SRT-03 : Pearl Cities of Hexi Corridor

17 Days tour of Beijing/Xian/Lanzhou/Xiahe/Lanzhou/Dunhuang/Turpan/Urumqi/Shanghai

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  1. The famous ancient trade route along Silk Road.
  2. Suitable duration for a middle length holiday to explore the Silk Road.
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  • Graceful Monument of people

    Day 1Arrive in Beijing

    Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, your private English-speaking tour guide will be waiting for you at the international arrival hall. After meeting with the guide, you and your luggage will be transferred to your hotel by private car.

    Meals: None

    Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
    Mercure Beijing Downtown

  • Grand panorama of imperial city

    Day 2Beijing

    Today’s tour starts from the Tian'anmen Square, the very heart and center of the Chinese Nation. From there you will walk beneath the famous Mao portrait and enter into the once-secret world of emperors, empresses, court eunuchs and officials which is still known as the Forbidden City. After lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperor went every year to humble himself in prayer to assure a good harvest for his people. Then you will have a special tour by bicycle rickshaw of the Hutong distinctive traditional housing areas. For your evening dinner, taste delicious Roast Duck at a specialty restaurant followed by Kongfu Show at Shicha Lake Theater.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Beijing Roast Duck Dinner

    Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
    Mercure Beijing Downtown

  • Multicolored Bird’s Nest

    Day 3Beijing

    After a Western buffet breakfast at your hotel, you will have a half day excursion to  Great Wall, another absolutely unforgettable experience. After lunch, we will arrange a visit to Jade Museum where you will learn about the importance of jade in Chinese culture, and where you will also be able to buy some souvenirs of your trip. Proceed to visit Dingling Tomb in the afternoon. After that, take a stroll on the grounds of the site of the 2008 Olympics, and view Beijing National Stadium(Bird’s Nest) and National Swimming Center (Water Cube) from outside.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
    Mercure Beijing Downtown

  • Picturesque Kunming Lake

    Day 4Beijing/Xi’an

    The first destination after breakfast today will be Summer Palace. Now a popular park for the people of Beijing, you will enjoy seeing young families, retirees, in fact, all ages, singing, dancing, and playing games and generally enjoying life. A famous feature is the 729 meter long covered walkway, which is so richly ornamented with paintings and decorations that in 1992 it was recognized as “the longest gallery all over the world” by Guinness World Records. Next you will have a wonderful shopping and educational experience at a pearl factory store. In the afternoon, proceed to visit Temple of Heaven. you will fly to Xi’an for 2 nights stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Xi’an
    Golden Flower Hotel by Shangri-La Xi'an

  • Long and broad road on city wall

    Day 5Xi'an

    First-time visitors to Museum of Qin Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses are often awe-struck to be suddenly face-to-face with the people of China from over 2,000 years ago. This morning, you will be there for yet another unforgettable experience. Following this encounter with history, we will visit the nearby factory workshop, where authorized reproductions of the terracotta warriors and horses in various sizes are available for purchase. After lunch, we will drive back to downtown Xi’an and climb up to the ramparts of the City Wall, the best preserved city wall in all China. This day of amazing sights and experiences will be capped by one of Xi’an’s famous dumpling banquets and a splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dumpling dinner

    Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Xi’an
    Golden Flower Hotel by Shangri-La Xi'an

  • Have the first look at Shaanxi History Museum

    Day 6Xi'an/Lanzhou

    In the morning, explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi History Museum. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a seven-story-high brick building in square pyramid. Standing there for more than 1,300 years, it has been considered as the landmark and symbol of Xian. Shaanxi History Museum is the most comprehensive national museum displaying numerous historical and cultural relics. Take an afternoon flight to Lanzhou and be transferred to hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Grand Soluxe Hotel Gansu

  • Binglingsi Grottoes

    Day 7Lanzhou

    The whole day will be devoted to Binglingsi Grottoes by boat. Due to the relatively good natural conditions and little man-made damage, the grottoes have been preserved comparatively complete. Now there are still 776 Buddha statues, over 1,076 square yards murals and 6 stones sculptures being kept here after a long history of 1,600 years.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Grand Soluxe Hotel Gansu

  • A vast stretch of green fields

    Day 8Lanzhou/Xiahe

    Today, you will journey to Xiahe and check in the hotel upon arrival. After a short break in the hotel, you will travel to Sangke Prairie, typical plateau grassland. Covering a vast area of 27 square miles and being encircled by mountains, Sangke Prairie is a great place to appreciate the magnificent pastoral scenery while the river is slipping slowly northwards and sheep and cattle are freely wandering about on it. Then, you will have a visit to a local Tibetan family to experience the nomadic life.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel, XiaHe

  • Magnificent Yellow River Bridge in Lanzhou

    Day 9Xiahe/Lanzhou/Dunhuang

    The first travel destination today is the Labrang Monastery, one of the six most noted monasteries as well as the largest Buddhist Institute of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery boasts tens of thousands of statues of Buddha made of various materials. You will also watch the morning devotion there. Then, you will travel back to Lanzhou and check in the hotel again. The tour will continue to Gansu Provincial Museum, the largest comprehensive museum in Gansu Province which houses about 350,000 pieces of ancient cultural relics, contemporary and modern cultural relics, ethnic cultural relics and fossil specimens. If time available, you could have a stroll at Waterwheel Garden in the afternoon. After that you will be transferred to Dunhuang.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel

  • Grand camel team of visitors in the desert

    Day 10Dunhuang

    Today's tour starts with a visit to the Mogao Caves one of China's four most renowned grottoes. The grottoes here are scattered in a cliff of the Echoing-sand Mountain at five different levels. The frescoes in the grottoes are the gems of classical Chinese culture, reflecting the particular styles of different ages. Then you will experience a short camel-ride along the Echoing-Sand Dune to reach the Crescent Spring. Echoing-sand Mountain is named so because one can hear clarion and thunder from the inner of the dunes, intermittent, rising or falling. The Crescent Spring is a crescent-shaped lake encircled by sand dunes. Lying there for thousands of years and survived from countless sandstorms, the lake has been reputed as the 'No. 1 Lake on Desert'.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel

  • Foreigner dancing happily with the Uighurs

    Day 11Dunhuang/Urumqi

    Have some leisure time in the morning and have the lunch on your own. Take an afternoon flight from Dunhuang to Urumqi. If time permits, International Bazaar is recommended as the starting way to explore Xinjiang.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Mirage Hotel, Urumqi

  • A vast panorama of Red Park

    Day 12Urumqi

    After buffet breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to visit Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum, in the aftermoon, you will head to Heavenly Lake of Tian Shan, which will surely be an unforgettable experience for you.

    Meals: Breakfast, Chinese or Local Lunch, Chinese or Local Dinner

    Accommodation: Mirage Hotel, Urumqi

  • Magical and splendid Gaochang Ruins

    Day 13Urumqi/Turpan

    After breakfast, we will proceed to Turpan, which is nicknamed “Fire Island”. On the way, you can see Salt Lake and Dabancheng Wind Power Plant, the biggest wind power plant in Asia. Lunch will be in a select local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Grape Valley and Gaochang Ruins by donkey cart. In the evening, you can enjoy a unique Uygur folk performance. With beautiful songs and dances, pretty girls, and delicious grapes, all with moonlight shining through the grape trellis, you will surely have a wonderful and memorable evening!

    Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch, Local Dinner

    Accommodation: Tuha Petroleum Hotel

  • Uyghur girls getting water from Karez Well

    Day 14Turpan/Urumqi

    Firstly, you will make a visit to Karez Well and Thousand-Buddha Cave. We will also arrange a visit to Jiaohe Ruins in the afternoon, escorted by private car back to Urumqi.

    Meals: Breakfast, Chinese or Local Lunch, Chinese or Local Dinner

    Accommodation: Mirage Hotel, Urumqi

  • A leisure time in Xintiandi

    Day 15Urumqi /Shanghai

    Take a morning flight to Shanghai(4 hours flight journey). Shanghai combines the vitality and energy of New York with the sense of history you feel in a city like Paris - in fact many visitors compare it to both these cities. In the afternoon to the very trendy and popular Xintiandi pedestrian shopping district. In the early evening, we take a cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river, contrasting The Bund on the “old” side and the spectacular, brightly lighted new skyscrapers of the Lujiazui. Return to the hotel for a rest and a free evening for your choice of a dinner according to your own preferences.

    Meals: Breakfast, Chinese or Local Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hongqiao Shanghai

  • First impression of Shanghai Museum

    Day 16Shanghai

    This morning your guide will take you first to the Shanghai Museum and then to Nanjing Road, Yuyuan Garden and its surrounding stores will also included in your journey. Next is a visit to a specialized cashmere sweater store. The Farewell Dinner will be arranged tonight followed by an acrobatics show at Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel, Shanghai.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hongqiao Shanghai

  • Most characteristic residential buildings in Shanghai-Shikumen

    Day 17Departure from Shanghai

    After breakfast, you will have some free time before being transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule.

    Meals: Breakfast

Service Inclusion:

1. Private air-conditioned cars, drivers and guides throughout the itinerary;
2. Well-selected international brand hotel or same level hotel with daily
western breakfasts;
3. Entrance fees to all tourist sites;
4. Authentic Chinese Food served at local best restaurants;
5. Domestic airfare with fuel fee & taxes and relative transfers in China;
6. Services charges and government taxes;
7. Travel liability insurance.

Service Exclusion:

1. Chinese visa application fee;
2. International airfare to and from China;
3. Personal expense like phone rental and laundry charges;
4. Gratuity to guides and drivers.

Note on prices: The following rates are for per person, based on intraday exchange rate and subject to change during peak seasons such as the National Day Holiday and Spring Festival.

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  • Asked by Rach

    Mar 24 , 2016 12:09

    We are very interested in Chinese food, do you have some suggestions for our dinners in Xi’an

    Answered by travel consultant from CTCN

    Mar 25 , 2016 13:10

    Xi’an is home to many local snacks and flavors, and Muslim Quarter is a perfect place where you can immerse yourselves in tasty food. Besides, other restaurants like Sichuan or Cantonese are also excellent choices, or you can consult your local guide during your visit.

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