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15 Days Shanghai, Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Xi'an & Beijing The Ancient Silk Road

Tour Code:  SRA17
Category: The Silk Road
Departure: everyday
Tour Type: Private
Attraction:Xian-Dunhuang-Turpan-Urumqi-Kashgar-Urumqi-Beijing Shanghai
Location: Attraction Type: Historical relics, natural wonders
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner     
2000 years ago, Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty dispatched an emissary to the west, not for trade, but for securing allies against the hordes intrusion from the north. That was the first time China opened its door to the western world. Since then, camel caravans, carrying spices, fruits and all kinds of goods from the west, continuously crossed the vast deserts and the freezing mountains to come to China for the seek of silk. Today, you can follow the path of those ancient caravans all the way on the silk road. But, with YEAT, you will certainly experience the adventure in a much comfortable way.

Day by day itinerary

D1 Arrive  Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai, meet at airport and transfer to your hotel.
D2 Shanghai  to Urumqi 
 Sightseeing today includes the Bund, Shanghai's famous waterfront promenade, Nanjing Road, the bustling shopping district, and the Jade Buddha Temple, known for its large Buddha carved from a single piece of white jade. Take an afternoon flight to Urumqi and transfer to your hotel. Attend a welcome banquet of local specialties in the evening.
D3    Urumqi 
 After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Tianchi Lake, nestled in the Tianshan Mountain range. Return to Urumqi after lunch and take a city tour, which gives you a glimpse of the major sights of this northwestern city. Populated by Han people and thirteen ethnic minorities, Urumqi is quite different from the usual Chinese street scene. Here you can see nomadic Khazakhs, a Middle Eastern bazaar, a jade-carving center and more.
D4    Urumqi to Kashgar
 Today's full day excursion takes you to the pasture by the Southern Mountains where you will visit local herds. Take an evening flight to Kashgar, a center for trade between China and the outside world for 2000 years. Upon arrival check into the hotel.
D5   Kashgar to Urumqi 
 After breakfast, head directly to Kashgar Sunday Market :  Located in the middle of nowhere as the last station on the old Silk road from Rome to Beijing, lies this active trading area. Every week on Sundays, the entire community gathers here to shop at this lively market. Here, you can find people selling various commodities from fruits and vegetables to accessories and garments to tools and handicrafts.   After wandering the Great Bazaar, you will visit Id Kah Emin mosque, one of the largest in China, andFragrant Lady's Tomb:  Abakh Hoja Mosque, located about five kilometers northeast of Kashgar, is an ancient Islamic building set among poplar trees. Abakh Hoja Mosque is "Xiangfei" in Chinese, which means "Fragrant Concubine" who is the only Uigur concubine among the 41 wives of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty before flying back to Urumqi in the evening.
D6  Urumqi  to Turpan
  This morning travel overland about 3 hours to Turpan, where you will check into the hotel. Gaochang Ancient City, the ancient walled capital of the Uighurs which flourished between the 7th and 14th centuries, and the ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City , where large fragments of actual streets and buildings remain. You'll also visit Grape Valley, in lush contrast to the desert surrounding it, and the amazing 2,000 year old Karez Irrigation System , which brought water from melting snow on the mountains to this parched city. Attend a music and dance performance in the evening
D7    Turpan to Jiayuguan.
 A morning tour includes the Flaming Mountain, which is mentioned in a classical Chinese novel The Journey to the West is the hottest place in China, The Emin Minaret
 The most impressive of all the sights around Turpan is the eighteenth-century building, just 2km southeast of the city. It's designed in a simple Afghani style and was built in 1777 by the local ruler, Emin Hola. Slightly bulging and pot-bellied, built of sun-dried brown bricks arranged in differing patterns layer, the minaret tapes its way 40 meters skyward to a rounded tip. The adjacent mosque houses a large, shady space and a lattice-work ceiling held up by wooden support. From the top of the mosque there's a stupenduous view over the green oasis in the foreground and the distant snowy Tian Shan Range beyond 
and a local village before boarding an overnight train to Jiayuguan.
D8  Jiayuguan.
 Arrive Jiayuguan and visit the old fortress standing at the westernmost point of the Great Wall. Climb up this historic "Last Guard House" which guards the pass between two mountain ranges. This famous pass has been the subject of poems and ballads for centuries. Overnight in Jiayuguan. 

D9 Jiayuguan to Dunhuang
  After breakfast transfer overland 4 hours to Dunhuang, driving through the Gobi Desert and grasslands en route. You'll see the beautiful landscape along the Silk Road. Overnight in Dunhuang.
D10    Dunhuang
 Excursion to the Mogao Grottoes, the world's richest treasure trove of Buddhist manuscripts and art. Begun in 386AD and added to over the next 9 centuries, the grottoes total over 45,000 square meters and boast over 2,000 murals and sculptures. Continue to the Singing Sand Dunes and enjoy a camel ride into the dunes.
D11   Dunhuang to Xi'an
 Take a morning flight to Xi'an, where you will transfer to the hotel. Visit the ancient city walls, the Bell Tower and  Big Wild Goose Pagoda: regarded by many as a symbol of the city Xian, the pagoda was built in 652 A.D. in Tang Dynasty to house the sutras brought back from India by the famous monk Xuan-zang. and Visit the Provincial Museum -a magnificent architectural complex in the Tang Dynasty style. the museum exhibits over 3,000 unearthed historical relics, a small fraction of their collection. And then dirve to Xian Xianyang Airport in the afternoon for departure.
D12   Xi'an
 Today's highlight is a visit to the Archaeological Museum, home to more than 6,000 life-size terra-cotta warriors and horses excavated from the tomb of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. After lunch, visit the Neolithic Village of Banpo which contains relics from the earliest known inhabitants of China. In the evening, attend a Tang Dynasty dinner show.
D13  Xi'an to Beijing
 In the morning visit the Grand Mosque The Great Mosque in Xian is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China and its location is northwest of the Drum Tower (Gu Lou) on Huajue Laneand the Muslim quarter. Take an afternoon flight to Beijing, then transfer to your hotel.
D14 Beijing
 Beijing served as the capital for 5 dynasties over a period of 800 years, with each emperor identified as a dragon sent from heaven. Begin your city tour with a visit to the Summer Palace, built in classical Chinese style in 1750 as a royal recreational resort. Among its famous features are the 700-meter-long corridor with its wonderful Painted Gallery, the Marble Barge, and several magnificently painted pavilions and pagodas. Next stop is the Palace Museum, more commonly known as the Forbidden City, until recently opened only to the emperor's family. This complex, the largest imperial palace ever built in the world, features more than 800 buildings with over 9,000 rooms, resplendent golden- glazed roofs, red lacquered pillars and vermilion walls. See the high-walled "Inner City" with its government buildings. Tonight's special dinner gives you a real taste of the Peking Duck.
D15   Exzit Beijing 
 Visit the Temple of Heaven, then transfer to airport to see you off.

Prices in USD (1:7)

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The above price is just for your information only! There are fluctuations in the hotels of different seasons. Please ask the exact price firstly when you want to book the tour!

This trip price includes:

  1. Hotel accommodations with breakfast as specified (but hotels are subject to change to the same category before finally confirmed).
  2. All meals as specified in the itinerary.
  3. Transfers among airports & hotels as specified in the itinerary by private car or coach with driver & English-speaking guide.
  4. Entrance fees for sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with English speaking guide.
  5. Domestic flights, trains or buses as specified in the itinerary.
  6. Domestic airports departure taxes have been charged with the flight tickets.
  7. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
    Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

The trip price does not include:

  1. Any meals which are not included in the "The trip price includes."
    Single Room Supplements (as the above quotation for accommodation is based on twin sharing room).
  2. International air and train tickets for coming to & leaving mainland China. Air tickets or train tickets not specified in the itinerary on the first arrival day and last departure day.
  3. Excess Baggage Charges.
  4. Personal expenses: Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges, or sightseeing or meals which are not included in the day-to-day itinerary.
    Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
  5. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.
  6. Visa fees

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