12-Day China Silk Road Family Tour

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Departs: 22/08/2018
  • Arrives: 02/09/2018
  • Destinations: Xi’an; Lanzhou; Xiahe; Dunhuang; Turpan; Kashgar; Karakoram Highway; Tashgkorgan

  • Number of Pax: 4 PAX (Family)

  • Clients from: Canadian

Day 1
2018-08-22 (Wednesday)
Arrive in Xi’an and sightseeing
Hotel:Hilton Hotel (5*)
Meals:No Meals
Activities: pick up you from Xi’an airport and visit famous Terra-cotta warriors
Our driver and guide will pick up you from Xian airport and start a wonderful one day tour by visiting Terra-cotta warriors which is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. This site is about an hour drive from Xi’an city and after the tour have free time on your own
Day 2
2018-08-23 (Thursday)
Xi’an to Xiahe
Hotel:Jiusheng International Hotel (local best new hotel based on 4-star)
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: Take morning flight to Xiahe and visit Baojiao Ancient city and Sangke Grassland
Our driver will drop off you at Xi’an airport for your flight to Xiahe. Flight number is 3U8599; Time: 07:40/09:05;
Once you arrive at Xiahe airport , our guide and driver will pick up you from Xiahe airport and transfer to your hotel.
after short rest at the hotel, drive to Bajiao City (Eight-angle City) which is located at the junction of Yangqu River and Yangla River, 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Labrang Town. Nowadays, because of contrived damage and weathering, the city has suffered a great destroy. But if you have an interest in historical ruins, you can still find more surprise during your visit.
Later drive to Sangke Grassland which lies about 15 km (9 miles) to the southwest of Xiahe County. It enjoys a good reputation in the northwest Tibetan region for its excellent pasture and significant Buddhist ceremonies.
Day 3
2018-08-24 (Friday)
Xiahe Tours
Hotel:Jiusheng International Hotel (local best new hotel based on 4-star)
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: visit Labrang Monastery for whole morning and Sangke Grassland in the afternoon
After breakfast visit Labrang Monastery which is the largest, most influential and major monastery of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The architectural layout follows true Tibetan style, while construction patterns are mixed with Chinese styles.
In the afternoon, drive to Sangke Grassland which lies about 15 km (9 miles) to the southwest of Xiahe County. It enjoys a good reputation in the northwest Tibetan region for its excellent pasture and significant Buddhist ceremonies.
Day 4
2018-08-25 (Saturday)
Xiahe to Lanzhou, take flight to Dunhuang
Hotel:Grand Soluxe Hotel Dunhuang Building A (5-star)
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: After breakfast drive to Lanzhou for your flight to Dunhuang. Visit BIngling Temple on the way
Our guide will meet you at the hotel and drive to Lanzhou, on the way visiting Bingling Grottos which filled with Buddhist sculptures carved into natural cavesand caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River.
So we have to take a boat from Liujiaxia town to Bingling temple which takes about 1 hour to get there through Liujiaxia Reservoir and we spend about 2 hours to explore the sculptures, carvings and frescoes which are
outstanding examples of Buddhist artwork.
Drive to Lanzhou airport directly and take flight to Dunhuang. Flight #: MU9677;
19:30 /23:00. Our driver from Dunhuang pick up you from Dunhuang airport and transfer
to your hotel.
Day 5
2018-08-26 (Sunday)
Dunhuang For Whole Day
Hotel:Grand Soluxe Hotel Dunhuang Building A (5-star)
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: Visit Mogao Grottoes, Museum and Shazhou night market
Our local guide and driver will pick up you from your hotel at appointed time and go for sight-seeing.
Spend the whole morning at Mogao Grottoes which were constructed over a millennium from the 4th to 14th centuries. The caves are also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves with two distinctions of being one of the most notable grottoes in China as well as the best-preserved treasure house of Buddhist art, sutras, murals and sculptures in the world.
After lunch visit Dunhuang Museum which exhibits relics excavated from the local area, such as papers, coins, a model of the Great Wall as it appeared during the Han Dynasty.
In the evening walking around Shazhou night market
Day 6
2018-08-27 (Monday)
Dunhuang to Turpan
Hotel:Silk Road Lodges
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: After breakfast relax; later transfer to train station
After breakfast relax; later our driver will transfer you to Liuyuan train station for you fast speed train to Turpan. It is about 2:00 hours drive to Train station from your hotel. Train #: D2701; 14:20/17:55;
Our driver from Turpan pick up you from Turpan north railway station and transfer to your hotel. It is about 20 minutes driving to your hotel from station.
Day 7
2018-08-28 (Tuesday)
Turpan for whole day
Hotel:Silk Road Lodges
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: Visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigations system and Emin Minaret
After breakfast,we start our tour in Turpan with a visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city which is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China. The ruins of the buildings are divided into temples, civilian dwellings and government offices. Workshops and residential houses in the streets are still visible and time there is time spent in a world long disappeared.
After an hour of walking around the city area, we’ll push on to see the world famous Karez irrigation system, unique to this part of the world. The system is considered as one of the three great projects in China with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal.
Then visit the Emin Suliman minaret which is a magnificent combination of ancient Uighur and Islamic architecture. It is the tallest ancient pagoda in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient pagoda in the country. Locals call it “pure tower.”
Day 8
2018-08-29 (Wednesday)
Turpan Tours And Drive To Urumqi Airport For Flight To Kashgar
Hotel:Qinibagh Royal Hotel (5*)
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: Visit Toyuq village and Drive to Urumqi airport and take evening flight to Kashgar
After breakfast drive to Toyup village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and have lunch with a local family at their home. This could be the highlight of your tour today.
After lunch we drive to Urumqi airport for your flight to Kashgar.
Day 9
2018-08-30 (Thursday)
Explore Kashgar City
Hotel:Qinibagh Royal Hotel (5*)
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: Visit Grand mosque, Apak Hoja tomb (which is also called Fragrant Concubine Tomb), Old city walking tours and dinner at a local Uighur family countryside of Kashgar.
Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. Spend some time by the Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb).
We’ll spend time in the Kashgar Old Town and have some walking tours through some ancient historical parts; Stop at a century-old tea house for a short break and taste local medicinal teas such as such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and other ingredients.
Finally conclude our city tour with a dinner at a local family in countryside which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life, culture and traditions of local Uighurs.
Day 10
2018-08-31 (Friday)
Day Trip to Karakul Lake
Hotel:Qinibagh Royal Hotel (5*)
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: Drive along the KKH, Stop at Opal Village, Oytagh Kunlunshan Colorful mountain range, Gaz Valley and check point, Bulungkol Valley (white sand mountain), Karakul lake and local Kyrgyz family visit.
We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world) visit Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level). The lake sits at the foot of the notorious, Muztagh Ata (7546m) and Gongur (7719m) mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountains and is one the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world. Return by late afternoon to Kashgar.
Day 11
2018-09-01 (Saturday)
Day Trip To Shipton’s Arch
Hotel:Qinibagh Royal Hotel (5*)
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: Driving and hiking up to the Arch.
Shipton’s Arch is the world’s highest natural arch. This imposing, entirely natural structure, rises an amazing 500m/1500ft.
Some walking and climbing is required, this trip is suitable for all ages.
It is about 1.5 hour driving from Kashgar city and about  another 1:20 hours hiking up to the base of the Arch.
Day 12
2018-09-02 (Sunday)
Kashgar To Your Next Destination After Sunday Market
Hotel:Not included
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: Visit Livestock market and Main Sunday bazaar. Then see you off at Kashgar airport
After breakfast at the hotel visit Livestock market and Main sunday market.
Livestock market: This market happens on every Sunday is sure to be the most interesting highlight of your tour today. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people; study traditional local market culture; test-drive a donkey or horse or even make its shoes. Like opening a window, today is a real glimpse into a time lost in the annals of the Silk Road’s past and an opportunity not to be missed.
Sunday Bazaar: It is said “you can find everything except chicken milk at this bazaar” as this bazaar is one of the largest in Central Asia. “From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals. Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best to chance to practice your bargaining skills.”
After lunch drive you to Kashgar airprot for your departure flight

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