17 Days 16 Nights Xian - Lanzhou - Xiahe - Lanzhou - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi Tour

  • Tour Code: SR-305  
  • Destinations: Xian - Lanzhou - Xiahe - Lanzhou - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi
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Day 01: Arrival in Xian

Arrive in Xian Xianyang International Airport and be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel, and the rest of the day is leisured.

Day 02: Xian

Terra-cotta Warrior, Xian
This day begins with a visit to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum which housing the army of 8,000 life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses that had lain buried and forgotten for more than two millennia. Each of these astounding Terra-cotta pieces has an individually sculpted face, standing in military formation in three separate underground building. Lunch will be arranged in a local restaurant near the Museum. After your amazing exploration of these fabulous sculptures, visit the revered Big Wild Goose Pagoda (652 AD), a well-preserved ancient building in a classical Buddhist temple, about 1,300 years old and a holy place for Buddhists. In the evening, indulge in a Tang Dynasty dumpling dinner and cultural show featuring traditional music, dance, and traditional costumes.   (B, L, D)

Day 03: Xian

Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian
Today we tour the countryside of Xian. We drive to a typical village of Northern China - An Wu Village to feel the real-life of local farmers, in which we will visit a rural primary school, a rural clinic, local farmer's family and underground cave house as well as a local cattle farm and the ancient dwelling buildings come from more than 700 years ago. Lunch will be arranged in a local family, taste some local flavor. After than, we go to visit Hanyang Mausoleum which was built for the fourth emperor of Han dynasty 2000 years ago. The female Terra-cotta warrior was discovered from there. (B, L, D)

Day 04: Xian to Lanzhou

Shaanxi Provincial Museum
This day begins at impressive nine-mile City Wall, and a bicycle tour on the top of 600 years old city wall, visit famous Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, with an acclaimed collection of historic and cultural artifacts from different historical period of Shaanxi Province; After enjoying the a la carte lunch at a popular local restaurant, fly to Lanzhou. Arrive in Lanzhou Airport, be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 05: Lanzhou

Liujiaxia Reservoir, Lanzhou
This day we tour the Gansu Provincial Museum, show us painted pottery from 10,000 years ago, Han dynasty's wooden tablets used to relay messages along Silk Road, and a graceful bronze "Flying Horse of Wuwei". Next, visit Bingling Temple which is the most intriguing sights in Gansu. Carved into sheer cliffs, the splendid sculptures and painting stretch for about a mile (1.6 km) along a 196 ft (60 m) high gorge, isolated by the waters of the Liujiaxia Reservoir. Those caves were created about 1,600 years ago during the Northern Wei and Western Jin dynasties, and reached its height during the prosperous Tang dynasty. (B, L, D)

Day 06: Lanzhou to Xiahe

Sangke Grassland, Xiahe
Today we drive to Xhahe from Lanzhou, and be escorted by your guide . Xiahe, which is perched at a height of 6,860 ft (2,090 m) in a beautiful mountain valley at the edge of the Tibetan plateau, is a significant Tibetan monastery town. Visiting Xiahe is an excellent place to explore traditional Tibetan life for the people who can not get to Tibet. In the afternoon, we go to visit huge Sangke Grassland where the Tibetans graze their yak herds; it is greenest and abound with wildflowers in the summer. (B, L, D)

Day 07: Xiahe to Lanzhou to Jiayuguan

Labrang Monastery, Xiahe
This day we visit Labrang Monastery, one of the six major Tibetan monasteries of the Gelugpa order (Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism), was founded in 1709 by a local monk, E Ang Zongzhe. He became the first generation Living Buddha who ranks third in the Tibetan hierarchy after the Dalai and Panchen Lamas. The architecture style of the monastery is a typical Tibetan style. It attracts many devout Buddhist pilgrims every year. Drive back Lanzhou. Take overnight soft-sleeper train to Jiayuguan. (B, L, D)

Day 08: Jiayuguan to Dunhuang

Jiayuguan Fort, Jiayuguan
Arrive in Jiayuguan in the morning, we begin our discovery of the ancient city at Jiayuguan Fort which is one of the classic images of China's final ancient outpost, it continues to guard its symbolic location at the end of the Great Wall, lies between the snow-capped Qilian Shan and Hi Shan (Black Mountains), it controls the route through the Jade Pass (Yumen Guan) that threaded the Silk Road. Next, we tour Overhanging Great Wall (Xuanbi Great Wall) which once linked the fort to the Hi Shan (Black Mountains), you get a sweeping view of the desert, the oasis of Jiayuguan and the glittering snow-capped peaks in the distance and Mural-bearing Bricks Tomb, date from approximately AD 220 to 420 and contain brick wall painting depicting various social activities, such as hunting, farming and banqueting. Drive to Dunhuang. (B, L, D)

Day 09: Dunhuang

Mural Painting, Mogao Grottos
We begin our discovery of this ancient oasis city at the significant Mogao Grottos which are one of the greatest repositories of Buddhist art in the world. Inside the six hundred surviving caves were sculptures and paintings dating from the 4th to 14th century, a complete collection spanning approximately a thousand years tracing the development of Buddhism from its initial arrival in China. A cornucopia of documents on subjects ranging from history, treatises on politics, the military and science, to Buddhist sutras and even personal documents such as tax receipts were discovered preserved with a dry dark cave. Next, the Dunhuang Museum in which include Tibetan and Chinese scriptures from the Mogao's famous Cave 17, which escaped the looting of explorers and archeologists, and relics from the South Pass (Yang Guan) and the Jade Gate Pass (Jiayu Guan) which were the China's outermost defense during the Han dynasty. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Dunhuang to Turpan

Singing Sand Dune, Dunhuang
This day we experience a short camel-riding along the Singing Sand Dune which dune were named after the noise made as the grains of sand are crunched under foot to reach the Crescent Moon Lake which is a freshwater lake that has been a vital source of water here for thousands of years and where the desert meets the oasis in dramatic fashion. Take overnight soft-sleeper train to Turpan. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Turpan

Karez, Turpan
Arrive in Turpan in the morning, and be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. After breakfast and a short rest at hotel, we begin our tour of this city at the amazing 2,000 years old Karez, a kind of underground irrigation system, which used throughout Xinjiang bring snowmelt of the Tianshan to this parched city through network of underground water channels. Wells, dug at intervals along the length of the channels, bring water to the surface. Without them, Turpan would rapidly join the desert. In the afternoon, continue to the Jiaohe Ruins, built during the Han dynasty as Chinese garrison town to defend the borderlands. It was destroyed by fire in a rebellion in the 14th century. It is a kind of eroded landscape, but it is an atmospheric place, let's walk around to fell its flourish in former days (B, L, D)

Day 12: Turpan

Su Gong Ta, Turpan
Today we visit the Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), constructed in 1778, and built by Prince Suleiman in honor of his father, Prince Emin. And then, go to the Grape Valley which is a lush stripe of green in the barren desert surroundings and filled with juicy sweet green grapes. At the valley's core is a flume of fast moving icy cold water traveling from the Tianshan to Turpan City. Next, visit the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves which are a network of grottoes featuring Buddhist figures and wall paintings. They are eclipsed by some breathtaking scenery, sculptured by the wind and redolent of an out-take from an Indiana Jones epic. We will pass the Flaming Mountain which radiates a fiery hue under the bright sunshine on our way to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Turpan to Urumqi

Terai Camp, Urumqi
Drive to Urumqi. Today we visit the Terai Camp to experience of Kazak nomad life, have a cup of milk tea and taste really local food. Continue to Nanshan Pasture which is huge grassland with wildflowers, green grass, horses, sheep, and white yurts. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Urumqi to Kashgar

Heavenly Lake, Urumqi
We go to enjoy the stunning Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi Lake), which is deep-blue lake, lies at and elevation of 6,500 ft (1,980 m), enclosed by lofty snow-capped peak of Bogda Feng, that reaches a height of almost 20,000 ft (6,000 m). The lake area is a pastoral pleasure with postcard blue skies and trails winding through deep pine forest, crossing flowery meadows overlooked by mountain goats on precarious perches skirting streams and passing Kazak herders and cattle and dotted with Kazakh Yurts. Next, we visit Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum. There are excellent displays from all the major archaeological sites, including Niya, Loulan, Astana and Jiaohe. This is a best opportunity for learning about the lost cities of Xinjiang, as they are now all either bare or off-limits. Famous 4,000 years old "Loulan Beauty", Tang figurines and silk painting from Astana Graves, and a proto-boomerang discovered outside Hami from 1,000 years ago show us here. Fly to Kashgar. Arrive in Kashgar and be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 15: Kashgar

Xiangfei (fragrant concubine) Tomb, Kashgar
Today we visit the Id Kah Emin Mosque which is the largest in China, a symbol of Kashgar. It was built in 1442 by Kashgar's ruler Shakessimirzha. the central dome of this beautiful yellow-tiled mosque is flanked by minarets more commonly seen in the Middle East It exquisite Islamic architecture sets it apart from Chinese styled mosques and its grandness has grown with its increasing stature. After then, we visit Abakh Khoja Tombs which are family tombs for the royal hereditary leader of Kashgar in 16th century; one of the most famous tombs is which belongs to Abakh Khoja's granddaughter, Iparhan. She was the imperial consort of the emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty. In the afternoon we visit Kashgar old Town, one of the most fascinating places to take in the incredible ethnic diversity of Central Asia. (B, L, D)

Day 16: Kashgar to Urumqi

Sunday Market, Kashgar
In the morning visit Sunday Market which is one of the most mind-boggling bazaars in Asia, as well as the livestock market where fowl and various four-legged animals are scrutinized and traded. One or two donkeys may even be taken for a test drive. Fly to Urumqi.(B, L, D)

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Day 17: Depart from Urumqi

Today your guide will escort you to the airport for your return flight home, or continue your tour that we Tailor-made for you. (B)



CitySuper Deluxe ClassDeluxe ClassTourist Class
DunhuangDunhuang Hotel 5Dunhuang Hotel 4Grand Sun Hotel 3
JiayuguanJiayuguan Huayuan Hotel 4Jiayuguan Huayuan Hotel 4Jiayuguan Chang Cheng Hotel 4
LanzhouSunshine Plaza 5Xilan International Hotel 4Jinchen Hotel 3
TurpanJiaohe Manor Hotel 4Jiaohe Manor Hotel 4Oasis Hotel 0
UrumqiHoi Tak Hotel 5City Hotel 3
XiaheXiahe Labuleng Hotel 3Xiahe Labuleng Hotel 3Xiahe Gengzang Hotel 3
XianHyatt Regency Xian 5Xian Garden Hotel 4Xian Tianyi Hotel 4


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Dec. 01 - Mar. 31 Low Season (2013) Apr. 01 - Nov. 30 High Season (2013)
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Tour Quotation Includes:

Hotels with daily western breakfasts;
Mails as listed in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-Dinner) at typical local restaurants;
Excellent individual English speaking guide in each city ;
Entrance fees to tourist sites as listed in the itinerary;
Private air-conditioned car or van for land transportation;
Domestic flights or trains as listed in the itinerary;
Service Charge and Government taxes;
Luggage transfers between airports and hotels.

Tour Quotation Excludes:

Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets;
Visa Fees;
Personal Expenses;
Gratuities, Tips to guides or drivers;
Single Room Supplement;
Meals: Any meals which are not specified with 'B', 'L', or 'D'.

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