9 Days Silk Road Tour with Best of China Golden Triangle Cities

Beijing / Xian / Dunhuang / Shanghai

  • Crescent Lake in Dunhuang
  • the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang
  • Harmony families hiking on the Great Wall
  • New Pudong District from the Bund
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  • Harmony families hiking on the Great Wall
  • the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang
  • Crescent Lake in Dunhuang
  • New Pudong District from the Bund
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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    Our private tour features:
  1. Affordable & worry free;
  2. Just you or your group;
  3. 1-to-1 travel consultant within 0.5~23.5 hrs;
  4. Flexible departure & itinerary;
  5. Private guide & vehicle;
  6. Customizable to your needs & interests;
  7. All inclusive service;
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want
Group size:
You, your family, friends or group
Tour Code:
CD-T10-09
Features:
Our 9 days Best of China tour gives you a classic visit at the most important sites, in addition to 2-day adventure in Dunhuang to appreciate the surviving treatures on the ancient Silk Roads. It is a unique chance for you to experience an exotic China.

Price from $2,144

Trip at a Glance

  • Day 1-3: Beijing
  • Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
    Great Wall, Summer Palace

  • Day 4: Xian
  • Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda

  • Day 5-6: Silk Road (Dunhuang)
  • Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Museum

  • Day 7: Xian
  • Terracotta Warriors

  • Day 8-9: Shanghai
  • Urban Planning Exhinbition Center
    Yu Garden & Bazaar, the Bund

Itinerary Details 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 Silk Road 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 Summer Palace the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China, the next 'must see' site after the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

In the evening, we arrange you a fantastic Kungfu Show and learn some Chinese martial art culture.

After the tour, you’ll be escorted to your hotel, and the rest of today is free for yourself, and the Houhai area is recommended for hanging out.

the Forbidden City Overall View
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.

Harmony families hiking on the Great Wall Sacred Way of Ming Tombs
Day 4 Beijing & Flight to Xian ( B, L, D )

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Today after breakfast, you’ll be escorted to take a 2-hour flight to Xian, and after arrival, you’ll be escorted to the hotel by your local tour guide and private vehicle.

After lunch, your Xian city tour begins with a visit to the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum - a large modern museum of the national level. Then move on to the Great Mosque, the biggest and most preserved complete Chinese existent mosque. It was first built at the Tianbao first year (742 years) during Tang Dynasty. The next stop is the Xian City Wall - a symbol of great significance of the famous historic cultural city of Xian.

After today’s tour, you’ll be treated with a local flavor – dumpling dinner, while enjoying the Tang Dynasty Show in the evening.

You’ll be escorted to your hotel after the programme.

Enjoy a cycling on the Ancient City Wall of Xian
Day 5 Dunhuang Arrival ( B, L )

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Today morning after breakfast, you'll be escorted to the airport and take a 2 and a half hours' flight to Dunhuang. After arrival, met and transferred to your hotel in Dunhuang.

The first stop of the afternoon tour is the Echoing-Sand Dune, which is located about 6 kilometers south of Dunhuang city, also known as the Sand dunes of Mingsha, offering fantastic desert scenery. The dune, surrounded by rolling ridges and precipitous cliffs, reaches a relative height of 250 meters.

The second scenery is the Crescent Lake, called Yueyaquan in Chinese, is a crescent-shaped lake in the oasis, 5 km southwest of the city Dunhuang. It was named Yueyaquan since Qing Dynasty. The lake and the surrounding deserts are very popular with tourists, who are offered with camel and 4x4 rides.

After the tour, you'll be escorted back to the hotel in the city.

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.

Crescent Lake in Dunhuang
Day 6 Dunhuang Visit & Back to Xian ( B, L )

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Camera ready! Today, you'll visit the Mogao Grottoes with a group of 492 temples, located about 25km southeast of the Dunhuang center, and it is an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road. The caves house some of the finest examples of Buddhist art with a span of 1,000 years. 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.

Then, you'll move on to the Dunhuang Museum, a local museum for housing the cultural relics that were excavated in the Dunhuang area. Now there are over 4000 historical items contained in the museum. The museum is divided into four exhibition halls.

After the tour, you'll be escorted the airport and take an afternoon flight back to Xian. Upon arrival, met and transferred to your hotel in Xian.

Treasure in Dunhuang
Day 7 Xian Visit & Flight to Shanghai (B, L)

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Today after breakfast, you'll visit the famous Terra-cotta Army, a lifetime viewing of the extraordinary 2200-year-old terra-cotta Army of China' First Emperor-Qin Shihuang.

After lunch, take the afternoon flight to Shanghai, the metropolis of China. Upon arrival, you'll be met and escorted to the hotel in Shanghai. The rest of today is free for your discovery.

Terra-Cotta Warriors
Day 8 Shanghai Visit (B, L)

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After breakfast, you'll visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, a must-see for all true Shanghainophiles to witness how Shanghai became a cosmopolitan city from a shabby fishing village.

Then walk leisurely around the beautiful Yu Garden, a pleasant enough, well-contained classical Chinese garden, and savor some local flavor snacks at the Yu Garden Bazaar.

The last stop of today is to visit the Jinmao Tower to get an amazing bird’s eye view of this metropolis.

In the evening, interested in the Acrobatic Show? We can arrange the breathtaking show for you, which is an optional programme.

Shanghai Yu Garden
Day 9 Shanghai Departure (B, L)

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After breakfast, head to the famous Bund to witness Shanghai’s skyline, and stroll along China's No.1 shopping street, Nanjing Road.

After the tour, be transferred to the airport for your flight to next destination or back to home.

Jinmao Tower

This trip is from $2,144 Per Person

  • 1. This price is based on a group (2 to 5 travelers) accommodated in 3-star hotel in lower seasons.
  • 2. This price is subject to change according your group members and traveling time. Usually more travelers, lower the price; higher price in high seasons, lower in low seasons.
  • 3. The price is valid until February 28th, 2015.

Please note: reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.04.The USD quote is based on current exchange rate, it may change according the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quote will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Transportation as listed;
  • All attraction entrance fees as listed;
  • All meals as listed;
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Accommodations as listed;
  • Domestic flights or high-speed train as listed;
  • Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels;
  • Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges;
  • Private escorted tour only for your group members.

What's excluded?

  • China Entry Visa Fees;
  • Personal expenses;
  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China;
  • Tips to your tour guide and driver;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Single Room Supplement.

Practical Info about Traveling with Us

Restaurant & Food

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

Note: If you have any special dietary needs, just let your travel consultant know while booking.

Vegetarian food Requirement

Vegetarian food in Chinese cuisine culture is usually divided into 3 categories: the Monastery Vegetarian Food, the Court Vegetarian Food and the Folk Vegetarian Food. And the main ingredients are: soybean, taro powder, mushrooms, fresh vegetables and tofu (bean curd). It will be easier to find the vegetarian restaurants in big cities of china, such as: Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, HK, etc.

If allergic to some food

We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.

Do our guide and driver join the meal with us?

The tour guides and driver will be at the same restaurants with you, but they will only join the meal when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not understand English talk around the table, so the guide will be with you more often.

Will we be able to try some local foods during our visit?

Yes, you will. There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants, if you are interested in local food tasting. But remember, some local snacks may not match your stomach, so ask your guided for more information before eating.

Vehicles

We offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV), and different types of buses. Different vehicles will be used according to different group size.

Shopping

What to buy in China?

In China, there are myriads of souvenirs for visitors, and each city has its own specialty.

Some of the best buys are:

  • Beijing: Cloisonné; Fresh water pearls
  • Xi'an: Replicas of the Terra Cotta soldiers; Tangsancai (Tang Dynasty hand painted China); Antique Furniture
  • Shanghai: Silk carpets
  • Hangzhou: Longjing Tea; Silk
  • Suzhou: Silk
  • Guilin: Scroll paintings; China Southern Sea Pearls
  • Yunnan: Mounted Butterflies; Pure tea; Dali Batik (tie-dyed fabric)
  • Xinjiang: Carpets; jade articles
  • Tibet: Thang-ka(tanka)(Sheep skin wall hangings)

How to bargain?

Bargains are not acceptable in big supermarkets and department stores. But in some night markets or tourist shops, you can bargain for a lower price, since the vendors always ask for very high price for a certain item. You’d better ask the opinion of the guide first, and then the guide will tell you the real value and quality of the item. Please note that when the bargain is processing, the guide will be hesitate to help as it may annoy the bosses. Just try to let the guides know you will bargain in advance.

What to do with persistent vendors?

If you do not need something from them, just do not ask for price. Some of the venders are very persisted, and if they keep selling things to you, you can simply say “No, thanks.” (Chinese pronunciation: ”Bu, XieXie”). If they do not give up, you just keep silence. Silence is sometimes useful to handle this situation.

More Tips for free-time shopping

  • 1. If you think you have no desire or interest, you do not feel embarrassed to let our guide know DIRECTLY (since some of our guides are enthusiastic in taking you shopping)
  • 2. Better to choose the shops run by the state when buying expensive articles.
  • 3. Do not shop everything in one city, because every place has its unique local products which worth buying.
  • 4. Do not feel obligate to buy anything only because the shop attendants are very kind to you.
  • 5. Be smart consumers. Do not spend big money on things you are not familiar with. Do ask for shop guarantee, contacts and certificates when purchasing big items like antiques, jade, arts pieces.
  • 6. Leave plenty of time for transactions. When you see something you like - buy it. Usually, you would not find it elsewhere and you would not have time to go back.
  • 7. Always verify the date of antiques before you purchase them. Antiques dated before 1795 cannot legally be exported.
  • 8. Articles made from rare wild animals are contraband and will be confiscated by customs without compensation.

Private tour & Group Tour

A: Private tours

  • 1. Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually, or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.
  • 2. Every itinerary can be customized to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc. All are free of charge.
  • 3. Start the tour on any date you want.
  • 4. Escort you through the whole tour. All private transfers during the tour are offered, including airport/train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.
  • 5. The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible to change at your short notice.
  • 6. Ideal for people who need considerate care and assistance, such as elderly, the disabled, families with small children.

B: Group tours

  • 1. Low Price;
  • 2. Share a guide and driver;
  • 3. Share a clean, safe and air-conditioned vehicle;
  • 4. Good chance for you to meet and make friends from all over the world;
  • 5. Tour date is fixed and unchangeable.

Emergency calls

Call your guide, or if you can’t find your guide, call your travel consultant or our office immediately. All the phone numbers include in our confirmation letter. Keep the letter with your during your trip.

Note: As our Beijing office is using the different guide arranging system, so we will not be able to provide the Beijing guide information until the day before you arrival, but once we have it, we will email you immediately.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Wonder

Firstly I wish to thank you for a most wonderful holiday last week in China that you so professionally and efficiently organised for me.  Despite a couple of small hiccups, I found your arrangements for everything very professional and I am also most grateful for your accommodation of several last minute changes and tailoring to my itinerary. 

I have recommended you and China Discovery to others, and have also written up a positive review in TripAdvisor. 

I would be interested in exploring the Silk Road tour, especially the 10-day classic tour.  When I checked on the website below for a preliminary quotation, it did not give it to me.  Wonder, you know I would like to explore the most comfortable, 5-star tailored tour.  Would you be able to facilitate an introduction to an experienced agent that covers the Silk Road who might be able to help me please?

Again, very well done and I appreciate your great help. 

Regards

June Wong‚ Hong Kong, China, October 6, 2019

Hi Wonder,

Thank you very much.  We had a wonderful holiday and appreciate your time and efforts.

Warm regards

Dianne and Alex‚ New Zealand, October 6, 2019

Hi Lily,

Back in India and I wanted to thank you for all the arrangements and tour planning you have done.

I have enjoyed every bit of the tour, guides and car drivers were all good and helpful. Must say Shanghai has been the best interms of everything. The hotel, their service, city and the experience everything was the best.

Beijing was also good and pleasant. It would have been more fun if the hotel people were more customer oriented. I had to struggle with room and air conditioning of the room everyday. I would suggest you choose another hotel for other customers.

But overall, I loved the trip and have lovely memories of all the places visited. Will plan next visit again through you.

Thanks again and much appreciate your efforts.

Regards,

Jyothi‚ India, October 6, 2019
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