China’s Silk Road (13n/14d)

Heavenly Lake Urumqi

Heavenly Lake Urumqi

Day 01: SYD/Beijing
Arrive Beijing, met and transferred to hotel.

Day 02: Beijing/URC
Morning flight to URC, afternoon visit City Museum or go to its Bazaar which is the biggest in Asia where you can enjoy bargaining with the local businessmen.

Day 03: URC/Kashigar
Morning visit Tianci (Heavenly Lake) (sightseeing car included), then drive to Nanshan Farm to have a home visit to Harsakestan herdsman. Evening flight from Urumqi to Kashigar.

Day 04: Kashigar/URC
Visit Aitikaer Mosque, the Tomb of Fragrant Concubine, local Bazaar, evening flight back to Urumqi.

Day 05: URC/Turpan
Drive to Turpan (2 hours), visit its famous Karez System, the ancient Karez system is comprised of a series of wells and linked underground channels that uses gravity to bring ground water to the surface, usually far away from the source. In Turpan county there are more than 470 systems, totaling over 1,600 kilometers (1, 000 miles) of tunnels.

Day 06: Turpan/Liuyuan
Visit Ruins of Gaochang Ancient City Built in the first century B.C. and originally called Gaochangbi, it used to be a garrison town and later became a key point along the ancient Silk Road. The ruins originally consisted of three parts: the inner and outer cities, and a palace complex. Visit Alitana Old Tomb and Mountain of Flame.  Evening train (soft berth) to Liuyuan.

Day 07: Liuyuan/Dunhuang
Arrive Liuyuan in the morning, transferred to Dunhuang by bus (2 hours), visit Mogao Caves. It is a 1,000-year-old ancient art gallery still living today. Each cave and each mural has its own story. The earliest cave was carved 1630 years ago. Visit Singing Sand Dune, try camel riding on your own and enjoy Crescent Moon Spring.

Day 08: Dunhuang/Jiayuguan
Drive to Jiayuguan Pass (6 hours), on the way enjoy the exotic sceneries.

Day 09: Jiayuguan /Lanzhou
Visit Jiayuguan Pass -the old section of Great Wall and the Old Tomb.  Transferred to take evening train soft berth to Lanzhou.

Day 10: Lanzhou
Arrive in the morning, transferred to hotel for rest. Visit Zhongshan Bridge, Yellow River Area and White Pagoda Hill.

Day 11: Lanzhou/Xiahe
Drive to Xiahe (5 hours), visit Temple of Lapulen.

Day 12: Xiahe/Lanzhou
Visit Sangke Grassland. Then drive back to Lanzhou.

Day 13: Lanzhou/Beijing
Morning flight to Beijing, met and transferred to hotel for rest. Taste Peking Duck Dinner.

Day 14: Beijing/Home
Visit Tiananmen Square, Hutong tour by Tricycle with local family visit. Transferred to catch flight back home.

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