15 Days China Group Tour of Silk Road
Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Shanghai
Duration: 15 Days/ 14 Nights
Tour Code: DIY-CGT-007
Type of Tour: Fixed Departure Group Tour
Price p/p from: $3,496
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Day 01 Beijing

Arrive in Beijing and transfer to hotel. Just relax and take a leisured stroll around the city. You can excurse and reveal this charming city by person. Happy travel!
Meals:No Meals
Accommodation:Beijing International Hotel

Bird's Nest

Beijing, China’s capital and a well-known tourist city of the world, offers sights and cultural relics found nowhere on earth. The city has its own individuality that is the flavor of Beijing. The quadrangle, small alley, tricycle, boiled mutton, roasted duck, Peking Opera, arts and crafts you can see, hear and feel them all only when you come to the city yourself. Relax and wander around the city. You can take your pace to explore the city.

Day 02 Beijing

Full day visit to the Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City and Hutong tour by pedicab ride with a home visit.
Meals:(B+L)
Accommodation:Beijing International Hotel

Hutong

Tiananmen Square: Largest city square in the world, at 440,000 square meters, the Tiananmen(the Gate of Heavenly Peace)Square can hold about one million people for public celebration or gatherings. In the square tourists can climb the Tiananmen Rostrum, attend the national flag raising ceremony every morning at sunrise, visit the National Museum of China, and go to the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, in which one will see the body of the great Chinese leader.
 

Forbidden City: Also known as Palace Museum, Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The construction of the grand palace lasted 14 years from 1406 to 1420. In the ancient time, the emperor claimed to be the son of the heaven and their supreme power was conferred upon from the heaven. So their residence on the earth was built as a replica of the Purple Palace where the God lived in the Heaven. Such divine place was certain forbidden for the ordinary people, so it is called the Forbidden City.
 

Beijing Hutong: The Beijing Hutong (old lane) areas have a very special and important position in the rich history and culture of Beijing. The alleys give a wonderful glimpse into the world of yesterday in Beijing. While visiting the Beijing Hutong, you can appreciate the dramatic changes that the rest of Beijing has undergone. You can see evidence of the history of Beijing, experience the old way of life and experience traditional Beijing culture. Longer Beijing tours usually include a visit to a hutong area.

Day 03 Beijing

Today’s full day activity is to visit to the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs, Badaling Great Wall and Jade stone workshop visit en route. Photo stop at the Bird Nest & Water Cube. The Legend of Kung Fu Show is recommended for your today's itinerary, which is exclusive in our quotation. Price at USD 28 net per person. Feel free to contact our travel advisor about the details.
Meals:(B+L)
Accommodation:Beijing International Hotel

Sacred Way

Badaling Great Wall: The best preserved portion of the Ming Great Wall, Badaling Great Wall was widely realized as the essence of the Ming Great Wall. Standing on the top of Badaling and looking to the distance, one will be amazed at the great wonder of the Wall.
 

Sacred Way: Part of the Ming Tombs complex. It is a long, straight path flanked by statues first of ancient government officials and then by animals. The Sacred Way ends at a pavilion sheltering a stone tablet.


Bird Nest: The Beijing National Stadium, also known as the" bird's nest" was the main track and field stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics and host to the Opening and Closing ceremonies. The stadium's appearance is one of synergy, with no distinction made between the facade and the superstructure. The structural elements mutually support each other and converge into a grid-like formation - almost like a bird's nest with its interwoven twigs. The spatial effect of the stadium is novel and radical, yet simple and of an almost archaic immediacy, thus creating a unique historical landmark for the Olympics of 2008.

 

Water Cube: The National Aquatics Centre, also known as 'The Water Cube', is one of the most dramatic and exciting venues to host sporting events for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Located inside the Beijing Olympic Green, it is axially related to the National Stadium on the north part of Beijing Central Axis. The National Aquatics Center is the venue for swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water-polo final during the Olympic Games. The total seating capacity is 17,000, including 6,000 permanent and 11,000 temporary for Games which was removed post-Games, and now the National Aquatics Center is the venue for various activities such as aquatic sports, swimming, fitness and recreation.


Legend of Kung Fu Show follows the story of a young boy who found wander outside an ancient temple. Like every boy in China, he dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master. The show has English subtitles shown above the stage to keep you informed of the story line. The actors do not speak, and the show is all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. It is the fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional arts which make this performance unique and spectacular. 

Day 04 Beijing

Today, after you have breakfast, you will visit the Temple of Heaven (watch local people doing all kinds of morning exercise and learn to do Chinese Tai Chi with Tai Chi master for 30 minutes ), Summer Palace & Pearl workshop visit. Peking Duck dinner tonight.
Meals:(B+L+D)
Accommodation:Beijing International Hotel

Summer Palace

Temple of Heaven: The Temple of Heaven is a large park and temple complex situated in more or less the south central area of Beijing. Its center piece is a large tower built, it is said, entirely of wood and not using a single nail. It is said that the main features of the park are its trees and inhabitants. The park is filled with more than a thousand species of tree, some of which are hundreds of years old, despite their relatively small size. One thing you could notice here is that most of the architecture here. The park also attracts local residents by the thousand each day, which come to practice singing, martial arts, Peking opera, chess, dancing, and calligraphy. Of course, this can be said of many parks in Beijing, but the Temple of Heaven attracts more than its fair share.

 

 

Summer Palace: The Summer Palace landscape, dominated by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, covers an area of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water surface. Its 70,000 square meters of building space features a variety of palaces, garden and other ancient-style architectural structures. Well known for its large and priceless collection of cultural artifacts, it was among the first group of historical and cultural heritage sites in China to be placed under special state protection.
 

Peking Duck: Peking duck is thought to be one of the most delicious dishes all over the world; most visitors coming to Beijing will never forget to have a try. Eating Peking duck is seen to be one of the two things you are absolutely supposed to do while in Beijing.

Day 05 BeijingXian

In the morning, after you have breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for departure to Xian. When you arrive in Xian, you will have a Visit to the Provincial Museum & Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Then transferred to the Jian Guo Hotel Xian.
Meals:(B+L)
Accommodation:Jian Guo Hotel Xian

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Provincial Museum: The museum occupies an area of 65,000 square meters (16 acres). It is a grand complex of buildings imitating the architecture style of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). A primary pavilion stands in the center, and secondary pavilions of varying heights are distributed orderly around it. With black, white and grey as the predominant colors, the buildings have a solemn and rustic charm. The museum is furnished with central air-conditioning and multi-functional lighting system to ensure the protection of the culture relics. It is a comprehensive museum with more than 370,000 exhibits of different times and kinds. The two-storied primary pavilion is divided into the following three main exhibition halls: Basic Exhibition Hall, Theme Exhibition Hall and East Exhibition Hall.

 

Big Wild Goose Pagoda: The temple complex in which the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is located is filled with beautiful gardens and stunning architecture. Although destroyed and rebuilt numerous times, the current buildings were built in the style of the Tang Dynasty, the period in which the pagoda was built. The temple complex was constructed along an axis, with matching buildings on either side. The beautiful architecture is constructed of grey brick with glazed roofs. The many gardens hidden amongst the temple’s many courtyards are very lovely and a wonderful place for visitors to take a break and soak in the beauty that surrounds them. The temple complex is filled with ancient artifacts. The Forest of Stupas located hidden on one side of the temple complex is where prominent monks are buried. The stupas, or gravestones, are exquisite and have been placed in the temple grounds over the centuries.

Day 06 Xian

Today has a full day excursion. After breakfast, you will go to visit the Qin Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horse Figurines. The ceramics and pottery workshop visiting en route. Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show is for your night show to offer you a wonderful night.
Meals:(B+L+D)
Accommodation:Jian Guo Hotel Xian

Tang Dynasty Show

Qin Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horse Figurines: Viewing Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s terracotta army guarding his burial site and protecting his entry to the afterlife from the earthen side of a continuing archeological project is certainly one of the most memorable parts of any trip to China. Every figure differs from those around in facial features and expression, clothing, hairstyle, and gestures. The horsemen, the longbow bearers, the archers and the senior officers and generals were positioned in strict accordance with the ancient directives on the Art of War. The site was made a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987.
 

Tang Dumpling Dinner Show: Visitors to Xian get a chance to step back in time and relive this fantastic era at the Tang Dynasty Show. Visitors upon entering the theater are taken to their seats for a dinner of Jiaozi (dumplings). The dumplings are as beautiful as they are delicious and the best part is that the dinner is all that you can eat. After eating, the show begins. It is a spectacle of color, culture, music, and dance. The spectacular music and beautiful costumes with long flowing sleeves perfectly match and complement each other. It is a show not to be missed.

Day 07 XianDunhuang

Free at leisure. Transfer to airport for flight to Dunhuang. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel in Dunhuang
Meals:(B+D)
Accommodation:Silk Road Hotel

Dunhuang

Situated near the common boundary of Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang, the historical city Dunhuang is a renowned tourist destination  famous for the Mogao Caves and ancient Silk Road. The western cities of China, especially those in the desert, are known for their sandstorms, so tourists should protect themselves with glasses, hats and gauze kerchiefs, etc.

Day 08 DunhuangTurpan

Toda you will take a full day Dunhuang tour to Mogao Grottoes, Sounding Dune and Crescent Moon Spring. After dinner transfer to Liuyuan station for overnight train to Turpan (1/4 soft berth).
Meals:(B+L+D)
Accommodation:Overnight train

Mogao Grottoes

Mogao Caves, located 25 kilometers (about 15.5 miles) southeast of Dunhuang City, should be regarded as the premier Buddhist spot in China, perhaps in the whole world. The artistic features of the treasured Buddhist murals represent perfectly the artistic style of the Northern Wei (386-543), Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) dynasties through the combination of the architecture, statues and murals in the caves. It is a worthwhile place for visitors to visit. In 1987, UNESCO placed the Mogao Grottoes under the protection of the world cultural heritage list. Just like oil and water don’t mix, so do springs and deserts. But Crescent Spring is an exception.


About 6 kilometers (3.73 miles) south of Dunhuang city, and surrounded by the Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Spring can be called a natural wonder in the Gobi Desert. Some say it reminds them of the eye of a beautiful woman, lucid, beautiful and amorous. Some say it looks like the mysterious, gentle and seductive lips of a pretty woman, or a slice of lush, sweet and crystal cantaloupe. Actually, it resembles a crescent fallen down into this desert. Having been lying among these sand dunes for thousands of years, although given many surprise attacks by sandstorms, Crescent Spring still gurgles clear, and still remains worthy as the first spring in Lanzhou.
 

Sounding Dune starts from Mogao Grottoes in the east. It is 40km from east to west, and 20 from south and north. The dune is in an elegant shape. When people slide down along the slopes, a sound will be heard, hence the name. Crescent Spring is surrounded by the sand dunes with the shape of crescent. It is a miracle that the spring has never dried up over the past thousand years.

Day 09 Turpan

Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the Huozhou Hotel for breakfast. After freshen up at the hotel, visit the Grape Valley, the Karez Irrigation System and the Emin Minaret at sunset. Dinner and Uygur minority dancing and singing performance at the hotel.
Meals:(B+L+D)
Accommodation:Huozhou Hotel

Karez Irrigation System

Turpan, also refered as Tulu fan or Turfan, lies on the north branch of the Silk Road on the way to Urumqi. Turpan has a rich, ancient past. Many civilizations, cultures and religions put down roots here. Turpan is an old city with a long history. Traces have been found of human living there, dating far as back as 6,000 years ago. Turpan means 'the lowest place' in the Uygur language and 'the fertile land' in Turki. Lying in the Turpan Basin, the elevation of most of the places in the area is below 500 meters (1,640 feet). Turpan is the city with the lowest elevation in China.
 

Emin Minaret, stands by the Uyghur Mosque located in Turfan. At 44 meters (144 ft) it is the tallest minaret in China. The minaret was started in 1777 during the reign of the Qing Emperor Qianlong (1735–1796) and was completed only one year later. It was financed by local leaders and built to honor the exploits of a local Turpan general, Emin Khoja, hence the name "Emin". The Emin Minaret is located along the ancient Silk Route (near the ancient Uyghur capital of Gaochang). Nearby is the site of the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves.
 

Grape Valley is situated in a canyon, west side of Fire Mountain. On either side of the valley are thick trees and mulberry trees, apricot trees, peach trees, pear trees, poplar trees, willow trees, elm trees and locust trees are arranged in order. Waters from springs flow into channels irrigating 210-odd hectare grape garden. Here a modern grape wine plant has been established producing various kinds of grape wine and grape cans. White grape wine produced here boasts a nice taste and is popular with both Chinese and foreign guests. Deep inside the valley a grape park was built, where there are waterside villas. After experiencing the fierce heat of Flaming Mountains, taking a rest here and tasting some grapes will give a nice kind of feeling.
 

Karez Well is a kind of underground water works invented and built by laboring people of various ethnic groups in China to adapt to the natural environment in dry region. It is considered one of the three great projects in ancient China, along with the Great Wall and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Why Karez Wells were built in great number in Turpan Basin can be attributed to the local natural geographical conditions. To the north of Turpan Basin is Bogda Mountain and to its west Kalawucheng Mountain.

Day 10 TurpanUrumqi

One day tour to the Jiaohe Ancient Ruins and Flaming Mountain. Then drive to Urumqi. Afternoon visit to the Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum. Then stay at the Mirage Hotel.
Meals:(B+L+D)
Accommodation:Mirage Hotel

Flaming Mountain

Jiaohe Ancient City: The Ancient City of Jiaohe is one of the world's architectural wonders hiding in the Yarnaz Valley, 10 kilometers west of Turpan City. Shaped like a willow leaf, the ancient city of Jiaohe has a history of 2,300 years and lies between two rivers on a loess plateau atop a cliff of over 30 meters. Jiaohe is 1,760 meters long from northwest to southeast and is 300 meters at its widest, with an area of 430,000 square meters. In the Western Han Dynasty (206BC - AD24), the city served as the capital of the Ancient State of Cheshi, one of the 36 kingdoms in the Western Regions. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the government established Jiao he County under the jurisdiction of the Tang Western Prefecture. "Anxi Frontier Command," the highest military and administrative organ established by the Tang Dynasty in the Western Regions, was once set here. Karez Well is a kind of underground water works invented and built by laboring people of various ethnic groups in China to adapt to the natural environment in dry region. It is considered one of the three great projects in ancient China, along with the Great Wall and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Why Karez Wells were built in great number in Turpan Basin can be attributed to the local natural geographical conditions. To the north of Turpan Basin is Bogda Mountain and to its west Kalawucheng Mountain.
 

Flaming Mountain: One of the branch ranges of the Tianshan Mountains Formed in the organic movements of the Himalayas fifty million years ago.
 

Xinjiang Autonomous Museum: It is the only provincial comprehensive museum of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, collecting sixty percent of national first-class cultural relics in Xinjiang. There are more than 50,000 exhibits, permanent exhibitions includes folk customs of twenty ethnic minorities, precious relics along the Silk Road from four or five thousand years ago until modern times and ancient corpses. Meanwhile, the museum is also the largest research center of cultural relics in the autonomous region.

Day 11 UrumqiKashgar

Transfer to airport for morning flight to Kashgar. Upon arrival, meet at airport and visit the Kashgari Tomb and the Id Kah Mosque. Check in the Tianyuan International Hotel. Dinner with local flavors.
Meals:(B+L+D)
Accommodation:Tianyuan International Hotel

Kashgari Tomb

Mahmud Kashgari has been famous for his linguistic masterpiece Dictionary of Turkish. He was Uygur's famous scholar and linguist in the 11th century. After his death, he was buried at his home town - presently on Wupaer Mountain 48 km south-west of Kashgar City. In memory of this scholar, people name this hill as "Hazriti Mollam", meaning the sacred Hill. Not far from the Kashgari Tomb, there are snowy mountains in Pamir Plateau, murmuring sounds come from sturdy poplar and old willow trees with majesty and solemnity. His tomb, according to Islamic traditional architectural form, was built on a high slope of 40 meters, around which,there are the tomb hall and worshipping temple covering an area of 1,200 square me,ers. Behind it, there are tombs of this scholar's decedents. It is an important cultural and historic relic protection unit in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
 

Id Kah Mosque:a place of praying and celebrating in festivals’. The Id Kah Mosque is located on the central square in Kashgar City, Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region. As the biggest mosque in China, it is a group of old Islamic constructions with strong ethnic style and religious features.

Day 12 KashgarUrumqi

Visit the Sunday Bazaar and the Kashgar old town including a home visit to a Uygur family. Evening flight to Urumqi. Check in the Mirage Hotel.
Meals:(B+L+D)
Accommodation:Mirage Hotel

Sunday bazaar

Sunday Bazaar: Sunday Bazaar, in Uygur means "farm trade market". The Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar is by far the biggest, busiest and most popular market in Xinjiang. It is an incredibly popular market in the Xinjiang Province and extends all over China since ancient times. Kashgar has been hosting one of the world's largest markets for hundreds of years. The first market was held here around 2,000 years ago (there is proof Kashgar existed in 79BC.) when it was the collecting and distributing center of goods. Nowadays it has grown larger, and it has become even busier. It has attracted a wider range of merchants as well as buyers and tourists from Xinjiang as well as neighboring countries such as Pakistan and Kirghizstan.

 

Kashgar Old Town surrounds the center of the Kashgar, with the Id Kah Mosque rising at its center. Visiting the small alleys and knowing Uygur characteristic residence culture, you can enjoy and experience the culture and history that is contained in the small alleys and deep courtyards. In the alleys on platforms besides the residence marvel at the even more ancient primitive workshops for hand-made earthenware.Some 17 or 18 antique workshops have been restored.

Day 13 Urumqi

Full day excursion to the Heavenly Lake with a boat ride.
Meals:(B+L+D)
Accommodation:Mirage Hotel

Heavenly Lake

Tianchi Lake (Heavenly Lake) - Literally translated from Tianchi in Mandarin Chinese, the lake lies to the north of the grand peak, Bogda. This is an alpine drift lake about 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) above the sea level. The 110-kilometer journey from Urumqi will cost four hours. It is one of the most renowned alpine lakes in China and a must go summer resort of Xinjiang. Crystal water sets off well with the snow capped Bogda and lush pine forest, forming the enthralling scenery that tempts every visitor there.

Day 14 UrumqiShanghai

Fly to Shanghai. Rest of day at leisure. Optional tour of Huangpu River with dinner for your activity today. Stay at the Ocean Hotel Shanghai.
Meals:(B)
Accommodation:Ocean Hotel Shanghai

Huangpu River

Huangpu River is the symbol and embodiment of Shanghai, just like the Thames of London, the Seine of Paris and the Danube of Budapest. This river is synonymous with the History of Shanghai, being inextricably intertwined with the social and economic life of the city and having nurtured its prosperity and witnessed its honors and disgraces. As a must for travelers to Shanghai, The Huangpu River is not only the mother river of Shanghai, but also assembles the splendid tourist attractions of the city. In Shanghai, the Huangpu River cruise is a traditional tourist program. Cruises are available everyday, including the shorter cruises (navigating the main waterfront area between the Yangpu Bridge and the Nanpu Bridge) and the complete cruises (meandering eastward along the golden waterway, over a distance of 60 kilometers or 37 miles). Tourists can enjoy the beautiful sights along side of Shanghai.

Day 15 Shanghai

Today you will be transferred to the airport. Your amazing 15 Days China Group Tour of Silk Road is finished.
Meals:(B)
Accommodation:

Lujiazui Economic Zone

We are sure that 15 Days China Group Tour of Silk Road has leaves you a different and impressive memory. It is a nice chance for you to learn more about Chinese development, especially the progress of Shanghai, this oriental metropolis.

Fixed Departed Date for Group

1. This Tour is from 3rd, April ,2013 to 6th, November , 2013.

2. Guaranteed departure based on minimum of 2 passengers.

Year Month Departure Date
(Wed)
Package Rate
(twin or triple share)
Single Room Supplement Availability
2013 Apr 03, 17 USD 3526 USD 746
2013 May 01, 15, 29 USD 3536 USD 755
2013 Jun 12 USD 3514 USD 731
2013 Jun 26 USD 3601 USD 827
2013 Jul 10, 24 USD 3601 USD 827
2013 Aug 07, 21 USD 3611 USD 853
2013 Sep 04, 18 USD 3667 USD 899
2013 Oct 09, 23 USD 3667 USD 899
2013 Nov 06 USD 3496 USD 728

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