Destinations: Beijing → Urumqi → Kasghar → Urumqi → Turpan → Dunhuang → Xi'an → Shanghai → Suzhou → Shanghai
* The famous silk road tour itinerary around historic sites starting from Beijing, Xi'an, Dunhuang to Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan in Xinjiang; as well as Shanghai and Suzhou gardens, water towns on the ancient silk road.
Beijing Brief: a metropolis in northern China, is the capital of the People's Republic of China (PRC).. Beijing is also one of the four municipalities of the PRC, which are equivalent to provinces in China's administrative structure and is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China.
Forbidden City: used to be the imperial palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1616-1911) dynasties. There are over 9,000 unique ancient royal buildings in the city. Visiting this intact grand palace complex, you will have a wonderful taste in numerous works of art, and you will unveil mystery of the royal family life in the ancient times.
Tiananmen Square: is the world's largest open ground, it was the front gate of the Imperial Palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Trip to the Tiananmen Square, tourists can see the soldiers guarding the Chinese national flag, the stately Monument to the People's Heroes, the old Tiananmen Rostrum, the Great Hall of the People, revolutionary statues, marble ornamental cloud pillars...
Temple of Heaven: literally the Altar of Heaven, it is a place where the emperors offered sacrifice to Heaven and pray for bumper harvest. This beautiful traditional temple is the largest complex of existing ancient sacrificial buildings in China.
Beijing Roast Duck Dinner: Beijing Roast Duck has enjoyed the reputation of "the Most Delicious Dish under Heaven" for centuries. It is the famous food that Beijing has to offer. Most visitors who come to Beijing must have a bite.
Kongfu Show: Kungfu (Kongfu), or Chinese martial art is an ancient and mystic Chinese culture, has a history of several thousands of years. The Kongfu show now is on the stages of the theaters. It has English subtitles shown above the stage, the show is all kungfu, dance and acrobatics, the actors do not speak. It is the fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional arts, looks spectacular, stunning and wonderful.
Badaling Great Wall: Chinese Great Wall was originally built in the Spring & Autumn Period (770-476BC), 12,600 kilometers in length. It has been considered the greatest of the ancient military projects in the world. Its Badaling section is known as one of the nine famous passes in China, which was built in 1505AD.
Sacred Way:an attractive 7-kilomtetre-long-tree-lined way which leads to the Ming Tombs, bordered by 12 sets each of animal and human statues, and includes the attractive Great Red Gate, housing a stele on the back of a tortoise, and marble memorial archway. This way is the main way among the sacred ways of the Ming Tombs.
Ming Tombs: built during 1409-1644, it is the mausoleums of 13 emperors, 23 queens, over 30 imperial concubines and a eunuch of the Ming Dynasty. Because of its long history, palatial and integrated architecture, this site has a high cultural and historic value.
The Summer Palace:First built in 1775, covering an area of 300 hectare, it is the top one among the most famous four ancient Chinese gardens. This royal garden notes for its ancient trees, lake, the Marble Boat, water system, ancient street and the over 3000 different style buildings including halls, pavilions and pagodas…
Urumqi: the capital city of Xijiang Uighur Autonomous Region, boasts of natural landscape, ethnic features, tourism industry, shopping, yummy local food, fair service facilities.
Kashgar: located east of Tarim Basin and bordered by Pamirs. It is extolled as the pearl on the Ancient Silk Road, Home of Fruits, and Home of Singing & Dance of Xinjiang. Kashgar is the best destination to explore culture and history of different minorities reside in Xinjiang.
Sunday market: also called the great Bazaar, or East Bazaar by the local people, with a history of over one thousand years. It is an international trade market for middle and western Asians. As it enjoys the reputation--Product Fair of Central Asia, the tourists can buy everything they want.
Id Kah Mosque: a mosque located in Kashgar, Xinjiang Atonomous Uigur Region, in the western part of the People's Republic of China. It is the largest mosque in China. Every Friday, it receives nearly 10,000 worshippers and may accommodate up to 20,000.
Abakh Khoja Tomb: is considered the holiest Muslim site in Xinjiang. Apak Khoja was a religious and political leader in Kashgaria (in modern-day southern Xinjiang). First built in 1640, initially as Muhammad Yusuf tomb, the beautiful tiled mausoleum contains the tombs of five generations of the Afāqi family, providing resting places for its 72 members, both men and women.
Old Street: Urumqi Old Street is a typical ancient street of Qing Dynasty elements. Shops and stores are still Qing Dynasty styles. It is a hot tourism shopping place in Urumqi, Xinjiang and also an ideal place for producing ancient movies and teleplays.
Turpan: is an oasis city in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. Turfan is located about 150 km southeast of Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital, in a mountain basin. Turfan's climate is harsh, of the arid continental type, with very hot summers, very cold winters, and minimal precipitation.
Jiaohe Ruins:is the site of ancient Chinese city ruins found in the Yarnaz Valley, 10 km west of the city of Turfan, Xinjiang, China. The site has been protected by the Chinese government since 1961. There are many efforts to protect this site and other Silk Route city ruins.
Karez Well:The Turfan water system is a qanat system that has been listed as one of the three greatest water projects of ancient China together with the Du Jiang Yan Irrigation System, and the Grand Canal. The karezes are an important invention by the Turpan people. The word karez means "well" in the local Uyghur language.
Sugong Pagoda:The Sugong Pagoda, built using brick blocks, is known as the Turpan Pagoda among local residents. A stone tablet at its entrance cites the reason for the pagoda's construction in Wei and Han characters. The structure was built in the year 1181 of the Hui calendar (1779AD) by Su Laiman II, the ruler of the Turpan Prefecture, to honor his father. The pagoda displays the typical features of Uygur architecture.
Gaochang Ruins: Gaochang is the site of an ancient oasis city built on the northern rim of the Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. A busy trading center, it was a stopping point for merchants traveling on the Silk Route. The ruins are located 30 km southeast of modern Turpan. Gaochang was built in the first century BC. It was an important site along the Silk Road. It was burnt down in wars in the 14th century. Old palace ruins and the inner and outer cities can still be seen today.
Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves: Thousand Buddha Caves stand high on the cliffs of west Mutou Valley under the Flaming Mountain, 45 km east of Turpan. Of the 83 original caves, 57 caves currently remain. The murals cover an area over 1, 200 square meters (12,917 square feet) in more than 40 caves. Among the Buddhist caves found in Turpan, Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves are considered most valuable on the Silk Road.
Flaming Hill: As one of the hottest places on earth, Flaming Mountain or flaming hill has always been a famous tourist attraction, with its harsh and unique natural conditions, as well as abundant cultural heritage. Flaming mountain is the hottest place in China and highest temperature sometimes climbs to 48 degree centigrade and temperature on the earth face occasionally reaches over 70 degree centigrade. According to the famous Chinese novel Pilgrimage to the West, the Tang monk Xuanzang and his three prentices, one of them was the Monkey King, had tribulation passing the flaming hill as it was on fire.
Dunhuang: is a city in Jiuquan, Gansu province, China. It is sited in an oasis. A crater on Mars was named after the city. Dunhuang was made a prefecture in 117 BCE by Emperor Han Wudi, and was a major point of interchange between China and the outside world during the Han and Tang dynasties.
Mogao Grottoes: also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas and Dunhuang Caves, southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China. The Mogao Caves are the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes and, along with Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes, are one of the three famous ancient sculptural sites of China.
Dunhuang Museum: Dunhuang Museum is located in the downtown area of Dunhuang City. It is situated in a three storey building which covers an area of 2,400 square meters (about 25,834 square feet). In front of the museum, there is a group of standing carved images describing people leading their camels as they travel along the Silk Road. The Dunhuang Museum reflects the flourishing social development and cultural exchange between China and the West in Dunhuang on the Silk Road.
Echoing-Sand Dune: When a strong wind blows, the flying sand roars; but when the wind is little more than a light breeze, the sand produces gentle, dulcet sounds similar to music. It is the same when you are sliding down the mountainside. At first, the sand under your feet just whispers; but the further you slide, the louder the sound until it reaches a crescendo like thunder or a drum beat. Some people say that the sand is singing, while to others it is like an echo and that is the reason why the mountain gets its name-- Echoing-Sand Dune (Aslo called Echoing-Sand Moutain). You will have a great chance to enjoy the wonderful spectacle of the Echoing-Sand Mountain in Dunhuang, Gansu Province.
Crescent Lake:Crescent Lake (Crescent Spring/Pool) is 6km south of Dunhuang in the Echoing Sands Mountains and is an oasis in the desert. The Spring's name derives from the crescent shape the small pool of spring water has taken between two large sand dunes. Although the area is very dry, the pool doesn't dry up as one might expect.
Cantonese Cuisine:originates from Guangdong (Canton), a southern China's province. It is one of the eight famous cuisine systems of China, consists of Guangzhou Cuisine, Chaozhou Cuisine and Dongjiang (or Hakka) Cuisine. Abundant fresh raw materials, unique cooking ways, distinctive taste and countless recipes are peculiar to Cantonese Cuisine. Its three systems also have their own marked characteristics.
Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum: The most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. It is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world and a must for visitors who trip to China.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda: located in the Da Ci'en Temple, it was first built in the Tang Dynasty. Xuanzang, an eminent Buddhist scholar of the time, planned to have a huge stone pagoda built to house the Sanskrit Buddhist scriptures he had brought back from India.
Great Mosque: First built in the Tang Dynasty (reign of Emperor Xuanzong, 685-762), the Great Mosque of Xi'an is located near the Drum Tower on Huajue Lane of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. It is one of the oldest and most renowned mosques in China.
Dumpling Banquet: dumpling (Jiaozi) has a history of over 2,000 years in China. In 1987, having been invented many shapes and flavors, this traditional Chinese food was first offered on the banquet of a famous Xi'an restaurant, Jie Fang Lu Dumpling Restaurant. In the banquet, not only can the customers enjoy the most artistic shape of Jiaozi, but the most flavors of its kind in the world.
Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show: A performance of Chang'an music and dances that was originated in the Tang dynasty of Chinese history over a thousand years ago. The musicians present the music with the Tang-dynasty-style musical instruments.
Shaanxi Provincial History Museum: covers an area of 70,000 square meters, the museum houses a large collection of 113,000 historic and cultural objects unearthed in Shaanxi, being an absolute must for every visitor to Xian.
Ancient City Wall: The wall is 15 meters wide and 11.9 kilometers in perimeter, it is the most intact city defensive fortification in China, including turrets, ramparts, sentry towers, gate towers, battlements and a number of other military facilities.
Shanghai Museum: Known for it's over 120,000 pieces of Chinese antiquities, it is one of the most famous museums in china.
Yu Garden: situated in the Shanghai old town district, originally built by an officer of the Ming dynasty in 1559 and finished in 1557. Covering an area of 4.7 hectare, it features ancient cultural artifacts, pagodas, pavilions, carvings, rockeries, fountains, old trees and precious flowers etc. This hesternal private garden is one of the best representatives of the traditional architectural style of the Yangtze Delta area.
Yuyuan Market:is a perfect combination of tourism, shopping, famous local food and Chinese folk entertainment. It is very bustling, and nearby the Yu Garden.
Jade Buddha Temple: rebuilt in 1918, it gets the name for the two big opalescent jade Buddha statues in the temple and is considered the Holy Land of metropolis. This world-famous temple houses many valuable cultural relics of different dynasties.
Acrobatic Show: Chinese acrobatic can be dated back to the Neolithic Age. It is a combination of multiple performances, such as dance, music, art, Chinese kungfu and various stunts etc. For years, Chinese acrobatic show has enjoyed a very high reputation for winning many international prizes. In Shanghai, you will be amazing at its wonderful performances: Silk Suspending, Diabolo Play, Calvaria Skills, and Trays Twirling…
Zhouzhuang: was a water village with a history of over 900 years before became a town, which is located between Shanghai and Suzhou. Known for its cultural traditions, small boats, old stone bridges, carvings, and unique ancient residences surrounded by networks of rivers. It enjoys the names of Oriental Venice and No. 1 Water Village of China.
Grand Canal: the oldest and longest canal in the world. It was dug in over 1,400 years ago for transporting the southern grains to the north. This 1,794-kilometer-long canal connecting Beijing and Hangzhou, boasts of the landscape on both sides of the river.
Humble Administrator's Garden: Built in 1509, covering an area of 4.1 hectares, captures the tourists with its historic southern-style buildings, grotesque rocks, waterscape and various plants. As one of the most four famous classical ancient gardens of China, it was listed on the Catalog of the World Cultural Heritage in 1997.
Lingering Garden: built in over 400 year ago, about 2 hectares in area. It is famous for its magnificent architecture and the unparalleled garden layout. In this World Cultural Heritage site, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of waters and mountains, rural scenery, forest and courtyards as its Chinese meaning indicates "lingering between heaven and earth forever".
Tiger Hill Park: regarded as the No.1 scenic spot of Suzhou and the symbol of the city. There are several famous historic sites in the park dating as far back as 500 BC of the Spring & Autumn Period (770-476BC). Many old legends hide in this park and await you listen.
The No. 1 Silk Factory: Suzhou silk has been one of the four silk brands in China and has been exported to many countries since ancient time. In this silk factory, you will know more about silk production and its manufacturing process, and can purchase genuine delicate silk articles as well.
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