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Tour code: RET-XJ01

5-Day Urumqi-Turpan-Dunhuang Tour


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During the 5-day tour, you will be escorted to the west end of the Silk Road in China to visit the highlight natural scenic spots in that area, experience the local minoritys' cuture and enjoy the different local cuisine.
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Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China, is just like a piece of emerald embedded at the foot of the Tianshan Mountains. As home to 49 minority ethnic groups, this graceful prairie city is an important stop along the ancient Silk Road, leading to Central Asia and even as far as Europe.

Dunhuanglocated near the common boundary of Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang, is a renowned tourist destination, famous for the Mogao Caves. The landform of this area is a declining basin-plain from west to northeast, high in the north and south, and low in the middle, with Mt. Qilian in the south, Mt. Mazong in the north and desert from east to west.

The Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the East and West from China to the Mediterranean Sea.


While the term is of modern coinage, the Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative trade in Chinese silk and horses carried out along its length, beginning during the Han dynasty (207 BCE – 220 CE). If silk was synonym of refinement, horses were symbols of power : The Ode to the Heavenly Horse in The Shiji, Chapter 24 (“The Treatise on Music”) sings of the Han Emperor Wudi’s (武帝) great joy upon obtaining horses of superior breed from the Western regions. The Han dynasty expanded Central Asian sections of the trade routes around 114 BCE, largely through missions and explorations of the Chinese imperial envoy, Zhang Qian. The Chinese took great interest in the safety of their trade products and extended the Great Wall of China to ensure the protection of the trade route.


Trade on the Silk Road played a significant role in the development of the civilizations of China, the Subcontinent, Persia, Europe, the Horn of Africa and Arabia, opening long-distance political, cultural and economic relations between the civilizations. Though silk was certainly the major trade item exported from China, many other goods were traded, and religions, syncretic philosophies, and various technologies, as well as diseases, most notably plague, also spread along the Silk Routes. In addition to economic trade, the Silk Road was a route for cultural trade among the civilizations along its network.


The main traders during antiquity included the Chinese, Arabs, Turkmens, Indians, Persians, Somalis, Greeks, Syrians, Romans, Georgians, Armenians, Bactrians, and (from the 5th to the 8th century) the Sogdians.


In June 2014 UNESCO designated the Chang'an-Tianshan corridor of the Silk Road as a World Heritage Site.

Day 01  Arrive in Urumqi (D)

  • Take your flight or train to Urumqi.  the capital city of Xinjiang Province in northwest China. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day will be left on your own. 

Day 02  Urumqi--Turpan (B,L,D)
  • Drive to Turpan(3hrs) and transfer to the hotel after breakfast. Today's adventure begins at the Jiaohe Ruins which was built in Han Dynasty. After lunch and a short break, you will move on to the Karez Irrigation Site and the Sugong Minaret in the afternoon.

Day 03  Turpan-Dunhuang (B,L,D)
  • This morning you will visit the Gaochang Ruins, you will also tour Flaming Mountain. Have typical lunch at a local restaurant, you will move on to thousand Buddha Caves in the afternoon.then take the overnight soft sleeper train to Dunhuang.

Day 04  Dunhuang (B,L,D) 

  • The tour guide will meet you at the station and escort you to the hotel. This afternoon you will enjoy camel riding along the Sounding Sand Dune. Visit the Crescent Moon Lake.

Day 05  Dunhuang-Next destination (B,L,D)

  • After breakfast, drive to  Mogao Caves. Boast 735 grottoes, containing 2,400 colored statues and 45,000 square meters of murals. It is the largest of its kind and one of the best-preserved treasures of the art in the world. Then take the afternoon flight or train to next destination.



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