• The Silk Road Route starts from Dunhuang's Mogao Grottos, which was located on the former terminal of the ancient Silk Road. It has one of the richest collections of ancient Buddhist murals and statues in China, then fly to Xinjiang to explore Kashgar, the heart of Chinese Islam which owns the largest Muslim community and best market in China. Drive to Karakuri Lake and Snow Mountains, a majestic glacial lake fed by century-old glaciers and sits at the base of Mount Muztagh Ata.

    The trip out here from Kashgar takes travelers 200km through treeless sand dunes, past grazing camels and yaks until suddenly this dramatic and spectacular lake appears by the roadside, as if from nowhere. The surface of this huge lake reflects the snow-covered peaks of Mount Muztagata, which towers in the background. Continue from the lake, you will see Kazakh yurts and grassland.

  • Introduction



    Dunhuang Grottos & Sand Dunes

    Dunhuang, "City of the Sands", is located in Gobi desert in Gansu, northwest of China. It was a former terminal of the ancient Silk Road, perched on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert, one of the world's largest deserts (272,000 sq km). Dunhuang is home to the Mogao Grottos, one of the richest collections of ancient Buddhist murals and statues in China. These grottos were carved into a 1600-meter high cliff and created during over nine dynasties (4th - 14th centuries). They contain 492 caves, each housing murals (45,000), Buddhist paintings and terra-cotta statues (2,000). At the "Mingshashan Sand Dunes" -which Marco Polo referred to as the "rumbling sands"- one can visit "Crescent Moon Lake", a lush green oasis. A stunning view of a green oasis surrounded by endless desert scenery will open to you when climbing to the top of the dunes.


    Xinjiang (Urumqi (capital);  Kashgar)

    Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Regions. It has served and is still serving as a main entry for those crossing into Central Asia. Today it becomes a lively metropolis with an urban population of 1.08 million (You will see Carrefour Shopping Mall). The main attraction now for Xinjiang is the exhibits of mummies and other artifacts of Uigur ethnic culture and treasures from Silk Road in Xinjiang Regional Museum. The Id Kah Mosque is the largest in mosque in China. It attracts more than 10,000 worshippers for Friday prayers.


    Kashgar is in the heart of Chinese Islam, owns the largest Muslim community and best market in China! Kashgar was once the key trading post bridging the East and the West. Today they sell, bargain and trade everything ranging from camels and donkeys to embroidered caps and ornate knives. Situated at the foot of the impressive Pamir mountains, The ancient oasis city still retains the exotic feel of the Silk Road era


    The Lake Karakuri; Kazakh Yurts & grassland

    The Lake Karakuri is a majestic glacial lake fed by century-old glaciers and sits at the base of Muztagh Ata (7,545 meters). The trip out here from Kashgar takes travelers 200km through treeless sand dunes, past grazing camels and yaks until suddenly this dramatic and spectacular lake appears by the roadside, as if from nowhere. The surface of this huge lake reflects the snow-covered peaks of Mount Muztagata, which towers in the background. Continue from the lake, you will see Kazakh yurts and grassland.

  • While in Lake Karakuri and in Tajikistan highland, we reach heights of up to 3,660 & 3,220 meters above sea level respectively. People respond to an increase in altitude differently. You may response general discomfort, breathlessness, poor sleeping patterns or limited capacity for physical exertion. Please consult with your local travel clinic or physician for specifics about altitude sickness and your personal health.

  • * Autumn from late August to early October
    * Spring but direct flights to Dunhuang is not available until after May 1st holiday (or available only if there are enough booking, so last minute cancellation is possible).

  •  Itinerary

    Day 1. Fly in Dunhuang (camel-riding & sand-sliding in desert)

    • Beijing departure Fly into Dunhuang by air in the morning. CA 1287 07:05-10:20 
      Shanghai Pudong -- Dunhuang  by air stopover in Xi'an  or Lanzhou for 2 hours. It is likely that Shanghai participants will miss the Mingshashan Mountains and Sand Dunes due to the limited flights schedule. However, you can fly into Dunhuang the previous evening with additional cost, please let us know at the time of booking. 
      If you go from other locale, we will check the available flights from your locale to Dunhuang.
    • Land in Dunhuang.
      Dunhuang, "City of the Sands", is located in Gansu, northwest of China. It was a former terminal of the ancient Silk Road, perched on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert. Dunhuang is home to the Mogao Grottos.
    • Drive to Mingshashan Mountain and Sand Dunes, which Marco Polo referred to as the "rumbling sands" and ride camels on the Sand Dunes leading to the Crescent Moon Lake - a lush green oasis
      A stunning view of a green oasis surrounded by endless desert scenery will open to you when climbing to the top of the dunes. 
      You can do the sand-sliding down the dunes or drive the Karting (optional).
    • Stay overnight in Dunhuang.
      The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel (L, D) 

    Day 2Dunhuang (Mogao Grottos) / Liuyuan/ Urumqi

    • Have breakfast on the balcony of the hotel while enjoy the sunrise over the desert.
    • Head to the Mogao Grottos, one of the richest collections of ancient Buddhist murals and statues in China. These grottos were carved into a 1600-meter high cliff and created during over nine dynasties (4th - 14th centuries). They contain 492 caves, each housing murals (45,000), Buddhist paintings and terra-cotta statues (2,000).
    • Drive to the Liuyuan Train station to catch the train to Urumqi. 
    • stay overnight in Urumqi. 
      Tianyuan Hotel (B, L)

    Day 3 Urumqi / Kashgar (Bazaar & Animal Market !)

    • Take the morning flight to Kashgar. 
    • Kashgar is the heart of Chinese Islam, which owns the largest Muslim community and best market in China ! 
    • Walking along the bustling street of Kashgar till you arrive in the square and see the Id Kah Mosque, the largest in mosque in China. It attracts more than 10,000 worshippers for Friday prayers.
    • Shop around the Bazaar, massive gatherings of thousands of farmers and merchants from the far corners of the region. At this colorful and lively market, you can find some of the Silk Road's most interesting souvenirs, from hand made leather boots, to traditional musical instruments, to bags of fresh spices.
    • After lunch, visit the exciting Animal Market (live cattles, sheeps, etc.), where they barter and bargain for goats, cows and donkeys. 
      (please note that if the itinerary could not meet the Sunday animal market, CCC will take you to another animal market in a village, which is also exciting and even more authentic.)
    • Head to the tomb of Abakh Khoja, considered the holiest Muslim site in Xinjiang. Built in the 17th century, the tiled mausoleum 5 km northeast of the city centre also contains the tombs of five generations of his family.
    • Dine in a local Uigur family featuring their delicacies such as their yoghurt, Kebab and fruits.
    • Stay second night in Kashgar.
      Radisson Blu Kashgar(B, L, D)

    Day 4  Kashgar / Lake Karakuri and Snow Mt. Muztagata / Tajikistan County

    • Take Kashgar's side trip to Lake Karakuri & Snow Mount Muztagata. It will be 4 hours' drive one way, but you wouldn't feel bored on the bus, it is durable as you will stop and take pictures of the magnificent landscapes with diversified lakes, mountains, field, wildflowers and plants. We will also meet Kazaks, Tajiks as well as Tibetans, Uighurs. On enroute we drive pass the border Zone sentry to Pakistan,(Note that we are still in China after passing the border sentry, so we do not need the Pakistan visa.) where we will have our baggage and documents checked.
    • Finally we will arrive Lake Karakuri, a majestic glacial lake fed by century-old glaciers, which sits at the base of Muztagh Ata (7,545 meters).
    • Drive to a Tajikistan county on the highland and stay overnight.
      CROWNINN TASHKORGAN(B, L)

    Day 5  Tajikistan highland & village / Kashgar

    • Explore the "stone city" - a castle ruin and then a Tajikistan village and visit local residents on the grassland. Have lunch.
    • Drive back to Kashgar in late afternoon.
    • Stay another night in Kashgar.
      Radisson Blu Kashgar(B, L)

    Day 6  Urumqi / Fly out

    • Fly from Kashgar to Urumqi and then connect the flight out in the afternoon. 
      (B, L)
      Kashgar-Urumqi - Beijing (arrival around 6-7pm)
      Kashgar-Urumqi - Shanghai Hongqiao (arrival around 8pm)
    • Please be aware that Xinjiang is 2 hours behind Beijing Time.
    • Please note that the flights or timing of flights mentioned in the above itinerary may change subject to ticket availability and airline scheduling. Alternative hotels of similar standards will be used if any of the hotels mentioned in the itinerary is unable to provide enough accommodation.

  • 6-day bespoke tour prices

    RMB16,300/person/1 people
    RMB9,900/person/2 people
    RMB8,600/person/3-5 people
    RMB7,600/person/6-9 people
    10% discount for children under 12.
    Single supplement RMB1,800 for 5 night

    What's Included:
    Private English-speaking guide(s) (selected by CCC)
    Experienced Chinese-speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
    All accommodations based on double-occupancy (Five-star hotels or equivelant boutique hotels)
    All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
    All meals as noted in the itinerary

    What's Not Included:
    Domestic flights and relevant taxes 
    (If you want us to book your domestic flights in this itinerary, please let us know.)
    Expenses of a personal nature
    Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
    Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers
    Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders 
    Travel, health and trip cancellation insurance 

    Note:
    We offer our itineraries as suggestions only; all of our tours can be tailored to your individual interests.The above prices may change based on any specific requirements you may have. The extended trip is available upon request.

    Prepayment is necessory so we can book your flights/train tickets/car transportation and guides.
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