Dunhuang-Silk-Road

Mystical Silk Road

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Mystical-Silk-Road

Tour highlights

  • Explore the mysterious Chinese Silk Road with the exciting itinerary
  • Admire magnificent Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, starting point of the Silk Road
  • Worship the exquisite Buddha statues in Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang
  • Be amazed by the endless deserts and impressive oasis cities in western China

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Itinerary Details

You may heard about the theme of Silk Road. Today you will explore it with the exciting itinerary. After meeting the Chinese capital Beijing with its imperial history, you will ahead to explore the mysterious world of the Chinese Silk Road. From the imperial city of Xian, the starting point of the ancient trade route, to the western part of the Chinese Silk Road, you will find treasures of culture in seemingly endless deserts and impressive oasis cities. Also dive into the everyday life of the people with a visit to the bazaars along the old trade routes.

Today you land at the airport of the capital of China. Your private tour guide will welcome you there and accompany you to your hotel.

Accommodation option:

  • Penta Hotel Beijing
  • (4 Ratings)

breakfast and lunch

The first item on the program today is a visit to the Summer Palace, which is the existing largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China. It is attractive both for its traditional Chinese garden art and impressive marble boat amidst the idyllic man-made Kunming Lake.

Then visit the Great Wall. The Mutianyu Great Wall has the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall really deserves to be the quintessence of the ten thousand miles Great Wall.

Accommodation option:

  • Penta Hotel Beijing
  • (4 Ratings)
Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall

breakfast and lunch

Morning visit to Tian'anmen Square - the heart of Beijing. Tian’anmen Square was the locality of numerous major political and historical events. It is the witness of Chinese development. While strolling in Tian’anmen Square, looking up at the magnificent layout, you will feel the majestic momentum. Behind the imposing gates lies the today’ s highlight: the 600 years Forbidden City. It is the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world, covering an area of over 720,000 m, owning more than 9,000 buildings. The Forbidden City is a treasure trove of movable cultural relics, is also the seat of the National Palace Museum. It has over 1.8 million movable cultural relics, including more than 1.68 million pieces of precious relics. There were 24 emperors ever living here.

In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven, which was used to pray for harvest by the emperors. It’s China’s existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven. This Chinese monument is built entirely in wood, without using a single nail, which has become the symbol of Beijing.

Accommodation option:

  • Penta Hotel Beijing
  • (4 Ratings)
Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

breakfast and lunch

Today your journey continues with the high-speed train to another imperial city, Xian. When arrive and stow the luggage, you will start immediately with a bike ride on the largest, preserved city wall, which stretches round the old city and is the first landmark visitors will encounter in Xian. Today, this wall represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls, as well one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. You will be impressed by this first-hand experience!

Accommodation option:

  • Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an
  • (4 Ratings)
Xian City Wall

Xian City Wall

breakfast and lunch

A visit to the well-known Terracotta Army of the first emperor of China, Qin Shihuangdi is a must! Terracotta Warriors in Xian, known as the eighth wonder of the world, now is a museum to display the terra-cotta warriors and horses which were made in Qin Dynasty. Qin terracotta warriors have guarded the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang for over 2000 years. You will find more than 7,000 soldiers, each of them is different.

Then you will visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda. It is a well-preserved holy place for Buddhist with a history of over 1300 years. It is a seven-story pagoda, holding the sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler, Xuanzang. The Tang Emperor Gaozong built it to express his miss to his mother.

Finally visit the Great Mosque. It is the largest and best-preserved mosque in Xi'an. It fuses with Chinese and western architectural elements of the unique architectural style. You will be amazed at the typical Chinese style of this mosque. Afterwards, have a stroll in the lively old town of Xi'an to experience the local life.

Accommodation option:

  • Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an
  • (4 Ratings)
Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors

breakfast and lunch

Today you will fly to Dunhuang, the hub of culture and trade exchange in the ancient Silk Road. After check in, we will drive on to the Crescent Spring. The crescent-like lake is surrounded by the desert but never buried by sand. The water in the lake is very clear all year around. Enjoy the magnificent oasis with its characteristic pagoda in the barren sand dunes.

Right next to it, you can hike over the Singing Sand Dune (Mingsha Hill) which is 40km from east to west, and 20 from south to north. When people slide down along the slopes, a sound will be heard, hence the name. The Singing Sand Dune (Mingsha Hill)  and Crescent Spring are twin sisters of natural beauty in the wild Gobi Desert. You will get thrilled and refresh no matter when you have a bird’s-eye-view of the beautiful sand dunes from the top of the mountain or wander beside the clear spring.

Accommodation option:

  • The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Crescent Spring and Singing Sand Dune

Crescent Spring and Singing Sand Dune

breakfast and lunch

We will set off today for the Mogao Grottoes, which are located precipice at on the east foot of the Mingsha Hill. First dug in 366 A.D., Mogao Grottoes is one of three noted grottoes in China for its fabulous frescos and statues. It is also the largest, oldest and the best-preserved Buddhist grottoes with the richest contents in the world today. In December 1987 the Mogao Grottoes have been included into the List of the World Cultural Heritages by the UNESCO. Today, the total number of Mogao Grottoes is 492 in which there are over 2,800 sculptures and 45,000 square meters of murals.

Later you will transfer to Liuyuan station and take the high-speed train to a beautiful city in Xinjiang, Turfan.

Accommodation option:

  • Mercure Turpan Downtown
  • (4 Ratings)
Mogao Grottoes

Mogao Grottoes

breakfast and lunch

In the morning you first visit a prime example of Uighur architecture - Emin Minaret. This 44-meter (144 feet) high minaret was built in 1777 in honor of a heroic Turpan general named Emin Khoja. The Emin Minaret is particularly beautiful in the morning, with the shadow of the minaret falling across the mosque.

Then go underground to unveil the secret of the Karez Well System. Tracing back over more than 2,000 years, this underground water conservancy project gathers melting snow and ice from mountains, and channels it underground to the places where it is employed for irrigation. Karez irrigation system turns the desert into an oasis.

Turpan is famous for its grapes so visit a local vineyard and relax under the grapevines.

Continue to the ruined city of Jiaohe. Historical records and excavation reveal evidence of a prosperous ancient trading center and military stronghold from 1,600 years ago. Well preserved temples, pagodas and streets are dotted around, please allow at least one hour to explore this intriguing city.

Accommodation option:

  • Mercure Turpan Downtown
  • (4 Ratings)
Jiaohe Ancient City

Jiaohe Ancient City

breakfast and lunch

Today your private tour guide will pick you up to the thousand-Buddha Caves in Bezeklik, which is located in a gorgeous valley of the Flaming Mountains. More than 100 caves were hewn out of this cliff face between the 6th and 9th centuries by Buddhist monks who farmed the valley below. At the beginning of 20 century, it was robbed and destroyed. Though it suffered severe damage, the rest Buddhist statues still gorgeous and elaborate, residual murals with rich contents are vivid and colorful. Bezeklik Caves is a large-scale cultural and art treasure.

In the afternoon, you will drive to Urumqi airport and fly to Kashgar.

Accommodation option:

  • Yuexing Jinjiang Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Thousand-Buddha Caves in Bezeklik

Thousand-Buddha Caves in Bezeklik

breakfast and lunch

After breakfast in the hotel, plunge into the hustle and bustle of the famous bazaar in Kashgar! People take their livestock there for trade and shearing. You will hear people bargaining and different animal noises.

Then, move on to the fascinating Old City and visit the Id Kah Mosque. Many old Urughur style buildings also stand around the Id Kah Mosque. When stroll around in these streets, you can find all kinds of local handicrafts, street foods, fruits etc.

Next go to Abakh Khoja Tomb to learn about the Islamic mazar (shrine) culture. Built in 1640, it is the largest Islamic mausoleum in China.

Accommodation option:

  • Yuexing Jinjiang Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Apak Hoja Tomb

Apak Hoja Tomb

breakfast

Today you fly to the capital of China. You have the rest of the day free at your disposal. Definitely make a discovery trip, because Beijing has a lot to offer!

Accommodation option:

  • Penta Hotel Beijing
  • (4 Ratings)
Beijing

Beijing

breakfast

Today you private tour guide will pick you up to airport for your homeward flight.

Our service includes:
  • One-to-one consultancy with our travel expert
  • Knowledgeable and helpful local guides
  • Private and comfortable van
  • All accommodations
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • In-destination transfers
  • A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling
Trip Notes

This tour is intended to give you an idea for what's possible when you travel with us. Treat them simply as inspiration, because every element of the tour can be customized individually. Please feel free to tell us your ideas and we will create a tour to match your tastes and budget.

Recommended hotels

Go Find Orient choose your accommodation based on easy accessibility to everything yet in a quiet neighborhood with the consideration of typical traditional style and modern comfort.

 Beijing  Penta Hotel Beijing

  • Occupying a central location in Beijing, 10-minute drive from Temple of Heaven & Wangfujing Street.
  • 307 air-conditioned rooms offer the comfort of over-sized windows, a sofa and carpeted floors.
  • Bicycle rentals are available for guests to explore around the city.
  • The Lobby Lounge provides a cozy environment for light snacks and cocktails.

 Xi'an  Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an

  • Located in the central of Xi'an, 7-minute walk from Bell & Drum Tower and Muslim Food Street.
  • It features 6 dining options, a spa and wellness center.
  • Guestrooms offer iPod, MP3 stations and free WiFi access in all areas.
  • Restaurant offers barbecue dishes, Asian and Western dishes is available at Yummy Café.

 Dunhuang  The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel

  • Situated against the backdrop of the picturesque Mingsha Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake.
  • 20-minute drive from Dunhuang Airport or Railway Station, 10-minute drive to Shazhou Night Market.
  • The hotel features for unique architectural design of Tang Dynasty.
  • Rooms are decorated with replica of Tang, Ming and Qing dynasties furniture.
  • A rooftop cafe serving western food.

 Turpan  Mercure Turpan Downtown

  • 4-star hotel in Gaochang District of Turpan with 155 air-conditioned accommodations.
  • Features deluxe rooms offer flat-screen TV, private bathroom, hair dryer and room service.
  • Guests can make use of the in-room coffee/tea makers and minibars.
  • Buffet and halal breakfast options are available daily at Restaurant.

 Kashgar  Yuexing Jinjiang Hotel

  • Located in city centre with short distance to many of Kashgar's famous attractions.
  • Features for an indoor swimming pool and 323 spacious rooms.
  • Rooms are modern in design and nicely furnished with well equipped.
  • The restaurants serve different varieties of delectable Chinese and international cuisines.