19 Days Silk Road Experience

Beijing, Xian, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiayuguan Pass, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Shanghai

Tour Code: TCT-Silk-Road-03

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to October.

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Want to discover the wonders of the Silk Road? TopChinaTravel gonna help! This 19 Days China Silk Road Tour to Gansu and Xinjiang Province is try to help you discover the mysterious and legendary historic attractions of the land. Start your trip from Beijing, the ancient and modern capital of China, whose imperial architecture and solemn rituals construction create an atmosphere of tranquility and culture after decades of trauma and civil war. We then take the flight to Xian, the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and one of the oldest cities in Chinese history, to begin your very Silk Road adventure. During the long but marvelous journey, you will then have the chance to visit Langzhou, Xiahe, Wuwei, Zhangjie, Dunhuang, and also Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Urumqi. Save some photo-memory for your final visit in this far corner of the Empire to the spectacular Karakul Lake before flying via Urumqi to Shanghai, your departure from the Middle Kingdom. Zai Jian,... but it's only temporary; we will be here to welcome your return.


Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Beijing Be transferred to the hotel
02 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
03 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs
04 Beijing - Xian Hutong Tour by rickshaw, Flight to Xian
05 Xian Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient Xian City Wall
06 Xian - Xiahe Flight to Xiahe, Sangke Grass
07 Xiahe - Lanzhou Labrang Lamasery, Coach to Lanzhou
08 Lanzhou - Wuwei White Pagoda Hill Park, Gansu Provincial Museum, Coach to Wuwei
09 Wuwei - Zhangye Leitai Tomb, Wuwei Wen Miao, Tiantishan Grottoes
Coach to Zhangye
10 Zhangye - Jiayuguan City Wooden Tower, Grand Buddha Temple, Zhangye Danxia Landform Park, Coach to Jiayuguan City
11 Jiayuguan City - Dunhuang Jiayuguan Pass, Overhanging Great Wall, Coach to Dunhuang
12 Dunhuang Yumenguan Pass, Dunhuang Yadan National Geologic Park
13 Dunhuang -Turpan Mogao Grottoes, Train to Turpan
14 Turpan-Urumqi  Emin Minaret, Karez Well,Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City, Coach to Urumqi,
15 Urumqi - Kashgar  Heavenly Lake, Flihght to Kashgar
16 Kashgar Zhiren Street, Id Kah Mosque, Apak Hoja Tomb, Local Bazaar  
17 Kashgar - Urumqi Flight to Urumqi, Karakul Lake  
18 Urumqi - Shanghai Flight to Shanghai
19 Departure Shanghai Be transferred to the airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, your gateway city of China tour, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. With no sightseeing planned, the remainder of the day is spent free at leisure.

Meals: No meals
Accommodation: In Beijing



Day 2 Beijing

Depart from hotel in the morning to visit Tian'anmen Square, the largest urban square and Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. If you are interested, you can enjoy the gorgeous Peking Opera tonight as an optional activity.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing


Forbidden City



Day 3 Beijing

The star attraction of China is its Great Wall, a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from entering the mainland. Today you will have the opportunity to traverse the ancient steps of Mutianyu Great Wall. Then you will have a short visit to Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb). After the tour, how about taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck for your optional dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing


Mutianyu Great Wall



Day 4 Beijing  Xian

In the morning, take a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw to visit the ancient lanes and alleyways of Beijing. Be transferred to the airport for the flight to Xian in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian


Hutong Tour by Rickshaw



Day 5 Xian

Today, enjoy your full day visit to the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation and then to see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the massive Xian City Wall. If you are interested, you can enjoy the Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner as your optional night activity.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian


Terracotta Warriors



Day 6 Xian  Xiahe

In the morning, take an early morning flight to Xiahe for a visit to Sangke Grass, which is famous for summer-blooming Sangke flowers and frequent magnificent Buddhist ceremonies. Stay overnight near Labrang Monastery.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Xiahe


Sangke Grass



Day 7 Xiahe  Lanzhou

Before driving to Lanzhou, you will take a short visit to Labrang Lamasery, one of the six great monasteries of the Geluk (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism. You will then transferred to Lanzhou.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Lanzhou


Labrang Lamasery



Day 8 Lanzhou  Wuwei

Today after breakfast, have a visit to those must-see sites covering White Pagoda Hill Park and Gansu Provincial Museum. After that drive to Wuwei and stay overnight there.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Wuwei


White Pagoda Hill Park



Day 9 Wuwei  Zhangye

Today, after breakfast, enjoy your visit to Leitai Tomb, Wuwei Wen Miao and Tiantishan Grottoes. After the tour drive to Zhnagye and have a rest of this day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Zhangye


Tiantishan Grottoes



Day 10 Zhangye  Jiayuguan City

In the morning, visit Wooden Tower of Sui Dynasty and Grand Buddha Temple which is home to China largest indoor reclining Buddha. And then drive to visit Zhangye Danxia Landform Park to appreciate the beautiful rainbow mountain there. Continue to drive to Jiayuguan City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Jiayuguan City


Zhangye Danxia Landform Park



Day 11 Jiayuguan City  Dunhuang

In the morning, you will firstly take a truly special excursion to Jiayuguan Pass and Overhanging Great Wall. And then drive to Dunhuang and have a rest of this day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Dunhuang


Jiayuguan Pass



Day 12 Dunhuang

Today after breakfast, you will firstly have a 3-hour driving to the Yumenguan Pass (30 min) - strategic pass on the ancient Silk Road. And then, continue to experience the amazing Dunhuang Yadan National Geologic Park (1 hour) - the largest one of Yadan Landform found so far. When finish the tour, you will have another 3-hour driving back to the Dunhuang downtown. After that, have a rest of this day in hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Dunhuang


Yumenguan Pass



Day 13 Dunhuang Liuyuan  Turpan

Today, you will take a visit to Mogao Grottoes (4 hours) - which is considered the great treasure house of Buddhist arts in existence. After lunch, firstly have a 3-hour driving to the Liuyuan Train Station and help you to get on the train. You will have a bullet train (4 hours) from Liuyuan railway station to Turpan, an oasis city, is located at the southern foot of Bogda Peak and in the center of Turpan Depression.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Turpan


Mogao Grottoes



Day 14 Turpan Urumqi

Today after breakfast and check-out of the hotel, firstly drive you to visit Emin Minaret (Sugong Pagoda) (1 hour) - the biggest ancient pagoda existing in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient pagoda in the country. Continue to the Karez Well (30 min) - reputed as one of the three major construction projects in ancient China. Then go to visit the mysterious death city-the Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City, which reveals traces of a prosperous ancient trading center and military stronghold 1,600 years ago. Then be transferred to Urumqi (Turpan-Urumqi 200km, about 2 - 2.5 hours driving)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Urumqi
Note: Click Xinjiang Map to see about the general geography of this place. 

Jiaohe Ancient City
Jiaohe Ancient City



Day 15 Urumqi  Kashgar

Take a driving for 120km northeast to visit the holy Heavenly Lake (Tianchi). The beautiful lake is flanked by rugged pines and cypresses, with clear melting waters reflecting the surrounding of snow capped mount Bogeda. After the tour, be transferred back to airport for the flight to Kashgar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Kashgar

Heavenly Lake
Tianchi Lake



Day 16 Kashgar

In the morning, you can take a leisure stroll along Zhiren Street, an old street with an amazing hand-made stuff from strictly utilitarian cookware to exotic musical instruments. Then come to visit the Id Kah Mosque which is one of the largest and busiest in China. Then, you can take a short visit to Apak Hoja Tomb. If it is Sunday, the local Bazaar will be a good place for you to have a visit. This ancient market attracts locals and merchants from all over Xinjiang and nearby countries such as Pakistan and Kirghizstan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Kashgar


Apak Hoja Tomb



Day 17 Kashgar  Urumqi

Before taking a flight back to Urumqi, you will take a bus tour through the Karakurum Highway to Karakul Lake, enjoy the beautiful snow –capped mountain of Muztagh Ata and the lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Urumqi


Karakul Lake



Day 18 Urumqi  Shanghai

Free at leisure until be transferred to the airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, be transferred to hotel and the rest time is free.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai


Shanghai City View



Day 19 Depart from Shanghai

Free at leisure until be transferred to the airport for the return flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends.

Prices (per person in US$)

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Notice:
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.

Recommended Hotels

City Economy Hotel ★★★ Comfortable Hotel ★★★★ Deluxe Hotel ★★★★★
BeijingHoliday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven
Add: No.36 Nanwei Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100050, China
Beijing Hejing Fu Hotel
Add: 7 Zhangzizhong Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Add: 57 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
XianSkytel Hotel Xian
Add: No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an
Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing Xian
Add: No.189 Jinhua North Road, Xi’an
Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian
Add: 319 Dongxin Street, Xian, China, 710004
LanzhouLanzhou Feitian Hotel
Add: No. 529, Tianshui South Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
Grand Soluxe Hotel Gansu
Add:428 Qingyang Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
Crowne Plaza Lanzhou
Add: No.1 North Binhe East Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
LanzhouLanzhou Feitian Hotel
Add: No. 529, Tianshui South Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
Grand Soluxe Hotel Gansu
Add:428 Qingyang Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
Crowne Plaza Lanzhou
Add: No.1 North Binhe East Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
DunhuangThe Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
Add: Dunyue Road, Dunhuang
The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
Add: Dunyue Road, Dunhuang
Grand Soluxe Hotel Dunhuang
Add: No. 31 Mid. Yangguan Road, Dunhuang
TurpanTurpan Hotel
Add: 22 South Youth Road, Turpan
Huozhou Hotel Turpan
Add: Shuiyun Square, Donghuan Road, Turpan
Tuha Petroleum Hotel Turpan
Add: No.230 Wenhua Road, Turpan
UrumqiJingu Hotel
Add:258 Xinhua North Street, Tianshan District, Urumqi
Luxemon Xinjiang Yindu hotel
Add:179 Xihong West Street, Urumqi
Universal Hotel Urumqi
Add: No. 76, Beijing South Road, Xinshi District, Urumqi
KashgarKashgar Seman Hotel
Add: No. 170, Seman Road, Kashigar
Tianyuan International Hotel
Add: No. 8, Renming East Road, Kashgar
Radisson Blu Kashgar
Add: No. 2, Duolaite Bage Road, Kashgar
UrumqiJingu Hotel
Add:258 Xinhua North Street, Tianshan District, Urumqi
Luxemon Xinjiang Yindu hotel
Add:179 Xihong West Street, Urumqi
Universal Hotel Urumqi
Add: No. 76, Beijing South Road, Xinshi District, Urumqi
ShanghaiHoliday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai
Add:843 Guang Fu Xi Road, Putuo District, Shanghai
Central Hotel Shanghai
Add:555 jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Add: No. 88, Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Optional Activities

City Local Specialties Nights Shows
Beijing Beijing Roasted DuckPeking Opera
Shanghai Xiao Long BaoAcrobatics Show

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