9-23 Sep 2020 (15 days) China's Silk Route Lanzhou-Urumqi-Xian
Rm5980 (14 pax), Rm5930 (16 pax and above) (EXCLUDED FLIGHTS)
Update 15 Oct 2019- We had been having full trips for both our May and Sep trips for the last TEN years. This is one of Yongo's popular trips. Do registered your interest early. We have also included Hua Shan mountains in the trips from 2009 and Colorful Danxia Lanform 2014. Flight below is based on 2020 flight schedule and will update accordingly. Revised itinerary start from Lanzhou since AA launch flight to Lanzhou from May 2019. We will fly in Lanzhou and out from Xian. Time can be arranged better in this way. Traveling days will be 15 days. We will provide the confirmed flight in early 2020. Please email email@example.com or call mobile 012-352 0868.
This is meant to be a "free and easy" adventure trip. Participants should be relatively fit, with a good sense of humour, and above all, have the right attitude for close travel with others through possibly some trying times. Most definitely, this is not a trip for prudes, whiners, fuss-pots, and other similiarly assorted types! We had a couple of those before and it wasn't pleasant for us or them. Although every effort will be made to stick to the given itinerary, ground conditions may change and cause some disruption and/or deviation from the norm. Otherwise, have fun!
Uighur Xinjiang is quite likely the least “Chinese” part of China , and this is where we begin to run through the gamut of sites and landscapes that has seen likes of Marco Polo and others of his like! We traverse the snow-capped pine-clad mountains of Tianchi, and the next will be in the giant sand dunes of Dunhuang, past the miraculous grape oasis of Turpan in the middle of dry and hot nowhere! Han China looms with the so-called end of the Great Wall at Jiayuguan before ending our silk road sojourn in Xian, visiting the Tibetan towns of Xining & Xiahe. All in all, a fine adventure, but certainly the journey will not be smooth as silk!
We hire buses most of the way and have fast and overnight trains (soft sleepers 4 pax per compartment) that will save us traveling time. We stay mostly budget hotels.
Day 1 KUL Lanzhou : Meet KLIA2 airport for evening flight. Take Air Asia flight D7398 to Lanzhou departs at 1720PM reached 2220PM. Transfer to hotel. O/N Lanzhou.
Day 2 Lanzhou/Xiahe: We start the day early to enjoy the scenic drive to Xiahe on part of the Qinghai Plateau. This less-frequented route is dotted with quaint and pretty Muslim Hui and Tibetan farms and villages. The rolling high altitude grasslands with flocks of yaks and sheeps are especially pretty. Will visit Labrang Monastery that is reputed to be more Tibetan than Tibet itself. We'll have adequate time just walking around and taking in the atmosphere. ON Xiahe.
Day 3 Lanzhou-Train: We bus back to Lanzhou 4hr. We visit the banks of the Yellow River and its water-wheels and sheep-skins rafts. We also visit the White Pagoda Hill if time permit. Take fast train to Zhangye. ON Zhangye.
Day 4 Zhangye/Jiuquan/Jiayuguan: Today we driving to Zhangye Colourful Danxia Landform- one of six beautiful Landform in China, the best time to visit the landform is in the early/late afternoon. After lunch will visit Jiuquan Park, the name of "Jiuquan' got its name because of the General Huoqubing, who defeated the Huns in Western Han Dynasty - 2 Century BC in Hexi Corridor, the Emperor Wudi awarded him a jar of wine for his victory. General Huo poured the wine into spring and enjoyed its wine with all the soldiers. Drive all the way to Jiayuguan. O/N Jiayuguan.
Day 5 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang (380km 5hr) : After breakfast visit Jiayuguan famous Fortress located at the Western end of the Great Wall of China. We also visit some Wei and Jin Dynasties Tombs, built some 1700 years ago. Located some 20km from Jiayuguan, it is famous for its brick wall paintings depicting scenes from everyday life from tea-making to silk production. We bus to Dunhuang 380 km 5 hours. ON Dunhuang.
Day 6 Dunhuang:The sand dunes of Minshashan or Singing Sand Mountains are best visited in the early morning. These are the highest dunes in China. Bactrian camels rides are popular with tourists to move about this pretty desert area but walking is cheaper and better for photo-taking. We lunch in town and in the afternoon, we have the option of hiring bicycles (cost Y10) to visit the surrounding farms and villages. ON Dunhuang.
Day 7 Dunhuang/Train : We'll spent some time browsing the interesting Dunhuang local market. After lunch we make our way to the UNESCO listed Thousand Buddha Caves at Mogao. Have some free time at local market enjoy local food again before overnight train to Turpan. ON Train (Important note - Train ticket bookings is only available 5 DAYS BEFORE TRAVEL for Groups and Individuals alike. During peak travel period, it's a big problem buying the most comfortable soft-sleeper places. During slow months of May, July and September, chances are best. In the event, our Agent is not able to secure soft-sleepers, they will purchase hard-sleepers. The cost difference will be returned either in cash or credited to account back in Malaysia).
Day 8 Turpan/Urumqi : Reached Turpan, also known as the grape capital of China. After breakfast walk up 1,308 steps to the top of Flamming Mountains with great views of Tianshan mountains and Turpan Valley. There are some grape vines ares below this same mountain. We should arrive in time for a visit to the Karez Wells and the nearby Jiaohe ancient city, a UNESCO site. ON Turpan.
View from Tianchi/ Walk up 1308 step staircase at Flamming Mountain
Day 9 Urumqi: we bus to Urumqi (160km) approximately 2.5-3hrs. After check in we use the convenient public buses to move about in Urumqi. This leaves members the option to skip certain places and also to come back earlier. We visit Remnin Peoples Park to view hundreds of residents participating in various morning exercise routines. Later we visit the touristic Hongshan Park and the Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum. We spend the rest of the day at the Erdaoqiao Ethnic Market and the Grand Bazaar. Great eating available at the numerous Uighur restaurants. Overnight (ON) Urumqi.
Day 10 Tianchi: On to Tianchi Lake 120 km 2.5 hrs from Urumqi. We will spend most of the day wonder about the lake area aka as the Swiss Alps of China. Group can opt go for cable to overview beautiful Tianchi. After that back to Urumqi spend the rest of the day at the Erdaoqiao Ethnic Market and the Grand Bazaar. Great eating available at the numerous Uighur restaurants (NOTE: The authoritiy not allow any stay in Tianchi park nowaday, hence have to back Urumqi for stay). ON Urumqi.
Day 11 Xian: Take morning internal flight to Xian. After will visit musuem and then the Unesco's Terracotta Warrior and some of the other sights. After sightseeing in Xian, we will heading to Lintong, so group can go to Huanshan next early morning. ON Lintong.
Day 12 Hua Shan Mountain: This is a full day tour to one of five scared mountains in China, located 120km from Xian. There are some scary climbs up chained platforms. There are also cable car rides available for the regular tourist. ON Xian.
Danxia / Cycling at Xian Gate Wall / Turpan
Day 13 Xian/Fly Home : . Cycling atop the Walls to view the Old City is recommended. ON Xian.
Day 14 Xian/Fly Home: Free & Easy in Xian wandering the Old City and also final shopping before home. Take midnight flight D7347 at 0140AM. ON Plane.
Day 15 Home: Reached KLIA2 0655AM (23 Sep 2020)
Terrocota In Xian
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Cost accommodations, bus and rail transport. Accommodations will be in budget hotels and guesthouses. Airport transfers and inter-town travel by chartered bus and local train are covered. Cost above is based on availability of "4 person cabins" (soft sleeper) on the train. (Note : Cash refunds will be made if we use "6 persons cabins" (hard sleeper).
- Not covered are Air ticket (KL-Lanzhou, Urumqi-Xian & Xian-KL) (appx RM1500 to 2000), China visa fees Rm100, airport taxes & fuel surcharges (subject to change), in-town taxis/bus, extension hour for the room, entrance fees, bicycle hire. Note that entrance fees in China are HIGH and expect to pay about Rm950 for the numerous places we cover on this extensive itinerary. The one day where we move about in Urumqi by public buses/taxis is also not covered, about Rm10. Estimate meals between Rm30 to Rm50 per day, for the balance 15 days totals Rm450 to Rm650.
- Guides accompanying group do expect tips. Yongo encourages group members to be generous but should commensurate with services rendered.
- A deposit of Rm1100 is payable to confirm your place.
- Cost is subject to change if there's a significant changes in foreign exchange rates and airfares.