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Ancient Silk Road Adventure (14 days)

Tour Code: CCT18
Departure: Daily
Minimum Number of Persons in Group: 2
Tour Type: Private
Destinations:Beijing/ Lanzhou/ Xiahe/Jiayuguan/Dunhuang/Turpan/Urumqi/Kashgar
Day by day itinerary
Day 01:Arrive Beijing

You'll be met on arrival in Beijing. On the way to the Hotel,
your guide will explain tomorrow's arrangements. Spend the
rest of the day exploring the nearby streets, or resting and
catching up on your jetlag. Beijing is a city of amazing con
trasts - an ancient capital with some incredible historical
sites, and a bustling modern metropolis getting ready to
host the 2008 Olympics.
Day 02:(B, L ) Beijing air Lanzhou (B, L, D)

Take the morning flight to Lanzhou, afternoon visit to Yellow River, White Pagoda Hill.
Day 03: Lanzhou (B, L, D)

Day tour to visit Bingling Temple Grotto. Located on the north bank of the Yellow River, Binglingsi Grottoes is one of the six famous Buddhist Caves started by some Buddhist monks from as early as the year of 265-316. After many years' work, there are 183 caves with 694 stone statues, 82 earth statues and 900 square meters murals existing.
Day 04: Lanzhou/Xiahe (B, L, D)

Drive to Xiahe, known as "Little Tibet", and visit Labrang Monastery, As one of the six great monasteries of the Gelukpa (Yellow Hat) Sect, Labrang Monastery is Tibetan Buddhism's most important monastery town outside Tibet itself. It is famous for thousands of statues of Buddha made of gold, silver, copper, and aluminum. Seven large-scale summon ceremonies are held a year here.
Day 05: Xiahe/Lanzhou (B, L, D)

In the morning, visit the Sangke Grassland and a Tibetan Family. Sangke Grassland is bordered by the Daxia River and famous for its excellent pasture and frequent magnificent Buddhist ceremonies. Lush green grass and colorful flowers form a natural carpet covering this expansive area. Groups of sheep and yaks plus white tents form a beautiful picture. Afternoon transfer back to Lanzhou. And take the overnight train to Jiayuguan after dinner.
Day 06: Jiayuguan (B, L, D)

Arrive Jiayuguan in the morning, and you will tour the Jiayuguan Fortress, an impenetrable fortress surrounded by 3 inner and outer walls and several line of defense, Hanging Cliff Great Wall and Great Wall Museum.
Day 07: Jiayuguan/Duhuang (B, L, D)

Drive to Dunhuang in the morning, a strategic staging post on the Silk Road with a history of more than 2,000 years. You will also visit Mingsha Hill which are famous for the sounds the wind makes when blowing over the dunes, and Crescent moon spring, which is quite literally an oasis in the desert. The spring's name derives from the crescent moon shape the small pool of spring water has taken between two large sand dunes.
Day 08: Dunhuang (B, L, D)

Today you will visit Dunhaung's most famous monument - The Mogao Grottoes. These grottoes are popularly known as the 'Thousand Buddha Caves', and have a history of over 1600 years. The walls of the caves are lined with Buddhist frescoes, Scriptures, murals and sculpted figures. After dinner, take an overnight train ride to Turpan.
Day 09: Turpan (B, L, D)

Arrive Turpan in the early morning. Today you will visit Turpan, an oasis town famous for its melons and vineyards. Turpan is located in the Gobi desert and is the lowest city in China as well as the driest and hottest. You will go to visit the bazaar and experience the atmosphere of the Uygur way of life. You will also visit the ancient city of Jiaohe and a Karez well. The Karez well is an underground irrigation system unique to the area.
Day 10: Turpan/Urumqi (B, L, D)

Today you will visit Grape Valley and then the ruined city of Gaochang. And you will also visit the "Flaming Mountain", made famous by Master Xuan Zang, an eminent monk and Buddhist scholar on his pilgrimage to India, then Bezeklik Buddha Grottoes (Thousand Buddha Cave). In the afternoon be transferred through the Gobi desert to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Province.
Day11:Urumqi (B,L,D)
Enjoy a day visit to the Heavenly Lake. Cruise on the Heavenly Lake is also
Day 12: Urumqi air Kashgar (B, L, D)

Take your tour to visit the Moore Buddha Pagoda, Id Kah Mosque and Abak Hoja (Fragrant Concubine) Tomb, and you will have your time to wander through the famous Great Bazzar , alive with storybook scenes: thousands of merchants haggling for camels, carpets and other native goods; imams on don keys and veiled women in their back robes. ( Sunday will be the best time to visit Bazzar as the animal bazzar is only available on Sunday) .. And take the evening flight back to Urumqi.
Day 13: Urumqi air Shanghai (B)

You will be free till being transferred to airport for the flight to Shanghai. Arrive Shanghai, meet and transfer to hotel. You will spend your own time in Shanghai or have any extension tour.
Day 14: Shanghai departure (B)

Enjoy free till transfer to the airport for flight onward.
Quotation in USD per person
Flat Season-- Low travel season: December, January, February
High Season-- Flat travel season: March, June, July, August
A Tourist Class
Tourist Class Hotel List
Beijing: YueXiu Hotel         Lanzhou :Dongfang Hotel      Xiahe :Labrang Hotel
Jiayuguan:Guotai Hotel     Dunhuang:Yangguan Hotel     Turpan :Oasis Hotel
Urumqi:City Hotel               Kashgar :Qinibagh Hotel        Shanghai:Zhongya Hotel
B Superior Class
Superior Class Hotel List
Beijing:Jianguo Garden Hotel         Lanzhou : Legend Hotel     Xiahe :LabrangHotel  
Jiayuguan:  Great Wall Hotel         Dunhuang: Dunhuang Hotel (Main) 
Turpan : Oasis Hotel                     Urumqi: Xinjiang Hotel    
Kashgar : Barony Hotel                 Shanghai:Golden River-view Hotel
C Delux Class
Delux Class Hotel List
Beijing: Crowne Plaza Hotel                Lanzhou : Sunshine Hotel    
Xiahe : LabrangHotel                          Jiayuguan:   Great Wall Hotel   
Dunhuang:  Dunhuang Hotel (VIP)       Turpan :  Oasis Hotel  
Urumqi: Hoi Tak Hotel                         Kashgar :  Barony Hotel  
Shanghai: Hua Ting Hotel &Towers
Quotation Includes
1. The economy-class air charges of the domestic flight or soft sleeper/seat train charge between cities as specified in the itinerary. 
2. The hotel accommodation is based on two persons sharing one standard twin room with private facilities in all relevant locations. If a single client requests a twin room alone, the single room supplement will be charged.
3. For the land tour in each city, daily American breakfast is served in the hotel, and Chinese lunch and/or dinner will be served with two cups of soft drink outside the hotel. All meal arrangements are served as the itinerary specifies.
4. Private transfers for you and your party as a group between airports, train stations, hotels and all sightseeing spots. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.
5. One private English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you on all normal sightseeing tours in each city.
6. Entrance fees to the tourist sites.
7. . China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin.
8. Domestic flights or trains as listed in the itinerary.
Quotation Excludes
1. The international or domestic air/train charge of arrival and departure.
2. Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drink, telex, telephone calls or overweight baggage charges.
3. Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
4. Tips to Guide and driver.
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