Itinerary

Day 1

KUALA LUMPUR – GUANGZHOU – URUMQI

  • Depart to Canton for your onward connecting flight to Urumqi. On arrival, meet by local representative and transferred to check-in hotel.
  • Hotel Proposed: Cinda Hok Tai, Urumqi 5* 

Day 2

URUMQI – TURPAN (200 km, 2.5 hours drive)       (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • This morning, we visit to Tianchi, nestles Heavenly Lake. This crescent-shaped lake deserves its name, Pearl of Heavenly Mountain (Tianshan Mountain). With melted snow as its source, Heavenly Lake enjoys crystal water. Enjoyed a leisurely walk at International Bazha. In Xinjiang, the “big Bazha” has the meaning of market; and the international Bazha, took the fall Urumqi Erdaoqiao region, but also in Urumqi Uighur ethnic characteristics of the market the most. An area of n early 10 million square meters of large Bazha, the square is the towering Islamic central tower, the market added some exotic flavor. Stalls within the market mostly selling traditional features with national handicrafts, local products,  Uygur hat, handmade jewelry, knives, carpets etc.  After tour, drive to Turpan.
  • Hotel Proposed: Huozhou, Turpan 4* 
  • Special Meal: Hot Pot Cuisine

Day 3

TURPAN   (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Today, we proceed to Flaming Mountain is at the north fringe of the Turpan Basin. It was called Red Rock Mountain for the dark red sandstone dominating the area. Many years of volcanic activity have formed the unique crisscrossing gullies and ravines. During mid-afternoon the heat becomes intense as the sun’s rays are reflected off the red rocks, as though the hillsides are engulfed by tongues of fire, hence the name. The foot of the mountain offers a great contrast to the barren, lifeless mountain, where the Grape Gully are located. These gullies are lush cultivated areas with greenery, flowing rivers. When autumn comes, these regions feature sweet fruits and ripe melons. Then, we visit Xinjiang’s irrigation system, Karez.  In the boundless desolate Gobi desert stand the ruins of the ancient city of Gaochang, shining like a resplendent precious stone inlaid in the barren desert and shining on the Silk Road. Gaochang is located at the foot of the Flaming Mountain. Withstanding the test of time and weather, the ancient city of Gaochang, and the ancient city of Jiaohe, are the best-preserved ruins of the ancient cities in China. Then, we visit to Su Minaret the largest extant old tower in Xinjiang; it is the only Islamic tower among the hundred famous towers in China. Su Minaret was built in 1777 in honor of the heroic Turpan general, Emin Khoja. He was an outstanding patriot who defended the unification of China throughout his life. Tonight, we will enjoy the Uyghur ethic minority cultural performance.
  • Hotel Proposed: Huozhou, Turpan 4* 
  • Special Meal: Roasted Lamb

Day 4

TURPAN – LIU YUAN (2nd class, high speed train) – DUNHUANG (110 km, 2 hours drive)  (Breakfast, Dinner)

  • This morning, travel to Liu Yuan by high speed train (4 hours journey). On arrival,  coach to Dunhuang lies at the western end of the Gansu Corridor, called Hexi Zoulang. The name Dunhuang originally meant “prospering, flourishing”– a hint that Dunhuang must once have been an important city. We than proceed to Mingsha Sand Dune and experience aCamel Ride. You can enjoy the beautiful wavy shapes of the smooth yellow dunes against the deep blue sky, and imagine you are traveling the ancient Silk Road. Step off the camel and listen for the singing of the sand. There is archery and sand sledging available on one of the dunes. Crescent Moon Spring is a must-see sight. The contrast of the blue Crescent Lake and lush vegetation with the golden sand is quite poetic. Stop by Magic Cup factory before proceed for dinner.
  • Hotel Proposed: Fugou, Dunhuang 4* 
  • Special Meal: Camel Tendons

Day 5

DUNHUANG – JIAYUANGUAN – JIUQUAN (400 km, 5 hours drive)   (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • This morning, we proceed for tour highlight of Mogao Grottoes, also known as “the Thousand Buddha Caves”, and praised as “a glittering pearl that adorns the Silk Road”, are the most famous Buddhist grottoes in China. Drive to Jiayuanguan to visit the Jiayuanguan Pass represents the western starting point of a section of the Great Wall constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The pass covers an area of 33,500 square meters (eight acres) and lies at the base of a narrow valley, and takes its name from one of the surrounding hills, the Jiayu. Commonly referred to as the finest example of its kind on earth, the pass is the best preserved of the Great Wall’s ancient military fortresses.
  • Hotel Proposed: Jiu Quan, Jiuquan 5* 
  • Special Meal: Hot Pot Cuisine 

Day 6

JIUQUAN – ZHANGYE (220 km, 3 hours drive) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • This morning we drive to visit Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park (with tram ride) refers to various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China that “consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs”.[3] It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. The landforms look very much like karst topography that forms in areas underlain by limestones, but since the rocks that form danxia are sandstones and conglomerates, they have been called “pseudo-karst” landforms. After tour, check-in hotel.
  • Hotel Proposed: Qilian Shan, Zhangye 4* 

Day 7

ZHANGYE – WUWEI (230 km, 3 hours drive) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Morning, we visit to Giant Buddha Temple with the religion hall built in Western Xia (1038-1227), the largest indoor reclining Buddha in Asia and the written Golden Sutra in Ming Dynasty etc, this Buddha temple is regarded as one of the most famous Buddha temples in northwest. The existing Giant Buddha Temple is made up of the Giant Buddha Hall, Sutra Collection Pavilion and a Clay Pagoda. We than coach to Wuwei for sightseeing visit to Haicang Temple is one of the temples preserved intact in the Hexi Region, a cultural reclics site under the provincial level protection.
  • Hotel Proposed: Tianma, Wuwei 4* 
  • Special Meal: Rice Noodle Banquet

Day 8

WUWEI – LANZHOU (280 km, 4 hours drive) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • After breakfast, we leaving for Lanzhou, used to be a key point connecting the central China and the western region as well as a vital city on the Silk Road. Today, Lanzhou is a hub of the Silk Road.  We proceed to White Pagoda Park with images of Buddha on its eight sides, the seven-story pagoda with a height of 17 meters, is a pure white from top to bottom with the exception of the green top which greatly enhances the glamour of the whole building. Continued to Zhongshan Bridge, well known as the first bridge over the Yellow River. Enjoy a leisurely walk at the Waterwheel Garden, the garden is comprised of two waterwheels, a cofferdam, the recreation area and a house of water mill. Photo stop at Mother River Statue before proceed for dinner.
  • Hotel Proposed: Feitian, Lanzhou 4*
  • Special Meal: Ramen Cuisine

Day 9

LANZHOU – TIANSHUI (300 km, 4 hours drive) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Today, drive to Tianshui, the city is praised as the root of ancient Chinese culture. The name ‘Tianshui’ appeared during the Qin Dynasty when it was given the name Tianshui Shire. We visit to Maiji Caves, on the sheer cliff that marks the southwest side of Maiji Mountain, people have labored for centuries carving niches and caves, giving rise to what is known today as the Maiji Caves. Besides 194 Buddhist caves and niches, containing more than 7, 200 clay statues, there are also murals of over 1, 300 square meters in the Maiji Caves as well. These statues are works of art that reflect ancient craftsmanship and dedication to the Buddhist ideal. Rarely can one find caves and statues carved over sheer cliffs in China, and this is one of the most distinguishing features of Maiji Caves. Then we visit to Fuyi Temple which famous for its natural landscape garden.
  • Hotel Proposed: Hua Chen, Tianshui 4*
  • Special Meal: Ramen Cuisine

Day 10

TIANSHUI – XIAN (350 km, 4.5 hours drive) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • After breakfast, leaving for Tianshui to Xian. We visit to Famen Temple (Buddhism Door, meaning the initial approach to becoming a Buddhist believer) is famous for housing the four important Buddhist relics linked to Sakyamuni (Siddhartha Guatama) himself, the founde  of Buddhism, including reputedly the remains of his finger bone. This would be the only remaining fragment of “the Sage of the Shakyas” in the world today. After tour, dinner and check-in hotel.
  • Hotel Proposed: Grand New World, Xian 4*
  • Special Meal: Dumpling Cuisine

Day 11

XIAN (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Start your day by getting acquainted with the main attractions of Xian. You will be visiting the Museum of the Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses ~ renowned as the “Eight wonder of the World” and listed as the world cultural heritage. In the 1st pit, there are lines of the terra-cotta warriors, the 2nd pit has chariots and the lines of cavalrymen with the clear foot print in the muddy ground, and it is though that the 3rd it might be the headquarters of the underground army. Altogether over 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from these pits. Most of them have been restored to their former grandeur. Then, we visit the Huaqing Pool, Emperor Xuan Zong came to spend his winter here with his favorite Concubine Yang every year and had baths in this hot spring pool. There are numerous classical style buildings at the site and many frescoes decorate the walls here. Tonight, we will enjoy the Tang Dynasty Performance. During the performance you will see various Chinese musical instruments which are no longer in use. The piece celebrates the appreciation of the people towards their ruler who has brought peace, wealth and tranquility to the kingdom.
  • Hotel Proposed: Grand New World, Xian 4*

Day 12

XIAN – GUANGZHOU –  KUALA LUMPUR    (Breakfast)

  • After breakfast, free at own leisure until transfer to airport for your flight back home.