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12 Days Silk Road Adventures by China Orient Express-A

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Take the amazing Shangri-La Express Train to travel from Beijing to Urumqi, watching the gorgeous scenery along the rail and enjoy the comfortable 12 days train travel.

Tour Itinerary
Day 1 : 07 Sep 2015 Arrival in Beijing
07 Sep 2015 Arrival in Beijing

Arrived in Beijing, is one of China's ancient capital city of cultural. Upon arrival, tour guides to meet you soon, adjust the time difference, and stay at the hotel to rest.

  • Sheraton Hotel or same class
Day 2 : 08 Sep 2015 Beijing/Luoyang
08 Sep 2015 Beijing/Luoyang

After breakfast, we will visit the wooden structure in the world's largest, most complete ancient buildings- the Forbidden City. After an authentic Beijing Roast Duck lunch, we proceed to architectural style and has both classical and modern beauty, a total of more than 5000 pieces of the Capital Museum artifacts on display. And then we will watch the Olympic Park nest and water cube appearance. We are onboard the 'China Orient Express's train to Luoyang after dinner.

  • Overnight China Orient Express Train
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 3 : 09 Sep 2015 Luoyang/Xi'an
09 Sep 2015 Luoyang/Xi'an

After breakfast, we will arrive in Luoyang and visit to the Shaolin Temple. This temple is shrouded in legend and mystery. The origin of martial arts and kung fu is part of the mystique of Shaolin Temple and the Shaolin monks. This is probably the most famous temple in China, not only because of its long history and its role in Chinese Buddhism, but also because of its martial arts or Wushu. There is a theatre here which presents the famous Kungfu Show at 1400. We will taste Yongtaisi shaolin Vegetarian for lunch. Yongtaisi shaolin Vegetarian located close to the Shaoling Temple, the Yongtaisi Nunnery serves Vegetarian food. 22:30hrs we are onboard the China Orient Express train to Xian after dinner.

  • Overnight China Orient Express Train
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 4 : 10 Sep 2015 Xi'an
10 Sep 2015 Xi'an

10:00hrs arrive in Xian. Xian is a city with over 3000years history and it is also the starting point of the ancient Silk Road for the great trade caravans of the ancient Silk Road. We will visit the ancient city wall. The City Wall of Xian is the most complete one that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. After visiting the Statue of Star Point of Silk Road and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, Thereafter we check into hotel. The marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at Tang Dynasty Palace will be prepared for you. The various savory dishes together with the exciting show will be sure to give satisfaction to your appetite, your eyes and your mind.

  • Sheraton Xian North City Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 5 : 11 Sep 2015 Xi'an/Tianshui
11 Sep 2015 Xi'an/Tianshui

After breakfast, we drive to one of the eight wonders of the world, the Terracotta Warriors' Museum, for a visit. Here we can observe the grandiose of the Qin Dynasty army. Life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses are arranged in battle formation in a huge burial pit. The Terracotta Warriors are among the greatest troves of historical artifacts and art in the world today. Lastly, we continue to Huaqing Hot Spring in Mt Lishan. In ancient time, emperors used to come here to bathe and enjoy the scenic beauty. It has become a favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty. 22:00hrs, we onboard the ' China Orient Express ' Train to Tianshui.

  • Overnight China Orient Express Train
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 6 : 12 Sep 2015 Tianshui/Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass)
12 Sep 2015 Tianshui/Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass)

06:30hrs Arrive in Tianshui. After breakfast, we proceed to visit Maiji Mountain is 150 meters tall, and it was named for its shape -- like that of a pile of wheat. According to historical records, the Maiji Grottoes were excavated during the Hou Qin Dynasty of the Sixteen Kingdom Period. 16:30hrs we move on to Jiayuguan by China Orient Express. The overnight train is quite comfortable and offer wonderful evening and morning views of the regional countryside.

  • Overnight China Orient Express Train
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 7 : 13 Sep 2015 Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass)
13 Sep 2015 Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass)

This morning we visit Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass), is the most western end of the Great Wall. Also known as 'the First and Greatest Pass under Heaven, and it is the best preserved and most magnificent military building among the passes of the Great Wall. Next, we move on to Overhanging Great Wall. It is about 7 mimes away from Jiayu Pass. It's located on a ridge that is 45 degrees from vertical hence the name Overhanging Great Wall.

  • Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 8 : 14 Sep 2015 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang
14 Sep 2015 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang

After a pleasant breakfast, 10:00hrs special train to Dunhuang, we specially arranged for you on the train institute of Dunhuang experts and professors explain in detail for you. Reaching Dunhuang, we proceed to visit Mingsha Hill and Yueya Spring. Mingsha Hill measures some 40km by 20km and has a height of 80m. It is said that if we slide down its sleep slopes, we can hear sounds made by the moving sand. If the weather is good the sounds are likened to melodious orchestral music. This is one of the 4 famous mingsha hills in China. After dinner, we will continue to visit Dunhuang Night market -- Shazhou Night Market. It is one of the best night market in China and famous for its tasty snacks, local specialties, and crafts etc.

  • Dunhuang Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 9 : 15 Sep 2015 Dunhuang/Turpan
15 Sep 2015 Dunhuang/Turpan

After breakfast, we shall visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes, designate as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its 1600 year accumulated cultural, architectural, and art treasures. There remains 492 cave temple and 45000 square meters of frescos. At 17:00hrs, we embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Turpan.

  • Overnight China Orient Express Train
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 10 : 16 Sep 2015 Turpan/Urumqi
16 Sep 2015 Turpan/Urumqi

At07:00hrs, we visit Karez irrigation system. Embodying the wisdom of the Xinjiang people, this irrigation system is designed for the desert, comprising surface drains underground canals and reservoirs. Currently there are some 1,258 systems in use, of a total length of over 3,000krn. It is said that the Karez irrigation system, the Great Wall of China and the Jinghang Grand Canal are the engineering miracles of ancient China. Following this, we visit the Flaming Mountain, immortalized in the classic story 'Journey to the West'. The bright red soil of the mountain glows even more under the glaring sun, and it is no wonder we feel the heat. We drive to Jiaohe Ancient City. Also known as Ya'er City, it is located 10km from Turpan, so named because it lies where two rivers meet. It is also said to be a Han Period Cheshi structure.

  • Hoi Tak Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 11 : 17 Sep 2015 Urumqi
17 Sep 2015 Urumqi

After breakfast, visit Tianshan Tianchi (boat tour) .Tianshan Tianchi Mountain Lake as the center reflected Xuefeng, picturesque scenery, ancient name of "Jade Pool". It is located in the Tianshan Mountains Bogda thrill of climbing the hillside, 1980 meters above sea level. Boat travel Tianchi, lakes and mountains, Bingfeng shadows, intoxicating, circulating many beautiful myths and legends, the natural beauty of Tianchi covered with a layer of magical color. It is Xinjiang's most famous tourist scenic spot. This may be overlooking the Tianshan Mountain peaks, snow-capped. Then travel to Urumqi, visit Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum, the museum since four or five thousand years ago until modern times from the Silk Road to explore and collect more than a thousand pieces of precious relics, then visited Xinjiang and nephrite Museum, International Bazaar.

  • Hoi Tak Hotel or same class
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 12 : 18 Sep 2015 Urumqi/Hometown
18 Sep 2015 Urumqi/Hometown

After a pleasant breakfast, free at own leisure till the assemble time for the transfer to airport for the flight back to hometown.

  • Breakfast
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Notes: ¥=RMB or CNY (Chinese Yuan, Renminbi)   $=USD, US Dollars

* Price is for per person, based on two persons sharing one room.
* If one person uses one room, he/she is required to pay additional charge named single supplement.

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1. Price subject to change without any further notice.
2. Minimum two passengers booking
3. Gratuities are not included, Current rate for all services is Total of USD150/p.p
4. Accommodation and tour itineraries are subject to charge at any time due to circumstances beyond our control.
5. We reserve the right to distribute passengers in the cabin. In case the cabin cannot be shared, the cost applies on the passengers in the cabin.
6. Children age under 11 will be credit only the difference on hotel room costs.
7. No. 3 passengers share one hotel room. If only 3 passengers in a 4-person cabin, one passenger has to pay extra hotel room cost.

1. Arrival and depart transfer indicated in the itinerary.
2. Accommodation in hotel stated above
3. Accommodaton on Shangri-La Express.
4. Meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
5. Professional English speaking guide in each city.
6. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fee.
7. All domestic airport taxes

  • Comments
The Tang Dynatsy Show is highly recommended. Beautiful girls, beautiful clothes, beautiful music, beautiful dances!!!

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