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Silk Road - China cultural heritage


Day 1. Arrive Lanzhou/Xiahe (Dinner)

Min Hang Hotel  ★★★

We arrive in Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province, is a major stop on the ancient "Silk Road" west of Xi'an. Situated on the upper reaches of the Yellow River, Lanzhou has been important for thousands of years because of the Hexi Corridor, or “Corridor West of the Yellow River,” in which early Chinese civilization began. Form airport, we visit Binglingsi by cruise. Binglingsi is located 35 KM southwest of Gansu Yongjing prefecture. Binglingsi Grottoes has thousands of years of history and intact save hundreds of stone carvings thousands of murals intact because of its relatively good natural conditions and less man-made destruction. After that we continue to Xiahe.






Day 2. Xiahe/Tongren (Breakfast, Dinner)

Regong Hotel  ★★★

After breakfast, we drive to Labrang Monastery. The Labrang Monastery is located at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain northwest of Xiahe County in Gannan Tibetan Nationality Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. A propitious place in the hearts of the Tibetan, it stands by the Daxia River and faces the Dragon Mountain. We talk with the monks there to learn about tens of thousands of statues of Buddha made of gold, silver, copper, and aluminum in Labrang Monastery. Leave here, we transfer to Tongren.






Day 3. Tongren/Xining (Dinner)

Shen Wang Hotel ★★★

In the morning, we visit Longwu temple and Wutun temple joining the morning chanting. Then we explore Regong art museum. An art museum with rich national characteristics and color Tibetan Buddhism of the building, it is mainly used for exhibition, collection, research, art exchange. We continue drive to Xining. Referred to as China's Summer Resort Capital, Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province, is located on the eastern edge of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the upper reaches of Huangshui River. As well as being the important hinge between the central plains and the western part of China in ancient time, Xining was the most common passing channel of the famous Silk Road. Until now, it is still the only road by which to enter the hinterland of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Overnight in Xining





Day 4. Xining/Zhangye (Breakfast, Dinner)

Huachen International Hotel  ★★★

After breakfast, we drive to Zhangye. Zhangye Danxia is located in the middle of Hexi Corridor of Gansu Province, Zhangye City. Zhangye Danxia landforms in the area of one hundred square mountain hills, with strange shapes, colors, of great momentum of the Danxia landform. Danxia is red sandstone through long-term weathering and peel and water erosion, the formation of isolated peaks and steep rocks. Zhangye Danxia landforms develop from about 2000000 years ago and distributing wide, magnificent scene, peculiar shape, bright color, is the most typical arid region in China and the largest area of Danxia landscape, has very high scientific value and tourism value. Then we trek on Binggou to enjoy colorful scenery and continue to overlook Danxi red earth. In the evening, we explore night market in Zhangye.






Day 5. Zhangye/Jiayuguan (Breakfast, Dinner)

Holiday Inn Plaza Hotel  ★★★

After breakfast, we visit Big Buddha temple. Big Buddha temple with its exquisite architecture of the existing and the country's largest indoor Big Buddha is famous at home and abroad, the great Buddha length is about 35 meters. Leave here, we drive to Jiayuguan. Jiayuguan is the starting point for the western end of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall. Jiayuguan in the Hexi Corridor of the Department of Chinese and Western (west central), have passed 631 years of history. After we visit Jiayuguan tower, we explore Hanging Great Wall






Day 6. Jiuyuguan/Dunhuang (Breakfast, Dinner)

Silk Road Hotel  ★★★

In the morning, we visit Wenjin Tomb. Wenjin Tomb is complex consisting of thousands of tomb and distribution for more than 20 km. The location is in the Gobi desert in the northeastern Jiayuguan city. Wenjin Tomb has discovered hundreds of beautiful painting. Then we drive to Dunhuang, we explore Crescent Lake without camel. Crescent Lake is located 5 kilometers southwest of Dunhuang city. In the Mingsha peaks surrounded by a green basin, deep clean water shaped like a crescent, Crescent Lake is like a crescent moon on the sand. Cool spring water clarity, taste sweet, demure lying in the sand hills embrace for thousands of years, is often attacked by the fierce winds of sand, but still rippling, gurgling sound of water. In the evening, we visit local Pedestrian Street.






Day 7. DunhuangQ Urumqi/Turpan(Breakfast, Dinner)

Huozhou Hotel  ★★★

After breakfast, we explore Maogao Caves. Mogao Caves are the nation key cultural relic preservation organ, is named Thousand Buddhas Cave, is situated west the Hexi Corridor end Dunhuang, is world famous by the fine mural and the cast. Its beginning constructs is form Qin times, has been through repeatedly 16 countries, the Northern Dynasty, Sui, Tang, five generations, Tangut , the Yuan and so on all previous dynasties constructing, forms the huge scale, existing cavern 735, the mural 45,000 square meter, argillaceous painted sculpture 2,415, are in the world the extant scale is biggest, the content richest Buddhism art place. Since the modern times had discovered the Buddhist scripture, in had 50,000 ancient times cultural relics, and grew specially to study the Buddhist scriptures hole ancient book and Dunhuang art discipline - Dunhuang studies. But since Mogao Caves receive many people in the modern times for the damage, the cultural relic massively drain, its integrity was seriously destroyed. In 1961, Mogao Caves are announced by the People's Republic of China State Council one of for first batch of national key cultural relic preservation organs. In 1987, Mogao Caves are listed as the world culture inheritance. Transfer to the airport for flight to Urumqi. From the airport we drive to Turpan.






Day 8. Turpan (Breakfast, Dinner)

Huozhou Hotel  ★★★

After breakfast, we visit Karez. Karez were living in Xinjiang working people of all nationalities, under the local climate, hydrological characteristics of a creation of a clandestine diversion projectsome Karez 1600, Turpan up with the most concentrated, according to statistics, a total of Turpan of Karez 1158, a total length of 5,000 km, the distance from Urumqi to Harbin milestone. Ancient Chinese Karez his greatest one of the underground water, the geographic academic experts as the "underground canal" with the Great Wall and Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal in ancient China known as a three projects. After we visit local bazaar, we explore Toyok village. Then Emin Minaret is the largest extant old tower in Xinjiang and the only Islamic tower among the hundred famous towers in China. Standing 2 km (1.24 miles) east of Turpan, it was built in 1777 in honor of the heroic Turpan general, Emin Khoja. We explore the village around. Leave here, we visit Jiaohe ancient town, which is the Silk Road traffic hub and is located in 10 km of west Turpan city. Jiaohe ancient town is the largest, ancient and best-preserved raw soil building city, also is our country more than two thousand years the most intact city ruins, is also the political and cultural center of western region in Tang dynasty.






Day 9. Turpan/Tianchi/Urumqi (Breakfast, Dinner)

Tumaris Hotel  ★★★

After breakfast, we drive to Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves, called as "Zhu Rong Cave" in the Tang Dynasty, is located  at about 60 kilometers northeast Turpan city and is more famous Buddhist Grottoes in Xinjiang. Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves is considered Huihu Buddhist Art’s the most important and the most and best preserved, the most representative art treasures. Then we drive to Tianchi. Urumqi to the North 110 kilometers, 2500 kilometers in length, across Asia hinterland of Junggar basin and Tarim Basin, as a natural boundary of the Tianshan mountains. Tianchi around the mountainside, there are many spruce forests, such as spruce-shaped pagoda, is a famous landscape tree. Then we explore Tianchi by trekking to the waterfall and by cruise. Leave here, we drive back to Urumqi.






Day 10. UrumqiQ Kashgar(Breakfast, Dinner)

Jinjiang Hotel  ★★★

After breakfast, we visit Urumqi Museum. From here, we learn about history about Urumqi and mummies section. We transfer Urumqi airport and take flight to Kashgarby. Kashgarby is an oasis city with approximately 350,000 residents in the western part of the Xinjiang. The city is located in the western extreme of China and within both the Tarim Basin and the Taklamakan Desert where it experiences an extreme desert climate.






Day 11. Kashar (Breakfast, Dinner)

Jinjiang Hotel  ★★★

After breakfast, we first visit Live Stock market and Sunday market. We can enjoy and buy Xinjiang souvenir in Handicrafts Street. Then we explore Abakh Hija tomb. Abakh Hija tomb is among the about 5 kilometers northeast of Kashgar village, this one Islam holy mausoleum of descendants, around being established in A.D. 1640.






Day 12. Kashgar/Tashkurgan (Breakfast, Dinner)

Crown Inn Hotel  ★★

In the morning, we drive to Tashkurgan. We enjoy Karakul Lake and other lakes on the way.Arrive Tashkurgan, we go to visit Stone City. Stone City is a famous ancient city ruins on the ancient Silk Road. Tathagata is the ancient Silk Road and south road intersection and yet several channels to the Pamirs converge. Stone city built on a high hill, a multilayer or broken, or renewal of walls partition between mounds overlap, stones, constitute a unique rock scene.





Day 13. Tashkurgan/KashgarQ Urumqi (Breakfast, Dinner)


We drive back to Kashgar in the morning, we visit market on the way. Upon Kashgar, we transfer to the airport for flight to Urumqi.





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