Tour Code:CN-SIK01
5 Days Essence Silk Road Tour – Urumuqi, Turpan, Dunhuang Mogao Grottos, Jiayuguan Pass
Duration:5 Day(s)
Price from:(per person)

CNY 4540

Departure/Pick-up from:


Main Destination :Silk Road, Urumuqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan Pass
Traffic between Cities:


Departure Date:You Decide!
Why we suggest this tour itinerary?

This tour will take you to visit and explore the mysterious and attractive historical Silk Route in ancient China, where you will visit many historical wonders, ruins of ancient city and pass, and experience the Muslim culture and the beauty of the desert, Gobi, snow mountains and mysterious lakes in West China.


The Silk Road is one of the most worth visiting places in the world. The Silk Road passes through Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai Provinces, Ningxia Hui and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions in China and then stretches over the Pamirs, further extend to Central and West Asia and finally gets to the east bank of the Mediterranean Sea and Eastern Europe. The total length of the Silk Road is over 7000km, over half of which is in China. 


There are numerous scenic spots and historical sites along the silk road in China: Jiayuguan Pass, the Mogao Grottoes of Dunhuang, Yangguan Pass, the Turpan Basin, Bazaar of Urumqi, Abakh Khoja Tomb, Idgar Mosque, Kashgar Old Town of Kashgar (Kashi) and many more. In this remote area, tourists can find many interesting and unique issues – includes Mogao Grottoes – the world-famous art treasury with invaluable murals and sculptures made between the 4th and the 14th centuries. 


More about Silk Road at Wikipedia:

Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary:


Heavenly Lake on top of the Tianshan Mountains (Tianshan means Mt. Heaven),Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar (If time permits)



Flaming Mountain, Suleiman Minaret (Also known as Sugong Tower or Emin Minaret), Karez Well, Grape Valley, Jiaohe Ancient City Ruin, Uighur Village, 



Mogao Grottos, The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring 



Jiayuguan Pass - the West Terminal of the Great Wall in Ming Dynasty (Ming Dynasty: 1368-1644),


Experience in the Itinerary:

* Visit the largest and richest Buddhist treasure trove in the world - the Mogao Grottoes which is with invaluable murals and sculptures made between the 4th and the 14th centuries and have been in use for the longest time in the world.

* To know the real life of Uighur Minorities in China.

* Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Heavenly Lake on top of the Mt. Tianshan (Heaven Mountain).

* Step onto the west end of Great Wall in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) – Jiayuguan Pass!

Day 1
Arrival in Urumuqi
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Urumuqi
Your private driver and guide will be ready for you at the airport or railway station when you arrive in Urumuqi. Sit back in a comfortable, non-smoking car, leave the hassles to your guide, and enjoy a trouble-free transfer to your hotel in central Urumuqi.
Day 2
Urumuqi-Turpan-Ulumuqi by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Urumuqi

After breakfast in the hotel, drive for Turpan for around 200km / 3 hours one way. On the way, you will pass the biggest Wind Power Base in Asia, Dabanchen Wind Power Plant and the Dead Sea in China, Salt Lake.


Today in Turfan, you will visit: Flaming Mountain, Suleiman Minaret (also known as Sugong Tower or Emin Minaret), Karez Well, Grape Valley, Jiaohe Ancient City Ruin and Uighur Village. Afterwards, get back to Urumuqi.   


Grape Valley,

Located at the west end of Flaming Mountain, the Grape Valley is 8 km long from south to north and 2 km wide from east to west. The Buiruk River (the Putaogou River, as shown on the local map, is called the Peoples Canal) runs through it (the river is actually very small, just like a stream). The valley is lush, and plants nearly 100 kinds of grapes, such as seedless white, mares milk, white currant, red rose, soxo and so on, forming a natural grape museum.


Tourist will take the shuttle van to visit the attraction points in the valley. From north to south, they are Grape Valley Amusement Park (the most important one and also the landmark of the valley) - 1.2 kmthe Museum of Mr. Wang Luobin’s Music and Art - 1.2 km -Dawazi Folk Customs Park - 2.1 km - Avati Manor (Avati Custom Park) - 1.5 km - Oasis Vineyard (Grape Valley Folk Custom Village). Here shows the Uygur architectural characteristics, folk customs. Tourists will meet Uygur people and ethnic villages where farmers live, enjoy all kinds of grapes.


Grape Valley


Suleiman Minaret: Also known as Sugong Tower or Emin Minaret, it is the biggest ancient tower existing in Xinjiang and the only ancient Islamic minaret in the country. It is located 2 km southeast of Turpans center.

More about Suleiman Minaret at wikipedia: 


The Karez Wells:  This irrigation system of wells connected by underground channels is considered to be one of the three great ancient projects in China. The place tourists will visit for appreciating Karez Well is DengGong Jing (means Mr. Dengs Well). On August 20, 1981, Deng Xiaoping, the leader of China, visited Karez Well here. The total length of Karez Well here is around 2,500 meters long, with 85 wells, a flow rate of 15 litres per second. The original ecological Karez Well is still preserved here. Here you can see the original underground canal and open canal of Karez, not being developed for tourism. The scenery here is very beautiful.

More about Karez Well at Wikipedia: 




The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe: As the worlds biggest, oldest and best preserved adobe building city, and the most complete ancient urban site, Jiaohe was built by the ancient Cheshi people in the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC) and the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD). The highest military and political institution in the Western Regions of Tang Dynasty is also in this city. Located in the Yarnaz Valley, 10 km west of Turpan, it was dug out of and constructed from the yellow-gray parched ground of a narrow 30-meter-high, 1.5-km-long vertical sided island in a river. It is a good vantage point for seeing the surrounding landscape of vineyards and orchards followed by desert and mountains. 

More about Jiaohe Ruins at Wikipedia:




Day 3
Tour around Urumuqi, Urumuqi-Liuyuan by Overnight Sleeper Train
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Overnight Sleeper Train

In the morning, drive for around 2.5 hours to the Heavenly Lake, a lake on top of the Mt. Tianshan (Heavenly Mountain and the UNESCO World Heritage). Taking boat to cruise in the lake (paid additionally). The blue lake water is finely contrasted with steep forested hills, high meadows and snowy Heavenly Mountain peaks behind. You will also take cable car to the peak behind the Heavenly Lake (included in the quotation) to enjoy the birds eye view of the lake.


Afterwards drive back to Urumuqi. If time permits, you will also visit the Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar in Urumuqi. 


At night, take overnight Sleep train from Urumuqi to Liuyuan (the railway station near Dunhuang).

More about Heavenly Pool at Wikipedia:

More about Mt.Tianshan (Heavenly Mountain) at UNESCO website:

Day 4
Liuyuan-Dunhuang by Car, Tour in Dunhuang,Dunhuang-Jiayuguan by Train
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In JIayuguan city

You will be met by your local guide and driver at the railway station at Liuyuan and drive for around 130km / 2.5 hours from the Liuyuan Railway Station to Dunhuang City. Today, you will visit: Mogao Grottos, Crescent Lake and Echo Sand Hill in Dunhuang. Transfer service to Dunhuang Railway Station. Taking train from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan city.

Overnight in Jiayuguan city. 


Mogao Grottos: Constructed over a millennium, from the 4th to the 14th centuries, the caves hold the worlds richest treasure houses of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures. There are about 30 caves open to the public, but usually the tour consists of 5 - 8 caves which provide a representation of the total. The selection is at the discretion of the guide.


More about Mogao Caves at UNESCO World Heritage:

More about Mogao Caves at Wikipedia:


The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Lake: Crescent Lake is in the Singing Sand Mountains, 6 km south of Dunhuang. It is an oasis in the desert. The lakes name derives from the crescent-shaped lake formed by the spring water between two huge sand dunes. Although the area is very dry, the pool doesnt dry up as one might expect. 

More about Crescent Lake at Wikipedia:


Day 5
Tour in Jiayuguan City, Leaving Jiayuguan City
Dining:Not included in the quotation

After breakfast, tour to the West Terminal of the Great Wall in Ming Dynasty - Jiayuguan Pass.

More about the Jiayuguan Pass at Wikipedia: 



Transfer service to the Airport or Railway Station in Jiayuguan City. Your guide will look after you until your safety at the correct airport check-in desk or railway station check-in channel to complete your amazing tour. Say goodbye to your guide and the Silk Road.

Note: Visiting time,transporting time and the duration of shows and meals in the above itinerary are for reference only and will be subject to change accoring to the real situation.

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Single Room Supplement: CNY 860

* For 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

Price includes:

1. Berth train ticket from Urumchi to Liuyuan,

   Hard seat train ticket from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan.

2. Private van in Urumchi-Turpan, Dunhuang and Jiayuguan with parking fee and highway fee.

3. 4-star standard hotel in Urumuqi and Jiayuguan with breakfast (2 people stay in one room)

* But for 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

4. Private local English speaking guide in Urumchi-Turpan, Dunhuang and Jiayuguan.
5. Entrance ticket to the attractions and cable car to the peak behind Heavenly Lake at Tianshan Mountain as listed in the itinerary.
6. Tour accident insurance.


Price excludes:

Traffic to Urumuqi and leaving Jiayuguan on the 1st and last day,

Lunch & dinner (Please ask the guide & driver to take the lunch with you. Otherwise please give RMB30 per lunch to the guide and driver respectively.)

Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping.


* Tips is highly appreciated but not requested.


No national guide service.


Please Note:

1. Child under the age of 12 may have discount.

2. This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan.

3.The tour itinerary described above may change or cancel because of force majeure. If because of force majeure or any conditions and/or situation which are not under the control of Shanghai Elite Tours happens (such as the problem of airlines, train, ship, public bus and any other public traffic means, the sudden change of weather, temporary road problem…) and/or accidental situation such as tourists will endanger the personal safety and property safety problem, and/or any other accidental situation which are unforeseen, unavoidable and insurmountable by Shanghai Elite Tours, this tour can not be accomplished as scheduled, Shanghai Elite Tours will not bear the responsibility.

4. The sequence of the activities in the itinerary maybe will be changed according to the situation.

5. In principle, the working hour of the driver and guide (include meal time) is not over 10 hours. (except the service time in the itinerary is listed to be over 10 hours).

The car can only be used according to the itinerary listed in the itinerary.

6. Tourists must bring their passport (for foreign tourist) or Chinese ID card (for local Chinese) in the tour.

7. Tourists should pay attention to the safety during the tour and the during the time when tourists arrange the activities themselves (such as during the meal time, shopping time, rest time, go to toilet and taking bath at hotel and so on…)

8. Shanghai Elite Tours is NOT a medical institution, and can only provide the tour and/or trip and/or conference service (if any). Every tourist should also know the health situation of them own, and tourists should guarantee their health condition can meet the needs of this tour.

9. Guide and/or driver represent Shanghai Elite Tours only when the guide and/or driver serve tourists according to the Itinerary. If tourist asks guide and/or driver to add more service item and this kind of item does not been approved by Travel Service Company in written form, Travel Service Company will not take any responsibility to the added item.

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