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Trace of Ancient Silk Road

12-Day Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumuqi

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Trace of Ancient Silk Road

From the ancient capital Xi'an, the starting point of Silk Road, travel along Hexi Corridor to experience the prosperity of the ancient trade routes. You will admire the magnificent landscapes of grasslands, Rainbow Mountain, Gobi, desert together with Buddhism Grottoes, Caves and time-honored civilizations in West China.

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Tour Highlights
  • Be amazed at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
  • Learn about the booming dynasties when the famous trade routes formed in Shaanxi History Museum.
  • Admire the vast grasslands and the stunning Rainbow Mountains.
  • Visit old grand Jiayuguan City Gates and Towers plus a visit to the Overhanging Great Wall.
  • Appreciate the mind-boggling Buddhism Grottoes and ancient temples.
  • Enjoy a camel ride on the Singing Sand Dune and take in the beautiful Crescent Spring.
  • Marvel at the relics of the earth-built cities of Gaochang and Jiaohe in Turpan.

Trace of Ancient Silk Road

12-Day Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumuqi

Code:SR02
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$2899
Tour Highlights
  • Be amazed at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
  • Learn about the booming dynasties when the famous trade routes formed in Shaanxi History Museum.
  • Admire the vast grasslands and the stunning Rainbow Mountains.
  • Visit old grand Jiayuguan City Gates and Towers plus a visit to the Overhanging Great Wall.
  • Appreciate the mind-boggling Buddhism Grottoes and ancient temples.
  • Enjoy a camel ride on the Singing Sand Dune and take in the beautiful Crescent Spring.
  • Marvel at the relics of the earth-built cities of Gaochang and Jiaohe in Turpan.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Xi'an
Airport pickup and hotel transfer. Explore the local neighborhood after a short rest.
Luxury: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel Superior: Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

Welcome to China! Upon your arrival, your friendly tour guide will hold your name-sign and greet you at the arrival hall, then transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day free for your own exploration.

Day 2
Xi'an
Explore the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum as well as City Wall. Delve into the bustling Muslim Quarter and visit the unique Great Mosque.
Breakfast

Today, your discovery starts with the eighth world wonder the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Get ready to be amazed by the life-sized underground army buried underneath for over 2,000 years, each owning distinctive facial expression, hair style, figure as well as uniform, protecting the emperor in his afterlife.

Then drive back to the city to visit the largest and best-preserved City Wall with a moat outside still running around. Stroll along the top of the wall and enjoy an overview of the old capital.

Afterwards, drive to the famous local Muslim Quarter and the ancient Great Mosque built in traditional Chinese style and enjoy some free time in the famous bazaar.

Day 3
Xi'an-Lanzhou by High Speed Train
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi History Museum. Then take a high-speed train to Lanzhou.
Breakfast
Luxury: Wanda Vista Lanzhou Superior: Sapphire Hotel

After breakfast, drive to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda built for storage of Buddhism scriptures taken back by the great monk Xuanzang when he travelled to India on foot during the early 7th century.

Then delve into the Shaanxi History Museum where demonstrates the rich history of the ancient capital Xi'an and Shaanxi Province proved by its magnificent collection of over 37, 000 relics including a lot of national treasures.

Afterwards, take the high-speed train to Lanzhou. Upon arrival, your local guide will pick you up and transfer back to your hotel. 

Day 4
Lanzhou – Xiahe by Private Transfer
Visit Binglingsi Grottoes and get transferred to Xiahe.
Breakfast
Luxury: Tianzhu International Hotel Superior: Jiusheng International Hotel

This morning, you will visit the Binglingsi Grottoes with over 1,600 years history. The temple houses 212 caves, 694 stone statues, 82 mud statues of Sakyamuni, Mercy Buddha, Maitreya, etc. carved by sculptors and craftsmen on ropes along the cliffs over 60 meters high. Upon arrival, a boat ride will take you to the caves to admire the exquisite artworks among which No. 25, 169 and 172 are the most renown three caves.

Afterwards, hop on your private car and get transferred to Xiahe. Enjoy the rest of the day free to explore the local life in this small county on your own.

Day 5
Xiahe – Lanzhou by Private Transfer
Discover Labrang Monastery and take in beautiful Sangke Grassland. Visit a local Tibetan family and then drive back to Lanzhou.
Breakfast
Luxury: Wanda Vista Lanzhou Superior: Sapphire Hotel

Today's exploration starts from the Labrang Monastery, one of the six largest Gelug Sect Tibetan Buddhism temples and meanwhile the best-preserved Tibetan Buddhism learning system with 6 institutes of learning. Appreciate the large collections of Tibetan treasures and Buddhism artworks of sutras, stupas, statues, etc.

Afterwards, you will be driven to the magnificent Sangke Grassland and get immersed in the stunning and peaceful scene of horses and sheep eating grass quietly. Then you will visit a local Tibetan family to learn about the Tibetan culture. At last, you will be transferred back to Lanzhou.

Day 6
Lanzhou – Zhangye by Highspeed Train
Catch the highspeed train to Zhangye and visit the incredible Rainbow Mountains.
Breakfast
Luxury: Zhangye Hotel Superior: Jinyang International Hotel

In the morning, your guide and driver will transfer you to the railway station to catch the highspeed train to Zhangye.

After 3 hours' ride, you will arrive in Zhangye and you will be transferred to the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park to see the staggering Rainbow Mountains. A shuttle bus will show you around inside the park to take in the amazing colorful mountains from one viewing deck to another.

Then you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 7
Zhangye – Jiayuguan by Private Transfer
Pay a visit to Mati Temple and Giant Buddha Temple. Then drive to Jiayuguan.
Breakfast
Luxury: Plaza Holiday Inn Superior: Jiayuguan Hotel

Today you will first head to the Mati Temple that was named after the footprints of a heavenly horse, which are now stored in the Horse Footprints Hall. Mati Temple is another important temple housing hundreds of caves, Buddha statues carved out of the cliffs.

Continue your visit to the Giant Buddha Temple built over 1,000 years ago. The temple houses a giant declining Buddha with a total length of 34.5m which is the largest indoor Buddha statue in China.

Afterwards, you will drive for about 2 hours to Jiayuguan. 

Day 8
Jiayuguan – Dunhuang by Private Transfer
Visit Jiayuguan Pass, Overhanging Great Wall and drive to Dunhuang. Ride a camel on Singing Sand Dune and take in the peaceful Crescent Spring.
Breakfast
Luxury: Dunhuang International Hotel Superior: Wan Sheng International Hotel

This morning, you will first visit Jiayuguan Pass, the western end of the Great Wall in Ming Dynasty (1368AD-1644AD). Ascend the Jiayuguan Gates and stroll along the city wall to learn about the smartly-designed military defense system.

Afterwards, drive to the Overhanging Great Wall built in 1539AD with stones and rammed dirt. The extant Wall is around 750m long with 3 ramparts built on top of the mountain.

Next, you will be transferred to Dunhuang on a 4-hour ride. Upon arrival, head to the Echoing Sand Dune, a unique desert where the sand will make noises when things slide down from the top. Ride a camel to view the stunning desert view with a peaceful oasis sitting at the foot, the Crescent Spring. Afterwards, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Nightlife Recommendation: Shazhou Night Market featuring various famous delicacies and snacks in the Gobi area is in walking distance to your hotel. You could venture into the market to experience the lively night life of local people.

Day 9
Dunhuang to Turpan by Highspeed Train
Marvel at the Mogao Grottoes and travel to Turpan by Highspeed Train.
Breakfast
Luxury: Shuangcheng Hotel Superior: Friendship Peak Holiday Hotel

Today, you will visit the spectacular Mogao Grottoes, the world's largest Buddhism collections with 735 caves, 2415 colored mud Buddha statues, and mural paintings of over 450,000 square meters. You will start your exploration from a wonderful 5D movie introducing you to the world of Buddhism art.

Then hop on the 2.5-hour highspeed train to Turpan. Upon arrival, your local guide will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 10
Turpan
Delight in Flamming Mountain, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Astana Tombs and Gaochang Ruins.
Breakfast

Set out for today's exploration to discover the famous Flamming Mountain which is named after its reddish outlook with the highest temperature up to 47.8 ° (118℉).

Then admire the exquisite Buddhism collections of statues and murals in Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Next, follow your guide to Astana Tombs where buried Han and many minorities among which the well-preserved mummy shows the common burial way for people back in the old times.

Finish today's exploration at Gaochang Ruins where the remains of the castles, temples and folk houses show you the prosperity of the small city in Gobi over 2,000 years ago. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 11
Turpan to Urumqi by Private Transfer
Visit Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda, JiaoheRuins and get transferred to Urumuqi.
Breakfast
Luxury: Sheraton Urumqi Hotel Superior: Bingtuan Grand Hotel

Today, you will first visit the famous local irrigation system of Karez Well. Consisted of shafts, culverts, channel and small reservoirs, the system smartly uses groundwater and collects rainwater for drinking and irrigation.

Then visit the Sugong Pagoda, a featured Islamic brick Tower built in 1777 without a piece of wood. Afterwards, move to Jiaohe Ruins, the best-preserved remains of the ancient cities thanks to the drought. The most amazing part of this ancient city is the whole city was dug into the highland instead of being built on top of the highland that the construction of the city is more like a sculpture.

Then, you will be transferred to Urumuqi on a 2-hour ride.

Day 12
Depart from Urumqi
Depart from Urumqi.
Breakfast

Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Tips: Urumqi enjoys convenient transportation with many flights to big cities in China. If you would like to extend your trip to any city, please share your idea with our travel consultant for a more in-depth discovery of China.

Accommodations
XianLanzhouXiaheLanzhouZhangyeJiayuguanDunhuangTurpanUrumqi
Xian
Luxury

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.
Superior

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.
Lanzhou
Luxury

Wanda Vista Lanzhou

No. 52, Tianshui North Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
Wanda Vista Hotel enjoys excellent service and great location next to the famous Waterwheel Park with easy access for shopping and self exploration.
Superior

Sapphire Hotel

No. 37, Minzhu West Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
The hotel is 5 minutes ride from the city center with comfortable rooms and great facilities.
Xiahe
Luxury

Tianzhu International Hotel

No. 136, Sangqu West Road, Xiahe
The hotel boasts for its comfortable and new rooms with traditional Chinese design merged with Tibetan features.
Superior

Jiusheng International Hotel

No. 29, Renmin West Road, Xiahe
The hotel features for its great location and constantly well-rated service since it was opened.
Lanzhou
Luxury

Wanda Vista Lanzhou

No. 52, Tianshui North Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
Wanda Vista Hotel enjoys excellent service and great location next to the famous Waterwheel Park with easy access for shopping and self exploration.
Superior

Sapphire Hotel

No. 37, Minzhu West Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
The hotel is 5 minutes ride from the city center with comfortable rooms and great facilities.
Zhangye
Luxury

Zhangye Hotel

Binhe Road, Binhe District, Zhangye
The hotel boasts beautiful design with a complex of buildings built by the lakeside, offering refreshing view in the Gobi area.
Superior

Jinyang International Hotel

No. 299, Xihuan Road, Ganzhou District, Zhangye
The hotel enjoys good service and comfortable hotel rooms with Han and Tang Dynasties culture as the theme for decoration.
Jiayuguan
Luxury

Plaza Holiday Inn

No. 1799, Wenhua South Road, Jiayuguan
The hotel is the only international brand hotel in Jiayuguan with excellent service and comfortable rooms.
Superior

Jiayuguan Hotel

No. 1, Xinhua North Road, Jiayuguan
The hotel is located in the city's business center with great service and nice rooms.
Dunhuang
Luxury

Dunhuang International Hotel

No. 6608, Yangguan East Road, Dunhuang
With beautiful Han and Tang styled design, the hotel is the designated hotel for the Silk Road International Cultural Expo.
Superior

Wan Sheng International Hotel

No. 13, Shazhou North Road, Dunhuang
The hotel boasts excellent service, comfortable and beautiful rooms, only 10 minutes walk from Shazhou Night Market.
Turpan
Luxury

Shuangcheng Hotel

No. 1088, 312 Road, Gaochang District, Turpan
The hotel owns a complex of buildings with pretty gardens and nice hotel rooms with good facilities.
Superior

Friendship Peak Holiday Hotel

The crossing of Xihuan Road and Junmingongjian Road, Turpan
This hotel features Uygur design with grapes as the theme seen in its wall paintings and room facilities.
Urumqi
Luxury

Sheraton Urumqi Hotel

No. 669 Road, Friendship North Road, Shayibak District, Urumqi
Sheraton enjoys easy access for shopping and free exploration. The hotel features comfortable luxury hotel rooms and wonderful breakfasts with varieties of food.
Superior

Bingtuan Grand Hotel

No. 551, Friendship South Road, Shayibak District, Urumqi
Centrally located, the hotel is well-rated with excellent service and facilities.
Luxury
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Xian

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.

Lanzhou

Wanda Vista Lanzhou

No. 52, Tianshui North Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
Wanda Vista Hotel enjoys excellent service and great location next to the famous Waterwheel Park with easy access for shopping and self exploration.

Xiahe

Tianzhu International Hotel

No. 136, Sangqu West Road, Xiahe
The hotel boasts for its comfortable and new rooms with traditional Chinese design merged with Tibetan features.

Lanzhou

Wanda Vista Lanzhou

No. 52, Tianshui North Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
Wanda Vista Hotel enjoys excellent service and great location next to the famous Waterwheel Park with easy access for shopping and self exploration.

Zhangye

Zhangye Hotel

Binhe Road, Binhe District, Zhangye
The hotel boasts beautiful design with a complex of buildings built by the lakeside, offering refreshing view in the Gobi area.

Jiayuguan

Plaza Holiday Inn

No. 1799, Wenhua South Road, Jiayuguan
The hotel is the only international brand hotel in Jiayuguan with excellent service and comfortable rooms.

Dunhuang

Dunhuang International Hotel

No. 6608, Yangguan East Road, Dunhuang
With beautiful Han and Tang styled design, the hotel is the designated hotel for the Silk Road International Cultural Expo.

Turpan

Shuangcheng Hotel

No. 1088, 312 Road, Gaochang District, Turpan
The hotel owns a complex of buildings with pretty gardens and nice hotel rooms with good facilities.

Urumqi

Sheraton Urumqi Hotel

No. 669 Road, Friendship North Road, Shayibak District, Urumqi
Sheraton enjoys easy access for shopping and free exploration. The hotel features comfortable luxury hotel rooms and wonderful breakfasts with varieties of food.
Superior
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Xian

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.

Lanzhou

Sapphire Hotel

No. 37, Minzhu West Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
The hotel is 5 minutes ride from the city center with comfortable rooms and great facilities.

Xiahe

Jiusheng International Hotel

No. 29, Renmin West Road, Xiahe
The hotel features for its great location and constantly well-rated service since it was opened.

Lanzhou

Sapphire Hotel

No. 37, Minzhu West Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
The hotel is 5 minutes ride from the city center with comfortable rooms and great facilities.

Zhangye

Jinyang International Hotel

No. 299, Xihuan Road, Ganzhou District, Zhangye
The hotel enjoys good service and comfortable hotel rooms with Han and Tang Dynasties culture as the theme for decoration.

Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan Hotel

No. 1, Xinhua North Road, Jiayuguan
The hotel is located in the city's business center with great service and nice rooms.

Dunhuang

Wan Sheng International Hotel

No. 13, Shazhou North Road, Dunhuang
The hotel boasts excellent service, comfortable and beautiful rooms, only 10 minutes walk from Shazhou Night Market.

Turpan

Friendship Peak Holiday Hotel

The crossing of Xihuan Road and Junmingongjian Road, Turpan
This hotel features Uygur design with grapes as the theme seen in its wall paintings and room facilities.

Urumqi

Bingtuan Grand Hotel

No. 551, Friendship South Road, Shayibak District, Urumqi
Centrally located, the hotel is well-rated with excellent service and facilities.
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from US$2899
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Inclusions
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  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
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