China Silk Road Tours & Travel | May 2019

26 Days
Category:
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  • China-Xinjiang-Abakh-Khoja-Tomb-Kashgar
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  • China-Ganzu-Dunhuang-Mogao-Grottoes
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  • China-Xinjiang-Kashgar-Sunday-Bazaar
  • China-Xinjiang-Hotan-silk-workshop

The term ‘Silk Road’ was first coined by the German explorer Ferdinand von Richthofen in the late 1800’s to describe the 7,000 km of desert caravans that carried trade between the Hidden Kingdom of China and the outside world. Our Western China tours Silk Road itinerary has been designed for those who wish to experience the glory of ancient China’s far western border region. We start our tour in Lanzhou, an important Yellow River crossing and a major Silk Road trading hub for merchants from Mongolia, Sichuan and Tibet. Chinese, Huns, Bactrians, Sogdians, Turkmen, Mongols, Uyghurs and Tajiks all played historic roles in this fascinating region.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Visit the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, one of the six great monasteries of the yellow hat Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism
  2. Explore the Thousand Buddha Caves at the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang
  3. Witness the  famous Kashgar Sunday Bazaar
  4. Immerse yourself in Uyghur culture with a visit to the Emin Minaret and mosque in Turpan
  5. Cross the Taklmakan Desert passing by the Crescent Moon oasis

 

DEPARTURE DATE
27 May 2019
DURATION 26 days
TOUR COST $9,990
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
$1,300 Additional
INCLUDED
Economy international airfares ex Syd/Mel
Internal flights as per itinerary
All transportation as per itinerary
Twin-share accommodation
Transfers to and from hotels as per itinerary
Meals as listed on the itinerary
Entry fees to places of interest as per itinerary
Experienced English speaking local tour guide
Escorted by an Australian host (subject to minimum number of 10 clients)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    • Tours depart with minimum of 4 clients
    • No more than 16 clients on any trip
    • Land only packages available
    • Tour extensions – before or after tour extensions can be arranged on your behalf
    • Business or premium economy flights can be arranged at an additional cost if available
    • To book and reserve your place on a tour, a deposit of $250 and a completed booking form is required

 

China Silk Road Tour MapThe term ‘Silk Road’ was first coined by the German explorer Ferdinand von Richthofen in the late 1800s to describe the 7,000 km of desert caravans that carried trade between the Hidden Kingdom of China and the outside world. Our China Silk Road itinerary has been designed for those who wish to experience the glory of ancient China's far western border region.

We start our tour in Lanzhou, an important Yellow River crossing and a major Silk Road trading hub for merchants from Mongolia, Sichuan and Tibet. Chinese, Huns, Bactrians, Sogdians, Turkmen, Mongols, Uyghurs and Tajiks all played historic roles in this fascinating region. In 1372 the Ming dynasty general, Feng Sheng, defeated the last of the Yuan dynasty’s Mongol armies (1279–1372) and built the great fortress at Jiayuguan, guarding the entrance to the Hexi corridor from steppeland invasion and creating the furthest major stronghold of imperial China.

Whilst ancient cities like Jiaohe in the Turpan basin have disappeared, leaving only remnants of their walls and citadels, this region is rich in cultural and religious sites. We will explore ancient Chinese cave temples and pagodas, visit Central Asia's largest mosques with their distinctive Transoxanian minarets derived from Zoroastrian and Hindu sacred towers, climb high to Xiahe to see one of Tibetan Buddhism’s greatest monasteries and search the Buddhist cave complex in Dunhuang. This is a journey that shows how the world’s great religions spread and prospered through regional trade.

We follow countless traders, skirting forbidding deserts framed by some of the world’s highest mountain ranges. We will visit ancient tombs, bazaars, fortresses and caravanserai showing the fascinating architectural heritage of this trade system. Finally ending our tour in Kashgar sitting on the edge of the vast, forbidding Taklimakan Desert, we will visit the famous Sunday Kashgar animal markets and trading bazaar where time seems to have frozen still. Here we shall encounter a number of local peoples like the Uyghurs and Tajiks who still make up the ethnic majority in this part of modern day China.

Come join us on this fascinating journey along the Silk Road. The timing of this tour allows you to combine your journey to the Silk Road cities in Uzbekistan in our Stans Tour in May 2019 or continue onto our Mongolia tour.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Visit the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, one of the six great monasteries of the yellow hat Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism
  2. Explore the Thousand Buddha Caves at the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang
  3. Witness the  famous Kashgar Sunday Bazaar
  4. Immerse yourself in Uyghur culture with a visit to the Emin Minaret and mosque in Turpan
  5. Cross the Taklamakan Desert passing by the Crescent Moon oasis

Next Steps

If you would like to speak to us regarding this tour please call (02) 9906-5770
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