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Silk Road Hexi Corridor Expedition Tour - 17 Days

Destination: Shanghai, Xian, Xining, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Beijing
Duration: Seventeen Day
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This itinerary is a good choice to experience the thoroughfare ¨C Hexi Corridor in northwest China, involving Shanghai, Xian, Xining, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang and Beijing. Lots of hottest scenic spots would make your tour impressive.


Sightseeing Highlights
Shanghai
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, The Bund, Huangpu River Cruise, Nanjing Road, New Spot (XinTianDi), Yuyuan Garden
 
Xian
Great Mosque, Muslim Street, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xian City Wall, Xian Museum
 
Xining
Ta'er Monastery
 
Lanzhou
Binglingsi Grottoes, Waterwheel Park, White Pagoda Hill Park
 
Xiahe
Labrang Monastery., Sangke Grassland, Tibetan Family Visit
 
Wuwei
Leitai Tomb of Han Dynasty, Wuwei Temple of Literature 
 
Zhangye
Giant Buddha Temple, Wooden Pagoda Temple
 
Jiayuguan
Jiayuguan Pass, Overhanging Great Wall
 
Dunhuang
Camel Ride, Mogao Grottoes
 
Beijing
Water Cube, Bird's Nest, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$3650/persons 3650USD/Person

Day 1:Arrive in Shanghai
The guide would be awaiting with a welcoming sign featuring our logo at the airport before the landing time. There would be no itinerary arranged for the rest of the day, considering your need to soothe the fatigue from the long-haul flight.

 

Day 2£ºShanghai
With an experienced guide meeting you at the hotel, this day's destinations include Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, a museum stresses on urban planning, architecture, modern history of the metropolis, with seasonal art exhibitions and others. After that, feel free to have a captivating walk around the Bund and Nanjing Road, the upscale and busiest shopping hub of Shanghai, before proceeding to the Yuyuan Garden, a former privately-owned garden of traditional southern China architectural style, comprises of pavilions, ponds, bridges, rockeries trees and the likes. Afterwards, please take some time to roam about the nearby Yuyuan Market and Xintiandi (New Spot), the most traditional street market with hundreds of stalls peddling all kinds of trinkets and the up-and-coming high-end neighborhood featuring series of bars, caf¨¦s, restaurants, spa centers, clubs, galleries, boutiques and so forth. The day would be summed up by a 45-minute cruise ride down the Huangpu River, passing by the wonderful night view of legions of skyscrapers along the river banks.

Meals:  Breakfast + A La Carte Lunch

 

Day 3£ºShanghai - Xian
The morning time is left for you. You can arrange according to your interest. In the afternoon, ride to the airport to take the flight to Xian. The guide in Xian will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast

 

Day 4£ºXian
The highlight of the day is without doubt the most renowned feature of Xian and one of the most recognizable cultural symbols of China, which has been exhibited in dozens of different countries around the world ¨C the Terracotta Army, or better known as Bing Ma Yong in Chinese. As you may have heard, Terracotta Army is an army consists of thousands of soldiers, horses, chariots and loads of other items made of terracotta, under the demand of Qin Shi Huang, the first-ever emperor of China around the early 3rd century. More history, sagas and anecdotes behind this mysterious masterpiece would be presented by our guide on the tour. In the afternoon, the tour would be taken back to the downtown Xian, around the Xian City Wall, the 25.7km fortifications enclosing the city used to be the capital of China for 13 dynasties. The wall can be dated back to as early as the late 2nd century, but the existing wall was established in Ming Dynasty. Apart from it, also on the itinerary are the Great Mosque, the oldest Islamic mosque in the country, erected in 742AD, and the Muslim quarter built around it, which is rife with excellent historical buildings, favorable eateries, souvenir shops and the likes.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 5£ºXian - Xining
After breakfast, this day's tour is still surrounded on the historical side of Xian, featuring the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a 43.4m (142ft) tall, 13-storey pagoda established during the Tang Dynasty, and the Xian Museum, showcasing nearly 15,000 pieces of items, right at the foot of it. After a special A La Carte lunch in a stylish local restaurant, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Xining. Upon arrival, the professional tour guide would pick you up and escort you to the hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast + A La Carte Lunch

 

Day 6£ºXining - Lanzhou
Today's trip would start with the largest monastery in Qinghai - Ta'er Monastery. It is the activity center of Tibetan Buddhism in northwest China. After lunch, transfer you to the train station to take train to Lanzhou.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 7£ºLanzhou
White Pagoda Park, the symbol of Lanzhou, is the first station. Followed by the visit of Waterwheel Garden which is one of the most featured scenic spots in Lanzhou. Then you will be driven to Liujiaxia to visit Binglingsi Grottoes. Located on the mountains with Yardang landform, Binglingsi Grottoes are cut on steep cliffs along the Yellow River. About 800 sculptures can be seen from boat.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 8£ºLanzhou - Xiahe
Transfer to Xiahe to Sangke Grassland which is a meadow prarie at an area of 70 square kilometers. Followed by a Tibetan Family Visit.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 9£ºXiahe - Lanzhou
Drive to Labrang Monastery, one of the six great monasteries of the Geluk (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism, to experience the solemnity and grandness.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 10£ºLanzhou - Wuwei - Zhangye
Today's sightseeing covers Leitai Tomb of Han Dynasty which is large-scale brick tomb and the ancient Wuwei Temple of Literature where the precious stele dated from the Western Xia regime can be seen. Then drive to Zhangye and transfer to the hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 11£ºZhangye - Jiayuguan
The symbol of Zhangye - Giant Buddha Temple that owns the largest indoor statue of reclining Buddha in China is the highlight of today. Besides, you would also visit the Wooden Pagoda Temple. Then drive to Jiayuguan and transfer to the best local hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 12£ºJiayuguan - Dunhuang
Today's tour would start with the Jiayuguan Pass, the starting point of Great Wall in Ming Dynasty. Then the grand view of the Overhanging Great Wall will enter your eyes. Later, drive to Dunhuang and transfer to the best local hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 13£ºDunhuang
Today you would experience the desert flavor along the Echoing-Sand Dune to Crescent Lake by riding a camel. Because Crescent Lake is embraced by the Singing Sands Mountain, it is definitely an incredible oasis in the Gobi desert. Naturally, the crescent-shaped lake has become a major tourist resort where one of the great holy lands to Buddhism resides in the world since Han Dynasty. After lunch, the artistic Mogao Grottoes is waiting for your exploration. Listed as one of the three top grottoes in China, it is the largest, best preserved one of Buddhist art in the world with a lot of treasures that include invaluable paintings, sculptures, scriptures, historical documents, textiles, etc.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 14£ºDunhuang - Beijing
Ride to the airport to take your flight to Beijing. The pre-arranged guide would be awaiting with a welcoming sign featuring our logo at the airport before the plane touches down. A little detour would be taken on the way to the hotel, to the Bird's Nest stadium and Water Cube, the two ahead-of-the-time structures famed for not only holding most games during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but also for their world-recognized, innovating appearances. The rest of the day is left on your own.

Meals:  Breakfast

 

Day 15£ºBeijing
This day's excursion begins with the Temple of Heaven, the sacred venue where the Ming/Qing Emperors performed major sacrificial and praying ceremonies for good fortune, prosperity and blessings. After that, embark on a 1.5 to 2-hour ride to the leg of Great Wall situated in Mutianyu, a not-so-overcrowded section of the Great Wall which extends over 2km but features cable car up and down the mountainous part. As for lunch, it will be offered at an elegant restaurant at the foot of the Great Wall.

Meals:  Breakfast + Regular Lunch

 

Day 16£ºBeijing
The first day of the trip would start with a visit to the very heart of the country's capital, Tiananmen Square, a magnificent square extending in front of the Forbidden City, which has been the power center for nearly six centuries and has witnessed 24 emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties carried out their administration, followed by a pleasant A La Carte lunch and a delightful afternoon in Summer Palace, the spectacular private garden for royal members only back in the imperial times.

Meals:  Breakfast + A La Carte Lunch

 

Day 17£ºDepart from Beijing
Ride to the airport for your homeward flight. The time before the flight is open to your own arrangement.

Meals:  Breakfast

 

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