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  • Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto)
  • Heavenly Lake
  • Idgar Mosque, Kashgar
  • Jiayuguan Fort
  • Mogao Grottoes
  • Grape Valley, Turpan
  • Mingsha Shan & Yueya Quan (Singing Sand Mountains & Crescent Moon Spring)
  • Overhanging Great Wall
  • Sunday Bazzar
  • Abakh Khoja Tomb
  • Karez Well System, Turpan
  • Tombs of Wei and Jin Dynasty
  • Flaming Mountain, Turpan
  • Karakuri Lake
  • Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum
  • Astana-Karakhoja Ancient Tombs
  • Bingling Temple Caves
  • Kashgar Old Town
  • Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves
  • Dunhuang Museum
  • Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta)
  • The White Horse Pagoda
  • Yangguan Pass

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28 Days China Ancient Silk Road Adventure

Tour Code: SK06
Tour Duration: 28 Days
Destination: Aksu, Dunhuang, Hami, Hotan, Jiayuguan, Kashgar, Korla, Kucha, Lanzhou, Minfeng, Taxkorgan, Turpan, Urumqi, Yarkand, Zhangye
Tour overview: In 27 days, you will enjoy the whole landscape in Xinjiang province. Camping overnihgt in the desert, experiencing the hike in countries, enjoy the tour scenic sights while feel the real world and lives in the western part of China.

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28 Days China Ancient Silk Road Adventure 28 Days China Ancient Silk Road Adventure 28 Days China Ancient Silk Road Adventure 28 Days China Ancient Silk Road Adventure

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Lanzhou Arrive in Lanzhou, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sunshine Hotel Legend Hotel Jin Jiang Sun Hotel
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Day 2 Lanzhou Drive to bingling temple. Visit the Bingling Temple Caves Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sunshine Hotel Legend Hotel Jin Jiang Sun Hotel
(B,L)
Day 3 Lanzhou/Wuwei Today you will be driven to Wuwei(around 4 hours). Afternoon tour to Han Tomb of Leitai, Confucius Temple,Haizang Temple Details... (B,L)
Day 4 Wuwei/Zhangye After breakfast, drive to Zhangye by private car (3.5 hours). Arriv in Zhangye, visit to The Giant Buddha Temple, The Bell Tower and the Drum Tower Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Zhang Ye Hotel Zhang Ye Hotel Zhang Ye Hotel
(B,L)
Day 5 Zhangye/Jiayuguan This morning, you will be drive from Zhangye to Jiayuguan (around 3.5 hours) .And then visit Jiayuguan Fort Tombs of Wei and Jin Dynasty Overhanging Great Wall Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jiayuguan International Grand Hotel Jiayuguan Hotel Huili Business Hotel
(B,L)
Day 6 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang Morning travel on a scenic ride to the 2,000-year-old oasis town of Dunhuang(around 5 hours). After check in the hotel, free at leisure the rest of the day. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Grand Sun Hotel Dunhuang International Hotel Dunhuang Hotel
(B,L)
Day 7 Dunhuang Visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes Mingsha Shan & Yueya Quan (Singing Sand Mountains & Crescent Moon Spring) Take an optional camel ride. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Grand Sun Hotel Dunhuang International Hotel Dunhuang Hotel
(B,L)
Day 8 Dunhuang Drive to the ancient border pass Yangguan Pass Drive back to the city and visit the Dunhuang Museum . The last stop in Dunhuang will be The White Horse Pagoda Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Grand Sun Hotel Dunhuang International Hotel Dunhuang Hotel
(B,L)
Day 9 Dunhuang/Hami Drive to Hami. Hami is the eastern gateway of Xinjiang, drive to Balikun Grassland & White Stone Scenic Spot, enjoy the beauty prairie. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hami Area Hotel Hami Area Hotel Hami Hongde Hotel
(B,L)
Day 10 Hami/Turpan Today drive to Turpan, the distance is about 400kms, driving time need about 5-6 hours, then visit Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto) Karez Well System, Turpan Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Tuha Petroleum Hotel Grand Hotel Turpan Silk Road Oasis Hotel
(B,L)
Day 11 Turpan Full day tour to see Astana-Karakhoja Ancient Tombs passing by Flaming Mountain, Turpan to Visit the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta) Grape Valley, Turpan Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Tuha Petroleum Hotel Grand Hotel Turpan Silk Road Oasis Hotel
(B,L)
Day 12 Turpan/Korla Today drive to Korla, then visit the Tiemen Pass, which is famous for the history. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Kangcheng Jianguo International Hotel Silver Star Hotel Golden Leaf Hotel
(B,L)
Day 13 Korla/Tazhong Today through the Taklimakam Desert, on the First desert road, you will enjoy the perfect desert landscape and camp in the desert. Details... (B,L)
Day 14 Tazhong/Minfeng After breakfast, drive to Minfeng, take a visit of a pumping station aside the road. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hongrui Hotel Hongrui Hotel Hongrui Hotel
(B,L)
Day 15 Minfeng/Hotan Drive to Hotan, after arriving in Hotan, you can explore the hand-made paper and walk along the White Jade river. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hotan Wenzhou Hotel Hotan Wenzhou Hotel Hotan Wenzhou Hotel
(B,L)
Day 16 Hotan Visit the Hetian Museum, Melikawat Ruins Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hotan Wenzhou Hotel Hotan Wenzhou Hotel Hotan Wenzhou Hotel
(B,L)
Day 17 Hotan/Yarkand Today drive to Yarkand, enjoy the scenery on the road. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Yarkand Queen Hotel Yarkand Queen Hotel Yarkand Queen Hotel
(B,L)
Day 18 Yarkand/Kashgar After breakfast, drive to Kashgar, visit Idgar Mosque, Kashgar Abakh Khoja Tomb Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Kashgar International Hotel Kashgar International Hotel Kashgar Golden Great Wall Hotel
(B,L)
Day 19 Kashgar/Taxkorgan Drive to Taxkorgan, is the key road from Kashgar to Pakistan, visit Stone City, Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Taxkorgan Communication Hotel Taxkorgan Communication Hotel Taxkorgan Communication Hotel
(B,L)
Day 20 Taxkorgan Today you will enjoy the city on the altiplano. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Taxkorgan Communication Hotel Taxkorgan Communication Hotel Taxkorgan Communication Hotel
(B,L)
Day 21 Taxkorgan Today drive to Karakuri Lake Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Taxkorgan Communication Hotel Taxkorgan Communication Hotel Taxkorgan Communication Hotel
(B,L)
Day 22 Kashgar Drive back to Kashgar, an famous city on the old Silk Road, visit the Kashgar Old Town which is maintan the original Uygur life. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Kashgar International Hotel Kashgar International Hotel Kashgar Golden Great Wall Hotel
(B,L)
Day 23 Kashgar/Aksu Today you can see the Sunday Bazzar then drive to Aksu, enjoy the landscape on the road. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hongfu Jinlan Hotel Hongfu Jinlan Hotel Jindu Hotel
(B,L)
Day 24 Aksu/Kucha On the road, visit Kizer Grottoes, after arrival in Kucha, transfer to hotel for refreshing. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Kucha International Hotel Kucha International Hotel Kucha Hotel
(B,L)
Day 25 Kucha/Korla Today drive to Korla, visit Subashi of ruins, enjoy the scenery on the way. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Kangcheng Jianguo International Hotel Silver Star Hotel Golden Leaf Hotel
(B,L)
Day 26 Korla/Urumqi Drive to Urumqi, visit the Dabancheng power station. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hoi tak Hotel Urumqi Xiangjiang Lihua Hotel Jingu Hotel - Urumqi
(B,L)
Day 27 Urumqi Drive to Heavenly Lake . Back to Urumqi in the afternoon Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hoi tak Hotel Urumqi Xiangjiang Lihua Hotel Jingu Hotel - Urumqi
(B,L)
Day 28 Urumqi Today you will visi Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum After the tour, you will be tranferred to airport for your departure flight. Details... (B)
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclude

A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.

Day 1 Arrive in Lanzhou

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free for rest of the day.

Day 2 Lanzhou (B,L)

Lanzhou (B,L)

Sightseeing: Liujia Gorge, Bingling Temple         

This morning you will have the tour to Liujia Gorge. Located in Yongjing county is the Liujia Gorge on the Yellow River. Steep cliffs and towering mountains rise on either side of the river, and manifest their spectacular grandeur. It was there that a key water conservancy project was completed in 1974, for the purposes of irrigation, navigation, flood control, electric energy production, and aquatic resources utilization.

Then you will head to see Bingling Temple. Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves is located on the Small Jishi Hill, about 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) west of Yongjing County in Lanzhou City. Being one of the very noted four caves in China, it is the second to Mogao Caves in respect of artistic value.

Day 3 Lanzhou/Wuwei (B,L)

Lanzhou/Wuwei (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Han Tomb of Leitai, Confucius Temple,Haizang Temple

Today you will be driven to Wuwei(around 4 hours).

After a rest in your hotel, start the tour to Han Tomb of Leitai, which is located in the old Leitai Park of Wuwei. The tomb consists of 19.34 m long passage, 3 coffin chambers and 3 side chambers. There were 231 gold, silver, bronze, iron, jade, bone and pottery articles, and 99 bronze warriors and horses excavated from here, among which the Bronze Flying Horse is the most valuable.

Then, move on to the Confucius Temple, Confucious Temple, lies in the southeast of the city proper of Wuwei, was built in 1439, in the Ming Dynasty. It's a large-scale magnificent complex of palatial architecture. The temple has once been an institute for studying, the largest and best preserved one in Gansu.

Finally, you will visit the Haizang Temple, located 2km northwest of Wuwie city, is the largest complex of ancient buildings in Wuwei. The temple was opened as a park. The well preserved gateways, archways, pavilions and temples of Ming and Qing Dynasties are surrounded by river, lake and age-old trees, which make the park a quiet spot with its spectacular scenery.

 

Day 4 Wuwei/Zhangye (B,L)

Transfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: The Giant Buddha Temple, The Bell Tower and the Drum Tower

After breakfast, drive to Zhangye by private car (3.5 hours).

Arriv in Zhangye, visit to The Giant Buddha Temple, located in the southwest part of downtown of Zhangye, which is well known for the remains of  China's biggest indoor sculpture of Nirvana Buddha.

And then, you will see the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower, the biggest drum tower in the Hexi Corridor of the silk road district, was built in 1507 during the Ming Dynasty. In 1648 during the Qing Dynasty, it was destroyed by war. In 1668, Zhang Yong, the superintendent of Gansu, rebuilt the bell and drum tower.The tower consists of the foundation and a three-storey pavilion.

Day 5 Zhangye/Jiayuguan (B,L)

Zhangye/Jiayuguan (B,L)

Transfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Jiayuguan Pass,Wei-jin Mural Tombs,Suspension Great Wall

This morning, you will be drive from Zhangye to Jiayuguan (around 3.5 hours) .

And then visit Jiayuguan Pass, Located in the western end of Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province, Jiayuguan Pass is the main part of the western end of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. It has been the first pass of Hexi region since ancient times.

Wei-jin Mural Tombs
,Located about 15 kilometers northeast of Jiayuguan, Wei-Jin Mural Brick Tomb is a big tomb group with over 1,400 tombs built between the 3rd Century and 5th Century during the Wei and Jin dynasties. Renowned as the largest subterranean art gallery in the world, housing a great deal of colorful murals, the gallery has attracted tourists from both home and abroad since 1972 when it was excavated. Most tombs are of families, housing bodies of three or four generations, and now only Grave 6 and Grave 7 are open for tourism.

Suspension Great Wall,
was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Work began on it in 1539, and was completed in the following year. It was built using layer upon layer of stone and yellow earth. In subsequent years, the wall has dwindled from its original length of 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles) to its current 750 meters (2, 460 feet).The Overhanging Wall gets its name because there is a 231 meter long section, with an obliquity of 45 degrees, built onto a 150m high ridge. From a distance, it is said to resemble a dragon about to extend its body towards the ground.       

Day 6 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang (B,L)

Tranfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement      

Morning travel on a scenic ride to the 2,000-year-old oasis town of Dunhuang(around 5 hours). After check in the hotel, free at leisure the rest of the day.

 

Day 7 Dunhuang (B,L)

Dunhuang (B,L)

Sightseeing: Mogao Grottoes, Crescent Lake, Echoing-Sand Dune                                     

You will have tours to the Mogao Caves, the caves hold the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures. And, you will experience a short camel-riding along the Echoing-Sand Dune to the Crescent Lake, who is a nature miracle coexist with the desert for thousand of years. 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.

Riding on the back of the camel with the tingling of their bell chimes through the golden sand sea, you will feel like you had  gone back in times to the live of nomad.

Day 8 Dunhuang (B,L)

Dunhuang (B,L)

Sightseeing: Yangguan Pass, Dunhuang Museum, White horse dagoba       

Full day visit to the ancient border Yangguan pass, some 70 kilometres southwest outside Dunhuang, it was established in 121BC of the Western Han Dynasty (206BC - 24AD) to defend against the attacks of other minority nationalities and to develop the area of Xiyu - the western regions of Han Dynasty being the area west of Yumenguan Pass including what is now Xinjiang and parts of Central Asia.Yangguan Pass once was the gateway to the Xiyu area and an important pass on the Silk Road.

Drive back to the city and visit the Dunhuang Museum. It is a local museum for keeping the cultural relics that were found in Dunhuang. The Dunhuang Museum reflects the flourishing social development and cultural exchange between China and the West during the time when Dunhuang was a major center along the Silk Road. A trip to the Dunhuang Museum will provide visitors with a greater understanding of the history and culture of the Chinese people and their ancient civilization.

The last stop in Dunhuang will be White Horse Dagoba. The White Horse Dagoba is located west of Dunhuang near the old city walls. This 9 story pagoda was built in 384AD to mark the grave of a beloved white horse. The horse belonged to a monk named Kumarajiva who was traveling on the Silk Road when the horse died.

Day 9 Dunhuang/Hami (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Balikun Grassland & White Stone Scenic Spot

After breakfast, we will drive to Hami. Hami is the eastern gateway of Xinjiang. On the way proceed to Balikun Grassland & White Stone Scenic Spot. It’s located in deep Tianshan Mountain. Also visit the Hazakh Family. enjoy the beauty prairie.

Day 10 Hami/Turpan (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Jiaohe Ruins, Karez Well,

Today drive to Turpan, the distance is about 400kms, driving time need about 5-6 hours, then visit the Jiaohe Ruins, the remains of an ancient walled capital of the Uighur with its large monastery and palace. It is probably the same size as Gaochang but better preserved. UNESCO has contributed to its preservation. The dry weather has helped city preserve its cityscape. It is a life-sized model of a Tang Dynasty city.

Move on to visit Ancient Karez system (Karez Well).The entire Turpan region has for 2000 years relied upon the Karez underground irrigation system for sustenance; There is currently one karez well site open for exhibition. 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.


 

Day 11 Turpan (B,L)

Turpan (B,L)

Sightseeing: Astana Tomb,Passing by Flaming Mountain to Visit the Bezkelik Thousand Buddha Caves,Sugong Pagoda,Grape Valley

Today you will visit to The Astana Tomb, which is located in the Gobi Desert and 6km from the Gaochang Ancient City. Astana means capital in Uygur. Covering an area of 10 square kilometers, the tombs were the public cemetery of the ancient Gaochang residents, both aristocrats and commoners.

Passing by Flaming Mountain to Visit the Bezkelik Thousand Buddha Caves, Once an important Buddhist site with many caves covered with brightly painted murals, Bezeklik means "place of paintings" in Uighur. The caves were hewn into the cliffside, and large murals, Monks used to live inside the caves and the frescoes here clearly represent the life work of generations of devotees. Unfortunately, this place was damaged by the locals who converted to Islam in the 10th century and looted by the western archaeologists in the early 20th century.

Move on to visit Emin Minaret(Sugong Pagoda). The Emin Minaret also called Sugong Pagoda is located 2km east of Turpan city. The whole place is composed of the pagoda and a mosque. The Emin minaret tower was built in 1778 by the local Muslim ruler, Emin Hoja. The minaret was built in a simple Islamic style, 44 meters in height, and 10 meters in diameter at the base. Be transferred to the railway station to take overnight train to Dunhuang.

Then we will proceed to visit Grape Valley. Lying at the base of the western end of Flaming Mountains, Grape Valley is a unique world of vineyards and fruit trees. you can sit in the shades and sip the local wines to kill a brutally hot afternoon.

Day 12 Turpan/Korla (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Tiemen Pass

Today you will process to Korla. Arrieve at Korla, after a short rest in your hotel, then visit the Tiemen Pass. It is one of the 26 famous passes in China, and acquired the name 'Iron Gate' for it is solid and firm just like an iron gate. It was an important point along the route into the Tarim Basin in the ancient times.

Day 13 Korla/Tazhong (B,L)

Korla/Tazhong (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Taklimakam Desert,

Drive from Korla to Tazhong, tour the oil fields that funded the highway. This is a day you can enjoy fabulous views of the Taklamakan Desert while we driving the Desert highway crossing the heart of the taklamakan desert, you will enjoy the scenery of sand dune. The sun rise in the desert will be a scene you may never forget. With a total area of 337.6 thousand square kilometers, Taklamakan lies in the center of the Tarim Basin, it is the scond largest desert on the earth just next in area to the Sahara Desert in Africa. It is 1000km long and 400km wide.

Day 14 Tazhong/Minfeng (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: pumping station

Today you will process to Minfeng. Take a visit of a pumping station aside the road.

 

Day 15 Minfeng/Hotan (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing:White Jade River

Drive to Hotan, after arriving in Hotan, you can explore the hand-made paper and walk along the White Jade river. The river begins in the Kun Lun Mountains on the border between Tibet and Xinjiang and flows north. It joins the Black Jade River to form the Khotan River, which flows on north across the Taklamakan Desert to the Tarim River, although it often dries up completely before actually reaching the Tarim. The river supplies most of the water for the very extensive irrigation system around the Khotan oasis (some water comes from wells).

Day 16 Hotan (B,L)

Sightseeing: Hetian Museum, Melikawat Ruins

Today you will first visit the Hetian Museum. It was built in 1995, and it has an area of 3400 square meters. It boasts over 9000 pieces of cultural relics; most of which were discovered by archaeologists after 1949 and a small number were donated by the locals. The collections in the Hetian Museum provide a vivid picture of the splendid culture of ancient Hetian area in the fields of manual textile technology, art pottery, painting art and the Buddhist culture.

Forwards to visit the Melikawat Ruins. Melikawat is the ruins of an ancient and enormous Buddhist monastery located about 28 km south of central Hotan. Because the monastery was built along the Yorungkash River, most of the site has been buried in several meters of silt over more than a thousand years. Only a few eroding remnants of the tallest buildings emerge above the plain.

Day 17 Yarkand /Kashgar (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement

Today drive to Yarkand, enjoy the scenery on the road.

 

 

Day 18 Yarkand /Kashgar (B,L)

Yarkand /Kashgar  (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Id Kah Mosque, Abakh Khoja Tomb,

Today we will process to Kashgar.  Arrive in Kashgar, start the city tour to see ID Kah Mosque. It is the largest mosque in China. Every Friday, it houses nearly 10,000 worshippers and may accommodate up to 20,000.

Then we will visit the Abakh Khoja Tomb, which is also known as the Tomb of Xiang Fei (Fragrant Lady) in China. Situating 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) northeast of Kashgar City, Abakh Khoja Tomb is an ancient Islamic building, where five generations of a famous Islamic master were buried. It is also commonly known as the tomb of Xiangfei, the only Uygur concubine of Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).,

Day 19 Kashgar/Taxkorgan (B,L)

Kashgar/Taxkorgan (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Stone City

Drive to Taxkorgan, is the key road from Kashgar to Pakistan, visit Stone City, this ancient city was built several hundreds if tear ago on the road. The stone city is located the north–east of Tashkurghan, it was an ancient capital of ancient Puli Kingdom, one of the 36 in the western regions of the Han Deynasty,now in foot of the stone city living the local people, from Pamir hotel to there by walk only need round 10 minutes.

Day 20 Taxkorgan (B,L)

Today you will enjoy the city on the altiplano. Taxkorgan is important pass for the Karakoram highway. Taxkorgan which means "stone city" was the capital fo the State of Puli 2,000 years ago. It was located at the joint of the middle and the southern route of the Silk Road. Monk Xuan zang and Marco Polo had visited the city. There were paths leading from the city to Mingteke, Wahejiri and Khunjerab Pass which was the only way to South Asia and Pakistan in ancient times.

 

Day 21 Taxkorgan/Karakuli (B,L)

Taxkorgan/Karakuli	(B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Karakuli Lake

Full day round trip to the Karakuli Lake. This Lake is 3,600 meters above sea level, at the foot of the Maztagata Mountain, some 190 kilometers from Kashgar and about 1,500 kilometers from Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Karakuli means" black sea" in the local dialect, and resembles a glittering pearl embedded among the alpine peaks, reflecting the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

Day 22 Karakuli/Kashgar (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: The old twon of Kashgar

Drive back to Kashgar, an famous city on the old Silk Road, visit The old twon of Kashgar
, contains a large group of Uygur residential houses. The Old Town city is now home to 630 homes with more than 2450 people, all of whom are Muslims.

Day 23 Kashgar/Aksu (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Sunday Bazzar

Today you can see the Sunday Bazzar, There is a bazaar everyday in Kashgar, but the one on Sunday is the liveliest, as the whole community gets together. The Bazzar in Kashgar is a social and commercial highlight of the week in Western Xinjiang. In the bazaar you can find different kinds of goods: ironware, silverware, fruit, clothes, local food, livestock, etc. Traders are buying and selling one week's stock of cows, sheep, goats and horses. The process of bargaining is fantastic.

Then drive to Aksu, enjoy the landscape along the road.

Day 24 Aksu/Kucha (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Numinous Wood Garden in Wensu, Shenmu Garden

After breakfast, drive from Aksu to Kucha. On the way you will visit the Numinous Wood Garden in Wensu.It is in the south of Tomur Peak, in Wensu County. Its area is 680 mu, and it is more than 1700 meters above the sea level. It is 72 km far away from Aksu.The environments of the garden is unique, the earth, water and plants are coexist in harmony. There are old and famous trees, rare flowers and herbs, unimproved woodlands, meadow, wet land, cliff, waterfall, stream, Gobi desert and maintenance of historical relics and sites. All of these make it a tour area full of natural scenery, humanity scenery and folk customs.

You will also visit Shenmu Garden, which is located northwest 60 km of Wensu County , elevation 1,700 meters, covering more than 600 acres, also known as "Pearl of the Gobi".

After arrival in Kucha, transfer to hotel for refreshing.

Day 25 Kucha/Korla (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Subashi Ruins

Today drive to Korla. On the way, you will visit Subashi of ruins, which are located 23 kilometers (about 14 miles) northwest of Kuqa County. The Subashi Ruins occupy a relatively large area, divided by Kuqa River into eastern and western areas. The eastern area is over 530 meters (about 580 yards) long and over 140 meters (about 153 yards) wide and the western area is over 680 meters (about 744 yards) long and 170 meters (about 186 yards) wide. The extent of the ruins reflects the temple’s past brilliance.

Day 26 Korla/Urumqi (B,L)

Korla/Urumqi (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Dabancheng power station

Drive to Urumqi, visit the Dabancheng power station. The largest Wind Power Station in China as well as Asia at present, which has 111 wind-driven units of 300kw, 500kw and 600kw, with the capacity totaling 57.5mw.

Day 27 Urumqi (B,L)

Urumqi (B,L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Heavenly Lake.

This morning, you will take three hours' ride from Turpan to Urumchi. After lunch, you will head to visit the Heavenly Mountain (Tianchi); it is surrounded by green pastures and pristine conifer forests. Snowy Alp-like peaks soar to great heights and enclose the lake. Take a boat ride on Heavenly Lake and escape into a peaceful, dream-like world.  

Day 28 Urumqi/Depature (B)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement

Today you will visit Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum, as an important place of Xinjiang Region Museum, you can get a whole view of different folklore and customs about 12 ethnic minorities in the area. The building occupies a space of 11,000 square meters and is built in a modern style enhanced by local architectural features. The central dome is thirty meters high and from its height one can view the entire city of Urumqi.

After the tour, you will be tranferred to airport for your departure flight.                                          

 

Comment on our service from Brandon Michael Driggs,USA

The tour was great. Both guide and driver are very friendly and helpful. For the meals on the trip, so much food and delicious dishes. We loved the trip. Thanks for all your help.

Hi Molly,

The tour was great. Both guide and driver are very friendly and helpful. For the meals on the trip, so much food and delicious dishes.

We loved the trip. Thanks for all your help.

Best wishes,

Brandon


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Comment on our service from Serene Zhou,Philippines

I must extend our thanks to you and the Tour Guide for this trip Peter. The trip was fun and informative.

Hi Stella,

I must extend our thanks to you and the Tour Guide for this trip Peter (Hope i didn't get his name wrong) .

The trip was fun and informative. Peter is extremely caring and helpful to all the guests who participated in this group trip to Mutianyu great wall & Ming Tombs tour. He made sure nobody was left out of left behind. He is very polite and attentive to our needs.

Peter also made sure we are safe, he was concerned about the distance if the guests could find their hotel or find their way back to their hotel. I must thank Peter for insisting to drop us near our hotel where we CAN see our hotel building at least.

I hope you can let Peter know that he's an awesome guide and the Americans and the rest of us had so much fun.

Best Regards,

Serene Zhou & Ernest


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Comment on our service from Qiao Wenshu, Australia

This is a tour agency in China that provides private English tours. If I needed another private tour, would I use them again? Definitely!! I would recommend them for the service too.



This is a tour agency in China that provides private English tours. I booked a 1 person private tour with these people for 4 days trip in Harbin for the Winter festival and I think it was really worth it.

I booked a 4 day tour in Harbin with them at the last minute and the person I contacted was Molly, who did all the arrangements for me. They pulled it off at the last minute, and around Chinese new year too! I contacted them just before Chinese New year and they responded really quick (yes, China time is 3 hours behind Sydney, so my responses came after 12pm local time each day). She even told me they will be on public holiday from Chinese New Year until Monday the 11th of Feb and then on Monday the 11th of Feb, I got a message from her back with a quote from the local partners first thing, so I was able to make other arrangements quickly, like getting my plane tickets, and visa.

Molly provided me with an itinerary and a quote and I was happy with it, costed $1560 AUD including single non-shared accommodation (I chose 3 star accommodation because I am not fussy about the hotel), breakfast, private transport, pick up and drop off from airport, driver, and an English speaking guide all for myself, so I had 2 people helping me out during my time there, plus entry tickets to all the attractions, for 4 days. I saw a local Australian tour company that had a 5 day Harbin group tour for $1525 AUD with a maximum of 12 people, but it’s really a 3 day tour because that tour lets people arrive in Beijing, then everyone catches the train overnight to Harbin, and days 2-4 are spent sightseeing before catching the train back to Beijing on the 5th day, plus there was another tour company that offered private tours that quoted over $2000 AUD for a similar itinerary, so I believe it was money well spent. My itinerary included the Ice and Snow world, Snow Sculptures and skiing.

Molly gave me the name and contact details of my guide (Allison) as soon as one was allocated to me, and I contacted her on Wechat (a Chinese messenger phone app). Allison is pleasant and speaks English well. The driver helped put my luggage in the car. Allison was knowledgeable and I was impressed that she was flexible and had the sense to check with the local contacts immediately upon picking me up from the airport and getting into the car, to see if the attractions I wanted to see were still open.

Allison took photos for me, and was pretty good at it, and told me lots of relevant history and behind the scenes stories, for example, how the ice blocks are harvested from the river with people standing on the frozen river, drilling holes along the perimeter of the block as deep as it is thick, and connecting them with a saw and lifting them out with a crane; how the Dao in Laodaowai refers to the railway the Russians built when they came to Harbin, and forced the locals out of the railway/developed area, hence the name Lao “Old” Dao “Railway” Wai “outside” refers to outside the railway area.

As a local, she also helped me haggle a better price for the candied fruit sticks (Bing Tang Hu Lu) and I learnt that the Modern (Ma Die Er) Ice cream block is so named because it used to be sold from the Modern Hotel/shop and they were never individually packaged, rather, sold in tubs, so technically it’s only authentic if you buy it from the Modern shop on Central Street. (There is a shop with an oval red neon sign with 1906 on it.), and the original flavours are Original and Coffee (maybe something else, I forgot), the fruit flavours are new, so I recommend the original one. I saw reviews saying it's not that good - last time I was there in the summer I had one and didn't think it lived up to it's reputation because I ate a different branded one, so go for the authentic one at ¥10 each for the original flavour. (same price as the shop in the domestic airport in Harbin). They come on a stick, I haven't see the scoop ones.

Allison also took great care of me as a friend, and helped me walk around on slippery snow/ice and gave me some bandaids and heat packs when I got some grazes from the snow shoe walking around, and warned me not to go onto the frozen lake.

The car I used was a private car, in China, cars are allowed on road according to the numbers on the license plate, to limit the maximum number of cars on the road each day. Thankfully my itinerary was relaxed so there was some space to move around to get everything done, while still being within the permitted days for the car (if it’s outside, you can still have the car on the roads I was told, but just further from the attraction than if it was on a permitted day, which means a little more walking. I got door to door service every day!). It was clean and comfortable inside. Larger groups get coaches.

If I needed another private tour, would I use them again? Definitely!! I would recommend them for the service too. The driver was very professional and like another reviewer said, did not talk all the time, and didn't ask random personal info like local taxi drivers might. Wasn't too much 'awkward silence' either cause I talked with the guide in the back seat.

I got dropped off at the airport and Allison took me directly to the check in counter and they knew exactly which counter and flight I was taking (gave them the info before arriving, was surprised they kept it) so the driver drove me right up to the correct entry. Best service!

Best wishes,

Qiao Wenshu  


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Comment on our service from Annette Esselborn, Germany

We had a wonderful day. The tour was well organized. We would also book it again with you. The tour guide was awesome! A big praise. She patiently answered all the questions, was funny, responded to the group. That was really great.

Hello Sandy,

 

Thank you for your request. We had a wonderful day, even though we experienced exactly the snow on the Chinese wall. The tour was well organized. We would also book it again with you.

 

The Ming Tombs were interesting, but of course the Great Wall of China was the highlight for us. And despite the snow, it was an experience. Somewhat hectic was the climb from lunch (by the way very, very delicious!) But I know that this was only due to the weather that day.

 

The tour guide was awesome! A big praise. She patiently answered all the questions, was funny, responded to the group. That was really great.

If I come back in 2 years with a group, we would like to book again the same tour (maybe without snow ....) with the same tour guide.

 

Our heartfelt thanks!

Viele Grüße

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Comment on our service from Nancy Tuksaudom,USA

Each and every city was thoroughly explored with the wonderful guides and drivers that you arranged for us.  We also enjoyed every hotel that you reserved for us. We especially enjoyed each guide, their knowledge, courtesy, and personality! We had a thoroughly wonderful time in China and thank you for all the work you did to plan it for us.  Should we ever visit China again, we will contact you to assist us!

 

Hi Sandie!

Thanks for your email! We are both doing fine and have happy memories of the time we spent touring China, thanks to you! 

We are home now (since early February) and planning our next trip in Mexico for April.

  

We totally enjoyed our time in China, despite the fact that it was cooler than we had planned for/expected. Each and every city was thoroughly explored with the wonderful guides and drivers that you arranged for us.  We also enjoyed every hotel that you reserved for us, as we did the flights, as well. The only semi-negative comment was that the Guilin hotel heat situation was sub-par. 

We especially enjoyed each guide, their knowledge, courtesy, and personality! They often showed us much more than we expected and worked very hard to make all connections efficiently, etc. 

  

I did complete feedback forms for each guide in each city. I hope that they forwarded them to you. They were likely to be more thorough than what I just wrote to you. 

The bottom line, though, was that we had a thoroughly wonderful time in China and thank you for all the work you did to plan it for us.  Should we ever visit China again, we will contact you to assist us! 

If you ever visit Seattle, Washington, please let me know and I/we will show you around our beautiful city and environs. 

Thanks again!  

Nancy and Pricha (Tuksaudom)

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Comment on our service from Gracie Chan, USA

We had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU! Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

 

Hello Sandy,

Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks for being patient. Here's what we thought of the trip.

Overall, we had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU!

Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. It was great to have their help dealing with hotel checking-ins and transportation details. It was very convenient and helpful. Having to move in and out of hotels daily and trying to catch all those train on time are very stressful ~ A big "Thanks" for all their help.  

I want you to know that we consider Jackie Zhang (our guide for Zhangye & Dunhuang) to be the BEST of all the guides we encountered on this trip. She is enthusiastic, meticulous and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell that she enjoys her job tremendously!

         

My observation ~ Most "Foreign Visitors" don't always have a base knowledge of the history of the places they are visiting. A SHORT & CONCISE explanation is better than a long and winding narrative. It should not be assumed that one formula works for everyone. Some visitors are more knowledgeable than others and vice versa.

We enjoyed all the sights we visited on this trip tremendously. That said, there are some room for improvements.

The one disappointment for me was the visit to Qinghai Lake. It was too commercialized. It would have been so much better if we were able to stop by the lake area BEFORE the visitor center where it was much more pristine and unspoiled. After all, we are there to take it the natural beauty of the area after all.

Our guide and driver was most accommodating when we asked them to stop by the side of the road in order for us to photograph herds of YAK and sheep. It was the highlight of the trip for me! I am sure other visitors will feel the same way.

My suggestion ~ Maybe some sort of arrangements can be made with local farmers that owned land along the Qinghai lake for a short stop over in your future tours? This way, your visitors can have wonderful opportunities to photograph and experience the scenery and lifestyle of the local people.

My observation ~ In Turpan, the Turpan Museum would have been a BETTER choice than the visit to the Karez well system (Kan'erjing Museum). There is really nothing much to see here.  

The International Grand Bazaar was also a bit of a disappointment, it was too touristy. I think we would find it much more interesting if we have the opportunity to visit a local street market instead.

We rode a donkey cart at the Flaming Mountains. It was great fun! I think this should be included in the future and its a great way to help the local make some extra money too. You agree?

Hotels ~ We still prefer staying at International Brand hotels. We really liked the Sofitel Hotels (in Xian & Xining) and the Sheraton in Urumqi.  

We find the service and breakfast food selection available at the local brand hotels are still somewhat lacking compared to the International Brand hotels.

Food ~ We had some amazing and some mediocre food on this trip. The quality of the meal is inconsistent. I guess it depended a lot on your local tour coordinators?    

I hope our observations and honest suggestions are helpful to you. Please do not consider this is as criticism of our trip but as suggestions for improvements. We had lots of fun and we hope you'll be able to attract more visitors to your tour. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

I have attached the "corrected" photo and an extra one taken at the Flaming Mountains. You have our permission to include all three of the photos along with the following review to your website. I will write a review for TripAdvisor.com later.

Regards,

Gracie.


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