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China Silk Road Adventure - 12 Days

Destination: Beijing>Urumqi>Turpan>Kashgar>Xian
Duration: Twelve Day
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From beautiful natural scenery to historical and cultural relics, from mysterious legends to exotic ethnic customs and culture, cities along the Silk Road like Xian, Urumqi, Kashgar and Turpan will delight you. Also you will not miss out the essence of Beijing with this tour. 
Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$2800/persons 2800USD/Person

Day 01 Arrival in Beijing
Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check in. Enjoy the remainder of the day and have a good rest.


Day 02 Beijing
Today your Beijing exploration will begin with the famous landmark Tiananmen Square. As the largest public square in the world, Tiananmen Square can hold over one million people. It is is often considered as a national symbol in China.

Next we will proceed to the Forbidden City. It is the best-preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. With the magnificence of royal architectures and imperial treasures, Forbidden City is a must-visit attraction in Beijing.

Next scheduled activity is a rickshaw ride at Hutongs. Hutongs are alleys formed by lines of Siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. As an important cultural element of old Beijing, Hutongs are great choices for people to get to know Beijing local history and culture.

After that we will go to Yandaixiejie to get a deeper understanding of ancient Beijing culture. Yandaixiejie is a famous ancient street in Beijing. There are numerous stores and shops lining on both sides of the street selling various kinds of antiques and souvenirs.

After dinner, our guide will take you back to the hotel for a good rest.


Day 03 Beijing
The first destination for today's trip will be Juyongguan Great Wall. As one of the three greatest mountain passes of the Great Wall in China, Juyongguan Great Wall is a popular destination for people to explore the spectaculars of the Great Wall. Surrounded by mountains, Juyongguan Great Wall is featured by its surrounding beautiful views of verdant trees and blossoming flowers.

After lunch we will move to visit Summer Palace. It is the largest and the most well-preserved royal park in China. Having a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces, Summer Palace attracts tourists for its natural beauty and historical sites.

Next we will have a stop at Beijing Olympic Green. There you will appreciate several unique and stunning architectures including Bird's Nest, Water Cube, Ling Long Pagoda and so on.

At last, our guide will bring you back to the hotel for a good rest.


Day 04 Beijing - Urumqi
After breakfast, our guide will transfer you to the airport and you will take flight to Urumqi. When you arrived in Urumqi, our local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check in. Feel free for leisure for the rest of the day.


Day 05 Urumqi
This morning, our guide will transfer you to appreciate the enchanting Heavenly Lake at first. Heavenly Lake is a famous scenic spot in Xinjiang. It is located at the mountainside of the Bogda Peak which is the highest peak in the east range of Tianshan Mountain. The Heavenly Lake, also called "Pearl of Tianshan Mountain" for its enchanting scenery by local people, is about 3400 meters long, 1500 meters wide and 105 meters deep. The Heavenly Lake boasts its fairy natural scenes, including the crystal water, pleasant climate, silvery mountains, and colorful wild flowers. At the same time, the relic of the Quaternary Period Glacier, rare birds and animals, glaciers, special landscapes and rich resources in Heavenly Lake area are great for science exploration.After dinner, our guide will take you back to the hotel.


Day 06 Urumqi - Turpan
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up and drive to Turpan. The first destination to visit in Turpan will be Karez Well System. The karez well system was constructed by ancient people about 2,000 years ago. It is made up of wells, dams, underground canals and reservoirs in order to store water and control water flow. This great well system was constructed according to the local hot and dry climate, and has made great contribution to the prosperity of Turpan. Reputed as ¡°the underground Great Wall¡±, the karez well system is a result of local people's intelligence and wisdom.

The next destination will be Suleiman Minaret. The Suleiman Minaret is also known as Sugong Tower. It is located 2 kilometers east of Turpan. The tower was built in 1778 and now has a long history. Sugong Tower is the largest ancient tower in Xinjiang. The tower was constructed with steel-grey bricks into the unique Islamic style, also its construction has blended the excellent traditional architectural art of Uighur. Now the Sugong Tower is a popular tourist attraction for tourists, especially for Muslim tourists because of its noted architecture of Islamic art and being the only Islamic architectural tower in China.

Gaochang Ruins will be the last destination to visit for today. The Gaochang Ruins is located at the foot of Flaming Mountain, about 45 kilometers away from Turpan. Gaochang city was first built about 2,000 years ago and was served as an important commercial and cultural center on the northern edge of the Silk Road. Undergone from prosperity to war destruction and acid weather conditions, the current Gaochang Ruins we see still stands among the Gobi desert like a shining spectacular stone. The Gaochang Ruins is consisted of an outer city and inner city with several gates, walls and ruins of temples. As a witness of the greatness and glory of Turpand and Silk Road, now Gaochang Ruins is a popular site in Turpan to learn more about the history and culture for this area and to admire the stark beauty of the ruined ancient city.

After dinner, our guide will transfer you back to the hotel.


Day 07 Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar
This morning we will go to visit Jiaohe ruins. The Jiaohe Ruins are located 10 kilometers west of Turpan atop of a 30 meters steep cliff. The shape of the ruins is like a willow leaf and is surrounded by water. It used to be the capital of the Cheshibu Kingdom, which was dated back to 2000-2300 years ago. The Jiaohe Ruins is the oldest, biggest and the most well-preserved mud building city in the world. With its unique and interesting constructions, and historical and cultural values, this earthen castle Jiaohe Ruins attracts numerous tourists there.

After lunch, our guide will drive you back to Urumqi and transfer you to the airport. You will take flight to Kashgar. Our Kashgar local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.


Day 08 Kashgar
Today, your exploration at Kashgar will begin with a visit to the famous Id Kah Mosque. Id Kah Mosque is located on the central square of Kashgar city. It is one of the biggest mosques in China. The mosque is a group of old Islamic constructions with strong ethnic style and religious features. The whole complex consists of the courtyard, the Hall of Prayer, and the gate tower and some other attached structures. The Id Kah is a large center for religious activities for Xinjiang Muslims.

Next we will proceed to visit Afaq Khoja Mausoleum. Afaq Khoja Mausoleum is located in Haohan Village which is about 5 kilometers northeast from the center of Kashgar City. The mausoleum was first built in 1640. It is the tombs for seven decades family members from the Afaq family. While this mausoleum is also known as Xiangfei's tomb, aka the ¡°Fragrant Concubine¡±, as Xiangfei's remains was buried here. She was the granddaughter of Afaq Khoja and was forced into a marriage with the Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianong. The Afaq Khoja Mausoleum is constructed to stand peacefully in the midst of poplars and pines. This mausoleum is outstandingly featured with delicate and exquisite Islamic style. Consisted of the Tomb's Hall, the Doctrine Teaching Hall, the Grand Mosque and the Gate Tower, this elegant and magnificent complex attracts tourists here for the appreciation of its buildings. The Grand Mosque here is a popular place for Muslims doing prayers and other activities on important days.

Afterwards, our guide will transfer you back to the hotel.


Day 09 Kashgar-Urumqi
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up and drive you to Urumqi. After arrived in Urumqi, our guide will take you to visit Xinjiang Regional Museum. The Xinjiang Regional Museum is a large comprehensive museum. With more than 50,000 collections of historic relics, this historic museum gives a perception of the brilliant history and glorious culture of Xinjiang and the ancient Silk Road. Also there are exhibitions that are related to the unique customs and culture of ethnic groups in Xinjiang.

After lunch we will have a free tour at Urumqi International Bazaar. The Urumqi International Bazaar is the largest bazaar in the world. This is a comprehensive bazaar combines sightseeing, trade and business, catering, entertainment, national art exhibitions and architectures. The construction of the bazaar is outstandingly featured with strong Islamic characteristics. They are constructed to reproduce the prosperity of Silk Road and also display the ethnic culture of West China. The Urumqi International Bazaar is an excellent place to have a great time for shopping and entertainment.

After dinner, our guide will bring you to the hotel for check in.


Day 10 Urumqi-Xian
After breakfast, our guide will bring you to the airport and you will take flight to Xian. When you arrived in Xian, our Xian guide will pick you up at the airport.

Shaanxi History Museum will be arranged as the next stop. It is one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China. Housing a large collection of historic and cultural relics, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects, Shaanxi History Museum will give you a better idea about ancient Chinese history and culture.

Afterwards, our guide will transfer you to the hotel for check in.


Day 11 Xian
After breakfast, our guide will bring you to visit world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Known as ¡°the Eighth Wonder of the World¡± and the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warrior and Horses provide a large number of collections of life-size terracotta soldiers and horses, ancient weapons and chariots made 2,000 years ago for admiration.

Then we will move to visit Great Mosuqe. It is one of the oldest and largest mosques in Xian. Famed for its long history and unique architecture which is a combination of Islamic and traditional Chinese style, Great Mosque is a popular attraction for tourists coming to Xian.

After that we will go to Muslim Street, a renowned Muslim community in Xian. At Muslim Street, you will not only taste numerous delicious local Xian snacks and Muslim food, also you will experience the strong Muslim atmosphere and their lives there.

After dinner, our guide will bring you back to the hotel and you can have a good rest.


Day 12 Departure from Xian
After breakfast, you will have free time for leisure. Our guide will escort you to the airport for your departure flight on time.

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