A 10-day adventure with reasonable price for you to escape into the Silk Road history. Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Dunhuang, Turpan and Urumqi, you are on the way to the places that not a lot of travelers have been to.
Today you will take land in the ancient city of Xi'an. Your Xi'an tour guide will introduce the history and culture on the way to your hotel for check-in.
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This tour dosen't include international flights. However, we will be more than happy to assist you. Please contact us to check out our flight deals.
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center
Firstly discovered in 1974, the massive site of Terracotta Warriors and Horses has been standing as an important symbol of China's history and culture. Today you will spend some hours at this wonderful site.
After lunch in a Sichuan-style restaurant, you will stop by an art center.
In the afternoon, you will get to an important site for China's Buddhism community: Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Xian to Lanzhou by Shanghai Airlines FM9213 Dep 18:35 - Arr 19:40
Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarters, Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Lanzhou)
Bingling Si, Cruise from Liujiaxia Gorge to Binglingsi( fast boat), Our guide and driver will escort you from Lanzhou to Xiahe
Overlooking the Yellow River down the hill foot, Bingling Temple. Dating back to 420 AD, the temple is known for a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculptures. You will take a boat ride to visit this impressive site. Have lunch before we head to Xiahe.
The drive to Xiahe takes about 3 hours. Kick back and relax on our comfortable private car.
Check in upon arrival in Xiahe.
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There will be quite a temperature difference between day and night, so please bring some warm clothes with you.
Xiahe is a smally humble town with nothing fancy or luxurious to expect. For a real Tibeten meal with warm hospitality from the restaurant owner, Qudeng Gabu Sunshine Restaurant (or Zudonga Bbu) on the 4th floor of Qudeng Gabu Hotel.
Labrang Monastery, Songke Grassland, Our guide and driver will escort you from Xiahe to Lanzhou
Nomads are on the move when dry season hits the grass yet the vast Sangke Grassland is oftern flowing with green and numerous wild flowers. Today we will drive and stop by this spot. Later, carry on to the famous Labrang Monastery.
After lunch, your private guide will take you back to Lanzhou. Check in and have a night to relax.
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Note: please ask for permission before you take photos of the monks or certain parts of the monastery.
Don't want to stay in all night? There are some local night markets in Lanzhou worthy a look-see. Xiguan Night Market in Yongchang Road, Square Night Market near the Dong Fang Hong Square and Zhengning Night Market in Zhengning Road. Ask your Lanzhou tour guide for direction.
Lanzhou to Dunhuang by China Eastern Airline MU2223 Dep 12:40 - Arr 14:25
Hotel to airport Transfer (Lanzhou), Airport Transfer (Dunhuang), The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring, Riding on a Camel
This morning you will be free in Lanzhou. Take a noon flight to Dunhuang. Check in upon arrival.
After a short break, you will visit the Singing Sand Mountain and ride on camel back. The dune will make a great photo at sunset.
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You have probably tried noodles in Lanzhou or Xiahe, but Mazilu Beef Noodle at No.86, Dazhong Xiang is known among the locals as the real deal of the authentic taste. A vat of boiling beef broth intends to creat one of your best experiences of noodles.
Dunhuang to Turpan by Flight No. GS7497 Dep 18:50 - Arr 19:50
Mogao caves, Yumenguan Pass, The Great Wall of the Han Dynasty, Hotel to airport Transfer (Dunhuang), Airport Transfer (Turpan)
At the evening, your Dunhuang tour guide will take you to the airport for the ongoing flight to Turpan. Check in upon arrival.
The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe, The Karez Wells, Local vineyard visit, Turpan Minority Souvenir and Carpet Shop
After breakfast, you will head out to 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.
Our guide and driver will escort you from Turpan to Urumqi, Heavenly Lake, Boat for Cruise on the Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao Market
The sun rises up early in Turpan. After breakfast, we will drive to Urumqi. Check in upon arrival.
Heavenly Lake offers amazing views and a boat trip will immerse you with the breeze and sunshine. Have lunch in a local restaurant.