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2004 The Best Value China Tours

Marvels of Silk Road 14-day Adventure Tour $2,278 pp




Beijing, Xi'an, Urumqi, Turpan, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang & Lanzhou
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  • A. Tour Itinerary:

    • Day 1 Arrive Beijing - Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. The tour guide will meet you at Beijing International Airpo then you will be escorted transfer to the hotel.

    • Day 2 Beijing - Beijing served as the capital for 5 dynasties over a period of 800 years, with each emperor identifie dragon sent from heaven. Begin your city tour with a visit to the Summer Palace, built in classical style in 1750 as a royal recreational resort. Among its famous features are the 700-meter-long corr its wonderful Painted Gallery, the Marble Barge, and several magnificently painted pavilions and p Next stop is the Palace Museum, more commonly known as the Forbidden City, until recently ope to the emperor's family. This complex, the largest imperial palace ever built in the world, features than 800 buildings with over 9,000 rooms, resplendent golden- glazed roofs, red lacquered pillars vermilion walls. See the high-walled "Inner City" with its government buildings. Sightseeing conti the Temple of Heaven where the Ming and Qing emperors prayed to heaven for a good harvest. Th evening you will enjoy a special imperial cuisine flavor served at Fangshan Restaurant.

    • Day 3 Beijing ( The Great Wall Excursion ) - Here is your chance to climb the Great Wall of China! This wonder of the world, built 2600 years one of the two man-made structures seen by the naked eye of US astronaut Neil Armstrong from o space. Later visit the Ming Tombs, the burial place of thirteen emperors and their families of the M Dynasty. Year-long excavations have uncovered many rare treasures such as the gold royal crowns silk robes. Tonight's special dinner gives you a real taste of the Peking Duck.

    • Day 4 Beijing/Xian - In the morning, stroll around Tiananmen Square (the Gate of Heavenly Peace) , the largest square world, and also known as a witness for many historical and contemporary events. Later fly to Xian the Wild Goose Pagoda and the ancient city walls. In the evening, you will see a wonderful stage s the Tang Dynasty.

    • Day 5 Xian - Xian, the cradle of Chinese civilization, was the state capital of 73 emperors spanning 11 dynasties 1100 years dating from 4,000 B.C. After a visit to the Huaqing Hot Springs, also known as the site famous Xian Incident, you will visit another wonder of the ancient world - the Terra-Cotta Warrior Concealed under earth, those thousands of life-sized clay warriors, horses and chariots, as one part tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang, were accidentally discovered by a farmer while he was digging out You would also see some archaeologists still working on site to uncover the rest part of the vast to complex of Emperor Qinshihuang, the first emperor in Chinese history, and also the initiator of the Wall. For dinner, feast on numerous varieties of dumplings.

    • Day 6 Xian/Urumqi - Take a morning flight to Urumqi, transfer to your hotel, then go to visit the beautiful Heavenly Lak take a boat cruise on it. Overnight in Urumiqi.

    • Day 7 Urumuqi - Visit Nanshan Sheep Farm, here you will see the vast grassland filled with sheep and cattle along cotton-candied clouds in the blue sky. Later you will visit the homes of the Kazak Tribe, and taste special tea and delicacy.

    • Day 8 Urumqi/Turpan - This morning travel overland about 3 hours to Turpan, where you will check into the hotel. Sightse features Gaochang, the ancient walled capital of the Uighurs which flourished between the 7th and centuries, and the ruins of Jiaohe City, where large fragments of actual streets and buildings remai also visit Grape Valley, in lush contrast to the desert surrounding it, and the amazing 2,000 year ol Irrigation Tunnels, which brought water from melting snow on the mountains to this parched city. music and dance performance in the evening.

    • Day 9 Turpan/Jiayuguan (by train) - A morning tour includes the Flaming Mountains, named for their vibrant color, Suliman's Minaret local village before boarding an overnight train to Jiayuguan.

    • Day 10 Arrive Jiayuguan - Arrive Jiayuguan and visit the old fortress standing at the westernmost point of the Great Wall. Cli this historic "Last Guard House" which guards the pass between two mountain ranges. This famou has been the subject of poems and ballads for centuries. Overnight in Jiayuguan.

    • Day 11 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang - After breakfast transfer overland 4 hours to Dunhuang, driving through the Gobi Desert and grassl enroute. You'll see the beautiful landscape along the Silk Road. Overnight in Dunhuang.

    • Day 12 Dunhuang (Mogao Grottoes excursion) - Excursion to the Mogao Grottoes, the world's richest treasure trove of Buddhist manuscripts and ar in 386AD and added to over the next 9 centuries, the grottoes total over 45,000 square meters and over 2,000 murals and sculptures. Continue to the Singing Sand Dunes and enjoy a camel ride into dunes.

    • Day 13 Dunhuang/Lanzhou - Take a morning flight to Lanzhou, transfer to your hotel, then go to visit the White Pagoda Mounta the Provincial Museum.

    • Day 14 Depart Lanzhou - After a relaxed breakfast in your hotel, transfer to airport for your onward flight.

      (Note: After Lanzhou, this designed tour arrangements is finished. But we will take care of any fur request from you, such as hotel, flights booking; transfer, transportation or guide service)

    • * (B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)

  • B. Land Tour Cost:

    USD 2278 pp

  • C. Inclusions:

    1. 4 star hotels accommodation, based on standard room/ double occupancy.
    2. Private coach transfers in each local cities.
    3. Domestic transportations between cities in China.
    4. Three standard meals each day.
    5. Scenery spots entry permission fee.
    6. Professional English speaking guide.
    7. China Visa

  • D. Exclusions:

    1. International air fare and all China domestic airport tax.
    2. Personal expenses.
    3. Travel insurance (Further information is available upon request)

  • E. 2004 Tour dates:

    Any date you want. This tour is designed suitable for all year round.

  • F. Tour Booking Code: 04SILK

  • G. International air:

    Above tour cost excludes international airfare due to the airfare seasonal fluctuation. People who want to use mileage plan should contact the Airline directly. However, we will provide international air booking service upon your request. Transpacific flights are among choices of United Airlines, American Airlines, Japan Airlines, Northwest, All Nippon Airlines or Air China. Air fare can be paid by credit card. Credit card form is available upon request.

  • H. China visa:

    Chinese Consulate no longer accepts mail in application. The single entry China tourist Visa fee is $75 per person. To apply for it please fill out the China Visa form, submit with your original valid passport and 1 recent picture. Using FedEx to mail your visa application is strongly suggested. We will mail you back the China visa and your passport via FedEx. Regular process takes 7- 10 working days. Express service is available upon request and additional fee.

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