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Hi Ken,
I have amended the itinerary as requested as following
1.      Add Acrobats show in Shanghai
2.      Replace Ming Tombs with Sacred Way
3.      People need to be in Kashgar on Sunday to see the Sunday market.
4.      Add one more day in Hangzhou and Wuzhen into the itinerary, 2 nights in Suzhou instead of Shanghai
5.      Add cloisonn¨¦ factory and pearl exhibition center in Beijing, carpet weaving in Dunhuang, tea plantation in Hangzhou, embroidery factory and silk factory in Suzhou, woodcarving and furniture making in Xian.
6.      The cost is slightly higher due to the extra day in Hangzhou.
Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Silk Road Tours
Beijing - Urumqi - Kashgar- Turpan- Dunhuang- Xi'an ¨CHangzhou-Suzhou- Shanghai,
Tours Code:
Depart From: Beijing
Duration: 18 DAYS/17 NIGHTS
Overnight: Beijing(3) Urumqi(2) Kashgar(2) Turpan(2) Train (1) Dunhuang(1) Xian(2) Hangzhou(1)Suzhou(2)Shanghai(1)
Departure Date: Apr 2007
Day 1: Arrive Beijing
On arrival, our local guides will meet us and take us to our hotel.
Overnight: Guangzhou Hotel (4 star) in Beijing or similar                        
Day 2 Beijing
We enter the Forbidden City through the Meridian Gate of 1420, where we see a world of incredible extravagance. Later we visit the vast Tiananman Square and the beautiful Temple of Heaven. We will also visit the Cloisonn¨¦ Factory. Tonight we enjoy our welcome dinner and a spectacular performance of the Beijing Opera (B+L+D)
Day3 Beijing
This morning we will walk along the Great Wall, begun in the 3rd century BC and continued until the 18th century as a protection from foreign invaders. Close by we visit the magnificent sacred way.  We will also visit a fresh water pearl exhibition centre. For dinner we enjoy the world-renowned specialty of Peking duck. (B+L+D)
Day 4 Beijing/Urumqi (Afternoon flight)
Today we visit the Summer Palace, begun in the 12th century and restored in the late 19th century. This afternoon we fly west to Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and a center of Uygur culture. (B+L+D)
Overnight: Xinjiang Grand Hotel (4 star) in Urumqi or similar
Day 5: Urumqi/Kashgar (Evening flight)
A ride through the local mountains, noted for their Swiss flavor to Tianchi, the beautiful Lake of Heavens. The clear blue water captures the reflection of the surrounding mountains as we enjoy cruising the serene waters. This evening fly to the oasis city of Kashgar, the most remote city in China. (B+L+D)
Overnight: Friendship Hotel (3 star) in Kashgari or similar
Day 6: Kashgar
Kashgar, primarily Moslem, is located only 100 miles from the former USSR border. As the local populace prepares for their weekly Great Bazaar, tradesmen, farmers, and herdsman trundle their carts to the marketplace to buy and sell rugs, leather goods, cloth, camels and horses---a scene from the pages of A Thousand and One Nights. (B+L+D)
Day 7: Kashgar / Urumqi (Evening flight)
Today we visit the Id Kah Mosque, and the tomb of Abjak Hoja, a local kindergarten and walk in the old section of the city. We also visit the Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum with the Taklamakan Desert Mummies. Late evening we fly back to Urumqi.  (B+L+D)
Overnight: Xinjiang Grand Hotel (4 star) in Urumqi or similar                        
Day 8: Urumqi/Turpan (Coach)
The mountain pastures outside Urumqi are home to the nomadic Khazak people who travel with their flocks and live in felt yurts as their forefathers did. This morning we visit their mountain pastures for a chance to meet these friendly people. We'll enjoy watching an exciting Khazak People horse race. This afternoon, we drive to Turpan, a charming oasis town, watered by underground channels which carry melted snow down from the mountains. We travel through the desert and onto the plateau grasslands where herds of sheep and cattle are grazed, before arriving at our destination.  (B+L+D)
Overnight: Turpan Hotel (3 star) in Turpan or similar
Day 9: Turpan
Our sightseeing here includes visits to Jiaohe and Gaochang, 2,000 year old frontier cities now standing a silent vigil in the encroaching sea of desert sand. This evening we savor the well-known local cuisine --Roast lamb and enjoy music and dance performances by the local Uygur. (B+L+D)
Day 10: Turpan/Dunhuang (overnight train)
An excursion to Grape Valley, located on the west side of the Flaming Mountains, permits us to examine impressive Kurez Well. This narrow valley, only eight kilometers long and half kilometer wide is famous for its production of peaches, apricots, apples, pomegranates, watermelons and musk melons. The Karez is the underground irrigation system that was installed over 2,000 years ago and is one of the great architectural projects of ancient China after the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. This evening we leave Turfan for Dunhuang by taking an overnight train. Founded in 111 B.C., the oasis city of Dunhuang became an important stop along the Silk route. Our train will cross the heart of the Gobi Desert, framed by the peaks of the snow crowned Qilian Mountains. (B+L+D)
Overnight: Dunhuang Hotel (3 star) in Dunhuang or similar
Day 11: Dunhuang
Today we view the Mogao cave temple complex where we see stunning frescoes that vividly recount the legends of Buddhism. These 4th century paintings are the earliest Chinese Buddhist paintings to survive. Later this afternoon we will get a feeling what travel was like centuries ago, when we mount our "desert ships" for an exciting camel ride into the Gobi desert. We will also visit a carpet factory. (B+L+D)
Day 12: Dunhuang/Xian (Morning flight)
A morning flight brings us to Xian, the capital of ancient China for eleven dynasties and the beginning/end of Marco Polo's Silk Road. We arrive in Xian in time for lunch; in the afternoon we visit the thousand year old Wild Goose Pagoda and the 14th century Bell Tower to view the city and gain an understanding of the city's historic past. We will also visit the Great Mosque and the nearby Muslim Quarter. Enjoy a special Jiaozi Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show at night.(B+L+D)
Overnight: Hason Hotel (4 star) in Xian or similar
Day 13 Xian
A highlight of any visit to China is the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of united China. Here was discovered in the 1970s an extraordinary army of over 6000 unique terra-cofta warriors, with horses and chariots from the Qin dynasty of the 3rd century BC. We will also stop at the Neolithic village of Banpo to see the museum and take a walk on the ancient wall. We will visit a wood carving and furniture factory. (B+L+D)
Day 14 Xian/Hangzhou
Today we fly to hangzhou in the morning. Upon arrival, we will take a short cruise Tours on the West Lake, then visit a tea plantation and have a taste of the famous Longjing Tea. (B+L+D)
Overnight: Zhejiang Grand Hotel (4 star) in Hangzhou or similar
Day 15 Hangzhou/Wuzhen/Suzhou (coach)
We visit the Lingyin Temple in the morning, then Drive to visit the famous water town, Wuzhen, which has a history of around 1200 years. Drive to Suzhou and transfer to the hotel. (B+L+D)
Overnight: Wealth Centre Hotel (4 star) in Suzhou or similar
Day 16 Suzhou
Today we visit the Humble Administrator¡¯s Garden, the largest garden in Suzhou and the most famous and representative of Suzhou gardens. We will also take a short cruise on the Grand Canal and visit a silk factory and a traditional embroidery factory. After dinner, we will enjoy the Night Garden Show in Master of Fishing Net Garden. (B+L+D)
Day 17 Suzhou/Shanghai (coach)
Today we visit Shanghai Museum, which is considered the best in China, the Bund, Yu Garden and nearby bazaar. We will also visit the jade carving factory. Enjoy the acrobatic show at night after dinner (B+L+D)
Overnight: Bund Riverside Hotel (4 star) in Shanghai or similar
Day 18 Depart Shanghai
Transfer to airport for flight home. (B)
Price includes:
1.       Domestic flights and tax, all transfers and transport with A.C. Coach
2.       Accommodations and meals as listed
3.       Sightseeing excursions as listed, entrance fees, the services of local English-speaking guides.
4.       Tips for guide and driver
Price Not Include:
1.       International flights and airport tax
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