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11 Days China Silk Road Tour

Day 1 Arrive Beijing (B)
On arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. If time permits, you will take a tour of the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. Two nights stay in Beijing.
Accommodation: 3* Peace Palace Hotel (Or the same class)

Day 2 Beijing (B, L, D)
This morning, explore the best of Beijing with a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest square. Around the vast square, you can see The Great Hall of People, holding the congress of the Communist Party and National People's Congress, History Museum, Military Museum and Monuments to the People's heroes. Under the famous Mao's portrait, which is positioned at the center of "The Gate of Heavenly Peace" entrance, you will walk into the Forbidden City (also known as Imperial Palace), which holds 9,999 rooms. Experience the intricate architecture and exquisitely designed layout of these grand buildings once housed by Chinese Emperors who ruled during the period of the Qing and Ming Dynasties for almost 500 years (1420-1911). Thereafter, you will explore the Great Wall of China, also considered as one of the greatest wonders of the world. This massive wall stretches well over 4,000 miles and once was used as the soldier's safeguard to protect the Chinese empire's northern borders against invaders. You then have the opportunity to climb up the mammoth sized wall at your own pace. Be sure to take in the experience and enjoy the breath-taking view from the top of one of the greatest achievements of civilization.

Day 3 Beijing - Xi'an (B, L, D)
Transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to the ancient city of Xi'an for an overnight stay. In the afternoon, drive for one hour to Lingtong County to visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses with circle movie showed before visiting the pits and the Banpo Neolithic Village. The original site of Terracotta Warriors was found by a local farmer digging a well in 1974. Now it has turned into the most important attraction in Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum. It is located about 50km east of the Xi'an City. The museum includes Pit 1, Pit 2 and Pit 3 as well the exhibition hall of the chariots and horses. The Pit 1 is the largest of the three. You'll take the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show, one of the best shows in China, in the evening. Accommodation: 4* Le Garden hotel (Or the same class)

Day 4 Xi'an - Dunhuang (B, L, D)
In the morning, pay a visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of Xi'an. It is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It is located in the southern suburb of Xi'an City, about 4 kilometers (2.49 miles) from the downtown of the city. Standing in the Da Ci'en Temple complex, it attracts numerous visitors for its fame in the Buddhist religion, its simple but appealing style of construction, and its new square in front of the temple. Followed by a visit to the City Wall, the most complete city wall that has survived in China as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. It was enlarged in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) from the city wall initially built in Tang Dynasty (618 -907). Now it is 12 meters tall, 12-14 meters wide and 14 kilometers in length with a deep moat surrounding it.. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Dunhuang for a two night stay in 3* Dunhuang Hotel (Or the same class)

Day 5 Dunhuang (B, L, D)
You will visit the most famous monument of Dunhuang - the Mogao Caves, also widely referred as "Thousand Buddha Caves". An art gallery in the desert, the walls of the caves are lined with Buddhist frescoes and sculpted figures, is said to be the finest examples of Buddhist art in the world. Mixing Indian and Chinese styles, they are a remarkable record of Silk Road civilization. The attractive cave that swarms of tourists contains the most impressive and well-preserved examples of ancient Buddhist cave art aging over 1,00 years. The treasure house contains hundreds of sandstone caves holding more than 2,000 statues and 45,000 brilliantly bright paintings of Buddha and Chinese mythological figures. Then visit local museum in the afternoon.

Day 6 Dunhuang - Turpan
You will tour the Crescent Moon Lake in the Singing Sands Dunes. From a distance, make sure to keep your ears peeled for the whistling tunes among the sand dunes. The sounds are created by the winds cascading in a downward direction of the sand dunes at a low frequency mostly during dry and hot weather conditions. If you are feeling adventurous, take up on an optional camel ride. Later, coach transfer to the station for the overnight train to Turpan.

Day 7 Turpan (B, L, D)
Arrive in the morning, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for breakfast. Visit Gaochang Ancient City, which until early Ming dynasty was a thriving town on the silk road, today it has been reduced to a 20 hectare (50 acre) stretch of broken walls and deserted fields. Then move on to Astana Ancient Tombs and Flaming Mountain, a mountain made famous by the classical Chinese mythological novel, Journey to the West, and Karez Irrigation System which was constructed over 2,000 years ago and is considered one of the greatest achievements of ancient China.

Day 8 Turpan - Urumqi (B, L, D)
In the morning, we take coach journey for 125 mile (200 km) from Turpan to Urumqi. In the afternoon visit the Heavenly Lake. Only one hour and a half drive from the city, it lies on snow-capped Mount Bogda at almost 2000 meters above sea level. The sapphire-blue lake is set in deep slope of pine forests and meadows of wild flowers where Kazak nomads camp. The views from the cruise boat are breathtaking indeed. Stay in 4* Universal Hotel (Or the same class)

Day 9 Urumqi - Kashgar (B, L, D)
Urumqi, widely known as "beautiful pasture" and also a major industrial center and the capital of Xinjiang Uygar Autonomous Region. Xinjiang is a large (comparable in size to Iran), sparsely populated area. There, you will not only observe Islamic culture of Uygar people and daily lifestyle of many other ethnic groups but also vast natural scenery and the Gobi Desert. In the morning, continue to visit the Nanshan Pasture to experience the lifestyle of the minorities in Xinjiang. Transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight to Kashgar. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for 2 nights stay in 3* Seman Hotel (Or the same class)

Day 10 Kashgar (B, L, D)
Kashgar is a small city in Chinese sense, while it still retains an air of the exotic, due mainly to its fascinating ethnic mix of Uygurs, Tajiks, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks and a relatively small number of Han Chinese. Viisit the Bazaar in the morning. Then the Tomb of Apak Hoja (Fragrant Lady), a massive elegant building created in 1640 in a typical Islamic style. The tomb is a group of beautiful and magnificent buildings including the Tomb Hall, the Doctrine-Teaching Hall, the Great Hall of Prayer, the gate tower, a pond and orchard. The Tomb Hall, with a dome shaped top of 17 meters in diameter and covered with green glazed tile south side, is 26 meters high and 39 meters long at the base. Afterwards, visit  the Idkad Mosque, China's largest Islamic mosque dating back more than 500 years.

Day 11 Kashgar - Urumqi - Beijing
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Urumqi. On arrival, connect the onward flight to Beijing.

No. of Pax Price Single Supplement
1 traveler ¥26500 $3925 ¥0 $0
2-5 travelers v¥19800 $2360 ¥2450 $362
6-9 travelers ¥18600 $2140 ¥2450 $362
$=USD, US Dollars
  ¥=RMB or CNY (Chinese Yuan, Renminbi)

*Price is for one person, based on double occupancy.
*When there are 10 or more paying pax in your group, a national guide will travel with you from city to city, upon your arrival in China up to your departure.

Price Includes:
1. All internal transportations and transfers in China, including internal flights from Beijing to Xi'an, Xi'an to Dunhuang, Urumqi to Kashgar, Kashgar to Urumqi and Urumqi to Beijing.
2. Hotels as specified in the itinerary
3. All meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
4. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees
5. English speaking guide in each city
6. All domestic airport taxes
7. Complimentary domestic travel insurance

Price Excludes:
1. Flights arriving and departing Beijing
2. Chinese visa fee.
3. Your own international travel insurance.
4. Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
5. Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers.
6. Other personal expenses.

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