Trace the footprints of ancient travelers along the world’s oldest and most historically important trade route. Explorer China’s wild west to learn the local customs, cultural relics and natural beauties.
|14 days||Private tour||Departs daily|
|Beijing, Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar, Dunhuang, Xian, Shanghai, Suzhou|
Day 01 Arrive Beijing
Arrive Beijing. Our tour guide will meet you at airport and transfer to hotel for check in.
Day 02 Beijing (B, L, D)
Day tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven. Beijing Duck dinner in evening.
Day 03 Beijing (B, L)
Morning excursion to the Great Wall and afternoon Hutong tour to see the old Beijing neighborhood and local families by rickshaw ride.
Day 04 Beijing – Urumqi (B, L)
Take morning flight to Urumqi – the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous. Upon arrival, guide meets and take city tour to the Provincial Museum to see the incredible mummies from 2,000 years ago, then visit the Red Hill Park and the Bazaar.
Day 05 Urumqi – Turpan (B, L, D)
Drive along the ancient Silk Road across the Heavenly Mount to Turpan – an oasis surrounded by desert and dry mountains. Upon arrival, visit the mysterious ruins of Jiaohe city (UNESCO world heritage site), Karez – the ancient underground water supply and irrigation system (UNESCO world heritage site), and the grape valley.
Day 06 Turpan – Kashgar (B, L)
Morning tour to Sugong Pagoda, the Flaming Mountain, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Grottoes and visit local family. Return Urumqi in later afternoon and take evening flight to Kashgar.
Day 07 (Sunday) Kashgar – Urumqi (B, L)
Morning tour starts with watching the Moslems Sunday pray. Then, visit the Sunday Bazaar (only on every Sunday) – the largest outdoor market in mid-Asia. In the afternoon, visit the tombs of the Fragrant Concubine and a well-preserved Old Town of Kashigar (UNESCO world heritage site). Take late flight back to Urumqi.
Day 08 Urumqi – Dunhuang (B, L)
Depart Urumqi to Dunhuang by morning flight. Upon arrival, visit Mogao Grottoes (UNECO world heritage site). The grottoes preserve nearly a thousand years of Buddhist cave-temple architecture, clay sculpture, mural paintings, and manuscripts, dating from the 5th to 14th centuries.
Day 09 Dunhuang (B, L)
Drive 2 hours west crossing the desert to Yumen (Jade Gate) Pass, which is the west terminal of the Great Wall built 2,100 years ago. Then, visit the Crescent Moon Lake and Sand Singing Dune. Ride a camel and enjoy the marvelous sunset.
Day 10 Dunhuang – Xian (B, L, D)
Take morning flight to Xian. Upon arrival, visit the Terracotta Warriors and Bronze Chariots Museum, and Old City Wall with bike riding on the wall. Enjoy a dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty performance in the evening.
Day 11 Xian – Shanghai (B, L)
City tour to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. After lunch, transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai. Transfer to hotel upon arrival.
Day 12 Shanghai (B, L, D)
Day tour to Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund, Yu Garden, Shanghai Old Town and Shanghai Museum. Acrobatic show in evening.
Day 13 Shanghai – Suzhou (B, L)
Day tour to Suzhou by car visiting Lingering Garden, Penman Gate, boat ride on the Grand Cannel and Embroidery Institute. Return to Shanghai in later afternoon.
Day 14 Depart Shanghai (B)
Transfer to airport and depart for your next destination. Ends tour.
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