China Silk Road Experience
IItenary 15 - 18 days
Beijing 北京/ Urumqi 烏魯木齊/ Turpan 吐魯番/ Dunhuang 烏魯木齊/ Dunhuang 敦煌/Jiayuguan 嘉峪關/Xi’an 西安 Louyang 洛陽 / Dengfeng 登封市/ Shaolin Temple 少林寺/ Zhengzhou 鄭州 – option to Dalian大連
Hebei 河北 - Beijing 北京
Xinjiang 新疆 - Urumqi 烏魯木齊/ Turpan 吐魯番
Gansu 甘肅 - Dunhuang 敦煌/Jiayuguan 嘉峪關
Shaanx 陝西 - Xi’an 西安
Henan 河南 - Louyang 洛陽 / Dengfeng 登封市/ Shaolin Temple 少林寺/ Kaifeng 開封 / Zhengzhou 鄭州
Liaoning 遼寧 - Dalian 大連
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Day 1 - Vancouver /Beijing 北京 (河北)(CA992 1350/1620+1)
You will begin your adventure by flying with Air China nonstop flight to Beijing
Day 2 - Arrive Beijing 北京
Arrive Beijing, Met and transfer to hotel
Hotel: Radisson Blu or similar (5*)
Day 3 - April Beijing北京 (B)
Free day – Hotel at own cost – will advise.
Day 4 - Beijing 北京/ Urumqi 烏魯木齊(新疆) (B/L/D) (CA1293 0950/1405)
Fly to Urumqi 烏魯木齊, arrive Urumqi 烏魯木齊, met and transferred to your hotel.
Visit the Hongshan Park 红山公園, it is a symbol of Urumqi 烏魯木齊, a famous scenic spot with temples, pagodas, and panoramic mountain views. And then, visit the Urumqi Museum 烏魯木齊博物館
Hotel: Hoi Tak Hotel or similar (5*) - ( just renovated 1 year ago)
|Hong Shan 红山公園seen from Xi Daqiao Bridge
||Urumqi Museum 烏魯木齊博物館|
Day 5 - April Urumqi 烏魯木齊(新疆) / Tianchi 天池 / Urumqi 烏魯木齊(新疆) (B/L/SD)
Today, excursion to Heavenly Lake 天池 - a beautiful mountain lake formed more than million years ago in the 4th glacial epoch, take a short cruise and enjoy the pure and icy water in the lake as well as fabulous scenery, steep forested hills and high meadows with snow peaks behind. And then, visit the Nanshan Grassland 南山草原and visit the local Kazakstanian Family. - Nanshan Grasslands is a natural paradise, with scenery and surroundings such as natural spruce forest on snow mountain, wild animals such as snow leopard, wild goat, red deer and palm bear are running on the grasslands, beautiful birds are flying in the sky, which are similar to that at Heaven Lake.
Evening, enjoy a Urumqi Cuisine 烏魯木齊 – a roast lamb dinner
|Heavenly Lake Tianchi 天池 |
|Nanshan Grassland 南山草原
Day 6 - Urumqi 烏魯木齊(新疆)/ Turpan 吐魯番(新疆) (B/L/D)
Transfer to Turpan 吐魯番 by coach. Visit the Flaming Mountains 火焰山- The mountain average altitude is about 500 meters, with the highest peak, Shengjinkou 勝金口千佛洞石窟 towering 831 meters above sea level. Known as Red Rock Mountain in ancient Chinese classics, or Keziletage ("Red Mountain") in Uygur, Flaming Mountain 火焰山 is largely made up of bare rock. Visit the Gaochang Ancient City 高昌古城市 - in Uygur language it means 'imperial city'. Because it used to be the capital of Huigu Kingdom in Gaochang 高昌, hence the name. Gaochang is located at the foot of the Flaming Mountain火焰山, about 46 kilometers (about 29 miles) southeast of Turpan 吐魯番. Withstanding the test of time and weather, the Gaochang Ancient City 高昌古城市 and the Jiaohe Ruins 交河故城 are the best-preserved ruins of the ancient cities in China.
You will visit the Astana Tombs 阿斯塔那古墓, The Astana-Karakhoja Ancient Tombs are part of the Underground Museum of Turpan and the Living Archives of Gaochang 高昌. Astana means capital in Uigur; Karakhoja was a Uigur hero who protected his people from a vicious dragon.
Hotel: Petroleum Hotel or similar (5* star – best available)
|Flaming Mountains 火焰山
||Shengjinkou Cave Temple|
|Astana Tombs 阿斯塔那古
||Jiaohe Ruins 交河故城|
The Ancient Gaochang City 高昌古城市
Day 7 - Turpan 吐魯番/ Urumqi 烏魯木齊(新疆) (B/L/D)
Today, visit the Grape Valley 葡萄溝 - with its shady vineyards and trees, you may take a seat under the vintage frames, savor various grapes, dance with the beautiful Uigur 維吾爾族 girls in their ornate costumes. Walking along the grape corridor, you will find drying rooms on nearby slopes. Visit to Underground Irrigation System at Karez Well 坎兒井- the irrigation system of wells connected by underground channels, which is considered to be one of great ancient projects in China.
Afternoon, transfer to Urumqi 烏魯木齊 by coach, en route visit the Ancient City of Jiaohe 交河古城- Jiaohe Ruins 交河古城- with a history over 2,300 years , is the largest, oldest and best preserved earthen city in the world.
Hotel: Hoi Tak Hotel (5*) or similar
|Karez Well 坎兒井
||Ancient City of Jiaohe交河故城, Turpan|
|Jiaohe Ruins 交河古城
Day 8 - Urumqi烏魯木齊(新疆) / Dunhuang 敦煌，酒泉，甘肅(B/L/D)
Take morning flight from Uqumqi 烏魯木齊(新疆) to Dunhuang 敦煌, met your local guide & visit the The Crescent Spring 敦煌月牙泉and Echoing-Sand Mountain 沙山including a short Camel ride en route - 6km south of Dunhuang in the Singing Sands Mountains 唱金沙山 and is quite literally an oasis in the desert. The spring's name derives from the crescent moon shape taken by the small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes.
Hotel: Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel (5*) or similar
||Echoing-Sand Mountain 呼應沙
|The Crescent Spring 敦煌月牙泉
||Singing Sands Mountains 唱金沙山
Day 9 - April Dunhuang 敦煌 (甘肅) (B/L/D)
Today, visit the Magao Caves 莫高窟(UNESCO Cultural Heritage) - constructed over a millennium, from the 4th to the 14th centuries, the caves hold the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures. And then, visit the Dunhuang Museum 敦煌博物館.
Magao Caves 莫高窟
|Magao Caves 莫高窟
Day 10 - Dunhuang 敦煌 (甘肅) -Jiayuguan 嘉峪關(甘肅) (B/L/D)
This morning, you will drive to Jiyuguan city 嘉峪關 (estimate time 4 hours on highway), and see the beautiful snow mountain of Qilian 祁連山, and black Gobi desert 戈壁沙漠on the way. Upon arrival, after your lunch, you may visit the Fresco Tombs of Wei and Jin Dynasties 魏晉壁畫墓at Xincheng 新城镇spread out in the Xincheng Township some 20 kilometers away to the northeast of Jiayuguan 嘉峪關City in the Gobi Desert 戈壁沙漠. Within the scope of some 20 kilometers from the east of Jiayuguan 嘉峪關 to the west of Jiuquan 酒泉, there discovered a total of over 1,400 underground mural tomb groups of the Wei 魏 and Jin 晉 reputed as the “largest underground arcade of fine arts in the would”. In the period of from 1972 to 1979, a total of 13 tombs had been exhumed, of which 8 painted bricks. Now opened to visitors are No.6 and 7 tombs.
Hotel: Jiuquan Hotel (5*) or similar
|Jiayuguan Fort 嘉峪關
|Fresco Tombs of Wei and Jin Dynasties
We will not visit Jiuquan 酒泉
||Jiayuguan Pass 嘉峪關
Day 11 - Jiayuguan 嘉峪關(甘肅) / Xi'an 西安(陝西)， (B/L/D)
Today, you will visit Jiayuguang Pass 嘉峪關, literally "Excellent Valley Pass”, is well known as the western starting point of the Great Wall constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Located 6 km southwest of Jiangyuguan City 嘉峪關城市 in Gansu Province 甘肅, Jiayuguan Pass 嘉峪關 used to be the frontier fortress of ancient China as well as an important hub on the Silk Road. And visit the Suspended Great Wall 懸壁長城, it is a part of the Great Wall. The wall here was built on the ridge with the gradient of 45 degrees. It is high in the air and it looks as if it fell down from the top of the hill. So people refer to this section of the Great Wall as the "Suspended Wall".
Afternoon, fly to Xian 西安, arrive Xian 西安, met and transfer to your hotel.
Hotel: Days Inn and Suite Xinxing (5*) or Tintan Times Hotel
Tonight our local operator will collect the check in luggage and transfer to Louyang.
|Suspended Great Wall 懸壁長城
||The Suspended Wall is a part of the Great Wall. The wall here was built on the ridge with the gradient of 45 degrees
Morning is free (2 person will go to visit Terra Cotta Warrior Museum 兵馬俑 without shopping, USD50pp).
For those who are interested, I shall make reservations to visit Shaanxi 陝西 Provincial Museum in the morning.
Lunch is arranged at the famous Dumpling restaurant (Tak Fat Zhang ), the group will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda 大雁塔, and then transfer to train station, take High Speed train to Louyang 洛陽.
Hotel: Huayang International Hotel 5* or similar
|Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses 兵馬俑和馬匹
||Entrance into the Shaanxi History Museum
|Big Wild Goose Pagoda 大雁塔
||High Speed train 中國高速鐵路
Day 13 - Luoyang洛陽(河南) / Dengfeng登封市(河南) (B/L/D)
In the morning you will visit Longmen Grottoes 龍門石窟 and White Horses Temple 白馬寺. Longmen Grottoes 龍門石窟are one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. There are as many as 100,000 statues within the 1,400 caves, ranging from an 1 inch (25 mm) to 57 feet (17 m) in height. In 2000 the site was inscribed upon the UNESCO World Heritage List as “an outstanding manifestation of human artistic creativity,” for its perfection of an art form, and for its encapsulation of the cultural sophistication of Tang China. White Horses Temple 白馬寺is, according to tradition, the first Buddhist temple in China, established in 68 AD under the patronage of Emperor Ming in the Eastern Han capital Luoyang.
After lunch, visit Shaolin Temple少林寺which was the number one temple under heaven and the origin of Chinese Zen Buddhism with a history of 1500 years. The Pagoda Forest少林寺塔林of the Shaolin temple boasts to be the largest-scaled group of ancient pagodas with the largest amount existing so far in the whole country. Appreciate the magic Kungfu show.
Hotel: Chanwu Hotel 4* or similar
Day 14 - Dengfeng登封市(河南) —Kaifeng開封(河南) (3 hour drive) (B/L/D)
Today, drive to Kaifeng 開封 (about 3 hour), Kaifeng city, was built at the original site of Kaifeng city, people can appreciate the folk custom and cultural performance of northern song dynasty. Visit Iron Pagoda 鐵塔, built during the northern song dynasty with a history of 900 years. And visit the Park with ”Up-the-River-on-Chingming-Festival” (清明上河圖). Views vividly described the spectacles on the flouring Bian River卞河 and the busy life of the local people along the banks of the Bian River卞河on the Chingming Festival. Watch the show at night at your own arrangement, normal seat: CNY199 per person.
Hotel: Zhongzhou International Hotel 5* or similar
| Iron Pagoda 鐵塔
You can see a complete scroll - ”Up-the-River-on-Chingming-Festival” (清明上河圖).
Panorama of Along the River During Qingming Festival, 18th century remake of a 12th century original by Chinese artist Zhang Zeduan
Panorama of Along the River During the Qingming Festival, an 18th century remake of the 12th century original
Scene of urban sprawl right before the bridge leading to the main gate of the city (seen on the far left
The main gate of the city and the urban setting within, with teahouses, vendors, homes, and various figures interacting with one another
Day 15 - Kaifeng 開封(河南) -- Zhengzhou 鄭州(河南) ( B/L)
After breakfast, drive to Zhengzhou 鄭州 (1 hour drive) to visit Yellow River 黃河 Scenic Area, including cruising in the Yellow River 黃河. Yellow River 黃河 Scenic Area is surprisingly beautiful. As seen from a high point in this scenic area, the mighty Yellow River 黃河rushes by and demonstrates tremendous force with rolling and falling of the river's torrents. Sometimes in its thousands of miles, the river reaches wide endless plains where currents flow smoothly, and sometimes it meets precipitous mountains where it has to zigzag its way. In the afternoon, proceed to Provincial Museum which is a history and art museum. It has a collection of more than 130,000 pieces of cultural relics through the ages. In addition to its collection of human history the museum is also home to many relics of natural history including dinosaur bones and fossils. Dinner at own expense.
Hotel: Sofitel Hotel 5* or similar
Clockwise from top:Zhengdong New Area, Erqi Memorial Tower, Shaolin Monastery, Emperors Yan and Huang
Day 16 - Zhengzhou 鄭州(河南) / Beijing 北京/ Canada (B)
CA1332 Zhengzhou departing at 9.50am arriving Beijing 11.15am
CA 991 Beijing departing at 3.50pm arriving Vancouver 11.50am
Transfer to the airport to catch Air China flight to Beijing
Connect to Vancouver
Day 16 - Zhengzhou 鄭州(河南) / Beijing 北京/ Dalian大連
CA1332 Zhengzhou departing at 9.50am arriving Beijing 11.15am
CA1607 Beijing departing at 1.40pm arriving Dalian at 3.00pm
抵達後，入住酒店。Hotel：Ramada Hotel at Waling Street
Day 17 Dalian 大連(遼寧) to Lushun 旅順 (B/L)
(bus 约 1.5小時）旅顺—大連
日俄監獄、東雞冠山 East Jiguanshan 、遠觀大白玉、白玉塔、濱海路、北大橋
Day 18 - Dalian (B/L/）
Day 20 - Dalian / Beijing / Vancouver（B）
CA 1606 departing Dalian at 8.00am arriving Beijing at 9.30am
CA 991 deparing Beijing at 3.50pm arriving Vancouver at 11.50am
Clockwise from top: Dalian's Skyline, Laodong Park, Lüshun Station, Xinghai Square, and Zhongshan Square
白玉塔White Jade Hill