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15 Days Classic Ancient China Silk Road Tour with Bullet Train Experience

Kashgar - Tupran - Dunhuang - Jiayuguan - Zhangye - Xian - Beijing

The Silk Road was one of the most important arteries of trade and culture in world history that connected the East and West. China’s silk, tea and porcelain were brought to Middle Asia and Europe by the caravans and traders. In exchange, China got glasses, horse, fruits, jades, etc. from Middle Asia and Europe. The Silk Road also played a significant role in the cultural exchange between the East and West. The part of the Silk Road in China stretches more than 4,000km on the gigantic regions of northwester China, an almost dizzying agglomeration of desert, grassland, raging river and colossal mountains, connecting Xian, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, etc. Unlike the ancient travelers who walked and rode camels to traversing the Silk Road, you from the modern civilization will explore the legendary route in a stylish and relaxing way – mainly taking high speed bullet trains, and also using flights and vehicle, to make your trip more enjoyable. You will get to Kashgar freely from Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan or other regions first, then travel to Gansu Province via Urumqi and Turpan. In Gansu, you will visit the “Louvre of East” - Mogao Grottoes, historical Jiayuguan Pass and enjoy the “Rainbow Mountains” in Zhangye Danxia Landform Park. Then travel to the ancient capital city Xian, and finish your trip in Beijing which has 7 World Heritage Sites, including Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, etc. There are so many interesting things to see and experience!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-SRHTT-15
  • Price : Request
  • Trip Length : 15D/14N
  • Theme : Culture / Landscape

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Follow the footprints of Marco Polo and explore the most important cities and towns along the ancient China Silk Road, such as Xian, Dunhuang, etc.
  • Enjoy awesome view of Karakul Lake and majestic MT. Muztagh, harsh landscape of Pamir Plateau, also join the exotic Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar.
  • Explore the ancient Jiaohe Ancient City and brilliant Karez Underground Irrigation System in Turpan, then take a scenic high speed train journey to Dunhuang.
  • Peruse the astonishing Mogao Grottoes, enjoy the vast dunes of the Echoing Sand Mountains and visit the never-dry-up Crescent Lake in Dunhuang.
  • Stand on the fort of Jiayuguan where is the starting point of the Great Wall, then go to take photos of the rainbow mountains - the Danxia Landform in Zhangye.
  • Discover the glorious ancient China's history and culture in Xian and Beijing, two greatest ancient capital cities of China.
15 Days Classic Ancient China Silk Road Tour with Bullet Train Experience
  • Day 1 ~ 6 Kashgar Arrival & Xinjiang Tour
    Start your trip at Kashgar, spend two days visiting the most interesting attractions in and nearby Kashgar, including Id Kah Mosque, Karakul Lake, Bazaar, etc., then go to Turpan, the veritable oasis in the desert. The highlights of Turpan include Karez System, Jiaohe Ancient City, Grape Valley, etc. Lastly, take a high speed train to Dunhuang.
  • Day 7 ~ 10 Gansu Province Tour
    Spend one day to explore World Heritage Site - Mogao Grottoes and enjoy Gobi and desert sceneries at Echoing Sand Mountains, then drive from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan for another day. In Jiayuguan, you will spend a morning to see the Jiayuguan Fort, then drive to Zhangye where you will spend night and day. Best highlight is the Danxia Landform Park.
  • Day 11 ~ 15 Visit Xian, Beijing & Departure
    Spend one and a half days in Xian to visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, then take a high speed train to Beijing where you will have a two and a half days tour to sightsee the world famous Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square, also hike the Great Wall. Return home from Beijing.
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Day 1 Kashgar Arrival

Airport or border ports pickup, then transfer to hotel.

Welcome to Kashgar (喀什), a legendary city on the ancient Silk Road which use to be the epicentre of regional trade and cultural exchange for more than two millennia. It lies in the extreme west of China and the Southwest extreme of Xinjiang. Currently you can get to Kashgar easily by air, train and bus from Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. There are even daily flights to Urumqi and also international airline services to Islamabad, Osh and Andijan from this airport. You can also travel by land to Kashgar from Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

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Day 2 Kashgar City Tour ( B, L )

Today's highlights: Abakh Khoja Tomb, Id Kah Mosque, Old Town

After breakfast, you will visit the Abakh Khoja Tomb first. It is a typical Islamic architectural complex, as well as a famous tombs group of a large Islamic family of five generations. It was known as Abakh Hoja Tomb because a local Islam master whose name was Abakh Hoja buried here. He had strengthened the spread of Islam in Kashgar area, which later earned a great reputation for him and his family.

Nextly, you will visit the Id Kah Mosque which is regarded as the holy shrine for the Muslims. Every day, there are thousands of Muslims worshipping here. In the history, Id Kah Mosque used to be a school where Islam culture and history was taught. Many scholars and honored clergies graduated from here. Only several minutes' walking from the mosque is the famous Handicrafts Street where you can walk leisurely or buy some interesting souvenirs for your families and friends.

Following activity is to visit the Old Town of Kashgar City where you will experience the authentic Uyghur living style. You will also take a break and enjoy a cup of local tea at the ancient tea house which is more than 100 years old. The locals also like to spend some leisure time in the tea house with friends and families - drinking, chatting and playing music sometimes.

Accommodate at Kashgar city.

  • Id Kah Mosque Id Kah Mosque
  • Abakh Khoja Tomb Abakh Khoja Tomb
  • Kashgar Old Town Kashgar Old Town

Day 3 Kashgar - Karakul Lake (B, L)

Today's highlights: Sunday Bazaar

After breakfast, drive about 190km to visit the famous Karakul Lake. It seats at the foot of the Muztagh Ata (7546m), and along the China Pakistan Highway.  At an altitude of 3600m, Karakul Lake is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau. It also features in the amazing combination of lake and snow mountain views. At its surrounding, there are three giant mountains - Muztagh Ata (7546m), Kongur Tagh (7649m) and Kongur Tiube (7530m) which remain snow-covered throughout the year.  

Drive back to Kashgar City.

  • Reflection of Snow Mountain on Karakul Lake Tranquil Karakul Lake in October
  • Tranquil Karakul Lake in October Tranquil Karakul Lake in October

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

Today's highlights: Sunday Bazaar

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 Bazaar has always been a very important trading center where you can buy anything from herbal medicines to carpets, from a cradle to a camel.

If you are happened to visit Kashgar on a Sunday, don't miss the opportunity to experience the Livestock Market, which takes place once a week on Sunday. By lunchtime, numerous sheep, camel, horse, cow and donkey will be driven by the Uyghur farmers and herders, and squeeze through the gates of the bazaars for trade. It’s dusty, smelly and crowded, but most people find it very exotic.  

Afterwards, take a flight to Urumqi. Uppon arrival at Urumqi, it's free for you to relax.

  • Sunday Bazaar Sunday Bazaar

Day 5 Urumqi - Turpan ( B,L )

Today's highlights: Karez Underground Irrigation System, Jiaohe Ancient City, Grape Valley

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. Lastly, transfer to enjoy the pleasant cool of the Grape Valley where you can also taste some delicious grapes and other fruits.

  • Jiaohe Ancient City Jiaohe Ancient City
  • Turpan Grape Valley Turpan Grape Valley
  • Turpan Karez System Turpan Karez System

Day 6 Turpan - Dunhuang ( B,L )

Highlights: Bezeklik Buddhist Caves, Flaming Mountains

After breakfast, go to visit the Bezeklik Caves, is a complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to 14th century between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan (Loulan). It is situated on a cliff at the foot of Flaming Mountains, 45km away from Turpan city. There used to be 83 grottoes, and now 57 grottoes have survived. Its highlight is about 40 large wall paintings covering more than 1,200 square meters which have different themes. Among all grottoes, the No. 17 and 18 are the oldest ones built during later Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-589). The No.20 painted portrait of King and Queen of Gaochang Kingdom. The No.33 grotto painted the lord Buddha and his disciples. The No. 38 displays the living scene of the ancient Manichean... The following attraction is the Flaming Mountains. Stretching about 100km, Flaming Mountain is covered by red sandstones which look like flaming fire.

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
  • Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

Day 7 Dunghuang ( B,L )

Today's highlights: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing Sand Mountains, Crescent Lake

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. There are about 40 common caves opened to the public. In the tourist area, you will be divided into groups by different tour guides who will accompany you to visit 7-8 caves among them with great introduction. After that, if you want to visit more other caves, you can do it by yourselves or follow other tour guides. Besides, there are 10 special caves (with extra fees) available for your extensional visiting.

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.

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

Day 8 Dunhuang - Jiayuguan

Today's highlight: Yulin Grottoes

Today you will driveiayuguan about 5 hours to Jiayuguan from Dunhuang in the early morning. On route, visit the Yulin Grottoes. The forty-two caves house some 250 polychrome statues and 4,200 square meters of wall paintings, dating from the Tang Dynasty to the Yuan Dynasty (seventh to fourteenth centuries).

After arrival at Jiayuguan city, relax on your own for the rest of today.

  • Yulin Grottoes Yulin Grottoes

Day 9 Jiayuguan - Jiayuguan Fort ( B,L )

Tday's highlight: Jiayuguan Fort, Giant Buddha Temple

After breakfast, visit the Jiayuguan Fort. Wander on the ancient city wall, and feel the heartbeats of the “first pass under heaven”. Then stroll to visit the Great Wall Museum where you will learn about history of Jiayuguan and the Great Wall.

In the afternoon, drive to Zhangye. After arriving at Zhangye, go to visit the Giant Buddha Temple which is famous for having the largest indoor sleeping Buddha in Asia. This temple was built in Xixia Dynasty(1098), and keeps many precious Buddhist scriptures and wall paitings. The Buddha statue was carved by woods with a length of 34.5 meters. His ears are as big as the space which 4 adults can sit side by side. The statue tells the story of Buddha’s Nirvana. The whole Dafo Temple is a large complex with regal arrangements. The Sleeping Buddha is the centrally seated, symmetric buildings situate along the sides.

Accommodate in Zhangye city.

  • Jiayuguan Fort Jiayuguan Fort
  • Great Wall Museum Great Wall Museum

Day 10 Zhangye Danxia Geopark - Flight to Xian ( B, L )

Today's highlight: Zhangye Danxia Landform

Today you will drive about 1 hour to Zhangye to take photography of the famous Danxia Geopark(Danxia Landform). Danxia landform is a spectacular petrographic geomorphology landscape which is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates. The one in Zhangye was formed in the pre-Jurassic Age. Thousands of mountains and stiffs stretch like the colorful sunset glow. The barren mountains are covered by a red grit rock stratum. At the same time, some surfaces of mountains appear other colors, such as white, yellow, etc, and form many irregular lines and blocks looking like some abstract oil paintings. There are four viewing decks for you to watch and shoot. You will visit one by one, and will be transferred by interzonal buses from one deck to another.

Tips: 1) Pack with sun creams, sun glasses, protective clothing and hat to protect from strong sunlight in summer; 2) sunset are the best hours for taking photos which happen around 19:00~20:00 in summer and 18:00~19:00 in winter.

After the photography, drive back to Zhangye city to catch your flight to Xian. Upon arriving at Xian Xianyang International Airport, you will be welcomed by local tour guide, then transferred to check in your hotel.

  • Zhangye Danxia Landform Views After Rain Zhangye Danxia Landform Views After Rain
  • Zhangye Danxia Landform Photography Zhangye Danxia Landform Photography
  • Zhangye Danxia Geopark - the Rainbow Mountains Zhangye Danxia Geopark - the Rainbow Mountains

Day 11 Xian (B, L)

Tday's highlight: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter

After breakfast, drive about 40km to discover one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world - the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife. Over 8,000 life-size warriors, horses and chariots, buried in 3 pits for more than 2,000 years until uncovered by a local farmer in 1974, form an ancient military army with complete battle units of infantry, cavalry, etc. Standing in front of these figures, one can’t help being amazed not only by the ambition of Emperor Qin Shihuang but also by 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. This visit is followed by a relaxing wander around bustling and lively Muslim Quarter, a place where you can try different local snacks and explore Muslim culture.

Optional activities: 1). Take a relaxing cycling on the Ancient City Wall; 2). Enjoy a wonderful Tang Palace Dance Show (usually from 8pm to 9pm) after a hearty dumpling dinner at a local restaurant.

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

Day 12 Xian & High Speed Train to Beijing (B, L)

Tday's highlight: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum

After breakfast, head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation site during the Tang Dynasty. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the most famous building in the temple. The pagoda, rising to a height of 64.5 meters, was built by the famous Buddhist master Xuanzang to preserve classic scriptures he bought back from India during the early Tang Dynasty. Xuanzang was the prototype character for Tang Seng in the famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. (Note: It costs an extra 30 RMB if you want to climb up the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.)

Next is an educational visit to the Shaanxi History Museum where you can ramble in the modern exhibition halls to appreciate historic relics such as porcelains, paintings, and currencies dating from the Zhou to the Tang dynastic periods (1100BC to 907 AD). (Note: Shaanxi History Museum may be replaced with other activity or attraction because of crowding tourists during July ~ early September and China’s National Day during Oct.1-Oct.7. You may check details with your travel consultant.)

The rest of today is free for you until get escorted to catch a high speed train to Beijing (about 5hrs), the iconic city and capital of China! You will be met by local tour guide at the Beijing West Railway Station and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax.

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

Day 13 Beijing (B, L)

Tday's highlight: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace

After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square, now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern side of the square was the site where Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces - the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Pass through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire the beautiful and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.

After lunch, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors while feasting your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colorful paintings in the Long Corridor.

Optional activities: 1) You can watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in the Red Theater (Hong Ju Chang) which usually starts at 19:30; 2) Enjoy the classic Chinese art performance of Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theater between 19:30-21:00.

  • Tiananmen Square Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace in Beijing Summer Palace

Day 14 Beijing (B, L)

Tday's highlight: Mutianyu Great Wall, Sacred Way, Bird’s Nest and Water Cube

After breakfast, drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall. Visit the Mutianyu, a less crowded yet well-preserved segment of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. It will more than live up to all of your expectations! You’ll take a cable car to ascend the Great Wall, then hike the most beautiful and interesting part of Mutianyu. It's a wonderful experience to climb up its rising towers to enjoy scenic views and take brag-worthy photos of the wall wriggling along mountain ridges. After the exciting time, descend Mutianyu Great Wall by cable car. (Note: If energy permits, you can hike up or down which takes about 40 minutes to climb steps. Please tell your likes to your travel consultant.)

Continue your trip to Sacred Way, a 7-kilometer-long passage leading to the Imperial Tombs of 13 Emperors of Ming Dynasty. The Emperor, known as the Son of the Heaven, who came from Heaven to his country through the Sacred Way, also would return to Heaven through this road. Take a walk through the largest archway in China and Great Palace Gate and you’ll see the magnificent stone guard of 12 sets of mythical animals and 12 officials. Then drive back to Beijing city and take a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to view its famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the outside.

Optional activity: After the whole day’s tour, treat yourself a great dinner to taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude.

  • Mutianyu great wall The Magnificent Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Sacred Way Sacred Way: the road leading to Ming Tombs
  • Bird's Nest Bird's Nest

Day 15 Beijing & Beijing Departure (B)

Today's highlights: Temple of Heaven, Beijing Hutongs

After breakfast, drive to the imperial site of the Temple of Heaven. Originally a site used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for good harvests, it is now a bustling place where locals take part in traditional activities such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, and others.

Then get back to the central city to hop on a rickshaw to experience the Beijing Hutongs - small alleys made by neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to get a feel of the old Beijing life style, visit various antique shops and small boutiques, and truly feel the historical changes of Beijing, also pay a visit to a local family's home in the traditional Hutongs.

After the tour, your Beijing tour is about to end. Your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to next destination or home.

  • Temple of Heaven Tour Temple of Heaven
  • Hutong Family Hutong

The quotation for this trip is from Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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  • Id Kah Mosque Id Kah Mosque
  • Abakh Khoja Tomb Abakh Khoja Tomb
  • Kashgar Old Town Kashgar Old Town
  • Reflection of Snow Mountain on Karakul Lake Reflection of Snow Mountain on Karakul Lake
  • Tranquil Karakul Lake in October Tranquil Karakul Lake in October
  • Sunday Bazaar Sunday Bazaar
  • Jiaohe Ancient City Jiaohe Ancient City
  • Turpan Grape Valley Turpan Grape Valley
  • Turpan Karez System Turpan Karez System
  • Turpan Flaming Mountain Turpan Flaming Mountain
  • Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
  • Echoing Sand Mountains Echoing Sand Mountains
  • Mogao Grottoes Mogao Grottoes
  • Mogao Caves Mogao Caves
  • Yulin Grottoes Yulin Grottoes
  • Jiayuguan Fort Jiayuguan Fort
  • Great Wall Museum Great Wall Museum
  • Zhangye Danxia Landform Views After Rain Zhangye Danxia Landform Views After Rain
  • Zhangye Danxia Landform Photography Zhangye Danxia Landform Photography
  • Zhangye Danxia Geopark - the Rainbow Mountains Zhangye Danxia Geopark - the Rainbow Mountains
  • Terra Cotta Warriors Terra Cotta Warriors
  • Ancient City Wall Ancient City Wall
  • Muslim Snack Street Muslim Snack Street
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Xian Shaanxi History Museum Xian Shaanxi History Museum
  • Tiananmen Square Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace in Beijing Summer Palace in Beijing
  • Mutianyu great wall Mutianyu great wall
  • Sacred Way Sacred Way
  • Bird's Nest Bird's Nest
  • Temple of Heaven Tour Temple of Heaven Tour
  • Hutong Family Hutong Family

Most Important Trip Notes

Below are some important things to know regarding of train travel tips, traveling documents, hotels and food, weather, booking guide. Traveling with China Discovery, you only need to focus on enjoying your holiday time. We will take care of all the details. Our travel consultants are always ready to help you if have any questions about the trip.

1. How to travel by high speed trains in China?
Understanding China Train Designations
China trains are divided into two kinds: High Speed Trains and Normal Trains with different speeds, facilities and names. There are three kinds of High Speed Trains in China, differed by the letters G/D/C plus several digits. Generally speaking, G trains are faster and with better amenities. Normal trians are not recommended.
Facilities and Services in China’s High Speed Trains
All China high speed trains are fully air-conditioned and non-smoking. Western toliets are provided. There are also luggage racks, dining car, power plugs, water-dispenser and some other user-friendly facilities equipped on the train.
Which Class of Seat to Take
Second Class Seats, First Class Seats, Business Class Seats are three common seats you can find on most China high speed trains. First Class Seats are strongly recommended. They are larger and less-crowded.
How to Book China Train Tickets
Currently, you can only book China train tickets 30 days in advance. You can book on China Railway’s official website or some online travel agencies, or go to purchase tickets at any of China’s railway station. Passport is always required no matter you book online or at railway stations. If you book ticket online, you can collect ticket at the ticket counters in any railway station in China any time.
Security Check & Luggage Check
After arriving at railway station, firstly get your ticket and passport prepared and represent to the staff, and then pass Security Check & Luggage Check, and find the right boarding gate. It's easy and simple.
How to Handle Your Luggage
Travelling with luggages on China train is not a problem. If you take high speed trains, it will be easier to handle your luggage because there are plenty of spaces to place your luggage, and there are also many ways to deliver your luggages.
Related Tips about this tour
When is the best time to take this trip?
Xinjiang and Gansu regions are located in northwestern China where are relatively drier and hotter than southern and eastern China. You are suggested to visit during spring (April to May), summer (June to August) and autumn (September to November) when it's neither too hot nor too cold. The sun lights are usually very strong in Xinjiang and Gansu. Please daub sun cream and wear sun glasses and hat to protect yourself. Autumn is the most beautiful period of time in the whole year. In winter (December to February), there are usually strong snows in Xinjiang, and it's also very windy and cold in Gansu. While, Xian and Beijing are suitable for travelling all year around.
Vehicle and Road Condition
In this tour, the driving hour is usually less 2 hours each day. But on Day 3, you have to drive for about 6~7 hours for a round trip to Karakul Lake, and on Day 8, you will have to drive about 5 hours to Jiayuguan fom Dunhuang. Most of the roads are in good condition. There may be traffic jams in rush hours and holidays. We usually choose the suitable time to start your trip to avoid large traffic. Our drivers are licensed drivers with many years’ driving experience. All our vehicles are air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained.
Hotels and Dining
The choices for accommodation are flexible in this tour. The standards of hotels range from local 3-star to some international 5-star but amenities and services may differ in different cities. Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan and Zhangye are smaller destinations where the hotels are not as good as those in Xian and Beijing. All the hotels we choose are usually based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Air conditioning and Wi-Fi are usually available. Chinese food is mainly provided in this trip. In Shanghai, Hangzhou and Xiamen, western food can be arranged if you want.
Payment and Booking Guide
1. What kind of payment method do you accept?
PayPal, Wire Transfer/Bank Transfer, Western Union are acceptable before your arrival, and after your arrival, CASH is required.
2. How soon before our trip do you need payment?
Early booking is always better than being rushed, and we would suggest booking to be 2-3 month earlier than your arrival so as to guarantee the booking items. If you are interested in any of our tours, you can pay a deposit first and balance to be paid 30 days prior to your arrival. You can also choose to pay the full amount so as to avoid small loss caused by currency exchange rate fluctuation.
3. When should we pay the deposit and the balance?
Certain deposit will be paid if you decide to book, and balance is required to be paid 30 days prior to your arrival. If booking is less than 30 days, full payment is required.

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