This is a real Silk Road discovery deep into Gobi desert and amazing landscapes; it also includes the ancient capital Xian, then the Mogao grottoes in Dunhuang, amazing attractions in Turpan & famous Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar… And other popular scenic spots like Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Bell Tower, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Museum, Ancient City Wall, Forest of Stele, Yadan Geo Park, Yumen Pass, Emin Minaret, Desert Botanical Garden, Heavenly Lake, Id Kah Mosque...

Duration: 12 days & 11 nights

Destinations: Xi'an - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar - Urumqi

Starting Point: Xi'an

Ending Point: Urumqi

Arrival in Xian, you will be met at the airport or train station, and transferred to the hotel.

Drive to the most famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is one of the top attractions in China and famous for its historical significance and uniqueness. Then proceed to Bell Tower, which originally built in Ming Dynasty and used to house the bells that were sounded every morning to announce the time to the ancient capital’s inhabitants. Later, enjoy a walk at the old quarters of the city.

Meal: B, L

Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum

A visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda which is a less visit spot but with its own unique designs. Then pay a visit to Xian Museum, as many as 130, 000 fine cultural relics are preserved here, most of which were unearthed in the ancient tombs from different dynasties before Tang Dynasty (618-907). Then proceed to the Ancient City Wall, the most intact ancient Chinese wall in existence. It encircles and protects the ancient part of Xian City. At last, go to the Forest of Stele Museum, there are 3,000 steles in the museum, which is divided into seven exhibitions halls, which mainly display works of calligraphy, painting and historical records. 

Meal: B, L

Transfer to the airport and fly to Dunhuang. Be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Meal: B, L

Drive 180km to Yadan Geo Park to see the spectacular landform, then on the way to see the Yumen Pass, which was originally built more than 2000 year ago. You can also have the chance to see the ruined Great Wall of Han Dynasty.

Meal: B, L

ruined Great Wall of Han Dynasty

Visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes, the 492 cells and cave sanctuaries are famous for their statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art. Then proceed to the Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Moon Lake, try a short camel ride in the desert. Transfer to take an overnight train to Turpan. 

Meal: B, L, D

Arrival in Turpan in the early morning. After breakfast, 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. It is regarded as one of ancient China's greatest public projects. Then visit Jiaohe Ruins to know the history there. Emin Minaret is the next spot, 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. At last, go to the Desert Botanical Garden and gain the knowledge of desert plants.

Meal: B, L

Emin Minaret

Drive from Turpan to Urumqi, proceed to Heavenly Lake, labeled as a Chinese version of Swiss lakes. The crystal water reflecting the snow-topped peaks, fluffy white clouds and blue sky create a breathtaking view.

Over night at Urumqi.

Meal: B, L

Transfer to fly to Karshgar. After arrival, visit Id Kah Mosque to appreciate the unique architecture style of it. Later, wander around local bazaar and old quarters of Karshgar to get close to local people’s life. 

Meal: B, L

Id Kah Mosque

One full day tour to Karakul Lake, the lake is popular among travelers 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. On the way you will visit a local village and see snow-capped mountains. Enjoy picnic lunch at the lake side.

Meal: B, L

Transfer to fly to Urumqi. Be met and transferred to visit Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum and 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. Free at the rest of the day. 

Meal: B, L

Red Hill Park

Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

Meal: B

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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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