Day 1 Arrival, Chengdu
Welcome to panda's hometown - Chengdu! On arrival, your personal guide will greet you with a welcoming name board and escort you to the hotel by 1-hour drive.
Day 2 Chengdu
As the national treasure, panda should be the most important purpose for you to Chengdu. Besides pandas, Chengdu will show you more with its easygoing lifestyle and diverse local cultures. Today, you will enjoy both.
In the morning, depart for the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding at 8:00 am, spend about 2 hours there seeing the cute pandas feasting on delicious breakfast and taking enjoyment in their playtime.
In the afternoon, wandering around the River View Tower Park, go to experience local people's tea culture or watch them playing Chinese mahjong. Before ending the day tour, you will have a leisurely walking on the bustling Jinli Street.
- Giant Panda
- Jinli Street
Day 3 Chengdu - Xi'an
Free time in the morning. You can do further exploration of the city or treat yourself with some special local food. In the afternoon, take a high-speed train for 4 hours to Xi'an. This millennium ancient capital of Xi'an was the starting point of the famous Silk Road in the "Marco Polo Travels" by Italian explorer Marco Polo.
Upon your arrival, your personal tour guide will meet you and accompany you to the downtown hotel.
Day 4 Xi'an
After breakfast, drive about one hour to Lintong to visit the Terracotta Warriors, one of the wonders of the world. You must be amazed by the thousands of vivid clay soldiers and chariots at real size.
In the afternoon, get back to the city and visit the Ancient City Wall, the symbol of Xi'an.
- Terracotta Warriors
- Ancient City Wall of Xi'an
Day 5 Xi'an - Dunhuang
Today, fly to Dunhuang, a place close to the parting of the northern and southern routes that skirted the impassable Taklamakan Desert. On the way to the airport, a detour to Hanyang Tomb will show you the court life and production of ordinary people in the Han Dynasty about 2,000 years ago. Different from it, the Terracotta Warriors will demonstrate you the military power of the Qin Dynasty which was just before the Han Dynasty.
Day 6 Dunhuang
Located in the southwest of Dunhuang city, Mogao Caves are considered to be the largest and richest Buddhist art gallery in the world. Today you will be in close contact with it to marvel at the historical art gems of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures.
After that, continue to the Singing Sand Dune and Crescent Moon Spring, where you can not only appreciate the sunset at the desert but also be able to take some sand activities at your own expense.
- Mogao Caves
- Crescent Moon Spring
Day 7 Dunhuang - Liuyuan - Turpan
Drive about 2.5 hours to Liuyuan railway station for your high-speed train to Turpan. On the way, stop at Yulin Cave. As a branch of the Mogao Grottos, it gains less attention from the world; however, this tranquil place may give you much more surprise.
Arrive in Turpan 4 hours later and then be escorted to the hotel.
Day 8 Turpan
Your first day in Turpan will be filled with Gaochang Ruins, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, the Flaming Mountains and Tuyoq Village. If the exploration of these weathered ruins and caves will take you to a distant past, then the visit to Tuyoq Village will present you the lively and vivid local life of today.
- Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
- Flaming Mountains
Day 9 Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar
Further discover in Turpan with Emin Minaret (Sugong Tower), Jiaohe Ruins and the time-honored Karez Irrigation Site. Afterward, drive about 2.5 hours to Urumqi airport for your flight to Kashgar.
When you arrive in Kashgar, a local tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.
- Emin Minaret
- Jiaohe Ruins
Day 10 Kashgar
The city tour in the city of Kashgar includes Id Kah Mosque - the largest mosque in China, Abakh Khoja Tomb and Sunday Bazaar which was a pivotal trading point along the Silk Road over 2,000 years. All of them will take you back to the past to imagine the once prosperity of the Silk Road town.
- Id Kah Mosque
- Sunday Bazaar
Day 11 Kashgar - Urumqi - Beijing
Head to Beijing by air with a connection at Urumqi airport. The flight from Kashgar to Urumqi will take about 2 hours, while the flight from Urumqi to Beijing will take another 4 hours. It is a long journey today.
On arrival, your local tour guide in the capital city of Beijing will transfer you to the hotel to have a rest.
Day 12 Beijing
As the political center of present China, Tiananmen Square is something you should not miss in your China tour; as the heart of power in ancient China, the Forbidden City, of course, can't be missed either. After getting out of the palace, you can go to the royal garden - Summer Palace to relax your spirit.
About 40 minutes will be spent on the square, 2.5 to 3 hours in the Forbidden City and 1.5 hours at the Summer Palace.
Optional: At night, you may like to treat yourselves with a fantastic Kung Fu Show. It is a charging item and your tour guide will be glad to help you make the arrangement.
- Forbidden City
- Summer Palace
Day 13 Beijing
It's great to enjoy your China journey, including the memorable tour to the Great Wall.
Take about one hour to the Temple of Heaven to appreciate the beauty of Chinese traditional architecture, and then you will proceed to the magnificent Mutianyu Great Wall. You can take a cable car to get up, hike on it for 1.5 to 2 hours according to the will, and then get down by a cable car as well. Finish the tour at around 4:00 pm and then drive back to downtown Beijing.
- Temple of Heaven
- Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 14 Beijing, Departure
It is the farewell day! Before being transferred to the airport, you may have some free time to walk around and search for some small gifts for your friends.