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China Silk Road Muslim Tour - 15 Days

Destination: Beijing, Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang, Xian, Shanghai
Duration: Fifteen Day
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Sightseeing Sites:
Great Wall of China in Beijing
Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City in Beijing
Summer Palace in Beijing
Temple of Heaven in Beijing
Heavenly Lake & Xinjiang Regional Museum in Urumqi
Great Sunday Bazaar & Old Town of Kashgar
Ancient City of Gaochang & Uyghur Family Visit in Turpan
World Heritage Site of Dunhuang Grottos
World Heritage Site of Terra Cotta Warriors of Emperor Qin Shihuang
Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Shanghai
Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$3700/persons 3700USD/Person

Day 1: Beijing Arrival
Meals: Dinner at local Halal restaurant

Our tour guide will pick you up at Beijing capital international airport and transfer you to the hotel. Relax during the remainder of the afternoon and evening to recover from the jet lag.


Day 2: Beijing
Sightseeing:Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Solat at Niujie Mosque, Temple of Heaven
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

We will start to explore Beijing from the largest city square in the world; the impressive Tiananmen Square. From there we will enter the "Imperial Palace" known as the Forbidden City to explore its many fascinating halls and pavilions. After lunch and prayer at Niujie Mosque we will visit the Temple of Heaven, the place where the Emperors worshipped the Heaven for good harvests. Today's shopping stops are the Muslim Supermarket and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine of Tongrentang.


Day 3: Beijing
Sightseeing:Great Wall of China, Salat at Golden Palace Restaurant, Ming Tomb
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

Today is the highlight of our China tour, the climbing of the Great Wall of China. In 220 B.C., under Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defense system against invasions from the north. Construction of the great wall continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), when the Great Wall became the worlds largest military structure. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by its architectural significance. In the afternoon we will visit the Ming Tomb Sacred Way where we will learn the ancient Chinese Fengshui Theory. On the way to the Great Wall, we will make a stop at Bona jade carving factory where we will learn the ancient art of jade carving skills.


Day 4: Beijing to Urumqi
Sightseeing:Summer Palace
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

In the morning we will visit the largest garden in the world, the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace first built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886, is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. After lunch we will fly to Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Uyghur (Muslim) Autonomous Region in the afternoon.


Day 5: Urumqi to Kashgar
Sightseeing:Heavenly Lake, Red Hill Park, Salat at Tartar Mosque
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

Urumqi is the capital city of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Today's ascension to Tianshan Mountain reveals the beautiful Heavenly Lake. We'll stop at Red Hill on the Urumqi River for a panoramic view of the city and the 9-story hillside Zhenlong Pagoda. Fly to Kashgar, the Urgur capital of Xinjiang after dinner in Urumqi.


Day 6: Kashgar
Sightseeing:Abakh Hoja Mausoleum, Salat at Idkah Mosque, Kashgar Bazaar
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

In the morning we will visit the largest mosque in Kashgar, the Idkah Mosque and Abakh Hoja Mausoleum. After lunch we will join hundreds of thousands of local Uyghurs for one of the worlds greatest bazaars, the Sunday Great Bazaar of Kashgar. This is a meeting place for all of Xinjiangs Muslim minorities and their neighbors from Pakistan. Sunday is no day of rest but Karshgars busiest, and the town empties as residents and visitors join rivers of arrivals from neighboring areas flowing to the Sunday Great Bazaar.


Day 7: Kashgar to Urumqi
Sightseeing:Xinjiang Regional Museum, Urumqi International Bazaar
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

Fly to Urumqi in the morning. Upon arrival we will visit the Xinjiang Regional Museum which is famous for its rich collections of silk artifacts, brocades from Eastern Han Dynasty, as well as all kinds of specialized silk-woven items from the Tang Dynasty. After prayers at Tartar Mosque, we will visit the Urumqi International Bazaar.


Day 8: Urumqi to Turpan
Sightseeing:Salat at Emin Minaret Mosque, Flaming Mountain, Ruins of Ancient City of Gaochang
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

After breakfast we will drive to Turpan which survives with the assistance of karez, covered water channels that bring melt-water from the Tianshan Mountains to the north and west into the Turpan basin. After lunch, we will visit Emin Minaret. This 40 meter-high brick minaret is part of a large mosque, built in 1778. The minaret has an elegant conical shape; its brick laid in patterns that make it looked knitted. Then visit the Ancient City of Gaochang which was built of mud and adobe bricks thousands of years ago. The city was abandoned somewhat in history and what is left now is just ruins of the ancient temples, houses, palaces and the old city wall.


Day 9: Turpan to Dunhuang
Sightseeing:Ruins of Ancient City of Jiaohe, Karez, Uyghur Family
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

We will visit another ruins of ancient city, Jiaohe and the underground irrigation system of Karez after breakfast. We will also visit a Uygur family to know Muslim Uygur people's daily life. After dinner in Turpan we will board soft sleeper train to Dunhuang. Throughout Dunhuangs history of over two thousand years, it has always served as a critical gateway leading to the west due to its unique geographical location at the juncture of Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang. Therefore Dunhuang is one of the most important crossroads on the Silk Road.


Day 10: Dunhuang
Sightseeing:Singing Sand Dunes, Crescent Moon Lake, Salat at Dunhuang Mosque
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

Arrive in Dunhuang early in the morning and transfer to hotel for breakfast. After lunch and prayer at Dunhuang Mosque, we will visit the scenic Singing Sand Dunes, called by Marco Polo the ¡°rumbling sands,¡± and the Crescent Moon Lake.


Day 11: Dunhuang to Xian
Sightseeing:Magao Caves, Fly to Xian
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

We will spend the whole morning at the World Heritage Site of Mogao Caves. The Mogao Caves (also known as the Dunhuang Grottoes) boast the largest collection of Buddhist grottoes in existence in China. Many of the 492 grottoes here date back as early as one thousand years ago (covering a period of ten dynasties). The most famous aspect of Dunhuangs grottoes is the murals that feature Buddhist stories, folk culture, farming, hunting as their main themes. Fly to Xian in the afternoon. Xian is the starting point of world famous Silk Road. From 11th century BC to 907 AD there were 13 Chinese dynasties which built their capital in Xian. The glorious Tang Dynasty (AD618-AD907) witnessed the highlight of Chinese civilization here in Xian.


Day 12: Xian
Sightseeing:Terra Cotta Warriors, Bell & Drum Tower Square, Salat at Great Mosque, Muslim Bazaar
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

After breakfast at hotel we will drive for about 45 minutes to the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Emperor Qin Shihuang. This is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world with three exhibition halls, the largest of which is 180 meters by 60 meters, housing the continuing excavation of an army of 8,000 terra-cotta soldiers and horses that guard the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of the unified China. It is a stunning exhibition of ancient artifacts that is well laid out and easy to view. We will also visit the Terra Cotta Warriors reproduction factory. Back to the city in the afternoon, we will visit the Bell & Drum Tower Square and the most famous mosque in Xian, the Tang Dynasty constructed Great Mosque of Xian (built in 742) and its nearby Muslim community and Bazaar.


Day 13: Xian to Shanghai
Sightseeing:Shaanxi History Museum, North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

We will Shaanxi History Museum and the north square of the Tang Dynasty constructed Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the morning. Shaanxi History Museum is a tribute to Shaanxi's glamorous imperial past. The museum building was designed in China's grand and elegant ancient Tang Dynasty style. Considered to be one of most exceptional museums in China, the exhibitions range from ancient bronze tools to Ming and Qing dynasty artifacts. The famous collections include Zhou Dynasty bronze wares, pottery figurines of Qin and Han Dynasties, Tang Dynasty tomb murals and Tang Dynasty gold and silver wares. We will admire the classic pale-green pottery and Buddhist statues, and enjoy a close look at some of the famed terra cotta warriors. Fly to Shanghai in the afternoon.


Day 14: Shanghai
Sightseeing:The Bund, Nanjing Road, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuanmiao Market, Salat at Mosque, People's Square, Shanghai Museum, Xintiandi
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant

We will visit the Yuyuan Garden and its nearby Chenghuangmiao Market in the morning. Yuyuan Garden is an attractive labyrinth of over 30 Ming-dynasty pavilions, built in 1577 for Pan Yunduan, the governor of Sichuan. Linking the pavilions are elaborate rockeries, arched bridges and carp-laden ponds. It is a fine spot for a gentle saunter after fighting our way through the markets stalls. Where the garden meets the bazaar is an ornamental lake traversed by the Bridge of Nine Turnings, its zigzag shape designed to prevent evil spirits from crossing the water. In the afternoon we will stroll along the Bund and Nanjing Road to appreciate early 19th century European Style architectures. After salat at masjid we will visit the People's Square and one of the best museums in China, the Shanghai Museum. Later we will visit the Xintiandi. Located near the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xintiandi is a newly developed recreation area in Shanghai with old styled Shikumen buildings.


Day 15: Shanghai Departure
Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Transfer to the airport after breakfast at hotel for your departure flight.

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