Tour Code:CN-SIK03
14 Days In-Depth Silk Road Tour to 9 Cities - Xian, Tianhui, Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang (Mogao Grottos), Turpan, Urumuqi, Kashgar
Duration:14 Day(s)
Price from:(per person)

CNY 11490

Departure/Pick-up from:

Xian

Main Destination :Silk Road Xian, Tianhui, Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumuqi, Kashgar
Traffic between Cities:

Flight/Train/Car

Departure Date:You Decide!
Tel:021-53069239

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 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 within China.

 

There are numerous scenic spots and historical sites along the silk road: 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 and (Kashi) and many more. Beyond the above places for the other normal Silk Road tour, in this in-depth Silk Road itinerary, you will also visit some more deserving places, include the east terminal of the Silk Road- Xian, and Tianshui, Lanzhou, Zhangye to visit many historical, cultural and picturesque attractions related to the ancient Silk Road.

More about Silk Road at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_road 

Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary:

Xi’an:

Terracotta Warriors and Copper Carriage for the Emperor Qinshihuang (UNESCO World Heritage), Big Wild Goose Pagoda (UNESCO World Heritage) and Dacien Temple (Temple of Great Maternal Grace), the Bell & Drum Tower (out view), old Muslim streets, Shaanxi History Museum, Xi’an City Wall

 

Tianshui:

Fuxi Temple, Maiji Mountain Grottoes 

 

Lanzhou:

Binglingsi Grottoes, Gansu Provincial Museum; If time permits, also visit Iron Bridge on the Yellow River and the White Pagoda Mountain.

 

Zhangye:

Drum Tower (Zhengyuan Tower)(out view),Wooden Pagoda Temple (out view), Grand Buddha Temple which is home to China largest indoor reclining Buddha, Zhangye Danxia Landform Park.

 

Jiayuguan: 

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

 

Dunhuang: 

Mogao Grottos, The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring 

 

Turpan: 

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

 

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

 

Kashgar: 

The Etigal Mosque (Id Kah Mosque), Bazaar, Afaq Khoja Tomb, the Old Town of Kashgar, Bulunkou Lake (White Sand Lake), Karakul Lake, Gongeer Peaks, Mount Muztagata.

 

Experience in the Itinerary:

* Visit the marvel of of China Ancient Metallurgical Technology – Copper Carriage for the emperor Qinshihuang around 2300 year ago and the Worlds No.8 Wonder – Terracotta Warriors. 

* Appreciate the magnificent mythical Buddhist arts at Mogao Grottoes, binglingsi Grottoes, Maiji Grottoes.

* Feast on the breathtaking colorful Danxia landform.

* Enjoy the fresco and sculpture art in the famous Mogao Grottos

* Explore the ruins of ancient city and ancient pass in the silk road

* Enjoy the stunning beauty in the Mt. Heaven (Tianshan Mountain) near Urumuqi and Lake Karakuli in Kashgar.

* To know the Muslim culture in Kashgar and Urumuqi.

Day 1
Arrival in Xian
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Xian
Your private guide and driver will be on time and waiting in the arrival at the Airport or Railway Station in Xian for your exciting journey. If you need any advice, tips or help please just ask your guide. Our car and driver take care of your luggage and make sure you arrive more refreshed.
Day 2
Tour in Xian
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Xian

The tour in Xian will begin with the visit to one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors and Copper Carriage for the Emperor Qinshihuang (UNESCO World Heritage) which is around 40 km / 50 minutes drive to the east of Xian city.

    

  

 

In the afternoon, drive back to Xian city to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (UNESCO World Heritage) and Da Cien Temple (Temple of Great Maternal Grace) around it.  (You will get into the temple to have a close look at the pagoda, but do not include stepping up the pagoda.)The Pagoda was built in 652 AD, Chinese-style architecture combined with Buddhist historic statues, murals and scriptures, topped off by the best panoramic view over Xian. 

    

The tour will then move on to yet more historical milestones in the form of the beautifully decorated Bell Tower and Drum Tower (to enjoy the out view for both of them), which mark the centre of the ancient capital with their garish colors and elegant architecture. Then you will walk on the well protected Muslim streets, the well protected Old Xian area.

Day 3
Tour in Xian, Xian-Tianshui by Bullet Train
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Tianshui

In the morning, continue your tour in Xian with the visit to Shaanxi History Museum in Xi’an. This Museum is one of the 3 best museums in China (along with the Forbidden City and Shanghai Museum). It is a perfect overview of Chinese history and not to be missed. After lunch, you will visit the City Wall, the most well-preserved, most complete oldest city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. It is rectangular in shape and has a total length of around 14 km. The wall encloses an area of about 14 square kilometres. The city wall measures 12 meters high, 15-18 meters wide at the base and 12-14 meters wide at the top. 

    

In late afternoon or early evening, take the bullet train from Xi’an to Tianshui. In around 1.5 hours, you will arrive in Tianshui and transfer service to the hotel in downtown Tianshui by private car.

Day 4
Tour in Tianshui, Tianshui to Lanzhou by Train
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Lanzhou

Today, the first place you will visit is Fuxi Temple. In Chinese legend, Fuxi, who invented fishing and trapping, was the earliest ancestor of ancient China. Particularly, he first used eight-diagram in divination, which became an important part of Chinese culture. Initially built in the year 1483 and rebuilt nine times in later centuries, Fuxi Temple is composed of a complex of buildings that are laid out in a large scale and stately style. The thirteenth day of May on the Chinese lunar calendar is the Fuxi Cultural and Tourism Festival, when grand ritual and worship ceremonies will be held in the temple.  

    

The 2nd and also the highlight of the tour today is the Maiji Mountain Grottoes which is 60 km southeast of Tianshui City and filled with thousands of exquisite clay artifacts in grottoes. This is reputed to be one of Chinas Four Greatest Grottoes, along with the Dunhuang Grottoes, the Longmen Grottoes, and the Yungang Grottoes. The Maijishan Mountain is only 142 meters high but is in a peculiars shape with fantastic grottos on the cliff of the mountain. Being famous for its elegant clay sculptures, the Maiji Mountain Grottoes are regarded as a "world art treasure-house". If the Dunhuang Grottoes is a big exhibition hall of mural, then the Maiji Mountain Grottoes can be regarded as a big sculpture gallery. The sculptures inside the caves were made from 384 A.D. – 19th century, in the heights between 20 centimeters and 15 meters, reflecting characteristics of different times. It is rare that Buddhist caves were cut on such steep cliff in China. Today there are still 194 grottoes existing on the Maiji Mountain, with over 7200 clay sculptures and stone carvings and 1300 ㎡ mural made in different dynasties. One of the outstanding features of the Maiji Grottoes is that the caves were constructed on precipitous locations and what connects each other is the plank paths built along the face of the cliff. Tourists who walk on the paths can feel the grandness and arduousness of the project. Anyway, it is very safe.

    

In late afternoon or early evening, take the bullet train from Tianshui to Lanzhou. In around 1.5 hours, you will arrive in Lanzhou and transfer service to the hotel in downtown Lanzhou by private car.

Day 5
Tour in & around Lanzhou
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Lanzhou

Early in the morning, your guide and driver will escort you to visit the Binglingsi Grottoes. Isolated by the waters of Liujiaxia Reservoir on the Yellow River, the cliff is 70 km to the southwest of Lanzhou. The Grottoes is started by some Buddhist monks from as early as the year of 265-316. "Bingling" means "ten of thousand Buddhus" in Tibetan language since there are many stone carved Buddha sculptures here. The site is well preserved, including 183 caves, 694 Buddha stone statues, 82 earth Buddha statues, more than 900 sq meters mural painting which are scattered around the cliff of 200 meter long and 60 meter high on the west bank.

  

 

If time permits, you will also visit the Iron Bridge on the Yellow River and the White Pagoda Mountain in downtown Lanzhou.

  

Day 6
Tour in Lanzhou, Lanzhou-Zhangye by Train
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Zhangye

Today in the morning, you will visit Gansu Provincial Museum to know more about the Silk Road and Gansu Province, one of the most important roots of Chinese civilization.

   

Afterwards you will take train for around 3.5 hours to Zhangye

 

More info about Gansu Provincial Museum: 

Gansu Provincial Museum has rich collection (totally 355,364 pieces) of cultural relics, fossils and specimens with distinguished feature . Those with most unique characteristics are painted pottery of the Neolithic Age (10000-5000 BC), the documents of wooden and bamboo strips of the Han Dynasty (202 BC–AD 220), documents, and treasures of the Han and Tang Dynasties from the Silk Road and Buddhist artworks  (202 BC–AD 907). The most famous and precious exhibits are:

 

Bronze Gallopping Horse with a Hoof on a Flying Bird:

Eastern Han Dynasty, AD 25-220,Unearthed at Leitai, Wuwei,H: 34.5 cm L:45 cm. 

It was sculptured in the shape of "Liangshi Horse" (Liangshi means Good) which combines the advantages of Middle Asia Horse and Mongolian Horse. With ingenious design, refining ornamental mould and excellent copper casting technology. It is considered as the symbol of the cultural exchanges between the East and the West. So now it is the symbol of Chinese Tourism. 

  

 

Bronze Honored Guard of Horsemen and Chariots

Eastern Han Dynasty, AD 25-220 

Unearthed at Leitai, Wuwei. Totally there are 38 horses, 1 ox, 1 axe chariot, 4 light carriages, 3 honorable chariots, 2 small chariots, 3 big chariots, 1 ox chariot, 17 warrior figures with spear and 28 slave figures. This set of bronze horsemen and chariots is impressive to every visitors, they represent the outstanding achievement of the bronzes sculpture arts around 1900 years ago. 

  

 

Painted sculpture of Buddha flanked by Bodhisattvas

Tang dynasty, AD 618----907, 

Originally located at Tiantishan Grottoes, Wuwei. Buddha is 130 centimeters tall.

A Tomb Brick with Picture of Postman (Wei and Jin Dynasty AD 220–420): 35cm long and 17cm wide. Originally located at a tomb at Jiayuguan city. Now it is the symbol of Chinese Postal.

 

 

A Tomb Brick with Picture of Postman (Wei and Jin Dynasty AD 220–420): 35cm long and 17cm wide. Originally located at a tomb at Jiayuguan city. Now it is the symbol of Chinese Postal.

 

More details about Gansu Provincial Museum at its official website and Wikipedia: http://www.gansumuseum.com/vm_bwg_en1/index.aspx

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gansu_Provincial_Museum

Day 7
Tour in Zhangye, Zhangye-Jiayuguan by Train
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Jiayuguan

Today in the morning, you will visit Drum Tower (Zhengyuan Tower) the Wooden Pagoda Temple (out view) and Grand Buddha Temple which is home to China largest indoor reclining Buddha. After lunch, drive to Zhangye Danxia Landform Park which is majestic and imposing, together with the unusual shapes and the gorgeous colors, making people are stunned by the creation of the nature.

 

As the day draws to its end, taking train for around 1.5 hours to Jiayuguan City. You will met your local guide and driver at the railway station in Jiayuguan city. 

 

More info about the Attractions:

Drum Tower (Zhenyuan Tower) is located in the center of Zhangye City. Four main streets, east, west, north and south, meet here. It is the largest existing drum tower in Hexi Corridor (West Yellow River Corrior). This building was built in 1507 and rebuilt in 1650. It is on a brick base with the width of 32 meters and a height of 9 meters. The base is more than 30 meters from the top of the building. The building is a three-storey wooden tower with cornices and warping angles, beams and painted pillars, exquisite structure and magnificent shape.

 

 

Wooden Pagoda, as the main structure in the temple, is made in wood, hence the name. The temple was first built in 582, and renovated, expanded many times since then, but finally ruined. Later in 1926, the temple was rebuilt. The Wooden Pagoda is 32 m high with 9 stories and with very fine workmanship. There are no rivets for the connecting of woods, all the brackets, beams and columns criss-cross, connecting and supporting each other.

 

Especially after the renovation in 1983 and 1986, the complete architecture complex including Buddhist Classics Hall, main Hall, side hall and Mountain Gate is surely worth 1 hours visit.

 

 

Located in the southwest corner of Zhangye City, Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple was built in 1098 with a large reclining Buddha, so people call it "Reclining Buddha Temple" or " Big Buddha Temple." This Buddha is the largest indoor reclining Buddha in China, the Nirvana image of Buddha Sakyamuni. He sleeps peacefully on the 1.2 meters high Buddhist altar in the middle of the hall. The Buddha is 34.5 meters long, shoulder width is 7.5 meters, ears are about 4 meters long, feet are 5.2 meters long. The space of one of the Buddha’s middle fingers can allow one person lying down. And the space of ear can allow eight people sit side by side. This shows how large the statue is

 

The temple covers an area of about 23000 sq meters, facing west. The existing architectures in the Gian t Buddha Temple are the Great Buddha Temple built in West Xia Dynasty (1038 -1227 AD), the Clay Pagoda and the Millennium Buddha Pagoda built in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD), the Bell and Drum Tower and the Shanxi Guild Hall in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD), which is famous in Northwest China.

   

 

 

Zhangye Danxia landform is a unique complex area of Danxia landform and color hilly landscape in China. Landscape areas mainly include Binggou Danxia Scenic Area (Binggou means Ice Gully) and Seven-color Danxia Scenic Area, which are about 12 kilometers apart. Normally most of tourists would like to visit the Seven-color Danxia Scenic Area in the Zhangye Danxia Landform Park. With Baiyin Township in Sunan Yugur Autonomous County as the center, the elevation is between 2000 meters and 3800 meters, it is around 40km long from east to west, and around 5 to 10 km wide from north to south. Thousands of cliffs and hills all show bright red and brown, which reflect each other and show the magic of bright-clouds like color.

 

Its better to enjoy the colorful Danxia in the sun, or after rain, or at sunrise and sunset. It usually takes 2-3 hours to do the sightseeing in the Zhangye Danxia Landform Park

 

Ice Gully Danxia is a little like the earth forest. Generally, tourists prefer to enjoy the Seven-color Danxia in the Zhangye Danxia Landform Park. The colorful Danxia landscape is the most brilliant. The golden Danxia photos on the internet are basically taken here.

  

Day 8
Tour in Jiayuguan, Jiayuguan-Dunhuang by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Dunhuang

Today in the morning, visit the West Terminal of the Great Wall in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Jiayuguan Pass. Then drive to Dunhuang for around 380km/4 hours. 

 

More about the Jiayuguan Pass at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiayuguan_Pass

  

Day 9
Tour in Dunhuang. Dunhuang-Liuyuan by Car, Liuyuan-Turpan by Overnight Sleeper Train
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Overnight Sleeper Train

Today in Dunhuang, you will visit: Mogao Grottos (UNESCO World Heritage), Crescent Lake  and Echo Sand Hill. Afterwards, transfer service to the Liuyuan Railway Station ((130km/2h) to take the overnight train to Turpan.  

 

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 which provide a representation of the total. The selection is at the discretion of the guide. 

 

More about Mogao Caves at UNESCO World Heritage: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/440.

More about Mogao Caves at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mogao_Caves 

   

 

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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crescent_Lake_(Dunhuang)

  

Day 10
Tour in Turpan, Turpan-Urumuqi by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Urumuqi

Arrive in Turpan in the morning. Tour in Turpan to 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 drive for around 200 km / 2.5h to Urumuqi. 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. 

 

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 km  the 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.

   

 

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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emin_Minaret 

     

 

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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qanat 

  

 

 

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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiaohe_Ruins   

 

 

    

Day 11
Tour around Urumuqi, Urumuqi-Kashgar by Air
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Kashgar

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. 

   

 

Transfer service to Urumuqi Airport and say goodbye to your guide in Urumuqi. Fly from Urumuqi to Kashgar by the early night flight. 

 

Your local guide and driver will meet you at Kashgar Airport and transfer service to your hotel in Kashgar.

 

More about Heavenly Lakel at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven_Lake_of_Tian_Shan 

More about Mt.Tianshan (Heavenly Mountain) at UNESCO website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1414/1

Day 12
Tour in Kashgar
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Kashgar

Today in Kashgar, you will visit the oldest, biggest, most important Mosque in China - The Etigal Mosque (Id Kah Mosque), the biggest Bazaar in the middle Asia, Afaq Khoja Tomb. Afterwards get to the Old Town of Kashgar, UNESCO site, to stroll and enjoy this famed charming old town.

 

The Old Town of Kashgar (Ancient Kashgar City) 

Centered on the The Etigal Mosque (Id Kah Mosque), the Old Town of Kashgar (ancient urban area of Kashgar City) is located in the center of Kashgar, covering an area of 4.25 square kilometers, with about 126,800 inhabitants. Apart from the rebuilt citywall along the Tuman Road in the east of the old city, the other three sides of the border are all modern houses along the road (but with many old houses inside). 

Old houses and streets in old cities in this area are crisscrossed, flexible and changeable in layout, winding  and secluded. Many traditional houses have a history of over a hundred years. This ancient city is the only maze-style urban blocks with Islamic culture in China, one of the largest existing civil and brick structures city in the world.

    

As the only preserved traditional historic city block with typical characteristics of ancient Western Regions in China, the houses in this old town are mostly made of civil and brick, which is the important material evidence for studying the living customs and architectural characteristics of ethnic minorities.

    

In 2009, Kashgar City carried out a centralized transformation of the old urban area, investing 839 million CNY to reinforce and renovate 9722 Uygur traditional dwellings in the old urban scenic area of Kashgar. In 2014, Kashgar City invested 150 million CNY to improve the landscape quality and market radiation of the old urban scenic area of Kashgar, which greatly improved the tourism service here.

 

The old dilapidated city is no longer an old and disrepair. Now it can withstand the 8.5 magnitude earthquake, and with good fire rescue channels. The life embarrassment in the old time,"Cleaning sewage by evaporation, Cleaning garbage by the wind, water pipes hanging on walls, Peeing by climbing up to the top of rooms" is gone.

 

And the old city still has the unique charm as its prosperous time before: the same architectural style, the same historical block, the same folk customs, the same traditional shops. It has become the only national 5A historical and cultural scenic spot in Xinjiang. UNESCO believes that its experience is "worth promoting". 

 

About 100 m from the south of the Etigal Mosque (Id Kah Mosque), at the junction of Boyi Road and Kumudalwaza Road, there is a green two-storey Uygur-style building. It is the only one Teahouse with over one century history in the old town of Kashgar. The famous American film "The Kite Runner" begins here. It was here that Amirs father and mentor watched the kite race. And most of scenes of the film were shot in this old town of Kashgar, although the story of this film happened in Afghanistan.

 

  

 

Founded in 1442, the Etigal Mosque (Id Kah Mosque) is 140 meters long from north to south, 120 meters wide from east to west, and covers an area of 168,000 square meters. It is divided into seven parts: the main hall, the outer hall, the teaching hall, the courtyard, Gongbaizi, the minaret and the gate. It is not only the largest mosque in Xinjiang, but also one of the largest in China. It is one of the three most influential mosques in Asia. For those who have been unable to visit Mecca Holy Land in their lifetime, the purpose of their life is to worship this great mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang.    

 

At midday on Fridays around 10,000 people will gather to pray and study the Koran, and prayer 5 times/day on other days. Youll be asked to remove your shoes before entering the Main Hall, which has traditional Islamic pillars, carvings and rugs strewn over the floors. Women are advised to cover upper arms and legs, a scarf is not compulsory, but is seen as a mark of respect. This is a must visit place for tourist in Kashgar.

  

 

Afaq Khoja Tomb: The tomb served as the family tomb of Abaq Khoja, the powerful ruler of Kashgar in the 17th century who was revered as a prophet and second only to Mohammed

   

 

 

Sunday Bazaar (now opened everyday): The famous Sunday bazaar has been operating since ancient times, and the scale has become larger and larger, attracting merchants from all over Xinjiang and neighboring countries such as Pakistan and Kirghizstan. Farmers from the suburbs of Kashi come to the bazaar early in the morning, using various means of transportation, such as bicycles, motorcycles, tractors, trucks and donkey-drawn carts. The highways leading to Kashi are crowded with these vehicles and pedestrians on Sunday mornings, as well as with flocks of sheep.

 

More about Kashgar at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashgar 

More about Etigal Mosque (Id Kah Mosque) at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Id_Kah_Mosque

Day 13
Tour around Kashgar
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Kashgar

Today you will drive along Sino- Pakistan Highway for around 190km/4 hours to the famous plateau lake near Pakistan, Karakul Lake. On the way, you can will pass the beautiful Bulunkou Lake (White Sand Lake). Near and at Karakul Lake, you can enjoy the 7719m high Gongeer Peaks and 7546m high Mount Muztagata which is with the name of "the Father of Glacier".

 

Overnight in Kashgar today.     

  

   

 

Bulunkou Lake (Whitel Sand Lake) is at the altitude of 3300 m and 20,000 ha. It is a very beautiful reservoir.

 

 

Lake Karakul is by the side of highway from Kashgar to Pakistan, about 3600 m above sea level. Mount Muztagata (said to be one of the five most beautiful mountains in the world) provides a beautiful backdrop at 7546 meters with the nearby Gongeer Peaks rising to 7719 meters above sea level. The view there is extremely charming and the scenery throughout the journey are too enchanting to put into words. Every photo there can be used as the computer screen picture.

 

More about Karakul Lake at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karakul_(China)

    

Day 14
Leave Kashgar
Dining:
Accommodation:
Transfer service to the airport in Kashgar. Your guide will look after you until your safety at the correct airport check-in desk 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.

Price:  per person in CNY (Chinese Yuan)

1 P

2 P

3 P

4 P

5 P

39030 

23430 

18230

15630 

14070

6 P

7 P

8 P

9 P

10 P

13865

13010

12380

11890

11490

Single Room Supplement: CNY 2695

* 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. 2nd class seat bullet train ticket from Xi’an to Tianshui, from Tianshui to Lanzhou, from Lanzhou to Zhangye, from Zhangye to Jiayuguan,

Berth train ticket from Liuyuan to Turpan,

Economy class flight ticket from Urumuqi to Kashgar (The price included in the quotation is based on 30% discount. If finally the discount of price is lower than 30%, the final price would be according to the real price amount.).

2. Private van in Xi’an, Tianshui, Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan-Dunhuang, Turpan-Urumuqi and in Kashgar with parking fee and highway fee.

3. 4-star standard hotel in Xi’an, Tianshui, Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Urumuqi and Kashgar 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 Xi’an, Tianshui, Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan-Dunhuang, Turpan-Urumuqi, and in Kashgar.
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 Xi’an and leaving Kashgar 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.

Tour Reservation Procedure:

1. Please view the itinerary and quotation listed in our website.

2. Contact Shanghai Elite Tours to tell us your desired tour itinerary, tour date, tourists name and head count of total tourists, your contact information, such as phone number, Wechat, E-mail address.

3. Please also tell us your name on your passport and indicate which word is your family name, your passport number, birthday and gender. Thanks.

4. After we reserved everything OK, we will confirm to our tourists. Then you can pay to us according to the following way.

5. The guides info, includes guides name and mobile phone number, will be told to tourist one day before the tour at the latest. And the tour guide or our office will contact tourist one day before your tour at the latest, to confirm the exact pickup time based on your preference. We will contact you by phone or E-mail or Wechat or in some other way. Anyway, we will try to confirm these info to you as early as possible. 

 

If by 6 pm one day before the tour, you still don’t receive the E-mail or a call or a message at your hotel desk or the Wechat message for the tour departure info, please call us at 139 0176 5092. We will aim to resolve any problem immediately. Thank you very much!.

 

How to Make the Payment:

1) Pay in Cash to us,

We can get to your address to collect the payment from you if your address is in downtown Shanghai.

 

Or you can also get to our office to pay to us if you are convenient. The address of our office is: 6th Floor, 396 Jinling Road East, Huangpu District, very near to the People Square. The detail map of our office building can be found at: http://www.tripww.com/about/1.html

 

2) Transfer money to Alipay

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You can also scan the following QR Code of our Alipay to pay to us:

 

3) Transfer money to Wechat

13901765092 (Adam Yu)

You can also scan the following QR Code of our Wechat to pay to us:

 

4) Bank Transfer

A. Transfer money to bank account  

   Bank of China: 601382 0800088245467

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B. Transfer money to bank account

   ICBC: 6222 0810 0100 1773 807

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C. Transfer money to bank account

   China Merchants Bank: 6225 8821 1083 7728 

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D. Transfer money to bank account

   Agricultural Bank of China: 622848 0039158293579

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For the above bank transfer, please kindly get to the same bank of the above bank account at your side, and choose immediately transferring money. Then the money can be immediately arrive at my bank account. I can get the bank notice at my mobile phone immediately. Thanks.

 

Or to our company bank account:

上海英途国际旅行社有限公司

03309200040015290

中国农业银行上海瑞金二路支行

 

Company Account in English:
Beneficiarys Bank:      

AGRICULTURAL BANK OF CHINA, SHANGHAI BRANCH, LUWAN SUB-BRANCH

SWIFT BIC :                    

ABOCCNBJ090

Beneficiarys A/C NO.   

03309200040015290   

Beneficiarys Name:     

Shanghai Elite Tours International Travel Service Co., Ltd.

Beneficiarys Address:  

         601 Xujiahui Road, Shanghai, China

 

5) In Credit Card

You can pay us in credit card. But we will have to add 3% on the total amount which the bank handles as the bank service fee. For instance, if the payment is RMB1000 by cash, if paid in credit card, the total payment is RMB1000/97%=RMB1030.92. 

 

For the 1st time tourist, we have to ask the torurist to pay to us in credit card face to face. We can also bring the mobile care machine to your address if it is in downtown Shanghai.

 

For the regular tourist of us, you only need to give us your credit card number and the expiry month of this card. And write the following authorization sentences to us via E-mail or Wechat or Mobile Short Message: 

 

I authorize Shanghai Elite Tours International Travel Service Co., Ltd. to draw the payment of RMBxxxx (Include bank service fee) from this card of mine.

 

My credit card information is as follows,

Card number:

Expiry Month:

 

Then we can draw the money from your credit card in the card machine in our office.

 

Afterwards we will photo the credit card payment memo, and E-mail or Wechat this memo to you.

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