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14 Days China Silk Road Tour with Beijing & Shanghai

Tour Overview

The 14 days China Silk Road tour unfolds an awesome way to explore both the ancient Silk Road and the classic China travel destinations like Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian. It is designed with a considerate itinerary that Beijing is the inbound city and Shanghai is the outbound city so as to fit for travelers’ international flights. In the 2 weeks, you will catch a glimpse of the fascinating culture, history, and natural landscapes of more than half of China with footprints left at Beijing’s Great Wall to Kashgar’s Sunday Bazaar, Turpan’s ancient Gaochang Ruins, Dunhuang’s Mogao Grottoes and Crescent Lake-Echoing Sand Mountain, Xian’s Terracotta Warriors, and Shanghai’s skyscrapers.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. 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.

    Accommodation: Beijing

  2. AM: 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.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    PM: 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.

    Accommodation: Beijing

    Forbidden City

  3. Today, lots of walks just for the Badaling Great Wall. You will be driven to climb the most splendid Badaling Great Wall, the most famous and best-preserved section of the great wall. The mountain slope is very steep and the roads are tortuous, which made it an important military stronghold in ancient times. The wall is like a strong dragon winding its way along the mountain ranges.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    PM: After lunch, we will continue trip to the underground palace of Dingling(one of the 13 tombs). Dingling Mausoleum is the tomb of Emperor Shenzong, Zhu Yijun, who reigned 48 years, the longest during Ming emperors. 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.

    Accommodation: Beijing

    Badaling Great Wall

  4. AM: In the morning our local guide will pick you up from hotel lobby and pay a visit to Summer Palace. It is the largest and best-preserved royal park in China for emperors’ entertainment with centralized architectural masterpieces.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    PM: 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.

    Accommodation: Urumqi

    Summer Palace

  5. AM: 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.

    Noon: Lunch in lcoal restaurant.

    PM: 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.

    Accommodation: Kashgar

    Sunday Bazaar

  6. AM: 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.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    PM: 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.

    Accommodation: Turpan

    Abakh Khoja Tomb

  7. AM: 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 in local restaurant.

    PM: hen 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.

    Accommodation: Turpan

    Karez Well

  8. AM: 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.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    PM: 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

    Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave

  9. AM: Our local driver and guide will pick you up from train station and then you will travel to the famous Mogao Grottoes, also known as "Thousand Buddha Grottoes". This scenic area is composed of a digital exhibition center and the grottoes. You will enjoy two informative movies about Dunhuang and Mogao Grottoes for about 45 minutes at the digital exhibition center first and then a guide will escort you to admire the delicate murals and caves. Please note that it’s not allowed to take photos inside the caves because flashlight is not good for the murals. Those grottoes’ construction lasted for almost one thousand and five hundred years across 11 dynasties. This world-renowned site of Buddhist art will definitely surprise you with its magnificence.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    PM: After visiting Mogao Caves we will check in hotel.

    Accommodation: Dunhuang

    Mogao Grottoes

  10. AM: Today we will visit one of the most famous attractions along the Silk Road- the Echoing-sand Mountain and Crescent Lake, one of Dunhuang's symbols. You will marvel at the coexistence of sand dunes and spring. What a miracle it is! Although Crescent Lake is surrounded by the sand dunes, it has never been buried by the sands because the sands do not go down the dunes but flow up the dunes when the wind blows. Therefore, the lake is called the "Eye of the Desert" ". You can ride camels here at your own expense. It will be a great experience.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    PM: 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.

    Accommodation: Xian

    Echoing Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake

  11. AM: 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. Known as “the Eighth Wonders of the World”, it was found by four local farmers while drilling a well in 1974. Now it has turned into one of the most important attractions in China and the No.1 attractive site in Xi’an. The museum includes Pit 1(the largest pit), Pit 2, Pit 3, and the exhibition hall of the chariots and horses. You will stay in the museum for 2-3 hours. Listening to the explanation from the expert tour guide, you will learn the hidden story of those live-sized sculptures and history of their owner: First Emperor of Qin who is also the first emperor of China.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    PM: 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.

    Accommodation: Xian

    Terracotta Warriors and Horses

  12. AM: In the morning pick up from hotel lobby by your guide and drive to visit Shaanxi History Museum ( closed on every Monday),which is one of the biggest and most famous museums in China. The museum houses the cultural heritage unearthed in Shaanxi Province. Although it’s a provincial Museum, the collection of relics here is at national level from both quantity and quality as Xian had been Capitals for more than 13 dynasties in ancient China. Following the tour guide, walk and stop at those priceless exhibits to learn the hidden history and splendid civilization of China.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    PM: After that, move on to Big Wild Goose Pagoda. On the way to the attraction spot, your guide will introduce the history and culture of this ancient city for you to catch a glimpse of reason why so many well-known relics were discovered on this land. Big Wild Goose Pagoda was originally built to hold Buddhist sutra and figurines of the Buddha that Xuanzang brought back from India in Tang Dyansty, 652 A.D. Now there is a big square divided into North Square and South Square, surrounding the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The design of the buildings and statues is in Tang style, showing people the ever glory of that great time. It’s busier in the evening when many activities with Tang elements held by local amateur.

    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.

    Accommodation: Shanghai

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

  13. AM: Shanghai is an intoxicating hybrid of ancient China and a prosperous modern metropolis. Today, your exploration begins with the Shanghai Museum at People’s Square (closed on each Monday). Established in 1952, the Shanghai Museum has a collection of more than 120,00 rare cultural pieces from the Old Stone Age to modern times.

    After that, move on to the beautiful Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan Garden is a masterpiece of classical gardens and a must-visit place in Shanghai. There are over 40 scenic spots scattered in the garden. While you navigate the garden at the company of your tour guide, you will understand more about profound traditional Chinese culture fully embodied in every nook and cranny of the garden.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    PM: Take a relaxing Huangpu River cruise to enjoy the spectacular scenery on the bank. Huangpu River separates Shanghai into two parts, Pudong and Puxi. Cruising on the river will give you an unparalleled view of the city’s skyline and an unforgettable traveling experience.

    Accommodation: Shanghai

    Yuyuan Garden

  14. 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.

Price includes

  • Internal flights and train tickets mentioned in itinerary
  • All entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary
  • Lunches
  • All private transfer between airports, hotels and scenic spots
  • Air-condition car and driver, English speaking tour guide
  • Hotels with breakfast(based on two people sharing one twin bed room)
  • Airport Tax and Fuel Fee
  • Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day

Price excludes

  • All personal expense
  • Cable car on Great Wall
  • Optional activities
  • 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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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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