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CCTNX Express Silk Road Tour (Westbound Itinerary)Tour code: CCTNX-08 )
Ancient Silk Road Tour(15days/16nights)
Tour Code: CCTNX-08
Cites Visited:Beijing/Yinchuan/Zhongwei/Xian/ Dunhuang/ Urumqi / Turpan/Beijing
Program Detail

The long and winding Silk Road in northwest China has a history of more than two thousand years. The opening of the Silk Road has contributed greatly to the exchange and development of ethical and material civilization between the East and West.

The wild and desolate Gobi desert, grasslands, snowy mountains and the ruins of ancient cities on the Silk Road remind visitors of mysterious legends that are closely associated with them, evidence of the rise and fall of successive dynasties.

You can't help heaving a sigh with emotion when you stand on the ruins of an ancient city which used to be so bustling and prosperous and is now reduced to yellow

mounds. When you are warmly entertained by local resident, and watch their unique art performances or stroll through their bazaars, you will find their life style and customs simple and yet colorful, strange and yet intimate.

Day01 Arrival in Beijing, the capital of modern China. Our guide and driver meet you and transfer to local tourism restaurant for dinner . Overnight in Qianmen Hotel

morning flight to Yinchuan. After lunch, visit Hai Bao Pagoda, popular called ¡°Northern Pagoda¡±, is one of the16 famous Pogodas in China. And then, in the yard, visit the Ningxia Museum, which exhibits culture relics of Westen Xia kingdom and Helan mountain rock art, etc. Sightsee Chengtian Monastery pagoda, which has a history of more than 930 years and is the principal Pagoda in Western Xia kingdom.

Day03 Sightsee the Western-Xia Kingdom Mausoleum, a royal tomb group of the Western Xia Kingdom, including 9 tombs of royalties and over 200 sacrificial tombs. Visit Rock Art of Helan Mountain, which extends for 500 li (250 km). Tens of thousands of arts curved on rock were discovered at its 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.

Day04 Drive to Zhongwei. Sightsee 108 dagobas, which is a tremendous group of towers on a steep cliff of Qingtongxia reservoir. In 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.

Day05 Visit Ming great wall in the way back from Zhongwei to Yinchuan. Flight to Xian - served as the capital for 11 dynasties. Here you can see some of China¡¯s most outstanding archeological discoveries. Afternoon visit the mosque, the Bell Tower, and Wild Goose Pagoda. Evening, special dinner show at Tang Dynasty Theater. Overnight at Jianguo Hotel.

Day06 morning visits to famous the tombs of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and magnificent Terra Cotta warriors. Afternoon flight to Dunhuang, once the most important trade hub between inland China and central Asia in Han and Tang Dynasties. It is in the westernmost part of Gansu province. Upon arrival , visit night bazaar, sand dunes and camel ride to the Crescent Moon Lake . Overnight at Dunhuang Hotel

Day07 full day visit to the Mogao Grottes, the best preserved example of Buddhist caves art in China. After dinner take flight to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region ¨C the largest province in China. Overnight at Hotel World Plaza

Day08 drive to Turpan ¨C famous with his ¡° four most ¡° in China ( the lowest place , the driest , hottest and the sweetest ) . Afternoon, visit the ruins of Ancient City of Jiaohe , local museum and Karez Well - an underground irrigation system in Turpan ) . In the eveningenjoying Uygur dance performance. Overnight at Turpan Oasis Hotel.

Day09 Visit the ruins of Gaochang ancient city , Bezkelik Thousand Buddha Caves , Astana Ancient Tombs , Grape Valley and Emin Minaret . After lunch drive back to Urumqi . Overnight in Hotel World Plaza.

Day10 Morning drive to the Heavenly Lake ¨C a project of Man & Biology by UNESCO, enjoying a boat trip on the lake and a visit to a Kazak yurt. Evening flight to Kashgar , a giant oasis and key city on the Silk Road. Overnight at Seman Hotel

Day11 Visit Id - kah Mosque - the largest mosque in the northwest of China. Abahoja Tombs - a family grave yard for centuries. Overnight in Seman Hotel

Day12 full day excursion to Sunday bazaar ¨C one of most colorful markets in China with thousands of people buying and selling their fascinating Wares. After dinner fly back to Urumqi . Overnight in Hotel World Plaza

Day13 morning flight to Beijing. An unusual experience awaits you to visit the old Hutong residential neighborhood and Forbidden City. Overnight in Qianmen Hotel

Day14 excursion to the Great Wall (Mutianyu) and Ming Tombs. dinner enjoying the famous Beijing Roasted Duck in Quanjude Restaurant . Overnight in Qianmen Hotel

Day15 morning transfer to Beijing Airport for your homeward flight.

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