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13-day Silk Road & Hexi Corridor Adventure

Day By Day

Day 1 Arrival/Urumqi
Our tour guide will meet you on your flight time. After arrival at the hotel, We will have a group dinner.

Day 2 Urumqi/Heavenly Lake (120kms, 1.5hrs driving)
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Heavenly Lake, International Grand Bazaar and the souvenir store

Heavenly Lake is located 110 kilometers east of Urumqi, Tianchi Lake occupies an area of almost 5 square kilometers. The name of the lake translates as "Heavenly lake". The Snow-fed lake is crescent-shaped and got its name from Tianshan Mountain, which feeds the lake.

International Grand Bazaar and the souvenir shop is a lively market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that come to your mind. On Sunday, there are more stalls and more goods to buy than any other day.

Day 3 Urumqi/Turpan( 180 kms, 2.5--3hrs driving)
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Xinjiang Museum, Flaming Mountain
After breakfast visit the Xinjiang Museumand then head to Turpan.

Xinjiang Regional Museum is a large integrated museum and centre for the collection and study of cultural relics in Xinjiang. The museum architecture built in 1953 with featured Uighur ethnic internal decor style and has an exhibition hall covering an area of about 7,800 square meters (approx. 9,328 square yards).  

Flaming Mountain is a barren, eroded, red sandstone mountain. The erosion of the sandstone rock has given the mountain an appearance of being on fire.

Day 4 Turpan/Hami(400kms, 5-6hrs driving)
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Karez Irrigation System, Tuyoq village, Mausoleum of Hami Islamic King
Trip will start after breakfast.

Karez Irrigation System is a unique underground irrigation channel in Turpan, which, making use of the slopes of the land to direct water flow into underground channels to irrigate farmland.

Tuyoq Village lies 65 kilometers to the east of Turfan. There are more than 40 ancient Buddhist meditation caves in te village. They are deemed to be the earliest caves in Turfan, most Murals are damaged, but distinctive in style.

Mausoleum of Hami Islamic King was built in 1840 and the wall of the tomb is all decorated with glazed bricks and tiles.

Day 5 Hami/Dunhuang(430 kms, 5--6hrs driving)
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: the Sand Dune and Crescent Lake, the Shazhou Night Market
Drive to Dunhuang after breakfast.

Crescent Lake called as Yueyaquan in Chinese. It is a crescent-shaped pool in the oasis, 5 km southwest of the city Dunhuang of Gansu province, China. It was named Yueyaquan since Qing Dynasty.

The Shazhou Night Market is famous for its tasty snacks and local specialties as well as for its well-regulated management. The whole night market is 1000 meters long in total. There are shops selling handworks and souvenirs, food stalls and fruit stands. When the fruit season comes, visitors can buy juicy fruits at reasonable prices.

Day 6 Dunhuang Jiayuguan(460kms, 5--6hrs driving)
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Mogao Caves, the Jiayuguan Pass
Trip will begin after breakfast.

The Mogao Grottos or Mogao Caves, housing the ancient thousand buddhas and mural paintings, are the famous Dunhuang highligh of buddhist art treasures shrine on the north-west Silk Road China.  

The Jiayuguan Pass represents the western starting point of a section of the Great Wall constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The pass covers an area of 33,500 square meters (eight acres) and lies at the base of a narrow valley.

Day 7 Jiayuguan/Wuwei via Zhangye (6hrs driving)
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: the Jiuquan Bell, Night Cup Factory, Giant Budda
Drive to Zhangye after breakfast.

Giant Budda is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. China's largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple.

Day 8 Wuwei/Lanzhou (260kms, 4--5hrs driving)
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: the Leitai Tomb of Han Dynasty, the Huanghe Mother Statue, White Pagoda Park, Waterwhill Park
Trip will start after breakfast.

The Leitai Tomb of Han Dynasty--- the Galloping Bronze Horse was unearthed from a Han Dynasty Tomb under the Leitai Terrace. According to the inscriptions on the chest of the horse tomb figure unearthed, it was the tomb of "Shou Zhang Ye Zhang Zhang Jun" (General Zhang of Zhang Ye) built between 186 to 219 A.D.

White Pagoda Park is located in the north of Lanzhou City, it owes its name to the amazing White Pagoda within it. With images of Buddha on its eight sides, the seven-story pagoda with a height of 17 meters (about 55.8 feet), is a pure white from top to bottom with the exception of the green top which greatly enhances the glamour of the whole building.

Day 9 Lanzhou/Xining
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: the Ta'er Monastery
Head to Xining and check into the hotel on arrival.

Ta'er Monastery is one of six Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also known as Kumbum Monastery. Kumbum was founded in 1583 in a narrow valley near the village of Lusar in the Tibetan cultural region of Amdo.

Day 10 Xining/Xi'an by soft sleeper train
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake is the largest inland and salt water lake in China,Qinghai Lake is a miracle that is endowed by a deity. Outside, he circles the lake with four continuous mountains and extends broad grassland at the foot of them. Inside, like a master baker. after dinner to Xi'an by the soft sleeper train.

Day 11 Xi'an
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Ancient City Wall
Our quide will meet you at the train station and trasfer to check into the hotel.

The City Wall is the most complete ancient city wall in China and is one of the largest ancient defensive works in the world. Originally built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the wall was added onto and rebuilt in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and it is this remodel which is visible today.

Day 12 Xi'an
Meals: B, L
Sites visited: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Huaqingchi Pool
Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses is one of the Eight Wonders of the world. It collects about 8,000 life-size pottery warriors, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses.
Huaqingchi Pool is a Tang Dynasty hot spring complex, stands at the northern foot of Li Shan Mountain, 30 km east of Xi'an.

Day 13 Xi'an/Departure
Meals: B

After the great tour you will be escorted to the airport to take a flight home.

Price Includes:

Transportation & Private Transfers:

Transportation cost covers all the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax, train tickets between the cities as the itinerary specified.

Transfer between airports, railway station, hotels and scenic spots for sightseeing around the cities that are specified by the itinerary with private air conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.

Entrance Fees:

All entrance fees to the scenic spots listed in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by private tour guides depends on the real-time local circumstances wheather are beyond the control of Access China Travel. We will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.

Normal Meals:

All normal meals as the itinerary specified: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner in local restaurant. Breakfasts are served in hotel, breakfasts have Chinese or Western style for your option; Lunches are served in carefully selected quality local Chinese restaurants with best service, your lunches will be ordered by your guide catering to your preferences within normal standard. Dinners as the itinerary specified will be also served in local Chinese restaurants. The meal quotation is normalized. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, famous rare dishes, Indian food or more, please inform us in advance. For the unspecified dinners, you will have dinner on your own. Feel free to ask your local guide for suggestions or recommendation.

Private Sightseeing Escort:

Normal sightseeing activities as the itinerary listed will be escorted with English-speaking guide. The English-speaking guide and driver in each city are with you throughout the entire itinerary around that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.

Hotel Accommodation:

Hotel service criterion: two adults share on one standard twin/double-bed room; solo traveler who want to occupy one twin/double-bed room assigned is required for extra single supplement rate. A single room is available on prior request at an additional cost; if a recommended hotel unavailable, it will be replaced by one of the same class. All hotels as the itinerary listed serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.

Tour Arrangements:

The tour cost includes the planning, handling, booking, operation and communication charges.

Service Charge & Government Taxes

Price Excludes:

International airfare or train tickets for entry or exit China, unless that is noted or required otherwise.

Visa Fees, passport application or renewal fee.

Excess Baggage Charges.
Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as excess luggage fees, laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities (shows) and meals, beverages...

Any meal are not specified in the itinerary with "B", "L" or "D".
Any extra cost caused by the changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, government and local authority orders, politics, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations; as well as tourist law violation, accident damages or injury incurred out of Access China Travel control.

Tips to guides, escort, drivers bellman, etc.