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13-Day Silk Road Expedition
Starts: Beijing;                                              Ends: Shanghai
Itinerary: Beijing/Urumqi/Kashgar(Karakuli)/Urumqi/Turpan/Liuyuan/Dunhuang/Jiayuguan/ Shanghai
Duration: 13 Days&12 Nights
In antiquity, the Silk Road served as a bridge between East and West. Turpan and Kashgar's vibrant oasis life will mesmerize your senses with their Middle Eastern atmosphere and colorful bazaars. The romance of the past and the incredible majesty of the landscape remain today to lead you to enchanting discoveries all along your own Xinjiang journey.  


  • Karakuli Lake
  • The Sunday Bazaar
  • The Animal Market.
  • The Id Kah Mosque
  • Abakh Hoja Tomb
  • Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum
  • Jiaohe Ancient Ruins
  • The Grape Valley
  • Karez Well,
  • Riding camel
  • Crescent Lake
  •  Maogao Grottoes.
  • Yadan Landforms
  • Yumen Passing
  • The Western Thousand-Buddha Cave
  • Suoyangcheng Ruins
  • Jiayuguan Tower.
  • Cantilever Great Wall

Starts: Beijing;                                             Ends: Shanghai

Itinerary: Beijing/Urumqi/Kashgar(Karakuli)/Urumqi/Turpan/Liuyuan/Dunhuang/Jiayuguan/Shanghai

Duration: 13 Days&12 Nights


Day 01:   Beijing – Urumqi – Kashgar 

  • Your own transfer to Beijing capital airport for the flight to Kashgar via Urumqi.
  • Flight: 
  • Beijing/Urumqi;       CZ6904;    09:05/13:15
  • connecting
  • Urumqi/Kashgar;     CZ6886;    14:45/16:30
  • Upon arrival, warmly greeted by your guide and driver, then transfer to hotel for check in. The rest of day discovering the old quarter with your tour guide.
  • Overnight in Kashgar 

Day 02:   Kashagar – Karakuli (B, L)

  • Breakfast served at hotel
  • Morning pick up and start the full day tour to the Karakuli Lake (190 kilometers from Kashgar)
  • Upon arrival, set up yurts  in natural area.
  • The rest of day exploring the lake area with your tour guide.
  • Overnight in Karakuli

Day 03:   Karakuli – Kashgar (B)

  • Chinese breakfast served at local restaurant
  • Enjoying a 40-minute’s horse riding and strolling around with your tour guide for enjoying the beautiful natural view until transfer back to Kashgar in afternoon.
  • Overnight in Kashgar

Day 04: Kashgar (B, L)

  • Breakfast served at hotel
  • A full day trip to the Sunday Bazaar, including the Animal Market.
  • Overnight in Kashgar 

Day 05: Kashgar – Urumqi (B, L)

  • Breakfast served at hotel
  • Morning pick up and visit the Id Kah Mosque, the largest Mosque in China, and then go to visit Abakh Hoja Tomb, the burial place of a Muslim missionary and saint, and his 72 descendants. It looks like a multicolored miniature with green tiles on the walls and dome
  • Afternon departure transfer for the onward flight to Urumqi
  • Flight: Kashgar/Urumqi; MU5634; 16:50/18:30
  • Upon arrival, warmly greeted by your guide and driver, then transfer to hotel for check in.
  • Overnight in Urumqi

Day 06: Urumqi – Turpan (B, L)

  • Breakfast served at hotel
  • Morning pick up to visit Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum, it is a large integrated museum and center for the collection and study of cultural relics in Xinjiang .
  • Lunch will be served at local restaurant
  • In the afternoon, transfert o Turpan (around 3 hours‘ driving).
  • Overnight in Turpan

Day 07: Turpan (B, L)

  • Breakfast servred at hotel
  • Morning pick up to visit Jiaohe Ancient Ruins, which was finally abandoned after its destruction during an invasion by the Mongols led by Genghis Khan in the 13th century. Then proceed to the Grape Valley and Karez Well, which is a local Turpan water system; it has been regarded as one of the three greatest water projects of ancient China together with the Du Jiang Yan Irrigation System, and the Grand Canal.
  • Overnight in Turpan

Day 08: Turpan – Liuyuan – Dunhuang (B)

  • Breakfast served at hotel
  • Morning tranfser to take the train to Liuyuan
  • Train: Turpan/Liuyuan; T70; 11:45/19:21
  • Upon arrival, warmly greeted by your guide and driver, then transfer to Dunhuang (around 2 hours‘ driving) for check-in
  • Overnight in Dunhuang

Day 09: Dunhuang (B, L)

  • Breakfast served at hotel
  • Early morning experience riding camel at the Singing Sand Dunes and enjoying sun-rise and visit Crescent Lake, where the oasis meets the desert.
  • Transfer back to your hotel for breakfast and a short rest.
  • The rest of day explore the world famouse Maogao Grottoes. (suggest to bring flash light for better exploring in caves)
  • Overnight in Dunhuang

Day 10:   Dunhuang (B, L)

  • Breakfast served at hotel
  • Morning pick up to visit the mystical Yadan Landforms (around 3 or 4 hours‘ driving from Dunhuang) - Dunhuang Yadan Landforms, named as "Davil's Town". It is very rare in the world for its long history of geological formation, large scale and colorful modeling making.  
  • Lunch will be served at local resturant
  • Afternoon proceed to visit Yumen Passing and the Western Thousand-Buddha Cave. The frescos in this cave are similar in style and time period to those found in the Mogao Grottoes and are thus also an important part of the legacy of Dunhuang's Buddhist art.
  • Overnight in Dunhuang

Day 11:   Dunhuang – Jiayuguan (B, L)

  • Breakfast served at your hotel
  • Morning transfer to visit Suoyangcheng Ruins, (around 2.5hours‘ driving) it lies east of Dunhuang on the southern Silk Road. Here Marc Stein found the remains of a town enclosed in massive walls of stamped clay. Outside the city walls were traces of a canal, clay towers and pottery shards.
  • After sightseeing, go on driving to Jiayuguan (around 5 hours‘ driving) .
  • Overnight in Jiayuguan

Day 12:   Jiayuguan (B, L)

  • Breakfast served at hotel
  • Morning visit Cantilever Great Wall, is the gateway to the western end of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall.
  • Afternoon, visit Jiayuguan Tower, which was know as the strongest pass under heaven.
  • Overnight in Jiayuguan

Day 13: Jiayuguan -  Shanghai (B)

  • Time at leisure until transfer for the flight to Shanghai
  • Flight: Jiayuguan/Shanghai; MU2169;   12:50/18:15
  • *End of service*

Price Information:

Tour Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Tour package price per person in cash 
Room Type
Package Price
Tianyuan International Hotel 4*
Standard Room       
Superior Room
Standard Room
Deluxe Room
Standard Room

Included Services:

  • Round trip economy air ticket: Beijing/Urumqi/Kashgar/Urumqi//Jiayuguan/Shanghai incl. airport tax & fuel surcharge
  • One way soft sleeper train ticket: Turpan/Liuyuan
  • Private, professional English speaking tour guide service
  • All ground transportation & sightseeing by private vehicle with air-conditioner as mentioned
  • Total 01 night yurt & 11 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast as mentioned in the trip
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the trip.
  • Total 09 lunches will be served at local restaurant (B: breakfast;   L: lunch).

Excluded Services:

  • Dinner
  • Tips for tour guide, driver and hotel porter.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.

Passport & Visa:

The passengers are responsible for all visas, entry documents, health and other requirements and any documents required by laws, regulations, orders and/or requirements of countries visited. All passengers traveling in China and other Asian countries require a Passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of their trip, and with appropriate visas. Multiple-entry visas are required if the passengers need to reenter the country. It is the responsibility of each passenger to have a valid Passport and necessary visas, as well as to comply with entry, health or other requirements of the countries visited. The Operators and agents are not responsible for passport, visa requirements, entry, health or other requirements of the countries visited or for any loss sustained by you for failing to comply with laws, regulations, orders and/or requirements of countries visited.
China tourist visa is L visa issued for a stay of short duration, usually 30 days, but not more than 90 days, and can not be extended upon expiration.

Climate & Clothing: 

Unless you have a need for formal or dressy clothes, jeans, slacks, shorts, shirts, blouses and T-shirts will do fine.
A comfortable pair of walking shoes is a must. You will be doing a great deal of walking both in the rural and urban areas of China.
Bring a swimming suit if you wish to swim. Many hotels have a swimming pool. Sun block, sunglasses and a light hat are also suggested items.
In spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) you will need a lined jacket, woolen sweater or light coat. In summer (June to August) cool cotton garments are recommended. In winter (December to February) a fleece jacket, sweatshirt, or heavy sweater will probably keep you warm enough in the south, but in the north a heavy woolen coat or down parka is a must.
It is often rainy in late spring and late summer, especially in the southern part of China, so bring some rainwear with you, or you can buy it at your destination.

Beat Jetlag on China Tours: 

Get plenty of rest before your trip. Starting out sleep-deprived makes jet lag worse. If you're traveling east, try going to bed one hour earlier each night for a few days before your departure. Go to bed one hour later for several nights if you're flying west.
Drink plenty of water before, during and after your flight to counteract the dehydrating effects of bone-dry cabin air. It's not clear whether dehydration actually causes jet lag, as some experts maintain, but there's no doubt it makes symptoms worse. For the same reason, avoid alcohol and caffeine, both of which dehydrate you further.
Move around during the flight, walk up and down, do some stretching exercises, to keep the blood circulating, and keep the joints from stiffening. While seated, swirl your ankles around from time to time.
Try to sleep on the plane if it is nighttime at your destination. Earplugs, headphones and eye masks can help block out noise and light. If it's day where you're going, resist the urge to sleep.
Set your watch to the new time before you leave. Once you reach your destination, try not to sleep until nighttime, no matter how tired you are.
Finally, if you just cannot resist and your eyelids are drooping and you feel more and more tired, then set you alarm for four hours, have a hot bath, and jump into bed.

Luggage Allowance for China Tours

Free Baggage Allowance in Weigh
On international and regional flights, the free baggage allowance for each published adult-fare or half-fare passenger is as follows:
First class ticket: 40 kilogram (88 pounds)
Business class ticket: 30 kilogram (66 pounds)
Economy class fare ticket: 20 kilogram (44 pounds)
No free baggage allowance is granted to infants paying 10% of the adult fare.

Free Baggage Allowance by pieces
The free baggage allowance by pieces is applicable only on China-USA and China-Canada international flights. According to the class of tickets, the free baggage allowance for each full-fare of half-fare first-class and business-class passenger is two pieces, and the sum of the length, width and height of each piece must not exceed 62 in. (158cm). The free baggage allowance for each economy-class and discounted tourist-class passenger is two pieces, and the sum of the length, width and height of each piece must not exceed 62 in. (158cm). The sum of the length, width and height of the two pieces of baggage must not exceed 107 in. (273cm); the weight of each piece must not exceed 32 kg. An infant paying 10% of the adult fare is allowed one piece of free baggage, and the sum of its length, width and height must not exceed 45 in. (115cm). In addition, a collapsible infant carriage or stroller is allowed to be carried free. If baggage exceeds the free baggage allowance in pieces, or the sum of the length, width and height of each piece exceeds the prescribed limits, an excess baggage charge must be paid.

Carry on Baggage
In addition to the free baggage allowance in weight, each passenger holding a full-fare or half-fare ticket may carry the following articles: a lady's handbag, an overcoat, a raincoat or a traveling blanket, a walking stick or an umbrella, a small amount of reading material for the trip, a small camera, a pair of small binoculars, infant's food for consumption in flight, an infant's carrying basket, a fully collapsible wheelchair, a pair of braces or artificial limbs. In addition to the free baggage allowance in pieces, regardless of the fare class of the ticket, the passenger may also carry hand baggage that can be placed under the passenger seat, and the sum of the length, width and height of all the pieces must not exceed 45 in. (115cm).