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Most Asked Questions about China Silk Road Tours

When is the best time to take the China Silk Road Tours?

Silk Road in China covers many cities in Northwest part of China, the best time to travel along the silk road is from May to October. May is the perfect time to visit cities along the China Silk Route. The average temperature will be around 15 ?; September and October are also another great time to visit, it's the season for the harvest in Xinjiang. Winter is not recommended to travel to silk road cities, and the summers are busy and hot. You can allso plan your trip to visit the China Silk Route cities during spring (March & April) if you want to enjoy the flower blooming.

How many days should I plan for a silk road in China?

If you are the first time travelers and have enough time in China, we suggest you plan about 7-15 days China Silk Road Tour to explore the history and culture of the ancient China silk route. The ancient silk route in China covers many cities, such as Xian, Lanzhou, Zhangye, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Turpan, Urumqi and Kashgar. We have proposed some top China Silk Road Tour Packages that includes the highlights of these cities. 

If you have a limited time in China, then single Silk Road City trip will be more suitable for you. You can choose either 2 days Silk Road city tours or 3 days Silk Road city tours that based on your needs.

What should I pack for a China silk route tour?

If you are planning to travel to China to do a silk road tour, you should bring following things with you:
1) Passport and Visa: please bring your original passport and Chinese Visa. You'd better prepare the copies of your passport and visa in digital forms or print when you travel in China.
2) You' better prepare some cash in advance since the credit card are not common in Xinjiang.
3) As for the clothes, warm clothes are required even in hot summer as temperature during the day and night varies considerably in desert area on the route. To better explore the attraction sites, please wear comfortable shoes for outdoor hiking. If you travel during winter, please prepare the thick down jacket or insulated jacket, scarf, hat, gloves.
4) Personal Hygiene, Moisture and sunscreen, Sunglasses and Sunhat.

I'm interested in your Northwest China silk road tour package. Is it safe travel to Xinjiang?

Please be assured that it is safe to travel to the cities in Northwest of China. And it is safe to travel in Xinjiang, we can confidently say that it's quite safe in Xinjiang, we have arranged tours for many groups and there haven't been any issue reported by our clients. There is a low crime rate in Xinjiang, even China, and you can travel freely at any time of the day or night. Of course, it is stay if you stay alert and take the usual precautions. Beware of pickpockets in the bazaars. You will be required to go through the security at all the airports, trains stations, even some shops and restaurants.

How to travel among the popular tourist destinations in Xinjiang by public transportation?

The public transportation system is convenient within Xinjiang and each major city is connected with long-distance bus, train and flight. Urumqi, Turpan & Kashgar are three popular tourist destinations in Xinjiang. Urumqi is the capital city in Xinjiang with a convenient transportation. As Turpan is close to the Urumqi, you can choose take 1- hour bullet train or 2-hour bus. Taking flight is the best way travel to Kashgar from Urumqi since Kashgar is located in the extreme west of China. 

How can i book your silk road tour pacakge? What payment methods do you accept?

Choose one of our silk road tour packages that you are interested and feel free to send us your inquiry via email. Our travel consultant will send you the detailed itinerary and quotation for the tour within 12 hours once we received your tour inquiry. Flexible to adjust the tour package before the final confirm. Once all the details were confirmed, we require 20% of the total payment as deposit to ensure the tour booking, the balance you can pay cash to our guide after the tour ends, if you don't want carry too much cash, you can pay the balance to us one week ahead the tour start. The copy of your passport is required for us to make reservation.

As for the payment methods, PayPal, Alipay, Bank Transfer, WeChat and Cash are acceptable. Credic card is not available yet.

We are a couple over 65 years old from Singapore, do you have any china silk road tour suitable for senior people?

Yes, we have silk road tour for senior people. Our 11 Days Northwestern China Silk Road Tour Package from Lanzhou & Urumqi is suitable for seniors. You may concern about the conditions in Northwest part of China, such as toilet, walking distance, driving distance etc. Well, the facilities of the sights along the silk road much improved in recent years, western toilets are available in most of the spots. As for the walking distance, it's about 2-4 hours daily, and the electronic shuttle bus can be arranged in some scenic spots. Moreover, our Silk Road Tour Packages are customizable and 100% fleixble, you can travel the highlights at your own, you'll not feel rush and have enough time to visit each attraction.

What are the top attractions along the Ancient China Silk Road?

Tour alongside the ancient silk road is one of the most popular themed tours in China and it does attract millions of Tour alongside the ancient silk road is one of the most popular themed tours in China and it does attract millions of travelers from all over the worl. The silk road in China has a wealth of fascinating and beautiful destinations and attractions, it has many contrasting things to do. Followings are the key destinations for travelers to consider including their itinerary:
1) Xian: Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, Bell Tower
2) Lanzhou: Bingling Temple & Grottoes, Yellow River Mother Sculpture, Gansu Provincial Museum
3). Dunhuang: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-San Mountain & Crescent Lake
4). Jiayuguan: Jiayuguan Pass/Overhanging Great Wall
5). Xinjiang: Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao Market, Gaochang Ancient City, The Flaming Mountain, Karez Well, Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar Sunday Market

How about the hotel conditions in the silk road regions when I take a China silk road from Xian?

The cities alongside the ancient China Silk Road are located in the less deveoped area of China, but don't worry about the accommodation when you plan a silk road tour. As the development of tourism industry of cities on the Silk Road, many high quality hotels have been built to meet the large incoming tourists. There are a variety typies of hotels from economy to luxury class, including some international hotel brand, such as Sheraton, Inter Continental, etc. All the hotel arrangement for our tour package are based on 4 star hotel or 5 star hotel with a convenient location for shopping and eating, good facilities and equipment.

Will there be shopping stops on my silk route tour in China? Is it a No-shopping tour?

Our silk road tours are based on no-shopping tours. We will give you enough time to visit attractions, without wasting time in tourist shops or factory stores. Without shopping stops, you can thoroughly enjoy the entire trip without worries or being pressured to purchase overpriced items. If you have any shopping needs or requirements, our guides will happy to give some recommodations for local shopping experience.

What typies of tour guide will escort us during Silk road tour from Lanzhou to Urumqi? Is the English tour guide available in the cities along the ancient China silk route?

Yes, English speaking tour guide is available along the silk road cities. All our tour guides are well-trained, experienced, dedicated and they can speak fluent English. When you take the tour in Xinjiang, you will have the local Uyghurs as your tour guide, local guide always know better about the local culture, custom, lifestyle etc. They all speak English well and have good communication skill during the tour.

What are inclued & excluded in your silk road tour package?

Our silk road tours includes professional tour guide, accommodation, private transfer (airport or railway station, attractions and hotels), entrance fees for places listed in our itinerary, domestic flight & train tickets, meals mentioned in the itinerary; Please kindly note the International Air tickets, Chinese Visa, optional items, personal expenses and tip for guides & drivers are not included in our package.

Can you arrange a customized China Silk road tour for me? Is your tour flexible?

Yes, we can arrange a customized silk road tour according to your personal interests and the tour can be flexible for you. Feel free to tell us which cities and places that you want to visit and what is your accommodation requirements. Our private China Silk Road tours offer an easy and flexible pace tailored for everyone to experience the history, culture relics, ethnic minorities, landscape, and local interaction along the China Silk Route.

How to get around the northwest part of China for the silk route tour?

As the development of tourism industry in the northwest part of China, the transportation system has imporved a lot. Travel by flight is the most efficient and comfortable way to travel to the main cities along the Silk Road. Xi'an and Urumqi have international airports that offer frequent flights to all major cities in China. Travel by train is a popular way for tourists, it's a more convenient and cheaper way compare to flight, you can take 1-hour bullet train between Urumqi and Turpan, 3 hours between Xian and Lanzhou etc. Bullet trains are available in some cities, sleep trains are even much cheaper than bullet trains, but slower. Long-distance buses are the most inexpensive way travel along the Silk Road, we do not recommened since they are very slow.

Is there any special travel permit required when travel to Xinjiang? I' m an American citizen.

There is no official special permit for foreign travelers to visit Xinjiang. As Xinjiang is an open destination for tourists in China, but we indeed have to apply permit to some places, such as Karakul Lake, Tanxkurgan county. If you book our Xinjiang silk road tour, we will issue all the travel permit in Xinjiang area that are required by the local government. You only need to provide the some documents, such as the copies of your passport & China Visa page, your arrival and departure flight schedule.

Is it easy to travel along the silk route cities on my own? Should I book a silk road tour package with a travel tour company?

Actually, it's not easy to travel in the northwestern China if you can't speak Mandarin. Traveling alone is its own wonderful and challenging experience. Language is a big problem travel to these areas, they are relatively backward with little English speakers. And there are not many people speak mandarin in some places. You can't visit some places along the silk route on your own. Book a silk road tour with local China tour company is the best way to visit the silk route, you will enjoy a hassle-free tour service, learn more history and culture about ancient silk road in China.

What's the cancellation policy for your silk road tour? Is the deposit refundable?

The deposit for the silk road tour is refundable, but it's depend on when you cancel the tour with us. If we receive your cancellation inform 15 days or more prior to your tour departure, there is no cancellation fee; 14 to 7 days prior to your tour departure, 10% of the whole tour price; Within 7 days prior to your tour departure or No-show, there is no refund. Please kindly note the fee for the train tcikets & flight tickets can't refund once we booked. The refund will be processed in 7 working days.

How to travel from capital city Lanzhou to Gannan Area?

Gannan is located at the south part of Gansu provincie, you can take a direct bus from Lanzhou south bus station to Xiahe. The bus is daily available. You can also rent a privte car to visit Gannan from Lanzhou, it is a easy and flexible way.

Which city should i start my China silk road tour? I'm a first time traveller to China

Usually, people start thier silk road tours in Xian or Beijing. As Xian and Beijing are the most popular tourist cities in China with a convenient international & domestic transportation, there are many international flights arrive in Xian Xianyang International Airport and Beijing International Airport daily. You can choose the flight that based on your schedule. A silk road tour stats in Beijing or Xian is a great and convenient way to take the ancient silk road adventure. 


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