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Customize China Silk Road Tours

Customize China Silk Road Tours - Design Your Own Pace and Style

Have not decided on your Silk Road trip itinerary after checking our large Silk Road tour collections? For first-time travelers, it’s really not easy to work out an ideal schedule on your own, since the ancient Silk Road stretches more than thousands of kilometers from Xian to northwest China, and there are many cultural and natural highlights along the route. How to choose the best highlights combining with your personal interests and current situation? Which one is most worthy of a visit among the same type? The answer varies from traveler to traveler. However, it can be found easily with the help of our professional and experienced travel consultants.

There are only a few steps you need to follow to create a suitable Silk Road trip. First, tell us your city of arrival in China. So, we can check the most convenient transportation and offer the best idea of where to start your Silk Road travel. Second, pick out your favourite and most interested destinations on the Silk Road. Therefore, we can get your thoughts and begin to work out the best schedule. Third, choose other destinations in China. You may like to extend your China holiday. All your requirements and ideas will be sent and answered quickly. We have one-to-one consultation service that one of our travel experts will discuss with you and provide the most useful travel information and advice for you. Start to design your own China Silk Road adventure now!

Step 1: Choose Your Arrival City in China

In China, there are many cities having international airports and flights. Considering the number of international flights, tourism resources and transportation to other parts of China, the most frequently used air gateway cities are Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Chengdu. For travelers wishing to make a trip to the Silk Road and other Chinese destinations, it’s important to decide your arrival city. Meanwhile, if you arrive in other cities in China, just input the name of the city below.

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Step 2: Choose Tourist Destinations on the Silk Road Map

We have marked out the most popular destinations which offer the best culture and landscape on the Silk Road. Each place can be connected with another by convenient transport. Don't have to worry about accommodation and dining.

Dunhuang

Dunhuang

The ancient grottoes, exquisite mural paintings and statues of Buddha make Dunhuang the Oriental Buddha Park. Besides, the magnificent desert and Gobi views attract millions of people to visit every year.

Recommended duration: 2~3 days
Type: Historical & Gobi Views
Highlights: Mogao Grottoes,Crescent Lake,Ruin of Great Wall

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Taklimakan Desert

Taklimakan Desert

For Xinjiang, Taklimakan Desert is not a vast wilk barren deert, but the birthplaces of Xinjiang civilizations. In the ancient time, many great nations civilized here, and welcomed the traveling caravans.

Recommended duration: 2~3 days
Type: Desert highway driving
Highlights: Desert highway, Family silk shop, Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves

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Luoyang

Luoyang

Luoyang, one of the great ancient capitals of China with various time-honored cultural heritages, is also the home of Longmen Grottoes. Here you can experience the authentic Chinese Kung Fu in the Shaolin Temple.

Recommended duration: 2 days
Type: Cultural & Historical
Highlights: Longmen Grottoes, White Horse Temple

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Xian

Xian

Xian was the start point of Silk Road. The Terracotta Army and the Qin Emperor's tombs possess thousands of years of history. Imagine the unbelievable effort involved in creating a wonder like this in ancient times!

Recommended duration: 2~3 days
Type: Cultural & Historical
Highlights: Terra-cotta Warriors, Big Wilk Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Show

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Tianshui

Tianshui

Tianshui, one of the birth places of Chinese civilization. It is only 3 hours' driving from Xian. There are many schedules of trains from Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, etc.

Recommended duration: 2~3 days
Type: Cultural experience
Highlights: 2~3 days

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Lanzhou

Lanzhou

Lanzhou is not only a tourist city, but also a convenient transfer hub. The Yellow River flows through the city. It used to be an important stop along the Silk Road as well as the head of the famous Hexi Corridor.

Recommended duration: 1~2 days
Type: Cultural experience
Highlights: White Pagoda Mountain, Yellow River

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Xining

Qinghai(Xining)

Qinghai features both in stunning plateau natural landscape and longlasting ethnic and Buddhism culture and history. It also provides the most important transportation access into Tibet - Qinghai Tibet Railway.

Recommended duration: 2 days
Type: Lake Sightseeing
Highlights: Qinghai Lake, Taer Monastery

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Zhangye

Zhangye

Zhangye is a historical city on the Silk Road. The ancient Silk Road left Xian, divided into three routes which rejoined in Zhangye. Travelers can get to Zhangye from Lanzhou by train or road.

Recommended duration: 1 day
Type: Landform & Buddhism
Highlights: Zhangye Danxia Landform, Giant Buddha Temple

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Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan used to be a very important transport hub on the ancient Silk Road as well as a strong defense pass along the Great Wall. It is located near to Dunhuang and Zhangye.

Recommended duration: 1 day
Type: Historical Relics
Highlights: Jiayuguan Fort, Great Wall Museum

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Turpan

Turpan

Both northern and middle Silk Road routes pass Turpan. This city suprises you with spectacular natural landscape - vast expansion of desert, lush and exuberant valleys of grape, tenacious desert plants, etc.

Recommended duration: 2 days
Type: Desert & Ruins
Highlights: Flaming Mountains, Jiaohe Ancient City

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Urumqi

Urumqi

Urumqi used to play a very important linking role on the ancient nothern Silk Road, and has created its own brilliant Western Region Culture of many different groups to minority and custom.

Recommended duration: 2~3 days
Type: Natural Lake & Pasture days
Highlights: Tianchi Lake, Southern Pasture

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Kashgar

Kashgar

Since located in the western corner of Xinjiang, near to Kyrghyzstan, Uzbekistan and India, Kashgar has been an important trade and cultural centre of Xinjiang as well as the Silk Road for more than two millennia.

Recommended duration: 2~3 days
Type: Muslim Culture & Architecture
Highlights: Id Kah Mosque,Abakh Hoja Tomb,Karakul Lake

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Extend Your Silk Road Tour to Other Popular Destinations in China

Want to explore more places in China? The vast land of China indeed provides you with many wonderful places for your extended trip. The following are the most recommended classic add-on destinations in China for you to experience diverse cultural and natural charms, such as the Yangzte River Cruise through the Three Gorges, Tibet with holy Buddhism and magnificent plateau landscape, Guilin and Yangshuo with amazing Karst landform and idyllic rural scenery, Yunnan with incredible nature and diverse minority culture, Suzhou and Hangzhou with poetic sights and heritages, Zhangjiajie with impressive Avatar Hallelujah mountains, etc. If you have other places you want to go, just tell us. We’ll work it out for you.

Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze River Cruise

Let a relaxing cruise take away your strain(4~5 days)

Tibet Discovery
Tibet Discovery

Silk Road's neigbor - once in a lifetime trip(4~8 days)

Guilin & Yangshuo
Guilin & Yangshuo

Finest contrast scenery to the Silk Road(2~4 days)

Zhangjiajie & Fenghuang

Surreal Avatar views & peaceful old town(3~5 days)

Suzhou & Hangzhou

Horn of plenty-best essence of Jiangnan(2~4 days)

Yellow Mountain
Yellow Mountain

Pleasant mountain hiking & ancient village(3~4 days)

Lijiang Ancient City
Yunnan

Colorful Kingdom with Minority Groups (6~8 days)

Jiuzhaigou Valley
Jiuzhaigou Valley

Most stunning water views in China(3~4 days)

Guizhou
Guizhou

Ornate village & authentic ethnic culture(4~6 days)

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