Silk Road Dunhuang-Zhangye Danxia-Xining-Luoyang Shaolin Temple 13 Days Tour
Board an international flight bound for China. Cross the International Date Line.Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the luxury hotel for rest and relaxation.
Day2,Beijing - Urumqi
More than 2000 years ago, Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty dispatched an emissary to the west, not for trade, but for securing allies against the hordes intrusion from the north. That was the first time China opened its door to the western world. Since then, camel caravans, carrying spices, fruits and all kinds of goods from the west, continuously crossed the vast deserts and the freezing mountains to come to China for the seek of silk. Today, you can follow the path of those ancient caravans all the way on the silk road. Fly to Urumqi. Of all the cities in the world, Urumqi is the farthest from the sea! You are about to step on that mystical road where East meets West. Upon arrival, enjoy the approximately 70 miles drive to the placid Heavenly Lake (Tianchi), properly named for its steep green pastures, virgin conifer forests, and snowy mountains. The elevation is 6000 feet. Take a cruise on the lake.
Day3,Urumqi - Turpan
In the morning, we proceed to Nanshan Pasture where we enjoy the unique scenery of snowcapped peaks, dragon-spruce tress and wild flowers. Then we drive to Turpan, an oasis amid the desert, and renown for its grapes and honeydew melons. Visit the famous Karez Wells, an underground irrigation system that carries melted snow from Mt. Tianshan to the fields below. You will tour the ruins of the ancient city of Jiaohe and Sugong Minaret. Tonight taste roasted lamb and enjoy the Xingjiang folklore performance.
Day4,Turpan - Urumqi
Turpan is best known for its grapes and honeydew melons, but is also rich in historical links to the Silk Road. Visit to Grape Valley. Return to the city and visit the local free market - Big Bazaar and the Xinjiang Minority People’s Museum. Tonight you are treated with the famous regional cuisine.
Day5,Urumqi - Dunhuang
in the morning flight bound for Dunhuang, one of China's most historic cities that served as a rest stop for traders and as the gateway through which Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity entered China. Our city tour includes visits to the Yangguan Pass of Great Wall (Yangguan), Singing Hill and Moon Lake. Tonight, we enjoy a colorful Minority Show following dinner.
Today our tour takes us to visit Dunhuang Museum at first, later excursion to Mogao Grottoes, known as "The World Art Treasure House". The cave is the largest, most well preserved treasure house of arts in the world and is listed as one of the World Cultural Heritages. Mogao Grottoes designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its l600-year accumulated cultural, architecture, and art treasures. They are China's oldest monumental Buddhist grottoes. The first grotto was constructed in 366 AD. Housed in the remaining 492 cave temples are over 2,400 sculptures and 45,000 square meters of frescoes.
Day7,Dunhuang - Jiayuguan
Drive from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan Pass, the western end of the Great Wall. Visit this vital stronghold of military defense. Lunch in a nearby city followed by a visit to a local vineyard. Visit Jiayuguan Pass Fort. Tonight we stay at Jiayuguan.
Day8,Jiayuguan - Zhangye - Xining
After breakfast, drive to Zhangye. You will tour the Zhangye Geological Park. The landform of Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology which is found only in China which consists of red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. About 100 million years ago, there used to be a huge inland basin here. Water carried silt from the surrounding mountains to the basin. As the result of global high temperatures the basin dried up and in these arid conditions the sediment oxidized and turned rust color. The area is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction for the sleepy town of Zhangye. The World Heritage Committee decided to include China Danxia Landform in the World Heritage List at its 34th meeting being held in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, on August 1, 2010. In the afternoon, we take the express train to Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province.
Day9,Xining - Zhengzhou - Kaifeng
After breakfast, fly to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province. Drive to Kaifeng, the ancient capital of China. Serving for 168 years as capital of the Northern Song some 900 years ago, Kaifeng was the most prosperous city in China. Our city tour will include visits to Kaifeng-Fu, Dragon Pavilion and the Iron Pagoda. Enjoy the Song Dynasty banquet for dinner.
Day10,Kaifeng - Shaolin Temple - Luoyang
After breakfast, we drive to Luoyang. On the way to Luoyang, we will tour Shaolin Temple and Zhongyue Temple. We will enjoy a wonderful Shaolin kungfu performance. Then we tour the White Horse Pagoda, the first China's Buddhism Temple. Arrive in Luoyang, a special banquet of local cuisine will be prepared for dinner tonight.
Luoyang served as the capital for 13 dynasties in history and it is the oldest capital in China. Our tour begins with the famous Longmen Grottoes, one of the three main treasure houses of stone inscription art in China. Next, we stop at the Guan Mausoleum, the burial of general Guan Yu from Three Kingdoms Period.
Day12,Luoyang - Zhengzhou
In the morning, continue our sightseeing tour of Luoyang with visits to the Folk Craft Museum. Drive to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province. Tour the Yellow River tourist area. Enjoy the local cuisine for dinner.
Day13,Zhengzhou - Beijing
After breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your return flight back to your home,end the tour.