As the name suggests, this tour highlights the contrasting cultures which have greatly influenced the cities that rose and fell along these ancient trade routes. Journey to Kashgar in the far north-west, the centre of Yygur culture and, 1,000 years ago, the fabled city at the junction of the northern and southern Silk routes. Witness remnants of the important religions that shaped history – Buddhist grottoes, ruined cities, Islamic mosques and far outposts of China’s Great Wall – stand among the dramatic scenery of mountains and stark deserts. All around, discover bustling markets and colourful lifestyles of the people who continue to contribute to the legend of the Silk Road.
Itinerary Details : Day 01: Arrival in Beijing
Meet our guide at the airport and then transfer to check in the hotel for 3 nights stay. Then you are free for the rest of the day to have a good rest.
Make a tour around the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Beijing Roast Duck as dinner and then enjoy a Peking Opera show at Liyuan Theater.
-Tiananmen Square: Tian An Men (Gate of Heavenly Peace) was the main entrance to the Forbidden City during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Built in 1417, it was first named the Cheng Tian Men, meaning that emperors obeyed the order of Heaven in ruling the country.
-Forbidden City: The Forbidden City, also named the Palace Museum, shares the honor of being one of five world-famous palaces with the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in England, the White House in the U.S. and the Kremlin in Russia.
-Temple of Heaven: At the Temple of Heaven Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911) worshiped Heaven and prayed for good harvests.
-Beijing Roast duck: Beijing Roast duck is thought to be one of the most delicious dishes all over the world; most visitors coming to Beijing will never forget to have a try.
After breakfast, visit the Badaling Great Wall. Have lunch at a popular Sichuan Food restaurant. Then continue to visit the Sacred Way and the Ming Tomb in the afternoon.
-The Badaling Great Wall: The Great Wall at Badaling is the best representative section of the Great Wall. It is more than 7 meters high and 5 meters wide. It was the strategic point of Juyongguan Pass in ancient times. Many other fortresses and beacon towers were constructed at the strategic points. This section of the Great Wall has drawn great attention from the Chinese government since the foundation of P.R. China.
-The Ming Tombs: Located at the foot of the Tianshou Mountain in Changping District, Beijing, the Ming Mausoleums, occupying an area of 120 square kilometers, are well preserved and have the biggest number of emperors buried in the world.
Day 04: Beijing - Xian (B+L)
Visit the Summer Palace and say goodbye to Beijing. Then take a flight to the most inland city--Urumqi and transfer to the hotel for 1 night stay. Rest of the day is free for you. We recommend you to have a brief tour of the cultural city.
-The Summer Palace: The Summer Palace landscape, dominated by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, covers an area of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water surface. Its 70,000 square meters of building space features a variety of palaces, garden and other ancient-style architectural structures. Well known for its large and priceless collection of cultural artifacts, it was among the first group of historical and cultural heritage sites in China to be placed under special state protection.
Visit the amazing Terracotta Soldier Museum. Have a la carte lunch. Then excurse Big Wild Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda who is the landmark of Xian. Pay a visit to the best-preserved Islamic Great Mosque at the end of the day. After dinner, enjoy a Dumpling Banquet and watch a Tang Dynasty Music and Dances Show.
The Terracotta Museum? The Terracotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huangs Mausoleum, Lintong Country, Shaanxi province. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China.
-The Big Wild Goose Pagoda: As the symbol of the old-line Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It is located in the southern suburb of Xian City, about 4 kilometers from the downtown of the city. Standing in the Da Cien Temple complex, it attracts numerous visitors for its fame in the Buddhist religion, its simple but appealing style of construction, and its new square in front of the temple. It is rated as a National Key Culture Relic Preserve as well as an AAAA Tourist Attraction.
-The Great Mosque: The Great Mosque of Cordoba was considered to be a wonder of the medieval world by both Muslims and Christians. Built on a Visigothic site, which was probably the site of an earlier Roman temple, the Great Mosque of Cordoba was begun between 784 and 786 during the reign of 'Abd al-Rahman I, who escaped from Syria to the Iberian Peninsula after his family was massacred by a rival political dynasty.
Day 06: Xian - Jiayuguan (B+L)
Pay a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum. After lunch, take a flight to Jiayuguan and check in the hotel for 2 nights stay.
-The Shaanxi History Museum: The Shaanxi History Museum is situated on Yan Ta Road in Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province. It covers 65,000 square meters, with a building area of 60,000 square meters. The newly built modern building recreates Tang-dynasty architecture and successfully symbolizes the great extent of Shaanxi history and its remarkable culture.
Make a tour around the Jiayuguan Pass, the Wei-Jin Art Gallery and the First Fire Tower of Great Wall.
-Jiayuguan Pass: Located 4 kilometers west of Jiayuguan city on the northwest part of Gansu Province, Jiayuguan is the western end of the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty as well as the most magnificent and best-preserved pass among the over thousand passes along the Ming Great Wall, known as "Impregnable Pass Under Heaven". It took 168 years to build this strategic outpost.
-Wei-Jin Art Gallery: 20km northeast of Jiayuguan, in a barren section on the outer limits of the Gobi desert, lies the Xincheng prefecture, within which is contained the Xincheng Wei-Jin Art Gallery (Xincheng weijin mu). The Gallery is actually two tombs, although known about for quite a while, were not infiltrated until 1972. Within this area, a large stretch between Jiayuguan and Jiuquan, there are over 1,400 tombs built between 220 AD and 419 AD, during the Wei and Jin Dynasties. This area is not overly tourist-filled and as such makes for one of the nicer trips from the town.
Day 08: Jiayuguan - Dunhuang (B+L)
After breakfast, drive to Dunhuang. Then have a wonderful camel-riding experience along the Echoing-Sand Dune to the Crescent Lake, who is a nature miracle coexist with the desert for thousand of years. Check in the local hotel for 1 night stay.
Day 09: Dunhuang - Turpan (B+L)
Make an excursion to the shrine of Buddhist art treasures Mogao Grottoes and the Dunhuang Museum. Then transfer to Turpan by an overnight soft sleeper train.
-Mogao Grottoes: Located on the eastern slope of Rattling Sand Mountain (Mingshashan) southeast of Dunhuang County in Gansu Province, the Mogao Grottoes (also known as Thousand Buddha Cave) is one of three noted grottoes in China and also the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Buddhist art in the world.
Check in the hotel for 1 night stay. Have a pleasure trip to the Jiaohe Ruins who witnessed the long history of Turpan in the morning. Have a delicious lunch in a famous local restaurant and then visit the famous underground Great Wall Karez System and the largest extant Islamic tower Sugong Pagoda (Emin Minaret).
-Jiaohe Ruins: The ancient city of Jiaohe was first built by the people of Jushi during the time span from the 2nd century BC to the middle of the 5th century AD and was prosperous in the Qu's Gaochang Period and Tang Dynaties (5th- 8th century AD).
-Karez System: The Karez, an irrigation system of wells connected by underground canals, is considered as one of the three great ancient projects in China, with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal . It is invented and built by the ancient locals to adapt to the natural environment in the dry region, and by taking advantage of the mountain slopes.
Day 11: Turpan Urumqi - Kashgar (B+L)
After breakfast, excurse the Gaochang Ruins located in the desolate Gebi desert. In the afternoon, visit the Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave and the Flaming Mountain. Take a flight to Kashgar from Urumqi airport. Then check in the hotel for 1 night stay.
-Gaochang Ruins: Gaochang is the site of an ancient oasis city built on the northern rim of the inhospitable Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang, China. A busy trading center, it was a stopping point for merchant traders traveling on the Silk Route. The ruins are located 30 km southeast of modern Turpan..Gaochang was built in the 1st century BC. It was an important site along the Silk Road. It was burnt down in wars in the 14th century. Old palace ruins and inside and outside cities can still be seen today.
-Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave: one of the most important Buddha grotto relics in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
-Flaming Hill: the hottest place in China.
Day 13: Urumqi - Shanghai (B+L)
Take a flight to modern and prosperous Shanghai and check in the hotel for 2 nights stay. Make a full day excursion to the Shanghai Museum, the Yuyuan Garden, the famous Bund area along the Huangpu River and a local family. Watch a Portman Acrobatic Show. Have a farewell dinner in Wangbaohe restaurant.
-The Yu Garden: Yu Garden is one of the most famous gardens in China and is national heritage listed. It was built in 1559 and extended in 1577. Each section of the garden is separated by curved white walls crowned with the head and body of a dragon on them.
-Shanghai Museum: Shanghai Museum used to be near the Bund. It is now situated in People's Square and its new buildings were built in 1996, designed by a Shanghai architect named Xing Tonghe.
-The Bund area: The Bund is the best-known landmark in Shanghai. On this stretch of Zhongshan Road East lies the most important buildings left from colonial Shanghai including the Peace Hotel, the Bank of China, and Shanghai Gold Exchange. Externally these buildings have been well preserved and stand proud in their original grandeur.
Make a full day excursion to the Shanghai Museum, the Yuyuan Garden, the famous Bund area along the Huangpu River and a local family. Watch a Portman Acrobatic Show. Have a farewell dinner in Wangbaohe restaurant.
-The Yu Garden: Yu Garden is one of the most famous gardens in China and is national heritage listed. It was built in 1559 and extended in 1577. Each section of the garden is separated by curved white walls with the head and body of a dragon on them. It's named after the original owner.
-Shanghai Museum: Shanghai Museum used to be near the Bund. It is now situated in People's Square and its new buildings were built in 1996, designed by a Shanghai architect named Xing Tonghe. The new design symbolizes China's ancient understanding of the world: round sky and square earth. The museum has a circular roof and rectangular base. It stores 120,000 precious artifacts, which narrate a story of China's 5,000-year civilization.
-The Bund area: The Bund is the best-known landmark in Shanghai. On this stretch of Zhongshan Road East lies the most important buildings left from colonial Shanghai including the Peace Hotel, the Bank of China, and Shanghai Gold Exchange. Externally these buildings have been well preserved and stand proud in their original grandeur. Internally they have been renovated to house some major financial institutions as well as Shanghai's most expensive and luxurious hotels, restaurants and bars.
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(1.)Pay cash to our tour guide upon your hotel pickup in the morning. Both Chinese RMB and USD are acceptable.
(2.)Transfer the money to tour bank account at least 2 weeks beofore your tour date.
(3.)Pay by Credit Card through Paypal. We will send you the Paypal Invoice. You just need to follow the instructions step by step .
A. Private transfer in air-conditioned vehicle with driver; Entrance fees;
B. Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=Dinner.
C. Personal local Guide service;
D. Twin share bases in hotel as listed and offer third person extra bed.
E. All the transporation