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11-day Silk Road Classical Tour

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Day 1 Beijing
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Take international flight arrive in Beijing.,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 :  Beijing

Day 2 Beijing
Meals: B L D

Visiting Items:  Mutianyu Great Wall , Bird‘s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Centre , Tiananmen square. .
Morning visiting: Mutianyu Great Wall, Mutianyu Section is called as the Majestic Pass on Precipitous Mountains, which is one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, it is also the longest Great Wall in China. On the way, you can take a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to see the Bird‘s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Centre.
Afternoon visiting:  Tiananmen Square, which is the largest city public square in the world. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of a number of important events in the Chinese history, including the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. Then visit the Chinese royal palace Forbidden City, Also called Palace Museum, the Forbidden City is recognized as the most magnificent and splendid palace complex in China and one of the five world-famous palaces, along with the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in England, the White House in United States, and the Kremlin in Russia.
Overnight :  Beijing

Day 3  Beijing-Xi‘an (2 hrs flying)
Meals: B L D

Visiting Items:  Shaanxi Provincial Museum, The Ancient City Wall, the Grand Mosque.
Morning visiting: Fly to Xi‘an (the ancinet Chang’an ),after arrival, pick up and transfer to visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, This provincial museum is one of the major museums in China, and it holds numerous unearthed cultural artifacts from within the Shaanxi 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. 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

Day 4 Xi‘an
Meals: B L D

Visiting Items:  Terracotta Warriors and Horses ,Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Morning visiting: The key of today is the city tour.First, visit the amazing Terracotta Warriors and Horses - where7000 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: Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built more than a thousand years ago to house Buddhist scriptures collected by the renown monk Xuan Zang. it is the one of the oldest structures in China.
Overnight :  Xi‘an

Day 5 Xi‘an-Jiayuguan-Dunhuang
Meals: B L D

Visiting Items: Jiayuguan Pass, Great Wall Museum, the Great Wall on the Cliff
Morning visiting: Take morning flight to Jiayuguan. After arrival, 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 hisotory 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

Day 6 Dunhuang-Turpan
Meals: B L D

Visiting Items: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake
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 Mountain and Crescent Lake, 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 express train to the next destination Turpan.
Overnight :  Turpan

Day 7 Turpan
Meals: B L D

Visiting Items: Bezeklik Grottoes, Astana Tombs, Tuyoq Valley
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

Day 8 Turpan-Urumqi-Kashgar
Meals: B L D

Visiting Items: Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minaret, Jiaohe Ruins
Morning visiting: City tour,  first visit  Jiaohe Ruins , The city‘s name means ‘River City‘. with a long history over 2,000 years. upon arrival, spend couple hours to wander 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 cylindroid in 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, we will drive to Urumqi, and take the flight to Kashgar. Pick up at the airport and then transfer to the hotel and check in.
Overnight :  Kashgar

Day 9 Kashgar
Meals: B L D

Visiting Items: Apak Hoja Tomb, Sunday Bazaar, Kashgar Old Town,
Handicraft street,  Idigar Mosque
Morning visiting: City tour.Drive you to the Apak Hoja 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 Abakh Khoja family tomb.
the entire day to 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, horseback, ute, motorbike, 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. afterwards, 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 theHandicraft 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 most famous one in Xinjiang.
Overnight :  Kashgar

Day 10 Kashgar-Karakul Lake-Tashkorgan
Meals: B L D

Visiting Items: Karakul Lake, Muztagh Ata
Morning visiting: Driving on the China-Pakistan Friendly highway about 4hrs to enjoy the landscape of Pamirs Plateau.. 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. Then drive directly to Taxkorgan via Muztagh Ata(7546m in altitude)-called the "Father of Glacier", Konger Shan Mountains(7719m in altitude).
We take the Karakom highway back to Kashgar in the late afternoon.
Night market suggested today for the food and experience the real life of the locals.
Overnight :  Tashkorgan

Day 11 Tashkugan - Kashgar
Meals: B L D

Visiting Items: Sone Casstle, Karakul Lake, Muztagh Ata on the way

Morning visiting: Visit Sone Castle, then drive back to Kashgar, sightseeing on the way.

Day 12 Kashgar - Other city of China and Exit
Meals: B L D

Early in the morning,take flight to other city and exit, back to your sweet home, finish the tour in China.

Day 1Beijing
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Day 2Beijing
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Day 3 Beijing-Xi‘an (2 hrs flying)
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Day 4Xi‘an
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Day 5Xi‘an-Jiayuguan-Dunhuang
Meals: B L D
Day 6Dunhuang-Turpan
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Day 7Turpan
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Day 8Turpan-Urumqi-Kashgar
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Day 9Kashgar
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Day 10Kashgar-Karakul Lake-Tashkorgan
Meals: B L D
Day 11Tashkugan - Kashgar
Meals: B L D
Day 12Kashgar - Other city of China and Exit
Meals: B L D