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Taking international flight arrive in Xi’an, pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Feel free to explore the city at your leisure for the
rest of the day.
Overnight: Xi’an Meals: No
Day 2 Xi‘an
Morning visiting: Visit the Shanxi Provincial Museum, This provincial museum is one of the major museums in China, and it holds numerous unearthed cultural artifacts from within the Shanxi province as well as the rest of China.
Afternoon visiting: Visit The Ancient City Wall, this is an
extension of the old Tang Dynasty structure boasting the most complete city wall
that has survived through the long Chinese history. The City Wall has corner
towers, ramparts, sentry towers, gate towers, battlements and a number of city
defensive fortifications with very strong defense capability. You can spend a few hours strolling around the city wall or experiencing the cycling if you are interested in. Visit the Big Wild Goose
Pagoda, built more than a thousand years ago to house Buddhist
scriptures collected by the known monk Xuan Zang. It is the one of the oldest
structures in China.
Last, explore the Grand Mosque. The Grand Mosque is a Chinese traditional Alhambresque architecture with a long history and grand scale, and is a great combination of Islamic and Chinese culture. You can do a cuisine exploration at the Muslim Street.
Overnight: Xi‘an Meals: B L D
Day3 Xi‘an Lanzhou
Visiting items: Terra-Cotta Warriors
Morning visiting: The key of today is the city tour. First, visit the amazing Terra-cotta Warriors, where 7000 individually crafted clay soldiers stand on guard. This is one of the greatest archaeological findings of the 20th century - the army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin Shi Huang‘s tomb from two thousand years ago. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China.
Afternoon visiting: Take flight to Lanzhou. Pick up then transfer to the hotel.
Overnight : Lanzhou Meals : B L D
Day 4 Lanzhou / Xiahe
Visiting items: Labrang Monastery, Songke Grassland
Morning visiting: Drive to Xiahe, sightseeing on the way. Songke Grassland, at an average altitude of over 3,000m above sea level, is situated a short 14km from Xiahe. This vast expanse of grassy plains, covering an area of around 70 square kilometers, is a lonely, beautiful place that is a nice change for those from bustling Chengdu or Lanzhou. There are only 4,000 Tibetan nomads on the grasslands, all wrapped up in their many, dirty layers, who graze yak herds and offer tourists the chance of a ride upon their horses. Entertainment here varies according to your preference.
Afternoon visiting: Xiahe often referred to as "Little Tibet", it is famous for Labrang Monastery, as one of the six leading Buddhist lamaseries in China. The lamasery houses thousands of cultural relics including 60,000 volumes of Tibetan scriptures which have been well preserved. There will also be an opportunity to meet the semi-nomadic herdsmen of the surrounding grasslands.
Overnight : Xiahe Meals : B L D
Day 5 Xiahe/Lanzhou/Zhangye
Visiting items: Gansu Provincial Museum or White Pagoda Hill
Morning visiting: Drive back to Lanzhou (4 hours drive), sightseeing on the way.
Afternoon visiting: Visit Gansu
Provincial Museum, this Museum houses a superb collection of
the Neolithic pottery for which Gansu is famed.The display includes primitive agricultural stone tools and red-grey
bowls and vessels from the rich Dadiwan site in central Gansu.Or visit White Pagoda Hill. Then you will be
transferred to the railway station for evening bullet train (3 hours) to
Overnigh : Zhangye Meals : B L D
Day 6 Zhangye/Jiayuguan
Visiting items: Danxia National Geological Park, Zhangye Grand Buddha Temple
Morning visiting: Visit the Grand Buddha Temple, which is the important place of the Silk Road. The Giant Buddha Temple is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. China‘s largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple.
Afternoon visiting: Visit the Zhangye
Danxia National Geological Park, which is 510 square kilometers
in total, it located in the north of Qilian Mountain, SuNa County territory. It includes the colorful hills in Linze
county , ice hills, Danxia and GanZhou District and PingShan lake. The scenic
Danxia, is a distance of 40 km from east Zhang Ye city, north from Linze county
town by 20 kilometers, this is the most typical arid area of northern China.
Last, take the bullet train to
Jiayuguan (1.5 hours). Met and be transferred to the hotel for
Overnigh : Jiayuguan Meals : B L D
Day 7 Jiayuguan Dunhuang
Morning visiting: Visit Jiayuguan Pass, about 6 km away from downtown. The Ming Dynasty fort here guards the strategic pass, at the western end of the Great Wall – this was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. Construction of the fort was started in 1372 in the Ming Dynasty, and subsequently enlarged and strengthened, and was known as ‘the strongest pass under heaven‘. and you can learn more history and culture from the Great Wall Museum, it is the first museum to exhibit the Great Wall culture in a comprehensive and systematic way.
Afternoon visiting: Visit the Great Wall on the Cliff, the wall here was
built on the ridge with a gradient of 45 degrees. It is high in the air and it
looks as if it fell down from the top of the hill. So people refer to this
section of the Great Wall as the "Suspended Wall". The Suspended
Wall, the extension of the walls at the Jiayuguan Pass towards the north, was
an integral part of the ancient defense system at the Jiayuguan Pass. After
that we will proceed to Dunhuang by bus.
Overnight: Dunhuang Meal: B L D
Day8 Dunhuang Turpan
Morning visiting: First visit the famous Mogao Grottoes, a shrine of Buddhist art treasures, enjoy the Silk Road Movies in Mogao Grottoes Visitor Center, then we will start to explore the Grottoes, Please note that cameras are not allowed inside the grottoes.
Afternoon visiting: Visit the Echoing-Sand Crescent Lake and Mountain, the most popular
tourist site in Dunhuang. Echoing-Sand Mountain, known as Mingsha Mountain to
the Chinese, is 5 km to the south of Dunhuang and is famous for the constant
sound of the moving sand. The Crescent Moon Lake is literally an oasis in the
desert. The lake’s name derives from the crescent moon shape taken by the pool
of spring water between two large sand dunes. you can enjoy the oasis in the
desert and experience a camel-riding. Take a 3 hours
ride to Dunhuang Liuyuan Station and catch your bullet train to the next destination Turpan.
Overnigh: Turpan Meal: B L D
Morning visiting: Visit Bezeklik Grottoes, which is a complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to 14th century between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan at the north-east of the Taklamakan Desert near the ancient ruins of Gaochang in the Mutou Valley. It has always been the Buddhist Center of Gaochang Area, there are 57 existing caves and murals for you to visit. Then transfer to visit the Astana Tombs, This is the graveyard of the residents who lived in the Gaochang City in the Jin-Tang period. Between 1959 and 1975, a great number of cultural relics had been unearthed, including Chinese documents, textiles, epitaphs, coins, clay sculptures, pottery, wooden wares, silk-paintings, crops and foods, etc. The site is known as the Underground Museum.
Afternoon visiting: Visit Tuyoq Valley, the oldest surviving Uygur village in
Xinjiang. About a kilometer from the cave shrine is a group of grottoes
that have some Buddhist and Nestorian artwork. These grottoes are said to
date from the West Jin Dynasty (265AD-316AD), and are considered to be the
earliest in Turpan. Most of the murals are damaged. Fortunately, 10 of the
grottoes still have some of the preserved murals. These precious murals are
very unique in style.
Overnight: Turpan Meals: B L D
Day 10 Turpan Urumqi Kashgar
Morning visiting: City tour, first visit Jiaohe Ruins with a long history over 2,000 years, the name of the ruins means ‘confluence of two rivers by the two sides of the city on the cliff‘. You can spend couple hours wandering around this ancient city and pursue the past civilization along the ancient Silk Road.Then visit the Sugong Minaret, the minaret tower was built in the 41st year of the long reign of Qianlong Emperor during the Qing Dynasty. It is the embodiment of the ancient architectural arts of the Uighur people. The body of the tower is cylindrical shape, built with bricks arranged in various symmetrical patterns on the outer wall. The tower has 14 windows and a spiral staircase inside going to the top.
Afternoon visiting: Karez Irrigation system, ancient
Irrigation System, which is still used today, is a unique irrigation system in
Turpan. It takes advantage of the slopes, draws the underground water to flow
by itself to irrigate farmland. It consists of four parts: vertical wells,
underground channels, ground canals, and small reservoirs. After the visit, drive
to Urumqi and take the flight to Kashgar. Pick up at the airport and then transfer to the hotel and
Overnight: Kashgar Meals: B L D
Day 11 Kashgar
Morning visiting: City tour. Drive to the Apak Khoja Tomb. This Mazar
is the holiest place in Xinjiang for the Muslims, and an architectural
treasure. Built in 1640, it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style
of Samarkand or Isfahan. The site is also known as the Xiang Fei (Fragrant
Concubine) Tomb in memory of Abakh Khoja‘s granddaughter, Iparhan, who was the
Fragrant Concubine of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty. A handsome
blue-and-white tiled gate leads into the compound, which includes a small
religious school and the Apak Khoja family tomb.
Visit the Sunday Bazaar, This is called “Sunday” bazaar, but it is open daily, even though it is busiest on Sundays. Streets near this big market are jammed with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horse, mule, motobike, or on foot, with their animals. It is loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive, eat breakfast, set up their animals and check out the action. Cattle, sheep (they definitely look different), goats, donkeys, horses have their own sections. Sellers show off their animals as “good eaters” (most go as livestock, not meat). The entire experience is fascinating and fun.
Afternoon visiting: Kashgar Old Town, you will see the cabaret performance in the old town around 10:00am every morning and in walking the streets of its Old Town, one gets the sense of what this legendary Central Asian hub was like in the days when the Silk Road was at its zenith. Visit the small alleys to look at the characteristic Uygur residences. You will experience and enjoy the culture and history that has been retained in the small alleys and deep courtyards. In the alleys on platforms beside the residence you could marvel at the even more ancient primitive workshops for hand-made earthenware. Some 17 or 18 antique workshops have been restored. Afterward, stroll around the Old Town, to explore the local lifestyle and unique architecture, most of the folk houses here all have a hundred years of history. then we will take you to visit the Handicraft street, it gathered hundreds of handicraft workshops, Uygur hats, pottery, musical instrument, you can find everything what you want, which has become a boutique exhibition for handicraft in Kashgar and Central Asia. We are going to Idigar Mosque, the largest Mosque in China and the most famous one in Xinjiang. It has a history of about 500 years. The mosque itself is a magnificent Islamic architecture. During the Islamic festivals, thousands of Uygur people gather in the mosque and pray. After pray, it becomes a sea of joy and celebration.
Overnight: Kashgar Meal: B L D
Day 12 Kashgar /Karakul Lake/ Kashgar
Visiting items: Karakul Lake
Morning visiting: Driving on the China and Pakistan highway about 4hrs to enjoy the landscape of Pamir Plateau.40mins driving. We stop in the Opal village to visit the traditional bustling bazaar. The following day will be spent exploring the stunning landscape surrounding the Karakul Lake, where the herds of livestock around the lakeside are reflected in lake and is extraordinarily graceful, where Kirghiz herdsmen usually settle down and graze their herds. You will have ample opportunity for leisure walking and enjoy the Magnificent Muztagh Peak. It is highly recommended to visit the local Kirgiz family in their yurt.
Afternoon visiting:We take car along the Karakoram highway back to Kashgar in the late afternoon.
suggested today for the food and experience the real life of the locals.
Overnight: Kashgar Meals: B L D
Day 13 Kashgar Torugart / Any city of China and exit
Early in the morning, drive to the Pass and exit,back to your warm home and finish the tour in China.