Tour Cities:ShanghaiGuilinXianLanzhouXiaheJiayuguan DunhuangTurpanUrumqiBeijing

This golden China triangle Beijing Xian Shanghai Tour links the Silk Road travel attractions in Gansu Lanzhou Dunhuang, Xinjiang Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar and more for adventure experience.

Day 1Arrival in Shanghai

Meals: B,L

When your flight lands in Shanghai airport, your local guide use a placard with your name to meet you at the exit and transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2Shanghai

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: Yuyuan Garden , The Bund Shanghai, Nanjing Road

After breakfast, you will start a full day tour in Shanghai to visit the Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum, Town God's Temple, Shikumen, Old Concession Area. Then you will have a bird view of Shanghai city on the top of Jinmao Tower and enjoy coastal sight at the Bund of Shanghai. Then enjoy evening relax on Nanjing Road.

Acrobatic performance for night show option.

Yuyuan Garden

Day 3Shanghai/Guilin

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival in Guilin, the most scenic city in China, your local guide will meet you and escort you to visit Elepant Trunk Hilll and Reed Flute Cave.

Reed Flute Cave

Day 4Guilin/Yangshuo

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Yangshuo West Street, Li River Cruise

After breakfast at the hotel, our guide and driver will transfer you to the Zhujiang pier to board the ship for Li River cruise (4 hours) from Guilin to Yangshuo. It is one of the great waterways to admire the picturesque scenery along the river sides. Upon arrival at Yangshuo, you will have a stroll along the famous West Street. This is a vibrant place alive with cafes, pubs, restaurants and where many westerners gather.

Tips: Today we kindly suggest you have a larger breakfast at the hotel this morning as the lunch provided on the cruise is less than adequate. The cruise arrives at terminal Yangshuo at around 13:30 to 14:30 according to the different water flows. There are many cafes available in Yangshuo.

Optional activites for late afternoon:
1. Attend a Chinese cooking course in a cooking school
2. Learn Taichi for 1-2 hours.
3. Li River Beer Fish is recommended for dinner.
4. Night show options: Commorants Fishing or Impression Liu Sanjie

A cruise along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo is an unforgettable experience for stunning scenery. In Yangshuao, there's something interesting such as lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river, fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts, and if you're very lucky you might see one of the famous fishing cormorants.

Impressions of Liusanjie performance. The Performance, directed by Zhang Yimou, China's premiere movie director and director of the Beijing Olympics' Opening Ceremony, is made up of hundreds of people and is performed on the Li River with the mountains as the backdrop. It is an unforgettable experience.

Yangshuo West Street

Day 5Guilin/Xian

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: Yangshuo Biking

There are three options for morning enjoyment: Enjoy a countryside biking, a bamboo rafting on the Yulong River and a helicopter tour over Yangshuo.

An afternoon drive back to Guilin for the afternoon flight to Xi'an.

Yangshuo Biking

Day 6Xian

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses , Big Wild Goose Pagoda

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will meet you and you will be driven to visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors. Go on to visit the Daqin terra-cotta making factory see all kinds of models of Terracotta Warriors. After lunch you will be driven to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, where housed in a huge temple complex, the ancient pagoda was built to house Buddhist Sutras brought to China from India.

Option: In the evening you may choose to enjoy an Chinese Dumplings Feast and amazing Tang Dynasty Show, which bring the pageantry and music of the ancient Tang Dynasty to life.

Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses

Day 7Xian/Lanzhou

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Ancient City Wall

After breakfast, your guide will meet you and you will be driven for a morning visit to the Shaanxi History Museum to discover Xian's amazing history. After that you will go on a walk or a biking on the top of Ancient City Wall to get a bird's eye view of this ancient capital. Then visit Xi'an Muslim Street for a relax.

In the late afternoon you will be driven to the station for afternoon bullet (3 hours) to Lanzhou. Upon your arrival in Lanzhou, your guide will meet you and escort you to check in hotel for a rest.

Ancient City Wall

Day 8Lanzhou/Xiahe

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Labrang Monastery

After breakfast you go ahead to Xiahe visit the Labrang Monastery for Tibetan Buddhist culture at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain northwest of Xiahe County in Gannan Tibetan Nationality Autonomous Prefecture. Songke Grassland is a vast expanse of grassy plains where 4,000 Tibetan nomads, all wrapped up in their many, dirty layers, who graze yak herds and offer tourists the chance of a ride upon their horses.

Labrang Monastery

Day 9Xiahe/Lanzhou/Jiayuguan

Meals: B,L

In the morning you will be transferred back to Lanzhou for Boat Cruise from Liujiaxia Gorge to Binglingsi Thousand Buddha Caves, a ancient cave started to be built by some Buddhist monks from as early as the West Jin Dynasty (265-316) with 183 caves existing with 694 stone statues, 82 earth statues and murals of 900 square meters (9, 688 square feet). Then be transferred to the railway station to catch the train to Jiayuguan.

Day 10Jiayuguan/Dunhuang

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Jiayuguan Fort

Morning visit to the Jiayuguan Pass, a part of The Great Wall of China in Northwest. It is an important ancient border fort with Suspended Wall extented towards the north, an integral part of the defense system. Moreover a first museum to exhibit the Great Wall culture in a comprehensive and systematic way is found there. After a view for Yulin Grattoes and head to Dunhuang.

Jiayuguan Fort

Day 11Dunhuang/Turpan

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Mogao Caves

After breakfast you will go to visit the Mogao Grottoes, a world's famous shrine of Buddhist art treasures, 25 km (15.5miles) from downtown Dunhuang on the eastern slope of Mingsha Shan (Mount Echoing Sand). Then enjoy the desert fun around Crescent Lake. Then you will be transferred to the railway station to catch the train to Turpan.

Mogao Caves

Day 12Turpan

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: The Flaming Mountains, Jiaohe Ancient City

After checking in hotel, you will orderly visit Jiaohe Ancient City, a famous ancient kingdom ruin along the Silk Route; Astana Tombs Museum houses historical Chinese documents, textiles, epitaphs, coins, clay sculptures, pottery, wooden wares, silk-paintings, crops and more. View more than 40 caves, there are 10 preserving murals in Tuyoq Valley. Lastly, you will hear of the lengend of Journey to the West at The Flaming Mountain.

The Flaming Mountains

Day 13Turpan/Urumqi

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Sugong Pagoda

After breakfast you wil visit Karez Well, a unique underground irrigation system with four parts: vertical wells, underground channels, ground canals and small reservoirs in Turpan for farmland. Sugong Minaret was an embodiment of the ancient architectural arts of the Uygur nationality and built in the 41st year of the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty. Then proceed to Urumqi.

Sugong Pagoda

Day 14Urumqi/Beijing

Meals: B,L
Sites Visited: Xinjiang Uygur Regional Museum

In the morning after breakfast in your hotel, you will be driven to to visit the Xinjiang Regional Museum, displaying artifacts from the Silk Road and Xinjiang's Ethnic Minority Groups. You will then be driven to the Great Bazaar in Er Daoqiao Market. The bazaar never fails to surprise visitors with the uncountable number of things available. After lunch, take the afternoon flight to B

Xinjiang Uygur Regional Museum

Day 15Beijing

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Beijing Hutongs

Today's tour begins to visit the Tiananmen Square, the world's largest plaza. Walking through Tiananmen Gate, you'll enter the splendid Forbidden City, China's No.1 palace complex adorned with imperial treasures. Then see the The Temple of Heaven.

Late in the afternoon, you'll take a lifetime rickshaw tour the ancient alleyway of Hutongs life that are still keeping the original layout in the Shichahai area. You'll stop by a Siheyuan local family and experience what their life is like. Dinner will be arranged at a local family, and you can learn to cook some Chinese dumplings if you like.

The Forbidden City

Day 16Beijing

Meals: B,L,D
Sites Visited: Ding Tomb, The Sacred Road, Mutianyu Great Wall

After breakfast, you will pay a morning visit to the world's greatest man-made projects, the Great Wall at Mutianyu section, set up as a military fortification more than 2,000 years ago. Then vist the Sacred Road of Ming Tombs and Dingling, an ancient emperor's mausoleum group of the Ming Dynasty with underground palace.

On the way back to Beijing downtown, you will have a stop for an outside look of two famous Olimpic site: Bird Nest (National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics Center).

Ding Tomb

Day 17Beijing/Departure

Meals: B

Transfer to the airport and take a flight to your next destination.

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  • joseph coppini
  • Dec 24,2018, 04:06 AM
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  • would like more info on this tour. will be travelling alone. need to depart ftom malta some time in june

  • Terence overton
  • Nov 30,2018, 06:02 AM
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  • Do you have a 7 day tour of Silk Road starting in Dunhuang and finishing in Lanzhou if yes can you please email details including price

  • Alice Chiang
  • Oct 08,2018, 21:03 PM
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  • We’re interested to join the tour for 4 adults & 2 hotel rooms accommodation. Travel says can be 8/10-8/27

  • Roy Winnick
  • Nov 09,2015, 20:12 PM
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  • Please send me more information about your 17-day Golden China & Silk Road Xinjiang Tour--and any another tours you offer with similar itinerary. My wife and I are planning to go to China in Spring 2017, and we are particularly interested in seeing the Terracotta Warriors and the Mogao Caves.

    Replied by admin, Nov,10,2015 09:53 AM

    Roy Winnick, Thanks for your inquiry! Our travel consultant will follow your requirements to send a tour quote soon.

Price Includes:

Transportation & Private Transfers:

Transportation cost covers all the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax, train tickets between the cities as the itinerary specified.


Transfer between airports, railway station, hotels and scenic spots for sightseeing around the cities that are specified by the itinerary with private air conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.


Entrance Fees:

All entrance fees to the scenic spots listed in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by private tour guides depends on the real-time local circumstances wheather are beyond the control of Access China Travel. We will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible. 


Normal Meals:

All normal meals as the itinerary specified: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner in local  restaurant. Breakfasts are served in hotel, breakfasts have Chinese or Western style for your option; Lunches are served in carefully selected quality local Chinese restaurants with best service, your lunches will be ordered by your guide catering to your preferences within normal standard. Dinners as the itinerary specified will be also served in local Chinese restaurants. The meal quotation is normalized. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, famous rare dishes, Indian food or more, please inform us in advance. For the unspecified dinners, you will have dinner on your own. Feel free to ask your local guide for suggestions or recommendation.


Private Sightseeing Escort:

Normal sightseeing activities as the itinerary listed will be escorted with English-speaking guide. The English-speaking guide and driver in each city are with you throughout the entire itinerary around that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.


Hotel Accommodation:

Hotel service criterion: two adults share on one standard twin/double-bed room; solo traveler who want to occupy one twin/double-bed room assigned is required for extra single supplement rate. A single room is available on prior request at an additional cost; if a recommended hotel unavailable, it will be replaced by one of the same class. All hotels as the itinerary listed serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.


Tour Arrangements:

The tour cost includes the planning, handling, booking, operation and communication charges.


Service Charge & Government Taxes

Price Excludes:

International airfare or train tickets for entry or exit China, unless that is noted or required otherwise.
Visa Fees, passport application or renewal fee.
Excess Baggage Charges.


Personal Expenses:

Expenses of a purely personal nature such as excess luggage fees, laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities (shows) and meals, beverages...



Any meal are not specified in the itinerary with "B", "L" or "D".


Any extra cost caused by the changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, government and local authority orders, politics, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations; as well as tourist law violation, accident damages or injury incurred out of Access China Travel control.



Tips to guides, escort, drivers bellman, etc.