|including 9 tombs of royalties and
over 200 tombs of officials. Visit Rock Art of Helan
Mountain, which extends for 500 li (250 km). Tens
of thousands of arts curved on rock were discovered
at it¡¯s east foot.Go to visit Baisi Pass Twin-Pagoda
scenic spot. The Twin Pagodas have both the feathers
of the brick pagodas of the central paintings of
China and traditional styles of Xixia Buddhism spread
from Tibet.Drive to Zhongwei.
4 Zhongwei/Yinchuan ¨CIn Shapotou tourism
zone, you could wander in the sea of sand by riding
a camel and traveling along the yellow river by
sheep skin raft. Visit Gao temple, the cultural
crystallization of Confucian Taoism and Buddhism.
Sightsee 108 dagobas, which is a tremendous group
of towers on a steep cliff of Qingtongxia reservoir.
Drive to Yinchuan and stay at a 4-star hotel.Take
an afternoon flight to Urumqi and transfer to
a good 4 star hotel.
Day 5 Urumuqi (Tianchi Lake
Excursion) - After breakfast, enjoy an excursion
to Tianchi Lake, nestled in the Tianshan Mountain
range. Return to Urumqi after lunch and take a
city tour, which gives you a glimpse of the major
sights of this northwestern city. Populated by
Han people and thirteen ethnic minorities, Urumqi
is quite different from the usual Chinese street
scene. Here you can see nomadic Khazakhs, a Middle
Eastern bazaar, a jade-carving center and more.
Day 6 Urumuqi/Kashgar - Today's
full day excursion takes you to the pasture by
the Southern Mountains where you will visit local
herds. Take an evening flight to Kashgar, a center
for trade between China and the outside world
for 2000 years. Upon arrival check in for a good
4 star hotel.
Day 7 Kashgar/Urumqi - After
breakfast, head directly to the Great Bazaar,
alive with storybook scenes: thousands of merchants
haggling for camels, carpets and other native
goods; imams on donkeys and veiled women in their
black robes. After wandering the Great Bazaar,
you will visit Id Kah Emin mosque, one of the
largest in China, and the Tomb of the Fragrant
Lady before flying back to Urumqi in the evening.
Day 8 Urumqi/Turpan - This morning
travel overland about 3 hours to Turpan, where
you will check in for a 4 star hotel. Sightseeing
features Gaochang, the ancient walled capital
of the Uighurs which flourished between the 7th
and 14th centuries, and the ruins of Jiaohe City,
where large fragments of actual streets and buildings
remain.You'll also visit Grape Valley, in lush
contrast to the desert surrounding it, and the
amazing 2,000 year old Karez Irrigation Tunnels,
which brought water from melting snow on the mountains
to this parched city. Attend a music and dance
performance in the evening.
Day 9 Turpan/Jiayuguan - A morning
tour includes the Flaming Mountains, named for
their vibrant color, Suliman's Minaret and a local
village before boarding an overnight train to
Day 10 Jiayuguan - Arrive Jiayuguan
and visit the old fortress standing at the westernmost
point of the Great Wall. Climb up this historic
\"Last Guard House\" which guards the
pass between two mountain ranges. This famous
pass has been the subject of poems and ballads
for centuries. Overnight in Jiayuguan. Stay at
a 4 star hotel.
Day 11 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang -
After breakfast transfer overland 4 hours to Dunhuang,driving
through the Gobi Desert and grasslands on route.
You'll see the beautiful landscape along the Silk
Road. Overnight in Dunhuang ( 4 star hotel )
Day 12 - Excursion to the Mogao
Grottoes, the world's richest treasure trove of
Buddhist manuscripts and art.Begun in 386AD and
added to over the next 9 centuries, the grottoes
total over 45,000 square meters and boast over
2,000 murals and sculptures. Continue to the Singing
Sand Dunes and enjoy a camel ride into the dunes.
Day 13 Dunhuang/Xian - Take
a morning flight to Xi'an, where you will be transferred
to a good 4 star hotel. Visit the ancient city
walls,( 500 years old ) the Bell Tower ( which
was used as a clock ) and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
( a Buddhist Temple as well )
Day 14 Xian - Today's highlight
is a visit to the Terracotta Museum, home to more
than 6,000 life-size terra-cotta warriors and
horses excavated from the tomb of the first emperor
of the Qin Dynasty. After lunch,visit the Neolithic
Village of Banpo which is 6000 years old contains
relics from the earliest known inhabitants of
China. In the evening, attend Tang Dynasty dinner
Day 15 Xian/Beijing - In the
morning visit the Grand Mosque and the Muslim
quarter. Take an afternoon flight to Beijing,
then transfer to a good 4 star hotel.
Day 16 Beijing - Sightseeing
in Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, after
lunch, visit the Summer Palace.Beijing Duck dinner.
Day 17 Beijing - Visit the Temple
of Heaven, then transfer to airport to see you