Deluxe Hotels

DUNHUANG HOTEL

The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel is founded in 1995. Situated against the backdrop of the picturesque Mingsha Sand Dunes.


LEGEND HOTEL

Situated in the heart of Lanzhou City-the capital of Gansu and a communication pivot point for northwestern China, The Lanzhou Legend Hotel is the first international 4-Star hotel in the Gansu Province.


Qinghai Hotel

The Qinghai Hotel is located by the Huangshui River in the center of Xining city, the capital of Qinghai province. It is the 5-star tourism hotel and the most modern building in the province.

Meals

Mohammedan Banquet

Roast Lamb

Shish Kebab

Beef Noodles

Deluxe Courses
 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Kashgar: Afaq Khoja Mausoleum, Grand Bazaar, Id Kah Mosque, Lake Karakul
Urumqi: Heavenly Lake (Tianchi), Provincial Museum
Turpan: Karez Wells, Ancient City Ruins of Gaochang, Flaming Mountain
Dunhuang: Mogao Grottoes, Yangguan Pass, Humming Sandy Mountain, Crescent Moon Springs, Dunhuang Museum
Jiayuguan: Jiayuguan Pass (western end of the Great Wall)
Lanzhou: Provincial Museum, Yellow River Bridge
Xining: Kumbum Monastery, Qinghai Lake, Provincial Museum

 

Meals:

34 Meals: 12 Breakfasts (B)
                     11 Lunches (L)
                     11 Dinners (D)

 

SPECIAL CUISINES:

Kashgar: Local cuisine
Urumqi: Mohammedan Banquet
Turpan: Roast Lamb
Dunhuang: Local cuisine
Lanzhou: Shish Kabob and Beef Noodles, Local Specialties
Xining: Qinghai Hotpot

 

Hotels:

Kashgar: Luxemon Qinibagh Hotel
Urumqi: Hongfu Hotel
Dunhuang: The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
Jiayuguan: Holiday Plaza Hotel
Lanzhou: Legend Hotel
Xining: Qinghai Hotel

 

* China Vacation reserves the right to use other same level hotels if necessary. Please refer to Information and Booking Conditions for further details.

 

 

* Land only prices include China domestic air ticket, tax, and fuel charge.

* Children under 11 years of age can share a room with two adults but will not be provided with an extra bed. Their prices are 75% of the adult price.

 

Silk Road Sojourn【SK13E】

Kashgar, Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Lanzhou, Xining

 

Day 1: Kashgar

If you are flying to Kashgar by yourself, please meet the group at the Kashgar airport.
Today you fly west across the country to Kashgar, capital of the South Xinjiang Province. Known as the “Pearl of the Pashmir,” Kashgar was once the meeting point of the Northern and Southern silk routes and the gateway to the West.

Day 2: Kashgar

Drive along the Karakorum Highway, which links China and Pakistan, to visit LAKE KARAKUL, famous for its jade green to blue waters that clearly reflect the surrounding snow capped mountains. At 3600 meters, it is the highest lake on the Pamir plateau. Take a stroll along the banks and see local Kirgiz settlements and yaks grazing around the lake.(B/L/D)

Day 3: Kashgar Urumqi

Explore the bustling GRAND BAZAAR, one of China’s most famous weekend markets. Taking place only on Sunday in Kashgar, local merchants sell everything from home appliances to fabric to spices. Then travel to the AFAQ KHOJA MAUSOLEUM, one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in China. Also known as Xiangfei’s Tomb, this is also the burial place of the “Fragrant Concubine,” whose body naturally produced a sweet scent. Then visit the ID KAH MOSQUE, the largest mosque in the Xinjiang province. Believed to be founded in 1738, the structure is built in the Central Asian style, making it appear different from the mosques found in Turkey and the Middle East. Then, fly to Urumqi. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Urumqi Turpan Urumqi

Drive to TURPAN in the morning. This oasis town is famous for its grapes and melons, as well as being the lowest point in China. Sample a bunch of grapes as you visit the KAREZ WELLS, an ancient underground well system that brings the town water from Mt. Tianshan. The canals channel water to the surface, is the main reason why Turpan became a major stopping point on the Silk Road. Then, visit the ancient ruins of GAOCHANG. Built as a garrison town in the 1st century AD, it became the capital of the Western Han empire by the 4th century AD, but was abandoned during the early Ming dynasty. Ride a donkey cart through the ruins and imagine what life must have been like 700 years ago. Afterwards, visit the FLAMING MOUNTAINS, made famous in the Chinese novel Journey to the West. In the novel, the mountains are said to be on fire, and at certain times during the day, the sun and shadows turn the rocks into a fiery red. Dinner is a Turpan specialty, roast lamb. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Urumqi

Visit the waters of TIANCHI, or the “Heavenly Lake.” Lying at an altitude of 6500 ft, the lake is surrounded by dense pine forests and snow capped mountains. Take a boat ride around the lake to see some local nomadic Kazakhs herding their sheep. Return to Urumqi to learn about Islam in China at the XINJIANG PROVINCIAL MUSEUM. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Urumqi Dunhuang

Fly to Dunhuang, the last oasis town before the Silk Road split into the northern and southern routes. Explore the ruins of YANGGUAN. One of the major western passes on the Silk Road, Yangguan was rebuilt after it was abandoned over 1000 years ago. Return to Dunhuang proper and hear the sand dunes sing at HUMMING SANDY MOUNTAIN. Then, relax at the desert oasis the CRESCENT MOON SPRINGS, a small freshwater lake that has been a vital source of water here for thousands of years. Or, take an optional camel ride or sled down the sand dunes. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Dunhuang

Visit the MOGAO GROTTOES. Designated an UNESCO World Heritage site, these are China’s oldest Buddhist grottoes. Housed in the 492 cave temples are over 2000 sculptures and 45,000 square meters of frescos. The statues and are painted and carved directly into the cave walls - the dry climate and the relative isolated location of these caves have preserved the works since the 4th century CE. Later, you will continue your visit to the DUNHUANG MUSEUM. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Dunhuang Jiayuguan

Drive to Jiayuguan City, home of the largest steel company in the Gansu Province. (B/L/D)

Day 9: Jiayuguan Lanzhou

Drive to JIAYU PASS to see the western end of the Great Wall of China. This is the most intact ancient military building along the entire Great Wall and was the only military and trade link between China and Central Asia. Board an overnight train for Lanzhou in the evening. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Lanzhou

The capital of the Gansu Province, Lanzhou is also known as the “City of Fruits.” Visit PROVINCIAL MUSEUM to learn the local history and culture. Then visit the YELLOW RIVER BRIDGE, known to give good luck to all who travel through Lanzhou. Enjoy shish kabob and beef noodle soup for dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 11: Lanzhou Xining

Take coach to Xining to visit the KUMBUM MONASTERY, one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in China. The founder of the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism was born here. (B/L/D)

Day 12: Xining

Drive to QINGHAI LAKE, the largest salt water lake in China. Many birds use the lake as a stop during migration. It is also considered a holy lake in Tibetan Buddhism; you can find many worshippers praying along the banks. Later, visit the “Sun Moon Mount,” a memorial dedicated to the Tang Dynasty Princess Wencheng, who is credited as one of the people who brought Buddhism to this region. Upon returning to Xining, visit the PROVINCIAL MUSEUM. Tonight’s dinner is a taste of Qinghai hot pot. (B/L/D)

Day 13: Xining Home

Fly home or on to your next destination. (B)

* Some destinations on this program are located at and altitude of 5,000 ft or higher, visitors with high blood pressure, respiratory, or heart problems are advised to consult their doctors before applying. Customers are expected to understand the risks that are involved, and it would be best for them to reconsider their travel plans.

* You have the option of purchasing international round trip air tickets via Grand American Travels. For more details, please inquire with our travel agents.