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Beijing. China
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 35.2 41 52.9 68.5 78.8 86.4 87.6 85.5 78.4 66.4 50.2 38.7
Average Low 16.9 21.9 32.7 46.2 56.5 65.8 71.6 69.4 58.6 46.2 32 21.6
Average Rainfall 0.106 0.193 0.327 0.835 1.346 3.075 7.291 6.287 1.791 0.858 0.291 0.11
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+08:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
Chinese Yuan
$1.00 USD = ¥6.21 CNY
Visa requirement
Yes Apply
Lanzhou. China
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 35.1 42.8 54 67.3 75.4 81.1 84.7 82.2 73 62.1 49.1 37
Average Low 13.8 21 32.5 43 51.3 57.7 61.9 60.3 52.5 41 28.2 17.1
Average Rainfall 0.055 0.106 0.362 0.579 1.307 1.732 2.638 2.906 1.602 0.839 0.11 0.035
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+08:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
Chinese Yuan
$1.00 USD = ¥6.21 CNY
Visa requirement
Yes Apply
Yellow Mountains. China
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 34 36 43 52 59 64 64 66 63 55 46 39
Average Low 21 25 30 41 48 55 61 59 52 45 34 27
Average Rainfall 3.11 4.41 7.2 9.17 10.75 18.07 13.19 12.01 7.09 4.41 3.27 2.01
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+08:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
Chinese Yuan
$1.00 USD = ¥6.21 CNY
Visa requirement
Yes Apply
Dunhuang. China
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 30.6 40.8 54.9 70.2 80.6 87.6 90.9 89.1 80.2 65.8 47.1 33.1
Average Low 5.7 13.1 26.2 39.4 49.3 57 61.5 58.3 47.3 33.1 22.1 10
Average Rainfall 0.031 0.031 0.083 0.094 0.094 0.315 0.598 0.248 0.059 0.031 0.051 0.031
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+08:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
Chinese Yuan
$1.00 USD = ¥6.21 CNY
Visa requirement
Yes Apply
Gobi Desert. China
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 120
Average Low -40
Average Rainfall
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+08:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
Chinese Yuan
$1.00 USD = ¥6.21 CNY
Visa requirement
Yes Apply
Turpan. China
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 27.9 42.8 61.3 79.7 91.9 100.2 103.3 100.4 89.4 71.2 49.1 30.6
Average Low 10.2 21 37.8 54.3 65.7 73.8 77 73 61.3 44.8 28.2 14.7
Average Rainfall 0.043 0.02 0.047 0.02 0.035 0.114 0.075 0.071 0.063 0.067 0.024 0.039
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+08:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
Chinese Yuan
$1.00 USD = ¥6.21 CNY
Visa requirement
Yes Apply
Urumqi. China
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 18.7 23.5 36.9 61 73.6 81.7 86.2 84.2 73.6 55.8 35.6 24.1
Average Low 2.1 7.3 22.3 40.6 52.2 61 64.8 62.1 52.2 37.6 21.4 8.8
Average Rainfall 0.409 0.394 0.728 1.272 1.531 1.425 1.197 0.917 1.031 1.035 0.752 0.575
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+08:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
Chinese Yuan
$1.00 USD = ¥6.21 CNY
Visa requirement
Yes Apply
Kashgar. China
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 32.5 41.2 56.3 72 79.5 86.4 89.8 87.3 79.7 67.6 51.1 35.4
Average Low 13.6 20.8 35.1 47.5 55.2 61 65.5 63 53.4 40.5 28.6 18.1
Average Rainfall 0.083 0.224 0.264 0.205 0.335 0.303 0.358 0.311 0.209 0.098 0.063 0.067
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+08:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
Chinese Yuan
$1.00 USD = ¥6.21 CNY
Visa requirement
Yes Apply
Shanghai. China
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 46.6 50.2 56.8 67.1 76.6 82 90 88.7 82.2 73.2 63.1 52
Average Low 35.8 38.7 44.4 53.4 63.1 71.1 78.4 78.4 72.3 62.2 51.1 40.5
Average Rainfall 2.929 2.327 3.693 2.921 3.327 7.157 5.736 8.413 3.429 2.189 2.059 1.728
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+08:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
Chinese Yuan
$1.00 USD = ¥6.21 CNY
Visa requirement
Yes Apply
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Silk Road

15 days/13 nights - from $7,335 per person including airfare from West Coast
Take a 13-night trip and retrace the steps of ancient merchants by traveling the famous Silk Road. Start by spending a night in Beijing before you fly to Lanzhou, the ancient border town of Imperial China. Next travel to Dunhuang, where you see stunning Buddhist frescoes at the Mogao Grottoes. Afterward, travel across the Gobi desert to the small town of Liuyuan and board a night train to the oasis city of Turpan. In Turpan, shop at the local bazaar, where you can find grapes, apricots, and walnuts of different varieties grown in this fertile land amid the barren desert. Next. travel to Urumqi, where Chinese culture mixes with the local Uighur population. Finally, head to Kashgar, the most remote city in all of China, and see how this thriving community comes together amid adversity. Spend another night in Urumqi and then two nights in Shanghai as you travel back to the US. Starting from $7335, including air, with weekly guaranteed departures from April to October.
Day 1, Thursday - USA/Beijing
Depart the USA on your Cathay Pacific trans-Pacific flight for Beijing. Cross the International Date Line.

Day 2, Friday - Beijing
Arrive Beijing in the morning and transfer to your hotel. (Royal Phoenix)

Day 3, Saturday - Beijing/Lanzhou
Fly into the desert regions of Gansu province, landing in the provincial capital of Lanzhou. (Legend) (B/L/D)

Day 4, Sunday - Lanzhou
Today, cruise up the Yellow River to the grottoes at Binglingsi, water level permitting. (B/L/D)

Day 5, Monday - Lanzhou/Dunhuang
Fly across the Gobi Desert to the oasis city of Dunhuang. Transfer to your hotel. (Dunhuang) (B/L/D)

Day 6, Tuesday - Dunhuang
View the stunning frescoes at Mogao Grottoes, which recount the legends of Buddhism, as well as the customs and traditions of centuries. (B/L/D)

Day 7, Wednesday - Dunhuang/Turpan
Travel overland across the Gobi Desert to the small town of Liuyuan, where you board a night train to the oasis city of Turpan. (B/L/D)

Day 8, Thursday - Turpan
Arrive in Turpan, an oasis city wheregrapes,apricots,and walnuts abound.Visit the ancient fortress cities of Gaochang and Jiaohe. (Turpan Guest House) (B/L/D)

Day 9, Friday - Turpan/Urumqi
Arrive Urumqi by coach, traveling through the desert and onto grasslands. Tour in and around the city. (Holiday Inn) (B/L/D)

Day 10, Saturday - Urumqi/Kashgar
Morning sightseeing at the Xinjiang Museum. An evening flight takes you to the oasis city of Kashgar, the most remote city in China. (Qinibagh) (B/L/D)

Day 11, Sunday - Kashgar
Mingle with the local populace as they assemble from miles around for their weekly bazaar. Also visit the Id Kah Mosque and the tomb of Abakh Hoja.  (B/L/D)

Day 12, Monday - Kashgar/Urumqi
Return to Urumqi by air and transfer to your hotel. (Holiday Inn) (B/L/D)

Day 13, Tuesday - Urumqi/Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai and transfer to your hotel. (Sunrise on the Bund) (B/L)

Day 14, Wednesday - Shanghai
Visit the Bund, the Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Garden. Shop along Nanjing Road. (B/L)

Day 15, Thursday - Shanghai/USA
Board your Cathay Pacific flight to the USA, arriving the same day. (B)

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Departure DatesLand & Air *
San Francisco
Land & Air *
Los Angeles
Land Only *Single Supplement
April 4, 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23
$7755
$7755
$6470
$1195
May 30
$8110
$8110
$6470
$1195
June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 4, 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8
$7895
$7895
$6255
$1195
August 15, 22, 29
$7545
$7545
$6255
$1195
September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
$7755
$7755
$6470
$1195
  • Land & Air prices are per person based on double occupancy and include government taxes and fees.. 


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Tour Features

  • Round trip trans-Pacific airfare via Cathay Pacific Airways coach class from Los Angeles
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Local airfare as per itinerary
  • Overland transfers with sightseeing stops as per itinerary
  • 1 night stay in a double occupancy room at Royal Phoenix in Beijing
  • 2 nights stay in a double occupancy room at Legend Hotel in Lanzhou
  • 2 nights stay in a double occupancy room at Dunhuang Hotel in Dunhuang
  • 1 night stay in a double occupancy room at Turpan Guest House in Turpan
  • 1 night stay onboard your train to Turpan
  • 2 nights stay in a double occupancy room at Holiday Inn in Urumqi
  • 2 nights stay in a double occupancy room at Qinibagh in Kashgar
  • 2 nights stay in a double occupancy room at Sunrise on the Bund in Shanghai
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Extensive sightseeing tours by coach/car with English-speaking guide and admission fees in each location as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfast, 12 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Airline fuel surcharge (subject to change) and government taxes and fees


Rates do not include

  • Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, laundry, table drinks, telephone calls, etc.
  • Optional Travel Insurance
  • Any item not mentioned above

Remarks

  • If above hotels or Cathay Pacific Airways are not available at the time of reservation, alternative hotels at the same category or airlines could be used. Prices may differ.
  • During trade fairs season and during Christmas and New Year’s Days, some hotels may require surcharges. The prices may increase.
  • Ticket(s) must be issued and full payment must be received 90 days prior to departure
  • Major credit card accepted; Credit card authorization required
  • Change and cancellation penalty ($250-$600 per person) apply once ticketed; Pacific Holidays’ general cancellation policy applies
  • Hotel upgrades, additional hotel nights, extensions to all Asian destinations and add-on air fares from various US cities are available
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