China Tours | Ancient Silk Road

Beijing, Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Xining, Qinghai Lake, Xian, Mt. Huashan 13 Days

Tour code: CR02



Year 2018: Depart on Tuesday Land Tour Fare Airfare Total Single Supplement
MAR 20 $2099 $1100 $3199 $700
APR 03, 17 $2099 $1200 $3299 $700
MAY 01, 15 $2099 $1200 $3299 $700
JUN 05, 19 $2099 $1500 $3599 $700
JUL 03, 17 $2099 $1200 $3299 $700
AUG 07, 21 $2099 $1200 $3399 $700
SEP 04, 18, OCT 16 $2199 $1200 $3399 $800
OCT 09 $2199 $1500 $3699 $800
REMARKS:
1. Land Tour Fare listed above are per person in U.S. dollars based on two adults sharing one twin bedded room, double occupancy and does not include any air ticket. A customer who travels alone is required to pay a single room supplement.
2. Airfare listed above includes round trip international air ticket and applicable China domestic air tickets, fuel surcharge and tax. Round trip international air ticket is based on Air China (CA), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Houston (IAH) or Vancouver (YVR) departure. For New York (JFK) or Washington, D.C. (IAD) departure, please add $100. For other cities, please call us for the US domestic add-on.
3. Charge for children under 12 (2-11 years of age): For airfare, the rate is 90% of the regular adult price. For land tour tare, the rate is 90% of the regular adult price if share a room with two adults and not asking for extra bed. If need an extra bed in the same room with two adults, the price is the same as adult. Children 12 and older will be charged at the regular adult fare.
4. Early departure and late return: There will a US$50 per person charge for air ticket deviation, in addition to airlines surcharge for different class and weekend if necessary.

Day 1   USA - Beijing

Today we board an international flight bound for Beijing, China. Cross the International Date Line.

Day 2   Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the luxury hotel for rest and relaxation.

Day 3   Beijing - Urumqi

More than 2000 years ago, Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty dispatched an emissary to the west, not for trade, but for securing allies against the hordes intrusion from the north. That was the first time China opened its door to the western world. Since then, camel caravans, carrying spices, fruits and all kinds of goods from the west, continuously crossed the vast deserts and the freezing mountains to come to China for the seek of silk. Today, you can follow the path of those ancient caravans all the way on the silk road. Fly to Urumqi. Of all the cities in the world, Urumqi is the farthest from the sea! You are about to step on that mystical road where East meets West. Upon arrival, enjoy the approximately 70 miles drive to the placid Heavenly Lake (Tianchi), properly named for its steep green pastures, virgin conifer forests, and snowy mountains. The elevation is 6000 feet. Take a cruise on the lake. 

  • Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4   Urumqi - Turpan

n the morning, we proceed to Turpan, an oasis amid the desert, and renown for its grapes and honeydew melons. On the way we enjoy the unique scenery of snow capped peaks, dragon-spruce tress and wild flowers. Visit the famous Karez Wells, an underground irrigation system that carries melted snow from Mt. Tianshan to the fields below. You will tour the ruins of the ancient city of Jiaohe and Sugong Minaret. Tonight taste roasted lamb and enjoy the Xingjiang folklore performance. 

  • Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5  Turpan - Urumqi

Turpan is best known for its grapes and honeydew melons, but is also rich in historical links to the Silk Road. Visit to Grape Valley. Return to the city and visit the local free market - Big Bazaar and the Xinjiang Minority People’s Museum. Tonight you are treated with the famous regional cuisine. 

  • Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6   Urumqi - Dunhuang

We board a morning flight bound for Dunhuang, one of China's most historic cities that served as a rest stop for traders and as the gateway through which Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity entered China. Our city tour includes visits to the Yangguan Pass of Great Wall (Yangguan), Singing Hill and Moon Lake. Tonight, we enjoy a colorful Minority Show following dinner.

  • Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 7   Dunhuang

Today our tour takes us to visit Dunhuang Museum at first, later excursion to Mogao Grottoes, known as "The World Art Treasure House". The cave is the largest, most well preserved treasure house of arts in the world and is listed as one of the World Cultural Heritages. Mogao Grottoes designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its l600-year accumulated cultural, architecture, and art treasures. They are China's oldest monumental Buddhist grottoes. The first grotto was constructed in 366 AD. Housed in the remaining 492 cave temples are over 2,400 sculptures and 45,000 square meters of frescoes.

  • Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8   Dunhuang - Jiayuguan

Drive from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan Pass, the western end of the Great Wall. Visit this vital stronghold of military defense. Lunch in a nearby city followed by a visit to a local vineyard. Visit Jiayuguan Pass Fort. Tonight we stay at Jiayuguan.

  • Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9   Jiayuguan - Zhangye - Xining

After breakfast, drive to Zhangye. You will tour the Zhangye Geological Park. The landform of Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology which is found only in China which consists of red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. About 100 million years ago, there used to be a huge inland basin here. Water carried silt from the surrounding mountains to the basin. As the result of global high temperatures the basin dried up and in these arid conditions the sediment oxidized and turned rust color. The area is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction for the sleepy town of Zhangye. The World Heritage Committee decided to include China Danxia Landform in the World Heritage List at its 34th meeting being held in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, on August 1, 2010. We take the express train to Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province. 

  • Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day10   Xining - Qinghai Lake - Xining

Xining, it has been central China's gateway to Tibet since the ancient times. It is also the area fro which the Yangtze and the Yellow Rivers originate. After breakfast, see those majestic temples and golden altatrs. Marvel at the jeweled pagodas of a mosque and visit the Temple of Tar. Later, we drive to Qinghai Lake, the China's largest salt lake. You will have a boat ride tour on the lake. You will never forget the turquoise blue water, the jadegreen pastures, the cleanest azure sky, the reed tents, the black oxen, the yellow blooms and the colorful Tibetan costumes. Experience the unique flavor of this border city where many different ethnic, cultural, and religious groups live in peace and harmony.  In spring season (April to May), you can have an optional tour to the Bird Island if time allows. The island is populated by thousands of migratory birds during their breeding season, and it is a wonderful sight. Tonight we enjoy a delicious local hot pot.

  • Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day11   Xining - Xian

Fly to Xian, the cradle of Chinese civilization, was the state capital of 73 emperors spanning 11 dynasties during 1100 years dating from 4,000 B.C. On the way to hotel, you will see the ancient city walls. Visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square. This evening after an Imperial Dumpling Banquet Dinner, you will see a wonderful stage opera show of the Tang Dynasty, the one as being a “must see” in Xian. 

  • Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Day12   Xian - Mt. Huashan - Xian

After breakfast, we drive to Mt. Huashan, one of five holy mountains in China. Ascend by cable to the top of this majestic mountain for a breath-taking view of its five peaks and the Yellow River.

  • Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day13   Xian - USA

After breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your return flight back to your home. You will be in the United States the same day. End of tour.

  • Includes Breakfast

Tour Fare Includes

1. International air ticket between U.S. to China (economy class);
2. Five star hotel accommodations or local best hotel accommodations;
3. Three meals a day in China as specified in itinerary including daily breakfast in hotels and local specialty cuisines;
4. Transportation inside China as specified in itinerary;
5. All entrance fees to the sightseeing sites as outlined in itinerary;
6. Experienced and knowledgeable English speaking tour guide throughout China;
7. Travel accident insurance. 

Tour Fare not Includes

1. Chinese Visa fee; 
2. All personal expenses: Telephone bills, Laundry, beverages, postage and excess baggage charges, extended stay and etc.;
3. Tips for tour guides and drivers; 
4. Cost of any programs and activities unlisted and all activities after leaving the group.

 Meals

Three meals a day for the entire trip as specified in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
Buffet breakfast or Chinese breakfast each morning at hotel.
Chinese lunches and dinners at local restaurants.

Local Specialty Dinners

Urumqi: Xinjiang Specialty Cuisine
Turpan: Roast Lamb
Xining: Local Beef Hot Pot
Xian: Imperial Dumpling Banquet

Entertainment

Turpan..............Local Minority Folklore Music & Dance Show
Dunhuang..........Dunhuang Minority Show, Camel Back Ride
Xian.................Stage Show of Tang Dynasty

HOTELS

Beijing.............Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing (5 stars)
Urumqi............Hilton Hotel Urumqi (5 stars)
Turpan............Tuha Petroleum Hotel (5 stars)
Dunhuang........Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel (4 stars, local best)
Jiayuguan........Jiuquan Hotel (5 stars)
Xining.............Wanda Realm Xining (5 stars)
Xian................Sheraton Xian North City Hotel (5 stars)

COMPLIMENTARY

A bottle of mineral water provided on the bus every day;
Luggage tag and badge provided for your convenience.


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