China Classic Silk Road takes you an epic and unforgettable journey from historic Beijing through the southernmost Silk Road city Xi’an and delightful oasis Dunhuang to exotic Xinjiang. You will size yourself up against the Great Wall, discover one of imperial China’s most iconic remains at the Terracotta Warriors, contact with perhaps China’s most splendid accumulation of Buddhist art, the spellbinding Mogao Caves, thread your way through a string of the Silk Road by rail to the Turpan and pick up stunning and attractive history in melting pot Kashgar.
Day 1__Arrival to Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. You are greeted by your guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The rest time is free at your own leisure.
Day 2__Beijing city tour and Great Wall
Great Wall: It’s famous and to be the most choice from the guests of all world. Great Wall, one of the eight ancient wonders of between 6000- 6500km long built over several centuries to keep out the invading northern tribes.
Summer Palace: The Imperial Garden covers a huge area-some 2.5km from east to west
Day 3__Beijing to Xi’an
After Beijing city tour, you will take a flight to Xi’an.
The Forbidden City: In scripted as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site in 1987. It is the largest palace of the world complex covering 74 hectares. It has 9999 halls and rooms in which emperors lived for over 500 hundred years in Ming and Qing dynasties.
Tian An Men Square: After last sites of Forbidden city, we take a leisure walk around Tian An Men Square to admire the grandeur of the largest public squares in the world.
Xi'an: fabled past is a double-edged sword. Primed with the knowledge that this legendary city was once the terminus of the Silk Road and a melting pot of cultures and religions, as well as home to emperors, courtesans, poets, monks, merchants and warriors; visitors can feel let down by the roaring, modern-day version. But even though Xi’an’s glory days ended in the early 10th century, many elements of ancient Chang’an, the former Xi’an , are still present.
Day 4__Xi’an City Tour
Today you will have a Xi’an city tour.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda: the majestic Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.
Ancient City Wall: It's the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.
Shanxi Historical museum: one of the three best historical museums in China.
Day 5__Xi’an to Dunhuang
Today you will visit Terracotta Warriors. After that you will take a flight to Dunhuang.
Terracotta Warriors: Part of the underground tomb of the Emperor Qin. Well over 7000 figures in full battle array are formed for battle in several large pits.
Mogao Grottoes: constructed over a millennium, from the 4th to the 14th centuries, the caves hold the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures.
Crescent Lake and Echoing-Sand Mountain: is 6km south of Dunhuang in the Echoing-Sand Mountain and is quite literally an oasis in the desert. The spring's name derives from the crescent moon shape taken by the small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes.
Day 7__Dunhuang to Turpan
Today you will visit Yumenguan Pass and Yadan Landform Park, the Evil City. And then you will take overnight train to Turpan.
Yumenguan Pass: which is one of the west gates out of the country of Han Dynasty. It is quite ruined by the shifting sands but still shows the ever splendor.
Yadan Landform Park, the Evil City: locates the south to the Wubao town in Hami and 20kms far from Wubao while 100kms far from Hami city. The Evil city is famous for its night sound and vivid rocks in various shapes those look like animals or other world famous attractions in the world.
Upon arrival, your guide will arrange your breakfast. After breakfast, we will visit Kanerz Well, Grape Valley and Jiaohe Ruin.
The Karez Water System Folkways Paradise: is located at the Ya'er country in Turpan city, 3 kilometers away from the city Turban, and 2 kilometers away from the 312 national highway in the south. This irrigation system of wells connected by underground channels is considered to be one of the three great ancient projects in China.
Grape Valley: is a must see in Turpan. With its shady vineyards and trees, this provides a welcome place of relaxation amidst the hundreds of square miles of sand. You may take a seat under the vintage frames, savor various grapes, enjoy the beautiful Uyghur girls in their ornate costumes, and be fully intoxicated by this refreshing palace of grapes. Taking a walk along the grape corridor, you will find drying rooms on nearby slopes. Every year over 300 tons of raisins are made here.
Jiaohe Ruin: It was built by the old Cheshi people in Qin dynasty and Han dynasty. It was almost dig from natural ground and the tallest building reached three stories high, which is the biggest, oldest and best preserved construction city in the world. The present preservation was descended from Tang dynasty during which period it had its Gold Age.
Day 9__Turpan to Urumqi to Kashgar
Today you will visit Heavenly Lake. After that you will take flight to Kashgar.
Heavenly Lake: is a very beautiful mountain lake formed more than million years ago in the 4th glacial epoch, so the water in it is pure and icy. The altitude of the lake is up to 2150 meters above the sea level and got its fame as the "jewel in the crown".
Today you will visit the 15th century Id Kah Mosque, Zhiren Street and Sunday Bazaar.
Id Kah Mosque: as the biggest mosque in China, it is a group of old Islamic constructions with strong ethnic style and religious features. Every day thousands of worshippers come here to pray. The present Id Kah Mosque was built in 1442 as a very small structure. Several renovations and enlargements have created it with today's scale and style. The whole complex occupies 16,800 square meters (about 4 acres) and consists of the courtyard, the Hall of Prayer, and the gate tower and as well as some other attached structures.
Zhiren Street: is close to Id Kah Mosque, an old street with an amazing range of goods being crafted for sale by hand, from strictly utilitarian cookware to exotic musical instruments.
Sunday Bazaar: Famous throughout Asia, this ancient market attracts locals and merchants from all over Xinjiang and nearby countries such as Pakistan and Kirghizstan. There are wonderful, offerings of dried fruit and delicacies, clothes, shoes, leather, textiles, rugs and carpets as well as scarves, souvenirs and other goods in an eclectic mix that appeals to traveller and native alike. Open all week, Sunday's the big day when the farmers come to town, and those who still prefer to shop at the market rather than city shops.
Day 11__Kashagir to Urumqi
Today you will visit Karakuli Lake. After that we will drive back to Kashgar for your flight to Urumqi
Karakuli Lake: a sparkling glacial lake, surrounded by stunning rocky mountains, and snow-covered peaks as high as 7500m (the lake's at 3,600). After eating in one of the collection of yurts at the water's edge you can walk around the lake. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Kashgar and take flight back to Urumqi.
Day 12__Urumqi to Shanghai
Today you will take a flight to Shanghai. It takes about 5 hours.
Day 13__Shanghai City Tour
Yuyuan Garden: famous classical garden located in Anren Jie. The garden was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age.
Jade Buddha Temple: One of Shanghai's few active Buddhist monasteries, this temple was built between 1911 and 1918. Then centrepiece is the 1.9m-high pale green Jade Buddha, seated upstairs in his own hall.
The Bund: also called Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (East Zhongshan 1st Road), is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It is on the west bank of Huangpu River from the Waibaidu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge and winds 1500 meters (0.93 mile) in length. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.
Your China Classic Silk Road Tour will be near the end. You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
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