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Silk Route Exploration 14 days

Traveling along the Silk Route, you will have the chance to appreciate the Heavenly Lake in Urumqi, the Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar, as well as other fantastic sites such as the Mogao Caves, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses and more.
The following itinerary and quotation is still available in 2010. Destinations:Beijing-Xian-Dunhuang-Turpan-Urumqi-Kashgar-Urumqi-Beijing
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Itinerary

   

Day 1: Beijing Arrival
Welcome to China. Upon arrival, our local guide will take you to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

Day 2: Beijing (B+L+D)
Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square / Forbidden City / Temple of Heaven / Beijing Duck Dinner

Today you will visit the Tiananmen Square which is considered as the largest square of the world. Subsequently, you visit the Forbidden City, the most complete imperial palace in China. And later you will also pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven. Temple of Heaven was built in the year 1420 and symbolized the meaning that the emperor can contact with the sky through it.
Tonight, enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner in a famous restaurant.

Day 3: Beijing (B+L)
Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall / Spirit Way / Ming Tombs

After breakfast, you will visit the Badaling Great Wall where you will experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall. For lunch you'll sample some delicious fare in a local restaurant. Afterwards, take a short drive to visit the Spirit Way and one of Ming Tombs.  Spirit Way is an impressive marble archway as well as the entrance to the Ming Tombs equipped with many animals and people statues on the left and on the right of the avenue.
Ming Tombs are the representative royal tombs of the Ming Dynasty tombs. 13 emperors of the Ming dynasty from 1368 to 1644 were buried there.

Day 4: Beijing – Xian by air (B+L)
Sightseeing: Summer Palace / Lama Temple

Today you will start the day with a trip to the Summer Palace, which has a history of over 800 years. All the man-made hills, halls, pavilions and temples, including Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, blend together harmoniously in spite of their individual styles. After lunch, you will also pay a visit to the Lama Temple. It is a typical Tibetan Monastery in Beijing and reveals various architectural styles from Han, Mongolia, Manchuria and Tibet, and the impressive 60-foot Maitreya Buddha, carved form a single sandalwood tree.
After visiting Lama Temple, you will make a beeline for the airport to take a flight to Xian and transfer to the downtown hotel.

Day 5: Xian (B+L)
Sightseeing: Terra Cotta Soldiers Museum / Bell Tower / Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Today you will visit what has been called the 8th Wonder of the World the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is one of the most important archaeological excavations and culture findings in the 20th century. After lunch, you will drive back to downtown city to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of symbols in Xian and a remarkable milestone of the Chinese architecture. Afterward, you will head to visit Bell Tower. Originally built in 1348, the Bell Tower in Xian is situated in the very heart of the city and is the most well-preserved and best-known one in China.

Day 6: Xian - Dunhuang by air (B+L)
The morning is at your leisure before boarding your flight to Dunhuang. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the downtown hotel. The rest time is free at disposal.

Day 7: Dunhuang – Turpan by train (B+L)
Sightseeing: Echoing-Sand Dune / Crescent Lake / Mogao Caves
You will start the day with a visit to Echoing-Sand Dune and the Crescent Lake. Each time the wind blows, there is a sound from the mountain and when there is a breeze, the sound is like musical instruments, hence the name Echoing-Sand Mountain. Crescent lake is located in the arms of Echoing-Sand Mountain, appearing clear and beautiful. You then proceed to Mogao Caves, which is located 25 kilometers (about 15.5 miles) southeast of Dunhuang City. It is regarded as the premier Buddhist spot in China. After dinner, take SOFT SLEEPER train to Turpan. Your home stay tonight is on the train.

Day 8: Turpan (B+L)
Sightseeing: Gaochang Ruins / Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave / Flaming Hill

Upon your arrival in the morning, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. After checking in at the hotel, you will visit Gaochang Ruins, the largest set of ancient city ruins ever found in the Western Regions. Afterwards, you will visit Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave, one of the most important Buddha grotto relics in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Then you proceed to visit Flaming Hill - the hottest place in China.

Day 9: Turpan – Urumqi by private van (B+L+D)
Sightseeing: Jiaohe Ruins / Karez Well / Emin Minaret

Get up early in the morning and drive about 380km to Turpan. After checking in at the hotel, you will visit Jiaohe Ruins, which has a long history of about 2,300 years. Jiaohe Ruins is the largest and best preserved ancient city built from compressed earth anywhere in the world.
After lunch, you will visit Karez Well, which is a delicate irrigation system devised by the smart Xinjiang people 2,000 years ago. Then you will head to Emin Minaret, the largest ancient Islamic tower in Xinjiang.

Day 10: Urumqi (B+L)
Sightseeing: Heavenly Lake / Southern Pasture / West White Poplar Gully

Get up early in the morning and drive about 110km to visit Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi). Surrounding the Heavenly Lake are snow mountains, glacier forests and grassland alpine lakes, featuring a vertical natural landscape belt. It is a beautiful place to take a stroll around. Then you will also visit Southern Pasture. One of the most spectacular spots here is the West White Poplar Gully. Traveling through this narrow verdant gully is a unique experience for sightseers who love snowcapped peaks, waterfalls, dragon-spruce trees and wild flowers.

Day 11: Urumqi – Kashgar by air (B+L)
Sightseeing: Kashgar Sunday Bazaar

Take morning flight to Kashgar and transfer to the hotel. Then you will stroll along the Kashgar Sunday Bazaar. At the Bazaar, you can enjoy and buy various things such as general merchandise, handicrafts, livestock, local specialties, vegetables, coat, and second hand items and so on.

Day 12: Kashgar – Urumqi by air (B+L)
Sightseeing: Id Kah Mosque / Abakh Khoja Tomb

Starting the day later than ususal, you will visit Id Kah Mosque, the biggest mosque in China. It is a group of old Islamic constructions with strong ethnic style and religious features. Every day thousands of worshippers come here to pray. Your next stop is Abakh Khoja Tomb. Abakh Khoja Tomb is admired as a well-preserved Islamic architectural complex not only in Xinjiang, but throughout Central Asia. In the late afternoon, take flight back to Urumqi and transfer to the hotel.

Day 13: Urumqi – Beijing by air (B)
You will depart for a flight to Beijing and transfer to the downtown hotel.

Day 14: Beijing – Next Destination (B)
The morning is at your leisure before boarding your flight back home.

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Price

Person12-56-9
Price per person( USD $ )5 Star435030302670
4 Star399928552499
3 Star373027222360

Price list

Price Includes:
a. Entrance fees to all the scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary
b. Hotel accommodations with breakfast as specified (If there is no Western breakfast available, we have to arrange Chinese one instead)
c. All meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Western or Chinese breakfast, L=Chinese lunch in a local restaurant, D=Chinese dinner in a local restaurant
d. Internal flights including taxes and fuel fee or train/bus tickets as listed in the itinerary
e. Professional local guides and drivers in each destination city
f. Private Transfers between airports, docks, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each destination city by the private air conditioned car or van
g. Luggage Transfers between airports/docks and hotels
h. Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges
i. Government taxes.

Price excludes:
a. International air and train tickets for coming to and leaving from mainland China
b. Visa fee
c. Excess Baggage Charges
d. Meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
e. Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges
f. Gratuities, tips to guides and drivers
g. Personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip

Remark : Quotations listed are valid excluding the periods of Chinese holidays and special events.

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