. After the movies, take the interzonal bus to Mogao
Mogao Grottoes is famed as the “Louvre of East”, which is outstanding for its exquisite mural paintings and statues. There are now 492 grottoes in which about 45000 square meters mural paintings and 2100 colorfully painted statues from which you can trace the development of Chinese art over 1600 years from one dynasty to the next because each dynasty built own caves to record its own features. There are about 40 common caves opened to the public. In the tourist area, you will be divided into groups by different tour guides who will accompany you to visit 7-8 caves among them with great introduction. After that, if you want to visit more other caves, you can do it by yourselves or follow other tour guides. Besides, there are 10 special caves (with extra fees) available for your extensional visiting.
You will have a lunch after visiting the Mogao Grottoes.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Echoing Sand Mountains. It is said, in the sunny days, the sand mountains echo like Orchestra music even if there is no wind. If you slide from the sand mountains, you can hear the echoing sound clearly. Your last things to do for today is the Crescent Lake. Surrounded by the Echoing Sand Mountains, Crescent Lake is a beautiful oasis with some well decorated traditional Chinese architecture, some trees and flowers and a lake that has never dried up and shapes like a crescent moon.
After the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel and enjoy a dinner in your hotel.
Free on your own until our driver pick you up from your hotel at the pointed time. Transfer to Dunhuang Airport for your flight back home or your next destination. Your 12 Days China Classic Silk Road Tour comes to end. Have a pleasent trip!
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