Silk Road Explorer - 12 Days**

Amazing 12-day journey that will take you through the heart of the silk road.
The route winds its way through oases, across grassy steppes, snowy peaks, and ancient cities.

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Schedules

Beijing

Arrival Transfer
Upon arrival you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your Hotel.
Afternoon free at leisure
Welcome to Beijing!
Beijing: Nowhere else can you find so many historic sites so close to each other. The famous
Forbidden City and nearby Tiananmen Square mark the centre of Beijing.
North lies the popular Qianhai Lake, where locals cool down in the hot summer months. The
Chongwen district to the south of the Forbidden City houses the Temple of Heaven, while the
Chaoyang district in the east is well-known for its trendy restaurants and bars.
Preparing the Chinese capital for the 2008 Olympic Games saw many old buildings get refurbished
and new skyscrapers erected. New restaurants, clubs and bars have also sprouted up and made the
city more vibrant. Yet, Beijing is still managing to retain its traditional charm. A stroll alongside the city’s
old shopping streets with its many silk, antique and tea shops give visitors a unique insight into
Chinese culture. And of course, Beijing is also a culinary capital. From traditional Chinese dumplings
to the original Beijing Duck, Beijing’s hundreds of restaurant and food stalls are sure to stimulate your
taste buds.

Beijing (B)

After breakfast we leave our hotel and embark on a full day day. We will visit Great Wall of China, Sacred Way and Ming Tombs.
The wall is one of the wonders of the wall, the best sections are around Beijing, make sure you have your camera for some amazing images.
The Sacred way and the Ming tombs are a classic example China’s history and ancient beliefs, the Ming Dynasty. The sacred way is the road to heaven for the Emperor. While the Ming Tombs are the final resting place of 13 of the 16 Ming emperors.
Tonight we will sample one of Beijing’s most popular dishes, Peking Duck.

 

Beijing (B/L/D)

Today we will explore Beijing city
Our first stop is Tienanmen square, the biggest square in the world, next we will visit the Forbidden
City. The city is 3.5km of scarlet citadel walls and is China’s largest and best-preserved collection of
ancient buildings, and the largest palace complex in the world.
After lunch we will make our way to the Summer Palace the largest imperial garden in the world, It was
an imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty. Next we will visit The Temple of Heaven, this is the place
where Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty Emperors held the Heaven Worship Ceremony. It is the
largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China’s ancient sacrificial buildings.

Beijing – Urumqui
evening flight to Urumqui

Urumqi (B/L/D)

Urumqui is home to 49 minority ethnic groups, this graceful prairie city is an important stop along the
ancient Silk Road, leading to Central Asia and even as far as Europe.
Our sightseeing will start at the Heavenly Lake, and will include Mount Bogda and N1 Glacier.
This afternoon we will then return to Urumqui town and visit the Urumqi Museum and the local Bazaar.

 

Urumqi / Turpan ( B/L/D )

This morning will go to Turpan via bus (approximate time 3.5 hours) From Turpan we will make our way via Donkey wagon to the the ancient city of Gaochan, a major getaway place to the Silk Road and visit
Flaming Hill and the Astana Tombs.

Turpan / Liuyuan ( B/L/D )

Today we will head to the South of Turpan to visit Emin Minaret & the Buddha Caves. Emin Minaret is the tallest minaret in China. You can enjoy a panoramic view of Turpan,after climbing the 72 spiral stairway inside the minaret. The Buddha caves in this region are the earliest expression of Buddhist cave art in China.
Afterwards we will visit Karez Wells and Ancient city of Jiaohe.
Karez Wells is an underground irrigation system created by the local people to improve the arid land. Ancient city of Jiaohe, was originally established by the Chinese as a garrison town during the Han dynasty. It’s one of the world’s largest, oldest (1600 years old) and best-preserved ancient cities, inspiring with its scale, setting and palpable historical atmosphere.
Turpan – Liuyan (overnight)

Liuyuan / Dunhuang ( B/L/D )

This morning we will arrive into Dunhuang railway station. Our Dunhuang city tour will start with a visit from Sandy Singing Hill and Crescent Moon Spring. Sandy Singing Hill composed of many and dunes covers 40 km from east to west and 20 km from
south to north. At the hill-top you may have a bird’s eye view of the sand dunes which encircle a crystal – clear spring shaped like a crescent moon.
You have the opportunity to try your dune surfing skills and slid down the dunes. Once you reach the bottom enjoy a slow camel ride and a visit to the White Horse Pagoda. The Pagoda was built by an eminent monk to commemorate the dead of his white horse in 386 AD. It is an important part of the Silk Road. It has nine-storage, with a height of 12 meters and a width of 7 meter.

Dunhuang ( B/L/D )

Today morning tour to Mogao Grottoes, located on cliffs 25 km southeast of Dunhuang. The first cave of the Mogao Grottoes was carved out in the year 366 and so far it has a history of more than 1600 years. During the afternoon we will visit Dunhuang Museum, Carpet Factory and Market.
The Dunhuang museum that takes you on an artifact-rich journey through the Dūnhuáng area (from prehistoric to Qing dynasty times) via hallways designed to make you feel as if you were in a cave

Dunhuang – Xian

Morning flight to Xian.
Airport Arrival Transfer
Upon arrival you will be meet by a local representative and transferred to your Hotel Xian (B/L/D) Today we will first head Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. The  Museum is made up of an architectural complex of Tang style – white walls, dark grey tiles and pyramidal roofs – with the main building at the center and the others arranged around it. Occupying some 65,000 square meters, the museum keeps more than 370,000 pieces of historic and cultural articles, ranging from the simple stone tools used by primitive human over a million years ago, to all kinds of objects used in the 19th century.
Afterwards we will head to Big Wide Goose Pagoda Temple. One of Xīan’s most famous landmark, it was completed in AD 652 to house Buddhist sutras brought back from India by the monk Xuan Zang. Xuan spent the last 19 years of his life translating scriptures with a crack team of linguist monks; many of these translations are still used today.
After seeing the palace, we will make our way to the Tang Paradise, this attraction not only claims to be the biggest cultural theme park in the northwest region of China but also the first royal-garden-like park to give a full display of the Tang Dynasty culture.
Tonight we will travel back to the 7th Century and enjoy a Tang Dynasty Show & Dumpling Banquet in Shaanxi Grand Theatre.

Xian (B/L/D)

This morning we make our way to the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses. The Terracotta Army isn’t just Xīan’s premier sight, it’s one of the most famous archaeological finds in the world. This subterranean life-size army of thousands has silently stood guard over the soul of China’s first unifier for more than two millennia.
Back in Xian we will visit the Ancient City Wall,build in early Ming Dynasty. Follow by a vist to the Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square, local Market and the Great Mosque.

Xian – Shanghai

Morning flight
Arrival Transfer
Welcome to Shanghai!
Shànghǎi: few cities in the world evoke so much history, excess, glamour, mystique and exotic promise in name alone. Food is the hub of Chinese social life. It’s over a meal that people catch up with friends, celebrate and clinch business deals, and spend hard-earned cash. Some of your best memories of the city could be culinary, so do as the Shanghainese do and make a meal of it.
Shànghǎi is surprisingly creative.Acrobatics shows are always a favourite and you might grab the chance to catch some Chinese opera. Shànghǎi’s music and club scene is vibrant: from unpretentious jazz and indie venues to all-night hip-hop and electro dance parties, the city swings with the best of them.
Shanghai (B/L)
Your sightseeing this morning features a tour of the Yuyuan Garden, the old area of the city, The gardens are one of the finest examples of the Ming garden design. We will stroll along the lively waterfront, known as the “Bund”. A grandiose curve of colonial-era
buildings lining the western bank of the Huángpǔ River. After lunch, we will visit the Jade Buddha Temple.
Our last night in Shanghai will be celebrated with an acrobatic show after dinner.

Shanghai

Morning at Leisure (B)
Departure Transfer