21 Days 20 Nights Shanghai - Xian - Xining - Lanzhou - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi - Beijing Tour

  • Tour Code: SR-306  
  • Destinations: Shanghai - Xian - Xining - Lanzhou - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi - Beijing
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Day 01: Arrive in Shanghai

Arrive in Shanghai 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: Shanghai

Pudong, Shanghai
This day we tour the acclaimed Shanghai Museum, with its priceless collections of ancient Chinese bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings and furniture. And peaceful Yuyuan Garden, a traditional Chinese garden with plantings, courtyards, pavilions, and create the illusion of mountains and lakes. Tonight we attend Chinese acrobatics show after dinner. (B, L, D)


Day 03: Shanghai to Xian

Mural Painting, Shaanxi Provincial Museum
Fly to Xian. When you arrive in Xian Xianyang International Airport and you will be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. We visit famous Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, with an acclaimed collection of historic and cultural artifacts from different historical period of Shaanxi Province. In the evening, indulge in a Tang Dynasty dumpling dinner and cultural show featuring traditional music, dance, and traditional costumes (B, L, D)


Day 04: Xian

Terra-cotta Warriors, 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. A La Carte 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. (B, L, D)


Day 05: Xian

Anwu Village, 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 100 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 06: Xian to Xining

City Gate, Xian
This day begins at impressive nine-mile City Wall, and a bicycle tour on the top of 600 years old city wall. Fly to Xining. Arrive in Xining and be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 07: Xining

Qinghai Lake, Xining
This morning we tour the Qinghai Lake which is one of sacred lakes in Tibetan area and the largest saltwater lake in China. It is surrounded by seemingly endless rolling grassland that makes up the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Tibetan nomad living tents can seen scattered about in the summer when they come down from higher elevations to graze their yaks on the lush green grass surrounding the lake. (B, L, D)


Day 08: Xining to Lanzhou

Taer Monastery, Xining
In the morning we experience Taer Monastery (Kumbum) , one of the six great Yellow Hat Sect lamaseries in China, it was built in 1577, is revered for its association with founder of the Yellow Hat Sect, Tsongkhapa, who was born here in the 14th century. The monastery is noted for its cluster buildings and its extraordinary sculptures of human figures, animals and landscapes carved out of yak butter, is a historic Tibetan art form. Later, take soft-seated train to Lanzhou. Arrive in Lanzhou railway station and be greeted by your guide who will escort you to the hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 09: Lanzhou

Bingling Temple, 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 10: Lanzhou to Dunhuang

Crescent Moon Lake, Dunhuang
Fly to Dunhuang. Arrive in Dunhuang and be greeted by your guide. We begin our discovery of this ancient oasis city at 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. (B, L, D)


Day 11: Dunhuang to Turpan

Mural Painting, Mogao Grottos, Dunhuang
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 Pass (Jiayu Guan) which were the China's outermost defense during the Han dynasty. Take overnight soft-sleeper train to Turpan. (B, L, D)


Day 12: Turpan

Jiaohe Ruin, 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 13: Turpan

Flaming Mountain, 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: Kashgar

Abakh Khoja Tombs, 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 Xiangfei (fragrant concubine) Tomb 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 17: 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


Day 18: Urumqi to Beijing

Hongtong, Beijin
Fly to Beijing. Arrive in Beijing International Airport, be greeted by your guide. Afternoon begins with a rickshaw ride through Beijing ancient back roads and alleys (Hutongs). Here we visit the home of a local family for a rare glimpse of the traditional communal lifestyle that is fast disappearing. (B, L, D)


Day 19: Beijing

Great Wall
We begin our discovery of this 2,000-year-old city at vast Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, seat of imperial power during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), and Summer Palace, the former royal retreat with beautiful gardens and temples that is now a lovely park attracting both visitors and locals. Tonight we savor a traditional Peking duck dinner, followed by a traditional opera - Peking Opera performance at the Liyuan Theatre. (B, L, D)


Day 20: Beijing

Forbidden City, Beijing
This morning we tour the Great Wall, the incredible collection of ancient defense installations (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) that stretches almost 4,000 miles from the East China Sea to Central Asia and where we visit the Mu Tian Yu section by cable car. Than, we go to visit the Sacred Way and the Ming Tombs. (B, L, D)


Day 21: Depart from Beijing

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)

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B--BreakfastL--LunchD--Dinner

Accommodation:

CitySuper Deluxe ClassDeluxe ClassTourist Class
BeijingBeijing International Hotel 5Qianmen Jianguo Hotel 4Beijing Days Inn forbidden City 3
DunhuangDunhuang Hotel 5Dunhuang Hotel 4Grand Sun Hotel 3
KashgarTianyuan International Hotel 4Bangchen Hotel 4Seman Hotel Kashgar 3
LanzhouSunshine Plaza 5Xilan International Hotel 4Jinchen Hotel 3
ShanghaiSheraton Huating Hotel 5Longmen Hotel 4Zhaoan Hotel 3
TurpanJiaohe Manor Hotel 4Jiaohe Manor Hotel 4Oasis Hotel 0
UrumqiHoi Tak Hotel 5City Hotel 3
XianHyatt Regency Xian 5Xian Garden Hotel 4Xian Tianyi Hotel 4
XiningYunlong Hotel 5Qinghai Hotel 4Xining Hotel 3

 

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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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