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Silk Road is one of the world’s oldest and most historically important trade routes, it started from Chang’an (present-day Xi’an) in the east, ended in Rome in the west and it influenced the culture of China, Central Asia and the West for a long period of time in history.
Along the China section of the Silk Road, you’ll see lots of historic and cultural sites, as well as those unique and magnificent natural surroundings.
Day1: Australia Urumqi, China
Depart from Australia to Urumqi.
Day2: Arrive Urumqi (B, D)
Arrives at Urumqi – the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China’s northwest. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to hotel, followed by a visit to Eardaoqiao Bazaar.
Day3: : Urumqi Turpan (B, L, D)
Excursion today starts with the visit to Emin Pagoda; tour to Tianchi Lake, which looks like a piece of diamond embedded on top of Mt Tianshan. Then proceed to Turpan by road. Roast lamb is served for dinner and the singing and dancing performance by Uygurs is treated.
Day4: Turpan Hami (B, L, D)
The sightseeing today features the ruins of Gaochang and the Flaming Mountain, followed by a tour to Grapes Valley, visit a local Uygurian family, see the underground irrigation system. Then transfer to Hami.
Day5: Hami Dunhuang (B, L, D)
Covers wide area and known as the famous fruit-land, where the Great Balikun Prairie and the White Stone Valley will feast your eyes on an unique view. After lunch, transfer to Dunhuang. Enjoy a special local flavour dinner.
Dunhuang City is at the western end of the Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province and has a population of 150,000. It was first established in 111 B.C. as a prefecture, served as a traffic hub on the ancient Silk Road and the centre for political, economic and cultural exchanges between the Orient and the West.
Day6: Dunhuang Jiayuguan City (B, L, D)
The highlight awaiting you today is the visit of Mogao Grottes, known as the “Oriental Pearl of Art”. Then tour to the Echoing-Sand Mountain and the Crescent Lake, where you can find a miraculous mixture of sand and water… Enjoy a local flavour dinner in the City of Jiayuguan.
Jiayuguan City is in the middle section of the Hexi Corridor. The city is named after the Jiayu Pass, west terminal of the Great Wall, and has a population of 160,000.
Day7: Jiayuguan City Jiuquan Zhangye Wuwei (B, L, D)
In the morning, tour to Jiayuguan Castle, the west end of the Great Wall, which was built in Ming Dynasty over 600 years ago, followed by the Tombs with Murals of the Wei & Jin Dynasties. Then to the city of Jiuquan, which is at only 21km east of Jiayuguan, a short tour to the Drum and Bell Tower and the Jiuquan Park. Then travel eastward to the City of Zhangye, visit of Giant Buddha Temple, which was built in Western Xia dynasty. Then continue the journey to the City of Wuwei where you will enjoy the local flavour dinner.
Jiuquan (Meaning in Chinese: Wine Spring):
Jiuquan is a city with several hundred thousand inhabitants in the western part of the Gansu Province. The city is approximately 1500 m above sea level. Jiuquan was founded in 111 B.C. as a military outpost on the Silk Road. In the proximity of the city is the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, where the first Chinese human spaceflight, Shenzhou 5 was launched in 2003 and the second in 2005. The local specialty is Ye-Guang-Bei, a kind of goblet made of local black jade.
Located at about 450km northwest of Lanzhou and 150km southeast of Jiayuguan, in the center of the Hexi Corridor. Zhangye has always been an important stopover for caravans and travellers on the Silk Road. Indeed, Marco Polo spent a whole year here. The area was the frontier for much of China’s history. During the Western Han dynasty, Chinese armies were often engaged against the Huns in this area.
Wuwei, in central Gansu, formerly called Liangzhou, was a centre for cultural and economic exchanges with the Western Regions that now lie in west China and some area of central Asia, a strategic pass on the Silk Road and a centre of Buddhism. Lying approximately halfway between Lanzhou and Zhangye, Wuwei is quiet, relaxing place. As well as some attractive temples, there’s a pleasant new town and some quite substantial remains of the old settlement. The town’s most famous object, the Han-dynasty Galloping Bronze Horse, was discovered here in 1969 underneath the Leitai Si. The original is now housed in the Lanzhou Museum but the symbol of the horse, depicted in full gallop and stepping on the back of a swallow, can be seen everywhere in the city.
Day8: Wuwei Lanzhou (B, L, D)
Tour to Wen Shrine and Haizang Temple. After lunch, travel to Lanzhou – the capital of Gansu Province. City tour will include the first Iron Bridge over the Yellow River, White Pagoda. Taste local popular Beef Noodle in our dinner tonight.
Day9: Lanzhou Xi´an (B, L, D)
Fly to Xi’an. Upon arrival at Xi’an airport, meet with our local guide, then tour to the Bell Tower Square and the Ancient City Wall followed by the 1000 year old Wild Goose Pagoda.
Day10: Xi´an (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will visit the life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses buried with the first emperor – Qin Shi Huang for more than two thousand years. This afternoon visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening enjoy a Dumpling Dinner in local restaurant.
Day11: Xi’an Australia (B,L,D)
Free at leisure until transfer to airport for you home bound flight or flight to your next destination.
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