9-Day Xian, Urumqi,Turpan, Dunhuang TourThis four-star China discovery tour helps you to explore the forgotten towns, desert oases and mysterious Buddhist caves, all of which are parts of China silk road tour .
|Tour Dates||Destinations||Services Provided||Meals Included|
|Day 1||Arrive in Xian. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the local guide and transferred to four-star hotel.||Airport Transfer (Xian)||/|
|Day 2||Xian||Terra-cotta soldiers, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall.||B,L|
|Day 3||Xian,Urumqi||Transfer to the airport for your flight to Urumqi||B,D|
|Day 4||Urumqi||Heavenly Lake,Regional Museum , Erdaoqiao Bazaar.||B,L|
|Day 5||Urumqi,Turpan||Emin Minaret, Karez Well||B,L|
|Day 6||Turpan,Dunhuang||ruined city of Gaochang , the underground tombs of Astana, Flaming Mountains, and Bezeklik Caves||B,L|
|Day 7||Dunhuang||Minsha Hill and Crescent Moon Lake.||B,L|
|Day 8||Dunhuang,Xian||Mogao Caves||B,D|
|Day 9||Flight to Xian to Dapature City||Transfer to the airport for you flight to the next destination.||B|
Place & Transport: Arrive in Xian. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the local guide and transferred to four-star hotel.
Today's Activities:Airport Transfer (Xian)
Place & Transport:Xian
Today's Activities:Terra-cotta soldiers, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall
Meals:Breakfast, Chinese Lunch
Terracotta Warriors and Horses: The museum has three pits of terracotta warriors and horses, forming a huge legion. Altogether over 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from these pits.
Xian City Wall:The first landmark visitors will encounter in Xian is the ancient City Wall, which stretches round the old city. It is also one of the most famous attractions in Xian. Today, this wall represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda: The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, or Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and originally had five stories。Now this well-preserved holy place for Buddhist has been the symbol of Xian
Place & Transport:Xian,Urumqi
Today's Activities:Transfer to the airport for your flight to Urumqi
Place & Transport: Urumqi
Today's Activities:Heavenly Lake,Regional Museum , Erdaoqiao Bazaar.
Meals:Breakfast, Chinese Lunch
Regional Museum Situated in Xibei Lu, in Urumqi City, the Xinjiang Regional Museum is a large integrated museum and centre for the collection and study of cultural relics discovered in the region.
Erdaoqiao Bazaar :Erdaoqiao is situated at the Erdaoqiao Block of South Jiefang Road in Urumqi, where you'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and many antique items. The market has special space for grand ethnic songs and dances performances, and the folk street is furnished with a miniature landscape of Xinjiang's attractions.
Heavenly Lake: Heaven's Lake, located in the Heavenly Mountain range (Tianshan), 115 km northeast of Urumqi, is possibly one of the most beautiful sights in China. The large clear water lake covered with a backdrop of tall pines littered over rolling hillside and snowcapped mountains is like an image from a painting .
Place & Transport:Urumqi,Turpan
Today's Activities:Emin Minaret, Karez Well .
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch
Emin Minaret: Emin Minaret ,also known as Sugong Tower, is the largest extant ancient Islamic tower in Xinjiang. Standing 2 km (1.24 miles) east of Turpan, Emin Minaret was built in 1777 in honor of a heroic Turpan general named Emin Khoja. This 44-meter (144 feet) high minaret tapers to an Islamic dome without stories inside.
Karez Wells: Karez Well is reputed as one of the three major construction projects in ancient China, together with the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. The history of this unique underground irrigation system can be traced back over more than 2,000 years: The combined lengths of the underground Karez channels in Xinjiang amounts to 5,000 meters.
Place & Transport:Turpan,Dunhuang
Today's Activities: ruined city of Gaochang , the underground tombs of Astana, Flaming Mountains and Bezeklik Caves
Astana Tombs : A stana was the public cemetery of the ancient Gaochang residents, both aristocrats and commoners. However, among 456 excavated tombs in Astana Tomb, no King of Gaochang has been found. The dead in Astana Tomb were placed on an earthen or wooden bed in the back of the chamber; they had wood in both hands and wore cotton, linen or silk clothes.
ruined city of Gaochang: Gaochang Ancient City located at the east of Turpan, the city-state that ruled the area from the 9th century to the 13th. The city was actually founded a few hundred years earlier than that, and gradually became known as a trading post on the Silk Road.
Astana Tombs : Astana was the public cemetery of the ancient Gaochang residents, both aristocrats and commoners. However, among 456 excavated tombs in Astana Tomb, no King of Gaochang has been found. The dead in Astana Tomb were placed on an earthen or wooden bed in the back of the chamber; they had wood in both hands and wore cotton, linen or silk clothes.
Pass through the Flaming Mountain :Flaming Mountains are so named because in the evenings the red clay mountains reflect the heat and glow of the desert and seem to burn. Under the blazing sun, the red rock glows and hot air curls up like smoke as though it were on fire, hence its name.
Bezeklik Caves:also known as the Bizaklik Thousand-Buddha Caves, is located in a gorgeous valley of the Flaming Mountains. More than 100 caves were hewn out of this cliff face between the 6th and 9th centuries by Buddhist monks who farmed the valley below. They were abandoned at about the same time as Gaochang Ancient City and Jiaohe Ancient City after the Muslim take over of the region in the late 14th century.
Place & Transport:Dunhuang
Today's Activities:Minsha Hill and Crescent Moon Lake.
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch
Minsha Hill: On days when a strong wind blows, the fast shifting sand roars; but when the wind is little more than a light breeze, the sand produces gentle, dulcet sounds akin to music.
Crescent Moon Lake:Crescent Spring (Yueya Quan) is in the Singing Sand Mountains (Mingsha Shan), 6 km (4 mi) south of Dunhuang. It is an oasis in the desert. The spring's name derives from the crescent-shaped lake formed by the spring water between two huge sand dunes. Although the area is very dry, the pool doesn't dry up as one might expect.
Place & Transport:Dunhuang,Xian
Today's Activities:Mogao Caves
Mogao caves:Mogao Grottoes are located precipice at on the east foot of the Mingsha Hill. First dug in 366 A.D., Mogao Grottoes is one of three noted grottoes in China for its fabulous frescos and statues. Today, the total number of Mogao Grottoes is 492 in which there are over 2,800 sculptures and 45,000 square meters of murals.Day 9
Place & Transport: Flight to Xian to depart from the city
Today's Activities:Transfer to the airport for your flight to the next destination.
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