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Culture Tour - Silk Road - 12 Days Hexi Corridor & Kashgar

Tour Code :ACSR008

Tour Destination :Silk Road

Tour Duration :15 days

Departure Date :Daily Departure

Tour Type :Tour Package

Customizable :Yes

Highlights

Xinjiang and Qinghai - western Chinese provinces, rich of pretty natural landscapes and historical places, invite you. Hurry up to the meeting with adventures!

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive Xining          
Upon Arrival in Xining by flight or train (not included), you will be greeted by local guide and transferred to hotel in Xining. 

Day 02 Xining
Visit the Ta'er Lamasery, the birthplace of the founder of the Yellow Sect. Mural paintings, butter flowers and embossed embroideries are famed as "Three Extremely Excellent Arts" of the Ta'er Lamasery.

    

Afternoon travel to the Sun & Moon Hills before proceeding to the Qinghai Lake - China's largest inland salt water lake and artists' paradise. It is renowned for its mirrored pastel sunrise, azure beauty at midday and the indigo blues of sunset - a natural scenery of vastness, beauty, mystery and quietness.

    

Day 03 Xining – Zhangye by road
Travel via the Qilian Mountain through beautiful landscape and grasslands to Zhangye, one of the important towns on the Hexi Corridor. Visit the Giant Buddha Temple which houses China's largest 34.5 metres reclining Buddha and a local home.

    

Day 04 Zhangye – Jiuquan by road                                     
In the morning visit the Matisi Scenery Zone & Grottoes. Onward to Jiuquan for lunch and visit the Wine Spring Garden, Jiuquan Museum, the local specialty 'Night-glowing cup' factory.

    

Day 05  Jiuquan - JiayuguanDunhuang by road           
Visit the Fortress of Jiayuguan Pass - an impressive site along the Hexi Corridor.  Drive to Dunhuang - a national historic and cultural city.

    

Day 06 Dunhuang
Spend the morning at the Mogao Caves - the world's richest treasure-trove of Buddhist manuscripts, wall paintings and statuary.

    

After lunch, visit the County Museum. Try sand surfing or camel riding around the Mingsha Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Lake. Explore the night market.

    

Day 07 Dunhuang - Urumqi by flight
Fly to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Visit the Xinjiang Regional Museum with exhibits on Xinjiang's ethnic culture and archaeological treasures from the Silk Road including 3000-year-old mummies.

    

Onward to the International Grand Bazaar, where you can buy for your favourite souvenirs.

    

Day 08  Urumqi - Turpan                                        
Cruise around the Heavenly Lake which is surrounded by alpine meadows and rugged snow-capped mountains densely covered in fir, pine and cypress.

    

Drive to the oasis town of Turpan. Visit the Karez - an amazing irrigation system which made Turpan a rich oasis; and the Emin Minaret, a typical Uygur architecture.

    

Be guest of a Uygur family and savour specialties like milk tea, nan, shish kebabs and poluo rice etc. Return to the hotel for Uygur dance performance.

Day 09  Turpan – Urumqi - Kashgar by road and flight                                     
Visit the Ancient City of Jiaohe, a mysterious historical site.

    

Drive past the Flaming Mountain, made famous by the story of the Monkey King, visit the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves.

    

Return to Urumqi. Take an evening flight to Kashgar.
Accommodation at the Seman Hotel or similar.

Day 10 Kashgar
Day excursion to the Karakuli Lake, a pristine spot 196 kilometres from Kashgar. Horses, yaks and camels graze on the rich pasturage. Return to Kashgar.

   

Day11 Kashgar - Urumqi by flight                                 
Visit the famous Bazaar which is a big open market in Kashgar.  On every Sunday, it turns to the world famous Sunday Bazaar.

    

Then visit Abakh Hoja's Tomb (Fragrant Concubine of Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong) and Aidakh Mosque. Return to Urumqi.

    

Day12 Urumqi Departure                                
Pick up from hotel and transfer to airport for departure.

Hotels in use

Xining Xingwang International Hotel
Add: 2 Xida Street, Chengzhong District, Xining
Tel:0971-8266666-8611

Zhangye Tianyu International Hotel
Add: Ganquan Wenhua Square, Xiaoshizi, South Street, Ganzhou District, Zhangye
Tel: 86 936-8860330

Jiu Quan Hotel- Jiuquan
Add: Jiefang Road 33, Jiuquan, Gansu Province
Tel: 0937-2618000
 
Grand Soluxe Hotel
Add: No. 1339 Yanguan Zhong Road, Dunhuang City, Gansu Province
Tel: (0937)8862888

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

Urumqi Cinda Hoi Tak Hotel Xinjiang
Web: www.hoitakhotel.com
Add: No.1 Dong Feng Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China 
Tel: (86-991) 2322828

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

Inclusion & Exclusion

Inclusions:
1. Transportation between cities: Dunhuang –Urumqi by airplane, Urumqi / Kashgar by round trip airplane.
2. Private transportation in each city;
3. Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast;
4. Buffet breakfast and Chinese-style lunch & dinner;
5. Excellent tour guide and driver;
6. Entrance fees to all tourist sites as listed in the tour itinerary;

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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