18 Days Grand Silk Road Standard Adventure

Tour Route: Beijing, Xining, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Lanzhou, Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Shanghai

The Most Completely Preserve Buddhist Art Treasure-Mogao Grottoes,One of the Eight Wonders of the World-Badaling Great Wall,The Largest Salt Lake of China-Qinghai Lake,Reasonable Tour Arrangement & Service Quality Guarantee

Private Tour
Day 1 Arrive in Beijing

After you arrive in Beijing, our local guide will pick you up and then drive to hotel for a good rest.

Meals: No meal
Day 2 Beijing

In the morning, you will be picked up in your hotel.

First visit the Tiananmen Square including Tiananmen Rostrum, the symbolic landmark of Beijing and China and other main buildings such as National Museum of China, Great Hall of the People, parliament building of China, etc. (30 minutes)

Afterwards, visit the Forbidden City, the largest imperial palace complex in the world. (2 hours)

After lunch, you will visit Summer Palace, the largest, most beautiful and exquisite imperial garden in the world. (1.5 hours)

You will have the well-known Peking Roast Duck as the dinner.

Appreciate the grand Chinese Kung Fu Show.

When tour is over, you will be transferred back to your hotel by tour guide and driver, free on your own at the rest of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Beijing

Pick up service by your tour guide and driver in the morning.

First visit Badaling Great Wall, which is the best preserved section of the Great Wall. Climb up the Great Wall, well-known for the longest defense wall in the world. What a great experience! You will become “a true man, heroes and heroines on the Great Wall” as the old Chinese saying goes. (Cable Car is included). (2 hours)

After lunch, visit Ming Tombs – Changling, the mausoleum of Emperor Yongle who was the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty.  He was the most famous historical figure among the Ming Emperors. (1 hour)

Then you will be driven back to your hotel. On the way, visit the Bird’s Nest from the exterior.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Beijing to Xining

Pick up service by your tour guide and driver in the morning.

Early travel to Temple of Heaven,the largest building complex for worshiping the God of Heaven in the world.  You may see the Taichi exercises(1.5 hours).

Then experience the Hutong by rickshaw. Sitting in a rickshaw, the means of transport in the Qing Dynasty, you can see the ancient Beijing lanes and quadrangle houses that have been preserved for 700 years. (1.5 hours)

After these activities, you will be driven to the airport to take a flight to Xining. Arrive in Xining, you will be picked up from the airport and transfered to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Xining to Lanzhou

Begin travelling the silk road. In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel.

Firstly visit the Taer Monastery. In order to commemorate Tsong Khapa (1357-1419), founder of the Yellow Hat Sect, the Taer Monastery was built in 1577 more than 150 years after his death. Now the Ta'er Monastery is considered a sacred place in China.

Then you will be transfered to the train station to take a soft seat train to Lanzhou.

After your arrival in Lanzhou,our guide will pick you up in the train station and help you check in the hotel.

Next you will proceed to visit the Gansu Provincial Museum, the biggest comprehensive museum in the Gnasu.  It is one of the best sights in the city and a worthwhile visit.

When today's tour ends, you will be transfered to your hotel to have a good rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Lanzhou

After breakfast, your guide will escort you to visit the Binglingsi Grottoes. The Bingling Grottoes (Bingling shiku), also known as the Bingling Temple (Bingling si), are a series of Buddhist caves that are located on a not easily accessible cliff face, some 80km from Lanzhou. At some point the caves were named the Thousand Buddha Caves (Qian fodong), despite the fact that there have never been more than 200 grottoes.  You will have a day's sightseeing there.

When today's tour ends, you will be transfered to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Lanzhou to Xiahe

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Xiahe.

After arrival, you will visit the Sangke Grassland, and a local Tibetan family.

The grassland is named for the summer-blooming Sangke flowers that form a natural carpet extending to the far horizons. Reflecting sky and mountains, the Daxia River twists through grass and earth like an undulating silk belt. Countless sheep, yaks and tents are visible over the prairie.

When today's tour ends, you will be transfered to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Xiahe to Lanzhou

In the morning, you will  firstly be picked up from your hotel and then visit the Labrang Monastery, and watch the solemn morning devotion there.

The architectural layout of the Labrang Monastery belongs to the Tibetan style and the construction patterns are mainly Tibetan, Han's mode and a compound style of both Han's and Tibetan. The symbols of the whole construction are the White Towers both in the northeast and in the northwest. The grand sutra and Buddha halls are situated in the northwestern part centered around the Grand Sutra Hall. Other halls spread in a shape similar to a crescent moon.

Afterwards, you will be driven back to Lanzhou.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Lanzhou to Wuwei

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Wuwei.

Visit the Han Tombs, which tells us a lot of the daily life of the people who lived during the Han Dynasty.

Then you will have a sightseeing of the Bronze Galloping Horse. Among China's various craft masterpieces, the Bronze Galloping Horse is unique with its splendid designs. It is a classical work of Chinese ancient aesthetics.

Next you will visit the Confucius Temple.

After today's tour, you will be transfered to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Wuwei to Zhangye

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Zhangye.

After your arrival, you will check in the hotel firstly.

Then you will visit the Giant Buddha Temple, China's largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple.

Next proceed to the Wooden Tower of Sui Dynasty, the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower.  The 31-metre-tall Mu Ta , also named Wooden Tower  built as long ago as the sixth century, before being burnt down and then restored in 1925.

When today's tour ends, you will be transfered to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Zhangye to Jiayuguan

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Jiayuguan.

After your arrival, you will check in the hotel firstly.

Visit the Jiayuguan Pass, which 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, and takes its name from one of the surrounding hills, the Jiayu. 

Then you will visit the First Fire Tower of Great Wall .  It is the first frustum of the Ming Great Wall from west to east and also the western beginning of the Ming Great Wall.

Next you will pay a visit to the Wei-Jin Art Gallery.  The gallery is actually two tombs that, although known about for quite a while, were not excavated until 1972. Within this area, there are over 1,400 tombs built between 220 AD and 419 AD, during the Wei and Jin Dynasties.

After today's activities, you will be transfered to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Jiayuguan to Dunhuang

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Dunhuang.

Visit the Echoing-Sand Dune. Seen from afar, the dune is just like a golden dragon winding its way over the horizon. As you approach you become aware that the sand has many colors ranging from red to yellow, green, black and white.

Then you will visit Crescent Lake. Having been lying among these sand dunes for thousands of years, although given many surprise attacks by sandstorms, Crescent Spring still gurgles clear, and still remains worthy as the first spring in the desert.

You may have a short camel riding.

After today's activities, you wll be transfered to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Dunhuang to Turpan

In the morning, you will be pciked up from your hotel by our guide and driver.

Firstly you will visit the Mogao Grottoes, a shrine of Buddhist art treasures, 25 km (15.5miles) from downtown Dunhuang on the eastern slope of Mingsha Shan (Mount Echoing Sand).

Then you will visit the Dunhuang Museum. In front of the museum stand a group of carved figures depicting people leading their camels as they travel along the Silk Road.

 Afterwards, take an overnight soft sleeper train to Turpan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Turpan

In the morning, your guide will pick you up from the train station, and help you check in the hotel.

You will visit Karez Well, a kind of underground water works invented and built by laboring people of various ethnic groups in our country to adapt to the natural environment in dry region. 

Then you will visit Jiaohe Ruin, the best preserved town ruin in China.

Next you will visit the Sugong Pagoda. Sugong Pagoda's height is 44 meters and the base diameter is 10 meters. The pagoda body assumes the shape of a cylinder. The pagoda displays the typical features of Uygur architecture.

After today's activities, you will be transfered to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 15 Turpan to Urumqi

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel.

Fiestly you will visit the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves, which were carved over a 900 year-long period of time between about 400 and 1,300 AD. In these grottoes, people created artwork depicting daily life and their religion.

Then you will visit the Gaochang Ruins and the Flaming Hill.

Drive to Urumqi, check in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 16 Urumqi to Shanghai

Take a morning flight to Shanghai. Have half day’s free time in Shanghai.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 17 Shanghai

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel.

Firstle explore the Jade Buddha Temple. It is a must-see because it provides a great sanctuary from the active city of Shanghai(40 minutes).

Then have a discovery in the Yuyuan Garden, a famous classical garden with unique pavilions, halls, rock gardens and ponds(1 hour).

Next relax yourself in the Bund, a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai(40 minutes).

At last, enjoy the Acrobatic Show.

After today's tour, you will be transfered back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18 Depart Shanghai

Today you will be transfered to the airport for your departure flight, tour ends.

Meals: Breakfast
Travel Period 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers
Dec.1- Feb.28 US$4154 US$3303
Mar.1- Nov.30 US$4624 US$3697

1. The price is based on stay in China four star hotels. If you want to deduct, upgrade or downgrade the hotel, please indicate this while sending the inquiry.
2. You will enjoy more discounts if there is more people join the tour.
3. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Qingming Festival Holiday (Apr. 4 - 6, 2020 ), Labor's Day Holiday (May 1 - 3, 2020) ,Dragon Boat Festival Holiday (Jun. 25 - 27, 2020) and National Day Holiday (Oct 1- Oct 8, 2020).

1. All arrangements and first admission/entrance fees of scenic spots specified in the itinerary.
2. Buffet breakfast, Chinese lunch or dinner as listed in the itinerary.
3. Well-equipped commercial vehicle with excellent private guide and driver accompanied on your tour between airports, train stations, scenic spots and hotels.
4. Four-Star Hotel based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast unless specified.
5. Airfare of Beijing-Xining, Urumqi-Shanghai. Soft seat train from Xining-Lanzhou, Dunhuang-Turpan.
6. Travel Agency’s Liability Insurance with your tour inside China.
7. Chinese government taxes and the city construction fees on your travel tour.

1. China entry visa fees.
2. International or domestic airfare or train tickets not included in the itinerary.
3. Meals not specified in the itinerary and extra and alcoholic or beverages during meals.
4. Tips for guides and drivers.
5. Personal expense: e.g. mini bar, personal telecommunications, laundry, excess baggage charges etc.)
6. Excursions and activities not included in itinerary.
7. Single room supplement.

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It is flexible to change the duration, attractions, starting and ending cities according to your interests. Also the tour can be extended or shorten as your preference, just let your trip consultant know.
All of the tour packages exclude the international airfares. We suggest you can book it one your own. You can compare the price between OTAs (Expedia, Priceline, Sky scanner...) and the airlines. When you have a confirmed date, set alarm and compare it always.
As the China Visa, we cannot apply for you as we are an China inbound travel company. However, we can send you our invitation letter with our company's official seal to you after you booked the tour from us, which could assist you to get China Visa from China embassy easily. Usually, we suggest you to apply the visa about one month or one month and a half before your travel date.
For the breakfast, it is offered by the hotel you stay, usually Chinese and Western buffet breakfast. As for the lunch, we offer 80RMB per person for a standard Chinese meal at a nice tourist restaurant. If you want to order other kind of meals, such as vegetarian, Muslim meals, Indian Meals, please let your trip consultant know. Dinner usually will be left for you to choose the food you prefer. Our guide will help you to balance each meal such as your taboo, your preference and avoid repeated food. You have to pay for the extra cost if you want to take better or more. The meals on Yangtze Cruise are fixed Chinese and Western Buffet.
All the hotels can be replaced by your favorite ones or you can book your own hotels. And the hotel room we offered here usually is standard with twin beds. If you want to have king-size bed room or suite, please let your trip advisor know. Besides, all the accommodation are quoted on two persons sharing one room. The room supplement must be paid if you want to have a single room.
* Most hotels we offered in our tour package have WIFI in the lobby, and some of which have WIFI in hotel rooms. If you need the WIFI in your room, please make sure with your trip advisor.
We have non-shopping private tour and tour with carefully selected shops. For tour with shops, the price will be lower, and you will enter one or two shops in every tourist city. The shops could be jade, silk, pearl, Chinese tea etc., all of which have strong China's character and is worthy to buy. Each shop will take you around 45 minutes. We promise there is no compulsory consumption at all. You get the situation in your hands.
* Department stores, supermarkets, boutiques, hotel and restaurants in most cities of China do accept the credit card with the sigh of MasterCard, VISA and JCB. However, it does generate commission charge. Please check the regulations with your bank manager.
All domestic flight we offered is the economic class, which you can carry one hand-on luggage no more than 5 kg for free. The total of free registered luggage is no more than 20kg. Excess luggage will charge you some extra fees, be aware of that. The free registered luggage allowance in China domestic train is 20kg.
The insurance provided by us is called Travel Agencies' Liability Insurance, which covers accidents occurring during the activities arranged by travel agency. It does not cover mishaps or physical problems occurring outside the guided tour period or caused by clients themsevles, so we highly suggest you purchase the full coverage travel insurance from your country of origin.
For group of 1-4 passengers, recommend US$ 4-8 per tourist per day for guide, and US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide; for group of 5 and above, recommend US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide, and US$2-4 per tourist per day for driver. Besides, we highly recommend you to tip every day to encourage better service from them in the next coming days. However, if you have genuine reason not to tip, don't.
Usually, the deposit of tour package accounts for 30% of the total quotation, and the balance should be paid 30 days before your tour date. Payment methods we accept include Bank Transfer and PayPal, Credit Card and so on. More details you can check the Payment Guide page. Moreover, Children who are less than 12 y/o have their own discounts, please contact with your trip advisor.

Hi,I am curious to konw the departure place and destination of the Silk Road?
Asked by Camille (Oct.18, 2012)

Lead to China Trip Advisor (Oct.18, 2012) replied:
The silk road starts from Xian(it called Changan in Han and Tang dynasties)and end almost in the Mediterranean Sea.

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