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Golden Silk Road

10-Day, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Private Tour (CT-SL-01)

Golden Silk Road
Golden Silk Road

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Taking an extra leg outside Xi'an to get on the Silk Road, you will unfold the most amazing scenery in Xi'an, Dunhuang, Urumqi, Turpan and Kashkar.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day
1
Xi'an Arrival (Flight not Inlcuded)
Activities: Airport pick-up and transfer
Hotel: Xi'an Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel (or 4 and 5-star hotels)
Meals: None
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Landing in the ancient city of Xi'an, our local tour guide will pick you up and take you to hotel for check-in.

No meals included for today.

Smart Tips:

  • It's easy to make entry to Xi'an via Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and other cities in China or aboard. Please let us know if you need help booking the flights.
  • Hotel choice: Xi'an Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel, Xi'an Garden Hotel 4-star hotel, Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel
Day
2
Xi'an
Activities: Terracotta Army, Ancient City Wall and an art center
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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Dating back to over 2,000 years ago, Terracotta Army is an important historic relics that marks the power and majesty as Qin Shi Huang had. Take a drive outside the city and spend a couple of hours at this marvelous site. Have lunch and stop by an art center.

In the afternoon, we will get back to the city. Take a walk along the Ancient City Wall to admire the beautiful sunset.

Breakfast and lunch are included for today.

Terracotta ArmyTerracotta Army
Ancient City WallAncient City Wall

Smart Tips:

  • Option for dinner, you can find a noolde house that claims itself to be the First Noodle Under the Sun. Go see if it's ture.
Day
3
Xi'an
Activities: Shaanxi History Museum, Muslim Quarter, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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Rich in history, Shaanxi History Museum is a highlight to your Xi'an tour. The famous Big Wild Goose Pagoda was firstly built in the Tang Dynasty; and it's the spiritual heart of the Buddhism community in Xi'an. After a visit, you will blend in with the locals at the Muslim Quarter. Later, take an interior walk at Great Mosque.

Breakfast and lunch are included for today.

Big Wild Goose PagodaBig Wild Goose Pagoda
Muslim QuarterLocals at the Muslim Quarter
Noodle BowlsNoodle Bowls in the Muslim Quarter

Smart Tips:

  • Book a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show with a dumpling banquet if you'd like to know how the kings used to spend their nights.
Day
4
Xi'an to Dunhuang (Flight GS7497 1540 - 1810 for Reference)
Hotel: Dun Huang Hotel 3-star hotel (or 4 and 5-star hotels)
Activities: Airport transfer and Mogao Grottoes
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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Have some free time in Xi'an for the morning.

Later, fly to Dunhuang, a sparking pearl in the desert. Check in upon arrival.

In the afternoon, we will tour the legendary Mogao Grottoes. The grottoes are world-widly known for the Buhdda figures and frescoes.

Breakfast is included for today.

Mogao GrottoesMogao Grottoes

Smart Tips:

  • We'd suggest you bring sun glasses, long-sleeve clothes and sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
  • For protection, no photo-taking allowed inside the caves of Mogao Grettoes.
  • Get out of your hotel room, walk among the locals at Shazhou Night Market.
  • Hotel choice: Dun Huang Hotel 3-star hotel, Dunhuang Hotel 4-star hotel, Grand Soluxs Hotel Dunhuang 5-star hotel
Day
5
Dunhuang to Turpan (Overnight Train 1043 2015 - 0446)
Activities: Mingshan Mountain, camel-back riding, Yadan Geological Park and transfer to the train station
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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Today we will reach the desert at Mingshan Mountain and Crescent Lake, plus a camel-back riding experience.

The highlight of today is Yadan Geological Park, full of wind-eroded rocks with interesting or scary-looking shapes.

After dinner on your own, our Dunhuang local tour guide will get you on the overnight train to Turpan. Enjoy your night!

Breakfast and lunch are included for today.

Mingsha MountainRiding Camel in Mingsha Mountain
Crescent SpringCrescent Spring
Yadan LandformYadan Geological Park

Smart Tips:

  • We book soft sleeper train for our customers. The train will arrive in Turpan in the early morning, we'd suggest you bring some snack or fruits. Please keep an eye on your belongings.
Day
6
Turpan
Activities: Jiaohe Ancient Ruins, Karez Wells and a craft workshop
Hotel: Turpan Hotel 3-star hotel (or 4 and 5-star hotels)
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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You will arrive in Turpan in the early morning. Our local tour guide will pick you up and take you to hotel for check-in. Have breakfast and take a break at the hotel.

The first stop for today is Jiaohe Ancient Ruins, which used to be the capital of Near Cheshi Country, one of the thirty-six countries in the west region in the ancient times. Later, visit the ancient irrigation system that is Karez Wells and a traditional craft workshop.

Breakfast and lunch are included for today.

Jiaohe Ancient RuinsJiaohe Ancient City
Karez WellsKarez Wells

Smart Tips:

  • Please bring your sun glasses when visiting Jiaohe Ancient Ruins.
  • Hotel choice: Turpan Hotel 3-star hotel, Huozhou Hotel 4-star hotel, Tuha Petroleum Hotel 5-star hotel
Day
7
Turpan to Kashgar (Flight CZ6988 1635 - 1825 for Reference)
Activities: Land transfer to Urmuqi, Xinjiang Museum and airport transfer
Hotel: Kashgar Seman Hotel 3-star hotel (or 4 and 5-star hotels)
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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After breakfast, our local tour guide will escort you to Urumqi.

We take Urumqi just as a transmit city and yet the interesting Xinjiang Museum is definitely worthy a visit. You can see thousand-year-old yummies in good shape, learn about the living habit of different ethnic groups.

Later today, we will fly to Kashgar, a faraway region with its ethnic people up to 90% of the population. Check in upon arrival.

Breakfast and lunch are included for today.

Xinjiang MuseumDisplay at Xinjiang Museum
Xinjiang Museum CeilingThe Round Ceiling of Xinjiang Museum

Smart Tips:

  • The drive from Turpan to Urumqi takes about 2 hours.
  • Hotel choice: Kashgar Seman Hotel 3-star hotel, Barony Hotel Kashgar 4-star hotel, Kashgar Tianyuan International Hotel 5-star hotel
Day
8
Kashgar
Activities: Kalaluli Lake and Muztag Mountain, family visit
Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch
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Just like a huge mirror laying by the foot of Muztag Mountain, Kalakuli Lake offersing amazing views. You can also take a distance glance at Muztag Mountain.

On the way to the lake, we can stop by a humble village named Wupa'er, where you can get a hint of real daily life of the locals.

Breakfast and lunch are included for today.

Kalakuli LakeKalakuli Lake
Muztag MountainMuztag Mountain
VillagerOld Man and His Donkey Cart

Smart Tips:

  • When you are in a local family, you should use your right hand for food and drinks as the Muslim consider the left hand to be unclean. Subject about politics and criticism on the Muslim religion are not well-recieved.
  • If you miss some Western flavor, you might want to try out Eden Cafe, No.148, Seman Road, Kashgar.
Day
9
Kashgar
Activities: Id Kah Mosque, Zhiren Street, Grand Bazaar(possibly with Animal Market if for Sunday) and family visit
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch and dinner
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Here in Kashgar, we will step into the biggest mosque in China: Id Kah Mosque. Get in the crowds at Grand Bazaar, if you come on Sunday, we can also visit the lively Animal Market nearby. Later, check out the street full of handicrafts and specialty stores, Zhiren Street. You will have a chance to do some shopping at a handicraft center.

Later today, we will get to the old township where you will stay for chitchat and dinner with the family.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included for today.

Grand BazaarLittle Vendor at the Bazaar
Id Kah MosgqueId Kah Mosque
Zhiren StreetA Pot Maker at Zhiren Street

Smart Tips:

  • Carpets, silver wares, clothes, dry fruits and trinkets can be good presents to bring home for your friends.
  • If you are in Urumqi on a Sunday, the visit to the International Bazaar will have an additional stop at the Livestock Market.
  • Hotel choice: Kashgar Seman Hotel 3-star hotel, Barony Hotel Kashgar 4-star hotel, Kashgar Tianyuan International Hotel 5-star hotel
Day
10
Kashgar to Urumqi, Urumqi Departure (Flight CZ6876 1110 - 1250 for Reference, Intl.Flight not Included)
Activities: Airport transfer
Meals: Breakfast
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Today you will take a morning flight to Urumqi. Today you will get on the departure flight and leave Urumqi. Thanks for traveling with us. Hope to see you again soon!

Smart Tips:

  • While booking the flight to Urumqi, we will leave at least 2 hours for you to transmit the departure flight.

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Terms & Conditions

Price Inclusion

  • Entrance fees.
  • Meals listed in the itinerary.
  • Private transfers.
  • Private English-speaking guide and driver.
  • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge & Taxes.
  • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Luggage Transfers.

Price Exclusion

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.

Special Terms

  • Price may change during some Chinese festivals.
  • Price is subject to change based on exchange rate.
  • We accept both on-line payment (by Paypal® and Moneybookers®) and wire transfer.
  • A deposit of 10% ot the total cost is required when you confirm your booking.
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Tour Highlights

  • Relive the legend of the Silk Road.
  • Key sites visits in Mogao Grottoes, Yumenguan Pass, Heavenly Lake, Kalakuli Lake and more.
  • Feel up the minority cultures in Xinjiang.
  • Riding camel, picking grapes and visiting family all for real experience.

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