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Beijing-Xi'an-Silk Road-Lhasa Ancient Cities Tour

Beijing-Xi'an-Silk Road-Lhasa Ancient Cities Tour
 Beijing-Xi'an-Jiayuguan-Dunhuang-Turpan-Urumqi-Xining-Lhasa
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Private tourist vehicle with driver, tour guide, clean and comfortable hotel, meals, entrance fees, Tibet train ticket, Tibet permit
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We will cross 10 ancient cities in throughout this tour, and each city has a history at least more than one thousand years; the rich and grand culture in Beijing and Xi'an as well as the exotic nature and culture across the Silk Road and Tibet is the most rewarding experience you could ever experience at one time during any tour in the world.

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Tour length: 16 days

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Day 1 Beijing city tour

Highlights: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong Tour

Forbidden City Hutong Tour

Schedule: Today we will take you to the most famous Beijing tourist attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and later, take a rickshaw Hutong tour, during which you can visit a local Beijing family too.

Day 2 Beijing outskirts tour

Highlights: Mutianyu Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven

Mutianyu Great Wall The Temple of Heaven

Schedule: In the morning, you will visit the Mutianyu Great Wall, known as the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall. Later, drive back to downtown to visit the Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest.

Day 3 Xi'an Tour

Highlights: Terror Cotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Terra Cotta Warriors Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Schedule: Our guide and driver will pick you up at the train station in Xi'an, afterwards, drive to visit the 8th wonder in the world-Terra Cotta Warriors that were formed more than 2000 years ago. After lunch in the downtown, we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a seven-storey square cone-shaped tower built in the Tang Dynasty, about the 7th Century. It was used to store the Buddhism scriptures and statues brought back from India by Master Xuanzang. Then our driver and guide will transfer you back to hotel, the free time is on you afterwards.

Day 4 Xi'an Tour

Highlights: City Wall, Bell Tower, Muslim Street & Great Mosque

City Wall Bell Tower

Schedule: Today, our tour begins by ascending the City Wall, another landmark of the city. Built in the Ming Dynasty (around 14th century), Xian City Wall is the best-preserved city wall in China. Standing on it, you can have a bird's eye view of this ancient city. Not far away from the City Wall standing the Bell Tower which is the geographical center of this ancient city, also it is the best preserved and largest of the same kind in China, after visiting the Bell Tower, we will walk to the Muslim Street to visit the Great Mosque which is also the largest and best preserved mosque in China. 

Day 5 Xi'an-Jiayuguan

Highlights: Jiayuguan Pass & Great Wall

Jiayuguan Pass & Great Wall Jiayuguan Pass & Great Wall

Schedule: Our guide and driver in Xi'an will send you to the airport in Xi'an to catch the flight to Jiayuguan, and then our Silk Road tour starts. At Jiayuguan , our local new guide and driver will pick you up at the airport; the first attraction we visit on the Silk Road is Jiayuguan Pass which is the most western fort of the Great Wall for Chinese emperors who thought theirs was the only true civilization while the world outside of the pass was an uncivilized world for only nomads and savages.

Day 6 Jiayuguan-Dunhuang

Highlights: Mingsha Hill & Crescent Moon Spring

Mingsha Hill Crescent Moon Spring

Schedule: ToDay you will visit famous Mingsha (Echoing-Sand) Hill. It is so named because when you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands. You will firstly experience a short camel ride along the hill to reach the Crescent Moon Spring which is really a natural wonder that the crescent-shaped spring ringed by the endless Gobi desert has not dried up since it come into being and still gushes with fresh current.

Day 7 Dunhuang-Turpan

Highlights: Mogao Grottoes

Mogao Grottoes Mogao Grottoes

Schedule: After finishing a short rest in the hotel, visit the famous Mogao Grottoes which is known as the "Pearl of Oriental Art" or "Oriental Louvre", the Mogao Grottoes not only boasts a large number of vivid Buddhism murals, statues and architecture, but also is renowned as the treasure house of Buddhism culture with richest contests and longest history. Afterwards, continue the trip to Dunhuang Museum, where you will have a better understanding of the Silk Road from the exhibited historical relics. After dinner, transfer by car from Dunghuang to Liuyuan Train station (2 hours), from Liuyuan you will take train heading to Turpan.

Day 8 Turpan Tour

Highlights: Sugong Minaret, Karez Wells

Sugong Minaret Karez Wells

Schedule: In the morning, our local guide and driver will pick you up at Turpan train station. Firstly, we will visit the existing largest ancient minaret-Sugong Minaret that was built in 1778 with a height of 37 meters. Close to the the Sugong Minaret stands the largest mosque in Turpan. Afterwards, we will visit the Karez Wells that are known as 3 of greatest Chinese ancient projects along with the Great Wall, the Beijing-Hangzhou Great Cannel.

Day 9 Turpan-Urumqi

Highlights: Ruins of Gaochang City, Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves , International Grand Bazaar

Ruins of Gaochang City Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves

Schedule: After breakfast, we will drive to visit the Ruins of Gaochang City that used to be the capital of Gaochang Kingdom; this kingdom was defeated by the Tang Dynasty and fell into ruins at the end of 13th century during the war. Just 10 kilometers away from the ruins locate Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves, which used to be the loyal temple of the Gaochang Kingdom. Though the caves were seriously damaged during the history, toDay you could still find it a large delicate and colorful treasure house of art. And then, we will continue our driver to Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Province, tonight you can relax yourself by visiting Urumqi International Grand Bazaar where you will find lots of local tasty food and delicate craftwork.

Day 10 Urumqi-Xining-Lhasa

Highlights: Qinghai-Tibet Train Journey

Qinghai-Tibet Train Journey Qinghai-Tibet Train Journey

Schedule: Our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and then transfer you to the airport in Urumqi, you will arrive in Xining by flight, and our local guide and Xining will pick you up from airport in Xining and transfer you to the train station to catch the famous Qinghai-Tibet train, and your Tibet tour starts once you get on board of train.

Day 11 Arrival upon Lhasa & Acclimatization

Highlights: First impression of Lhasa

Lhasa train pick-up Tibet Impression

Schedule: Our Tibetan guide and driver in the holy city of Lhasa will pick you up at train station in Lhasa and then transfer you to the hotel booked for you. ToDay , we arrange no tour for you in order to let you rest and acclimatize better for the next Day s' guided tour. You can hang out by yourself to get the first impression of the holy city of Lhasa.

Day 12 Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street

Potala Palace Jorhkang Temple

Schedule: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-PotalaPalace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO.

Day 13 Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Schedule: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery-Sera Monastery, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet. We will watch the debate session and you may join in too with the help your guide.

Day 14 Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse

Highlights:Yamdrok Lake,Pelcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa

Yamdrok Lake Pelcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa

Schedule: In the morning, drive to the holy lake of Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snowcapped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. Stay and hike there for about half an hour to take photos, and then drive back to Lhasa. Free time on your own in Lhasa.

Day 15 Shigatse-Lhasa

Highlights:Tashilumpo Monastery, Brahmaputra River

Tashilumpo Monastery Brahmaputra River

Schedule: In the morning, we will visit the Panchen Lamas’ seat—Tashilhumpo Monastery which was built in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama in Tibet. In the monastery placed a very giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha and is 26.2 metres (86 feet) in height. The relationship and stories between Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama are always interesting and tantalizing, a visit to it, you will grasp it all. Later in the afternoon, we will drive back to Lhasa; along the way, we can see the very gorges Brahmaputra River and valley.

Day 16 Departure transfer

Tour ends, departure transfer to train station or airport. Welcome to Tibet next time.

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