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the capital of the People's Republic of China.
Meet your guide upon arrival and transfer to your deluxe hotel.
Morning tour to Tiananmen Square, located in the heart of the
capital, and the Imperial Palace, known as the Forbidden City
- one of the greatest feats of ancient Chinese architecture. Afternoon
sightseeing includes Summer Palace - a former summer resort
area of the royal family. Welcome Peking Duck Banquet in the evening.
Full day excursion to the Great Wall - the landmark of China.
It is one of the most amazing feats of human labour - the only man-made
construction on earth visible from outer space. After lunch, a drive
to the Ming Tombs along the Sacred Way with giant marble figures
and animals guarding the tomb area for deceased emperors of the Ming
To Urumqi Morning
tour to the Temple of Heaven where the emperors prayed for
good harvest. Fly to the oasis of Urumqi
after lunch, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Upon arrival,
meet your guide and transfer to your deluxe hotel.
To Karshgar A full day is spent visiting Heavenly Lake which
lies at 1,980m above sea level. Ice-covered peaks, cypresses,
pines, wild flowers, grazing animals and foggy mountain paths make
it a hiker's paradise. Boat ride on Heavenly Lake. After dinner, a
short flight brings you to Kashgar at the foot of the Pamir Mountains,
one of the westernmost points of China.
Kashgar was a key trading point on the Silk Route.
To Urumqi Begin
your discovery today with visits to the Abakh Hoja Tomb and
the great Id Kah Mosque fronted by the busy square. Then roam through
Kashgar's colorful bazaar. Some would say it is the largest
bazaar in Central Asia. Fly back to Urumqi
by air in the evening.
To Turpan Morning tour to Nanshan Pasture. Stroll through the
rolling green hills dotted with Kazak yurts and encounter grazing
sheep and camels. Discover waterfalls and enjoy the scenic beauty
of the southern foothills while the snow-capped peaks of Tian Shan
tower above in the distance. Drive to Turpan in the afternoon.
An Uygur dance show will be provided in the evening.
The day is spent exploring Turpan, renowned in China
for its grapes and Hami melons. Of interest in the area are the Imin
Mosque, the Astana tombs, the Thousand Buddha Caves, the ancient
city sites of Gaochang and Jiaohe, and the Karez Irrigation
System. Visit the grape vineyards in the afternoon, where you can
enjoy numerous types of grapes as many as you like. Board an overnight
train to Dunhuang.
in the morning. Visit the archaeological treasures in Dunhuang,
the famous of which is the Mogao Grottoes. There is a total
of 492 caves housing one of the country's most famous collections
of Chinese Buddhist scriptures frescoes and paintings. In the afternoon,
visit the Crescent Moon Lake surrounded by Mingsha Sand
Hill. At the hill foot you may enjoy a slow riding on camelback.
To Jiayuguan Pass A 5-hour drive brings you to Jiayuguan Pass, the
western end of the Great Wall. Upon arrival, stroll on the
Pass To Lanzhou Drive to Jiuquan in the morning, 30km east to
Jiayuguan Pass. Visit the famous Site of Wine Spring(Jiuquan)
of Western Han (206 B.C.-A.D.24), ancient Bell and Drum Tower and
a factory where world famous luminous wine cups are made. Board an
overnight train to Lanzhou.
Lanzhou in the morning, the capital of Gansu Province, set on the
banks of the Yellow River. The city has been a main caravan junction
for 2,000 years. Visit the Five Springs Park , White Pagoda Hills
and the Waterwheel by the Yellow River. Boat ride on Yellow River.
Take morning flight to Xi'an,
the great ancient capital and the eastern end of the Silk Road. City
tour begins with a visit to the ancient City Wall which was
built in 1370 A.D. Afternoon visit to Big Wild Goose Pagoda
which was built in 652 A.D. It contains a large volume of Buddhist
scriptures which were obtained from India by the eminent monk of Xuanzang.
Attend a special Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show in the evening.
Full day excursion to the unparalleled highlight Terra-Cotta Warriors
and Horses at the Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor in
Added highlights are a visit to the Huaqing Hot Spring - a
former resort area especially for the emperors and the royal family
and a visit to Banpo Village - the remains of a neolithic village
dating back 6,000 years. Primitive tools and household utensils are
displayed in the Banpo Museum. Time permits, visit factory where copies
of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses are made. With the introduction
of the workman there, you may try to use clay and mould to make the
copies of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses yourself.
Fly to Shanghai,
the bustling commercial heart of China,
known as the "Paris of the East". The tour begins with a
stroll along the lively waterfront "The Bund", then
a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple where two rare jade statues
of Sakyamuni Buddha are treasured. Remainder of the afternoon is free
to shop and explore. An acrobatic show for your evening entertainment.
Your fascinating journey comes to an end as you board your international