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14 Days Silk Road Culture Travel

  • Trip highlights: The Silk Road covers exotic places like Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Lanzhou & Xian. For those who interested in Silk Road history and tours with cultural aspects this is a right selection.
  • Tour price: From $ 2,252.00 Price including hotels, tours, meals...
  • Destinations: Urumqi, Kashgar, Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Lanzhou, Xian
  • Tour code: SWSR001      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:
Upon arrival at Liuyuan railway station, pickup by our English speaking tour guide and drive for about 2 houts to hotel in Dunhuang to freshup and have breakfast. Afterward drive to take our visiting.
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. ……
White Horse TowerWhite House Tower has 9 layers and 12 meters high with a diameter of 7 meters. It has a style octagon; wrapped whith the bricks, the first face is three meters of breadth, the second to the fourth layer present to fold the heavy form of cape.
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 Shopping: Shopping in Dunhuang, you can not only buy adoring special products and handicraft products, but also hear background stories and beautiful legends of traditional culture.

Day 8  Dunhuang (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Sightseeing also included the Hecang Fortress, which supplies like food and wine were tranported here from nearby towns to be stored for the armies that guarded the Yumen Guan Pass.
Yangguan Pass MuseumYang Pass (Yangguan), also known as the Southern Pass, sits 75 kilometers southwest of Dunhuang, and was originally built by Emperor Wu in Hang Dynasty as one of the two most important passes protecting Dunhuang from invasion from the west (the other……
Yumenguan PassYumenguan Pass, located on a hillock 90 kms northwest of Dunhuang city, used to be one of the two critical defensive passes protecting Dunhuang from invasion from the West about two thousand years ago.
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Dunhuang: In history, Dunhuang was an important town on the ancient Silk Road. Its greatest significance lies in its unique grottoes, located among a wilderness of yellow sands. Researchers say there are 735 grottoes in all, with the Mogao Grottoes providing a representative example. These caves were cut into a cliff 25 kilometers southeast of Dunhuang.

Day 9  Jiayuguan (B,L)
Today's Activities:
After our whole day tour around Jiayuguan, we will dirve to the train station to catch the overnight train to Lanzhou. Stay overnight on the train. Train No.: T9202 (leave Jiayuguan at 23h16, arrive Lanzhou at 07h02 next day)
Tombs of Jin and Wei DynastiesAbout 20km away from the Jiayu Pass, the ancient tombs of the Wei and the Jin Dynasties are situated on the Gobi in Xincheng Town, Gansu Province. They are famous tomb groups of underground mural painting bricks in China and they deserve the title of……
Overhanging Great WallThe impressive Overhanging Great Wall (Xuanbi changcheng), linking Jiayuguan with the Black Mountain (Hei shan), lies 8km northwest from the Jiayuguan Fort.
Jiayuguan PassJiayuguan Pass is the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China and was built during the Ming Dynasty. Located 6 kilometers southwest of Jiayuguan City which is in Gansu Province, It is the western terminal of the world famous Great Wall ……
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Gobi Desert: The Gobi desert is a large desert region covering parts of northwestern China and of southern Mongolia. The desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altai Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Hexi Corridor and Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southeast. The Gobi is most notable in history as part of the great Mongol Empire, and as the location of several important cities along the Silk Road.

Day 10  Lanzhou (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Pick up at Lanzhou railway station, and drive to the hotel to freshup and have breakfast. Afterward drive to take our visiting - Binglinsi Temple.
LanzhouLanzhou is situated on the upper course of the Yellow River, where the river emerges from the mountains. It has been a center since early times, being at the southern end of the route leading via the Hexi Corridor across Central Asia. It is the capi……
Binglingsi GrottoesBingling Grottoes, also known as Bingling Temple, are a series of Buddhist caves that are situated on a not easily accessible cliff face. The landscape is the splendid. Besides the temple, the journey itself is impressive, especially within close pro……
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White Pagoda Hill Park: The White Pagoda Hill Park: Located to the north of the city, on the far bank of the Yellow River, the White Pagoda Hill Park is a large, quiet area. From the hill one can have a bird's eye view of the Yellow River.

Day 11  Lanzhou (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Tour starts early in the morning, drive 4 hours to visit Labrang Monastery in Xiahe county.
Monlan Festival XiaheThe Monlan Festival is a Buddhist Tibetan festival that takes place every year in Xiahe, thousands of pilgrims from every part of the Tibetan areas meet in Xiahe for the Monlan celebrations. They will celebrate the New Year praying all day long.
Labrang Monastery Xiahe280km (4 hours drive) to the southwest of Lanzhou, Labrang Monastery is the second largest of China's six great lamaseries practicing the Yellow Sect (Gelug) of Tibetan Buddhism. From 4 to 17 January and 26 June to 15 July (these dates may change ac……
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Xiahe: Xiahe is home to the famed Labrang Tibetan Buddhist monastery, one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries outside of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The town is populated largely by ethnic Tibetans.

Day 12  Lanzhou,Xian (B)
Today's Activities:
Tranferred to Lanzhou airport to the flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival Xi'an airport, pickup by local tour guide and start our tours in Xian.
Muslim quarterThe Muslim Quarter features a mix of Chinese and Islamic cultures. It wins the reputation for the alley lined with market stall and the tasty snack food. Meanwhile, it is a good place to head for when looking for those hard-to-find souvenirs.
Great MosqueThe Great Mosque is one of the largest and best-kept Islamic mosques in China, which was originally built in 742 AD during the Chinese Tang Dynasty(618-907). It combined Islamic culture with Chinese traditional architecture seamlessly and became most……
No 144 of Bei Yuan Men Folk HouseAncient-styled folk house in Muslim Quarter of Xian, mainly a brick and wood structure. It was listed as a "key project of Sino-Norway Historical Districts Protection" in 1999, and Norway Government is the sponsor that helped this cultureal program. ……
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Drum Tower: There used to be a huge drum in the tower which told the time at dusk; hence, the name Drum Tower. The bell in the Bell Tower and the drum in the Drum Tower, have been referred to as "the Morning Bell" and "the Dusk Drum". Later, the drum was no longer used to tell time but only to give warnings to people in times of war.

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