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11-day Silk Road Langzhou to Urumqi Trip

Day By Day

Day 1 Lanzhou
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Yellow River Zhongshan Bridge, Whiter Pagoda Mountian
Pick up you from airport or train station to the hotel, Lanzhou is the capital and largest city of Gansu Province in Northwest China. A prefecture-level city, it is a key regional transportation hub, allowing areas further west to maintain railroad connections to the eastern half of the country. then visit city and yellow River, such as Zhongshan Bridge, Whiter Pagoda Mountian. Lanzhou  is the capital of Gansu province with 3.3 million populations. As well as the first important stop of the Ancient Silk Road from esat to west. Overnight in Lanzhou.

Day 2 Lanzhou-Xining
Meals: B, L, D
Sites Visited: Kunbum Monastery
Drive 240 km to Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, it is the start stop of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Visit Kunbum monastery in the afternoon, which was the birthplace of Tsongkapa who was the founder of the Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built in 1379, as well as one of the six greatest monasteries of Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 3 Xining-zhangye
Meals: B, L, D
Sites Visited: Matisi Grottoes
Tour to Zhangye, visit Matisi Grottoes in the afternoon. We will past though Qilian Mountain on the way, Which is the boundery between Gansu and Qinghai Provinces. Matisi Grottoes is one of the important Grottoes in Gansu, It has very strong influence of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in Zhangye

Day 4 Zhangye-Jiayuguan
Meals: B, L, D
Sites Visited: Dafosi Temple, Jiayuguan Fort
Visit Dafosi Temple and then Tour to Jiayuguan in the morning and visit Jiayuguan fortress in the afternoon.
Jiayuguan Fortress is the western end of the Great Wall and first grand pass under the Heaven. It was built in 1372 in Ming Dynasty, it took 168 year to build this strategic outpost. Overnight in Jiayuguan

Day 5 Jiayuguan-Dunhuang
Meals: B, L, D
Sites Visited: Yulin Grottoes
Transfer to Dunhuang in the morning, and visit Yulin Grottoes in Anxi, Yulin Grottoes is the sister grottoes of Mogao grottoes in Dunhuang, there are many beautiful wall paitings in the each cave, we can see nice flying Apsaras on the wall paiting. It has 42 caves with most Tang Dynasty style. Overnight in Dunhuang

Day 6 Dunhuang    
Meals: B, L, D
Sites Visited: Mogao Caves, Echoing-Sand Mountain and the Crescent Lake, Camel Riding
Visit Mingsha sands mountian in the morning, you can enjoy the soft sands and nice sunshine, if you want take a short explore, you should do camel-riding. That should be another feeling to test Silk Road.     Then you will visit the Crescent Lake. You will experience the Camel Riding.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Visit Mogao Grottoes. It is the first biggest grottes in China, and one of the four Greatest grottoes in China. We will take somewhat 2 hours for visiting, from different period caves, such as 5th- 9th centeries. Visit Shazhou night market in the evening, you can enjoy lacal food and dinkes. Overnight in Dunhuang

Day 7 Dunhuang-Turpan (High Speed Train)
Meals: B, L, D
Sites Visited: None
After hotel breakfast, you will be drive 2 hours  to Liuyuan Station for the High Speed Train to Turpan. When you arrive in Turpan,  your guide will meet you at the Turpan Station and transfer you to check in the hotel. Then you will have a free relax around the Turpan city.

Day 8 Turpan
Meals: L
Sites Visited: Bezklik Grottoes, Astana Tombs, the Flaming Mountain 
After breakfast, your Turpan tour will start a morning visit to Astana Tombs, , Bezklik Grottoes and Local Uyger family in the Vineyard.

Astana Tombs: covering an area of 10 square kilometers, the Astana Tombs are the graveyard of the residents lived in the Gaochang City in the Jin-Tang times, including large sized family graveyard. had been excavated 13 times, a great number of cultural relics have been unearthed, Known as "the Underground Museum".

the Flaming Mountain lies near the northern rim of the Taklamakan Desert and east of the city of Turpan. Their striking gullies and trenches caused by erosion of the red sandstone bedrock give the mountains a flaming appearance at certain times of the day.

Day 9 Turpan-Urumqi  
Meals: L
Sites Visited: Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minaret
AM visit Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minaret; Back to Urumqi after lunch in Turpan Check in the hotel, visit Erdaoqiao & International Bazaar, Jiaohe Ruins, running from northwest to southeast, 1760 meters long and 300 meters across at the widest part. The city includes city gates, streets and lanes, government office, temples, domestic houses, cave houses, wells, and an underground temple.

Day 10 Urumqi
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Terai Camp, Mount Nan Pasture
After breakfast, transfer to Urumqi. Then visit the Terai Camp, Nanshan Grassland.

11 Day Leave Urumqi
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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.