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Silk Road Muslim Tour 18 Days

Silk Road Tour 18 Days
Silk Road Muslim Tour 18 Days
Tour Code: ICT077
Starting Price: USD4068pp 
Starts from: Beijing
Departs from: Shanghai
Features: Private guide & vehicle
Departures: Upon request at any date
Destinations: Beijing, Kashgar, Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Xining, Linxia, Lanzhou, Xian & Shanghai
  • Day 1: Arrival in Beijing
    Meals Included: Dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    Our professional Muslim expert tour guide will pick you up at Beijing capital international airport and transfer you to the hotel. Relax during the remainder of the afternoon and evening to recover from the jet lag. 
     
     
    Day 2: Beijing, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Salat at Niujie Mosque, Temple of Heaven
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch & Dinner at local Halal restaurants
     
    We will start to explore Beijing from Tiananmen Square in the morning. Located in the center of Beijing, Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world and it has great cultural significance as it was the site of many important events in Chinese history such as Chairman Mao's declaration of the establishment of the People's Republic of China on Oct, 01, 1949. Next we will walk to the Forbidden City. As the royal residences of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties from the 15th to 20th century, the Forbidden City was the centre of state power in late feudal China and witnessed the enthronement of 14 Ming and 10 Qing emperors. After Salat at Niujie Mosque we will visit the Temple of Heaven. This temple, built between 1406 and 1420, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site regarded as a masterpiece of architectural and landscape design. 
     
     
    Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall of China, Jade Carving, The Sacred Way of Ming Tombs, Photo Stop at Olympic Venues of Bird Nest & Water Cube
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    Morning visit to the Jade  Carving Factory and the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall was continuously built from the 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD on the northern border of China as the great military defense project of successive Chinese Empires. Today, the wall is still impressive at 3,750 miles in length, stretching from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. The Great Wall embodies unparalleled significance as the national symbol for safeguarding the security of the country and Chinese people. After lunch and Salat  we will visit the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs. The Sacred Way is a stone paved path which stretches as long as one kilometer to the north of the main gate of the Ming Tombs. Next we will make a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Venues of Bird Nest and Water Cube.
     
     
    Day 4: Beijing, Summer Palace, Fresh Water Pearl, Salat at Madian Mosque, Fly to Urumqi
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    This morning we will visit the the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China, the Summer Palace. Using Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill as the basic framework, the Summer Palace combined political and administrative, residential, spiritual, and recreational functions within a landscape of lakes and mountains, in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. After Salat we will fly to Urumqi, capital city of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the afternoon.
     
     
    Day 5: Fly to Kashgar, Salat at Idkah Mosque, Abakh Hoja Mausoleum
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    Fly to Kashgar in the morning. Kashgar is the Uyghur capital of Xinjiang, known as the pearl on the ancient Silk Road. Once the meeting point of the northern and southern silk routes, Kashgar was described as “fruitful soil, cotton aplenty, and inhabitants who live by trade” by Marco Polo. Salat at 500 year old Idkah Mosque. This masjid is built in the Central Asian style, making it appear different from the mosques found in Turkey and the Middle East. We will then visit Abakh Hoja Mausoleum, one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in China. Also known as Xiangfei Tomb, this is is an ancient Islamic building complex and a cemetery where five generations of a famous Islamic master were buried. It is also the burial place of the “Fragrant Concubine,” whose body naturally produced a sweet scent.
     
     
    Day 6: Kashgar Old Town, Grand Sunday Bazaar, Fly to Urumqi
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    Visit Kashgar Old Town in the morning. The Old Town of Kashgar has a history of more than 2,000 years. We will take a walk through Old Town and visit the friendly Uyghur people in their home and experience their unique culture. Walking through the narrow lanes of this old town evokes a scene from the Arabian Nights. Then we will explore the bustling Grand Sunday Bazaar, one of China’s most famous weekend markets. The weekly Sunday Bazaar that draws a variety of ethnic groups like the Uyghur, Tajik, Kyrgyz and Kazakh to the streets of Kashgar. They come on foot, bikes, horsebacks, modern motorcycles and donkey carts, all with the hope of selling merchandise that ranges form scissors to camels. Fly to Urumqi in the afternoon.
     
     
    Day 7: Urumqi, Heavenly Lake, Salat at Tartar Mosque, Xinjiang Regional Museum, Drive to Turpan
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    Morning visit to Heavenly Lake. With Pine trees covering the hillsides and the snow capped mountains in the background, this huge lake (3km long and 1km wide) sits half way (560 ft) up the Tianshan mountain range and offers excellent walking with breathtaking views. We will take a boat ride around the lake and see some local nomadic Kazakhs herding their sheep. After Salat at Tartar Mosque we will visit Xinjiang Regional Museum which is famous for its rich collections of silk artifacts, brocades from Eastern Han Dynasty, as well as all kinds of specialized silk-woven items from the Tang Dynasty. Later we will drive to Turpan, an oasis town famous for its grapes and melons, as well as being the lowest point in China.
     
     
    Day 8: Turpan, Ruins of Gaochang Ancient City, Flaming Mountain, Salat at Emin Minaret, Karez Wells
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    Visit the ancient city of Gaochang in the morning. Built of mud and adobe bricks as a garrison town in the 1st century AD, the city of Gaochang was abandoned during the early Ming dynasty and what is left now is just ruins of the ancient temples, houses, palaces and the old city wall. We will then visit the Flaming Mountain. Nothing grows on this mountain and the highest temperature of summer could reach 47.8 degree centigrade or 118 degree fahrenheit, making it the hottest place in China. Salat at Emin Minaret. This 40 meter-high brick minaret is part of a large mosque, built in 1778. Afterwards we will visit the Karez Wells, covered water channels that bring melt-water from the Tianshan Mountains to the north and west into the Turpan basin.
     
     
    Day 9: High Speed Train to Dunhuang, Salat at Dunhuang Mosque, Singing Sand Dunes, Crescent Moon Spring
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    We will take the High Speed Train to the oasis city of Dunhuang (about 4 hours). Throughout Dunhuang's over two thousand years of history, it has always served as a critical gateway leading to the west due to its unique geographical location at the juncture of Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang. Therefore Dunhuang is one of the most important crossroads on the Silk Road. Starting from Dunhuang the Silk Road was split into the northern and southern routes. After Salat at Dunhuang Mosque we will have a camel ride on the scenic Singing Sand Dunes, called by Marco Polo as the rumbling sands. Then relax at the desert oasis, the Crescent Moon Spring, a small freshwater lake that has been a vital source of water here for thousands of years.
     
     
    Day 10: Dunhuang, Mogao Caves, Drive to Jiayuguan
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    Morning visit to Mogao Caves. The Mogao Caves (also known as Dunhuang Grottoes) boast the largest collection of Buddhist grottoes in existence in China. Housed in the 492 cave temples are over 2000 sculptures and 45,000 square meters of frescos dating back as early as one thousand years ago (covering a period of ten dynasties). The statues are painted and carved directly into the cave walls. The most famous aspect of Dunhuang's grottoes is the murals that feature Buddhist stories, folk culture, farming, hunting as their main themes. Drive to Jiayuguan in the afternoon.
     
     
    Day 11: Jiayuguan Pass, Wei & Jin Tombs, High Speed Train to Xining
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    Visit Jiayuguan Pass in the morning. Jaiyuguan Pass is the most western end of the Great Wall. Also known as "the First and Greatest Pass under Heaven", this pass is the best preserved and most magnificent military building among the three passes of the Great Wall. Located at the narrowest point of the western part of Hexi Corridor, Jiayuguan Pass is a key passageway of the ancient Silk Road. It commands fascinating views of the boundless Gobi Desert and the snow-capped Qilian Mountains. Then proceed to Wei & Jin Tombs, a huge tomb group of more than 1,400 tombs built between the 3rd and 5th century and houses vast collection of murals. Board high-speed train to Xining (about 2 hours).
     
     
    Day 12: Xining, Qinghai Lake, Sun Moon Mountain, Salat at Dongguan Mosque, High Speed Train to Lanzhou
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    Morning visit Qinghai Lake. Qinghai Lake is the largest salt water lake in China. Both Tibetans and Mongolians regard this lake a holy lake. Many Tibetan worshippers can be seen praying along the banks. Later, visit the Sun Moon Mountain, a memorial dedicated to the Tang Dynasty Princess Wencheng, who is credited as one of the people who brought Buddhism to Tibet. Upon returning to Xining we will perform Salat at Dongguan Mosque. Afterwards, Board high-speed train to Lanzhou (about 1 hours). 
     
     
    Day 13: Drive to Linxia, Khufiyya Huashi Mosque & Gongbei, Qadiriyya Great Gongbei, Madrasa, Local Bazaar
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    Drive to Linxia in the morning. Linxia has been one of the main religious, cultural, and commercial centers of China's Muslim community, earning itself the nickname of "the little Mecca of China". Almost every major Islamic movement in China finds its origin among Muslims who came to Linxia disseminating new doctrines after pilgrimage to Mecca. It remains the main center of China's Qadiriyyah and Khufiyya Sufi orders; it was also the home of Ma Mingxin, the founder of the Jahriyya order. Upon arrival in Linxia we will visit Muslim community, Madrassah, local Bazaar, Khufiyya Huashi Mosque & Gongbei, Qadiriyya Great Gongbei in the Muslim city of Linxia.
     
     
    Day 14: Drive to Lanzhou, Provincial Museum, Water Wheel Park, Salat at Xiguan Mosque, High Speed Train to Xian
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant.
     
    Drive to Lanzhou in the morning. Upon arrival we will visit the Water Wheel Park and Gansu Provincial Museum. There are more than 140,000 collections in the Provincial Museum including the world-famous bronze Galloping Horse's Hoof Stepped on a Flying Swallow, also named as Galloping Horse. The galloping horse is honored as the mysterious and rare treasure in the history of Chinese ancient sculpture art. After Salat at  Xiguan Mosque which was recently renovated according to traditional Arabic style we will take the second class high speed train to Xian (about 3 hours), the ancient capital city of China and the starting point of Silk Road.
     
     
    Day 15: Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors & Reproduction Factory, Salat at Great Mosque, Bell & Drum Tower Square, Muslim Quarter
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    Morning visit to the Terra Cotta Army & reprodution factory. Considered one of the foremost archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the 2000-year-old Terra Cotta Army was discovered by accident in 1974 by local farmers digging a well. The 8,000-plus life-sized figures are arranged in vaults to guard the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China. After Salat at Xian Great Mosque, we will visit the Bell & Drum Tower Square and Xian Muslim Quarter. The Muslim Quarter of Xian covers several blocks with an estimated 60,000 Muslims in the region. There are about seven ancient mosques in the area, among which the Great Mosque built in 742 is most famous and popular among all. At Xian's Muslim Quarter you will find a seemingly endless labyrinth of street food, restaurants and bustling local life. 
     
     
    Day 16: Xian, City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square, Salat at Mosque, Fly to Shanghai
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    This morning we will walk on the the oldest, largest and best preserved city walls in China, Xian City Wall which is rectangular in shape and has a total length of 14 kilometers. As one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world, it was constructed with a moat, drawbridges, watch towers, corner towers, parapet walls and gate towers. Next we will visit Shaanxi History Museum. Considered one of China's most exceptional museums, this museum's exhibits range from ancient bronze tools to Ming and Qing dynasty artifacts. Later we will walk along the square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. As the symbol of Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building constructed in 652. After lunch & Salat at a mosque we will fly to Shanghai.
     
     
    Day 17: Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao Market, Silk Store, The Bund & Nanjing Road, Salat at Mosque, People's Square, Shanghai Museum
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner at local Halal restaurant
     
    Morning visit  to the Yuyuan Garden. This garden is a maze of Ming Dynasty pavilions, elaborate rockeries, arched bridges, and goldfish ponds, all encircled by an undulating dragon wall. Then shopping at the Chenghuangmiao market located outside the garden. After Salat at Mosque we will stroll along the Bund and nearby Nanjing Road. The Bund refers to Shanghai's famous waterfront stretching for 1.6km along the west shore of the Huangpu River. Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai and one of the busiest shopping streets in the world. We will then visit the People's Square and Shanghai Museum. The rich and high-quality collection of Shanghai Museum's 120,000 precious works of art including ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world. 
     
     
    Day 18: Departure from Shanghai
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

     

  • Deluxe Prices (5-star hotel accommodation)

    Valid Time

    Room Type

    2-3 Pax

    4-5 Pax

    6-9 Pax

    10 Pax & Above

    Mar to Nov

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD6418

    USD5798

    USD5168

    USD5008

    Single Room Supplement

    USD1060

    USD1060

    USD1060

    USD860

    Dec to Feb

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD5818

    USD5258

    USD4688

    USD4538

    Single Room Supplement

    USD850

    USD850

    USD850

    USD650


    Standard Prices (4-star hotel accommodation)

    Valid Time

    Room Type

    2-3 Pax

    4-5 Pax

    6-9 Pax

    10 Pax & Above

    Mar to Nov

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD6168

    USD5538

    USD4938

    USD4758

    Single Room Supplement

    USD850

    USD850

    USD850

    USD720

    Dec to Feb

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD5598

    USD5018

    USD4478

    USD4308

    Single Room Supplement

    USD630

    USD630

    USD630

    USD480


    Budget Prices (3-star hotel accommodation)

    Valid Time

    Room Type

    2-3 Pax

    4-5 Pax

    6-9 Pax

    10 Pax & Above

    Mar to Nov

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD5888

    USD5268

    USD4668

    USD448

    Single Room Supplement

    USD600

    USD600

    USD600

    USD500

    Dec to Feb

    Double/Triple Occupancy

    USD5348

    USD4778

    USD4238

    USD4068

    Single Room Supplement

    USD410

    USD410

    USD410

    USD340

     
    Pricing Policy
    Prices are based on per adult person (over 12 years of age) with double/triple occupancy
    If staying at a single room, Single Room Supplement will be charged
    Infants (under 2 years of age) traveling with parents: free
    Child (2-12 years of age) with extra bed: 100% of the adult price
    Child (2-12 years of age) without extra bed: 70% of the adult price
     
    Booking Notice
    Departure dates upon request at your time of convenience
    Minimum of two persons are required at the time of booking
    This is an exclusive private tour (with private guide and private vehicle)
    If you prefer to book your own hotels, we are glad to deduct the room rates for you
    Complimentary multilingual GoGlobalis audio guide of sightseeing places if available
    This itinerary can be tailored to your individual interests
    What's Included
    Second class high speed train ticket
    Halal meals as specified in the itinerary
    Domestic flight airfares with tax included
    Hotel accommodations with daily Buffet Breakfast
    Private air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver for land transportation
    Experienced private English language speaking tour guide
    All admission tickets to sightseeing places
    All government taxes
    What's Not Included
    International airfares
    Optional tour & insurance
    Gratuities or tips to guides and drivers
    Excursions & activities not included in itinerary
    Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc
    Reservation
    For reservation, simply send an email to info@islamiChina.com. Please inform us: the tour code; the series you choose (deluxe, standard or budget); the number of travelers; your name as appeared in passport; your passport number; the date of arrival in China and your international flight numbers. For information on reservation, payment and cancellation please read our Terms & Conditions.

     

  • Performing Salat at Beijing Niujie Mosque
    Beijing Niujie mosque was originally built by Nasruddin, the son of an Arabic priest who came to China to preach the Islamic faith in 996 (Northern Song Dynasty). Major renovation projects were carried out in 1442, during the time of Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722) of the Qing Dynasty. Niujie Mosque is the largest and oldest mosque in Beijing. The buildings inside the mosque are symmetrically arranged. The main buildings include a Minaret which is in traditional Chinese style, the Prayer Hall, the Stele Pavilion, and so on. Many important cultural relics, such as steles from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and cupreous hollowware from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), are preserved in the mosque. Now Niujie area outside the mosque is the residential place for more than 13,000 Muslims in Beijing.
     
     
    Performing Salat at Beijing Madian Mosque
    Beijing Madian Mosque is one of the famous mosques in Beijing with a long history. The area of Madian became a place where Chinese speaking Hui Muslims inhabitated in the Ming Dynasty. It is recorded that the number of Hui Muslims in Madian area was more or less the same like in Niujie area (the place with Niujie Mosque, the largest Hui Muslim commnunity in Beijing). Due to the large Hui Muslim population in Madian area, the mosque was built here during Qing Dynasty Emperor Kangxi's reign (1661-1772). During the Culture Revolution (1966-1976), Madian Mosque was closed for religious service and it was turned into a factory and the prayer room became the workshop. In 1982, the factory was moved away and Madian Mosque was returned to the local Muslim community. However, the prayer room was no longer suitalbe for salat. Local Muslims raised money to rebuid the prayer room and lecture rooms. Covering an area of 3,800 square meters, the newly renovated Madian Mosque is in traditional Chinese courtyard.
     
     
    Performing Salat at Kashgar Idkah Mosque 
    Located on the central square in Kashgar City, Kashgar Idkah mosque was built by Saqsiz Mirza in 1442. As the biggest mosque in China, it is a group of old Islamic constructions with strong ethnic style and religious features. The whole complex occupies 16,800 square meters (about 4 acres) and consists of the courtyard, the Hall of Prayer, and the gate tower and as well as some other attached structures. Every day thousands of worshippers come here to pray. Every Friday afternoon, Muslims living far and near gather here to worship. During religious festivals all the Muslims in Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region come to this sacred place to celebrate.
     
     
    Performing Salat at Urumqi Tartar Mosque 
    The magnificent Tartar Mosque, located at the south end of the Jiefang Road of Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Atonomous Region, was built by the local Tartar people in 1897 entirely from donations. It is the center for peaceful Islamic activities in the city. Covering over 3,000 square meters (0.74 acre), the community worship hall alone is over 800 square meters (0.2 acre) and accomodates people by the thousands. As expected, the decor is elaborate with exquisite porches, carvings, and paintings all throughout. It features geometric carvings in wood and brick and an octagonal dome adorned with a crescent. it can accommodate up to 1000 people in its prayer hall. 
     
     
    Performing Salat at Turpan Emin Minaret Mosque
    Turpan Emin Minaret mosque is one of the most famous mosques in China. The exquisitely formed minaret with its helmet-shaped top is one of the most famous examples of Muslim architecture in Xijiang. Built in 1777 in Emperor Qinglong’s reign of the Qing Dynasty in honor of the heroic Turpan general Emin Khoja (or Goja), the Emin Minaret was built by Emin Khoja’s son Sulaiman and it was completed the next year, hence the name Su Gong Ta (Prince Su Pagoda). The Emin Minaret was designed by the Uygur architect Ibrahim in a pre-Safavid Iranian, some suggest Afghani, style. There are two steles at the entrance of the Minaret, one is in Chinese and the other is in Uyghur language. Inscriptions in Chinese explain the purpose of the minaret was to show gratitude to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) while the Uyghur inscription on the other side gave thanks to Allah. The circular tower is 44 meters (144 ft) high, and is made of sun-dried bricks that are decorated with delicate geometric and floral patterns with an epitaph inscribed in both Uyghur and Chinese. Set against the azure sky, silvery Tianshan Mountain, and the scarlet Flaming Mountain, Emin Minaret is one of the most impressive examples of Muslim architecture in Xinjiang.
     
     
    Performing Salat at Dunhuang Mosque
    The Dunhuang Mosque was first built in Ming Dynasty(1368-1644) and was rebuilt in the 6th year (1917) of the Public of China. The major architecture are the main hall and two side halls. The main hall is located in the west and opposite to the east. The south side hall and the north side hall are closed to the main hall, which connect in a whole. Both profiles of the front aisle are marked with a large relief floral pattern. In the back of the main hall, there are a two-floor moon building, a baptism room and the living room for imams.
     
     
    Performing Salat at Xining Dongguan Mosque 
    Xining Dongguan Mosque is one of the four great mosques in Northwest China. Dongguan Mosque is located at the Dongguan Street of Xining City. It is said that Xining Dongguan Mosque was established at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Xining Dongguan Mosque has undergone several destructions and reconstructions in the history. The existing buildings were rebuilt in 1913, expanded in 1946, and renovated in 1979. The Mosque covers an area of 13,602 square meters now, and floor space is 4,654 square meters. These buildings have a large scale, and combine the traditional Chinese architectural art with the Islamic architectural form. With the name of the mosque written on it, the gate is 10 meters high and 15 meters wide. Inside the gate there are five arches of 10 meters high and 21 meters wide. After passing the arches, you'll see a courtyard with an area of 4,490 square meters. In the middle of the courtyard stands the main prayer hall, which takes up an area of 1,136 square meters and is a brick-and-wood construction. There are the imam's room, students' dormitories and steles in the mosque. The Qinghai Aheng Islam College is located inside Xining Dongguan Mosque.
     
     
    Performing Salat at Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque
    Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque was originally built during the Wanli Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. During the Qing Dynasty, the mosque underwent two big reconstructions. The mosque was rebuilt in 1990 into what it is today with the added dome. The style of the mosque follows the Arabic Islamic style, while the prayer hall combines the Chinese classical and Arabic architectural style. The mosque covers an area of 467 square meters with its prayer hall spans over 141 square meters. The temple has trained a group of Muslim scholars. Every year, the temple will receive hundreds of foreign Muslim visitors to do prayer here.
     
      
    Performing Salat at Xian Great Mosque 
    Xian Great Mosque was built in 742 in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and underwent several reconstructions in the following dynasties. The existing buildings of Xian Great Mosque were mainly built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and expanded in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Xian Great Mosque covers an area of 130,000 square meters, and the construction area is 4,000 square meters. The mosque has a rectangular layout which is from east to west. There are five courtyards inside Xian Great Mosque. The main buildings include the decorated archway, the prayer hall, the minaret (a traditional Chinese Tower), the scripture hall, the imam's dorm, and the stele pavilion, etc. The principal building is the prayer hall, which can accommodate 2,000 prayers at the same time. In the mosque there are many precious cultural relics, such as epigraphs, tablets, couplets, censers, phylacteries, paintings, hanging lamps and so on. A hand-written copy of the Quran by a well-known Moslem noble in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) is preserved in the mosque.
     
     
    Performing Salat at Xian Daxuexixiang Mosque
    Xian Daxuexixiang Mosque was built in 705 AD, during the Tang Dynasty. As one of the most ancient mosques in Xian, From Yuan Dynasty to the end of Ming Dynasty, the mosque was renovated for several times. Buildings inside the Mosque include screen walls, stone memorials, gates, 3-room court, reflection pavilion, south hall, north hall, stele pavilion, water rooms, praying hall and so on. The reflection pavilion was said to be built in Song Dynasty, and was renovated for several times after Zhenghe finished his fourth voyages. The well known Zhenghe Stele, or the Rebuilding of Qingjing Temple Stele, is erected inside the South Stele Pavilion. On top of the door of the prayer hall is an inscribed board “Pai Yian Tian Fang”, written by Empress Cixi of Qing Dynasty. The prayer hall covers an area of about 600 square meters, which can have 500 people to pray at the same time.
     
     
    Performing Salat at Shanghai Xiaotaoyan Mosque
    Located at Xiaotaoyuan Street in southern Shanghai, the Xiaotaoyan Mosque, also called the Xicheng Mosque, is one of the famous mosques in Shanghai. This Mosque was established in 1917 and rebuilt in 1925 and features the Islamic architectural style. Inside the gate there is a rectangular courtyard. On the west side of the hall stands the great prayer hall of 500 square meters, which can hold 200 prayers. The prayer hall has two storeys.  Since Shanghai Xiaotaoyuan Mosque was founded, it has established several schools, including the Islam Normal School, the Primary School for Muslims, Mingcheng Primary School, Chongben Primary School, and Shanghai Islam Orphanage, etc. Currently, organizations such as the Management Committee of Mosques in Shanghai, Shanghai Islam Association and so on are located in Shanghai Xiaotaoyuan Mosque.
     
     
    Fine Dining at Local Halal Restaurants
    Breakfast will be both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast at hotel. Lunch & dinner will be at local Chinese Halal restaurants near sightseeing places. Please be assured that all lunch and dinner arranged by ICT will be at Halal restaurants. We don't arrange pork free meals. In Beijing you might taste Halal Peking Roast Duck, Halal Mongolian Hop Pot; In Xian, you might try the most famous local Muslim food of Crumbled Flatbread in Mutton Stew (locals call it Yangrou Paomo); In Shanghai, you may try Beef or Lamb Kebab and Lanzho Beef Noodles. If you have special request for Indian, Pakistani, Indonesian, Turkish, Arabian or other cuisines, please advise us in advance and we will arrange accordingly. Please note that Indian, Pakistani, Indonesian, Turkish, Arabian restaurants are always more expensive than Chinese Halal meals. Halal restaurants arranged by ICT must have Halal certificate issued by related government offices. 
     
     
     
    Transportations
    ICT will provide private air-conditioned vehicle during tours with service of experienced drivers. For 2 travelers, we will arrange a private FAW Besturn B70 car; for 3-5 travelers we will arrange a private Refine MPV; for 6-9 travelers we will arrange Joylong 15 seater mini bus; for 10-15 travelers we will arrange Kinglong 21 seater bus or Toyota Coaster Bus; for 16-25 travelers we will arrange Kinglong 33 seater bus; for 26-35 travelers we will arrange Kinglong 45 seater bus.
     
     
     

     

  • Deluxe Hotels for Silk Road Tour 18 Days

    Beijing

    Great Wall Hotel Beijing or similar

    Kashgar

    Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel Kashgar or similar

    Urumqi

    Hoi Tak Hotel Urumqi or similar

    Turpan

    Tuha Petroleum Hotel Turpan or similar

    Dunhuang

    Silk Road Hotel Dunhuang or similar

    Jiayuguan

    Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or similar

    Xining

    Qinghai Yinlong Hotel Xining or similar

    Linxia

    Hehuang Mingzhu International Hotel Linxia or similar

    Lanzhou

    Grand Soluxe Hotel Lanzhou or similar

    Xian

    Grand Noble Hotel Xian or similar

    Shanghai

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Shanghai or similar


    Standard Hotels for Silk Road Tour 18 Days

    Beijing

    5L Hotel Beijing or similar

    Kashgar

    Tianyuan Business Hotel Kashgar or similar

    Urumqi

    Orient Dynasty Hotel Urumqi or similar

    Turpan

    Huozhou Hotel Turpan or similar

    Dunhuang

    Grand Soluxe Hotel Dunhuang or similar

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    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Great Wall Hotel Beijing
    Add: No.10 East 3rd ring North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
    Tel: +86-10-65905566
     
    Centrally located in the Chaoyang Commercial District, The Great Wall Hotel Beijing offers accommodations just 300 m from Agricultural Exhibition Center Metro Station. It features 4 dining options and an indoor pool. Yonghe Temple and Guozijian are both a 20-minute drive from The Great Wall Hotel Beijing. Beijing Train Station is a 25-minute drive away. Beijing West Station is a 1-hour car journey away. It takes 30 minutes to reach Beijing Capital International Airport by car from the property. Stylish rooms feature modern interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Tastefully decorated, all rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, mini-bar and cozy seating area. A bathtub and shower facilities are in the private bathroom. Silk Road Trattoria restaurant serves a variety of Italian dishes, while French specialties are offered at the French Bistro. At The 21st Floor Chinese Restaurant, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the city while sampling Cantonese and Sichuan food. Recreational choices include relaxing in the sauna, having a body massage, or exercising at the gym. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with currency exchange and car rental services.
     
      
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel
    Add: NO.291 Western Refions Road Kashgar
    Tel: +86-998-2318888
     
    Kashi Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel is a five-star international business hotel. The hotel design features western regional styles. This hotel will have 323 guestrooms and suites, equipped with high-end amenities. The hotel will also have a range of multi-functional rooms to host conferences, meetings, special events and high-end banquets. Similarly, there will be several dining options, including a Teppanyaki restaurant and a restaurant serving a combination of gourmet Chinese cuisines including traditional Xinjiang dishes. Additional facilities include a business center, a fitness center, heated indoor swimming pool, spa, beauty salon and games room.
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Hoi Tak Hotel Urumqi
    Add: No.1 Dongfeng Road, Urumqi
    Tel: +86-991-2322828
     
    Hoi Tak Hotel is 22 km to the International Airport, 7 km to the railway station and 1.5 km to Red Mountain which is a symbol of Urumqi city. Situated in the central business district of Urumqi. The first deluxe international hotel with 5 star facilities, managed by Hoi Tak International (HK) Ltd. With panoramic view of the famous snow capped 'Tian Shan' mountains, it elegant architectural and interior design and variety of facilities will surely make an ideal place both for business and leisure. 318 tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites well decorated with all the comforts of home.  2 executive floors for the business travelers. The hotel has several restaurants, The Village Inn provides authentic Cantonese cuisine, The Muslim Restaurant specialize in local Xinjiang food, Le Grand Restaurant and Cafe offers western food in a romantic surrounding and the Food Court serves quick meals at good prices. For recreation, the hotel has a gorgeous indoor heated swimming pool, a gym, bowling center and a great sauna. There is also an advanced business center, meeting rooms and a well equipped conference hall. The elegant architecture and interior design of the building here, and the wide variety of facilities available, make this an ideal place both for business and leisure.
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Tuha Petroleum Hotel Turpan
    Add: No. 230 Wenhua Road, Turpan
    Tel: +86-995-8666666
     
    This Turpan hotel offers standard rooms with modern facilities, including broadband Internet access. Diners will find both Chinese and Western cuisines available, but specialties here include local Xinjiang dishes. And no Xinjiang experience would be complete without barbeque and room service available for your stay. For business travelers, there is a business center as well as meeting rooms to suit any request. When it comes to entertainment, guests can relax with a the massage or in the sauna, socialize in the night club, sing to their hearts' content in the private karaoke rooms or just play a game of billiards, chess or cards in one of the hotel's game rooms.
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 4-star Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
    Add: Dunyuet Road, Dunhuang
    Tel: +86-937-8882088
     
    This magnificent hotel is clearly a winning choice with its unique architecture design and outstanding location against the backdrop of the Mingsha Sand Dune. Guests with an appetite for Chinese history will not be disappointed with the hotel's prominent framework that showcase the spirit of Tang Dynasty with large rooftops, ornate furniture, a garden courtyard, and long corridors. Boasting 271 tastefully appointed guestrooms, each unit is decorated simply and furnished with Chinese decor. Guests are minutes away from a myriad of sightseeing attractions such as the Mogao Grottoes, Crescent Moon Lake, Yumenguan and Yangguan Passes, and White Horse Pagoda. Head to Feng Yi Ting restaurant to sample an outstanding selection of Chinese and international cuisine. The rooftop snack bar is another great venue to unwind with a drink while enjoying the fantastic view of Gobi desert.
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel:  4-star Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan
    Add: No. 1799 South Wenhua Road, Jiayuguan
    Tel: +86-937-6768886
     
    The Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan (Jiayuguan Guangchang Jiari Jiudian) is a business hotel offering guests Chinese cuisine. Guests on business can take advantage of a large conference hall business center and meeting facilities. For a nice break guests can stop by the lobby bar coffee shop or tea house to relax or use the fitness facilities or ping pong room. Billards chess and poker are also on offer at the hotel.
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel:5-star Qinghai Yinlong Hotel
    Add: No. 38 Huanghe Road, Xining
    Tel: +86-971-6166666
     
    The Yinlong Hotel (Qinghai Yinlong Jiudian) is a luxurious business hotel located in Xining's commercial area. The hotel is 38 km from the airport. The 21-floor hotel provides 316 rooms and suites. A Chinese restaurant, teahouse, and private rooms are available. The seven conference rooms and international conference center are equipped with interpretation systems and wireless Internet access. Yinlong Hotel is taking a lead in the latest fashion in its facilities with adoption of many national and international styles and humanist technologies.
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 3-star Hehuang Mingzhu International Hotel Linxia
    Add: Gansu Linxia Nanbinhe Road East Road
    Tel: +86-930-6666661
     
    Hehuang Mingzhu International Hotel is situated in Linxia and features free Wi-Fi. The various facilities this unique hotel offers include an express check-in and check-out feature, a coffee bar  and luggage storage. Hehuang Mingzhu International Hotel has been recently refurbished and provides a ticket service, a games room and room service. The hotel's multilingual staff will be glad to  provide dining suggestions and assist in organising itineraries. Rooms feature tea and coffee making facilities, slippers and a desk. A telephone and a hair dryer are also provided. It features a  restaurant and a bar where guests can relax of an evening.
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Grand Soluxe Hotel Gansu
    Add: No. 428 Qingyang Road, Chengguan, Lanzhou
    Tel: +86-931-4608888
     
    Providing 207 elegantly-designed guestrooms, this luxury hotel is conveniently located near the city's bustling commercial district. The Grand Soluxe Hotel Gansu is 70 kilometers from the Lanzhou International Airport and four kilometers from the Lanzhou Railway Station. It is also just five kilometers away from the city's commercial district, where guests will find many shopping arcades, restaurants, and entertainment venues. It is also close to many tourist attractions in the city. The onsite restaurant serves a variety of Chinese, Cantonese, and Western cuisine. As the first hotel in Lanzhou to receive a five-star rating, Grand Soluxe Hotel Gansu is ideal for business and leisure travelers who want upscale accommodation.
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Grand Noble Hotel Xian 
    Add: No.334 East Street Beilin District, Xian
    Tel: +86-02-87690000
     
    Located in the central business area of Xi'an, Grand Noble Hotel is only a 10-minute walk from the Bell and Drum Tower as well as the Muslim Food Street. It features 6 dining options, a spa and wellness center, while guestrooms offer iPod and MP3 stations and free WiFi access in all areas. Hotel Grand Noble is a 5-minute drive from Xi'an Railway Station and a 10-minute drive from Xi'an History Museum. It takes about 40 minutes by taxi to Xianyang International Airport or Terracotta Warriors. All guest rooms have private bathroom facilities, a mini-bar, and a safety deposit box. Free branded toiletries are offered in the private bathroom. Coffee/tea maker can also be found in the rooms. Guests can work out at the well-equipped fitness center, or make use of the bicycle rental facilities. The hotel also offers a tour desk to arrange day activities. 
     
     
    Deluxe Hotel: 5-star Crowne Plaza Shanghai Hotel
    Add: No. 400 Pan Yu Road, Changning District, Shanghai
    Tel: +86-21-61458888
     
    If you have stayed at one of the many Crown Plazas around the globe, you are already familiar with the quality of service they represent. Crowne Plaza Shanghai Hotel prides themselves on providing a full array of hospitality geared for business. That means you can expect a lot of amenities all under one roof. An excellent business center can be found on-site with meeting facilities and ballrooms that can accommodate corporate or private events. But it's not all business all the time. Guests can relax with the dining options, work out in the well-equipped fitness center, or take advantage of the Olympic-sized indoor pool. A sauna and massage treatments further the chances to get truly relaxed. With all these options and a worldwide track record of good service, you are in good hands during your stay at Crowne Plaza Shanghai Hotel.
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Beijing 5L Hotel 
    Add: No. 1 Jianguomenwai Street (Jianguomenwai Dajie) Chaoyang District Beijing
    Tel: +86-10-65052277 
     
    Offering free WiFi, Beijing 5L Hotel offers rooms in Beijing, 6 km from Wangfujing Street and 6.3 km from Guijie Street. Well located in the Chaoyang district, this hotel is located 6.6 km from Tiananmen Square. Yonghegong Temple is 8 km away and Forbidden City is 8 km from the hotel. All guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at Beijing 5L Hotel. At the accommodation you'll find a restaurant serving Chinese cuisine. Staff at the reception can help around the clock with guidance on the area. Qianmen Street is 8 km from Beijing 5L Hotel, while Nan Luo Gu Xiang is 8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Beijing Nanyuan Airport, 20.9 km from the hotel.  This is our guests' favorite part of Beijing, according to independent reviews. This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Beijing! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Tianyuan Business Hotel 
    Add: No. 8 East Renmin Road Kashgar
    Tel: +86-998-2802222
     
    Featuring an on-site night club and a beauty parlour, Kashi Tianyuan International Hotel is located in Kashgar and offers 4-star accommodation. The various facilities this modern hotel has to offer include a coffee bar, massage services and a sauna. Tianyuan Business hotel has 168 rooms and has been recently refurnished. Staff are available 24-hours a day. Those who staying at Tianyuan International Hotel Kashgar can relax in their luxurious rooms that feature a refrigerator, movies-on-demand and a mini bar. The bathrooms have a shower and provide a hair dryer and bathrobes. Kashi Tianyuan International Hotel houses a restaurant and a bar where guests are able to unwind at the end of the day with a meal and a drink. Places of interest close to Tianyuan International Hotel Kashgar include Hasi Tomb and Gaotai Ancient Homes. The hotel's multilingual staff are available to ensure that every guest has a comfortable visit.
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Orient Dynasty Hotel Urumqi
    Add: No.17 Xinhua Sourth Road, Tianshan District, Urumqi  
    Tel: +86-991-2335678
     
    Orient Dynasty Hotel Urumchi provides a comfortable setting. It is conveniently positioned for those wishing to visit local attractions. This 4-star hotel provides meeting rooms, a safe and room service. A gym is available to those wanting to keep up their exercise regimes while travelling. Rooms feature slippers, tea and coffee making facilities and a refrigerator. All offer a telephone, a desk and bottled water. Orient Dynasty Hotel Urumchi features a restaurant and a bar where guests are able to relax at the end of the day with a meal and a drink. Guests looking for after-dinner entertainment can visit the in-house casino. The hotel is situated just a short walk from The Eighth Route Army Xinjiang Office Memorial Hall. Under a 25-minute car ride away, Urumqi Diwopu International Airport is within easy reach.
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Huozhou Hotel
    Add: Shuiyun Square, Donghuan Road, Turpan 
    Tel: +86-995-8666888
     
    Huozhou Hotel is a 4-star property located on Shuirun Square in the heart of Turpan. Each of its 145 rooms are comfortable and appointed with modern conveniences. Facilities include a swimming pool, sauna and restaurant serving Chinese and western cuisine. 
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Grand Soluxe Hotel Dunhuang 
    Add: No.1339 Yangguan Middle Road, Dunhuang
    Tel: +86-937-8862622
     
    Whether you're a tourist or traveling on business, Dunhuang Grand Soluxe Hotel is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Dunhuang. Only 14km away, this 4-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. Dunhuang Grand Soluxe Hotel also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Dunhuang. The hotel provides 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, facilities for disabled guests, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage to ensure our guests the greatest comfort. Guests can choose from 256 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Dunhuang Grand Soluxe Hotel is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Dunhuang.
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan
    Add: No. 1799 South Wenhua Road, Jiayuguan
    Tel: +86-937-6768886
     
    The Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan (Jiayuguan Guangchang Jiari Jiudian) is a business hotel offering guests Chinese cuisine. Guests on business can take advantage of a large conference hall business center and meeting facilities. For a nice break guests can stop by the lobby bar coffee shop or tea house to relax or use the fitness facilities or ping pong room. Billards chess and poker are also on offer at the hotel.
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Qinghai Hotel
    Add: No. 158, Huanghe Road, Xining
    Tel: +86-971-6148999
     
    Qinghai Hotel (Qinghai Binguan) is located 30 km from the railway station and 70 km from the airport. The hotel boasts 395 rooms, all of which are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, radio and international and domestic direct-dial telephone. The business center offers typing, photocopying and fax services, and the hotel also boasts a shopping arcade, beauty salon, ticket reservation, disco, karaoke and currency exchange desk. The restaurant serves Chinese and Western cuisine, and there is also cafe and bar serving drinks and cocktails.
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 3-star Hehuang Mingzhu International Hotel Linxia
    Add: Gansu Linxia Nanbinhe Road East Road
    Tel: +86-930-6666661
     
    Hehuang Mingzhu International Hotel is situated in Linxia and features free Wi-Fi. The various facilities this unique hotel offers include an express check-in and check-out feature, a coffee bar  and luggage storage. Hehuang Mingzhu International Hotel has been recently refurbished and provides a ticket service, a games room and room service. The hotel's multilingual staff will be glad to  provide dining suggestions and assist in organising itineraries. Rooms feature tea and coffee making facilities, slippers and a desk. A telephone and a hair dryer are also provided. It features a  restaurant and a bar where guests can relax of an evening.
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Gansu International Hotel Lanzhou
    Add: No. 324 Qingyang Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou 
    Tel: +86-931-8457188
     
    Located in the city center, the Gansu International Hotel (Gansu Guoji Dajiudian) is only a ten-minute drive from Lanzhou Railway Station. Guestrooms of this Lanzhou hotel are equipped with central air conditioning, international direct dial phones, private safes and mini-refrigerators. The 2F Chinese restaurant serves Sichuan, Cantonese and Northwest Chinese style cuisines. Guests can choose to dine in any of the 26 private dining rooms on 4F and 5F. There is also a Western restaurant in the lobby that opens 24 hours a day. On 3F there are four multifunctional meeting rooms seating from 50 to 200. For recreation, guests can go to the beauty salon or take exercise at the fitness center. 
     
     
    Standard Hotel: 4-star Grand New World Hotel 
    Add: No. 172 Lian Hu Lu, Lianhu District, Xian
    Tel: +86-29-87216868
     
    Located next to the city wall, the friendly staff at this location can make any stay in Xian effortless and memorable. With 480 rooms, Grand New World Hotel can accommodate a large amount of people, and they usually do because of their popularity and reputation for excellence. The staff realizes that it is difficult to travel in a city where most visitors don’t speak the language, and as a consequence, they make visiting the major tourist sites in the area effortless and efficient. Be sure to check out the Terra-Cotta Warriors, and the Temple of the Eight Immortals is certainly worth a look as well. Considered by many to be the best place to stay in Xian, the Grand New World Hotel will not disappoint, and it is definitely worth a look. Grand New World Hotel can be easily booked with our secure online booking form. Simply enter your dates and click to proceed.
     
     
    Standard Hotel:4-star Shanghai Ambassador Hotel 
    Add: No.818 Wanhngdu Road, Jingan District, Shanghai
    Tel: +86-21-63357509
     
    This luxury class hotel situated in the CaoJiaDu Commercial Zone, is located near West NanJing Road. Guests will enjoy easy access to the Shanghai Exhibition Center, the commercial zones of ZhongShan Park, and the JingAn Temple. The hotel is also surrounded by a myriad of restaurants, shopping areas, and local markets. The hotel boasts 308 rooms furnished with elegant amenities that promote comfort and offer a special Japanese floor. Additionally, guests can enjoy fine dining and drinks at the Clivia Coffee Shop, the Grand Palace Restaurant, and the Yawara Teppanyaki Restaurant. The Ambassador Hotel is one of the leading international luxury hotels in Shanghai, perfect for guests that want luxury and refinement.
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star City Inn Happy Valley Hotel Beijing 
    Add: Vecchio Shopping Street, North Xiaowuji Road, East 4th Ring, Chaoyang District, Beijing
    Tel: +86-10-67376688
     
    City Inn Happy Valley Beijing is a chain of fine business hotel brand developed by the OCT IHMC, located in the center of Beijing City that gives traveler the great location for business and financial purposes. The hotel is also easily reachable the city’s major shopping area and famous attractions nearby such as Beijing National Stadium, the Summer Palace. The hotel boasts excellent accommodation among Beijing hotels, good service and well appointed facility. In the hotel there are 224 rooms that have contemporary interiors and diverse room types. It offers the ideal setting for conferences, meetings, special events, business trips, and the Internet access helps guests keeping in touch with their friends and family when traveling in Beijing. Free broad video and self-help laundry house are available for guests. Restaurants, Bars, Sauna, Foot Massage, Beauty Salon, Supermarket, Banks, and Hospital are all around the hotel. An attentive and professional staff is always pleased to provide you all the necessary information for your successful Beijing travel.
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Seman Hotel Kashgar
    Add: No. 337 Seman Road Kashgar
    Tel: +86-998-2581186
     
    Seman Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Kashgar and the only one decorated in Uyghur style. It is 10 minutes walking distance to Idkagh Mosque, 10 minutes driving distance to Kashgar International Airport, and 15 minutes driving distance to Kashgar Railway Station. It has 3 different bulidings to meet the different guest requirements; and it was approved as one of the world's to 10 hotel in 1989. Seman Hotel provides cable TV, a telephone and internet in the rooms. And rooms with both shared and private bathroom are available. The front desk of this hotel is open 24 hours to help guestd with needs. Both a Uighur lcoal flavor restaurant and Chinese stylr restaurant are located in the courtyard of the hotel.
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Urumqi City Hotel
    Add: No.27 Hongqi Road, Urumqi
    Tel: +86-991-2207666
     
    The City Hotel is located in the city center of Tianshan District. It is 18 kilometers from the Urumqi International Airport. Remodeled in 2009, the hotel features 226 rooms. The hotel property features a sauna center, night club, restaurant, currency exchange, concierge service, parking, limousine rentals, laundry, safe-deposit boxes, meeting room and business center. It also provides meeting rooms and luggage storage. The rooms offer slippers, a refrigerator and bottled water. Hot drinks can be brewed with complimentary coffee and tea supplies. On-site dining options include a restaurant, which is an ideal spot to have a meal. 
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 4-star Huozhou Hotel Turpan
    Add: Shuiyun Square, Donghuan Road, Turpan
    Tel: +86-995-8666888
     
    Huozhou Hotel is a 4-star property located on Shuirun Square in the heart of Turpan. Each of its 145 rooms are comfortable and appointed with modern conveniences. Facilities include a swimming pool, sauna and restaurant serving Chinese and western cuisine. 
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Dunhuang Hotel
    Add: No. 14, Yangguan East Road, Dunhuang
    Tel: 86-937-8859128
     
    It was opened to business in 1978 and was assessed as a 4 star-rated hotel in Dunhuang in 2001. There are four buildings in total to suit various needs of different tourists or budgets, that is South Building, North Building, the VIP Guest houses and Building No. 8. You will surely enjoy your stay here.
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Great Wall Hotel Jiayuguan
    Add: No. 6 West Jianshe Road
    Tel: +86-937-6225288
     
    The Great Wall Hotel is located about 2 kilometers from the railway station and 12 kilometers from the airport. It is on the edge of town, with some good views of the nearby Qilian Mountains and in easy reach of the Great Wall Museum. This Jiayuguan hotel has a variety of service for those who need to be pampered. There are 150 guestrooms equipped with TVs, international direct dial telephones, air-conditioning and 24-hour hot water.  The business center provides typing, photocopying and fax services and there are also variously sized meeting rooms and banquet halls.
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 3-star Hehuang Mingzhu International Hotel Linxia
    Add: Gansu Linxia Nanbinhe Road East Road
    Tel: +86-930-6666661
     
    Hehuang Mingzhu International Hotel is situated in Linxia and features free Wi-Fi. The various facilities this unique hotel offers include an express check-in and check-out feature, a coffee bar  and luggage storage. Hehuang Mingzhu International Hotel has been recently refurbished and provides a ticket service, a games room and room service. The hotel's multilingual staff will be glad to  provide dining suggestions and assist in organising itineraries. Rooms feature tea and coffee making facilities, slippers and a desk. A telephone and a hair dryer are also provided. It features a  restaurant and a bar where guests can relax of an evening.
     
     
    Budget Hotel: 4-star Gansu International Hotel Lanzhou
    Add: No. 324 Qingyang Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou 
    Tel: +86-931-8457188
     
    Located in the city center, the Gansu International Hotel (Gansu Guoji Dajiudian) is only a ten-minute drive from Lanzhou Railway Station. Guestrooms of this Lanzhou hotel are equipped with central air conditioning, international direct dial phones, private safes and mini-refrigerators. The 2F Chinese restaurant serves Sichuan, Cantonese and Northwest Chinese style
  • 1: Do I need a visa to travel to China?
     
    Yes, you do need a China Visa. Foreign visitors can obtain individual or group visas from Chinese embassies and consulates, usually within a day or two. For individual travelers, single-entry visas are valid for entry within three months. For business people and other regular visitors there are multiple-entry visas good for six months at a time. Each visa is valid for a stay of 30 or 60 days, and can be extended while in China. Visitors should be sure to carry their passports while in China as they are needed to check into hotels, make plane or train reservations, exchange money or establish the holder's identity. 
     
    If you need Visa Invitation Letter from us, please inform us at least one month ahead of your arrival date in China. Usually, it will take us about one week to process the Visa Invitation Letter. If you need hotel confirmation to get China Visa, please also advise us in advance. 
     
    2: How strenuous is this trip?
     
    This trip is moderate. The trip includes full days of activities, which start early in the morning and end in the evening. You may discuss the starting time with GCT tour guide who will be happy to listen to your advice. The longest walking is from Tian'anmen Square to Forbidden City and then to the parking place which will last for less than three hours covering about 2km. At Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian, it is a long walk (about 10 minutes) from the parking to the entrance. You are recommended to spend CNY5 or CNY10 to take the local electric car if you feel it is necessary.  
     
    As for the Great Wall of China, we are visiting Juyongguan or Badaling part. They are renovated and fairly easy to climb. However, some of the climb along the wall does get fairly steep. You may stop anytime and anywhere depending on your physical condition. Bring plenty of water; wear good hiking shoes or boots and appropriate clothing for the weather. Also wear a hat and/or sunscreen to protect you from the sun.
     
    3. What about meals? Are they Halal?
     
    Meals will be served as the itinerary specified. Breakfast will be both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast at hotel. Lunch & dinner will be at local Chinese Halal restaurants near sightseeing places. Please be assured that all lunch and dinner arranged by ICT will be at Halal restaurants. We don't arrange pork free meals. If you have special request for Indian, Pakistani, Indonesian, Turkish, Arabian or other cuisines, please advise us in advance and we will arrange accordingly. Please note that Indian, Pakistani, Indonesian, Turkish, Arabian restaurants are always more expensive than Chinese Halal meals. Halal restaurants arranged by ICT must have Halal certificate issued by related government offices. If you are eating at star rated hotels, food will be cooked with regular oils such as soil bean oil, peanut oil or canola oil. However, a lot of Chinese cooking at local restaurant is done in lard, so you have to be careful even when eating vegetarian meals if it is not in a Halal restaurant or a star rated hotel. Halal in Chinese language is Qing Zhen; Halal Restaurant is Qing Zhen Can Ting in Chinese; Halal Food in Chinese is Qing Zhen Shi Pin.
     
    For guests with allergies, please bring all necessary medicines with you. Guests are highly encouraged to inform ICT ahead of time of specific allergies, such as to peanuts, fish, etc., so that our guides can ensure these items, including peanut oil, are not used in restaurant meals.
     
    4. Where do we perform solat? Is it at Masjid?
     
    There are a total of over 40,000 mosques in China, ICT will arrange your solat at local mosques where you can pray together with Chinese Muslim brothers and sisters. ICT is very proud that China offers many of the historical mosques in the world with unique Chinese characteristics, such as the Niujie Mosque in Beijing which was built in 996, the Great Mosque in Xian which was built in 842, the Huaisheng Mosque built by Waqqas, Prophet Mohammed's uncle, around 650's. 
     
    5. What types of vehicles are used? What are the roads like during our trips?
     
    Throughout the whole trip, GCT provides a private vehicle that is safe, comfortable and spacious and driven by experienced local drivers. In Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, all roads are well-paved and of good quality.
     
    For 2 passengers, we use a private sedan car; for 3 to 6 passengers, we use a private MPV such as Hyundai Refine; for 7 to 10 passengers, we use a private Toyota Hiace; for 11 to 17 passengers, we use 21 seated King Long Bus; for more than 18 passengers, we use buses with 33 seats, 45 seats and 51 seats respectively based on the group size.
     
    6. I heard that a deposit is needed when check in at hotels in China, is this true?
     
    Yes, it is true. When you check in hotels in China, you are required to pay a deposit at the front desk though GCT has paid hotel for your accommodations. Deposit can be cash or you may pay the deposit with your credit card. This deposit is for your personal expenses at the hotel, such as mini bar, international phone calls, laundry and etc. Of course, the deposit will be refunded when you check out. 
     
    7. What about baggage regulations?
     
    Allowance for carry-on luggage and checked luggage will vary with the class of your airline ticket, the dimensions of the bag, and individual airline policies. Usually, for domestic China flights, you are allowed to check one piece of luggage. The limitation is 20 Kilograms (44 pounds) total. A fee may be imposed for excess weight. Passengers traveling together can have their luggage allowances calculated together on a per-person basis. There is no free luggage allowance for holders of infant tickets. Passengers may apply for insurance coverage above the minimum value for checked luggage. On domestic trains there are no luggage restrictions, but few porters are available to help with luggage.
     
    8. What is the tipping practice in China?
     
    It is a common practice for visitors to tip the tour guide and driver in recognition of their good service. Our local guides and drivers do their utmost to make your trip smooth and pleasant. Gratuities are a way of showing your appreciation and also constitute a large part of their monthly income. We suggest $5 USD per person per day to both local guide and driver (you may tip them before you leave each city). Hotel Bellboys and luggage person will expect your tip for the delivery of your luggage, it is suggested that CNY5 for each delivery. It is not customary to leave tips at hotels or local restaurants as the bill usually includes a 10-15% service charge.
     
    9. Is tap water drinkable in China?
     
    Tap water at most hotels are not drinkable. Drink only bottled or boiled water. Bottled water is available everywhere and it is quite affordable. Almost all hotels provide drinking water in their rooms. Hot tea and hot water are provided with most meals. 
     
    10. What about electricity in China?
     
    Electricity supply is 220 volts, 50 cycles throughout China. Plugs at hotel are normally two-pin flat (5 amp). Adaptors can be obtained from hotel housekeeping for free. 
     
    11. Can I use credit cards in China?
     
    At present the Bank of China accepts Master, American Express, Visa, JCB, and Diners Club cards. Travelers may use these cards to draw cash over the exchange counters in China's banks, make purchases or pay bills at large department stores, restaurants and hotels in more than 100 major cities in China. A surcharge of 2% is always charged for card transactions.
     
    12. What about the Chinese Currency?
     
    RMB (Renminbi) is the sole legitimate currency of the People's Republic of China. The basic unit of RMB is yuan, (pronounced in local dialect as kuai), which is divided into 10 jiao (pronounced as mao), which is again divided into 10 fen. RMB paper notes include 1, 2, 5, 10, 50 and 100 yuan, and the smaller 1, 2 and 5 mao. There are also 1, 2, 5 yuan, 1, 2, 5 mao and 1, 2, 5fen coins.
     
    You may change money at most four and five star hotels and at Bank of China. The exchange rate all over China is the same fixed by Bank of China. You should keep the form you fill in when changing money, because you will need to show it when you change RMB back into foreign currency.
     
    13. What about counterfeit money?
     
    Counterfeit money may be found in China and you may likely get counterfeit money as exchange from street vendors when you do shopping out on the street. Therefore, don't give big note money to street vendors. It is very common that shop and restaurant staff will carefully check your note when you pay. You may get counterfeit money outside the Summer Palace, outside the Forbidden City and in the street market outside the Great Mosque in Xian.  
     
    14. Is China a safe place to travel?
     
    China has a low crime rate, comparing with a lot of other countries. Foreigners have seldom been victims of violent crime. It is still wise to be cautious with your personal possession in public place. There are pickpockets active in crowded areas such as train stations, markets, shopping areas, etc. Do not show off your money in public. Use your safe in the hotel room and don't bring too much cash with you when you don't need it. 
     
    15. Can you give me some examples of tourist traps or scams when traveling in China?
     
    Art Student or Students Practicing English
    Be careful when you encounter a student in China who wants to practice English with you. Sometimes they are real students who want to improve their oral English. However, in most cases, they pretend to be a student who makes a living by taking you to art galleries, bars or coffee shop where you will likely be ripped off. Here is a short scam story: "When walking down the Wangfujing area, a girl, dressed in student suit, asked me if I wanted to go for a cup of coffee so that she could practice her English. Certainly, I had no excuse to refuse, and then she brought me into a café. The menu is incredibly expensive, a small beer for 100RMB. The bill finally was 1200RMB. That's extremely terrible." You may easily encounter a student on Downtown Beijing's Wangfujing Street, the Bell & Drum Tower Square in Xian and the Bund & Nanjing Road in Shanghai. 
     
    Tea House, Coffee Shop or Nightclub Scam
    At many tourist areas, you may be approached by elegant female or gentleman who will give you a free Hutong tour or something else for free. He or she will tell you something interesting about their city, even the history and culture of the city. After a while chat, he or she will invite you to go for a rest at the nearby tea house, coffee shop or a Karaoke Bar. There is the scam, and you will be asked to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars.
     
    Picture-taking scam
    Dressing up in traditional clothes for pictures at local tourist spots can be fun and memorable. It can also be expensive if you don’t clearly negotiate the price and know the price inclusions. Often they will tell you after you and a friend have posted that the price negotiated was per person. Or they will tell you the price is for only the smallest size print.