Road Tours: SilkRoad_04
Imperial Palace, Beijing
Way, Ming Tombs
Temple of Heaven
cotta Warriors, Xi'an
Wild Goose Pagoda
Dynasty Show, Xi'an
Pu River, Shanghai
Yuan Garden, Shanghai
15 Days China
Silk Road Tour To Beijing, Urumqi, Turpan,
Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Xining, Xi'an
1. Tour Itinerary
Arrive at Beijing airport or railway station. Our English-speaking tour guide will meet and welcome you at the arrival hall, and then you will be transferred to your hotel for checking in. Remaining day is free at your own leisure.
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Square, the Forbidden City (the
Imperial Palace) and the Summer
Palace. Enjoy the Beijing
Roasted Duck Dinner. Optional program
in the evening: Peking Opera, Kungfu
show or Chinese acrobatics.
Square: Tiananmen was the front gate of Forbidden City - the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Measuring 880 meters in length and 500 meters in width, Tian'anmen Square is located in the center of Beijing; military parade takes place here on China's National Day.
City: Also known as the Imperial Palace, it was the ruling center and living residence of 24 emperors in Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. The Forbidden City is situated right in the center of Beijing, covers an area of 740,000 square meters, and has 9999.5 rooms.
Palace: The largest and most famous imperial garden in China which is located in the northwestern outskirts of Beijing. The Summer Palace was first built in 1750 as a summer resort for the emperors in the Qing Dynasty. It was built in order to celebrated Emperor Qianlong's mother's 60th birthday, and survived from several major damages a couple of times in late Qing Dynasty. The most attractive sight in Summer Palace is the Kunming lake. You can take a boat to cruise it in the summer and enjoy skiing on the frozen lake in the winter.
Duck Dinner: Beijing Roasted Duck is renowned as the most delicious food of Beijing. The duck is hung in the oven and roasted by flame burning from fruit-wood. The finished duck is characteristic with crispy skin, tender meat and the fragrance from the fruit-wood.
Opera: China's national opera and it is also China¡¯s traditional art. It combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics. It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century. Traditional opera is very popular among Chinese people, especially seniors. Nowadays, appreciting an authentic Beijing Opera Show in famous Liyuan Theater is a must-do when you are traveling in Beijing.
Take an excursion
to the Great Wall and the Ming
Wall Of China: Ancient military defence work. Construction of the Great Wall began during the Spring and Autumn Period to the Warring States Period (770BC-221BC), Badaling is the most famous and most-visited section of the Great Wall in China. Most travelers visit this section when they travel Beijing. This is largely because it is well maintained and provides smooth walking, while Mutianyu, Jinshanling, and the vertiginous Simatai require a full day's outing. A grand view can be enjoyed on top of the fortresses. Look into the distance; there is a sea of lofty mountains and ridges where the Great Wall arises from the clouds and rapidly runs out of sight into the horizon.
Tombs: The Ming Tombs lie in a broad valley to the south of Tianshou Mountain in Changping County, about 50 kilometers northwest of Beijing proper. They are known as the 13 Ming tombs, as 13 out of the 16 Ming emperors were buried there. Construction of the tombs started in 1409 and ended with the fall of the Ming Dynasty in 1644. In over 200 years, tombs were built over an area of 40 square kilometers, which is surrounded by walls totaling 40 kilometers. The Ming Tombs are characterized by its large size, complete system, and intact preservation.
- Urumqi (Breakfast
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Tour to the Temple
of Heaven. Take a flight to Urumqi
and transfer to the hotel.
of Heaven: An example of China's ancient architectural art and the architectural structure for worshipping the heaven. Covering an area of 2,700,000 square meters, it is located in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The temple of Heaven was built in 1420 AD Ming Dynasty and then expanded and reconstructed. It was for emperors of the two dynasties to worship heaven and pray for rich harvest. Now, it has been a famous tourist attraction.
- Turpan (Breakfast
Drive to Turpan.
Visit the Jiaohe Ruins, the Karez
Well and the Sugong Pagoda.
Ruins: Jiaohe meaning the
confluence of two rivers once
stood an ancient city since the
Han dynasty, nearly two thousand
years ago. It ended during Ming
dynasty about 500 years ago. It
started out as a garrison, but
was built up by during the Reign
of Gaochang into a major city
in the Turfan region from 499-640
Well: The Karez is an underground
irrigation system that was installed
2,000 years ago. The karez is
made up of three parts, ditch,
underground channel and dam.
Pagoda: The Sugong Pagoda
is known as the Turpan Pagoda
among local residents. A stone
tablet at its entrance cites the
reason for the pagoda's construction
in Wei and Han characters. The
structure was built in 1181 of
the Hui calendar (1779) by Su
Laiman II, the ruler of the Turpan
Prefecture, to honor his father.
- Dunhuang (Breakfast
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Visit the Gaochang Ruins, the
Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave
and the Flaming Hill. Take overnight
soft berth train to Dunhuang.
Ruins: The Uigur city-state
that ruled the area from around
the 9th century to the 13th. In
its heyday, Gaochang was a great
Uigur city built on the business
and trade that came through its
gates. The religious beliefs of
many peoples entered China through
this area, first Buddhism and
Thousand Buddha Caves: There
are 77 numbered grottoes, about
40 of which still have murals
in them. The group of grottoes
in Bizaklik, with a total of 1,200
square meters of murals, has the
most grottoes, most diversified
architectural styles and the richest
mural content in the Turpan area.
Hill: Located at the northern
edge of the Turpan Basin, Flaming
Hill is about 10 kilometers east
of downtown Turpan, stretching
up to 100 kilometers from east
to west and about 10 kilometers
from south to north. With an average
temperature of 30 degrees, it
is known as the hottest place
on earth and the highest temperature
can even reach 47.8 degrees.
Breakfast is on your side on the
train. Our guide will meet you
at the railway station and transfer
to the hotel in Dunhuang. Visit
the Mogao Grottoes and the Dunhuang
Grottoes: This honeycomb of
caves was constructed over a millennium,
from the 4th to the 14th centuries,
and represents the height of Buddhist
art and the world's richest treasure
house of Buddhist sutras, murals
and sculptures. During its heyday,
the cave complex had thousands
of caves, and today, a total of
492 grottoes, 45,000 square-metres
of murals, 2,400 painted statues
and over 250 residential caves
- Jiayuguan (Breakfast
Drive to Jiayuguan in the morning
and transfer to the hotel. Visit
the Jiayuguan Pass and the First
Fire Tower of Great Wall.
Pass: Jiayuguan is the western
end of the Great Wall of the Ming
Dynasty as well as the most magnificent
and best-preserved pass among
the over thousand passes along
the Ming Great Wall, known as
"Impregnable Pass Under Heaven".
It took 168 years (1372 - 539)
to build this strategic outpost.
- Zhangye (Breakfast
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Morning drive to Zhangye, transfer
to your hotel. Visit the Giant
Buddha Temple, the Wooden Tower
of Sui Dynastyand the Bell Tower
and the Drum Tower.
Giant Buddha Temple: Built
in 1098 during the Western Xia
period and revamped many times
during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The main hall that house the giant
Buddha was restored during the
Qianlong reign (1736-1795) of
the Qing Dynasty The hall is 49
meters wide and 24 meters deep
with a total floor space of 1,370
square meters It is the largest
structure dating from the West
ern Xia period in Gansu.
Tower: Just a few hundred
meters north of the Zhangye Hotel
looms the 31-metre-tall Mu Ta(Wooden
Tower). It is unknown in exactly
which year the pagoda was erected,
but people generally believe it
was during the Northern Zhou Dynasty
- Xining (Breakfast
Drive to Xining. Visit the Dongguan
Mosque and the Ta'er Monastery.
Mosque: Dongguan Mosque is
one of the four largest mosques
in northwest China. The main hall
of the mosque, 1,102 square meter
in area, is large enough to hold
3,000 people. Every Friday, the
Mosque receives 10,000 Moslems
who come to worship.
Monastery: The magnificent
temples and halls are, in architecture,
a perfect combination of the Han's
style of palace buildings with
upturned roof-eaves with Tibetan
style under-eave walls and decorations.
The spectacular Lamasery is scattered
with tall ancient trees and Buddhist
- Xian (Breakfast
Take flight to Xian and transfer
to the hotel. Visit the Ancient
City Wall: The wall was erected in the 14th century Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it encircles and protects the ancient part of Xian City. A wide and deep moat ran around the 13-kilometer walls. Visitors could rent a bike and go all around the city wall; it is a fun and peaceful way to experience the city.
Visit the Terra
Cotta Warriors Museum, the Forest
of Stone Steles Museum and the
Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Cotta Warriors Museum: Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, with its 40 meters high tumulus, was built in the third century B.C. for Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.). In 1974 a huge pit with numerous Qin pottery figures was discovered to the east of the mausoleum. The unearthed clay warriors and horses are huge and life-like and provide valuable data for the study of the military weaponry and sculpture of the time. The excavation of this incredibly rich find is a continuing process and visitors can actually see the archaeologists at work revealing more and more of these remarkable statues. Nothing comparable to it has ever been uncovered in China before.
of Stone Steles Museum: The
Stele Forest stores voluminous artworks
which possess not only eximious value
of handwriting and art, but also rich
cultural connotation. The Stele Forest
began to be built in 1087.
Wild Goose Pagoda: This
pagoda is on the grounds of the DaCiEn
Temple. It was built in 652 A.D. Xuan
Zhuang, the famous master monk of the
Tang Dynasty, here translated Buddhist
texts that he had brought back from
India. The pagoda, as it stands today
has seven stones and is 64 meters high.
Spiraling staircases lead to the top
where one is rewarded with a good view
of Xi'an and the surrounding area.
Dynasty Show: A
performance of Chang'an music and dances
that was originated in the Tang dynasty
of Chinese history over a thousand years
- Shanghai (Breakfast
Visit the Shaanxi
Provincial History Museum and
the Great Mosque. Transfer to
the airport for flight to
Provincial History Museum: The
museum, with a floor space of over 4,000
square meters, was opened in 1952. There
are more than two thousand ancient artifacts
on display. They are divided into three
sections: Forest of Steles (the oldest
and richest collection of such stone
tablets in China), Gallery of Stone
Sculpture, and Historical Relics.
in 742 A.D., the mosque was restored
in each of the Yuan (1271 - 1368),
Ming and Qing Dynasties. The distribution
of pavilions, halls, towers and
platforms in the mosque is compact
and exquisite, blending the traditional
architectural styles of Islam
Visit the Shanghai
Museum, the Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai
Old Street and former French Concession.
Have a stroll over the Bund. Optional
program in the evening: the Portman
Acrobatic Show or Huangpu River cruise.
Museum: Shanghai Museum is
a treasure house of Chinese cultural
essence with a rich collection
of 120,000 valuable antique items.
Shanghai Museum is especially
famous for its treasures of bronzes
(bells, knives, axeheads, chariot
ornaments), ceramics, Chinese
calligraphy and traditional paintings.
Yuan Garden: As the most famous classical garden in Shanghai, Yuyuan is located to the northeast of the old town, not far from The Bund. It was built from 1559 to 1577 during the Ming Dynasty. Each pavilion, hall, stone and stream in the garden is expressing the quintessence of South China landscape design from Ming and Qing Dynasty.
French Concession: It is once designated for the French from 1849 to 1946, consisting of today's Luwan and Xuhui Districts. Interesting architecture built with French and Belgian venture investments and showing mixed Chinese-European styles. Today, the area is characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China.
Bund: As the architectural symbol of Shanghai, the Bund is on the west bank of Huangpu River and winds one kilometer. The name "the Bund" is derived from an Anglo-Indian term meaning literally ¡°muddy embankment¡±. To the west of the Bund, there are 52 magnificent buildings standing in different styles: Rome, Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance, Classic and the combination of Eastern and Western style, most of them were erected before 1937.
Transfer to the
airport for your departure, end
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4. Quotation Inclusions For The Above Tour:
1. Hotel accommodation
The hotel is based on two persons sharing
one twin or double standard room with
Daily American or Chinese breakfast at
the hotel, Chinese lunch and dinner in
local Chinese restaurant as specified
in the itinerary.
3. Private Transport
Private transport between airport or railway
station and hotel and all the sights by
The economic class air tickets of the
domestic flight or soft berth/seat train
tickets between cities as specified in
The main entrance tickets for the sights
6. Guiding service
All normal sightseeing tours in each city
with English-speaking guide and admission
fees where applicable. Our guide will
not fly with you from one city to another.
Upon your arrival at each city, a new
local guide and driver will pick you up,
be with you for local tour and see you
off after you finish the itinerary of
each city. The cruise shore excursion
is in-group assigned by the cruise company.
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
We highly recommend that you purchase
full coverage travel insurance from you
country of origin.
8. Tibet Travel
Permit application fee
The Tibet Travel Permit application fee
if your tour covers Tibet.
5. Quotation Exclusions For The Above Tour:
1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter
of arrival and departure
The international or domestic air / train
charge of arrival and departure.
3. Single Room
Should a twin room is needed by a single
guest, supplement of the twin room will
is single supplement?
The hotel is based on
double occupancy. If the visitor travels
alone or the number of the travelers is
odd (such as 3,5, 7...), who stays in
one single room has to pay the single
room supplement. As the hotel is on double
Expenses of a personal nature such as
laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call,
optional activities or sightseeing, overweight
baggage charges or meals not indicated,
Optional programs which are not specified
in the above itinerary.
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