travel on Shangri-la Express and visit Silk Road attractions one by one

Silk Road Adventure by Luxury Shangri-La Express

Tour Code: CHTGP-SL-01 the Forbidden City
Departure Date: You choose
Destinations: Beijing / Xian / Tianshui / Lanzhou /Jiayuguan / Dunhuang / Turpan / Urumqi
Tour Price: from $1794 Price Details
Tour Feature: See the best of China and the Silk Road. Enjoy the superior service on board this unique luxury train. What a way to discover the richest and longest international trade route of the ancient world! (As the Shangri-La Express must fit in with the China Rail Authorities'schedule, in the event of an unforeseen delay, the itinerary may need to be altered slightly.)

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Detail Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Place & Transport: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport to Hotel Transfer (Beijing)
Meals: Chinese Dinner

Day 2

Summer PalacePlace & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: Summer Palace, Beijing Olympic Green(outside tour of Bird's Nest and National Aquatics Center), Beijing Enamel Factory
Meals: Breakfast, Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner at Roasted Peking Duck
Detailed Itinerary: Summer Palace (1.5 hours): Much-loved summer retreat of the Imperial families, the lovely landscaped gardens, halls, pavilions and corridors are set around the lake and rivers in natural harmony. You can expect to spend 2-3 hours here. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Beijing Olympic Green(outside tour of Bird's Nest and National Aquatics Center) (1 hour): Located at the north end of the central axis of Beijing City, with a large areaof 1215 hectares, it contains National museum, exhibition area, Olympic Village and Olympic competition avenues. Approximately 31 venues are used in Beijing Olympics, including National Stadium, the Bird's Nest and National Aquatics Center. You will explore the park, but it doesn't include going inside the Bird's Nest and Water Cube.

Beijing Enamel Factory: Beijing Enamel Factory sells high quality cloisonne ware. High quality cloisonne also called "Copper - body and wire inlaid Enamel" requires an elaborate and complicated manufacturing process including hammering, filigree welding, enamel filling, surface polishing and gilding. This is a popular place for those looking for special, quality souvenirs.

Roasted Peking Duck: Beijing roast duck has won a high reputation among domestic and overseas consumers and is the signature dish of the city. Its crisp and fragrant flavor and reasonable price make it as attractive as ever.

Day 3

Place & Transport: Beijing to Xian, Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Beijing Railway Station - Xian Railway Station) Dep 13:40 - Arr 08:53
Today's Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Dinner

Day 4

Terracotta ArmyPlace & Transport: Xian
Today's Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Huaqing Hot Springs, Fountain Square of Wild Goose Pagoda, Shange Grand Theatre Imitating Tang Dynasty Show, Xi'an Ceramic & Lacquer Manufactory
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner at Dumpling Banquet
Detailed Itinerary: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses (2 hours): Discovered accidentally in 1974, this incredible army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots in full battle array has guarded Emperor Qin's tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavation continues in 3 pits which are protected inside huge hangars. 1.5 hours from Xian, there is also an excellent museum and film about the history of the vaults. Photos (no flash) are allowed. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Huaqing Hot Springs (1 hour): At the foot of Mt Lishan between Xi'an and the Terracotta warriors, the early Emperors and their concubines loved it here. Famous for ancient romances, and more recently the Chiang Kai Shek incident, you can enjoy the appealing gardens with their lakes, pools, halls, pavilions and baths, and of course, the hot springs.

Fountain Square of Wild Goose Pagoda (30 minutes): The square to the north of the Wild Goose Pagoda, ranking the biggest in Asia so far, was built in the last 5 years. The musical fountains operate for 20 minutes every 2 hours.It is splendid with music, lights and the background of the ancient Wild Goose Pagoda.

Shange Grand Theatre Imitating Tang Dynasty Show: The show that presents the palace dances and sings in the Tang Dynasty when Xian was the capital of ancient China.
Time: After 8:00pm

Xi'an Ceramic & Lacquer Manufactory: Xi'an Ceramic & Lacquer Manufactory is a multi-function shopping mall containing ceramic and lacquer traders, and restaurants. It showcases Chinese traditional products of all types including hand-made copies of lacquer furniture and figurines. It has become a popular spot for foreign tourists looking for authentic, quality products.
Tel: 029-83519063
Address: No.5 Power Plant Road(E), Baozi Village, Xian.

Dumpling Banquet: Jiaozi or dumplings with meat and vegetable fillings are very popular during New Year Festival. It tops the list of delicacies preferred by people in Northern China.

Day 5

Mount Maiji GrottoesPlace & Transport: Xian to Tianshui to Lanzhou, Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Xian Railway Station - Tianshui Railway Station) Dep 08:53 - Arr 12:00, connect Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Tianshui Railway Station - Lanzhou Railway Station) Dep 23:25 - Arr 06:00
Today's Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Xian), The Mount Maiji Grottoes, Train station Transfer (Tianshui)
Meals: Breakfast, Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner
Detailed Itinerary: The Mount Maiji Grottoes (3.5 hours): 30 km southeast of Tianshui City, the Mount Maiji Grottoes are one of the Four Great Buddhist Grottoes in China. (The other three are the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu Province, the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, Henan Province and the Yungang Grottoes in Datong, Shanxi Province).

Day 6

Place & Transport: Lanzhou to Jiayuguan, Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Lanzhou Railway Station - Jiayuguan Railway Station) Dep 20:35 - Arr 09:30
Today's Activities: White Pagoda Hill, Gansu Provincial Museum, Waterwheel Garden, Yellow River Iron Bridge
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner
Detailed Itinerary: White Pagoda Hill (1 hour): It is located on the north bank of the Yellow River in Lanzhou. It is named after the white pagoda on top of it, which was originally erected in the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). A half hour climb (that could be shortened by a cable car ride over the Yellow River) offers a great view of Lanzhou and the surrounding mountains.

Gansu Provincial Museum: It is located in the Xijin xi road, Qi li he District, Lanzhou.Gansu Provincial Museum is one of the most famous provincial comprehensive museums in China.

Waterwheel Garden (20 minutes): There are giant steel and wood, once used to lift precious water from the Yellow River to supply the needs of this dry region. There is also a chance to ride on a raft of inflated sheep skins. It is located on South Binhe East Road, the opposite side of the river from White Pagoda Hill, 1 km west of Zhongshan Bridge.

Yellow River Iron Bridge (30 minutes): The first bridge over the Yellow River was first built in 1372, but rebuilt in iron in 1909. At about 200 meters long it represents an impressive feat of technology at the time. It is located at the foot of the White Pagoda Hill and is also known as Zhongshan Bridge.

Day 7

Jiayuguan PassPlace & Transport: Jiayuguan
Today's Activities: The Jiayuguan Pass(including Great Walls Museum), The Great Wall on the Cliff, The First Abutment Under Heaven, Sunlight Cup Factory
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner
Detailed Itinerary: The Jiayuguan Pass(including Great Walls Museum) (3.5 hours): The "First Pass Under Heaven" is at the western end of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) Great Wall. It is the most magnificent and best-preserved pass among over a thousand Great Wall passes. This fort commands an awesome position straddling the Gansu corridor between two mountain ranges. The adjacent Great Wall Museum is full of artifacts tracing the history of the world's longest wall.

The Great Wall on the Cliff (1.5 hours): This spot is 11 km northwest of Jiayuguan city center, and 7 km north of Jiayu Pass Fort. The Suspended Wall is part of the Great Wall. The wall there was built on a ridge with a gradient of 45 degrees. It is very steep and it looks as if it should fall down from the side of the mountain range, so people refer to this section of the Great Wall as "the Suspended Wall".

The First Abutment Under Heaven: It is the most westerly end of the Great Wall, balanced on the edge of the canyon of Beidahe River, 6 km (4 mi) south of Jiayuguan Fort and 8 km (5 mi) east of the city center. A canyon face viewing platform has been constructed to offer visitors great views of the canyon and abutment.

Sunlight Cup Factory: This factory presents the manufacturing process and illustrates the history of Chinese sunlight cups. They are called "sunlight" cups because of their translucency. They are turned from a local rock resembling green marble, which is slightly magnetic. There are many wine “glasses”, Chinese tea cups and other products displayed, which make beautiful and nice-to-use souvenirs.

Day 8

Crescent SpringPlace & Transport: Jiayuguan to Dunhuang, Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Jiayuguan Railway Station - Dunhuang Railway Station) Dep 09:00 - Arr 14:56
Today's Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Jiayuguan), Train station to Hotel Transfer (Dunhuang), Silk Road Lecture, The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring, Riding on a Camel
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner
Detailed Itinerary: Silk Road Lecture: Before arrival in Dunhuang, a professor will give an entertaining and insightful lecture on the history and culture of the Silk Road in the Shangri-la Express bar car. The lecture will last one or two hours and covers the emergence of Buddhism in China and some interesting things about camels.

The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring (2 hours): Crescent Spring (Yueya Quan) is in the Singing Sand Mountains (Mingsha Shan), 6 km (4 mi) south of Dunhuang. It is an oasis in the desert. The spring's name derives from the crescent-shaped lake formed by the spring water between two huge sand dunes. Although the area is very dry, the pool doesn't dry up as one might expect.

Riding on a Camel: Riding on a camel and traveling along the desert, you can not only enjoy the beutiful scenery of setting sun in the desert, but also have a real experience of traveling along the Silk Road.Further more, you will have a chance to see the five-color sand on the Echoing-Sand Mountain.

Day 9

Place & Transport: Dunhuang to Turpan, Train No. Shangri-La Express 01 (Dunhuang Railway Station - Turfan Railway Station) Dep 17:45 - Arr 09:12
Today's Activities: The Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Dry Fruits store, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Dunhuang)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner
Detailed Itinerary: The Mogao Grottoes (3.5 hours): Constructed over a millennium, from the 4th to the 14th centuries, the caves hold the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures, including the world’s third largest giant Buddha. Photography is strictly prohibited. They are located 17 km (11 mi) southeast of Dunhuang on the east face of the Singing Sands.

Dunhuang Dry Fruits store: Dunhuang Dry Fruits store is a lager-scale shop in the city. It sells varieties of high-quality dry Fruits and specialty.

Day 10

Grape ValleyPlace & Transport: Turpan
Today's Activities: The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe, The Karez Wells, Suleiman Minaret, Grape Valley, The Flaming Mountain, Night Activity
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner
Detailed Itinerary: The Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe (2 hours): The Jiaohe Ruins are the biggest, oldest and best-preserved city of its construction in the world. Jiaohe was built by the ancient Cheshi people in the Qin Dynasty (221–206 BC) and the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD). Located in the Yarnaz Valley, 8 km (5 mi) west of Turpan, it was dug out of and constructed from the yellow-gray parched ground of a narrow 30-meter-high, 1.5-km-long vertical sided island in a river. It is a good vantage point for seeing the surrounding landscape of vineyards and orchards followed by desert and mountains.

The Karez Wells (40 minutes): This irrigation system of wells connected by underground channels is considered to be one of the three great ancient projects in China. The Karez Wells Folk Garden and Museum is located adjacent to Turpan, 3 kilometers east of the city center. The famous fruit and vineyards of these hot, dry desert communities owe their existence to the Karez wells, ancient underground irrigation channels fed by wells that tap into the snowmelt from surrounding mountains. These systems are still maintained and functioning today. A small museum provides an insight into their intriguing history and construction, and takes you below ground for a first-hand view.

Suleiman Minaret (40 minutes): Also known as Sugong Tower, it is the biggest ancient tower existing in Xinjiang and the only ancient Islamic minaret in the country. It is located 2 kilometers southeast of Turpan's center.

Grape Valley (1 hour): This is one of most famous scenic spots in Turpan. With its shady vineyards and trees, this provides a welcome place of relaxation amidst the hundreds of square kilometers miles of grey desert. Take a seat under the vintage trellises and savor various grapes. Every year over 300 tons of raisins are dried in drying rooms on nearby slopes. Located 4 km northeast of Turpan's center.

The Flaming Mountain (30 minutes): The Flaming Mountains, the hottest place in China, overshadow the cradle of the Turpan ancient civilization and oasis agriculture. They provide a spectacular backdrop to the oases and scenery of the Turpan area, and have given rise to many legends and stories, such as the classic "Journey to the West". There are stone reliefs showing the monkey king Sun Wukong, the monk Tang Sen and the pig-man Zhu Bajie and their adventures in an underground cavern built at the foot of the Flaming Mountains to introduce its culture to visitors.

Night Activity: After the dinner - Roast Lamb, there will be a local Uygur traditional dance in the vineyard of the hotel. After the show, we can all visit the evening food market to experience the life and culture of the local people.

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Day 11

Heavenly LakePlace & Transport: Urumqi
Today's Activities: The Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake, Boat for Cruise on the Heavenly Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner
The Xinjiang Museum (2 hours): The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum has collections of silver works of art, stone steles, coins and currency, ceramics, wooden articles, and paintings. One of the highlights is the well-preserved collection of 4,000-year-old corpses, unearthed along the Silk Road. A modern-style building occupying 11,000 square meters, it is located on Xibei Road, 2 km north of People's (Renmin) Park

Heavenly Lake (1 hour): Heavenly Lake (Tian Hu) is a beautiful blue mountain lake. The blue lake water is finely contrasted with steep forested hills, high meadows and snowy Heavenly Mountain peaks behind. There you can walk, take electric carts, cable cars and a boat cruise on the lake.

Boat for Cruise on the Heavenly Lake (40 minutes): It is a different way to visit Heavenly Lake by boat.

Day 12

Place & Transport: Depart Urumqi, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Erdaoqiao Market, Urumqi Jade factory, Hotel to airport Transfer (Urumqi)
Meals: Breakfast Erdaoqiao Market (1 hour): The Erdaoqiao Bazaar is the largest in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. On Sunday, there are more stalls and more goods to buy than any other day. The old streets around the bazaar are really worth seeing.Here is the most welcomed place by tourist especialy by ladies where they can buy some traditional yugur make up cosmetic.

Urumqi Jade factory: This factory manufactures and sells many kinds jade articles including Xinjiang Hetian jade, jade jewelry, and Xinjiang jade sculptures.

Dates and Prices

Tour Duration Tour Price Per Person Hotel Single Supplement
Sep.01 - Sep.12 $1794 $1135

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