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Silk Road Cultural Explore by Unique Shangri-la Train

9-Day Urumqi (3Days) Turpan Overnight train (1Day) Dunhuang (1Day)Jiayuguan (1Day)Overnight train (1Day)Lanzhou Xian (2Days)

Explore the best attractions of ancient Silk Road and its colorful culture of old China in 2018! Take train from Urumqi, Turpan Dunhuang, pass through the begainin of the Great Wall to Xi'an, this special experience will be an once-in-a-life travel story for you.

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  • Tour Type: Group Tour
  • Best Season: Summer
  • Exprience:

From $749 USD p/p


  • Take the train along silk road to follow the footsteps of Marco Polo
  • Face to face seeing The Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • Standing on the beiging of the Great Wall
  • Visit Mogao Cave to experience Buddhist culture

Tour Itinerary


Urumqi Arrival

Airport Transfer (Urumqi)

Upon arrival in Urumqi, your Urumqi tour guide will escort you to hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own.


  • The quotation price is based on 2 people in one room. Single Occupancy is only for hotels. Single Occupancy on train is on request.
  • Tipping: A service fee of $150/CNY950 p/p must be paid for personal service on board the train. The service fee should be paid to the guide at the commencement of the trip. The guide will ensure that the staff on board the train receive are paid.
  • Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel or same class



    Heavenly Lake, Boat for Cruise on the Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao Market, Night Activity,

    Uighur Dance Perfermance

    This morning, you will take a boat trip on Heavenly Lake and take boat around hte lake to get views of it.

    In the afternoon, you will get to the International Bazaar, symbolizes the boom of Sinkiang's commerce and tourism. It is the landscape architecture as well as landmark architecture. At night, you will attend a party where you can sample Xinjiang's widely known roast lamb while traditional dance show.

    Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel or same class


    Turpan to Overnight Train by Train No. Shangri-La Express 02 (Turfan Railway Station - Dunhuang Railway Station) Dep 20:24 - Arr 13:35

    Our guide and driver will escort you from Urumqi to Turpan, The Flaming Mountain, The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe, The Karez Wells, Train station Transfer (Turpan)

    After breakfast, you will take a coach to Turpan. As arrival, a trip to the ancient water system Karez Wells follows. Later, visit the Flaming Mountain, the hottest place in China, overshadow the cradle of the Turpan ancient civilization and oasis agriculture. Taste Xinjiang's famous dish Taipan Chicken for lunch.

    In the afternoon, you will tour the Jiaohe Ancient City. At night, Shangri-la Express will take you to Dunhuang.

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Express



    Train station Transfer (Dunhuang), The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring, Dunhuang Night Market, Silk Road Lecture

    After a pleasant breakfast, take this deluxe train to Dunhuang at 10:00am. We specially arrange Dunhuang experts and professors who'll introduce this exotic city in detail to you. After arriving in Dunhuang, we visit beautiful Crescent Lake and Singing Sand Mountains. The Crescent Lake is an oasis Gobi desert, surrounded by numerous sand dunes, reaching a relative height of 250 meters (820 feet). The Mingsha Shan is so named for the sound of the wind whipping off the dunes. After dinner, we move to Dunhuang Night market - bustling Shazhou Night Market. Never miss its tasty snacks, local specialties, and crafts etc.


    Dunhuang to Jiayuguan by Train No. Shangri-La Express 02 (Dunhuang Railway Station - Jiayuguan Railway Station) Dep 15:00 - Arr 20:00

    Mogao caves, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Dunhuang)

    After breakfast, let's visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes, which was designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its 1600 years accumulated cultural, architectural, and art treasures. There remains 492 cave temple and 45000 square meters of frescos. According to Tang Dynasty records, a monk had witnessed onsite a vision of thousand Buddhas under showers of golden rays. Thus inspired, he started the caves construction work that spanned ten dynasties. Mogao Caves are commonly known as the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. At 17:00, we embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Turpan.


    Jiayuguan to Overnight Train by Train No. Shangri-La Express 02 (Jiayuguan Railway Station - Tianshui Railway Station) Dep 22:00 - Arr 11:30

    The Great Wall on the Cliff, Jiayuguan Pass, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Jiayuguan)

    Known as the first pass under heaven, Jiayu Guan was firstly built at the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is the most magnificent and best-preserved pass among over a thousand Great Wall passes. Today, after your arrival and check-in, you will take a visit to the Watch Tower, and the Great Wall on the Cliff.

    At night, a roasted gigot dinner will be served for you. Later, board on the express heading to Lanzhou.

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Express


    Overnight Train to Lanzhou by Train No. Shangri-La Express 02 (Tianshui Railway Station - Xi'an Railway Station) Dep 16:30 - Arr 09:00,Lanzhou to Xian by Train No. Shangri-la Express (Tianshui Railway Station - Xi'an Railway Station) Dep 14:30 - Arr 09:00

    Train station Transfer (Lanzhou), Waterwheel Garden, Train station Transfer (Lanzhou), Train station Transfer (Xian)

    Arrive in Lanzhou in the morning.we will visit the Waterwheel Garden. Originated from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the waterwheel is the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River area of Lanzhou. The Waterwheel Garden is a theme garden exhibiting the waterwheel culture. Here, we could appreciate the waterwheel driven by the flowing water all year round to collect water from the river or cofferdam.

    After have a lunch, you will take high-speed train to Xi'an.

    Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel or same class



    The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Huaqing Hot Springs, Tang Imperial Banquet & Show

    Have breakfast in the hotel, then we will drive to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, one of the eight wonders of the world. Be excited to observe China's first emperor - Emperor Qin's great army of 8000 life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses in three burial pits. Afterwards,we continue to Huaqing Hot Spring in Mt Lishan. In ancient time, emperors used to come here to bathe and enjoy the scenic beauty. It has become a favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty.

    Dinner will at Tang Imperial Banquet while seeing hte performance.


    Xian Departure

    Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian)

    Today is the day of farewell to your memorable silk road trip and the unique China Orient Express. After a pleasant breakfast, free at your own leisure till the assemble time for the transferring to airport for the flight back to your hometown or next destination. Bon voyage!

    Price Per Person in US Dollars

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    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.