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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Explore the historical, beautiful and mysterious Silk Route of Old China with this unique tour. Visit historical ruins, ancient beautiful Chinese architectures, Buddhism temples and historical wonders.

Highlights

  • The echo of the Silk Road adventure
  • Classic China tour destinations including Shanghai Xi'an and Beijing
  • Insightful visit in Xinjiang
  • Safe and professional escort

Tour Itinerary

DAY
1
Shanghai Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Shanghai)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

Welcome to China! Shanghai is your arrival destination. Check in hotel upon arrival.

 

- Smart Tips:

  • If you want to get around after check-in, ask your Shanghai tour guide for directions first.
  • No international flight included in this tour, however, if you need our help, please contact us to check out our flight deals.
  • DAY
    2
    Shanghai
    • Activities: Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), French concession region, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Home's Restaurant
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    Shanghai always teams up with the inprints from its colonial days. Today you will walk along The Bund and get to the city's enduring landmark: Oriental Pearl TV Tower. An interesting visit at the Shanghai History Museum, which is located inside the tower, will help you understhand the city more. Have lunch in a restaurant with classic setting.

    In the afternoon, visit Yuyuan Garden and its bustling market. Later, you will saunter in the Former French Concession. A famous silk store will be the last stop for today.

    - Smart Tips:

  • After a walk in the Former French Concession, you can go for dinner at Ding Tai Fung near Xintiandi.
  • Highly ranked as the No.4 attraction on Trip Advisor, ERA Time Acrobatic Show brings you an awesome night. Ask your Shanghai tour guide for ticket booking with great price.
  • DAY
    3
    Shanghai to Xian by Hainan Airlines HU7846 Dep 16:15 - Arr 18:35
    • Activities: Free time, Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai), Airport Transfer (Xian)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    Destinations & activities: Free time in Shanghai, transfer to the airport

    There can be a lot of things to do in Shanghai for your solo adventure. Check out the list we offer.

    In the afternoon, you will fly to Xi'an. Check in upon arrival.

    - Smart Tips:

  • Go for a treasure hunt in the Antique Street at Dongtai Road and see what this 100m-long street offers.
  • Visit the Chocolate Happy Land for a sweet day.
  • Around the People Square, you can find malls, restaurants, museums, art centers and parks, enough to kill the day.
  • Trip Advisor recommends a vintage side-car drive for real adventurers. Great discount possible if booking with China Travel.
  • DAY
    4
    Xian
    • Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant(Qinling Branch)
    • Hotels: Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian 5-star hotel  |  Xian Garden Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xian Skytel Hotel 3-star hotel

    After breakfast, you will visit the wonder of ancient China: Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Have lunch in a Sichuan restaurant nearby before a walk at a handicraft center.

    In the afternoon, you will be back to Xi'an downtown, waiting is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the biggest and most important Buddhism temples in China.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • If you are amazed by Chinese calligraphy, you shouldn't miss out the Forest of Stone Steles Museum.
  • Want to try Karaok? Ask your Xi'an tour guide for tips!
  • Get stuffed at the famous noodle house, First Noodle Under the Sun, recommended by Trip Advisor.
  • die große Pagode

    DAY
    5
    Xian to Dunhuang by Hainan Airlines HU531 Dep 16:40 - Arr 20:20
    • Activities: Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarters, Great Mosque, Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Dunhuang)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Qianzhou Restaurant (Xiao Yanta Branch)
    • Hotels: Grand Soluxs Hotel Dunhuang 5-star hotel  |  Dunhuang Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dun Huang Hotel 3-star hotel

    This morning, you will take a free walk at the Ancient City Wall . Later, you will feel up the vibe at the bustling Muslim Quarter. Visit the Great Mosque before lunch.

    An afternoon flight will take you to Dunhuang. Check in upon arrival.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • You are about to go for an adventure in the desert, we suggest you take a pair of shades and some sun block for precautions.
  • Xian Food

    DAY
    6
    Dunhuang
    • Activities: Mogao caves, The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring, Riding on a Camel
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Fengqingyuan Restaurant
    • Hotels: Grand Soluxs Hotel Dunhuang 5-star hotel  |  Dunhuang Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dun Huang Hotel 3-star hotel

    Unveil the desert, today you will find some hidden gems at the famous Mogao Grottoes. Have lunch in a Dunhuang-style restuarant.

    In the afternoon, you will ride on a camel and visit the Singing Sand Mountain.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • The camel might have a smell that some people might find repellent.
  • DAY
    7
    Dunhuang to Turpan by Flight No. TBA Dep 18:50 - Arr 19:50
    • Activities: Yumenguan Pass, The Great Wall of the Han Dynasty, Desert Discovery at Yadan Landform Park, Hotel to airport Transfer (Dunhuang), Airport Transfer (Turpan)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Caigenxiang Restaurant
    • Hotels: Tuha Petroleum Hotel  5-star hotel  |  Huozhou Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Jiaohe Manor Hotel 3-star hotel

    Destinations & activities: Yumenguan Pass, The Han Dynasty Great Wall, Yadan Landform Park and transfer to the airport

    It's meant to be a wild day today. Firstly, you will get a great look at the rugged ruins of the Great Wall of the Han Dynasty and visit the Yumenguan Pass, dating back to 115 BC. Have lunch in a local restaurant.

    Later, we will break the wind and visit the famous Yadan Landform Park.

    At the evening, your Dunhuang tour guide will escort you to the airport for the flight to Turpan. Check in upon arrival.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • There will be a temperature difference after nightfall in the desert region, please take some heavy clothe with you.
  • Yardang National Park

    DAY
    8
    Turpan
    • Activities: The Karez Wells, The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe, Local vineyard visit, Turpan Minority Souvenir and Carpet Shop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Red Rose Restaurant
    • Hotels: Tuha Petroleum Hotel  5-star hotel  |  Huozhou Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Jiaohe Manor Hotel 3-star hotel

    After breakfast, your Turpan tour guide will lead your way on the exotic land of Turpan.

    Firstly, you will dwell around the ruins of the mysterious Jiaohe Ancient Town and learn about the history of Karez Well System that is still pumping water for the locals. Try some Xinjiang local food for your lunch.

    In the afternoon, you will knock on the door of a local vineyard. The owner will tell you how they make delectable wine out of grapes. A local carpet store will be the last stop for today.

     

    Turpan

    DAY
    9
    Urumqi
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Turpan to Urumqi, Boat for Cruise on the Heavenly Lake, Heavenly Lake
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Bingtuan Grand Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Yilite Hotel 4-star hotel  |  City Hotel 3-star hotel

    Today you will be taken to Urumqi. Check in upon arrival and have a short break before a boat trip on the famous Heavenly Lake. Have lunch in a local restaurant.

    Have the rest of the day free for your exploration.

     

    Heavenly Lake

    DAY
    10
    Urumqi to Kashgar by China Southern Airlines CZ6805 Dep 14:45 - Arr 16:25
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Urumqi), Airport Transfer (Kashgar), Id Kah Mosque, Bazaar, Zhiren Street, Xinjiang Minority Handicraft Center
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jiamu Restaurant
    • Hotels: Kashgar Tianyuan International Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Kashgar Tianyuan International Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Kashgar Seman Hotel  3-star hotel

    The famous International Bazaar in Urumqi is the symbol of Xinjiang's thriving economics and lively daily life. Today you will have an interesting stroll here. Have lunch in a local restaurant before the flight to Kashgar.

    Upon arrival in Kashgar, check in hotel and take a short break. Later, you will visit the holy mosque of Id Kah Mosque. Later, go to Zhiren Street, full of delightful surprises.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • If you'd like to bring something home, hand-made carpets or beddings can be your best bet.
  • Please note: Jiamu Restaurant for your lunch doesn't allow wine-drinking.
  • Bazaar

    DAY
    11
    Kashgar
    • Activities: Lake Karakuli
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Kashgar Tianyuan International Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Kashgar Tianyuan International Hotel  4-star hotel  |  Kashgar Seman Hotel  3-star hotel

    The peaceful glacier lake Karakuli Lake is one of the biggest attractions in Kashgar. Today you will visit the lake and feel up its clarity.

     

    Kalakuli Lake

    DAY
    12
    Kashgar to Urumqi by Hainan Airlines HU7482 Dep 10:50 - Arr 12:30,Urumqi to Beijing by China Southern Airlines CZ6903 Dep 14:45 - Arr 18:10
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Kashgar), Airport Transfer (Urumqi), Airport Transfer (Urumqi), Airport Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    Destinations & activities: Hotel to Airport Transfer

    Your tour guide will escort you to the airport for the flight to Urumqi. Later, you will take a flight to Beijing, where your Beijing tour guide will pick you up and take you to hotel for check-in.

    DAY
    13
    Beijing
    • Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, Pearl Store
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    At first glance, Beijing's iconic attraction Tian'anmen Square isn't much to see. However, the thousands of Chinese people swarming at the site is an impressive sight itself. The square directly crosses Forbidden City, and we will make an easy entrance into it. Your walking shall cover four major parts of the Forbidden City: the Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Mental Cultivation and Royal Garden.

    Have lunch and stop by a pearl store before we carry on the tour to the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, which is also the birth place of China's last emperor Puyi. Despite its less-known reputation, this residence will offer interesting insight at China's epic and modern history. Later, visit the Hutong. The rickshaw ride will weave your way through narrow lanes, courtyard houses, local markets and finally stop at a local family, who would like to invite you for a chill indoor.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • After today's tour, you can visit the Drum Tower for a drumming show at sunset. Your Beijing tour guide will point the direction.
  • A taste freshly delivered from Hong Kong, enjoy the feast at My Soup.
  • Book a night show? Golden Mask Dynasty will surely blow your mind!
  • the Forbidden City

    DAY
    14
    Beijing
    • Activities: Mutianyu Cable Car(round trip), Temple of Heaven, Shahe Cloisonne Factory
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    Temple of Heaven has an important stand in both China's history and culture. This morning, your Beijing tour guide will lead your way at this site before the drive to the Great Wall.

    There are several sections of the Great Wall and we select the most enjoyable one for your visit: Mutianyu Section. You will take an uphill cable car ride and an exciting slide-way ride downhill.

    Near the Great Wall, you will visit an interesting cloisonné factory to learn about the process.

    Drive back to downtown Beijing and relax.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Rub away fatigue, you can enjoy a traditional massage or spa for tonight. Your Beijing tour guide will be happy to give great tips.
  • If you want a taste of the famous Peking Duck, you shouldn't miss Peking Duck Private Kitchen.
  • Temple of Heaven

    DAY
    15
    Beijing Departure
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    Today your Beijing tour guide will take you to the airport. Thanks for travelling with China Travel. We hope to see you again soon!

     

    Prices (Go Solo Private Tour)

    $ USD
    Apr.1- Nov.31 Superior Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class Single Room Supplement
    1 person -
    2-5 persons / /
    6-9 persons / /

    * The price may change during some festivals including the Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid Autumn Day and National Day (1st Oct.).

    * The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

    What's Included & Excluded

    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.
    Vanessa Zheng

    Tailor-make a China tour based on your needs.

    Key sites in the three major cities Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai are all included in this 8-day China tour. Plus, No hidden fees and No tourist traps at all!

    Vernessa Zheng - Travel Advisor

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    Tour Type : Private Tour

    Best Season :All seasons

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