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[ GW-SR-001 ] Beijing-Xi'an-Lanzhou-Jiayuguan-Dunhuang-Turpan-Urumqi-Shanghai ( 16 Day )
Imagine long caravan lines stretching across vast sand dunes and weary travelers relaxing in the shade of a desert oasis. The Silk Road
evokes these types of exotic images. We will be traveling through history, unraveling and deciphering the intricate mix and exchange of cultures
over long periods of time.
Day 1 Arrive Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Meet your guide upon arrival and be transferred to your comfortable hotel. (D)

Day 2 Beijing

Begin the day’s activity with a visit to Tian’anmen Square, the largest urban square in the world. Then, move on
to the Imperial Palace, also known as the “Forbidden City”, the biggest palace complex in the world. In the
afternoon,visit Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped heaven
and prayed for good harvest. A Peking Duck Dinner concludes your first full day activities in China. (B-L-D)

Day 3 Beijing
Visit the enchanting Summer Palace, one of China’s largest and best-preserved royal gardens, where you can
have a walk along the famous Long Corridor. In the afternoon, you will visit the Yonghe Lama Temple, the biggest
Tibetan Buddhist Lama Temple in Beijing, and the most renowned in China (outside Tibet itself). (B-L-D)
Day 4 Beijing
Today’s highlight is the visit of the Great Wall, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” and a symbol of
Chinese civilization.  Then, move on to visit the Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb) area where is for deceased
emperors of the Ming Dynasty. (B-L-D)
Day 5 Beijing-Xi'an

After a relaxed breakfast at hotel this morning, you will take a ride in rickshaw through some old “Hutongs”, lanes
or alleys formed by lines of Siheyuan (a compound with houses around a courtyard). Then, fly to Xi’an. Climb
the ancient City Wall and visit Forest of Steles Museum where precious stone carvings and sculptures are
kept. Enjoy a characteristic dumpling dinner at a local restaurant. (B-L-D)

Day 6 Xi'an

Begin the day’s activity with an once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the extraordinary 2,200-year-old Terracotta Warriors
of China’s first feudal Emperor, Qin Shihuang. On your way back to the city, stop at a mountain village and
meet local residents. After lunch, visit the superb Shannxi History Museum, the best of its kind in China. Visit
the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built in 652 A.D. It contains a large volume of Buddhist scriptures
which were obtained from India by the eminent monk of Xuanzang. (B-L-D)

Day 7 Xi'an-Lanzhou
Take a morning flight to Lanzhou. Then, pay a visit to Five Springs Mountain Park, which got the name for its
five crystal springs and White Pagoda Hill, built to commemorate a Tibetan lama of the Sa-skya-pa Sect of
Tibetan Buddhism who died in Lanzhou on his way to Mongolia for an audience with Genghis Khan. Take an
overnight train to Jiayuguan with Soft Sleeper (first class in China, 4 persons sharing one cabin). (B-L-D)
Day 8 Jiayuguan

Visit Jiayuguan Pass, the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China and was built during the Ming
Dynasty, earned the name “Strategic Pass under the Heaven” as an important communication center in
Chinese history. (B-L-D)

Day 9 Jiayuguan-

After breakfast, you will drive to Dunhuang. Enjoy the Crescent Moon Lake surrounded by Mingsha Sand Hill. At
the foot of the hill you may want to take an optional tour of slow camel ride (at your own expenses). Stay overnight
in Dunhuang. (B-L-D)

Day 10 Dunhuang-
Visit one of most famous archaeological discovery at the beginning of the 20th century --- the Mogao Grottoes,
also known as One-Thousand-Buddha Cave, which is also the largest, best-preserved and richest treasure
house of Buddhist art in the world. Then, take an evening train to Turpan with Soft Sleeper (first class in China,
4 persons sharing one cabin). (B-L-D)
Day 11 Turpan
Arrive in Turpan and be transferred to the hotel. Today’s highlight is to explore Turpan, renowned in China for
its grapes and Hami melons. Visit the Imin Mosque, the Astana Tombs, the ancient city sites of Gao Chang
and Jiao He
. Stay overnight in Turpan. (B-L-D)
Day 12 Turpan-
Visit the Karez Irrigation System the Buzukelik Thousand Buddhas Caves and Flame Mountain. The Karez is
an underground irrigation system that was constructed over 2,000 years ago and is considered one of the
greatest engineering achievements of ancient China, with the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. Take a drive ride
to Urumqi and stay overnight in Urumqi. (B-L-D)
Day 13 Urumqi
The full day, you will take an excursion to the Heavenly Lake. Surrounding the Heavenly Lake are snow
mountains, glacier forests and grassland alpine lakes, featuring a vertical natural landscape belt. You will
visit Xinjiang Museum, the research and collection center for relics in Xinjiang and Erdao Qiao Market. (B-L-D)
Day 14 Urumqi-
Take a morning flight to Shanghai, the bustling commercial heart of China, known as “Paris of the East”. Visit
the Bund, at the west shore of the Huangpu River, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Jin Mao Tower can be
seen on the opposite side. The splendid row of early 20th century Europe buildings remains the quintessential
Shanghai sight. Visit fascinating Yuyuan Garden, a well-restored Suzhou-style garden, and take a walk through
the Old Town filled with antique markets and specialty stores. A fabulous Acrobatic Show concludes your first
day in Shanghai. (B-L-D)
Day 15 Shanghai

This morning you will visit marvelous Shanghai Museum, a leading attraction of the city since it opened in
1994, containing some priceless collections of paintings, porcelains and bronzes. Move on to check out the
St. Ignatius Cathedral (Xujiahui Cathedral) built in 1846. Wander around the former French Concession
represented by the leafy Fuxing Park and the architecture in the area. Then pay a visit to the Jade Buddha
where two rare jade statues of Sakyamuni Buddha are treasured. You will have some free time in
the afternoon to explore the city. (B-L-D)

Day 16 Return from
Be transferred to the airport and prepare for boarding on your homebound flight. (B)
B:Breakfast  L:Lunch  D:Dinner
Standard A ( for 4-star hotel )
Beijing: Guangxi Hotel Beijing
Xi'an: Hotel Royal Garden Xi’an
Jiayuguan: Jiayuguan Hotel
Dunhuang: Dunhuang Sun Hotel
Turpan: Turpan Hotel
Urumqi: Xijiang Grand Hotel
Shanghai: Shanghai Hotel
Hotel Standard A( for 4-star hotel ) Price: RMB --/ per person in 1/2 double room
≥10 person
Single Supplement
6-9 person
Single Supplement
2-5 person
Single Supplement
High Season
¥ 14330
¥ 3702
¥ 18200
¥ 4433
¥ 21786
¥ 4433
Shoulder Season
¥ 13813
¥ 3185
¥ 17804
¥ 4037
¥ 21390
¥ 4037
Low Season
¥ 13274
¥ 2646
¥ 17408
¥ 3641
¥ 20994
¥ 3641
Standard B ( for 3-star hotel )
Beijing: Beijing Pinganfu Hotel
Xi'an:Wan Nian Hotel Xi’an
Jiayuguan: Jiayuguan Hotel
Dunhuang: Dunhuang Sun Hotel
Turpan: Turpan Hotel
Urumqi: City Hotel
Shanghai: Shanghai Jin Sha Hotel
Hotel Standard A( for 3-star hotel ) Price: RMB --/ per person in 1/2 double room
≥10 person
Single Supplement
6-9 person
Single Supplement
2-5 person
Single Supplement
High Season
¥ 13626
¥ 2998
¥ 17397
¥ 3630
¥ 20983
¥ 3630
Shoulder Season
¥ 13461
¥ 2833
¥ 17232
¥ 3465
¥ 20818
¥ 3465
Low Season
¥ 13151
¥ 2525
¥ 16968
¥ 3201
¥ 20554
¥ 3201

High Season: Apr., May, Sep., Oct., 1st Nov.-15th Nov
Shoulder Season: Mar., July, June, Aug., 16th Nov.-30th Nov
Low Season: Dec., Jan., Feb


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