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13 Days Beijing, Xian and Silk Road Travel

  • Trip highlights: Follow the route of the Silk Road, an ancient pathway leading from the capitals of Rome, Persia, to China. Visit Mogao Caves, Bezaklik Thousand Buddha Grottoes, Idigar Mosque and more.
  • Tour price: From $ 2,035.00 Price including hotels, tours, meals...
  • Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Urumqi
  • Tour code: SWBeijing047      Private tour for a van with tour guide and driver, available every day
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Day 7  Dunhuang (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes today. later in the afternoon you will be transferred to Dunhuang Railway Station (138km, 2.5 hours driving) to take an overnight soft sleeper train to Turpan. Train No.: k1351 (depart Dunhuang at 00h57, arrive Turpan at 09h40 next day), stay overnight on the train.
Crescent Moon Spring & Mingsha MountainCrescent Moon Spring is 6km south of Dunhuang in the Singing Sands Mountains and is quite literally an oasis in the desert. The Spring's name derives from the crescent moon shape the small pool of spring water has taken between two large sand dunes. ……
Thousands Buddha CaveThe thousands Buddha Caves used to be an important center for Buddhist worship. The Xizhou Huigu government of Gaochang Kindom built the royal temple of the King of Huigu that is sited here.
Mogao GrottoesThe Mogao Grottoes (Mogao Ku) also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves, constitute one of the three major Buddhist grotto sites in China. It is one of three noted grottoes in China and also the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Bud……
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Dunhuang Museum: The Dunhuang Meseum is built on the former residence of Taoist Wang Yuanlu, who found the Cave by chance about 100 years ago. It display the cultural relics found in the world-famous "Sutras Cave" of Mogao Grotto.

Day 8  Turpan (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Upon arrival at Turpan railway station at 09h40, pickup by our English speaking tour guide and drive 1 hour (47km) to hotel in Turpan, you will have breakfast in the hotel. In summer time, rooms are ready after 12h00. After breakfast, we will start our tours in Turpan.
Emin MinaretIt is designed in a simple Afghani style and was built in 1777 AD by a local ruler in order to show the impressive memories of his father's contribution to Qing government.
Gaochang Ancient RuinsIt was the capital of Uighurs when they moved into the Xinjiang Region from Mongolia in the 9th century. Gaocheng Ancient City became a major staging post on the silk road as a Buddhist center and printing center during the Tang Dynasty.
Astana GravesTo the northwest of the Gaochang Ruins lies the Astana Graves (Asitana Gumuqun), where the dead of Gaochang were buried. Astana means "capital" in Uygur and Karakhoja is the name of a legendary hero of the ancient Uygur Kingdom who removed the evils ……
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha CavesBezeklik Thousand-Buddha Caves is situated at the north bank of Muzat River in Turpan, a collection of retreats once inhabited by Buddhist monks, as well as the imperial monasteries for local emperor during the Gaochang Kingdom and Tang Dynasty.
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Turpan-style food: Turpan-style food is tea with home-baked bread, Pamirdin, kebab, and fruit. Pamirdin is a type of pie, contains lamb, carrots and onion. kebab is served wrapped in bread with a salad and a dressing, it includes grilled, roasted, and stewed dishes of large or small cuts of meat, The traditional meat for kebab is lamb.

Day 9  Turpan,Urumqi (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Drive drive 90 minutes to Urumqi. Visit Karez well on the way. The driving distance is 200 KM. You may enjoy the view of Ghobi Dessort on the way. In Urumqi, visit Xinjiang Museum and Red Hill.
Karez wellThese underground channels rate as one of ancient China's greatest public works projects as the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. The city of Turpan owes its existence to these vital wells and channels, some of which were constructed over 2000 years ag……
Xinjiang MuseumAs an important place of Xinjiang Region, you can get a whole view of different folklore and customs about 12 ethnic minorities in the area, in the other hand, more than 10,000 culture relics displayed inside exclude some 11 natural corpses that pres……
Red HillThe Red Hill stands magnificently at the center of Urumqi City. At sunrise and sunset, the hill looks red for it reflects the red light from the sun, so it was named Red Hill. The views from the top of the mountain of the surrounding countryside and……
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Southern Mountain Pastureland: It is a vast expanse of grazing land set in a valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The land is inhabited by Kazak herdsmen who graze sheep, cattle and horses here during the summer months.

Day 10  Urumqi,Kashgar (B,L)
Today's Activities:
We'll transfer by plane to proceed to the next stop - Kashgar after our touring in Heavenly Lake.
Heavenly LakeDriving about 2 Hours to the Heavenly Lake, This pristine lake is situated at a refreshing height of 1,980m and is surrounded by jagged snow-covered peaks, forests of pine trees and green meadows. The lake surface of Tianchi Lake is over 1900 m above……
KashiKashgar (or Kashi) is situated in the southwest of Xinjiang. From the west, this is the first point of arrival on land routes from Pakistan and Kirgyzistan. Long a vital stop on the Silk Road, this remote city some 4000 km from Beijing, used to take ……
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Old town of Kashgar: The Old Town surrounds the center of Kashgar, with the Id Kah Mosque rising at its center. Use the north-south thoroughfare of Jiefang Lu to orient yourself and then head east or west into the thick of things.

Day 11  Kashgar (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Today we will explore the Kashgar city to witness the traditional Uighur living place and customs, you can learn the daily life of the hand working people in Working Street, as well as sightseeings.
Kashgar Sunday Market (Dabazha)The Kashgar Sunday Market (Dabazha) (with exception of the Sunday Market) is the busiest part of the city. The market is a kind of agricultural market (Nongmao Shichang), that has expanded to include anything you can think of.
Eid Kah MosqueLies in the center of the Kashgar, is a large-scale Islamic struture, it has over 500 years' history till now. In 1442 A.D., Shaksmirzha, the ruler of Kahsigar, had the mosque here at first and say prayers to the souls of his deceased relatives.
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Kashgar Silk Road Museum: Kashgar Silk Road Museum was built in 1992, covering an area of 2360 square metres, the museum has 10 showrooms featuring bronze wares, ceramics, ancient Turkic paintings and rugs, calligraphy works, sculptures, seals, coins, jade wares, furniture and handicrafts of Persian, Turkic, and Indian.

Day 12  Kashgar,Urumqi (B,L)
Today's Activities:
After our morning visiting of Abakh Hoja Tomb and a loval family, we will transfer to Kashgar airport for the flight back to Urumqi. Be met and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore Urumqi.
Abakh Hoja TombIn China the tomb is better known as the Tomb of Xiang Fei, the only Uigur concubine among the 41 wives of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The Tomb is the most magnificent tomb in Kashgar, filled with history and symbolism.
UrumqiUrumqi is situated on the northern slope of the Tianshan Mountains, it is most famous for being the furthest city in the world from the ocean. Urumqi(Wulumuqi) means "A beautiful Pasture Land" in ancient Mongolian used by the Junggar tribe. 2000 yea……
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International Grand Bazaar: In Urumqi, a bazaar is more than just a place to buy things. It offers locals a place to enjoy the flavour of a festival, to have a rest and to meet with friends. People barter goods, exchange information, and even gossip at the bazaar market.

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