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8 Days Silk Road Experience Tour

8 Days Silk Road Experience Tour

Silk Road, a legendary word for people who are interested in the brilliant culture and history of Western China, which is also, becomes a popular tourism destination for explorers. Now, this 8 Days China Silk Road Tour will take you to the grand wild land of west China to witness the sites once bustling with traders, pilgrim, envoys...
  • Tour Type: Private tour
  • Tour Price: From *** Note!
  • Destinations: Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi
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Day 1

  • Lanzhou   Zhangye
  • Meals: Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Zhangye

Arrive at Lanzhou city . your local guide will meet you at the airport. Have a short visit to Zhongshan Bridge and view the Yellow river Sceneary. Then take speed train to Zhangye City and check in hotel. Taste the famous Lanzhou Hand-pulled Noodle with Beef will be a good choice for your optional.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Zhongshan Bridge located at the northern part of downtown Lanzhou. Dubbed "the First Bridge across the Yellow River," it has become one of the city's landmarks. In 1907, engineers from Belgium, Germany and the U.S., together with local workers, jointly built the sturdy and durable iron bridge. In honor of Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), a great Chinese revolutionary. jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Day 2

  • Zhangye  
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Zhangye

After breakfast visit Matisi Grottoes. After lunch visit Giant Buddha Temple and Zhangye Danxia National Geopark at sunset.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Matisi Grottoes is also known as the Horse’s Hoof Temple. It is a very popular scenic spot which integrates Yugu minority group’s folk customs, snow mountain views and Buddhist art. The temple received its name due to the legend that a Chinese Pegasus had landed in the area and had left a large horseshoe imprint which can be seen even today in the Mati Hall.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Giant Buddha Temple The Giant Buddha Temple was initially built in 1098 AD, which houses the biggest indoor clay Nirvana Buddha of China. It's also the only preserved Western Xia Royal temple in China. jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Zhangye Danxia National Geopark is also Know as Rainbow Mountain. It’s a photographer’s dream, by boasting the spectacle of Danxia landforms extending for 410 square kilometers in Linze and Sunan counties. With its majestic table mountain terrain, odd-shaped Danxia cliffs, and dynamic, dramatic colors, Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is one of the most beautiful corners on earth and displays a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Matisi Grottoes
Matisi Grottoes
Matisi Grottoes
Matisi Grottoes
Giant Buddha Temple
Giant Buddha Temple
Zhangye Danxia National Geopark
Zhangye Danxia National Geopark

Day 3

  • Zhangye   Jiayuguan
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Jiayuguan

After breakfast drive to Jiayuguan City and visit Wei-Jin Tombs. After lunch visit Jiayuguan Pass and Over-hanging Great Wall.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Wei-Jin Tombs Renowned as the largest subterranean art gallery in the world, housing a great deal of colorful murals, Wei-Jin tomb has attracted tourists from both home and abroad since 1972. Most tombs are of families, housing bodies of three or four generations, and now only Grave 6 is open for tourism.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Jiayuguan Pass is the western end the Great wall in China, also known as "the Impregnable Pass under Heaven". It’s the most magnificent and best-preserved pass among the Great Wall of 6000 km. jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Over-hanging Great Wall is 14 km northwest of Jiayuguan City center, and about 8 km north of the Jiayuguan Pass Fort. It is an extended part of the Jiayu Pass military defense system, protecting water resources and acting as a northern lookout point.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Weijin Tomb
Weijin Tomb
Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass
Over-hanging Great Wall
Over-hanging Great Wall

Day 4

  • Jiayuguan   Dunhuang
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Dunhuang

After breakfast drive to Dunhuang and after lunch visit Mogao Grottoes. In the evening stroll about local night market.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Mogao Grottoes (also known as Thousand Buddha Cave) is one of three noted Buddhist caves in China and also the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Buddhist art in the world.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Shazhou Night Market Shazhou Night Market located in Yangguan East Road, which is the largest night market in Gansu. Shazhou Night Market is increasingly favored by Chinese and foreign tourists. When night falls, when the Chinese lanterns bloom, the tourists from all over the world gradually gather in the night market where the lights are blurred, making it very lively.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Mogao grottoes
Mogao grottoes
Mogao grottoes
Mogao grottoes
Danxia Landform
Shazhou Night Market
Danxia Landform
Shazhou Night Market

Day 5

  • Dunhuang   Turpan
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Turpan

After breakfast visit Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake. After lunch take speed train to Turpan.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake is a combination of two natural wonders. The beautiful sand dunes that can make sounds as thundering and the beautiful lake in shape of crescent moon which is totally enclosed by the sand dunes around, but never been buried by sand. jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake
Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Lake

Day 6

  • Turpan   Urumqi
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Urumqi

After breakfast visit Jiaohe city and after lunch visit Karez well, flaming mountain and Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, and then take speed train to Urumqi.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Jiaohe City, Jiaohe means where two rivers meet in Chinese, was once the most forward outpost in the West for ages. Historical records and excavation reveal evidence of a prosperous ancient trading center and military stronghold from 1,600 years ago. Owing to the arid climate and remote location, Jiaohe remains relatively intact, leaving us a rare example of an earthen castle, the largest, oldest and best-preserved earthen city in the worldjwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Karez Well is very delicate irrigation systems made up of vertical wells, underground canals, above-ground canals and small reservoirs. Karez systems are the life source of Turpan. In a sense, without them, there would be no Turpan culture.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Flaming mountain, also called “Red Mountain”, is located in the north of Turpan in China’s northwest Xinjiang Region. It lies 6.2 miles to the east of Turpan city, stretching about 62 miles from the east Shanshan County to the west Turpan with a width of 5.6 miles. jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

The Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves were carved over a 900 year period of time between about 400 and 1,300 AD. In these grottoes, people created artwork depicting daily life and their religion. Bezeklik Caves was the royal temple of Huihu (the predecessor of today’s Uyghurs) State and the present remains were enlarged or renovated during that time. The murals take us back to the ancient Huihu State, where we can see the King and Queen and people from all walks of life. The inscriptions, written in ancient Uyghur, Chinese and other languages, provide authentic reference for valuable historic research.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Jiaohe City
Jiaohe City
Karez well
Karez well
Flaming mountain
Flaming mountain
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

Day 7

  • Urumqi  
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Turpan

Drive to Tianshan Mountain and visit heavenly lake. Then drive to Urumqi and check in hotel.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Heavenly Lake nestles on the northern side of the Bogeda Peak of the Tianshan Mountains,120 kilometers away from Urumqi City It covers the area of 3 square kilometers,105 meters deep at the deepest point,and 40 meters deep in average,this crescent-shaped lake deserves its name.“Pearl of the Heavenly Mountain (Tianshan Mountain)”.With melted snow as its source,the Heavy Lake enjoys crystal water.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lakey
Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lake

Day 8

  • Urumqi  
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Departure

After breakfast, be transferred to airport and the tour end.jwjSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

Price Includes

  • Private car with air-conditioning and driver
  • Land transfers between airport / train station / hotels and scenic sites
  • Train ticket from Lanzhou to Jiayuguan(soft sleeper)
  • Train ticket from Liuyuan to Turpan(soft sleeper)
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast (4 stars with nice breakfast)
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Lunch and dinner as listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee as listed in the itinerary
  • 24 H / 7D English speaking telephone service
  • China Life Tourist Accident / Casualty Insurance
  • Government taxes

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone bills and optional activities …
  • Gratitude for guides and drivers as international practice
  • China Entry Visa
  • Travel insurance (full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin)

Hotels

For all standard tours, The Silk Road China Tours will choose the best 4 stars hotel in different destinations. The hotel was evaluated comprehensively by its room size, cleanness, location, service and breakfast. It can well satisfy most western travelers and brings you relaxation, comfort and convenience.


If you want to upgrade the hotel to Deluxe standard or you have some special requirements, please inform us in the booking form or email us.


At some remote regions or ethnic area, there are no 4 stars or 5 stars hotels available. So we will arrange the best local hotel and notify the situation in advance.

Meals

Normally The Silk Road China Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


Breakfast


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, Chinese style, or a combination.


Lunch


When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We will provide lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. The meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family


Your own dinner choice


Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in China. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All of our tour guides are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides in China who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed safe drivers.


Private Tour Guide


You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, your guide will stay at your side until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our travel guides in every destination are locals, who know the area well, they are very good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for taking your best photos.
When changing your itinerary is needed due to unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you have a wonderful experience.


Private Transportation


When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We will provide lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. The meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family


Your own dinner choice


With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China.

In every destination visited, your vehicle is air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured, and very experienced.

To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage. Depending on how many are traveling together, we generally use sedans or mini vans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small coaches (12-22 seats) for 5-12 people, medium coaches (33 – 37 seats) for 13 – 25 people, and large coaches (45 seats over) for more than 25 people.

Tipping Guidelines

We realize that tipping is a sensitive subject for all travelers. While tips are widely accepted, we would like to stress that this is at your own personal discretion.While everyone is recommended to tip based on services rendered, our clients often ask we provide some basic guidelines.


1 person: $20-30/day • Group of 2: $15-25/per person/day • Group of 3-5: $15/per person/day • Group of 6-10: $10/per person/day


Some outstanding guides receive twice or three times as much depending on service quality and also the size of the group. Guests are welcome to tip more if they feel the services were exceptional. The driver may sometimes receive a tip 50% of what the guide receives. In places where roads are rough and dangerous, the driver may sometimes receive an equal amount of tipping as the guide.

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