Ruins of Jiaohe Ancient City

Urumqi to Beijing Silk Road Adventure by Shangri-la Express

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Urumqi Arrival (Flight not Included)

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

Day 2: Urumqi: Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang Museum
heavenly lake

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 Sinkiang's commerce and tourism. It is the landscape architecture as well as landmark architecture. Tonight, we can catch a tribal song and dance performance after the Xinjiang flavor of roasted whole lamb dinner.

Accommodation: Hoi Tak Hotel

Day 3: Urumqi to Turpan (By Coach): Jiaohe Ancient City, The Karez Wells, Flaming Mountain
xinjiang flaming mountain

After breakfast, you will take a coach to Turpan. As arrival, a trip to the ancient water system Karez Wells follows. Later, visit the Flaming Mountain, the hottest place in China, overshadow the cradle of the Turpan ancient civilization and oasis agriculture.
In the afternoon, you will tour the Jiaohe Ancient City. At night, Shangri-la Express will take you to Dunhuang.

Day 4: Dunhuang: Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Night Market
mogao caves dunhuang

A hidden treasure in the desert, Mogao Grottoes is always a big draw for Silk Road adventurers. Today you will spend some time in some of the grottoes. At night, you can hunt some souvenir at Dunhuang Night Market - Shazhou Night Market.

Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel

Day 5: Dunhuang to Jiayu Guan (By Shangri-la Express); Singing Sand Mountain, Crescent Spring

As an important stop on the Silk Road, Dunhuang has been a mystery to outsiders. Today, you will visit Dunhuang's highlights: Singing Sand Mountain, Crescent Srping and feel the exotic atmosphere. At night, you will board on the express heading to Jiayu Guan. After 5 hours, you will arrive in Jiayu Guan. Check in hotel and stay overnight.

Accommodation: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan

Day 6: Jiayu Guan to Tianshui (By Shangri-la Express); 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, you will take a visit to the Jiayu Guan Watch Tower, and the Overhanging Ancient Great Wall.

Later at night, board on the express heading for Tianshui.

Day 7: Tianshui to Xi'an (by Shangri-la Express); Mount Maiji Grottoes

Arrive in Tianshui at noon. 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 Xi'an on Shangri-La Express.

Day 8: 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 9: Xi'an to Luoyang (by Shangri-la Express); Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Huaqing Hot Springs
Xian Terracotta Warriors

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, the express will take you to Luoyang.

Day 10: Luoyang to Beijing (By Shangri-la Express); Shaolin Temple
shaolin temple luoyang

Around 7:00am, 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 be on the way to Beijing at 10:00pm.

Day 11: Beijing: Forbidden City, Capital Museum
beijing forbidden city

Arrive in Beijing at 10:00am. Your Beijing visit 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, you will proceed to Capital Museum with a over 5,000 pieces of valuable artifacts.

Accommodation: Sheraton Beijing

Day 12: Beijing Departure (Flight not Included)

Your Silk Road adventure has come to an end. Today after breakfast, free at own leisure till the assemble time for the transfer to airport for the flight back to hometown.

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