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11 Day China Silk Road Tour 2017-2018

Day 01: Sydney/Melbourne – Guangzhou
Both Sydney and Melbourne passengers depart in the evening to Guangzhou, China on China Southern Airlines and arrive the following morning. Fly overnight.

Day 02: Guangzhou – Urumqi (B.D)
Upon arrival in Guangzhou, connect your flight to Urumqi, capital city of Xinjiang province in China to start your China Silk Road tour. Both Sydney and Melbourne passengers will arrive in Urumqi in the afternoon. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel. The rest of the day is for you to explore this city on your own.

Day 03: Urumqi (B.L.D)
A coach drive will take you to the Heavenly Lake located half way to the top of the Bogoda Peak. The deep-blue Heavenly Lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and covered with evergreen fir trees, which is a fascinating and wonderful sight one can have never seen elsewhere. Afternoon visit includes the Nanshan Prairie, the Baiyang Valley Scenic Spot. Pine trees cover the mountains while clay brick houses and yurts spread over the pasture. A highlight today is a visit to local Kazak family. You will be the guest in a Yurt sitting down having a chat with the warm-hearted Kazak people, experiencing the authentic local life. Return to Urumqi. Stay overnight in Urumqi.

Day 04: Urumqi – Dunhuang (B.L.D)
After breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your flight to Dunhuang, a famous passage on Silk Road. Dunhuang is considered by some to be the most wonderful section of the Silk Road tour. Well-known places here are the Mogao Grottoes, Sounding-sand Hill and the Crescent Spring. After arrival, proceed to Sounding-sand Hill, which is also called “Holy Hill”. The Hill is made up of colourful sand that looks like particles of grain. Sliding down on the sand from the top of the mountain makes a pleasant sound. At the beginning, it sounds like music from a stringed instrument and bamboo flute. The further down the person slides, the louder the sound is. Eventually the sound is like the performance of percussion section and drum. The friction between human body and the sand even makes a visible spark. When arriving at the bottom of Sounding- sand Hill, take a camel ride to climb up to the hill (at your own expense). You can slide down the sandy slopes. Another highlight of today’s tour is to visit the Crescent Spring, which is also called Sand Spring. The local people now also call it the “Medicine Spring”. The spring gets its name because it looks like a crescent.

Day 05: Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes (B.L.D)
In the morning, you will visit Yangguan Pass of the Great Wall. For years and years, the flowing dunes have eroded this pass into a broken beacon tower, standing alone in the boundless desert. Today's Yangguan Pass is not only a historic place of recalling the remote past, but also a hometown of tasty grapes. Come here, appreciate the beauty of vicissitudes of the Great Wall, enjoy the natural view combined by oasis, desert and snow peaks, and taste the juicy fruits. Stay overnight in Dunhuang.

Day 06: Dunhuang – Turpan (B.L.D)
Today you will visit the Mogao Grottoes, one of the eight wonders of the world. On the way to Dunhuang, you will view the ruin portion of the Great Wall, which is traced back to Han Dynasty and the Beacon Tower on the Wall for relaying information of the warfare in the ancient time. Dunhuang Grottoes display a very colourful and descriptive world in the paintings of: Buddha, illustrations of Buddhist scriptures, the stories of ghosts on the earth, stories explaining the tenets of Buddhism, the development of Buddhist history, sacrificial ceremonies, and some paintings apparently just for decoration. There are seven different categories of paintings in these Grottoes. Many foreign visitors draw a conclusion that “it is certain that you will understand the ancient civilization of the whole world after you have seen Dunhuang Grottoes”. After that, you are transferred to train station to take a bullet train to Turpan, the Ancient city of Jiao He, a famous historical city. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel. Dinner will be packed and eat on the train. Stay overnight in Turpan.

Day 07: Turpan (B.L.D)
Breakfast. Turpan boasts China’s four most: highest temperature, lowest spot, sweetest grapes, and least rainfall. All of these make it possible for many miracles to happen in this area. you will have a visit to the Flaming Mountain, which is 100 kilometres long from east to west, and 10 kilometres wide with an average height of 500 metres. The mountain of red sand stone is covered with visible signs of water erosion, and is devoid of any plant life. It is easy to recognize these mountains as they glow under the blazing sun. A special visit to the Grape Valley nestling on the western slopes of the Flaming Mountain will be arranged, where you will have a chance to call on a local family to experience the ethnic life style, while tasting the beautiful flavours of the Xinjiang fruits and enjoying the local minority songs and dances.

Day 08: Turpan – Urumqi (B.L.D)
You will start with the Ancient Ruins of Jiaohe City, traced back to the later period of Western Han Dynasty. The city was completely abandoned in the Yuan Dynasty and the city of Jiaohe was left to ruin. Continue to visit the ingenious Karez underground irrigation system that created an oasis in the extraordinarily arid area of Turpan. This system covers 5,000 kilometres in length and it is one of the three greatest projects in ancient China as famous as the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. Drive back to Urumqi and visit the Erdaoqiao International Grand Bazaar the second biggest bazaar in the World. It is a magnificent commercial architectural complex embodied with a strong flavour of Islam. The Bazaar furnishes different kinds of goods made in Xinjiang as well as other neighbouring countries, and offers all the ethnic food and handmade souvenirs you would anticipate. You can practise your negotiation with venders there. Then transfer to hotel in Urumqi. Enjoy a local banquet with Xinjiang specialty in the evening. You will have free time in Urumqi for shopping or further exploration.

Day 09: Urumqi – Guangzhou (B)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to airport for your flight to Guangzhou. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel.

Day 10: Guangzhou – Sydney/Melbourne (B)
You are at leisure until transfer to airport for your flight homewards to Sydney or Melbourne. Fly overnight.

Day 11: Sydney/Melbourne
Arrive in Sydney or Melbourne. Your unforgettable China Silk Road tour ends.

 

11 Day China Silk Road Tour (Tour Code: CSR)
Departure Date Return Date Tour Price EX Sydney/Melbourne
 15 May 2017 25 May 2017                    $4,380
 28 Aug. 2017 06 Sep. 2017                    $4,580
 14 May 2018 24 May 2018                    $4,480
 27 Aug. 2018 05 Sep. 2018                    $4,680

 

Single supplement: $590

Tour price includes:
1. International airfare Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane – Guangzhou – Urumqi – Guangzhou – Sydney/Melbourne/Brusbane on China Southern Airlines;
2. Airport tax and fuel surcharge ($180 currently, subject to change);
3. China internal flight from Urumqi to Dunhuang with tax;
4. Second class bullet train ticket from Dunhuang to Turpan;
5. 4 star hotels as indicated in the itinerary;
6. Sightseeing tours with entrance fees for all the attractions as stated in the itinerary;
7. Meals as mentioned in the itinerary;
8. Transfers and transportation all through;
9. English speaking guide;

Tour price excludes:
1. Travel insurance;
2. China visa ($120);
3. Tip to guide and driver;
4. Any meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary;
5. Personal expense;



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