Kashgar to Beijing Itinerary

Traverse the legendary Silk Road from Kashgar to Beijing. This overland tour of Kyrgyzstan and China covers wild landscapes, vast deserts and lively cities.

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Days 1-3 Kashgar

Travel to the westernmost end of China and visit Kashgar, an exotic fusion of Chinese, Uzbek and Kyrgyz. Wander the streets that weave through the old town and discover the markets and bazaars of this diverse city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 4-5 Bush Camp

Leave Kashgar and head to the outskirts of the enormous Taklamakan Desert. Travelling into seemingly unchartered terrain, spend two days on an overland adventure.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Days 6-7 Heavenly Lake

Travel towards the Tian Shan mountain range, and arrive at the pristine Heavenly Lake. Located at the top of a mountain - and in the middle of a desert - this is a remote spot, perfect for relaxation.
ACCOM: Yurt - 2

Days 8-9 Turpan

Escape the desert sands in the laidback town of Turpan.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 10 Bush Camp

Continue the Overland adventure towards the ancient Silk Road town of Dunhuang. Spend the night wild camping beneath the desert stars.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 11-12 Dunhuang

Arrive in Dunhuang and relax in this Gansu oasis trading town. Visit the nearby Mogao Caves and discover their breathtaking Buddhist art.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 13-14 Bush Camp/Great Wall

Drive to Jiayuguan and discover deserted sections of the Great Wall.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 15-16 Liujiaxia

At the crossroads of Qinghai and Gangsu, arrive at Liujiaxia. Visit the Bingling Si Buddhist grottoes to see intricate cliff-side carvings.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hotel - 1

Days 17-18 Xiahe

Travel to the Tibetan monastery town of Xiahe, often described as one of the most enchanting places to visit in China.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 19 Lanzhou

Relax beside the rushing waters of the Yellow River.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 20 Pingliang

Arrive in the beautiful town on Pingliang, nestled into the verdant Kongtong Mountains. There are lovely shop-lined streets waiting to be explored or hike up Mount Kongton for stunning views and lush scenery.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 21-23 Xi'an

Admire the 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors, discovered by farmers in 1976. Spend a free day exploring; perhaps visit the Bell and Drum Towers or wander through the night market, soaking in the intoxicating sights, smells and sounds.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 24-25 Yan'An

Visit the Revolution Museum and see where the 12,500 km Long Walk came to a rest in historic Yan'An.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 26 Lijiashan

Spend a memorable night in a cavehouse in Lijiashan. This 550-year-old village is still home to over 600 families and scales nine stories.
ACCOM: Cave house - 1

Days 27-28 Pingyao

Explore the ancient city of Pingyao, an atmospheric walled town that exudes the ambience of old-world China.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 29-30 Wutai Shan

Make the pilgrimage to Wutai Shan and join thousands of years of travellers who have come from all over China and Mongolia to experience what is believed to be the earthly abode of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. Experience beautiful Himalayan art and lush mountain scenery.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 31-32 Datong

Marvel at the Hanging Monastery and explore the World Heritage-listed Yungang Grottoes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 33 Jinshanling

Take a walk along the monumental Great Wall as it snakes its way through rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 34-35 Chengde

Stroll through the lush Shanzhuang gardens in the footsteps of past Emperors who holidayed here. Take in the rich heritage of Chengde by bicycle or admire Mongolian and Tibetan influences in local temples and monasteries.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 36-38 Beijing

End the tour by joining the buzzing hive that is Beijing. Visit the Forbidden City to admire imperial architecture or the sprawling Summer Palace on the banks of Kunming Lake.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2