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Silk Road Exploration Tour
from US$2533 per person

The Silk Road was a famous ancient commerce and trade channels that goes through Asia, and connected Eurasia Continent. In China the silk road lasted more than 4000 kilometers with a history of 2000 years. Today, those historic relics, magnificent natural sceneries and colorful minority folk customs attract tourist from all over the world. This tour brings you lots of wonderful scenic spots, the desert scenery, as well as mysterious culture along the ancient pass, such as the City Tower of Jiayuguan Pass that is the west starting point of the "Five-thousand-kilometer Great Wall", the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gaochang ancient city in Turpan, and more. This tour also include other elements that people want to see and experience when they travel to China, from the renowned Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace of Beijing, to splendid Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian. What's more, you experience a cruise on the world-wide famous Li River through stunning karst landscapes in Guilin, The final highlights is visit to vibrant Shanghai, you can feel the strong contrast, amazed at its modernization aspect while be surprised to find traditional customs people still treasure, which make this city charming and vigorous.

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Tour Code: CET-SRET Length:
Cities Visited/Stayed: Beijing, Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Aksu, Kuqa, Korla, Urumqi, Xi'an, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Zhongshan Yellow River Iron Bridge, Jiayuguan Pass, Mogao Caves, Crescent Moon Spring and the Singing Sand Mountain, Ancient City of Gaochang, The Flaming Mountains (Huo Yan Shan), Grape Valley, Karez Irrigation System, Southern Pastures, Abakh Hoja Tomb, Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar Grand Bazaar, Heavenly Lake, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Yu Yuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, The Bund
Experience &Features: Walk on Tian'anmen Square, Minor Hiking on the Great Wall, Peking duck dinner(Optional), View the Yellow River, Karez Well and Grape Valley, South Mountain Pasture and Kazak Yurt, Ancient Minority Handcrafts Street, International Bazaar, Dumpling Dinner(Optional)and Tang Dynasty Show(Optional), Walk on the Bund and Nanjing Road in Shanghai...
Physical Rating (What Is It?):
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Cultural Shock Rating ( What Is It?):
 2 
Day 1: Bejing
Upon your arrival in Beijing, our guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals: 


Day 2: Beijing
After breakfast, join us for a visit to the[Temple of Heaven], which is a complex of buildings, gardens, and pathways, its organization indicates relationship between Earth and heaven. Enjoy a walk on the [Tian'anmen Square]- one of the largest city squares in the world. It is located on the central axis of old Beijing. In the center of Tiananmen Square stands the Monument to the People's Heroes. Then we go to the [Forbidden City]- Imperial palaces for the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The city contains 800 ceremonial buildings, 9,999 rooms, and a courtyard that can hold 100,000 people. Best ancient Chinese architectural styles are well preserved here, consist an imposing view. Later the day is on your own to explore more about this city.

Stay overnight in Beijing. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 3: Beijing
We will travel to [Mutianyu Great Wall] , 80 kilometers northeast of Beijing. Mutianyu Great Wall is characterized by many watchtowers on overlapping mountain ranges. The wall, built with slabs of stone, is crenellated on both sides with bricks. After a late lunch in a local restaurant, get back to the downtown.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 4: Beijing-Lanzhou-Overnight Train to Jiayuguan
Today we take a morning flight to Lanzhou. Upon arrival, we will have a quick city  tour to see the [Yellow River Mother Statue] on the Yellow River side park and [Zhongshan Bridge]-the first bridge on the Yellow River. During the fourteenth century, there was a floating bridge here, called Zhenyuan Bridge, which served as an important link on the Silk Road. The floating bridge was replaced in 1907 by the present iron bridge, which was reinforced in 1954. After dinner, we are transferred to Lanzhou Train Station to catch our overnight train to Jiayuguan.

Stay overnight on the train from Lanzhou to Jiayuguan. 

Meals: (B, L, D)


Day 5: Jiayuguan-Dunhuang

We arrive at Jiayuguan in the morning. Visit the [City Tower of Jiayuguan Pass] that is the west starting point of the "Five-thousand-kilometer Great Wall". This pass was the last main fortification of the western end of the Great Wall and is strategically located at a crucial section for those traveling the Silk Road. Also walk to the section of the [Overhanging Great Wall]- an extended part of the Jiayuguan Pass, and was once an important component in the medieval military defense system. Winding through the Gobi dessert to the steep Black Mountain (Hei Shan), the wall appears to hang over the cliff and block the vital pass of Shiguan Xiakou, which is how it got its name. After lunch, take our private bus to Dunhuang. You can see remaining sites of some ancient towns and towers on top of which they lit up signal fire in war time and magnificent Gobi desert view. 
 

Stay overnight in Dunhuang.  

Meals: (B, L)


Day 6: Dunhuang-Overnight Train to Turpan
Today we go to visit the renowned [Mogao Grottoes]- also called the Caves of a Thousand Buddhist. The honeycombed caves, enjoying a millennium long construction from the 4th to the 14th centuries and marking the height of Buddhist art, are the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures. Then we go to the [Sounding Sand Dune] and the [Crescent Lake]. The Sounding Sand Dune is famous for the sounds the wind makes when blowing over the dunes. Also, the sand is said to be rather noisy when tread upon. As a natural wonder in the Gobi Desert, the Crescent Lake's name derives from its crescent moon shape that water has taken between two large sand dunes. Wonderful pictures can be taken here. After dinner, we take an overnight train to Turpan.

Stay overnight on the train from Dunhuang (Hongliuyuan Town) to Turpan.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 7: Turpan
We'll probably arrive at Turpan in the early morning, so we've got time to visit the [Gaochang Ancient City]. In ancient times, it had been one of the political, economic and culture centers in the Western Regions, and it was a hub of exchange of economy and culture between ancient China and the West. Also included a trip to the [group of grottoes in Bizaklik], with a total of 1,200 square meters of murals, has the most grottoes, most diversified architectural styles and the richest mural content in the Turpan area. We come to the [Flaming Mountain], so named because in the evenings the red clay mountains reflect the heat and glow of the desert and seem to burn.

Stay overnight in Turpan. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 8: Turpan-Urumqi
We visit the [Karez Well] and the [Grape Valley] in the morning. Wandering underground over 5,000 kilometers, the Karez system has been called "the underground Great Wall", also functions as the natural air conditioner for the locals because they can sit in one while chatting or doing some chores. We go the Grape Valley because it's the best place to enjoy the grapes. In the valley you will find a park as well as patios and outdoor tables where you can eat the grapes and other fruit or enjoy a delicious meal complemented by the locally produced wine. Sometimes they present Uygur dance and song show when we are hosted at those places. After lunch we head to the capital city of Urumqi. You see a wind power station on the way.

Stay overnight in Urumqi.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 9: Urumqi-Kashgar
Today we go to visit the beautiful [South Mountain Pasture] and [Kazak Yurt]. Standing in the pastures, you can see the forest of emerald green spruce on a chain of undulating grass hills dotted with combined flocks and herds. As you immerse yourself in this beautiful site, the singing of the Kazakh may envelop you and inspire you to sing with them. You can visit one of the traditional yurts locating in the spruce forest where you will be welcomed by a generous host with fragrant milk tea, mare's milk, cheese and roasted lamb. If you are lucky enough, you will be able to observe the amazing horse-racing and traditional Kazak dancing. Catch an evening flight to Kashgar.

Stay overnight in Kashgar. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 10: Kashgar
This morning we visit [Abakh Khoja Tomb]- the most magnificent tomb in Kashi, which filled with history and symbolism. The tomb is commonly known among Chinese as the Tomb of Xiangfei, a Qing Dynasty Uigur woman who was seized by the Qing and forced to marry the Qianlong Emperor. Then we go to the [Idigar Mosque] that is the largest mosque in Mid-Asia. As the center of religious activity in Kashi, this Mosque is typically full of pilgrims who have come to worship at the mosque. In the afternoon, it will be great to have a wander to the ancient minority handcrafts street and the International Bazaar. The Bazaar is a kind of agricultural market that has expanded to include anything you can think of, including clothing, knives, and more.

Stay overnight in Kashgar. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 11: Kashgar-Aksu
It will be a long day to drive by our private bus or van. But you see gorgeous Gobi desert scenery all the way along. There may be herds of camels or the miracle of mirage sometimes. Lunch will be served at a very basic restaurant at a little town on the way. We arrive at Aksu late this afternoon, have a rest and recharge for tomorrow's trip.

Stay overnight in Aksu. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 12: Aksu-Kuche
This morning we drive to Kuche to visit the [Kezer Thousand-Buddha Grotto]. Carved from the third century to the eight or ninth century, the Kezer Thousand-Buddha Caves is the earliest Buddhist art cave in China with its exuberance content, large quantity and long duration. At present, there are 236 coded caves which are divided into west and inner valley and rear mountain areas extending to over 3 kilometers. Then we go to the [Subashi Ancient City] to explore ruins of the Subashi Temple. The archaeological discoveries such as pagodas, murals, walls witness the brilliant civilization of ancient times and arouse your imagination about this vast land. Also we pay a visit to the [Mysterious Great Gorge].

Stay overnight in Kuche. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 13: Kuche-Korla
Today we go to the arduous [Tiemenguan Pass]- one of the most important passes on the Silk Road and acquired the name 'Iron Gate' for it is solid and firm just like an iron gate. It was rebuilt in 1989 according to the ancient descriptions. Consisting of collective efforts of architects, sculptors and artists, the gate shows an example of excellent architecture which attracts thousands of tourists every year. And then we go to the [Lotus Lake], the charming lake with serene water welcomes you and free your emotion.

Stay overnight in Korla.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 14: Korla-Urumqi
We go back to the capital city of Urumqi by driving through the breath-taking gorges in the Heavenly Mountain. Enjoy the fantastic views along the way.

Stay overnight in Urumqi. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 15: Urumqi-Xi'an
This morning we visit the [Heavenly Lake] before heading to the airport to catch our evening flight to Xi'an. Heavenly Lake, a relic of the Quaternary Period Glacier and its surrounding geological relics, offers science lovers exploring opportunities. The water is very clear and the banks are covered with tall trees. Surrounded by mountains, the jade-green lake is an ideal place for excursions and rest for most of the year. It provides an excellent skating ground in winter. In summer, the beautiful lake is an ideal cool resort. Boaters on the lake see the ever-changing silvery mountains soaring into the blue sky, their slopes highlighted with verdant pasture and flamboyant wild flowers. Fishing at dusk has its own special charm. Take a flight to Xi'an. Upon your arrival in Xi'an, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Stay overnight in Xi'an. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 16: Xi'an
With a history of more than 3,000 years, Xi'an has abundant collection of archaeological relies to express its rich history. This morning we go to visit [Banpo Museum], where you can see lots of precious unearthed cultural relics and artworks, indicating the prehistoric civilization. Situated east of Xi'an city, the [Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum] is famous throughout the world for life-sized terra-cotta warriors and horses. The three pits of the terra-cotta warriors and horses excavated shows you how magnificent the structure of Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum was. Later this evening you may choose local special Dumpling Dinner and the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Stay overnight in Xi'an. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 17: Xi'an-Shanghai
Visit the [City Wall] and the [Provincial Museum], a striking Tang-Dynasty style pavilion, houses a large collection of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi. Also include is a visit to the [Big Wild Goose Pagoda]- one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xian today. Also we go and have a look at the [Silk Road Statues] outside one of the western city gates, and then take a pm flight to Shanghai.

Stay overnight in Shanghai. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 18: Shanghai
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and we go to visit the [Yuyuan Garden], where you find more delicate handicrafts and tasty Chinese snacks. Also include a visit to the [Jade Buddha Temple], an elegant structure famous for its Buddha statue which is carved of solid white jade and decorated by jewels. Lunch is arranged at a characteristic Shanghai restaurant. After lunch our guide takes you to the [Outer Bund], for a grand view of Shanghai and you may marvel at how modern this metropolis is while still containing its old traditions. Enjoy a walk on the [Nanjing Road], the most prosperous commercial street. You can find lots of world famous brands setting along the street and enjoy a good time in shopping.

Stay overnight in Shanghai. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 19: Shanghai-Departure
After breakfast, your tour we sponsored ends.

Meals: (B)


 

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First Class Tour $5590 $4016 $3643 $2976 $1330
Comfortable Tour $4865 $3657 $3288 $2703 $860
Standard Tour $4308 $3382 $2910 $2533 $680
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