Day 1: Arrival in Beijing. Our tour guide will wait you at the exit of the airport holding a brand with your name before your landing. Then transfer you to your hotel by private car or van. Our experienced tour guide would like to introduce you city summary and some tips on the way. You could have a rest to recover from jet lag after arrive at your hotel or to explore by yourself.
Day 2: Beijing. Full day trip to the Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. Enjoy Beijing Roast Duck dinner. In the evening (7:15~8:30 pm), enjoy the Beijing Opera show, choose one show from these three options, depending on your interest. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Beijing. Full day trip to the Great Wall, Ming Tomb. Go to visit famous cloisonne factory or jade factory on the way to Great Wall. Pick you up from your hotel on departure time, and then drive to the Great Wall ,The great wall snakes its way across northern China, from the yellow sea and past the Gobi Desert for some 6000 km, it’s a remarkable place of engineering and is the most famous symbol of China. the genesis of the Great wall dates to the warring States period from 475 to 221 BC, when Chinese feudal kingdoms built earthen ramparts to defend against nomadic invaders. The sections of the Great wall near Beijing were renovated during the Ming dynasty. The Ming Tomb: The tombs of 13 Ming dynasty emperors and their consorts are scattered in a gorgeous valley 45 km northwest of Beijing, all but three of the Ming emperors lies in Nanjing, the tomb of the second emperor remains unknown as he had his throne usurped by his uncle and another emperor was considered illegitimate and wasn’t given the honor of an imperial tomb. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Beijing to Urumqi. We will drive to Hutong. A tour to Beijing Rear Lake area (Shi Cha Lake). Visitors will be arranged to visit the old Beijing lanes by rickshaws bicycle ride, across many narrow streets, Hutong tour lasts for about 2 hours, led by local guide, visitors will visit the typical Chinese quadrangles, where you can experience the real life of ordinary people live in Beijing, and pass many famous old building, like the drum tower, Silver Bridge, etc. Visit Lama Temple, The lama temple is an island of Buddhism is the heart of the concrete jungle, Monks in wine-colored robes live, study and pray in its pleasant gardens and halls, Decorated with delicate scrolls and massive icons, its building are a hybrid of Tibetan, Mongolian and Han architectural styles, the lama temple is a tranquil spot, except during the spring festival (Chinese new year) when it seems all of China’s Buddhists throng its altars to burn bushels of incense and pray for good fortune.
After lunch we visit the Temple of Heaven: The temple of heaven served Ming and Qing dynasty emperors as a vast sacred space to perform ceremonial rites on behalf of the Chinese nation, the layout of the compound reflects its religious purpose and so adheres to geomantic precepts, for instance, the northern end of the park is curved while the southern end is square, reflecting the traditional Chinese conception of heaven as round and earth as square. Likewise, the park gates are located at the four cardinal points. Transfer you to airport,take flight to Urumqi. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Urumqi to Kashgar. Transfer to airport take flight to Kashgar in the morning. Kashgar is "the pearl on the Ancient Silk Road". Be transferred to the hotel for check in. Then visit the famous Sunday Market, it was called "Asia's largest market" in ancient time, have about 2000 years history. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 6: Kashgar to Urumqi to Turpan. Visit the Id Kah Mosque, the Old Street and the Abakh Khoja Tomb in Kashgar. Take flight to Urumqi then be transfered to Turpan. Today, Kashgar is an out of the way place but in ancient times it was a strategically important crossroads where the northern and southern routes of the silk road going around the Taklamakan desert to the east, met with the northern and southern routes towards the west (north through the Torugart pass to the Fergana valley and south through the Kunjerab pass to Gilgit). The Han Chinese arrived here in the 2nd century BC and successively held and lost Kashgar over and over again until now. There are few Chinese here, the population is mostly Uighur with Tajik, Kyrgyz and Uzbek minorities all of which are Muslim. Their main place of worship, the Id Kah Mosque (built in 1442 and enlarged in the 18th century), is surrounded by colourful bazaar streets in the center of town. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 7: Turpan. Full day tour to Turpan. Visit the Jiaohe Ruins to know the long history of Turpan,the ancient city of Jiaohe is about an hour outside Turpan. Karez System which is called "underground Great Wall", the largest extant Islamic tower Sugong Pagoda (Emin Minaret). The Turfan (or Turpan) depression lies below sea level and receives practically no rain. It is a very hot and inhospitable place but men have built up an oasis here by bringing ground water through underground irrigation channels connecting long lines of wells leading to the surrounding hills. Some of the "karez" were built 2 000 years ago and have been maintained ever since. A similar system of wells called "qanat" has been in use in Persia for an equally long time. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 8: Turpan-Dunhuang. Visit the Gaochang Ancient city Ruins in the desolate Gebi desert, the Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave, the Flaming Mountain. The Han Dynasty built military outposts in the depression in 90 BC after decades of fighting for control of the oasis with the Hsiung-nu who remained a serious threat for two centuries. A large garrison was maintained by the Han in the fortified town of Gaochang (known as Kiu-che by the Han and as Kara Khoja by the Tang) 45 km east of Turfan. Another was installed in Jiaohe (originally called Yark Hoto) 18 km west of Turfan.
More than 100 caves have been hewn out of this cliff face between the 6th and 9th centuries by Buddhist monks who farmed the valley below. They were abandoned at about the same time as Gaochang and Jiaohe after the Muslim takeover of the region in the late 14th century. Harsh sunlight simmering on the erosion patterns of the "Flaming Hills" gave them their name. They are mentioned by that name as a formidable obstacle to cross in the classic novel "Journey to the West" relating Xuan Zang's quest of Buddhist scriptures in the 7th century. The Bezeklik caves are in a gorge on the other side of this mountain. Take the overnight soft sleeper train to Dunhuang. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Dunhuang. You could have a brief snack as breakfast on the train before arriving in Dunhuang. Visit the Mogao Grottoes which are the most impressive and best-preserved examples of Buddhist cave art in China. The grottoes honeycomb the 1,600-meter-long cliff face which sits on a north-south axis. They contain over 2000 statues and over 45,000 separate murals, and the Dunhuang Museum. Includes: (L).
Day 10: Dunhuang to Xian. Take a camel-riding along the Echoing-Sand Dune to the Crescent Lake. Take flight to Xian. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 11: Xian. Drive to and visit Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. In 1974 when the farmers drilling a well, what they found would excite the archeology world. In a vault of approximately 12,000 square meters and 5 m underground lay some 8000 terracotta infantry soldiers, archers, cavalrymen and chariots arranged in battle formation, as warriors, they each held weapon, bronze swords, spears, axes and halberds-which were still sharp when discovered and longbows and crossbows, ready to defend their Emperor’s (Emperor Qingshihuang) immortal soul. The terracotta sculptures show a high level of artistry with individualized facial expressions, hairstyles and clothing and were one brightly painted with black armor, colorful red scarves and green pants, though the colors have long faded.
Then we will visit the Huaqing Hot Springs, the museum is 30 km east of xi'an, was once the playground of Tang dynasty emperors, though there have been buildings there as early as the western Zhou (about 3000 BC), with later additions built during in Qin and Sui dynasties. the museum are famous because YangGuifei,one of four beauteous girls in Chinese history. The natural springs are considered to have beneficial minerals and there are several places to bathe, visitors also can enjoy these valued hot spring. Taste delicious local Dumplings. One of the highlights in Xi'an is a Tang Dynasty Show, the show is a performance of Chang'an music and dance originated in China's Tang Dynasty over a thousand years ago. It has been recreated in accordance with various historical records as well as ancient art and relics discovered in Xian, the capital of the empire during the Tang Dynasty. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Xian. Be picked up from your hotel in the morning. Visit the Provincial Museum, it was opened in 1991, is the largest comprehensive museum in the province. The museum exhibits over 3,000 historical relics, a small fraction of their collection, ranging from 115,000-year-old prehistoric artifacts to items from the Opium wars of the 1840's. The main attraction of the museum is the magnificent collection of Tang dynasty artifacts. Of special significance are the bronze pieces and the tang gold and silverware, the terracotta pieces and murals from Tang dynasty tombs.the museum is built in a traditional Tang dynasty architectural style is modern and well designed.
Then we will visit the Great Mosque, located in Muslim district along Huajue lane, the Great mosque is short walk form the Drum tower and the bell tower at the center of town, The mosque, which is still an active place of worship and was established by the Tang dynasty in AD 742 for Muslim traders from Central Asia who settled in XI'an. Inside the Great Mosque compound it is difficult to tell that the buildings are Islamic because it was built according to traditional Chinese architectural forms and many of the Islamic symbols are Sinicized,the area surrounding the mosque is called Huifang and has a distinct Muslim atmosphere, with small tree lined lanes crowded with restaurants and shops that are alive with activity.
Move on to visit City Wall, Xi'an's gray city walls are imposing and built to keep out bandits and barbarians, The massive walls measure 12 m high and 16m wide at the base, tapering to 12 m to 14 m and is 13.74 km in circumference. Towers at each corner of the walls have defensive towers jutting our along the length of the wall, the surviving walls, built on Tang dynasty foundations, date to the Ming dynasty and were built during the 14 century. Parts of the wall have been destroyed and the wall is incomplete but many sections remain or have been rebuilt. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 13: Xian to Chongqing to Yangtze. After lunch, transfer to airport take flight to Chongqing. Then visit the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo. After dinner, check in the cruise ship. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 14: Yangtze River. Pick up you from the Cruise pier, then take a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City (8:00 to 10:00 am). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 15: Yangtze River. Pick up you from the cruise pier, then take a visit shore excursion to Shennong Stream (1:30 pm to 5:30 pm).
Day 16: Yangtze to Yichang to Shanghai. Pick up you from cruise pier take a shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site. Arrive in Yichang at 1:00 pm, transfer to airport to Shanghai. Transfer to hotel in Shanghai. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 17: Shanghai. Pick up from your hotel at 9:00 am. Visit Yu Garden: classical Chinese garden in Shanghai, around which a nice shopping mall for all kinds of light products, specialties and local snacks. The Bund: the former foreign settlement, ranged along with imposing buildings of the colonial period. Visit the Shanghai Pearl Tower: Standing by the Huangpu River with 468 meters high, Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the highest TV Tower in Asia. Shanghai Museum: The museum is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy. with a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art and cultural relics. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 18: Departure from Shanghai. Pick up you from hotel to airport fro departure. The departure time is up to you. Includes: (B).
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