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22 Days Silk Road In-depth

Tour Code :ACSR006

Tour Destination :Silk Road

Tour Duration :22 days

Departure Date :Daily Departure

Tour Type :Tour Package

Customizable :Yes

Highlights

Journey in 12 cities of China that were crossed by the Silk Road. Monuments of history, ancient ruins, temples, breathtaking landscapes will give you unforgettable impressions.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Beijing
Our guide will greet you outside the customs at Beijing Capital International Airport and escort you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you.

Day 02 Beijing
Your visit will start from Tiananmen Square this morning. Located in the heart of the city, it is a must before proceeding to the Forbidden City. The largest imperial palace complex does deserve your admiration while walking through these splendid halls in line.

    

In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven which is regarded as one of the world's best architecture, especially the heaven-like Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest.

    

Day 03 Beijing
After breakfast, we will drive you to the Badaling Great Wall in suburban Beijing. This outstanding section of Great Wall will be a highlight of your tour.

    

After that, we will transfer you to the Sacred Way with lively stone statues on both sides for a leisurely stroll, and then to the largest royal mausoleums complex, the Ming Tomb.

    

Finally, you could have a glance at the huge Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) on the way back to the hotel.

    

Day 04 Beijing – Urumqi by flight
You will have a scenic excursion to the graceful Summer Palace this morning. Constructed to please the royal family, the park has centralized the best of ancient buildings and gardening. Its charm also cheers up travelers nowadays.

    

Later, our guide will transfer you to take a flight to Urumqi. Your local guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for a one-night stay.

Day 05 UrumqiKorla by road
After breakfast, you will take a car for about 6 hours (500 kilometers) down to Korla by crossing Tianshan Mountain. There will be a visit to the Tiemen Pass, which was an importation military throat on the Silk Road of 2,000 years ago. From here, the ancient Silk Road will turn into a narrow and zigzag valley along the Peacock River. Tonight, you will stay at a nice hotel in Korla.

    

Day 06 Korla – Kuqa by road
Driving eastwards for about 3 hours (280 kilometers), you will arrive in Kuqa, which is the birthplace of Qiuci Culture and noted for the local featured knife. You could visit the Subashi Ruins which has witnessed the flourish of Buddhism in Xinjiang during the 6th to the 8th centuries.

Day 07 Kuqa – Aksu by road
After breakfast, you are going to the Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves in Baicheng County, about 50 kilometers to the east of Kuqa. On the cliffs of the Mingwudage Mountain, there are hundreds of caves lasting for three kilometers, consisting of exquisite murals and vivid Buddha statues in large quantity. These treasure troves do narrate the prosperous history of Xinjiang in all respects and the external communication from the 3rd to the 13th centuries.

    

Taking another 4 hours (298 kilometers), you will reach Aksu and stay there for one night.

Day 08 Aksu – Kashgar by road
There will be a 6-hour drive for about 500 kilometers to Kashgar today. Upon arrival, you will check in a local hotel for a three-night stay.

Day 09 Kashgar - Karakuli Lake – Kashgar by road
In the morning, you will take the car for 3.5 hours (200 kilometers) to the Karakuli Lake which is located 3,600 meters above sea level. Surrounded by snow mountains to the east Pamir, this lake offers local herds with fertile grassland and travelers with extraordinary charming scenery. You could also see the yurts, camels and horses of the Tajik people inhabiting here.

    

Day 10 Kashgar
The Kashgar city sightseeing is arranged today. Firstly visit the famous Sunday Bazaar where you could experience the real daily life in Xinjiang. On the market, there are various kinds of local goods, such as fresh fruit, snacks, colorful clothes, delicate handicrafts as well as livestock.

    

The following destination is the Id Kah Mosque located in the city center. It is the largest mosque in China originally built in 1142 and the center of Moslem activities in Xinjiang.

    

Finally, you will visit the Abakh Khoja Tomb which is a large and unsophisticated family graveyard of the local leaders in the 17th century. The graveyard consists of gate tower, tombs, pond, garden and mosques, looking like a typical Islamic palace.

    

Day 11 Kashgar – Hetian by road
Leaving from Kashgar, you are going to Hetian, another famous city in south Xinjiang. The 520-kilometer journey, dotted with gobi, desert and oasis, will take you about 7 hours by car.
On the way, you could see the Yingisar Uigur Pocket-Knife Making and then visit the 500-year Yarkant King Mausoleum in Shache County (or Yarkant County). Tonight, you will stay at a nice hotel in Hetian.

Day 12 Hetian – Minfeng by road
Hetian has been noted for producing jade, carpet and silk. Therefore, it is a must to visit the Silk Village, which also boasts a hundred-year-old walnut tree and manual paper making.
After that, the car will run eastwards for 3.5 hours (300 kilometers) to Minfeng County. While passing by Yutian County, you can visit a local bazaar and see the unique minority people's costume. Please have a good rest in Minfeng tonight.

Day 13 Minfeng – Korla by road
The most challenging section will occur today. You will take the car running through the Takla Makan Desert from Minfeng northwards back to Korla City. Located in the middle of the large Tarim Basin, Takla Makan is the largest desert in China with shifting dunes and poplar forest. The whole journey is 780 kilometers and takes you 9 to 10 hours.

Day 14 Korla - Turpan
From Korla, you will head for Turpan located in the basin of the east Tianshan Mountain. Having a 400-year recorded history, Turpan has played as a transportation and cultural communication hub on the Silk Road. The 380-kilometers journey will be finished in 5 hours.
Upon arrival, you will check in a local hotel for a two-night stay.

Day 15 Turpan
Today's visit includes the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves, the Ruins of Ancient City of Gaochang and the Flaming Mountains.
The Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves was originally carved since the 6th century on the cliffs of the Mutou Valley of the Flaming Mountain, and once the royal temple during 9th~13th centuries. Due to man-made and natural damage, only 83 caves with rare Buddha murals are preserved.

    

Located at the foot of the Flaming Mountain, the Ancient City of Gaochang was constructed as a garrison town in the 1st century and witnessed the turbulent history of this region in the following 1,300 years. Although the ancient city has been badly damaged, the existing ruins still display the ever resplendence.

    


Day 16 Turpan – Dunhuang by overnight train
The historical tour of Turpan will be extended to the Ruins of Ancient City of Jiaohe this morning.
Jiaohe City was constructed by Cheshi State from the 2nd BC to the 5th AD and gradually declined in the 14th century. You could see the relics of the principal body to recall its glory.

    

After that, visit the Karez System which is a widely used underground irrigating system in Turpan, and the Sugong Pagoda which is a novel Islamic pagoda built 200 years ago.

    

As your Xinjiang tour ends today, our guide will transfer you to take an overnight soft-sleeper train to Dunhuang.

Day 17 Dunhuang
Our local guide will pick you up at Liuyuan Railway Station of Dunhuang and transfer you to the hotel. Breakfast is not included.
You will visit the fabulous Mogao Caves today, which is the shining pearl and the Oriental Louvre on the Silk route.

    

At the following Dunhuang Museum, you could see more historical and cultural relics excavated in this region.

Day 18 Dunhuang – Xi'an by flight
You will experience a short camel-ride along the Echoing-Sand Mountain to reach the Crescent Lake.

    

Later, our guide will transfer you to Dunhuang Airport to take a flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival in the airport, the guide will escort you to the hotel.

Day 19 Xi'an
You should never miss the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. After breakfast, we will transfer you to the museum, and enough time will be left for you to see these life-size and mighty statues of 2,000 years ago.

    

In the afternoon, you will proceed to the majestic Big Wild Goose Pagoda built 1,300 years ago in the Tang Dynasty. Then you will visit the ancient City Wall, where you could have a bird's view of this city.

    

At night, you will have the local speciality Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Dance and Music Show at Shaanxi Opera Theater (Addr: No. 165, Wenyi Road).

    

Day 20 Xi'an – Shanghai by flight
If the Terra Cotta Warriors is a must and the most attractive place in Xi'an, Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum can be counted as another to better understanding this renowned ancient capital of deep historical and cultural accumulation.

    

After that, you will be invited to visit a local family and enjoy a home-cooked a-la carte lunch in the family you visit. The Silk Road comes to the end in Xi'an but your tour will be extended to Shanghai. Our professional guide will be waiting for you at Shanghai Airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 21 Shanghai
In the morning, you will firstly go to Shanghai Museum which exhibits plenty of Chinese historical collections in various aspects.
The next destination is the tranquil Yuyuan Garden, a 400-year luxurious and enjoyable private residence.

    

A delicate a-la carte farewell lunch will be served at a popular local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you could take a Huangpu River Cruise to view this metropolis' great changes on the river's two banks. After disembarking on the Bund, it is suggested that you walk around this famous area and then visit an old street in Shanghai.

    

Day 22 Departure from Shanghai
Our guide will transfer you to take the homebound flight on time.

Hotels in Use:

Beijing Sunworld Hotel
Web: http://www.sunworldhotel.com.cn
Add: 88 Dengshikou, Dongcheng District, Beijing , 100006 P.R.C.
Tel: (8610) 5816 8999

Urumqi Mirage Hotel
Web: www.mirage-hotel.cn
Add: No.305, North Xinhua Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang, P. R. China 830002
Tel: (86-991)2937888

Korla Golden Star Hotel
Add: No. 6 Wenhua Road
Tel: (86 996)-2615222

Kuche Hotel
Web: http://www.xjkchotel.com/
No.266 Middle Tianshan Road, Kuche, Xinjiang
Tel:0997-7233777

Aksu Excemon Hongfu Hotel
Add:No.32 East Street, Aksu, Xinjiang
Tel: 0997-2283555

Kashgar Tianyuan International Hotel
Add: No.8 Eastern Renmin Road, Kashgar, Xinjiang
Tel: (86-998)2801111

West Lake Yindu International Hotel Hetian
Add: 111 Tanaiyi South Road, Hetian
Tel: 0903-2521361

Liuzhou Hotel Minfeng
Add: Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Bureau of Agricultural Economics, Minfeng
Tel:09036752999

Turpan Huo Zhou Hotel
Add: Shui Yun Plaza, Donghuan Road, Turpan, Xinjiang 838000
Tel:(86 -995)8666999

Grand Soluxe Hotel
Add: No. 1339 Yanguan Zhong Road, Dunhuang City, Gansu Province
Tel: (0937)8862888

Golden Flower by Shangri-la
Add: No. 8 Changle West Road, Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province
Tel: (029)83232981

Majesty Plaza
Add:719 Nanjing Rd.(E)/700 Jiujiang Rd.Shanghai 
Tel:86-21-63500000

Inclusion & Exclusion

Inclusions:
1.Internal flights and/or train charge & taxes 
2.Hotels with daily western & Chinese buffet breakfasts 
3.Daily lunches and/or dinners at local finest restaurants 
4.Excellent private guide & driver 
5.Private clean and air-conditioned car or van
6.Entrance fees to all tourist sites
7.Two bottles of mineral water per person per day

Exclusions:
1. Tips to tour guides and drivers;
2. Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.

Travel Tips

1. The tour program or listed hotels is subject to change before the tour booking done.                      

2. For the children at age <3, the land tour is free of charge if sharing one bed/seat with parents in hotels. For any air tickets included, the children need to pay actual cost charged by airline compay.
For any question on price for kids, please contact us to get more details. 

3. Please leave us message through inquiry form, if you have any question. We are very glad to help you tailor China travel to fit your requests.

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