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601: 13 Days Private Beijing Xian Dunhuang Turpan Urumqi Shanghai
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Day01 Arrival in Beijing
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.
Day02 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Day03 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Ming Tomb, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Day04 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, Hutong tour. High speed train to Xian. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B)
Day05 Xian
Terracotta Army Museum, Provincial History Museum. (B)
Day06 Xian
City Wall, Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, A local family visit, Home-cooked lunch, Great Mosque. (B+L)
Day07 Xian - Dunhuang
Fly to Dunhuang. Airport-hotel transfer. Echoing-Sand Dune (camel-riding) and Crescent Lake. (B)
Day08 Dunhuang - Turpan
Mogao Grottoes. High speed train to Turpan. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Day09 Turpan
Jiaohe Ruins, Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda. (B+L)
Day10 Turpan - Urumqi
Gaochang Ruins, Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave, Flaming Hill. Land transfer from Turpan to Urumqi. (B+L)
Day11 Urumqi - Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Day12 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and an old cultural street. (B+L)
Day13 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A pleasant trip home! (B)
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Day01 Arrival in Beijing
Our guide will meet you outside the customs at Beijing Capital Airport, holding a welcome sign on which your name is written, and then escort you to the hotel. The rest of the day you are on your own to explore the city. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day02 Beijing
Our clients on the Great Wall
This morning, you will have an opportunity to stroll on Tiananmen Square and then proceed to the Forbidden City. Nowadays, it is a public museum displaying imperial lives, ancient architecture and cultural relics. 

At noon, we will go for an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant. Then, we will take you to the Temple of Heaven, which was a rather holy place where the emperors offered sacrifices to the gods in ancient time. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day03 Beijing
Forbidden City
This morning's excursion will take you to the Great Wall of China, an ancient military defensive project, which meanders over a vast area of China that includes deserts, grasslands, mountains and plains. The section you will visit is called Badaling Great Wall, which stands on the rolling mountains. You are on your own for lunch. 

In the afternoon, we continue the private trip to the Sacred Way and the Ming Tomb. On the way back to downtown, we will drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) so that you can appreciate this amazing building at close quarters. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day04 Beijing - Xian
This morning will be devoted to the Summer Palace, used as a summer resort by the imperial families. Then you will have a tour through the old and narrow alleys, also called Hutongs, where you will find some traces of old Beijing. After that, you will take a high speed train to Xian. Our local guide and driver will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day05 Xian
After breakfast, we will visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It was built by Emperor Qinshihuang (259 BC - 210 BC), the first emperor, who united the nation in ancient times. This huge project took his whole life. The life-sized terracotta army demonstrates his ambition to be realized in the nether world. Lunch is not included today. In the afternoon, we will visit the Provincial History Museum

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day06 Xian
Terracotta Warriors
This morning you will visit the unsurpassed ancient Xian City Wall. Everyone who climbs the city wall is shocked by the grandeur of the nearly 14 kilometers of fortification, dotted with upright towers. Most travelers also enjoy cycling on the large city wall. Check the bike rental with your guide and pay the rental fee on the spot if you are interested. After that, you will see the 1308 years' Small Wild Goose pagoda of the Tang Dynasty and then visit the Xian Museum nearby. 

Then we will visit a local family to experience the local's life. An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be served in the home of the family you visit. After that, you will visit the Great Mosque and have some free time at the Muslim market. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day07 Xian - Dunhuang
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for a noon flight to Dunhuang. where our local guide and driver will pick you up and take you to the hotel. After a short rest at the hotel, you will have the opportunity to ride a camel along the Echoing-Sand Dune to Crescent Lake, a miracle in the Gobi desert. It is very exciting to reach the top from one side of the dunes and slide down the other in such a short time. It's important to wear sunglasses during this time to keep out the dust. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day08 Dunhuang - Turpan
Mogao Grottoes
This morning, you will visit the amazing Mogao Grottoes to appreciate the Buddhist art. It is 25 km (15.5miles) from downtown Dunhuang. The grottoes were carved into the side of a mountain and were stacked with five stories up to 50 meters (164 feet). Its exquisite Buddhist murals and statues are worth going the distance to see. 

After that you will take a high speed train to Turpan. Our local guide will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day09 Turpan
Camel riding along the Echoing-Sand Dune
Today you will visit the Jiaohe Ruins, the Karez Well and the Sugong Pagoda. Jiaohe Ruins, a whole mud brick city, was the capital of the Cheshiqian kingdom nearly 2000 years ago. Although the ancient city has been badly damaged, the existing ruins still show its resplendence. Turpan is one of the hottest areas in China. In such a drought area, you may be curious about how the local villagers get water for living. A visit to the Karaz well (main irrigation system) will answer this question. This great underground system protects the mountain snowmelt from evaporation and the guide will show you how it works. The Sugong Pagoda, the only well-preserved ancient pagoda in Xinjiang Province, was constructed in 1777 totally of bricks without one piece of wood. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day10 Turpan - Urumqi
Our clients visiting Gaochang Ruins
This morning, you will visit the Gaochang Ruins that was constructed as a garrison town in the 1st century and witnessed the turbulent history of this region in the following 1,300 years. Then you will see ancient Buddhist murals in the Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave, located in a lush and beautiful valley. The Flaming Hill is depicted in a famous novel, 'Journey to the West'. If the sunlight is strong, the clouds will make you think the mountain is on fire when seen from afar. After finishing the sightseeing, we will transfer you to the hotel in Urumqi. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day11 Urumqi - Shanghai
Today you will fly to Shanghai where our guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this city by yourself. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day12 Shanghai
Shanghai Bund
The morning's private itinerary includes Shanghai Museum and the Yuyuan Garden. Ranked among the four greatest museums in China, the Shanghai Museum collects numerous artistic works. Yuyuan Garden allures tourists by its delicate design and fine layout of the architecture as well as the quiet atmosphere and beautiful scenery. At noon, an a la carte farewell lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) will be served at a fancy local restaurant. 

After that, you will take a short cruise along the Huangpu River where you can appreciate the essence of Shanghai urban landscape. When the cruise ends, you will have some time to explore the Bund area on your own. The Bund is actually a waterfront of Huangpu River. Here, you will see many western-style buildings left over from the colonial period. Before returning to the hotel, we will show you an old street. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day13 Departure from Shanghai
Today our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for your homebound flight. We wish you a pleasant journey! 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation
GradeLuxuryStandard
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
XianWyndham Grand Xian South Wyndham Xian
DunhuangDunhuang Hotel Building No. 8Dunhuang Hotel Building No. 8
TurpanHuozhou Hotel Huozhou Hotel
UrumqiSheraton Urumqi Hotel Orient Dynasty Hotel
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
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Remarks:
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount for 2018 departures.
  • If you book a 2017 China tour 30 days in advance, you will enjoy a 10% discount.
  • If you prefer to book your own hotels, we are happy to offer a lower quote that does not include room rates.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
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  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Book a 2018 China tour before Dec. 31, 2017, and you will enjoy a guaranteed discount of 12% off the tour price.