Trip Itinerary & Travel Details
Day 1 Arrive Beijing (/)
Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital Airport, you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to take a rest or explore the city.
Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
Our guide and driver will pick you up after breakfast. Today you will go to visit the most representative part of China Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall-the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall is known for its beautiful surroundings with a forest-coverage rate over 90 percent. The dense woods and rich pastures change colors as the seasons change.
On the way back to downtown, you will take an exterior visit of the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues: Bird's Nest and the Water Cube. Here you can free to take some photos of the stadiums.
In the afternoon, you will be arranged to visit the old Beijing Hutong. Beijing Hutong is the ancient city alley or lane typical in Beijing. You can see the ancient Beijing lanes and quadrangle houses that have been preserved for 700 years. You can see a very interesting phenomena that a lot of rickshaws are still running in Beijing Hutong.
Day 3 Beijing-Urumqi (B, L)
Our guide and driver will pick you up after breakfast. Today's tour starts with the visit of the Temple of Heaven, the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world. It is a worship altar where Emperors prayed for peace and harvest. It is also listed as the World Cultural Heritage Site. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is a magnificent triple-gabled circular building with 38 meters in height and 30 meters in diameter, stands on a round foundation built with three levels of marble stones.
After that, you will visit the Tiananmen Square. It is a very important place for celebrations in traditional Chinese festivals and important days with cultural and political significance. It is the largest square in the world. It will take about half hour to go around it.
From Tiananmen Gate you will walk and directly enter into the Forbidden City. It was a vast complex of building groups which make up the former residence of the ancient emperors. It is the largest and the best preserved ancient imperial residence in China today, and it is now open to public as Palace Museum. Forbidden City is a Must-see attraction of Beijing tour. It is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
After the tour, you will be transferred to airport and take flight to Urumqi. Our guide will be waiting for you outside the Arrival Hall of the airport and escort you to the hotel.
Day 4 Urumqi (B, L)
This mrning you will go to visit the Heavenly Mountain (Tianchi). Covering 4.9 square kilometers, this crescent-shaped water area deserves its name. With melted snow as its source, Heavenly Lake enjoys crystal water.Here you can boating on the Tianchi Lake.and escape into a peaceful, dream-like world. In the afternoon you will go to visit Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar in the dawntown.
Day 5 Urumqi-Turpan (B, L)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and go to visit the Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum. It is a provincial level comprehensive historical museum in China. The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum has also become famous for its rich collections of silk artifacts from many periods of history.
Then you will drive to Turpan to visit the Ancient City of Jiaohe, which is one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road. It is probably the same size as Gaochang but better preserved. It is also the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world. It is a life-sized model of a Tang Dynasty city.
Then you will will have an exploration of the famous Ancient Karez system. It is complete with a museum of displays and pictures. It is a good way to get an understanding of how the tunnels were dug. The last stop of today will be Grape Valley. Situated in the base of the western end of Flaming Mountains, Grape Valley is a unique world of vineyards and fruit trees. This green paradise of 400 hektares is covered with layer upon layer of grapes.
Day 6 Turpan-Jiayuguan (B, L)
Today we are going to visit the Astana Tomb, which is situated in the Gobi Desert. The tombs were the burial sites by the inhabitants of the ancient city of Gaochang. It covers an area of 10 square kilometers. Then passing by Flaming Mountain to Visit the Bezkelik Thousand Buddha Caves. They are a group of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to the 9th centuries. There are 77 rock-cut caves at the site.
After the tours, you will be transferred to train station to take overnight train to Jiayuguang.
Day 7 Jiayuguan (B, L)
Arrival in Jiayuguan in the morning, you will be met by our guide at railway staiton and then be transferred to hotel. After a rest, you will have a day tour in Jiayuguan pass, which is the main part of the western end of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. It is the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China. The pass is trapezoid-shaped with a perimeter of 733 meters and an area of more than 33,500 square meters.
Day 8 Jiayuguan-Dunhuang (B, L)
This Morning you will be transferred to Dunhuang. On the way you can see the 2,000-year-old oasis town of Dunhuang. This oasis was a vital stopping-off post for caravans linking China and Central Asia. After arrival, You will be transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to take a rest or explore the city.
Day 9 Dunhuang (B, L)
Today's highlight is to tour the Mogao Caves, popularly known as the "Thousand Buddha Caves". The caves hold the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures. Mixing India and Chinese styles, they are a remarkable record of Silk Road civilization. Here you will experience a short camel-riding along the Echoing-Sand Dune to the Crescent Lake.The lake and the Echoing-Sand Dune which can make sounds when the wind passes are located in the place where the sand and the oasis meet.
Day 10 Dunhuang-Lanzhou (B, L)
Transferred to the airport and depart for Lanzhou after breakfast. Our guide will wait for you at Lanzhou airport and pick you up and transfer to your hotel.
You will have a city tour to the White Pagoda Park this afternoon. It got its name due to the amazing White Pagoda inside the park. With images of Buddha on its eight sides, the seven-story pagoda with a height of 17 meters, is a pure white building except for the green top that enhanced the look of the whole building.
Afterwards, you will proceed to Gansu Provincial Museum. It is the largest comprehensive museum in Gansu Province which holds about 350,000 pieces of ancient cultural relics, including contemporary and modern cultural relics, ethnic cultural relics and fossil specimens.
Day 11 Lanzhou-Xian (B, L)
Today you will have a visit to Bingling Temple. It is a famous stone cave temple in China of high artistic value. Lying in a canyon along the Yellow River, the temple features more than 100 big and small grottoes filled with Buddhist statues carved into natural caves. Therefore the temple was named "Bingling", which means "thousand Buddhas" in the Tibetan language. Being one of the very noted four caves in China, it is the second to Mogao Caves in respect of artistic value.
Then you will have the chance to see Liujia Xia Dam, which is is one of five planned with the help of Soviet advisors in the 1950s. It is one of the biggest hydroelectric power stations in China and was completed in 1974. You can take speed boat in Liujia Xia Dam as optional program.
You will be transferred to airport and take flight to Xian this afternoon. Arrive in Xian, be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 12 Xian (B, L)
Pick up from your hotel at then visit Terracotta Warriors, the Eighth Wonder of the World. The sumptuous large scale military line-up of real size soldiers figures re-creates the powerful Qin army which swept the other six countries away 2000 years ago.
After lunch, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It is one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xian as well.
Then we move on to visit the City Wall-the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defense system in China. The wall has a history of over 600 years. After that, transfer you back to your hotel.
Day 13 Xian-Shanghai (B, L)
Pick you up from your hotel. You will visit the Provincial Museum-a magnificent modern national museum, which built in the dignified and elegant Tang-dynasty style. The superb craftsmanship of 370,000 relics including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects shows the splendor of Chinese civilization.
Then you will be transferred to airport and and leave for Shanghai. Our guide will wait for you at Xian airport and pick you up and transfer to your hotel. After a little rest you will take a walk to the famous Nanjing Road and the Bund.
Day 14 Shanghai (B, L)
This morning you will go to visit Shanghai Museum. It is located in the center of Shanghai People's Square, it is a large museum of ancient Chinese art. It is one of the biggest museum in China with a display area of 2,800 square meters. You will enjoy a lot to see the exhibition of things in historical China in this Shanghai Museum tour.
After that you will visit Yuyuan Garden and enjoy some tranquility among the oriental garden pavilions. Yuyuan Garden was a private garden built in Ming Dynasty. It occupies an area of 2 hectares with typical design of Suzhou style.
At last you will visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is the best viewing spot of Shanghai. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is on the east bank of Huangpu River, located in Pudong New Area. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the highest tower in Asia, the the third highest tower in the world.
Day 15 Departure Shanghai (B)
Free at leisure until to be transferred to the airport for your next destination.