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8 Days Silk Road Bullet Train Tour

Tour Overview

With the improvement of bullet train system, an increasing number of tourists choose bullet train as the inter-city transfer method. Especially for the Silk Road tour, the bullet train would help tourists save either time or money. This 8 days Silk Road tour by high speed train provides you a life-time experience to explore Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan and Urumqi. Encounter the stunning wonders about history, culture and nature in northwest China and learn the hidden knowledge of the legendary Silk Road.

Tour Highlights:
* Visit one of China’s most famous ancient Buddhist grottoes, Bingling Temple, a World Heritage site with more than 180 caves and nearly 700 Buddhist figures.
* Enjoy the most colorful and attractive natural landscape in Zhangye – Rainbow Mountain.
* Ascend the fortress of Jiayuguan Fort, the westernmost end of the Ming Great Wall, and learn some interesting historical facts.
* Experience a short camel ride on the Echoing-Sand Mountain, taking in the view of the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert.
* Get a visual feast of the breathtaking landscape at the Heavenly Lake and Tianshan Mountains.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival, our guide and driver will greet you at train station / airport by holding the board with your name. Then you will be escorted to check in hotel. Enjoy your free time in the rest of the day.

    Accommodation: Lanzhou

  2. AM: After hotel breakfast, you will be escorted to visit Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Grottoes which is nearby the Liujiaxia Reservoir. It is one of the best known ancient Buddhist grottoes in China. At present there are 183 caves and 694 Buddhist figures in preserved. In 2014, Binglingsi Grottoes was selected as a world cultural heritage site.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: After the visiting you will be escorted to train station for the bullet train to Zhangye. Met by driver in Zhangye and check in hotel.

    Accommodation: Zhangye

    Binglingsi Temple
    Bingling Temple

  3. AM: In the morning, we will pay a visit to Giant Buddha Temple. Built in 1098, the temple is said to be Kublai Khan’s birthplace. Here you can appreciate the largest indoor clay reclined Buddha in Asia. The rare hand-written classics of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)and thousands of cultural relics.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: Then head to visit the best known natural landscape in Zhangye – the Rainbow Mountain. Within the area of 10km2 visitors could see the rock strips of red, yellow, orange, green, white, steel grey, greyish black, etc. They make the valleys and hills colorful and attractive. Then take the late afternoon bullet train to Jiayuguan. Met by local driver and check in hotel.

    Accommodation: Jiayuguan

    Rainbow Mountain

  4. AM: Driving westward, we will arrive in Jiangyuguan City and visit the well-known Jiayuanguan Pass. As one of the most grandiose ancient forts on the Silk Road, JIayuguan was named the First Pass under Heaven. Then you will proceed to the First Fire Tower of Great Wall, known as the west end of the Ming-dynasty Great Wall. The 56-meter-high (184 feet) tower stands on the cliff of the Gobi desert, with the Talai River flowing by and the majestic Jiayuguan Pass at a distance. Then the next stop is the Wei-Jin Art Gallery. Named Wei-Jin Mural Brick Tomb, it is a huge tomb group with more than 1,400 tombs. What is the most amazing is that they all were constructed in the 3rd and 5th century during the Wei and Jin dynasties. Regarded as the largest underground gallery in the world, it houses a huge collection of murals, bringing you back to the Wei and Jin dynasties about 1,500 years ago.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: Then take the bullet train to Dunhuang. Met by local driver and check in hotel.

    Accommodation: Dunhuang

    Jiayuguan Great Wall Museum

  5. AM: Today we will firstly go to visit the Mogao Caves, one of the four most famous caves in China and a rare pearl on the Silk Road.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: Afterwards we will continue to visit Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. A short camel ride will leave you a unforgettable memory. Riding along the mountain to reach the Crescent Lake, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. It has not dried up over the past one thousand years and still gushes with fresh current.

    Afterwards, come to Shazhou Night Market for further exploration. Though you might have visited many night markets or food streets during your weeks of vacation, Shazhou Night Market still brings you something different. You will find the special vitality of this northwest city remoting from the country center during your leisure strolling.

    Last, you will be dropped off at train station for overnight train to Turpan ( reference train: K2059 / 21:55-05:34+1 ).

    Accommodation: Soft-sleeper Overnight Train

  6. AM: Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you at the Turpan Railway Station and escort you to the hotel in downtown city. Today we are going to visit three famous places. In the morning, you will have an exploration of Jiaohe Ruins, which is one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road. It is also the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world. Although 2,000 years have passed, the former brilliants of Jiaohe can still be found from the ruins.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: Then you will visit the well-known Karez Well, the gigantic underground irrigation system created by ancient Xinjiang people. There are over 1,100 Karez Wells in Turpan, providing precious water source to this dry and hot area during the past 400 years. The last stop of today will be the existed largest ancient pagoda in Xinjiang, Sugong Pagoda. Then you will be transferred to Urumqi.

    Accommodation: Urumqi

    Jiaohe Ruins

  7. AM: After breakfast, you will be invited to visit warm-hearted Kazak People Family, they will offer fried cookies, milk tea dried grapes which are local specialty. Then, we will visit Heavenly Lake. 100 kilometers away from city of Urumqi, Heavenly Lake gives the impression of nobleness, elegance and beauty. Clear lake, snow mountains and soaring pin trees compose the charming scenery of the Heavenly Lake. Come to Heavenly Lake, and you will find words are so weak for the surrounding. It will make you totally relaxed no matter you are sitting in a boat, walking in the mountains, or just standing by the lake.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: Then will drive to Urumqi and pay a visit to Xinjiang Museum. The large numbers of cultural relics collected in the museum will introduce Xinjiang’s past to visitors. And the mummies are the highlight and the must see things in the museum.

    Accommodation: Urumqi

    Heavenly Lake

  8. At confirmed time, the guide and driver will meet you in hotel and transfer to airport / train station for departure.

Price includes

  • Lanzhou-Zhangye, Zhangye-Jiayuguan, Jiayuguan-Dunhuang  bullet train (second class seat)
  • Dunhuang-Turpan soft-sleeper overnight train (4pax sharing one cabin)
  • All entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary
  • Typical meals as noted in itinerary
  • All private transfer between airports, hotels and scenic spots
  • Air-condition car and driver, English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel with breakfast
  • Airport Tax and Fuel Fee
  • Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels
  • One bottle of mineral water per day

Price excludes

  • All personal consumption
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • China Entry Visa Expense
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Excess Baggage Charges
  • International Airfare or train tickets Arrival and Departure from China

Booking Method

Step 1: You can directly book online or please feel free to share your tour plans or thoughts at [email protected] , our travel consultant will contact you within 12 hours. Step 2: A small amount deposit will be required to book a tour. After deposit received, a detailed service voucher will be sent to you to confirm the booking. Step 3: Balance due will be required 7-15 days ahead of your travel date. If you have any further question, please feel free to contact us! Email: [email protected] Cellphone number: +86 18792910029 WhatsApp / Wechat ID: 008618792910029 Facebook: @xianholidaystravelagency

Our Hotels

In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location!

The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices.

If you have already got an ideal hotel, please feel free to tell our travel consultants and they’ll book the hotel for you.

Our Tour Guide

The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.

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Our Driver and Vehicle

The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.

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Our Driver and Car

Meals

Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!

Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.

For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.

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