Highlights

Travel Date: 28th,Sept.-6th, Oct., 2020

● UNESCO Mogao Grottoes and Ride Camel in vast desert

● Explore the splendid Rainbow Mountain in Zhangye

● Experience the Sunday Livestock market in Kashgar 

● Picturesque Heavenly Lake and Tianshan Mountain Ranges

● Wonder city of Turpan along old Silk Road

● Experience the Sunday Livestock market in Kashgar 

● Driving along the Karakom highway to experience the Kirgiz folklore and Pamir landscape

ITINERARY Close All

Day 1Bullet Train from Lanzhou to Zhangye

Morning you will catch your own flight to Lanzhou. Our guide will meet you at the airport exit and bring you to take the intercity train to Lanzhou West Railway Station. You will take an express train to Zhangye. Upon arrival, Transfer to the hotel and have a good rest.

Traffic: Car+Train
Hotel: Overnight in Zhangye
Altitude: 1600m
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    Lanzhou City

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    Lanzhou City

Day 2Enjoy the Splendid Danxia Rainbow Mountain and drive to Jiayuguan (223kms)

Today the tour will begin from the Giant Buddha Temple, which is the largest architectural relic in Gansu Province of the Western Xia (1038-1227) period. China's largest reclining Buddha is well preserved in this temple. then we will proceed to visit the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, the most typical arid area of northern China. Ribbons of reds, oranges and yellows slice through the rock, to create a rainbow vista contained only by the contours of the jagged mountain peaks. so many people also call it "Rainbow Mountain".

Afternoon, we will drive all the way to Jiayuguan.

Traffic: Car (223kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Jiayuguan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1462m
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    Giant Buddha Temple

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    Zhangye Danxia Park

Day 3Jiayuguan City Tour, Then Travel to Dunhuang (350kms)

Enjoy the breakfast at the hotel, then you will climb the Jiayuguan pass. This Ming Dynasty fort guards the strategic Jiayuguan pass, at the western end of the Great Wall–this was the last section built by the Ming Dynasty. and visit the The Great Wall Museum, which was opened to visitor in October 1989 and it is the first one to exhibit the Great Wall culture in a comprehensive and systematic way.

Afternoon, we will drive you to Dunhuang and head up to Echoing Sand Mountain&Crescent Lake. When there is wild wind, the sands will be blown up and make loud sound, There is also a Crescent Lake that  has been in existence for hundreds of years without ever being buried by the sand.
In the evening, you can enjoy a walking tour at the Shazhou Night Market. It's easy to lose our sense of time wonder the market while enjoy your leisure time and taste some local cuisine.

Traffic: Car (350kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Dunhuang
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1138m
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    Jiayuguan Fortress

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    Echoing Sand Mountain

Day 4UNESCO Mogao Grottoes, Train to Turpan

This morning, we will visit Mogao Grottoes, It is one of the great artistic and religious wonders of the world and it is famous for its exquisite murals and various sculptures inside the caves, enjoy the Silk Road Movies in the visitor Center about 40 mins before our exploration into the Grottoes. The professional guide from the Mogao will bring you to 8grottoes with their special torch so that you  have clear view of the murals and paintings.

Following a lunch in the local restaurant, Then you will be transferred to Liuyuan station and catch the train to Turpan.

Traffic: Car+Train
Hotel: Overnight in Turpan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 36m
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    Mogao Grottoes

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    Mogao Grottoes

Day 5Turpan City Tour, then drive to Urumqi (200kms)

Today we will pay a visit to the oldest Uighur village Tuyoq Village located in the very center of Flaming Mountain Canyon. It used to be the holy site of Buddhism and Islam. Following a lunch in the traditional Uighur family, Then you will pay a visit to Karez Well, A special irrigation system that the locals make full use of the topography of Turpan to draw the underground water to irrigate their farmland ingeniously. The tour today end up to enjoy the scenery of Jiaohe Ruins with a history of 2,300 years lies between two rivers on a loess plateau atop a cliff of over 30m. It is one of the best preserved ruins of its ancient era in China.

After visiting, transfer to Urumqi for overnight stay.

Traffic: Car (200kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 836m
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    Jiaohe Ruins

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    Tuyoq Village

Day 6Visit the Picturesque Heavenly Lake and flight to Kashgar

Today you will enjoy the tour of the picturesque Heavenly Lake (approximately 1.5hrs), 2000m up in the Tianshan mountain range. which is surrounded by the snow mountains, blooming wildflowers, evergreen pine trees. 

Travel back to Urumqi in the afternoon which is about the other 1.5hrs. visit the Xinjiang International Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. 

Then we will take an evening flight to Kashgar.

Traffic: Car+Flight
Hotel: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1298m
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    Heavenly Lake

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    International Bazaar

Day 7Kashgar City Tour

Today you will enjoy a full-day excursion of Kashgar. Pay a visit to Id Kah Mosque, the largest Mosque in China and the most sacred mosque for the locals to practise their Islamic activities at 09:00. Continue the visiting to Old Town at 10:30 with the open ceremony of Maxilap show. Come and join the exciting movement in this well-preserved Uighur residential area. 

Continue to visit Handicraft street, gathered hundreds of handicraft workshops, which has become a boutique exhibition for handicraft in Kashgar and Central Asia.

Our next stop is the famous Sunday Bazaar that is combined two sections. The covered bazaar sells the clothing, nuts, household goods and many things out of your imagination. The outdoor Animal Bazaar is the first bazaar we visit, where the farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive. It is quite interesting to witness their typical methods of the bargain. 

Traffic: Car
Hotel: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1298m
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    Old Town

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    Sunday Bazaar

Day 8Drive to Taxkorgan via Karakoram Highway

The tour starts with the nice buffet in the hotel, drives about 4hrs to Karakul Lake around 09:00.

Continue to enjoy the majestic views of the Sand dunes, mountains, and sandstone valley along the Karakorum Highway, the Hindu Kush Mountains and the Himalayas. It is the world's tallest cross-border roads and most thrilling corridors. Trekking around the Karakul Lake with enjoy the magnificent landscape and the nomadic lifestyle of the local Kirghiz in their yurts.

Traffic: Car (320kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Taxkorgan
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 3050m
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    Karakul Lake

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    Karakul Lake

Day 9Visit Stone Fortress and back to Kashgar (320kms)

The tour will begin from the Stone Fortress, it is one of three most famous stone cities in history. Surrounded by the grassland, snow mountains and rivers, it is a strategically important castle on the ancient Silk Road. Here you will see the temple, city wall and official office which built in Tang and Qing Dynasty. afterwards, walk around the local pasture to experience the lifestyle of Tajik and enjoy the scenery of Taxkorgan.

In the afternoon, drive back to Kashgar downtown along the beautiful scenery. 

Traffic: Car (320kms)
Hotel: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1298m
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    Stone Fortress

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    Taxkorgan

Day 10Kashgar Departure

Breakfast at the hotel, then we will arrange the airport transfer for you. Wish you have a pleasant journey home.

Traffic: Car
Hotel: No accommodation
Meals: Breakfast
Altitude: 1298m

INCLUDES

  • Private transportation through out the itinerary. SRT will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure based on your flight info.

  • Shared accommodations in well located, tourist to superior class hotels include breakfast, service charge and government tax.

  • All entrance fees(shuttle bus) sightseeing; excursions and activities as per the itinerary

  • 2nd class express train listed in the itinerary: Lanzhou to Zhangye, Dunhuang(Liuyuan) to Turpan

  • Private friendly and professional English-Speaking guides (French, Italy, Russian, German can be arranged per your request)

  • Travel and health insurance when travel with us.

  • 8, A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling.

EXCLUDES

  • International and domestic flights not indicated (Airfare from Urumqi to Kashgar)

  • Food, Lunch or dinner not specified

  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

  • Personal expenses and the other tours or activities not mentioned

TRIP NOTES

Flight Information for Reference

Arrival Flight

1) CA1935(07:10-10:40) Air China

Shanghai Pudong-Lanzhou Zhongchuan

2) 9C8847(07:00-10:10) Spring Airlines

Shanghai Hongqiao-Lanzhou Zhongchuan

3) CA1273(07:50-10:20) Air China

Beijing Capital International Airport-Lanzhou Zhongchuan

4) CA1239(08:30-11:05) Air China

Beijing Capital International Airport-Lanzhou Zhongchuan

Departure Flight

1) 9C6138(19:55-22:55) Spring Airlines

Lanzhou Zhongchuan-Shanghai Pudong

2) MU2353(20:20-23:20) China Eastern Airlines

Lanzhou Zhongchuan-Shanghai Pudong

3) CA1222(20:05-22:20) Air China

Lanzhou Zhongchuan-Beijing Capital International Airport

4) CA1240(20:50-23:00) Air China

Lanzhou Zhongchuan-Beijing Capital International Airport


We suggest you bring the following items:

a) Most of the time, you only need to wear short pants and shirts with short-sleeves. 

It is always advisable that you bring extra warm clothes and a jacket especially in the mountain areas.

b) Hats, scarves, sunglasses, sun block and lip balm or some protective material are essential to protect you from sun and wind burns.

c) Comfortable shoes are very important because you will be walking most of the time. Sports shoes or low-heeled shoes are your best bet.

d) Please bring your own drugs for diarrhea, fever, skin allergy drugs just for emergency.

e) Cosmetics must be small ones, which not over 100ml, No knifes even Swiss knives.

f) Hotel Wifi is not good in Xinjiang


● We will upgrade trains to 1st class where available if book the tour 2 months in advance of departure.

● There is no problem to travel Silk Road during Ramadan.

● Complimentary 2 bottles of water each person on daily use.


Transportation

We will use business MPV to luxurious coaches and trains.

Accommodation

All the hotels we selected are 4-5star well-located in the city center with good and proper breakfast for our clients.

Guides

Our guides are very friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. And our group tours will be escorted from SRT.

Climate and Altitude

Generally speaking Mid March—End Oct are the best time to visit Silk Road. And we strongly suggest you come in May, June, October to avoid the heat and crowd. No need to worry about high altitude along the Silk Road. We will prepare Oxygen bags if the package includes Xiahe, Qinghai Lake and Taxkorgan County.

We offer beneficial Cancellation Policy to our customers.

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