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Tour Overview

During this 12-day adventure through China’s historical treasures, you will discover the allure of the ancient Silk Road. Delve into Beijing’s imperial legacy at the Forbidden City and Great Wall, then venture to Xi’an to marvel at the Terracotta Army. Experience the oasis wonders of Turpan, explore the desert mysteries of Dunhuang, and embrace the vibrant culture of Kashgar. Along the way, immerse yourself in local traditions, from dumpling-making sessions to bustling bazaars. This journey offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, unveiling the Silk Road’s timeless charm.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore Imperial Splendors: Wander ancient halls of Forbidden City, climb Great Wall, and savor Peking Duck, immersing in China’s imperial grandeur.
2. Marvel at Terracotta Army: Stand amidst life-sized warriors, craft your own, and roam bustling Xi’an markets, reliving ancient Silk Road tales.
3. Dive into Oasis Mysteries: Discover Turpan’s underground marvels, ancient Jiaohe ruins, and vibrant bazaars, delving into Silk Road history and Uighur culture.
4. Experience Desert Adventures: Sand-ski in Dunhuang’s dunes, camp beneath starlit skies, and explore Mogao Grottoes, unveiling millennia-old Buddhist art in the desert.
5. Cultural Encounters in Beijing: Stroll through Beijing’s hutongs, dine on exquisite dumplings, and witness Kungfu magic, embracing China’s rich heritage and martial arts legacy.
6. Heavenly Lake Tranquility: Cruise on turquoise waters, walk serene lakeside trails, and explore Xinjiang Museum, immersing in Xinjiang’s diverse culture and natural beauty.
7. Kashgar’s Timeless Charms: Roam ancient streets, haggle in bustling bazaars, and sip tea in century-old houses, experiencing the allure of Silk Road traditions in Kashgar.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Arrive in the bustling city of Beijing, where your guide and driver will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your comfortable hotel. Take the evening to unwind and get ready for the exciting days ahead, perhaps venturing out to explore the nearby surroundings and get a taste of Beijing's vibrant atmosphere.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  2. Begin your day with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the iconic heart of Beijing, where you'll be immersed in the city's historical and cultural significance. Explore the magnificent Forbidden City, once home to Chinese emperors, and marvel at its intricate architecture and ancient treasures. Optionally, ascend Jingshan Park for panoramic views of the city.

    Beijing Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

    In the afternoon, wander through the picturesque Summer Palace, admiring the tranquil Kunming Lake. As night falls, be captivated by a mesmerizing Kungfu Show at the Red Theater.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  3. Embark on a memorable journey to the Mutianyu Great Wall, an awe-inspiring section of this ancient wonder. Take a cable car up to explore its historic battlements and enjoy breathtaking views.

    Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall

    Continue your adventure with a visit to Sacred Way, adorned with majestic stone statues. Later, catch a glimpse of modern Beijing by admiring the architectural marvels of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube from the outside. Indulge in the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude, savoring the flavors of authentic Chinese cuisine.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  4. Visit the serene Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and immerse yourself in its spiritual ambiance. Embark on a rickshaw ride through the ancient Hutongs, narrow alleys lined with traditional courtyard homes, and pay a visit to a local family, gaining insights into their way of life.

    Beijing Temple of Heaven
    Temple of Heaven

    In the evening, board a high-speed train to Xi'an, where more wonders await.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xi'an

  5. Discover the archaeological marvels of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, an army of life-sized clay soldiers guarding the tomb of China's first emperor. Engage in a hands-on experience, crafting a miniature Terracotta Warrior to take home as a unique souvenir.

    Xian Terracotta Army
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    Explore the historic Bell Tower and Drum Tower, where ancient timekeeping traditions come to life. Wander through the lively Muslim Quarter, known for its vibrant atmosphere and diverse culinary delights, and visit the Great Mosque, an architectural gem.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xi'an

  6. Embark on a leisurely walk or rent a bike to traverse the Ancient City Wall, one of the best-preserved city walls in China. Participate in a dumpling-making session with a local family, learning the art of crafting these delicious treats, such as dumplings.

    Xian City Wall
    Xian Ancient City Wall

    Explore Da Cien Temple, home to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, and indulge in the experience of trying on Hanfu clothing, traditional attire from ancient China. Optionally, visit an alternative attraction due to seasonal crowds. Conclude your day with a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum or another chosen activity, enriching your understanding of China's rich heritage.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xi'an

    Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

  7. Embark on a flight to Dunhuang, a gateway to the mesmerizing Gobi Desert. Dive into the desert experience at Mingshashan (Singing Sand Mountain) and Crescent Lake, where thrilling activities like sand skiing and camel rides await. For the adventurous spirits, consider camping under the starlit desert sky, enjoying desert motorcycles and lively bonfire parties, creating unforgettable memories.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Dunhuang

    Echoing Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake in Dunhuang
    Echoing Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake

  8. Begin your exploration at the Mogao Grottoes Digital Exhibition Center, gaining deeper insights into the historical significance of this ancient site. Delve into the fascinating world of Buddhist art at the Mogao Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its intricate murals and sculptures. Later, embark on a train journey to Turpan, a city steeped in history and natural beauty.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Turpan

    Buddha Statues in Mogao Grottoes
    Buddha Statues in Mogao Grottoes

  9. Embark on an exploration of Turpan's oasis wonders, starting with the awe-inspiring Flaming Mountain Grand Canyon and Tuyu Valley, a lush green oasis amid the arid surroundings. Visit a Uighur village, immersing yourself in the local culture and traditions.

    Xinjiang Tuyu Valley
    Tuyu Valley

    Discover the remarkable Karez System, an ancient underground irrigation system that sustains the region's agriculture, and delve into its history at Turpan Karez Museum. Explore the ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City, a testament to Turpan's rich heritage. After the tour, drive to Urumqi.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Urumqi

    Xinjiang Jiaohe Ruins
    Well-planned Jiaohe Ruins

  10. Unravel the mysteries of Xinjiang's diverse cultural heritage at the Xinjiang Regional Museum, which houses a rich collection of artifacts spanning centuries.

    Journey to the picturesque Heavenly Lake, a serene oasis nestled amidst majestic mountains. Enjoy leisurely strolls along the lake's shores or opt for a scenic boat cruise (additional cost), immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Return to Urumqi, reflecting on the day's cultural discoveries.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Urumqi

    Xinjiang Heavenly Lake Boat Ride
    Rent a Boat and Explore the Heavenly Lake

  11. Fly to Kashgar, a city steeped in ancient history and cultural heritage. Begin your exploration at the Abakh Hoja Tomb, an architectural marvel and an important pilgrimage site. Visit the grand Id Kah Mosque, an iconic symbol of Islamic architecture, and wander through the winding lanes of Kashgar Old Town, adorned with traditional Uighur homes and bustling markets.

    Kashgar Id Kah Mosque Xinjiang
    Id Kah Mosque

    Explore the vibrant Handicrafts Street, showcasing exquisite local crafts, and savor the moment with a cup of tea at a Century-old Tea House, immersing yourself in Kashgar's timeless charm.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Kashgar

  12. Dive into the lively atmosphere of Kashgar's renowned bazaars, where traders and locals gather to exchange goods and stories. Visit the bustling Kashgar Bazaar and Livestock Market (only open on Sunday) in the morning, experiencing the vibrant energy of this ancient Silk Road city. After the tour, your driver will escort you to catch your flight or train to your next destination or home, bidding farewell to the enchanting wonders of China.

    Safe travels and cherished memories await as you embark on this extraordinary journey through China's cultural heritage and natural beauty!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

    Xinjiang Kashgar Sunday Livestock Bazaar
    Sunday Livestock Bazaar

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • 11 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Economy air flights and second-class train tickets mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Beijing / off Kashgar;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions, such as cruise on Heavenly Lake;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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