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Xinjiang Gansu Qinghai Tour - 10 Days

Destination: Urumqi-Turpan-Hami-Dunhuang-Jiayuguan-Zhangye-Xining-Lanzhou
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The Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade, a major reason for the connection of trade routes into an extensive transcontinental network.This tour will bring you to the most mysterious regions in northwest of china to explore the old silk road.
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Day 1: Arrive in Urumqi
Arrive in Urumqi Diwopu Airport by air or Urumqi Railway Station by train. Our guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest time is free. You can have a good rest in the hotel, or roam the local streets nearby recommended by our guide.


Day 2: Urumqi-Tianchi (Heavenly Lake)-Urumqi
Drive to Tianchi (Heavenly Lake), a marvelous view of mountain lake formed more than million years ago in the 4th glacial epoch. It is famed as the "Jewel in the Crown". The pine trees covering the hillsides and the snow capped mountains in the background make the huge clear water spectacular sight-reminiscent of Switzerland or the Rocky mountains but somehow with more vibrancy and color. Bogda Peak-the highest peak stands to the east of the lake in the east part of Tianshan Mountain which is capped by glacier and snow glistening in the sun, finely contrasted with blue lake water, forming fabulous scenery.Stroll around the Grand Bazaar after back from Tianchi.


Day 3: Urumqi-Turpan
Pass through the Flaming Mountains named of the red clay mountains reflect the heat and glow of the desert in the evenings and seem to burn. It is an intensely hot part of the desert without a single blade of grass to be seen for miles. In July, the mountains seem to be on fire in the burning sun and become a purplish-brown colour.Only in Turpan, you can find the Karez Well, the underground canal. It is one of the three greatest irrigation systems in ancient China together with the Jinghang Manmade Cannel, and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System. Gaochang Ruin, the Uygur city-state around the 9th century to the 13th, which was founded a few hundred years earlier than that, and gradually became known as a trading post on the Silk Road.


Day 4: Turpan-Hami
Appreciate the second largest prairie in Xinjiang, Balikun Prairie. Have a local family visit. You will be feasted with kumiss, ghee and their pastries. Finally, we arrive in the gateway city of east Xinjiang-Hami via the White Stone Parkland.


Day 5: Hami-Dunhuang
After breakfast we go to visit the Mogao Grottoes also known as Thousand Buddha Cave is one of three noted grottoes in China and also the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. Despite years of erosion, the murals are still brightly colored, with clear lines. Through pictures of different styles and schools drawn in different historical periods, they tell Buddhist stories and ways as well as life in the secular world.Then, we go to Mingsha Mountain and Yueya Spring. The sand storms at Mingsha Mountain are said to create almost melodic sounds as millions of minute particles bounce and rub. Countless Silk Road travelers, nomads, merchants and tourists today have quenched their thirsts at Yueya Spring or called Crescent Lake.After dinner you can have a night walking at Shazhou Night Market.


Day 6: Dunhuang-Jiayuguan-Zhangye
Visit Jiayuguan Pass, the western end of the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty as well as the most magnificent and best-preserved pass among the over thousand passes along the Ming Great Wall, known as "Impregnable Pass Under Heaven". Here, you can overlook the "little Badaling"-Xuanbi Great Wall, also called Overhanging Great Wall which means the wall hanging on the cliff. It's a rather ancient portion of the famous China Great Wall.Arrive in Zhangye to visit the Giant Buddha Temple.


Day 7: Zhangye-Xining
Drive to Xining, the capital of Qinghai to visit Ta'er Monastery which is the birth place of the founder of the Yellow Sect (also called Gelu Sect) Tsong Khapa. You can appreciate the famous butter sculptures, the barbolas, and the murals in the monastery.


Day 8: Xining- Koko Nor Lake-Xining
Through Riyue Mountain pass (The Sun and the Moon mountain) we arrive at Qinghai Lake (Koko Nor), which is the biggest inland salt lake in China . The most charming and attractive place in Qinghai Lake is the Birds Island. Back to Xining.


Day 9: Xining-Lanzhou
In Lanzhou we will visit the Ancient Water Mill, a kind of ancient implement for irrigating at past, Zhongshan Bridge on the Yellow River, and Lanzhou Provincial Museum has an excellent selection of exhibits relating to Gansu and the Silk Road. 75,000 cultural relics including natural resources and historical exhibits are exhibited here. In the city, you can try the local snack Lanzhou Noodles.


Day 10: Lanzhou
Our guide will send you to Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport or Lanzhou Railway Station for departure.


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