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Explore the mystery ancient Silk Road by taking this trip: Visit the wild west of China and see the sandy desearts, snow covered mountains and the colorful Uiguhui Costumes...

Duration: 15 days & 14 nights

Destinations: Beijing - Dunhuang - Urumqi - Khotan - Kashgar - Kucha - Urumqi - Turpan - Urumqi

Starting Point: Beijing

Ending Point: Urumqi

Day
Your own arrangement to CITIC Hotel near Capital Airport and check in. 

Free shuttle bus service from CITIC Hotel to the airport and fly to Dunhuang, be met at the airport and transferred to hotel.

Meal: L, D

Visit Mogao Grottoes, the 492 cells and cave sanctuaries in Mogao are famous for their statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art. Then go to Dunhuang Museum, which reflects the flourishing social development and cultural exchange between China and the West during the time when Dunhuang was a major center along the Silk Road.

Meal: B, L, D

Transfer to the airport and fly to Urumqi, You will be met at the airport and transferred to visit Xinjiang Museum, covering an area of about 7,800 square meters, it owns over 50,000 items in the collection. Later, go to Red Hill Park, the Red Hill in it is a symbol of Urumqi which has a reddish brown color with 1.5km long and 1km wide from east to west. Afterwards, hotel check in. 

Meal: B, L

Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel. Visit local bazaar, then go to White Jade River to see the local people working for the best jade of China and visit a Jade Factory

Meal: B, L, D

After breakfast, drive to Taklamakan Desert, the second largest one in the world, and visit Iman Asim Tomb, where is a pilgrimage spot and site of a festival and market for local Uyghurs. In the afternoon, visit Melikawat Ruins, which was of significance in the ancient Kingdom of Khotan, with large government buildings and monasteries.

Meal: B, L, D

Transfer to the train station and head for Karshgar (8 hours). Be met at the train station in the late afternoon, transfer to check in hotel.

Meal: B

After breakfast, visit Abakh Hoja Tomb, and Sunday Bazaar, which is regarded as one of the biggest in Central Asia. In the afternoon, you will stroll at the old town of Karshgar to the lifestyle of local people. Its center is Id Kah Mosque, which is the largest mosque in China.

Meal: B, L

A full day trip to Karakul Lake, the lake is popular among travellers for its beautiful scenery and the clarity of its reflection in the water, whose color ranges from a dark green to azure and light blue. Pay a visit to Kirgiz Yurt to meet the local people and talk with them. Picnic lunch included.

Meal: B, L

Free morning. Transfer to the Railway Station and head for Kucha (12 hours), be met at the rail station and transfer to hotel.

Meal: B

First drive 75km to visit Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves. The caves are said to be the earliest major Buddhist cave complex in China, with development occurring between the 3rd and 8th centuries. In the afternoon, transfer to visit Tianshan Grand Canyon, a canyon near Keziliya Mountain formed by wind and rain over billions of years. It is as long as 5.5 kilometers from east to west with an average depth of 1,600 meters. 

Meal: B, L

Take a morning flight to Urumqi. Pick up at the airport and drive to Turpan. Then visit Emin Minaret, an existing largest minaret in Xinjiang with a circular shape, It is 44 meters high with a diameter of 10 meters. The huge structure was built of grey bricks and earth in 15 different decorative patterns such as waves, flowers or rhombuses.

Then pay a visit to Karez Irrigation System, which was created by ancient Uygur people at the second half of 18th century. It can mainly be found in the area of Turpan, Hami and Helei. If connecting all these underground channels together, the total length will reach more than 5000 km, so it is regarded as one of ancient China's greatest public projects. Later, check into the hotel.

Meal: B, L, D

3 highlights of today: first, go to Tuyu Valley, a popular attraction in Turpan. Then visit Astana Ancient Tombs, the graves are the cemetery of the ancient Gaochang residents. 456 tombs have been excavated since 1950's, and more than 10000 pieces of archaeological finds were discovered here. Later, pay a visit to Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, locates at northwestern side of the Flaming Mountain, they are complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to the 13th centuries. These caves were built on a cliff face fronting a river valley. 

Meal: B, L

In the morning, go to Gaochang Ruins site, the capital city of ancient Uygur kingdom. First built in the first century BC of Han Dynasty, the old city lasted for about 1400-1500 years until the year of 1283 the Uygur Kingdom was defeated by the nearby states, and had to give up their capital and moved away. Since then the city has been abandoned. Then visit Turpan Museum, which houses more than 5,000 artifacts displaying the charming history of Turpan. Later, transfer back to Urumqi.

Meal: B, L, D

Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

Meal: B, L

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What's included

  • Guide

    Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide.

  • Meals

    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Transport

    Private transfers airport/hotel/airport.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodations with daily breakfast.

  • Other

    Domestic flights and trains listed.
    Admission fees.

  • Visa

    Visa arrangement. Please consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa.

  • Other

    Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg).
    Personal expense.
    Any meals not specified as "B, L or D".
    Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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