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12 Days Silk Road Tour from Beijing

Beijing / Xian / Dunhuang / Turpan / Urumqi

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  • Mogao Caves
  • Summer Palace in Beijing
  • Heaven lake
  • Mogao Caves
  • Heaven lake
  • Summer Palace in Beijing
Tour Code:
CT-XT-12
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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  2. Just you or your group;
  3. 1-to-1 travel consultant within 0.5~23.5 hrs;
  4. Flexible departure & itinerary;
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  6. Customizable to your needs & interests;
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Overview:
Most classic itinerary to follow the ancient steps of Silk Road. During this tour, you will explore most of the highlights of Silk Road
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Highlights

Visit:
Forbidden City
Temple of Heaven
Great Wall
Terracotta Warriors
Ancient City Wall
Tianchi lake
 
Xinjiang Regional Museum
Erdaoqiao Bazaar
Jiaohe Ancient City
Bezeklik Caves
Mogao Grottoes
Experience:
Tracing back to the Silk Road of thousands years ago;
Be amazed by the Muslim Culture in Xijiang
Visit two most important China ancient capital cities - Xian and Beijing

Sampling Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

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Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China, rich in history and culture.

Your lifetime China tour begins with welcome from your local guide at the Beijing airport. Then be escorted to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is yours to acclimatize or explore the vast metropolis on your own.

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Day 2 Beijing ( B,L )

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Today's tour begins to visit the Tiananmen Square, the world's largest plaza. Walking through Tiananmen Gate, you'll enter the splendid Forbidden City, China's No.1 palace complex adorned with imperial treasures.

In the afternoon, you'll marvel at the Temple of Heaven where the emperors worshipped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest.

After the tour, back to your hotel.

Tiananmen Square Family
Day 3 Beijing ( B, L )

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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 and climb up its rising towers to enjoy scenic views of the wall as it wriggles along mountain ridges and you take brag-worthy photos. After the exciting time, descend 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.

Sacred Way Visit Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing & High Speed Train to Xian ( B, L )

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Today after breakfast, you’ll visit the fabulous Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China, the next ‘must see’ site after the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

Your Beijing tour is now about to end. Your tour guide will see you off at the Beijing West Railway Station for a high speed train trip to Xian (about 5 hours). You will be picked up by your tour guide at Xian North Railway Station and escorted to your hotel in Xian. The rest of the day is on your own to explore this ancient capital of China.

Summer Palace in Beijing
Day 5 Xian ( B,L )

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In the early morning, your tour guide will pick you up in your hotel. Today your first stop is the Terracotta Warriors which is famed as “the 8th wonder of the world”. You will explore this amazing museum for about 3 hours. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Ancient City Wall which is the largest and best-kept city walls on earth. Strolling and cycling on the Walls is quite an enjoyable experience. Next things to do for today is to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the old-line Xian, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.

In the evening, firstly you will have a traditional dumpling banquet, and then attend the famous Tang Dynasty Show in the Shanxi Grand Opera House.

Terracotta Warriors in Xian
Day 6 Xian & Flight to Dunhuang ( B,L )

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After breakfast, you will tour the Shaanxi History Museum-a large modern museum of the national level.

Then your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Dunhuang. Upon arrival, your tour guide will meet you at the Dunhuang Airport and escort you to hotel in a private vehicle.

Important Notice: Currently Dunhuang Airport is under reconstruction, which may affect the flights from Xian to Dunhuang during March to May. If you fail to book the flight tickets, you can firstly get to Lanzhou, then take s flight or train to Dunhuang. You can also contact us to keep up with latest news.

Xian Shaanxi History Museum
Day 7 Dunhuang - Turpan ( B,L )

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After breakfast, start your full day Duhuang culture and sightseeing trip.

Firstly, drive from the Dunhuang city to visit the Mogao Grottoes. It 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 have been preserved very well. 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 limited 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 extra 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 sand mountains from four directions, the 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.

After dinner, take the evening train to Turpan.

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
Day 8 Turpan (B,L)

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Welcome to Turpan. Your tour guide will pick you up from train station, then escort you to your hotel.

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
Day 9 Turpan - Urumqi ( B,L )

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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.

In the afternoon, you will explore the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Its highlight is about 40 large wall paintings covering more than 1,200 square meters which have different themes, such as the Gaochang Kingdom, Buddhism, etc.

Lastly, drive about 3 hours to Urumqi for accommodation.

Bezeklik Caves
Day 10 Urumqi ( B,L )

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After breakfast, your tour start with a visit to the Red Hill which is regarded as the symbol of Urumqi. The whole mountain is formed by aubergine rock. Followed by a visit to the Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar which is the largest bazaar in the world. You can buy some souvenirs and specialties here.

In the afternoon, visi the Xinjiang Regional Museum which is an integrated museum, located in the Urumqi City. It is a beautiful builing decorated by Uygur style, and has more than 5,000 arts and history relics. It features in three exhibition hall: Ethnic Exhibition, History Reclics Exhibition and Mummy Exhibition.

Xinjiang Regional Museum
Day 11 Urumqi - Tianchi Lake ( B,L )

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After breakfast, drive to visit the beautiful Tianchi Lake. It is located on the Tianshan Mountains. 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.

Heaven lake
Day 12 Urumqi Departure ( B )

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Today is free for you to explore Urumqi by yourself until your tour guide escort you to airport for your flight.

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Read what other travelers think about this China trip. We only accept reviews from actual, confirmed travelers who purchased the tour / activity from us, so you can be sure the reviews are unbiased and authentic.

Hello Tiffany,

Thank you for your follow up email. I have returned to the US and it has been a good trip in Chengdu!  We enjoyed every part of the tour, and our tour guide was very helpful. We will definitely recommend to our friends if they are making their own travel arrangements. 

Thank you,

Xue‚ USA, June 1, 2019

Hello Rita,

It took some time to answer, because i had a problem with my computer.

I much enjoyed the time in Zhangjiajie, the park was amazing, tiamen mountain, glassbridge…

Although for me it was a bit short, because of the problems with the flights.

And i know this is not your fault, but because of that i found the tour quiet expensive after everything.

The hotel in the city i stayed in was not ok. Poor hygiene, and the breakfast was horrible, so i don’t know what they charge,

but this is definitely not how it should be for a 3.5 star hotel.

For the rest Wendy was a very good guide, nice transport and good service.

Just a pity i also had some trouble getting home, therefore i ended the trip a bit with negative thoughts about China.

But this has nothing to do with China discovery.

I will recommend your services to other people, but please make a complaint to the hotel,

My standerds are less than other foreigners, so if in the future , you put people there to sleep, you will have more complaints,

i’m sure.

My photos are not yet on my computer, so sorry for that, but Wendy also took some, so maybe she can give you.

Best regards,

Marleen Neyens‚  Belgium, May 31, 2019

Hi Riley,

Not home till end of May so will then. Had a great time and will do reviews when we get home. 

Merilyne‚ USA, May 31, 2019
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Tiananmen Square Family
Tiananmen Square Family

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Sacred Way
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Visit Mutianyu Great Wall
Visit Mutianyu Great Wall in Early Autumn

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Summer Palace in Beijing
Summer Palace

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Terracotta Warriors in Xian
World Famous Terracotta Warriors in Ancient Capital Xian

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Xian Shaanxi History Museum
To Explore the Spectacular Heritages of Ancient China

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Mogao Caves
Mogao Caves

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Jiaohe Ancient City
Jiaohe Ancient City

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Bezeklik Caves
Bezeklik Caves

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Xinjiang Regional Museum
Xinjiang Regional Museum

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Heaven lake
Heaven lake

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