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Silk Road Tour Type
Chinatravelkey offers 14 days to 24 days Silk Road tour. Private guide and vehicle are included.
Place to Start Silk Road Tour
All Silk Road tour routes as below start from Beijing. Bu we also can start the tour from other cities. Please contact us to tailor the itinerary.
Silk Road Tour Routes of Chinatravelkey
SR1. Beijing Urumchi Kashgar Turpan Dunhuang Xian Shanghai Tour
SR2. Beijing Urumchi Turpan Dunhuang Jiayuguan Lanzhou Xian Shanghai Tour 19 days
SR3. Beijing Urumchi Turpan Dunhuang Lanzhou Xinging Xian Shanghai Tour
SR4. Beijing Urumchi Turpan Dunhuang Xian Shanghai Tour 14 days
SR5. Beijing Xian Lanzhou Xiahe Wuwei Zhangye Jiayuguan Dunhuang Turpan Urumqi Guangzhou Tour
SR6. Beijing Xian Lanzhou Xiahe Jiayuguan Dunhuang Turpan Urumqi Kashgar Shanghai Tour
SR7. Beijing Xian Xining Lanzhou Xiahe Lanzhou Wuwei Zhangye Jiayuguan Dunhuang Turpan Urumqi Shanghai 23 days
SR8. Silk Road Tour start from Shanghai 10 days
Best Season of Silk Road Tour
April to November is the best time to start your Silk Road travel. Silk Road tour usually starts from Xi’an to Kashgar, marching along the desert. Summer would be hot and winter is cold, if you can not stand the sunshine in summer, chose spring and autumn for your tour. Scenery is most beautiful and the weather is comfortable during these seasons.
Time Zone: East 8 to East 6 time zone
Clothes and other Staffs to Pack
Temperature changes a lot during day and night take some warm clothes in every season, include summer, and wear sunglasses, sunscreen in summer. Lip stick and body lotion will protect yourself from the dry climate. Better wear some comfortable shoes for there are many attractions to go.
Accommodation of Silk Road Tour
You can find some comfortable and good condition hotels in major cities on the road like Lanzhou, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi and Kashgar. Remember to prepare some private things for yourself because of the imperfect conditions in some small hotels; staff in those hotels speaks little English. It is recommended that visitors make reservation in advance in the tourist season. Some simple guesthouses are also available on the way. In the remote villages only simple and rough lodgings are available, these locations serves nothing but a quite simple room.
Traffic: Major cities such as Xi’an Dunhuang, Urumqi, Turpan and Kashgar along the Silk Road are connected by air, road and railways.
Ways to Start Silk Road:
·Airline link most of the major cities along the Silk Road. It is an efficient and comfortable way to get all of open cities along the road. Urumqi International Airport is one of China’s six major airports with flights to West Asian and European countries. Centered on Urumqi, domestic air routes radiate out to Lanzhou, Xi’an, Beijing and Shanghai.
·The Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway runs more than 2,000 kilometers from Lanzhou City in Gansu Province in the east to Alataw Pass. It is a principal artery linking China's east and west and is the only railroad running between Xinjiang and the rest of China. So far train tickets are not possible to book or purchased outside China. Once you are in China you can purchase it easily directly from the main train station.
·Take bus would be the most economic way for transportation, but it will be slow especially in Xinjiang. On the other hand, travelers could enjoy spectacular views of the Heavenly Mountains and glimpses of the oasis towns along the northern rim of the Taklamakan Desert. Cars or mini-vans are offered by some travel agencies and hotels.
Silk Road Tour Tips
Time: Better avoid rush tourist season in 1st May to 3rd May and 1st October to 7th October, they are two national holiday in China. In those periods, it will be very crowd on the street and the famous tourist spots.
Food: In Xinjiang region, mutton is the main dish for meal. Nang, is the staple food for local people, it is a kind of baked break with sesame seeds or onion. Western travelers would like the local yogurt so much along the way.
Something really needs to recommend are all kinds of fruits in the market, they are sweet and juicy for the advantage of geography and enough sunshine. Make sure to taste them in Xinjiang. You should try local drinks like kumiss, frozen yogurt and tea with milk.
Water: Tap water in the hotel could not be drink directly. Take some water with you when going through the desert.
Shopping: On your Silk Road tour in Lanzhou, you can purchase many kinds of melons, red dates, carved ink slabs, luminous “jade” cups, and bottle gourds. It also manufactures silk carpets, lanterns, and reproductions of ancient paintings based on the Silk Road murals. Other cities could also offer something special full of their own characteristics. Remember to buy the things practical.
Festivals: visitor can travel to Silk Road during festivals. There are about 20 nationalities living along the Silk Road. With the exception of the Han nationality, each nationality celebrates their own festivals and holidays according to their different historical, religious and cultural background. Different nationalities may enjoy the same festivals as they might be influenced by the same religion. All Muslims celebrate Kaizhai Festival and Guerbang Festival. Here are some famous festivals they used to celebrate:
--Gannan Shambhala Tourism Art Festival (Mid August, in Dangzhou Grassland in Hezou City, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous prefecture, Gansu Province)
--China Silk Road Turpan Grape Festival (August 25th to September 1st, in Turpan city)
--China Ningxia Great Desert and Yellow River International Tourism Festival (July, Zhongwei city in Ningxia)
--Sharang Festival (The sixth month by the Tibetan Calendar, in Gansu Province)
--The Grand Summons Ceremony at the Labrang Monastery (From the fourth to the 17th day of the first month and from the 29th day of the sixth month to the 15th day of the seventh month by the Tibetan calendar, in Gansu Province)
--Festival of East Fast-Breaking (the first day of the 10th month by the Islamic Calendar, celebrate by the Hui, Uygur and Kazak people)
--Corban Festival (The 10th day of the 12th month by the Islamic Calendar, celebrate by the Hui, Uygur and Kazak people)
·Other major celebrations are the Mongolian Nadam Festival, the Kazak Nawurezi Festival, the Tibetan Dafozhanyang Festival and the Tatar Saban Festival.
Customs: Respect the local customs and religious belief on your Silk Road tour. Most people on the Silk Road believe Islamism, please do not eat pork, if you have to order your meal in the restaurant, seek advice from your guide first.
Lot of temples will be seen on Silk Road, there are some tips for visiting the temples. Do not embrace or touch the head of the monk, it is considered to be sacrilegious. Do not touch or deface any religious device and be silence during religious ceremonies.
Do not comment on their religious activities.
Must-see Attractions of Silk Road Tour
Grape Valley: it is located in the Flaming Mountain, in Turpan. This valley is filled with intertwined grape vines that sport layer after layer of luscious grapes. You can sample the local wine at a local winery and decide whether you prefer the rich, dark red or the lighter and almost fruity white. Backed by the Flaming Mountain, lying alongside a river underneath blue skies in the day and a clear, starry sky at night, Grape Valley is a fantastic spot to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the desert oasis.
Tomb of Fragrant Concubine: As the legend goes, fragrant Concubine was taken as a consort by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty during the 17th century; this is the tomb for her on the Silk Road. It is composes by five parts: the arch over gateway, small mosque, big mosque, religious scripture preaching hall, and coffin chamber. There is an exquisite gallery on the curved dome roof on the top of which is located a gold crescent, solemnly glittering and creating an awe-inspiring atmosphere.
Heavenly Lake: It is also called Tianchi Lake. This lake is located beside Tianshan Mountains, 115 kilometers west of Urumqi in Xinjiang. The area is one of the few unspoiled places in China. The crystal water reflects the snow-topped peaks, fluffy white clouds, and blue sky. To the east of the lake stands the Bogda Peak-the highest peak in the east part of TianShan Mountain, which is capped by snow. A full picture of real nature beauty is present before your eyes after you arrives this scenic spot.
Jiaohe Ancient City: It is located in the Yaernaizi Valley, west of Turupan. Jiaohe ancient city was built with rammed earth and bricks 2300 years ago and has great military significance, it played a pivotal role in the economic communication between western and eastern countries. This relic features Tang Dynasty architectural style. Jiaohe ancient city is a unique window into the past and offers tourists grand scenic views as well as interesting historical stories.
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves: Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are a collection of retreats once inhabited by Buddhist monks dating from the 5th to the 9th centuries between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan (Loulan) to the north-east of the Taklamakan Desert. There are 57 caves in total, which contain fragments of frescos from the 6th to 14th centuries, each portraying various Buddhist themes. As the name tells, maybe you can see thousand of Buddha in those caves. That’s really a magnificent scenic spot.
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