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14 Days Marvels of Silk Road

Includes: Beijing, Xi'an, Urumqi, Turpan, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang & Lanzhou

    Beijing is the capital of China with a lot of must-see spots, like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, it also has many must-taste foods, like the Beijing Roast Duck and Jiaozi, a kind of dumpling. Xian was China's capital more than 1000 years ago, it has a lot of historic spots, like the Terra Cotta Warriors and the Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoying the Tang Dynasty Show in Xian will let you know more about China's art and culture.

D1

Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. The tour guide will meet you at Beijing International Airport, and then transfer you to hotel.

D2

Beijing served as the capital for 5 dynasties over a period of 800 years, with each emperor identified as a dragon sent from heaven. Begin your city tour with a visit to the Summer Palace, built in classical Chinese style in 1750 as a royal recreational resort. Among its famous features are the 700-meter-long corridor with its wonderful Painted Gallery, the Marble Barge, and several magnificently painted pavilions and pagodas. Next stop is the Palace Museum, more commonly known as the Forbidden City, until recently opened only to the emperor's family. This complex, the largest imperial palace ever built in the world, features more than 800 buildings with over 9,000 rooms, resplendent golden- glazed roofs, red lacquered pillars and vermilion walls. See the high-walled "Inner City" with its government buildings. Sightseeing continues at the Temple of Heaven where the Ming and Qing emperors prayed to heaven for a good harvest. This evening you will enjoy a special imperial cuisine flavor served at Fangshan Restaurant.

D3

Here is your chance to climb the Great Wall of China! This wonder of the world, built 2600 years ago, is one of the two man-made structures seen by the naked eye of US astronaut Neil Armstrong from outer space. Later visit the Ming Tombs, the burial place of thirteen emperors and their families of the Ming Dynasty. Year-long excavations have uncovered many rare treasures such as the gold royal crowns and the silk robes. Tonight's special dinner gives you a real taste of the Peking Duck.

D4

In the morning, stroll around Tiananmen Square (the Gate of Heavenly Peace) , the largest square in the world, and also known as a witness for many historical and contemporary events. Later fly to Xian. Visit the Wild Goose Pagoda and the ancient city walls. In the evening, you will see a wonderful stage show of the Tang Dynasty.

D5

Xian, the cradle of Chinese civilization, was the state capital of 73 emperors spanning 11 dynasties during 1100 years dating from 4,000 B.C. After a visit to the Huaqing Hot Springs, also known as the site for the famous Xian Incident, you will visit another wonder of the ancient world - the Terra-Cotta Warriors. Concealed under earth, those thousands of life-sized clay warriors, horses and chariots, as one part of the tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang, were accidentally discovered by a farmer while he was digging out a well. You would also see some archaeologists still working on site to uncover the rest part of the vast tomb complex of Emperor Qinshihuang, the first emperor in Chinese history, and also the initiator of the Great Wall. For dinner, feast on numerous varieties of dumplings.

D6

Take a morning flight to Urumqi, transfer to your hotel, then go to visit the beautiful Heavenly Lake and take a boat cruise on it. Overnight in Urumiqi.

D7

Visit Nanshan Sheep Farm, here you will see the vast grassland filled with sheep and cattle along with cotton-candied clouds in the blue sky. Later you will pay a visit to the homes of the Kazak Tribe, and taste their special tea and delicacy.

D8

This morning travel overland about 3 hours to Turpan, where you will check into the hotel. Sightseeing features Gaochang, the ancient walled capital of the Uighurs which flourished between the 7th and 14th centuries, and the ruins of Jiaohe City, where large fragments of actual streets and buildings remain. You'll also visit Grape Valley, in lush contrast to the desert surrounding it, and the amazing 2,000 year old Karez Irrigation Tunnels, which brought water from melting snow on the mountains to this parched city. Attend a music and dance performance in the evening.

D9

A morning tour includes the Flaming Mountains, named for their vibrant color, Suliman's Minaret and a local village before boarding an overnight train to Jiayuguan.

D10

Arrive Jiayuguan and visit the old fortress standing at the westernmost point of the Great Wall. Climb up this historic "Last Guard House" which guards the pass between two mountain ranges. This famous pass has been the subject of poems and ballads for centuries. Overnight in Jiayuguan.

D11

After breakfast transfer overland 4 hours to Dunhuang, driving through the Gobi Desert and grasslands enroute. You'll see the beautiful landscape along the Silk Road. Overnight in Dunhuang.

D12

Excursion to the Mogao Grottoes, the world's richest treasure trove of Buddhist manuscripts and art. Begun in 386AD and added to over the next 9 centuries, the grottoes total over 45,000 square meters and boast over 2,000 murals and sculptures. Continue to the Singing Sand Dunes and enjoy a camel ride into the dunes.

D13

Take a morning flight to Lanzhou, transfer to your hotel, then go to visit the White Pagoda Mountain and the Provincial Museum.

D14

After a relaxed breakfast in your hotel, transfer to airport for your departure.

Suitable Time: all year.

 Price:

more than 10 person:

 USD 1806$/person

6-9 person:

 USD 2086$/person

2-5 person:

 USD 2366$/person

1 person:

 USD 4186$

 Note:

1.

For child younger than 11 who share one room with parents, the quotation is only 50% of the above price.

2.

Single supplement is USD 520$.

 The Price Include:

1.

Stay in 4 star hotels.

2.

Using minibus when travel.

3.

Domestic air fare and train tickets.

4.

Three standard meals each day.

5.

All tickets of visiting spots.

6.

English speaking guide.

 Not Include In The Price:

1.

International air fare and all airport tax.

2.

Personal expenses.

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