Jiayuguan

Beijing to Urumqi Silk Road Adventure by Shangri-la Express

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Day 1: Beijing Arrival (Flight not Included)

Upon arrival in Beijing, your Beijing tour guide will escort you to hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel Beijing

 
Day 2: Beijing to Luoyang (By Shangri-la Express)

Your first morning in Beijing will start with the Forbidden City, aka Royal Palace Museum, Gugong Museum or Purple Forbidden City. At noon, you will enjoy a Peking Duck banquet.

In the afternoon, proceed to Capital Museum, whose architectural style has both classical and modern beauty. and then watch the Bird Nest and Water Cube appearance from outside. We are onboard Shangri-La Express to Luoyang after dinner.

 
Day 3: Luoyang to Xi'an (By Shangri-la Express)
shaolin temple luoyang

Around 9:00am, you will arrive in Luoyang. Luoyang is famous for Shaolin Kungfu, and today you will visit where the legend began: Shaolin Temple. At noon, have vegetarian lunch near the temple.

After dinner, you will board theShangri-La Expressat 10:30 pm and head for Xi'an.

 
Day 4: Xi'an: Anciet City Wall, Fountain Square behind the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
ancient city wall of xian

You will arrive in Xi'an in the early morning. After some simple breakfast, you will visit the Ancient City Wall. Later, take a leisure walk on Fountain Square, where you can get a full view of the famous Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an's landmark. Have lunch and check in hotel.

The rest of your day will be free. At night, you will attend a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while dinner, hope you enjoy the food and the show!

Accommodation: Sheraton Xi'an North City Hotel

 
Day 5: Xi'an to Tianshui (by Shangri-la Express)

The massive wonder of Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a highlight to your China tour. Today you will spend a couple of hours at this site. Have lunch afterwards.
In the afternoon, you will visit Huaqing Hot Springs, a part of the royal palace for Tang emperor Tang Xuanzong and his concubine Yang Guifei. At night, board the express and head for Tianshui.

 
Day 6: Tianshui to Jiayu Guan (by Shangri-la Express)

Among the most famous grottoes, Mount Maiji Grottoes offers stunning view on the Silk Road. Today, you will arrive in Tianshui and take a visit at this awesome site.
At night, you will head for Jiayu Guan on Shangri-La Express.

 
Day 7: Jiayu Guan: Jiayu Guan Watch Tower, OverHanging Ancient Great Wall
jiayuguan pass

Known as the first pass under heaven, Jiayu Guan was firstly built at the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Today, after your arrival and check-in, you will take a visit to the Watch Tower, and the Anicent Great Wall.

Accommodation: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan

 
Day 8: Jiayu Guan to Dunhuang (By Shangri-la Express)

On the train, after breakfast, we specially arrange for you on the train institute of Dunhuang experts and professors to explain the history and stories of Dunhuang.

As an important stop on the Silk Road, Dunhuang has been a mystery to outsiders. Today, you will arrive in Dunhuang after 3 hours on the express.In the afternoon, you will visit Dunhuang's highlights: Singing Sand Mountain, Crescent Spring and feel the exotic atmosphere. At night, you will visit the famous Dunhuang Night Market - Shazhou Night Market.

Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel

 
Day 9: Dunhuang to Turpan (By Shangri-la Express); Mogao Grottoes

A hidden treasure in the desert, Mogao Grottoes is always a big draw for Silk Road adventurers. Today you will spend some time here before the night ride to Turpan on Shangri-la Express.

 
Day 10: Turpan to Urumqi (By Coach); Jiaohe Ancient City, The Karez Wells, Flaming Mountain
Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City

Arrive in Turpan at 9:00am, you will visit Turpan's highlights: Jiaohe Ancient City and Karez Wells.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Flaming Mountain, the hottest place in China, overshadow the cradle of the Turpan ancient civilization and oasis agriculture. Later, a long distance coach will take you to Urumqi. Check in hotel after arrival.

Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel

 
Day 11: Urumqi: Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang Museum, International Bazaar

This morning, you will take a boat trip on Heavenly Lake. Later, learn something about beautiful Xinjiang at Xinjiang Museum.
In the afternoon, you will get to the International Bazaar, symbolizes the boom of Xinjiang's commerce and tourism. It is the landscape architecture as well as landmark architecture. At night, you will attend a party where you can sample Xinjiang's widely known roast lamb and enjoy their song and dance performances.

Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel

 
Day 12: Urumqi Departure (Flight not Included)

Your Silk Road adventure has come to an end. After breakfast, free at leisure till the assemble time for the transfer to airport for the flight back to hometown. Thanks for traveling with us. Hope to see you again soon!

 
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