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China Silk Road Discovery Tour - 27 Days

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The Best 27 days ancient Silk Road Adventure Tour give an Asia Uzbekistan China discovery through Beijing, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Taxkorgan, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva to view Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, Summar Palace, Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda, the Jiayuguan Pass, Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Mountain, the Crescent Lake, Sunday Bazaar, Registan square...
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US$4050/persons 4050USD/Person

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

International flight on your own arrangement. Once arrive in Beijing,transfer you to hotel. Feel free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2 Beijing
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Kungfu Show
Full day trip to the Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. Enjoy Kungfu Show in the evening- The Tian'anmen Square : The largest city square in the world.
The Forbidden City : The largest imperial palace in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years.
The Temple of Heaven : The place where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation.

Day 3 Beijing
Meals: B, L, D
Sites Visited: the Great Wall, Ming Tomb, Sacred road
Full day trip to the Great Wall,Ming Tomb and Sacred road. Enjoy a famous Peking Duck Banquet for dinner. The Great Wall : One of the seven wonders in the world and the symbol of China.
- The Ming Tomb : The only underground tomb of the thirteen tombs of the emperors in the Ming Dynasty.

Day 4 Beijing/Xi'an
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Summar Palace, Hutong
Visit The Summer Palace, Cruise in the Summer Palace, Hutong. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight and fly to Xian.
The Summer Palace : The largest and best-preserved royal garden in China with a history of over 800 years.
Hutong: was near the palace to the east and west and arranged in orderly fashion along the streets. Most of the residents of these hutongs were imperial kinsmen and aristocrats. Another kind, the simple and crude hutong, was mostly located far to the north and south of the palace. The residents were merchants and other ordinary people.

Day 5 Xi'an
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show
Visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, the Bell Tower and the Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoy the Tang Dynasty Show in the evening.
The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses : The greatest archaeological findings of the century: the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb.
The Bell Tower : The emblem of Xian city.
The Wild Goose Pagoda : The pagoda where widely renowned Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his classics brought from India.
The Tang Dynasty show : The show that presents the palace dances and sings in the Tang Dynasty when Xian was the capital.

Day 6 Xi'an/Lanzhou
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Shaanxi Historical Museum, The Ancient City Wall, The Grand Mosque
Visit Shaanxi historical museum, Xian City Wall, The Grand Mosque. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight and fly to Lanzhou.
The Provincial Museum : One of the main museums in China which holds numerous unearthed cultural relics of China.
The Ancient City Wall : An extension of the old Tang Dynasty structure boasting the most complete city wall that survives through Chinese long history.

Day 7 Lanzhou/Xiahe (260kms, 3-4hrs)
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Labrang Monastery, Songke Grassland.
Labrang Monastery : One of the major monasteries of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect. The architectural layout follows the Tibetan style, while the construction patterns are mostly Tibetan, Han, or a mixture of the two. The White Towers (in the northeast and in the northwest) are very typical.

Day 8 Xiahe/Lanzhou (260kms, 3-4hrs)
Meals: B
Be transfered back to Lanzhou today.

Day 9 Lanzhou/Jiayuguan by train
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves
Visit Cruise from Liujiaxia Gorge to Binglingsi( fast boat), Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves.
Be transferred to the railway station to catch the train to Jiayuguan.
Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves : Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves ㄩ These caves, which stretch for 200 meters, were built during the Western Qin, North Wei, Sui, Tang, and Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing dynasties (between the 3rd and 18th centuries). They are highly valued for their contribution to research into the history of Chinese painting, and the spread of Buddhism during that time.

Day 10 Jiayuguan
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: the Jiayuguan Pass, the Great Wall on the Cliff, Weijin Tomb, Great Walls Museum.
Visit The Jiayuguan Pass, The Great Wall on the Cliff, Weijin Tomb, Great Walls Museum.
The Jiayuguan Pass : This Ming Dynasty fort guards the strategic Jiayuguan pass, at the western end of the Great Wall 每 this was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. It was built in 1372, and subsequently enlarged and strengthened, and was known as 'the strongest pass under heaven'.
The Great Wall on the Cliff : This is a nearby section of the Great wall which was built on the cliff, and includes sections at a 45 degrees angle, making it seem as if the wall is hanging from a cliff.
Weijin Tomb : About 15 kilometers northeast of Jiayuguan, there are over 1,400 tombs which were built during the Wei and Jin dynasties (between the 3rd and 5th century). They feature brick wall paintings showing various social activities of the times.

Day 11 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang (360kms, 4-5hrs)
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Yulin Grottoes
Yulin Grottoes : These caves, with their murals and sculptures, are in a valley among Qilian Mountain, about 180kms from the Mogao Caves. The name is derived from the elms in the valley, and as you travel along the valley road you can easily imagine how it must have been to be a poet or brave solder in the distant past.

Day 12 Dunhuang/Turpan by train
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Mountain, the Crescent Lake
Visit Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Mountain, The Crescent Lake.
Be transferred to the railway station to catch the train to Turpan.
Mogao Grottoes : Constructed over a millennium, from the 4th to the 14th centuries, the caves hold the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures.Cameras are not permitted.
Echoing-Sand Mountain : Crescent Moon Spring is 6km south of Dunhuang in the Singing Sands Mountains and is quite literally an oasis in the desert. The spring's name derives from the crescent moon shape taken by the small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. Although the area is very dry, the pool doesn't dry up as one might expect,

Day 13 Turpan
Meals: B, L, D
Dinner in Local family
Sites Visited: Jiaohe Ancient City, The Flaming Mountain, Suleiman's Minaret
Visit Jiaohe Ancient City, The Flaming Mountain, Suleiman's Minaret.
Jiaohe Ancient City : The city's name means 'the River City'. It was founded during the first century B.C. and abandoned during the 15th century.
Astana Tombs : Astana Tombs: where the ancient people are buried. It is famous for its terracotta figurines and tomb paintings -
The Flaming Mountain : The Flaming Mountain: Many years of volcanic activity have formed the unique crisscrossing gullies and ravines. During mid-afternoon the heat becomes intense as the sun's rays are reflected off the red rocks, as though the hillsides areengulfed by tongues of fire, hence the name.

Day 14 Turpan/Urumqi (200kms, 2-3hrs)
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Tuyoq Valley
After breakfast visit Tuyoq Valley, Bezklik Grottoes and Local Uyger family in the Vineyard and in the afternoon drive to Urumqi
Tuyoq Valley The caves lies 65 kilometers to the east of the city of Turfan and are constructed or dug in eastern and western cliffs in Tuyoq valley . Among more than 40 caves, there are 10 preserving murals. They are considered to be the earliest caves in Turfan, Murals are mostly damaged, but unique in style
Bezklik GrottoesIt is located 50 kilometers to the east of Turfan City . ※Bezeklik§means ※a place with beautiful decoration§. There are 83 numbered caves; among them 40 preserved murals totaling 1200 square meters. These caves are first excavated in Qu`s Gaochang period. The exising caves were reconstructed or newly extended by Uighurian people. In some caves one can find that Buddhish murals are painted on Manichean murals. Themes of the murals are mainly the stories about causes.
Local Uyger Family with VineyardTurpan is a kingdom of Grapes, all the local uyger families plant the grapes at the back of their house. Local Uyger family visiting is a special experience for you to know their lifestyle in the fireland.

Day 15 Urumqi/Kashgar
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Xinjiang Museum, Idigar Mosque, Apark Hoja Tomb
After breakfast visit the Xinjiang Museum and then take the flight to Kashgar and check into the hotel and visit the Idigar Mosque, Apark Hoja Tomb,
Id Kah MosqueIt is the large Mosque in China and most famous one in Xinjiang. The Mosque started to build in the mid of fifteenth century, and has gradually developed to the present size. Id K ah Mosque, with about 16800 square meters in area, consisting of Pray Hall, the Koran teaching Hall, The Corridor, the Arches and other buildings attaching to it. The Pray Hall of the mosque can hold 4000 prayers is supported by 140 carved wooden pillars.The buildings of Id Kah Mosque look magnificent and solemn , and display the artistic styles of Islamic mosque architectures.
Handicraft streetStreets near this big market are choked on Sundays with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, Ute, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive, eat breakfast, set up their animals and check out the action. Cattle, sheep (they definitely look different), goats, donkeys, horses have their own sections; sellers show their animals are "good eaters"(most go as livestock not meat) and the entire experience is fascinating and fun.
Apak Hoja Tomb,This Mazar is the holiest place in Xinjiang and an architectural treasure ㄝ Built in 1640 ㄛ it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style of Samarkand or Isfahan ㄝ A handsome blue-and-white tiled gate leads into the compound, which includes a small religious school and the Abakh Khoja family tomb. The latter is domed and faced with multi - colored tiles. I t most complete Islamic tomb of the Qing Dynasty up-to-now in China

Day 16 Kashgar/Taxkorgan ( 400kms, 5-6hrs)
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: White Sand Lake, Karakul Lake, Stone City
Today you will go to Taxkorgan by coach to visit the White sand lake, Kalakuli lake, Gaici Fort(pass by) ,stone city and the colorful mountain (see afar)
White sand lake : the lake is coverd by the blowed sand ,always shining in the sunshine. Lake Karakul i : Karakuli Lake is in Kashgar about 1500 kilometers from Urumqi in southwest of Xinjiang. It is about 3600 meters above sea level. with its srounding mountains Muztagata which is 7546 meters above sea level and the Gongeer Peaks with 7719 meters above sea level. Stone city : at the north of the Tashkurgan is a significant castle ruins on the mountain and unique with bizarre-shaped stones littering everywhere
Karakul Lake,At an altitude of 3,600 m. it is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau, near the junction of the Pamir, Tianshan and Kunlun Mountain ranges. Surrounded by mountains which remain snow-covered throughout the year, the three highest peaks visible from the lake are the Muztag Ata (7546m), Kongur Tagh (7,649m) and Kongur Tiube (7,530 m). The lake is popular among travellers for its beautiful scenery and the clarity of its reflection in the water, whose color ranges from a dark green to azure and light blue. There are two Kirgiz settlements along the shore of Karakul Lake, a small number of yurts about 1km east of the bus drop-off point and a village with stone houses located on the western shores.

Day 17 Taxkorgan/ Kashgar ( 400kms, 5-6hrs)
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Old Town
In the morning back to Kashgar and visit the Old Town. and the Pepole square.
Old town ,Kashgar is an ancient city, and in walking the streets of its Old Town, will provide a sense of what this legendary Central Asian hub was like in the days when the Silk Road was at its zenith. 500-year old remnants of the city wall, narrow lanes and colorful multi-ethnic crowds combine to make Kashgar's historic district a highlight of any visit to the city.

Day 18 Kashgar/Urumqi/Tashkent
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Sunday Bazaar
After breakfast visit the Sunday bazaar and then take the flight back to Tashkent via Urumqi airport. and check into the hotel once upon Tashkent
Sunday Bazaar (livestock Market)Streets near this big market are choked on Sundays with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, ute, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive, eat breakfast, set up their animals and check out the action. Cattle, sheep (they definitely look different), goats, donkeys, horses have their own sections; sellers show their animals are "good eaters"(most go as livestock not meat) and the entire experience is fascinating and fun.

Day 19 Tashkent/Samarkand
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Kukeldosh-madrasahs
Old town, cult-architectural complex Khast 每 Imam (Khazret 每 Imam ) with grand Friday mosque, medieval Yunus-khan and Kafal-Shashi mausoleums (XVI c), Barakh 每 khan and Kukeldosh madrasahs (XVI-XVII c), Islamic University, library in Tillya Sheykh mosque with one of Osman caliph's (VII c) original Korans, the oldest in the world; Istiqlol square with Abdul Kasim madrasah (XVI-XVII c) (the craftsmen works and sells their original products and souvenirs here), Alisher Navoiy monument, great amusement park, and the color music fountain; Amir Timur square (Tamerlan) with the park, equestrian statue of Tamerlan, surrounded by historic and administrative buildings such as the Forum palace, the Timurids museum, Uzbekistan Hotel, Tashkent chimes, Tashkent University of Low and others; Courage monument 每 the monument to Tashkent people suffered from the destructive earthquake in 1966; Opera and Ballet theater, built by the Japanese prisoners of war in 1945, 忘nd the color music fountain; Mustaqillik (Independence) square with the Independence monument, ※Ezgulik§ arch, the eternal flame, the fountains; ※Chorsu§ eastern bazaar, decorative and applied art with the richest collection of Uzbekistan craftsmen's products. After lunch 每 transfer to Samarkand.

Day 20 Samarkand
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Registan square
Registan square - the "heart" of Samarkand - ensemble of 3 majestic madrassahs (XIV-XVI c.c.) 每 Sherdor, Ulugbek and Tillya Qory, Bibi-Khanum the gigantic cathedral Mosque (XV c.), Gur-Emir Mausoleum of Timur (Tamerlan), his sons and grandson Ulugbek (XV c.)

Day 21 Samarkand
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Tamerlan's grandson
Continue of excursion. Tamerlan's grandson Ulugbek's the well-known ruler and astronomer-scientist observatory (1420 y.) - the remains of an immense (30 m. tall) astrolabe for observing stars position, Shakhi-Zinda 每 ※The Living King§ (XI-XVIII c.c.) Necropolis of Samarkand rulers and noblemen, consisting of set of superb decorated mausoleums, exotic Siab bazaar.

Day 22 Samarkand--Shakhrisabz/Bukhara
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Jakhongir Mausoleum
After breakfast head to Bukhara and visit Shakhrisabz enroute. Sightseeing: ruins of Ak Saray Palace (1380-1404), Doruttilyavat Ensemble (孚IV-XV cc), Kok Gumbaz Mosque (1435), Jami Mosque (1915), Jakhongir Mausoleum (XIV c), Dorussiadat Ensemble (XIV c), Chor-su Trade dome. Transfer to Bukhara (300 km.)

Day 23 Bukhara Sightseeing Tour
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Samanids Mausoleum
The heart of Bukhara 每 historic- architectural complex Lyabi-Khauz with the oldest in Central Asia pool (XIV-XVII c) surrounded by medieval buildings madrasah and khanaka  of Nadira Divan-begi (XV-XVI c) with the facade, decorated with gorgeous mosaic, Kukeldash madrasah (XV c) -  the largest madrasah in Bukhara. Poi 每Kalyan Complex includes: 48 m minaret Kalyan (XII c) 每 the symbol of Bukhara; large Friday mosque Kalyan (XV c) with galleries topped with 288 domes of 1 hectare area; the only one active madrasah in Bukhara Miri-Arab (XVI c). The Samanids mausoleum (IX-X c) - one of the ancient mausoleums in Central Asia made of burnt brick, which remains in a good condition nowadays. Ark citadel (IV 每 XX cc) 每 surrounded with large fortress wall 每 the oldest building in Bukhara, the main residence of the Emirs. Chor 每Minor 每 the original building of four minarets (XIX c), the only one, which remained from a large Karavan-Saray. Sitorai Mohi-khosa Palace (XIX-XX cc) - country summer palace of Bukhara Emirs.

Day 24 Bukhara/Khiva
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Kyzyl Kum desert
Drive through Kyzyl-Kum desert to Khiva (500 km, about 8 hours driving). En route a short stop for walking along Kyzyl-Kum desert and on a picturesque bank of Amudarya river.
Khiva is the most intact and most remote of Central Asia's Silk Road cities, the final destination of a trip back through the centuries from socialist Tashkent to medieval Slave Town. Where Samarkand leaves the imagination exhausted, Khiva's khanate romance is plain to see and where Urgench lies restricted to two dimensions

Day 25 Khiva
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Ichan Kala
Sightseeing in Khiva. Ichan Kala 每 under the open sky museum, which is protected by the UNESKO as one of the world heritage masterpiece.Kalta-Minor Minaret (1855 y) 每 unfinished minaret of 26 m height and base diameter of 16 m height. It was planned to be the highest minaret in Central Asia. Kunya-Ark (XVII 每 XIX c) 每 the first palace of Khiva khans with the office, welcome room, harem, summer mosque, mint place, stables, storehouses, workshops. Pahlovan Mahmud mausoleum (XIV-XIX c) 每decorated with tiles gorgeous mausoleum over the grave of Khiva national hero and poet.

Day 26 Khiva/Tashkent
Meals: B, L
Continue of the excursion. Islam Khodja Madrassah and Minaret (1908 y.). Juma-mosque (1789 y) 每 the original Friday mosque with 45x55 m hall and flat roof, propped up by 218 wooden carved columns ( X-XIX c) with magnificent acoustics. Tash-Khauli (1830-1838 y) 每 palatial and habitable rooms complex, enclosed with the brick wall.
Evening flight to Tashkent.

Day 27 Tashkent Departure
Meals: B, L
Send to the airport for departure.


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