to Xian on deluxe wide-bodied jet plane, cross the international date line.
Day 02USA Xian
Continue on the flight to Xian with meals on board and new movies
Day 03Xian Urumqi
Arrive Xian at , met by the 3L tour guide.After lunch fly to Urumqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang
Uighur Autonomous Region. Stay over night in Urumqi.
Sightseeing the city museumto view the incredible mummies from
over 2,000 years ago. Visit the RedhillPark and the Bazaar, which is believed to
be the largest outdoor market. A roast lamb dinner banquet will be served in
Day 05 Urumqi
In the morning, take a cruise on Lake of Heaven, which is at an elevation of 6,435
feet above sea level. It is a beautiful highland lake, flanked by rugged
pines and cypresses, and with clear waters that reflect the surrounding
mountains. In winter, it provides an ideal alpine skating rink. Afterwards
visit the Hill of Heaven Grassland and Nanshan Grassland.
Day 06 Urumqi Turpan
After breakfast, take motor coach to Turpan, a Uighur town set in a
large oasis surrounded by desert and dry mountains. Upon arrival visit the
mysterious Gaochang Ruins, which reveals traces of a prosperous ancient
trading center and military stronghold. You will have an opportunity to
sightsee the FlamingMountains and Karez Underground Irrigation
Day 07 Turpan Liuyuan Dunhuang
Turpan is famous throughout China for its big and sweet grapes. The
visit to the GrapeValley and the homes of Uighur farmers is an
extraordinary experience.Visit the
Jiaohe Ruins, BezeklikThousandBuddhaCaves. Travel to Dunhuang via Liuyuan by
overnight soft-sleeper train.
Day 08 Dunhuang
During the Han and Tang dynasties, Dunhuang was a major point of
interchange between China and the outside world a
stopping-off post for both incoming and outgoing trading caravans. Upon
arrival sightseeing the SingingSandMountains, CrescentMoonLake, visit the YangPass.
Day 09 Dunhuang
Sightsee the White Horse Pagoda, and
then visit the MogaoCaves the World Art Treasure House. It is
the world’s most important sites of ancient Buddhist culture. The grottoes,
also known as Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, preserve nearly a thousand years
of Buddhist cave-temple architecture, clay sculpture, mural paintings, and
manuscripts, dating from the 5th to the 14th centuries. The Mogao Grottoes
are carved into desert cliffs overlooking a river valley about 25 km
southwest of Dunhuang. The caves vary enormously in size, from tiny
single-roomcells that served as living quarters for individual monks to huge,
cavernous worship halls housing monumental sculptures and mural cycles. The
caves honeycomb a 1,600-meter-long cliff face running north and south, and
contain some 2,000 clay sculptures and more than 45,000 square meters
(484,000 sq. ft) of mural paintings.
Dunhuang Jiayuguan Lanzhou
Take a coach to Jiayuguan in the morning, which was considered both the
western tip of the Great Wall and the western boundary of the empire.
Sightseeing the Jiayuguan Fort and the Overhanging Great Wall. Take
soft-sleeper overnight train to Lanzhou, the capital city of GansuProvince.
Day 11 Lanzhou
Arrive Lanzhou in the morning, tour to the Baitashan
(WhitePagodaMountain) andZhongshanIronBridge the first bridge on the Yellow River, and the WuquanShanMountain. Enjoy the well-known local hand made
Day 12 Lanzhou
Visit the museum, tour to the Liujia Gorge, and then take boat to YongjingCounty to visit the Bingling Grottoes.
Bingling is a Tibetan term meaning “ten thousand Buddha . Now about 183 caves
with 694 stone sculptures, 82 clay figures and 900 square meters of murals
have been preserved. The statues are all with different postures and facial
Day 13 Lanzhou Xian
Fly to Xian, the city where eleven dynasties in the history once took
as the capital. Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, BellTower, Ancient City Walls and Gates, enjoy
the Dumpling Banquet dinner and Tang Dynasty show in the evening.
Day 14 Xian Beijing
Sightseeing the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, which is recognized by
UNESCO as the eighth wonder of the world, then visit the 8000-year-old
Neolithic Site at Banpo. Fly to Beijing in the evening.