Day 1 Beijing Arrival
Our guide will pick you up when you arrive at Beijing airport. You will find the guide is waiting for you at the exit after you reclaim your luggage. When you meet, the guide and driver will drive you back to the hotel and help you to check in. In the rest of the day, please take your time to relax yourself after a long flight.
Temple of Heaven
Day 2 Beijigng
Attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Chinese Kungfu Show(Breakfast+Lunch)
At about 8:30am, our guide will meet you at the hotel and start your journey. The first full day will cover four spots. First, you will visit the famous Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. After a short sightseeing at Tiananmen Square, you will walk across the Golden Water Bridge and come to the splendid Forbidden City built 600 years ago, where you will be impressed by the gorgeous imperial palaces and vast storage of historical relics. It will take our 1 hour to have lunch. After the lunch, your visit continues to the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. It is a royal temple in the Qing Dynasty (1616-1912). The unique architecture, like Hall of Prayer of Good Harvest and Echo Wall, will leave you a deep impression. In the evening, we will see an authentic Chinese Kungfu Show and then the local guide will escort you back to hotel.
Day 3 Beijing
Attractions: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tomb, Sacred Way, Bird’s Nest(Breakfast+Lunch)
Today, lots of walks just for the Badaling Great Wall. You will be driven to climb the most splendid Badaling section of the Great Wall. After lunch, we will continue trip to the Ming Tombs. In tradition Chinese people’s mind, by passing the Sacred Way—-Walk along the Sacred Way, this means the road leading to heaven. On the way back to downtown hotel we will pass by Bird’s Nest to take some pictures there.
Day 4 Beijing-Urumqi
Attractions: Summer Palace (Breakfast+Lunch)
In the morning our local guide will pick you up from hotel lobby and pay a visit to Summer Palace which used to be the imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty. After lunch, the guide will escort you to flight to take a flight to Urumqi. Our local guide in Urumqi will meet you at airport and then escort you to hotel.
Day 5 Urumqi-Kashgar
Attractions: Sunday Market(Breakfast+Lunch)
In the morning our local guide will pick you up from hotel lobby and escort you to airport to take the morning flight to Kashgar. The local guide in Kashgar will wait you at airport and then visit the famous Sunday Market, namely Sunday Bazaar, which used to be the largest international trade market in northwestern China. Traders at home and abroad come to exchange all kinds of goods, such as Silk, salt, fur, perfume, ivory. The bazaar opens everyday in Kashgar, but the one on Sunday is the liveliest for the whole community will get together. Then transfer to hotel.
Day 6 Kashgar-Urumqi-Turpan
Attractions: Id Kah Mosque, Abakh Khoja Tomb(Breakfast+Lunch)
After the breakfast, we will visit the Id Kah Mosque, a typical Islamic architecture like domes, minarets and arches, as well as pious prayers. It has a 500 years history. The last stop in Kashgar will be the Abakh Khoja Tomb, which is an ancient Islamic building complex and a cemetery. Five generations of a famous Islamic master were buried here. It is considered as the largest dome architecture in the east of the cemetery. Then the local guide will escort you to airport to take the flight to Urumqi. Our local guide and driver in Urumqi will pick you up from airport and transfer to Turpan. Arrival in Turpan you will check in hotel.
Abakh Khoja Tomb
Day 7 Turpan
Attractions: Jiaohe Ruins, Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda(Breakfast+Lunch)
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. 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. The pagoda is a 44-meter-high (144 feet) Islamic pagoda, which bears a history of over 200 years.
Day 8 Turpan-Dunhuang
Attractions: Gaochang Ruins, Bizaklik Thousand Cave, Flaming Hill(Breakfast+Lunch)
Today we will visit four famous sites all together. First is another famous ruin in Turpan, Gaochang Ruins, which used to be the capital of ancient Gaochang Kingdom. Then you will go to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, a series of caves with thousands of Buddhism murals. The vivid murals show many Buddhism figures, stories, and the social life about 1,000 years ago in Ancient Gaochang Kingdom. The last stop will be the hottest place in China– the Flaming Hill, situated at the north of ancient Silk Road. The temperature is so high that nothing grows on the hill. The record highest temperature of summer could reach 47.8 ℃ (118 ℉). And then take the overnight soft sleeper train to Dunhuang.
Accommodation: Overnight trian
Day 9 Dunhuang
Attractions: Mogao Grottoes(Lunch)
Our local driver and guide will pick you up from train station and then you will travel to the famous Mogao Grottoes which display a very colorful and descriptive world in the paintings. It is known as one of the four most famous caves in China. After visiting Mogao Caves we will check in hotel.
Day 10 Dunhuang-Xian
Attractions: Crescent Lake, Echoing-Sand Mountain (Breakfast+Lunch)
Today we will visit one of the most famous attractions along the Silk Road- the Echoing-Sand Mountain. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. A short camel ride will leave you an 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. After the tour end our local guide will escort you to airport to take the late flight to Xian. Our local guide and driver in Xian will meet you at airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 11 Xian
Attractions: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, City Wall, Tang Dynasty Show(Breakfast+Lunch)
Today we will have a full and interesting trip in Xian, visiting 3 spots all together. In the morning, we will begin our trip at the world’s eighth wonder- the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. A delicious a la carte lunch at the best local restaurant will be prepared for you. After the lunch, we will drive back to Xian to visit the City Wall, which is the best-preserved city wall in China. It will be an unforgettable experience to rent a bike riding around the city on the wall. In the evening we will have the dumpling dinner. After finish Dumpling Dinner you can enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dance and Music Show at Shaanxi Opera Theater.
Terracotta Warriors and Horses
Day 12 Xian-Shanghai
Attractions: Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda(Breakfast+Lunch)
In the morning pick up from hotel lobby by your guide and drive to visit Shaanxi History Museum, and then move to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Built in the Tang Dynasty, the seven-story pagoda has witnessed much changes and development of Xian in the past 1,300 years. Then the local guide and driver will escort you to airport to take the late flight to Shanghai. Our local guide in Shanghai will meet you at airport and then escort you to hotel.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Day 13 Shanghai
Attractions: Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, Huangpu River Cruise(Breakfast+Lunch)
We will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast to take you to the Shanghai Museum. After the museum, we will drive you to the Yuyuan Garden. At last drive to the Bund and enjoys the view of Huangpu River by cruise ship.
Day 14 Shanghai Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, you may have all your belongings and luggage packed, check out of the hotel by yourself. Our guide and driver will drive you to the airport and help you to get the boarding pass