5 great towns of China and the Great Wall

Kashgar, Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Beijing are five town which you will be able to see on this tour with all their treasures and famous places,  but the peak fo this tour will be the only human built structure seen from the satellite - Great Chinese Wall... 

Info: The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger, stronger, and unified are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall. Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China,Qin Shi Huang. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has on and off been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced; the majority of the existing wall was reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty.

Other purposes of the Great Wall have included border controls, allowing the imposition of duties on goods transported along theSilk Road, regulation or encouragement of trade and the control of immigration and emigration. Furthermore, the defensive characteristics of the Great Wall were enhanced by the construction of watch towers, troop barracks, garrison stations, signaling capabilities through the means of smoke or fire, and the fact that the path of the Great Wall also served as a transportation corridor.

The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. A comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has concluded that the Ming walls measure 8,850 km. This is made up of 6,259 km sections of actual wall, 359 km of trenches and 2,232 km of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers. Another archaeological survey found that the entire wall with all of its branches measure out to be 21,196 km.

Price for the groups based on twin room accommodation: 

USD/PAX

PAX

Price (hotel 3*)

Price (hotel 4*)

Price (hotel 5*)

2

2919

3037

3278

4

2156

2279

2514

6

2032

2156

2391

8

1880

1997

2238

10+1

1979

2120

2408

12+1

1885

2026

2303

Single supplement

258

382

616

 

Price includes:

- Transport according to the program
- Accommodation according to the program
- Guide
- Meals - Full board (B/L/D) as above program;
- Hotel 3* with Chinese breakfast , maybe noise during night , hotel 4* /5* with Chinese and Western style breakfast.
- Entrance fees according to the program
- Domestic flight ticket with all taxes , soft -sleeper by train . (For  2 pax , we will arrange a cabin. 3 pax and  4pax will share one cabin (4 beds)).
- Round trip of Cable - car for the Great Wall in Beijing.
 

Price doesn’t include:

- Visa
- Any personal expenses in the hotel (international calls, alcohol, etc.)
- Alcohol beverages
- Tips- Any changes in the program
- International flight
- The donkey car in Gaochang ruins.
- The entrance for Opera show

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Places to visit: Kashgar, Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Beijing
Season: End of May - Beginning of October

 

Day 1 Torugart – Kashgar – 170 km  (D)

Transfer to China via Torugart, drive to Kashgar.

Overnight in the hotel. 

Day 2 Kashgar (B+L+D)

Full day sightseeing in Kashgar

Visit the largest mosque in China Id-Kah (1442), Tomb of Apak Khoja which is the holiest place in Xinjiang for Sufis (1640), handicraft street and old parts of the town.

Overnight in the hotel. 

Day 3 Kashgar – Urumqi (Sunday)  (B+L+D)

In the morning we will visit the colorful and unique Sunday market called by local people “bazaar” where you will be able to see a huge number of sections: knives, pots and pans, silk and cotton, vegetables and fruits, jewelry and a great amount of different carpets. There you will also find a separate section of livestock located 6 km from the main bazaar. You will be able to know a lot about Uyghur people and bargain for the goods and crafts.

After dinner we will get to the airport and fly to Urumqi.

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 4 Urumqi – Turpan  (B+L+D)

Here we will see the regional museum with the collection of Silk Road treasures, well preserved mummies from Taklamakan desert and the Xinjiang’s minority vulture exhibitions. Visit the Red Hill park which is unique for making reddish-brown rocks. Visitors may see a great panorama from the top of the Red Hill as it stands about 8 meters high.

We will also visit the old part of the town and the market where all Uighur handicrafts are sold.

In the afternoon we will drive to Turpan. On the road we will see the biggest wind power station in Asia; there are about 350 wind mills that provide electricity for the people of Urumqi.

Turpan itself is located 505 feet below the sea level and very popular for its grape valleys and melons.

Overnight in tents. 

Day 5 Turpan – Dunhuang   (B+L+D)

Today we will visit the famous Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves which consist of 67 caves dating from 317 to 1368, this was an important worshipping place for Buddhists.

The other point of our visit will be the ruins of Gaochang ancient city built in the 2nd century and once being the capital of Gaochang Kingdom under the Han’s dynasty destroyed around 14th century. Here we will get inside the Astana tombs to see the well preserved mummies and wall paintings which date back to 2 century AD.

In the afternoon we will visit the local bazaar, historical museum with a collection of the artifacts from the area, the Emin Minaret which is very tall, about 44 m and the Mosque.

After dinner we will get on a train and go to Dunhuang.

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 6 Dunhuang   (B+L+D)

Here we will see the Magao Grottoes which were listed by UNESCO as one of the world’s cultural heritages. It’s the largest well preserved treasure house of arts in the world. We will also visit the Crescent Moon Lake surrounded by Mingsha Sand Hill.

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 7 Dunhuang – Beijing   (B+L+D)

In the morning we will fly to Beijing. Upon arrival accommodation in the hotel. This day will be the day of the dream as you are going to visit the famous Great Wall, which can be seen even from the moon.

After the excursion we will get back to the town to visit the former residence of Qing Dynasty prince which is made in a classical Chinese style.

Today we may enjoy the famous Beijing opera. 

Day 8 Beijing   (B+L+D)

Today we will see more of Beijing. We will visit the Temple of Heaven which was mentioned as the noblest example of religious architecture in China. We will visit the forbidden city which has been the home for Chinese emperors for more than 500 years and also visit Tiananmen Square with the total area of 440000 sq. m. 

Day 9 Flight home   (B)

Today morning you will be transferred to the airport from where you will have a flight home.

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