The Legendary Silk Road- Western China
15 Days / 13 Nights
For years the art, old crafts, and cultural traditions of the gems of the Silk Road lay undiscovered. Now we have the opportunity to experience what many travelers and merchants did for thousands of years: the beautiful mountain scenery, the unforgettable Caravansaries, the fabled cities with their intriguing cuisine and magnificent art and crafts, and the joyful people in their colorful local costumes who love to dance and sing with a big smile. This tour offers an unforgettable cross-cultural travel experience as you discover this part of China's ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural histories and inheritance.
2020 Tour Dates
April 21 - May 5
October 6 - 20
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The Legendary Silk Road Travel Itinerary
Day 1 ~ Depart the USA
Day 2 ~ Arrive in Xian
Upon arrival in Xian you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
Day 3 ~ Xian
In the morning we will head to the famous Army of Terra Cotta Warriors site, which is a collection of life-size terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and its purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The site was discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.
Next we'll stop at the Xian West Market -the starting point of the ancient Silk Road, which will be followed by the Old Muslim Quarter and the Gao Family Mansion. We will also see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda -original pagoda was built in 652 AD with only five storeys but it has been restored and added to many times. Our last stop will be at the Ancient City Wall - built in the 13th century in Tang Dynasty era on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City. In the evening there will be the opportunity of optional Tang Dynasty Show.
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Accommodation for 13 nights at selected 4/5 star hotels
Two small bottles of water per day/per guest
Daily private sightseeing by comfortable car, van or minibus
Including professional driver and his expenses
English speaking tour guide including his/her expenses
Entrance fees to the sites indicated in bold on the itinerary
Five domestic flights (Beijing-Xian, Xian-Dunhuang, Dunhuang-Urumqi, Kashgar-Urumqi, Urumqi-Beijing)
Arrival and departure transfers
Visa support letter