14 Days Best China Silk Road Tour from Xian to Urumqi, you will learn the glorious history of silk road and enjoy the unique landscape of China.
Duration: 14 Days, 13 Nights
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Day 1 Arrive in Xian
Day 2 Xian: Terracotta Warriors and Horses,Big Goose Pagoda,Dumpling Banquet,Tang Dynasty Dance Show
Day 3 Xian to Lanzhou by train: Shaanxi History Museum,Xian Ancient City Wall,Muslim Quarter,take train to Lanzhou
Day 4 Lanzhou to Xiahe by private vehicle: Bingling temple,Liujiaxia Reservoir
Day 5 Lanzhou to Dunhuang by flight:Labrang Monastery,fly to Dunhuang
Day 6 Dunhuang: Lake Crescent, Ride Camel, Echoing-Sand Dune,Yumenguan Pass
Day 7 Dunhuang to Turpan by overnight train: Mogao Grottos,take overnight train to Turpan
Day 8 Turpan: Gaochang Ancient City, Bezeklik Cave, Flaming Mountain
Day 9 Turpan to Urumqi by private vehicle: Emin Minaret, Karez Well, Grape Valley
Day 10 Urumqi: Xinjiang Regional Museum,Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar
Day 11 Urumqi to Kashgar by flight: Livestock Market,Sunnday Market,Grand Id Kah mosque,Old Town walking tours,local Uighur family Dinner
Day 12 Kashgar: Opal Village, Oytagh Kunlunshan Colorful mountain range, Gaz Valley, Bulungkol Valley, Karakul lake and local Kyrgyz family visit.
Day 13 Kashar to Urumqi by flight: Heavenly Lake(Tianchi)
Day 14 Urumqi Departure
Welcome to China! Upon on your arrival in Xian, our Xian local guide will meet you at the exit of airport with a welcome sign "China Private Tour". Transfer to your hotel for check-in, the rest day is free on your own to explore the city or rest in your hotel to adjust the jetlag.
After breakfast, drive to visit Terracotta Warriors and Horses. It is known as "the eighth Wonders of the world", the museum shows a surprisingly high level in sculpture which is listed as the most significant discovery of the 20th century. Up to now, there has discovered a total of 179 accompanying burial pits of different connotations and various shapes in Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum area.
Lunch is arranged at local restaurant to try some Xian authentic food.
After lunch, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, in Da Ci’en Temple. The pagoda is a national AAAAA tourism attraction and the key protection unit of the nation and attracts many visitors for its fame in the Buddhist religion and its simple but appealing style of construction. It is rated as a National Key Cultural Relic Preserve. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang.
Continue your tour to Muslim Quarter. It is a fascinating area where you can find exotic food, interesting people (some of the residents are still look like their Arabian cousins) and great souvenir stalls. You can taste many authentic Islamic snacks, like beef or mutton Rou Jia Mo (Chinese Hamburger), northwestern style noodles, Yangrou Paomo and many other attractive snacks that will not make you disappointed. The restaurants and eateries here are serving their food in budget prices.
Today,you will have a Xi'an Dumpling Banquet, which is famous in Xi'an. Our guide will lead you to Shaanxi Grand Opera House and help you find your seat for the most famous Xi'an Dumpling Dinner within the Opera House.In Xian, a must for visitors to try is the delicious dumplings.
After dinner, go for enjoying a night performance in Xian-"Tang Daynasty Dance Show". After that, you will be taken back to your hotel in Xian.
After breakfast, drive you to visit Shaanxi History Museum, the museum mainly displays the historical relics excavated inside Shaanxi Province. The unearthed historical artifacts exhibition is divided into different blocks in time order according to dynasties each artifact belongs to.
Next, pay a visit for Xian Ancient City Wall. 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.
After lunch, transfer to Xian train station to catch the train to Lanzhou. Upon arrival, our Lanzhou guide will wait for you at the exit of station with the sign"China Private Tour". Drive to your hotel for check-in, the rest day is free on your own.
After brealfast, drive to Xiahe City. The first stop in Liujiaxia small town for visiting Bingling Grottos which filled with Buddhist sculpture carved into natural caves and caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River.
You will have a simple lunch on the way.
Follow our guide, you will take a boat from Liujiaxia town to Bingling temple which takes about one hour to get there through Liujiaxia Reservoir and we spend about 2 hours to explore the sculptures, carvings and frescoes. which is an outstanding examples of Buddhist artwork. Our driver will be Waiting for us on the other side of the Reservoir and keep driving to Xiahe through many small beautiful villages.
Upon arrival at Xiahe, check into the hotel and have a short rest then dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, drive you to visit Labrang Monastery. Labrang is the largest and most famous Buddhist monastery in the Amdo region. Read this post for more information about this fascinating place. Established in 1709, Labrang housed over 4000 monks at its peak, but now only has around 1500 monks with another couple of hundred lay students. Located in the Gansu Part of Amdo, Labrang is considered the cultural heart of Amdo Tibetan culture along with nearby town of Rebkong. Labrang is one of the “Great Six” Gelukpa sect monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.
After the tour, transfer to Lanzhou airport to catch your flight to Dunhuang. Upon arrival at Dunhuang, our guide will wait for you at the exit of airport with the sign "China Priavte Tour". Drive to your hotel for checking-in.
Today, you will have the chance to ride a camel along the Echoing-Sand Dune to Lake Crescent, a miracle in the Gobi desert. Lake Crescent is known for its brilliant blue waters and exceptional clarity, caused by a lack of nitrogen in the water which inhibits the growth of algae. You will be able to reach the top from one side of the dunes and slide down the other to see the fantastic view. (Plz prepare your sunglasses to keep out the dust).
Lunch is arranged at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, drive you to visit Yumenguan Pass, which is strategic pass on the ancient Silk Road. It also called Jade Gate Pass and the Great Wall which had been built 2100 years ago. A program of Great Wall extensions was undertaken by the Han Dynasty commencing 120 BC. This was because the nomadic Xiongnu tribes to the north and west persisted in making frequent raids into Han areas causing widespread devastation. A Great Wall was built along the north of the narrow Gansu Corridor stretching 300 km from Jiayuguan in the east to Yumenguan and then as far west as Lop Nor, the salt lake on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert.
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel.
After breakfast, the first stop is Mogao Grottos, which are also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes, form a system of 492 temples 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China. The caves may also be known as the Dunhuang Caves. The caves contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years. The Mogao Caves are the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes and, along with Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes, are one of the three famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China.
After lunch, free on your own for a while to walk around and for photograph and then take you to Dunhuang train station for the overnight train to Turpan.
You will arrive in Turpan in the next day and our local guide will meet you at the exit of train station with a welcome signage and escorted to your hotel directly. The rest day is free on your own to explore the city or rest in your hotel.
After breakfast, you will start an exciting day in Turpan with a visit to the ancient city of Idikut (Gaochang). The city was built in the first Century BC and later became capital of the Idikut (Gaochang) Uighur Kingdom in the 8th Century. We’ll enjoy seeing the ancient city for about one hour.
Then move on to Toyuq village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and have lunch with a local family at their home. This could be the highlight of your tour of the day.
After lunch we visit Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves which used to be an important center for Buddhist worshipers under the Xizhou Huigu government of the Idikut (Gaochang) Kingdom.
On the way back to the hotel we will stop at the Flaming Mountain which people claimed to be hottest and driest along the silk road that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come”
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel.
In the morning, our guide and drive will pick you up from your hotel, drive around 200 km to Urumqi city. It takes around 2 hours. The first place you will visit is Karez Well. In Xinjiang, the greatest number of karez wells are in the Turpan Depression , where today there remain over 1100 karez wells and channels having a total length of over 5,000 kilometres (3,100 mi). The local geography makes karez wells practical for agricultural irrigation and other uses.You will know the underground water supply and irrigation system.
After that, enjoy family visit of local Uygur and have lunch with them. You will learn how to make Xinjiang food and visit the vineyard.
In the afternoon, our guide will take you to visit Emin Minaret (Sugong Pagoda) which is the biggest ancient pagoda existing in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient pagoda in the country. Appreciate sunset at Jiaohe Ancient City and have leisure walk at the valley about 40 minutes.
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel in Turpan. Free on your own to explore the nightlife.
In the morning, our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Drive you to visit Xinjiang Regional Musuem, our guide will show you around the museum, giving historical context and background. One highlight of the collection is the well-preserved tattooed mummies discovered in the desert nearby. Look out for the Beauty of Loulan, buried around 3,800 years ago near the town of Loulan in the Taklamakan Desert and first excavated in 1980. The hot, dry sands preserved her facial features remarkably well in her open coffin: and she is still beautiful today.
Discover Xinjiang cooking, a fascinating fusion of Turkish and Central Asian elements with Chinese techniques and ingredients. Your guide will help you navigate the à la carte menu and recommend dishes to suit your palate.
After lunch, continue your tour to the Hongguang Shan Giant Buddha, which towers over downtown Urumqi at approximately 38.8 meters (128 feet) tall. Grab a few shots before you head to the Red Hill, a traditional Chinese-style pagoda standing on the top of the hill that is the symbol of the City.
The last stop for the tour is Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar, recapture the magic of the old Silk Road with a stroll through Erdaoqiao Market, once a trading hub for merchandise from all over Central Asia. This makes a great place to shop for traditional Uighur souvenirs, and your guide can help you navigate the stalls.
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel.
In the early, our guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Urumiqi for your flight to Kashgar, it takes around 2 hour fly. Kashgar, it is an oasis city in Xinjiang, is one of the westernmost cities of China, located near the borders of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. It has a history of over 2,000 years and served as a trading post and strategically important city on the Silk Road between China, the Middle East and Europe.
When your arrive in Kashgar, first enjoy the famous livestock market which happens only on every Sunday and people bring their horses, sheep, goats, camels,cows, bulls and other livestocks to the market from all the directions for sale. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people, enjoy the traditional local market culture, test-drive a donkey or a horse or even make its shoes. Like opening a window, today is a real glimpse into a time lost in the annals of the Silk Road’s past and an opportunity not to be missed.
Later move on to Sunday market main Bazaar which is considered one of the largest market in Central Asia. From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals. Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best to chance to practice your bargaining skills.
After lunch, visit the Grand Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar's historic Apak Hoja Tomb, which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb.
You will enjoy the Old Town of Kashgar by walk. walking is the best way to see and understand the ancient historical parts,streets,handicraft workshops and many more;enjoy a century-old Kashgar tea house’s atmoshpere for a short break. sitting by the locals and try various medicinal teas such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Finally wrap up our city day tour with a dinner at a local family which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life, culture and traditions of Uighurs. After the dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel.
We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world)visit Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level). The lake sits at the foot of the notorious, Muztagh Ata (7546m) and Gongur (7719m) mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountains and is one of the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world. You also have a chance to pay a visit for local Kyrgyz family, to know the local lifestyle.
Free on your own for a while and return to Kashgar at a suitable time
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel.
After breakfast our guide and driver will take you to Kashgar airport for your flight back to Urumqi and another local guide and driver will meet you at the exit of Urumqi airport with a sign "China Priavte Tour", then drive to visit Heavenly lake directly which takes about two hours.
Heavenly lake offers some great hiking routes through the valleys on wooden pathways or up to the mountains as you like.
Your stay at the heavenly lake is your time to go boating, take photos or simply trek around the lake if you like. You can lunch together with a local Kazak family or just pay them a visit! This is certainly the easiest way to understand the life of the Kazak people in such a short time.
when you are ready drive to Urumqi for about 2 hours and back to hotel after dinner.
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby at appointed time, dirve you to airport for your flight to next destinastion or back home. Your 14 Days Best China Silk Road Tour comes to end. Have a pleasent trip!
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