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Follow the Footprints of Ancient Travelers on the Silk Road

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Start from Xian which was known as Changan, the ancient capital city of China as well as the starting point of ancient Silk Road, take a flight to visit Xinjiang (Urumqi, Kashgar and Turpan), then take a high speed train to explore the most legendary part of Silk Road - Dunhuang region. Best experience of frontier landscape and culture.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Wonderful time at Xian to visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Xian - Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, etc.
  • Explore Golden Triangle Destinations in Xinjiang Province - Urumqi, Kashgar and Turpan (Heaven Lake, Id Kah Mosque, Sunday Bazaar, Grape Valley...)
  • Marvel at the Pearl in the Gobi Desert - Dunhuang (Mogao Grottoes, Echoing Sand Mountains, Crescent Lake)

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Xian / Urumqi / Kashgar / Turpan / Dunhuang
Travel Length:
10 Days and 9 Nights
Tour Code:
CT-SRT-10
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~3 Arrival & Xian Tour

Make Xian as the arrival city, then visit the most popular attractins in Xian in one ful day plus a half day - world famous Terracotta Warriors, historical Ancient City Wal, Buddhist site Big Wild Goose Pagoda, educational place Shaanxi History Museum, then take flight to Urumqi

Day 4~8 Xinjiang Tour(Urumqi, Kashgar and Turpan) & Train to Dunhuang

Arrive at Urumqi and visit the beautiful Heaven Lake, then take a night flight to Kashgar to visit Abakh Khoja Tomb, Sunday Bazaar and Id Kah Mosque. Then take flight back to Urumqi from which you will drive to visit Turpan which is famous for Karez System, Flaming Mountain and Grape Valley. Last, take a high speed train to Dunhuang

Day 9~10 Dunhuang Tour & Departure

Spena a half day to visit the famous World Heritage Site Mogao Grottoes, then enjoy the beautiful desert landscape at Echoing Sand Mountains and Crescent Lake. Leave Dunhuang on day 10.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Xian Arrival

Welcome to Xian! Your tour guide will meet you at the Xian Xianyang Airport. Then be escorted to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is yours to explore the ancient heart of China on your own.

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Day 2 Xian ( B,L)

After breakfast, drive about 40km to discover one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world – Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built by the first emperor Qin Shihuang to protect his afterlife. Over 8, 000 life-size warriors, horses and chariots, buried in 3 pits more than 2000 years until uncovered by local farmer in 1974, forms an ancient military army with complete battle unites, such as infantry, cavalry, etc. Standing in front of these figures, one can’t help being amazed not only by the ambition of Qin Shihuang but also the fabulous artistic skills of ancient Chinese artisans.

After lunch, return back to Xian to take a wonderful stroll on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Enjoy panoramic views of modern Xian and walk leisurely on the well-maintained city wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide with a total circle of nearly 14 kilometers. It is followed by a relaxing wandering around bustling and lively Muslim Quarter, where you can taste the most delicious Xian food and various snacks, as well as experience local culture.

Optional activities: 1). Take a relaxing cycling on the Ancient City Wall; 2). Enjoy a wonderful Tang Palace Dance Show after a hearty dumpling dinner.

  • Terra Cotta Warriors Terracotta Warriors
  • Ancient City Wall Ancient City Wall
  • Muslim Snack Street Muslim Community

Day 3 Xian & Flight to Urumqi ( B,L )

After breakfast, head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation place in Tang Dynasty. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the most famous building in the temple. With a height of 64.5 meters, the pagoda was built by the famous Buddhist master Xuanzang to reserve classic scriptures he bought from India in early Tang Dynasty. (Xuanzang, the prototype character of Tang Seng in the novel of Journey to the West). (Note: It charges extra 30 RMB to climb up the Big Wild Goose Pagoda)

The rest of today is free for you until get escorted to catch flight to Urumqi (about 3.5hrs), the capital city of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by local tour guide, and transfer to your hotel in downtown.

  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Xian Shaanxi History Museum To Explore the Spectacular Heritages of Ancient China

Day 4 Urumqi & Flight to Kashgar ( B, L )

After breakfast, drive to visit the beautiful Heaven Lake. It is located on the Heaven Mountain. In ancient fairytale, it was the fairyland where the Heavenly Queen lived. It is the best summer resort in Xinjiang. Cruising on a boat, enjoying the breathtaking picturesque views of inverted reflection of snow mountains, flourishing plants and blooming flowers around the lake.

Drive back to Urumqi and take a flight to Kashgar. Your tour guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel in Kashgar.

  • Heaven lake Heaven lake

Day 5 Kashgar ( B,L )

Today is full of interesting activities. Firstly, you will visit the Abakh Khoja Tomb which used to be the family graveyard of the powerful ruler of Kashgar, Abakh Khoja, in 17th century. Following activity is to visit the Old Town of Kashgar City where you will experience the authentic uygur life style.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Id Kah Mosque which is the holy land for the Muslims. Every day, there are thousands of Muslims worshipping here. In the history, Id Kah Mosque used to be a school where taught Islam culture. Many scholars and honored clergies graduated from here.

  • Id Kah Mosque Id Kah Mosque
  • Abakh Khoja Tomb Abakh Khoja Tomb

Day 6 Kashgar & Flight to Urumqi ( B,L )

After breakfast, go to visit the famous Kashgar Bazaar. Bazaar, in Uygur, means large market. As one of the most importance cities along the Silk Road, Kashgar has always been a very important trading center. Wander around the busy Sunday Bazaar where you can buy anything from herbal medicines to carpets, from a cradle to a camel.

Afterwards, take a flight to Urumqi.

  • Sunday Bazaar Sunday Bazaar

Day 7 Urumqi – Turpan ( B,L )

This morning we drive to the “fire land” – Turpan(3hrs), famous for its melons and vineyards.

The first attraction for today is the brilliant project - Karez System which is special kind of irrigation system consisting of vertical wells, underground canals, ground canals and waterlogging pond. The  vertically dug wells are linked together to channel the water which occur during summer rain season, or melt from snow mountains of Tianshan range to desired farmlands on the ground. After the Karez visiting, tranfer to tour anther famous relic - the Jiaohe Ancient City which used to be the capital city of the former Cheshi State. It is renowned as the "perfect ruin of earth building" because it has been well preserved for almost two thousand years. Last activity for today is to visit the Emin Minaret. It is a elegant and innovative Islamic pagodaby built by the duke Emin Hezhuo to express his devotion to the lord Allah.  Emin Minaret looks like a awl which is 44 meter high. Nearby, there is an ornate mosque.

  • Jiaohe Ancient City Jiaohe Ancient City
  • Turpan Karez System Turpan Karez System

Day 8 Turpan - Dunhuang ( B,L )

After breakfast, go to visit the Flaming Mountains. Stretching about 100km, Flaming Mountain is covered by red sandstones which look like flaming fire. Want to get rid of the heat of Flaming Mountains? Transfer to enjoy the pleasant cool of the Grape Valley where you can also taste delicious grapes and other fruits.

After the visit, go to have lunch and then take a high speed train to Liuyuan. After about three and a half hours' train journey, you will arrive at Liuyuan. Be picked up by your tour guide, and then transfer to your hotel in Dunhuang City. 

  • Turpan Flaming Mountain Turpan Flaming Mountain
  • Turpan Grape Valley Turpan Grape Valley

Day 9 Dunghuang ( B,L )

After breakfast, drive about 10km from the Dunhuang city to visit the newly opened Mogao Grottoes Digital Exhibition Center before go to Mogao Grottoes. You will watch two well-produced educational documentary movies that introduce the history, arts, and other facts about Mogao Grottoes. After the movies, take the interzonal bus to Mogao Grottoes. Mogao Grottoes is famed as the “Louvre of East”, which is outstanding for its exquisite mural paintings and statues. There are now 492 grottoes in which about 45000 square meters mural paintings and 2100 colorfully painted statues from which you can trace the development of Chinese art over 1600 years from one dynasty to the next because each dynasty built own caves to record its own features.

Tips:

1. During peak seasons (May to October), there are usually a lot of visitors to Mogao Caves, so it is recommended to make a reservation in advance for at least 7 days. 2. If you want to see the Special Caves (excluded in the regular visit, and only open for limmited individual visitors or small groups with reservations), you can contact our travel consultants or your tour guide to arrange for you, but you have to pay the seperate admission fee for each cave. 3. It is not allowed to take photos inside grottoes.

The following attraction is the Echoing Sand Mountains. It is said, in the sunny days, the sand mountains echo like Orchestra music even if there is no wind. If you slide from the sand mountains, you can hear the echoing sound clearly. Your last things to do for today is the Crescent Lake. Surrounded by the Echoing Sand Mountains, Crescent Lake is a beautiful oasis with some well decorated traditional Chinese architecture, some trees and flowers and a lake that has never dried up and shapes like a crescent moon.

Tips:

1. In the summer time, travelers can stay up to late night around 24:00 to enjoy the cool time and beautiful sky of stars; 2. get fully prepared for the strong sunlight and high temperatures in the daytime.

  • Mogao Caves Mogao Caves
  • Echoing Sand Mountains Echoing Sand Mountains

Day 10 Dunhuang Departure ( B )

Today is free for you to have fun until your tour guide see you off at airport or train station.

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