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Overview

  • Start the Silk Road tour from Xian, where you will meet the Terracotta Army
  • Visit the relics of Buddhism and Islam, two most popular religions in the world
  • Explore the massive Xinjiang, admiring its unique attractions
  • Taste big and sweet grapes and other local fruits in Turpan

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day 1  Xian Arrival

Welcome to Xian, the capital of Shaanxi Province, was the also the capital of 16 ancient Chinese dynasties. Xian is replete with priceless relics, among which the Terracotta Army is the most renowned. Our history-savvy tour guides will help you learn about the most authentic history of Xian

Hanyang Tomb
Hanyang Tomb is the tomb of an emperor in and his empress of Han dynasties (202 BC – 220 AD). Frugality was a principle at that time, so there are not too many luxury funeral objects in the tomb. Most exhibitions are placed in the pits where they were unearthed.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is and landmark on the ancient Silk Road. Ancient Chinese products were transferred to the Western world from Xian, and Buddhist treasures were transported to and collected in the pagoda.

Accommodation: Hotel in Xian

Meals: None

Day 2  Meet the Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
The Terracotta Army was unearthed in 1974 by a farmer in the suburb of Xian City. Very soon, it became a very popular tourist attraction. Over 200 leaders of foreign countries have ever visited the Terracotta Army Museum. Besides the terracotta soldiers and horses, the bronze chariots are also highlights in the museum.
Ancient City Wall
Most ancient relics in Xian are preserved very well. Besides, the city wall itself, the watching and archers’ towers on the city wall also look almost the same as 700 years ago. It is recommended to take a walking or cycling tour on the city wall.
Muslim Quarter
The Muslim Quarter has become the best places to try street food and buy souvenirs since late 1990s. The noodles, roasted mutton or beef, pancakes, dried fruits, and dumplings are the recommended street foods. The handicrafts, such as paper cuts, embroideries and shadow plays are popular souvenirs.
Great Mosque
Initially built in 742 AD, the Great Mosque in Xian is a good place to see how Islamic culture is developing in Xian. The tablet inscriptions in the mosque tell tourists why the mosque was built. The houses in the mosque are very beautiful.

Accommodation: Hotel in Xian

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 3  Hill and Lake in Desert

You will fly to Dunhuang from Xian after breakfast. It is possible to camp on the Mingsha Hill, instead of staying in a hotel

Mingsha Hill
The Mingsha Hill is renowned for its “Singing Sand”. When the sand on the hill is being blew by wind, the sound is like the sand is singing. Standing on the top of thill, tourists can have spectacular desert view.
Crescent Lake
The Crescent Lake looks like a crescent in a desert. That is why it is named Crescent Lake. Although the lake is surrounded by desert, it never dries up and is never buried by quicksand. There are dense reeds on the south bank of the lake.

Accommodation: Hotel in Dunhuang or Camping

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 4  Mogao Grottoes
Mogao Grottoes
Thousands of antiques and statues of Buddha are collected in the Mogao Grottoes. Besides, tourist can admire the frescos, which cover an area of 45,000 square kilometers in these grottoes. The Mogao Grottoes were listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987.
Dunhuang Museum
The 13297 pieces of ancient relics in the Dunhuang Museum tell you how the city of Dunhuang was built and became prosperous. The ancient sets of Go Chess, jade and potteries in the museum were the hottest commodities on ancient Silk Road.

Travel tips: It is recommended to take a stroll in the local market of Shazhou or watch the dance show “Silk Road Flowers and Rain” at night

Accommodation: Hotel in Dunhuang

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 5  Train to Turpan

You will take 3.5-hour train ride from Dunhuang to Turpan today. Your guide in Turpan will accompany you to your hotel. The rest of the day is for self-exploration.

Accommodation: Hotel in Turpan

Meals: Breakfast   

Day 6  Turpan Ancient Relics
Karez Irritation Systems
Turpan is located in an endless desert, so local people constructed the Karez Irritation Systems to pump the underground water. The first Karez was constructed over 500 years ago. The grapes in Turpan are extremely sweet due to the underground water’s nurture.
Jiaohe Ruins
Around 800 years ago, the Jiaohe City was buried by the sand in Turpan. Although the sand terminated the civilization of the city, it also preserved the city for people nowadays. When the city was unearthed in 1961, it very soon became the most beautiful ruins in the world.
Emin Minaret
Built in 1778 AD, the Emin Minaret is the largest tower in Xinjiang. The major material of the tower are black bricks, which form 15 patterns on the tower, including rivers, flowers and cattle. When you look up at the entrance of tower, you may think you are in a piece of exquisite local blanket.
Grape Valley
As we can know from its name, the Grape Valley is a kingdom of Grape. 90% part of the valley are grape fields. Unlike most parts in Xinjiang, the clime in the valley is wet and cool. That’s the reason why the grape is sweet and big in the valley. The local people built a grape museum for tourists to learn more about its grape culture.

Accommodation: Hotel in Turpan

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 7  The Flaming Mountain
Bezeklik Grottoes
There are frescos in 40 of the 57 Bezeklik Grottoes. The frescos are mainly about Buddha and other Buddhis legends. It is amazing to see a Buddhist relic in an Islamic zone. Most of these grottoes were carved around 1000 years ago.
Flaming Mountain
As you may know from its name, the Flaming Mountain is very hot and its color is red. The highest air temperature in summer is 47.8 degrees centigrade, and the surface temperature is over 70 degrees centigrade. There is on plant on the mountain at all.

You will take a 3-hour long car ride to Urumqi after today’s sightseeing

Accommodation: Hotel in Urumqi

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 8  Xinjiang Museum
Heavenly Lake
Located in the north side of Bogda Shan, Xinjiang Province, Tianchi is also named as “Heavenly Lake”. It is about one hour’s drive from Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Province. The lake is surrounded by lofty mountains. Due to the light refraction, the water near the bank is green, while the part far away from the bank is blue.
Xinjiang Museum
Established in August 1959, Xinjiang Museum is situated in No.581, Xibei Road, Urumqi. It owns more than 37 thousands of pieces of cultural relics, including 281 pieces of top relics, which enable to museum to be a top-class museum in China.

You will fly to Kashgar after today’s tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Kashgar

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 9  Kashgar Highlights
Abakh Khoja Tomb
The Abakh Khoja Tomb is known as the tomb of one imperial concubine. She was born in Kashgar and went to Beijing to marry an emperor in the 17th century. Most tourists come to the tomb to commemorate the imperial concubine. Her tomb looks like an Islamic palace.
Id Kah Mosque
The Id Kah Mosque was initially built in 1422 AD. It is one of the largest mosques in China. Around 3000 Muslims worship here every day. The magnificent halls are must-sees in the mosque.
Kashgar Ancient City
Kashgar Ancient City is the only existing ancient city along the silk road. The earliest introduction to ancient city was found on a book published 2100 years ago. Both Buddhist and Islamic relics can be found in this ancient city.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kashgar

Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

Day 10  Kashgar Bazar
Kashgar Bazar
With more than 2,000 years’ history, Kashgar Bazar is the largest international trade market in Northwest Region of China. Western and Chinese merchants traded their commodities here in ancient times. Nowadays, it is a souvenir market.

You will be transferred to the Kashgar airport to catch your flight to your next destination. Hope you had a good time and learnt more about the Silk Road with us. Wish you all the best!

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Meals: Breakfast   Lunch   

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The travel date, service items, itinerary and number of visitors, visitors’ ID information, etc. can be modified free of charge 30 days or more before the trip. If the visitor needs to make a second modification, an additional service fee of 5% of the deposit will be charged. Every time the content of the travel contract is modified, the company reserves the right to re-quote.

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Once the deposit is paid, your trip is confirmed. If you need to change or cancel your itinerary, please contact your travel consultant by email, phone, instant messenger, etc. There will be a charge for Cancellation or modification. The policy is as follows:

1. Notice of trip cancellation due to personal reasons before the trip starts
Cancellation 30 days or more before the trip starts, 10% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 29-15 days before the trip starts, 20% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 14-7 days before the trip starts, 30% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 6-2 days before the trip starts, 50% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation within 48 hours prior to the trip starts, no refund of your deposit.

2. Trip cancellation due to irresistible factors before the trip starts

If you have to cancel the itinerary due to irresistible reasons such as traffic, weather, politics, etc., the deposit will be fully refunded by the company (for loss related to air ticket/train ticket, please take reference of the first item).

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