Overview: This 8-day Silk Road China Tour highlights Mogao Caves in Gansu Duhuang and Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Sunday bazaar, Id Kah Mosque, Karakul Lale in Xinjiang Kashgar, Urumqi Turpan.
Day 1 Beijing/Dunhuang by Flight
Sites Visited: Hechang Military Depot, Dunhuang Shazhou Night Market
In the morning, be escorted to the airport for the flight to Dunhuang. Be met and transferred to the hotel. Then visit the Yangguan Pass which is located 70kms southwest of Dunhuang city. Early in the Han dynasty, in order to resist the Huns (Xiongnu) and manage the West Region, emperor of the Han dynasty established Yangguan Pass and Yumenguan Pass as well as Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiuquan and Dunhuang counties. As the main access to West Region and an important conjunction on the south route of the Silk Road, Yangguan Pass was a military stronghold in ancient times.
After you will visit the Dunhuang Night market - Shazhou Market. It is an ideal place to learn about Dunhuang folk-customs and life. The market, divided into several areas, includes snacks, art ware, Sanpaotai (a kind of drinking vessel with a small plate, a cup and lid. Now the name of a special tea made with sugar candy, longan, Chinese date, medlar and currant.), Tea House area and a special ethnic products area etc. Tourists can browse at your leisure. There are also local opera street shows performed by amateurs - entertaining and fun.
Day 2 Dunhuang/Turpan by Train
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Moon Lake
After breakfast, you are picked up to see the Mogao Grottoes. After that, ride the camel to see the Echoing-Sand Mountain (where you will observe a very curious natural phenomenon), and then proceed to visit the Crescent Moon Lake. After the sightseeing, be transferred to Liuyuan train station for the overnight train (with soft sleeper) to Turpan. Overnight on train
Day 3 Turpan
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Gaochang Ruins, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
After you arrived in Turpan in the early morning at the train station your tour guide will meet you then transfer to have breakfast. After you will first visit the ruins of the ancient city of Gaochang（Kara-Khoja) which is 47km southeast of Turpan. Continue on to the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, a picturesque site overlooking cliffs and a lush river valley in the heart of the Flaming Mountains.
Day 4 Turpan
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Jiaohe Ancient City, Grape Valley, Karez Channels, Astana Tombs, Flaming Mountain
After breakfast, you will be transferred to visit the Jiaohe Ruins. Jiaohe Ruins is located on a mesa in willow leaf shape between the Yarnaz River valleys 10 kilometers to the west of Turpan City. 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.
Then transfer to visit the Suleiman's Minaret (aka Sugong Pagoda), the Grape Valley, the Karez Channels and Astana Tombs, lastly, pass through the legendary Flaming Mountain.
Day 5 Turpan/Urumqi
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: International Bazaar, Museum of National Minorities & History
After breakfast, transfer to Urumqi. During your coach journey to Turpan you will pass through spectacular desert where small oasis towns are irrigated by an impressive series of underground channels carrying water from the distant Tianshan Mountains.
After you arriving in Urumqi, first visit the Erdaoqiao Bazaar is the largest in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. On Sunday, there are more stalls and more goods to buy than any other day. The old streets around the bazaar are really worth seeing.Here is the most welcomed place by tourist especially by ladies where they can buy some traditional Uygur make up cosmetic.
Then you will visit to the Museum of National Minorities and History. After dinner your tour guide and driver will escort you to your hotel and help you to checking.
Day 6 Urumqi/Kashgar by Flight
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Sunday bazaar, Id Kah Mosque, Old Town, Tomb of Abakh Khoja
After hotel breakfast, take the morning flight to Kashgar. Kashgar is a fabled city embracing a rich mix of peoples and cultures, with Mosques and veiled women contributing to its Middle Eastern atmosphere. No visitors to Kashgar should miss the Sunday bazaar. In the teeming market, you can buy anything from herbal medicines to carpets, from a cradle to a camel. In the afternoon, visit the town center the vast Id Kah Mosque. You also tour in a donkey cart taxi the Old Town, a warren of twisting alleys and white-washed walls, and the Tomb of Abakh Khoja (also called Fragrant Concubine tomb)
Day 7 Kashgar /Karakul Lale/Kashgar
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Karakul Lake
After hotel breakfast, you will be driven 200km to Karakul Lake along China-Pakistan highway, enjoy the Pamir plateau, encounter the local nomads called ”Kirgiz” .And admire the snow-capped mountain called “Muztagh Ata”(7546M in altitude), and “Konger Shan Mountain”(7719M) You will walk around(1-2 hours) the Karakul lake (3800M). In the afternoon, take the coach back to Kashgar to check in your hotel.
Day 8 Kashgar/Xian Flight
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home. End of service.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The tour cost includes the planning, handling, booking, operation and communication charges.