Northwest China Muslim Tour (11 days 10 nights)

China

Tour Code: PNM Escorted Tour
Group transportation and English speaking guide provided
Starting from $1,790 per passenger
Visiting Beijing for 3 nights, Xian for 3 nights, Lanzhou for 1 night, Linxia for 1 night, and Xining for 2 nights.
Stay in 4 or 5 star Hotel

Day 1.  Arrival in Beijing
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.  (D)

Day 2.  Beijing (B,L,D)
We will start to explore Beijing from the largest city square in the world; the impressive Tiananmen Square. From there we will enter the “Imperial Palace” known as the Forbidden City to explore its many fascinating halls and pavilions. After lunch and prayer at Niujie Mosque we will visit the Temple of Heaven, the place where the Emperors worshipped the Heaven for good harvests. Today’s shopping stops are the Muslim Supermarket and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine of Tongrentang.

Day 3.  Beijing (B,L,D)
Today is the highlight of our China tour, the climbing of the Great Wall of China. In 220 B.C., under Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defense system against invasions from the north. Construction of the great wall continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), when the Great Wall became the worlds largest military structure. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by its architectural significance. In the afternoon we will visit the Ming Tomb Sacred Way where we will learn the ancient Chinese Fengshui Theory. On the way to the Great Wall, we will make a stop at Bona jade carving factory where we will learn the ancient art of jade carving skills.

Day 4.  Beijing/Xian by flight (B,L,D)
In the morning we will visit the largest garden in the world, the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace first built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886, is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. 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 afternoon prayers at Madian Mosque, we will fly to Xian, the ancient capital city of China as well as the starting point of the famous Silk Road.

Day 5.  Xian (B,L,D)
After breakfast at hotel we will drive for about 45 minutes to the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Emperor Qin Shihuang. This is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world with three exhibition halls, the largest of which is 180 meters by 60 meters, housing the continuing excavation of an army of 8,000 terra-cotta soldiers and horses that guard the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of the unified China. It is a stunning exhibition of ancient artifacts that is well laid out and easy to view. Back to the city in the afternoon, we will visit Shaanxi History Museum, which houses a large collection of historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi Province.

Day 6.  Xian (B,L,D)
We will visit the Stone Tablets Museum in the morning. Named by UNESCO as one of the 50 famous museums in the world, the Stone Tablets Museum was built on the site of the original Xian Confucius Temple constructed in the Song Dynasty (AD907-AD1279). This is the best known Museum in China for its collections of Stone Tablets where masterpieces of ancient Chinese calligraphers work were carved and Confucius classic works are preserved. In the afternoon, we will visit the most famous mosque in Xian, the Tang Dynasty constructed Great Mosque of Xian (built in 742) and its nearby Muslim community and Bazaar. At night we will enjoy a fantastic Tang Dynasty Stage Show.  

Day 7.  Xian- Lanzhou By flight (B, L, SD)
Take a morning flight to Lanzhou, the most important city on the silk road in Northwest China.  Lanzhou is the capital city of Northwest China’s Gansu province with a large Muslim population. After lunch we will visit the largest mosque in Lanzhou, the Xiguan Mosque which was recently renovated according to traditional Arabic style. Later on we will visit the Water Wheel Park and Gansu Provincial Museum. Enjoy a Lanzhou Lamian (Muslim noodle) dinner in the evening.

Day 8.  Lanzhou –Linxia by Coach (B, L, D)
In the morning we will drive to Linxia, a Muslim city nicknamed the Little Mecca of China. Along the way we will pass numerous a mount of Muslim villages with hundreds of thousands of mosques built both traditional Chinese and Arabic style. We will stop at some of the villages to experience the local life and communicate with them about their daily life. Upon arrival in Linxia we will visit Muslim community, Madrassah, Mosques and local Bazaar in the Muslim city of Linxia.

Day 9.  Linxia-Lanzhou-Xining (B, L. D)
After breakfast at hotel we will drive back to Lanzhou. We will be directly transferred to Lanzhou Train station for Xining. It takes about 2 hours to reach Xining, another Muslim populause city in Northwest of China. Transfer to our hotel.  

Day 10.  Xining (B, L, SD)
Today we will visit The Great Mosque in Dongguan Street. Afterwards, we will wander on the Dongguan Street to experience the local Muslim daily lifestyle. We will have a special Muslim dinner in this area.

Day 11.  Xining- Beijing (B, L)
Free in the morning to explore the city of Xining on your own. In the afternoon, transfer to Xining airport for a flight to Beijing for your home flight.  
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B: Breakfast     L: lunch     D: Dinner   SD:Specialty Dinner

Month Land Only (2-5 People) Land Only (6-9 People)
July $1,990 $1,750
August $1,990 $1,750
September $1,990 $1,750
October $1,890 $1,650
April $1,790 $1,620
May $1,890 $1,650
June $1,990 $1,750

Single Supplement: $590

The prices including:
• All domestic flights
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Help with hotel check in and out
• Air-conditioned transportation
• Meals listed in the itinerary
• English speaking tour guide and professional driver
• Sightseeing and attraction admission fees

The prices not including:
• International flights
• China visa ($170)
• Travel insurance
• Personal expenses and tips for tour guides

Unique experiences:
Visit little Mecca, Linxia in Gansu
Dongguan Great Mosque in Qinghai
Muslim Beef Noodle

Transportation:
Minivan depends on size of the group.

Tour operation:
English speaking tour guide escorted
Air-conditioned transportation and driver provided
Airport arrival and departure transfers
Hotels check in and checkout assistance
Flight check in assistance
Optional programs available

4 or 5 star hotels in each city.