If you’ve always dreamed of visiting the Orient, ChinaTour.com has an exclusive 10-day adventure that will propel you deep into the historical heart of China. Take a bullet train and explore the cultural and natural treasures of China first hand in 10 days.
Here’s what you need to know about this exclusive 16-person tour.
Here is where your journey will begin, and it’s also the starting point for the ancient Silk Road, which dates back more than 3,000 years.
You’ll further explore this incredible city by seeing the eighth wonder of the world: the infamous Terracotta Warriors of Xian. These warriors and horses depict the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. They were built to protect the emperor in his afterlife. These fantastic statues were only discovered in 1974 by local farmers and contained warriors, chariots and horses. The Army is believed to hold more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots, and 520 horses. There are still soldiers buried in Qin Shi Huang’s nearby mausoleum.
Huaqing Hot Springs
A favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty, in ancient times emperors came to these spring waters to bathe. The springs are full of lime, sodium carbonate, sodium sulfate and other materials and are believed to help many ailments, such as dermatosis, muscular pain and arthritis.
This area is where the famous love story between Yang Guifei and the Ming Emperor took place. Poems are even written about the beauty of Lady Yang.
The Waterwheel Garden is modern, but Lanzhou is the only city where the Yellow River flows. The area features many different irrigation machines. The waterwheels in the garden are modeled after antique waterwheels. This area is a must-see tourist destination and also features the Waterwheel Teahouse.
This area is home to the western end of the Great Wall and was very important for the Silk Road. Jiayuguan Pass is more than 600 years old and features spectacular construction and is the best preserved ancient military fortress in the area. You can see the Overhanging Great Wall, which resembles an enormous dragon and played an essential part in keeping China safe from invasion.
In our next blog, we will highlight other spectacular sites on this one-of-a-lifetime trip, including Dunhuang, Magao Grottoes, Turpan Urumqi and more!