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Journeys Along the Silk Route

Journeys Along the Silk Route
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Duration: 17 Days

Trip Grade: two star

Day 1

Arrival Beijing
Arrive in Beijing. your gateway city of China tour, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. With no sightseeing planned, the remainder of the day is spent free at leisure. 
Overnight in Beijing

 

Day 2

Arrival Beijing
Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tian'anmen Square, the World's largest urban square and the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon.  Peking Opera is available for your optional night entertainment.

Overnight in Beijing

Day 3

Beijing
The star attraction of China is its Great Wall, a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from entering the mainland. Today you will have the opportunity to traverse the ancient steps of Mutianyu Great Wall. Then you will have a short visit to Ming's Tomb (Changling). Peking Roast Duck is available for your optional dinner. 

Overnight in Beijing

 

Day 4

Flight Beijing  -  Zhengzhou
In the morning, take a Hutong Tour by rickshaw to visit the ancient lanes and alleyways of Beijing. Be transferred to the airport for the flight to Take a short flight to Zhengzhou, Henan Province.
Overnight in Zhengzhou

 

Day 5

Transfer Zhengzhou  - Dengfeng
Take a few hours driving to Dengfeng for Mt Songshan, you will find the famous Shaolin Temple and the Pagoda Forest just locate at the foot of the mountain. Vegetarian food will be served as lunch today. Our visits of the temple will end up with a Kung Fu performance from martial arts master. 
Overnight in Dengfeng

 

Day 6

Transfer Dengfeng  -  Luoyang
Continue your driving this morning for Luoyang, one of the six centers of Chinese civilization. Upon arrival, you will visit the Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple. 
Overnight in Luoyang

 

Day 7

Train Luoyang  -  Xian
Get up early in the morning, you will then take about 5 hours train riding to reach Xian. On arrival, be met at the railway station then transferred to the hotel. Have a rest and then you can take a short visit to Xian City Wall.
Overnight iXian

 

Day 8

Xian
Today is all about Xian. Your first destination is Terracotta Warriors. It has been regarded as the 8th wonder of the world and the most significant excavations of the 20th century. Then get back to city for the Big Goose Pagoda.  A Tang Dynasty Show and dinner is available for your optional meal this evening. 
Overnight in Xian 

 

Day 9

Flight Xian  - Dunhuang
Finish up your Xian tour by visiting famous Shaanxi History Museum. Be transferred to the airport to board a short flight to Dunghuang. 
Overnight in Shanghai

 

Day 10

Dunhuang
Today, you will take a visit to Mogao Grottoes, which is considered the great treasure house of Buddhist arts in existence. And then come to Crescent Spring and Singing Sand Dune. 
Overnight iDunhuang

 

Day 11

Transfer Dunhuang  -  Liuyuan  & train to Turpan
Before leaving Dunhuang, take a short excursion to less-visited but worthy Yumenguan Pass. After the tour be transferred (2hours driving) to Liuyuan train station for your overnight train to Turpan. 
Overnight in the train

 

Day 12

Turpan
Upon arrival, take short break and then, you will have chance to visit Gaocheng Ancient City, which was an important garrison town on the Silk Road, Grape Valley, Flaming Mountain and Bezeklik Caves
Overnight in Turpan

 

Day 13

Transfer Turpan  -  Urumqi
Today, visit the mysterious death city- the Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City, which reveals traces of a prosperous ancient trading center and military stronghold 1,600 years ago. Then, continue your visit to Emin Minaret (Sugong Pagoda)-the biggest ancient pagoda existing in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient pagoda in the country and ancient Karez Well, the underground water supply and irrigation system. Drive to Urumqi after your tour. 
Overnight in Urumqi

 

Day 14

Urumqi
Take a driving for 120km northeast to visit the holy Heavenly Lake (Tianchi). The beautiful lake is flanked by rugged pines and cypresses, with clear melting waters reflecting the surrounding of snow capped mount Bogeda. After the tour, be transferred back to downtown. You will then have chance to take a short visit to Erdaogiao Grand Bazar, which is believed to be the largest outdoor market in town. 
Overnight iUrumqi

 

Day 15

Train Urumqi  - Kashi (Kashghar)

Morning at leisure or visit the Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar.  Take the train journey along one of the most ancient and beautiful country views.

Overnight on the train

 

Day 15

Kashi (Kashghar)

Transfer to hotel and refresh, visit Zhiren Street, an old street with an amazing hand-made crafts from daily wares to intricate musical instruments.  Continue tour to Id Kah Mosque, one of the largest and busiest in the country. Followed by a short visit to Apak Hoja Tomb. If on a Sunday, the local bazar will be a fantastic visit. This ancient market attracts locals and merchants from all over Xinjiang and nearby countries such as Pakistan and Kirghizstan.

Overnight in Kashghar

 

Day 16

Kashi (Kashghar) - Urumqi - Beijing

Take a tour through the Karakorum Highway to Karakul Lake, enjoy the beautiful snow - capped mountain of Muztagh Ata and the lake. Transfer to Kashghar airport, and fly to Urumqi & connect to Beijing.

Overnight in Beijing

 

Day 17

Depature Beijing
At leisure, until transfer to the airport for the return flight. 

 

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