Day 1: Arrive Beijing, the capital of China. Meet your guide upon arrival and be transferred to your comfortable hotel. Meals: (D).
Day 2: Beijing. Begin the day with a visit to Tian’anmen Square, the world's largest square. Then, move on to the Imperial Palace, also known as the "Forbidden City" that symbolizes the imperial and traditional China. In the afternoon, visit the enchanting Summer Palace, one of China's largest and best-preserved imperial gardens. A Peking Duck Dinner concludes your first full day activities in China. All meals are included.
Day 3: Beijing. Take an excursion to the Great Wall, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” and a symbol of Chinese civilization. Then, move on to visit the Ming Tomb (Changling Tomb) area where is for deceased emperors of the Ming Dynasty. All meals are included.
Day 4: Beijing - Urumqi. Fly to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Upon arrival in the afternoon, stop by the Xinjiang Museum to view the incredible mummies from over 2000 years ago. Check in hotel. Meals: (B) and (D).
Day 5: Urumqi - Kashgar. Today's highlight is the excursion to the beautiful Heavenly Lake and the Nanshan Pasture. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Yurt homes of the local Kazakh people. Fly to China's western-most city - Kashgar, and check in hotel in the evening. All meals are included.
Day 6: Kashgar. Today you will pay a visit to Id Kah Mosque.Stay overnight in Kashgar. All meals are included.
Day 7: Kashgar - Urumqi. Morning is free for your own exploration. In the afternoon, visit the Tomb of Abakh Hoja, a famous concubine of Qing Emperor. Tour the grounds of Hannoyi Ruins and the Moer Pagoda. Fly back to Urumqi in the evening. Check in hotel. All meals are included.
Day 8: Urumqi - Turpan. Drive to Turpan. Turpan is a Uygur town set in a large oasis surrounded by desert and dry mountains. The ancient Jiaohe Old City was built on a strategic high ground and now the remains of many structures are still standing. Stay overnight in Turpan. All meals are included.
Day 9: Turpan. Today's activities take you to Imin Minaret and the mysterious Gaochang Ruins, which reveals traces of a prosperous ancient trading center and military stronghold. Later stop by the Astana Tombs, the burial ground for the nobles of ancient kingdoms, and the Beziklik Thousands Buddha Caves. Late afternoon and evening are free for your own exploration. Meals: (B) and (L).
Day 10: Turpan - Dunhuang. Turpan is famous throughout China for its big and sweet grapes. The visit to the Grape Valley and the homes of Uygur farmers is an extraordinary experience. Take an overnight train ride to Dunhuang. All meals are included.
Day 11: Dunhuang. Arrive at Liuyuan early morning. You are met and transferred to Dunhuang and check in hotel for some rest. Visit the legendary White Horse Pagoda, Crescent Spring Lake, and characteristics Singing Sand Dunes of the Gobi Desert. Meals: (B) and (D).
Day 12: Dunhuang - Xi’an. Spend the whole morning exploring the fascinating Buddhist art at the Mogao Caves, carved on a cliff facing the desert. Fly to Xi'an in the afternoon and check in hotel. Meals: (B) and (L).
Day 13: Xi’an. Climb up the massive City Walls of Xi'an to get a feeling of China's ancient capital before going to visit the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors of China's first Emperor, Qin Shihuang. After lunch, visit the Shaanxi History Museum, one of the best in China. Enjoy a characteristic Dumpling Dinner tonight. All meals are included.
Day 14: Xi’an - Shanghai. Stop by the on-going Yangling Archaeological Dig to view some fascinating discoveries of the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). Fly to beautiful Shanghai and visit the Bund and Yuyuan Garden upon arrival. Enjoy an exciting Acrobatic Show tonight. Check in hotel. All meals are included.
Day 15: Shanghai. Visit the marvelous Shanghai Museum, whose galleries contain world-class collections of ancient arts and artifacts. Wander around the former French Concession to see how local people spend their leisure time. You will have some free time in the afternoon to explore the city on your own. All meals are included.
Day 16: Return from Shanghai. Be transferred to the airport and prepare to board on your homebound flight. Meals: (B).
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