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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

Westborough, Massachusetts
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Qinghai Gansu Xinjiang 11 Day Tour
Tour Code: QHPT-05
Destinations:Xining, Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan
and Urumqi
Way of Travel: Private transfer + private vehicle + hotel + private local tour
guide + entrance fees + Meals as listed
Departure Date:Daily
Customizable: Yes!

Day By Day Itinerary    ( B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner )

Day 01
Arrival in Xining
Arrival in Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province. Be met and transferred to our designated hotel in Xining. Free for rest of the day.
Day 02
Xining Stay at Xining
After breakfast, you will have one full day tour to Qinghai Lake, the largest salt water lake in China. Cruise in the lake and visit Bird Island. On the way, you will have a stop to see the Mt. Sun and Moon, where the princess Wenchen threw the mirror down and married into the Tibetan area among the Tang Dynasty. Return to your hotel in Xining.
Day 03
Xining - Wuwei by overnight Train 430km
Qinghai Ningxia 7 Day TourVisit Ta'er Monastery (Kumbum Monastery) in the town of Huangzhong 26km south of Xining, where is the birthplace of the founder of the Gelugpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism - Tsongkhapa. The temple was later built in 1577. Then move on a 15-minute trip to the North Hill Temple to have a bird's-view of the city. Finally visit Qinghai Provincial Museum with a few silk road exhibitons and some amazing Stone Age artifacts. Then transferred to the train station to continue for your next destination - Zhongwei.
Day 04
 Han Tomb of Leitai - Han Tomb Of Leitai is located in the old Leitai Park of Wuwei. The tomb consists of 19.34 m long passage, 3 coffin chambers and 3 side chambers. There were 231 gold, silver, bronze, iron, jade. The renewed Bronze Flying Horse of Ganxu was excavated and it Qinghai Gansu Xinjiang 11 Day Tourhas become the logo of national tourism of China.
Confucius Temple - Confucious Temple was built in 1439, in the Ming Dynasty. It is located in the southeast of Wuwei city. It's a large-scale magnificent complex of grand architecture. The temple was once an institute for studying, the largest and best preserved one in Gansu.

Haizang Temple - Haizang Temple is the largest complex of ancient buildings in Wuwei. It is now open to te public as a park. The well preserved gateways, archways, pavilions and temples built in Ming and Qing Dynasties are surrounded by river, lake and age-old trees, an impressive spot in Wuwei.
Day 05
Wuwei - Zhangye by road 240km Stay at Zhangye
Qinghai Gansu Xinjiang 11 Day TourThe Giant Buddha Temple - The mysterious Giant Buddha Temple which houses the largest well-preserved reclining Buddha in China, the largest architectural heritage from the Western Xia Dynasty (1038-1227). The gold-plated and painted Giant Buddha lies in the Nirvana position in the middle of the hall. The whole Buddha is 34.5 meters long and 7.5 meters wide between its two shoulders.

The Bell Tower and the Drum Tower - The bell and drum tower in Zhangye is the biggest drum tower in the Hexi Corridor of the silk road district. it was built during the Ming Dynasty.
Day 06
Zhangye - Jiayuguan 240km Stay at Jiayuguan
Jiayuguan Pass - It is the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China,6 kilometers southwest of the city of Qinghai Gansu Xinjiang 11 Day TourJiayuguan. Along with Juyongguan and Shanhaiguan, it is one of the main three passes along the Great Wall. The pass is trapezoid-shaped with a perimeter of 733 meters and an area of more than 33,500 square meters.
Wei-jin Mural Tombs - Located about 15 kilometers northeast of Jiayuguan, Wei-Jin Mural Tomb is a big tomb group with over 1,400 tombs built between the 3rd Century and 5th Century during the Wei and Jin dynasties. It is the largest subterranean art gallery in the world, containing a large number of colorful murals, attracting tourists from both home and abroad.

Suspension Great Wall - 11 kilometers to the downtown Jiayuguan City, the Suspension Great Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644). It gets its name because there is a 231 meter long section, with an obliquity of 45 degrees, built onto a 150m high ridge. From a distance, it looks like a dragon about to extend its body towards the ground.
Day 07
Jiayuguan - Dunhuang by train K591(04:58am - 09:30am )
Pick up from your hotel in Jiayuguan, transferred to Jiayuguan train station and take the train K591(04:58am - 09:30am Qinghai Gansu Xinjiang 11 Day Tour)for Dunhuang. Arrival in Dunhuang at 09:30am, met by our representative from Dunhuang and transferred to your hotel in Dunhuang.

After lunch, visit Mogao Grottoes. Mogao Grottoes are a group of 492 temples 25 km southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road. The caves house some of the finest examples of Buddhist art with a span of 1,000 years.

Then visit Dunhuang Museum. It is a local museum for housing the cultural relics that were excavated in the Dunhuang area. Now there are over 4000 historical items contained in the museum. The museum is divided into four exhibition halls. Back to your hotel and free for rest of the day.
Day 08
Dunhuang Stay at Dunhuang
After breakfast, first visit Crescent Lake, or called Yueyaquan in Chinese. It is a crescent-shaped lake in the oasis, 5 km southwest of the city Dunhuang. It was named Yueyaquan since Qing Dynasty. The lake and the surrounding deserts are very popular with tourists, who are offered camel and 4x4 rides.

Then move on to Echoing-Sand Dune - Located 6 kilometers south of Dunhuang city, Singing Sand Hill which is also known as the sand dunes of Mingsha, offers fantastic desert scenery. The dune, surrounded by rolling ridges and precipitous cliffs, reaches a relative height of 250 meters.

 After lunch, drive 130km to Liuyuan Railway Station to connect the train No.197 ( 22:11 - next day 05:27) to Turpan. Stay Overnight train.
Day 09
Arrival in Turpan
Arrival in Turpan early in the morning. Transferred to your hotel with breakfast. Full day Qinghai Gansu Xinjiang 11 Day Tourtour in Dunhuang:
1. Jiaohe Ruins - The Jiaohe Ruins is the place of ancient Chinese ruins found in the Yarnaz Valley, 10 km west of the city of Turpan. The city of Jiaohe was the capital of the Anterior Jushi Kingdom, concurrent with the Han Dynasty, Jin Dynasty and Southern and Northern Dynasties in China. It was finally abandoned after its destruction during an invasion by the Mongols led by Genghis Khan in the 13th century.

2.Karez Well - It is a loacal Turfan water system, called karez well in Turfan. It is a qanat system that has been regarded as one of the three greatest water projects of ancient China together with the Du Jiang Yan Irrigation System, and the Grand Canal.

3.Flaming Mountains - The Flaming Mountains are barren, eroded, red sandstone hills in the east of the city of Turfan. The mountain climate is harsh and the temperature is extremely hot in the summer, the hottest site in China.

4. Grape Valley - Situated in the Flaming Mountain 13 km east of Turpan, the Grape Valley is 8km long from north to south and 0.5km wide. This green paradise of 400 hektares is covered with layer upon layer of grapes.
Day 10
Turpan - Urumchi by road
Qinghai Gansu Xinjiang 11 Day TourAfter breakfast, drive 300km to Tian Chi - Tianchi Lake. Tian Chi - The name literally means "Heaven Lake" or "Heavenly Lake. This Tianchi lies on the north side of Bogda Peak of Tianshan Mountains, about 110 km east of Urumqi. It is an alpine drift lake shaped in the Quaternary Glacier period. Back to the city, take a city tour and visit Xinjiang Regional Museum - The Xinjiang Regional Museum is a large integrated museum and centre for the collection and study of cultural relics in Xinjiang. It is divided into 2 sections - one for archeological treasures from the Silk Road and the other for the province' minority cultures.
Day 11
Leave Urumchi
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