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  Culture Tour & Package - Theme Tours

Theme Tours

Culture is intangible but it can be experienced through travel.  Culture varies with places and ethnic groups, forming a diverse culture in a country or city.  Our Theme Tours are based on cultural themes which will lead you to the cities rich in history and local characteristics, and to experience the authentic local culture in China.  Theme Tours include:

-    Legend of the Good Earth
-    Silk Road
-    Desert
-    Tibetan-Buddhism
-    Islam
-    Grassland
-    Highland
-    Manchu
 
 

























 
 


Cultural Theme Destination  Information
 Legend of the Good Earth  PDF
 Silk Road  PDF
 Desert  PDF
 Tibetan Buddhism  PDF
 Islam  PDF
 Grassland  PDF
 Highland  PDF
 Tang Dynasty PDF
 Manchu  PDF



City/Province/Theme Tour Name Prices
Silk Road 絲綢之路13 Days Silk Road High Speed Train (Xian, Lanzhou, Wuwei, Zhangye, J... >HK$ 22,880
Tang Dynasty 盛唐7 Days Xian & Dunhuang (MU) >HK$9,680
Tang Dynasty 盛唐10 Days Xian, Huashan, Luoyang & Zhengzhou (MU) >HK$8,480
Tibetan Buddhism 藏佛7 Days Xining & Xiahe (CZ) >HK$8,380
Tibetan Buddhism 藏佛7 Days Xining & Lhasa (CA/CZ) >HK$15,680
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Silk Road Travel Management Ltd. (Licence No.352017)
   
Office: Suite 1602, Chinachem Century Tower 178, Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2736 8828
Fax: (852) 2736 8000
E-mail: travel@the-silk-road.com
We have returned home to Munich from our Silk Road adventure. It was a great trip. We are glad that we had the opportunity to experience the West of China (Tibet, Gansu, Xinjiang) after having lived in the north-east for almost two years.....

We are very pleased with the services of your company. Our guides Amanda Zhu and Mardan Mohemmed were pleasant, curteous, professional and fun to be with. The hotels, transportation and food,  were fine and worked out as planned.
The only point I would re-consider is the choice of train. Since it was only a K-train, it did not get much priority in the clean-up of the delay due to the track flooding in Hami...... So this effectively cost us one entire day.
However,-- having had a private compartment was a great relief in this situation and moreover Amanda was very very helpful via telephone.
Since I work at BMW with continued contact to our chinese Joined Venture in Shenyang I am certainly willing to endorse you and your company among the colleagues (local and expat).

We wish you further success in your busines.

Thomas
10 Days Silk Road (17 - 26  May 2015)


It was a memorable trip and I really want to thank for all the flexible, thoughtful and fantastic arrangements. All the people I met there were nice and helpful. The cooking course was eye-opening and I really learnt a lot. The visit to Cuisine Cuisine was also amazing. It was my first time to enter a real, professional kitchen. The cultural part of this trip was brilliant. The tour guide knew every story-behind as if he was a master in Chinese history! Though it's just a 4-day trip, I really gained a lot and broadened my horizon.

Karina
4-day Beijing Tour, Cook & Savour (29 Dec 2012 - 1 Jan 2013)


We had a fabulous experience in Dunhuang.  We learned that less than 3% of the visitors are American yet more should go to experience the richness of the area. Truthfully, it was The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel website and link to your tours that piqued our interests to visit.  As seasoned, independent travelers who have never utilized a tour company, we were immensely gratefully that we chose you to coordinate our trip to Dunhuang.  The customized 4-day tour with a private driver and English speaking guide allowed us to enjoy the incredible historical sites, vast Gobi desert ventures, fun camel ride and authentic Chinese culture, cuisine and life, which we would never have experienced on our own.  Our guide, Ms Fan, was knowledgeable, compassionate, friendly, and flexible to adapt each day to best suit our interests and desired activities. She was absolutely fantastic, and we give her five stars for her extraordinary skills as a guide. Mr Lee, our driver, was always reliable and a safe driver.  Thank you for employing the best people to serve your clients.  Also a note of acknowledgement for the wonderful stay at The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel.  Our suite was beautifully decorated, the beds were very warm and comfortable, and the staff were always gracious and helpful.  Eric Huang, Assistant Manager, was definitely a key resource person and we appreciated his help.   We dined at the Chinese Restaurant because Western foods we could eat at home.  All the meals were attractively presented and tasted outstanding.  Hot Pot was a favorite dining experience.  We traveled to China solely to visit Dunhuang, to stay 6 days at your hotel, and to take the 4-day personalized tour.  Standing on the roof top cafe to enjoy the sand dunes and walking around the large hotel grounds are memorable experiences.  We were never disappointed, and would highly recommend the hotel and your tour services to others traveling to Dunhuang.  We will definitely share our experiences with family and friends, and hope more travelers will make the journey to Dunhuang.
Again, many thanks to all the fine staff who made our trip memorable.

Eirin and Gregory Hilton
4 Days Dunhuang (21 – 24 October 2012)


 Thanks for following up.  It is much appreciated!
 
I had such a great time everywhere else so this is a small thing.  The trip was really very well-organised and enjoyable.  I had a very good time and also felt very reassured that you called me every few days.

Ms. Ella Wong
17 Days Silk Road tour (2 - 18 Sep 2012)


Thanks, we all had a great time. Surely I will introduce friends to you as you are very responsible and kind person which I cannot not use (whom I cannot reject to use).

Ms. Violet Tan
14 Days Silk Road tour (29 Aug - 11 Sep 2012)

The guides were all flexible, informative, helpful, had excellent English, and all of them obviously had both a pride in doing their job well, and made us feel they had our interests at heart when it came to dealing with matters that came up along the way.  The food was consistently good, but I was particularly impressed to be given very good quality fresh coffee and fresh croissants in the hotel in Dunhuang [Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel], which I had not expected.

 
Russ Harding
8 Days Silk Road
14 – 21 Nov 2011

Words fail me adequately to express our thanks and appreciation for the superb arrangements you and The Silk Road Travel Management Company provided for us during the time period of 16-30  October 2010 in Beijing and Shanxi Province.
 
Thank you many times over.  
 
The trip arrangements were perfect.  We will fill out your "customer satisfaction" form shortly, but I want very much to let you know a couple of things about the trip in advance of that. (after we get over jet lag)  
 
 First, I have to tell you that my wife is sometimes semi-disabled by having a severe case of lymphedema after successful cancer surgery.  This means that one of her legs is enlarged by about 40 extra pounds of water weight.  She has to be judicious in the amount of walking she can do at certain times. Otherwise she is in great willingness to travel.  
 
Thanks to the wonderful arrangements you made for us, she was able to do EVERYTHING! In fact, if her re-recovery from the trip goes as well as we think it might, we will want to be talking to you about a journey to Dunhuang.  But, more about that later.  
 
I rate the trip 99.999% perfect…
 
RE:  Lu Song Yuan Bingguan:  We love this hotel.  The staff is very very nice.  The rooms and beds were comfortable, the courtyards were handsome, the other clients were congenial,  and all in all it is --in my opinion-- the best place to stay in Beijing if one wants to have a most comfortable and more authentic Chinese experience.  Thank you so much for having this wonderful property available to serve the traveling public…
 
Finally, for now, I will conclude with kudos for "Catherine" our Shanxi Province guide.  She was a delight and thoroughly understanding and helpful.  We had a wonderful time with her on the trip, and she must not have minded us too much because on the last day in Shanxi she took us to her family home where her lovely mother had prepared a delicious lunch for us.  What an extra ordinary event that was, and we very much appreciate it.  Mr. Wang the driver also was an excellent practitioner of the art of survival on Chinese roads.  
 
AGAIN, THANK YOU for your excellent arrangements.  I cannot sing the praises of the Silk Road Company too much.  I am looking forward to writing to you again.  And I will mail the Customer Satisfaction survey form to you in a day or so.  But for now, I want you to know how happy the three of us are to have been in your most capable hands.  
 
Warren B. Wotton
Beijing & Shanxi (staying at LuSongYuan) (17 - 30 Oct 2010)

Drivers were all are very good. We all loved the Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel. Janny’s planning and organization were excellent. Tour guides’ attitude were very good.
 
Ms. W. Wan
14 Days Silk Road tour (16-29 Sep 2010)

Tour guide in Wuhan is Mr Cheung who was exceptionally good.  He was well-informed, witty, friendly and hard working.  The Wuhan driver was careful and polite.  They are a good team.
 
Linda's hard work pays off.  We had a wonderful holiday.  Thank you, Linda.  We also appreciate Linda calls to China to make sure that everything was O.K.
 
Mrs M Wong & family
7 Days Wuhan - Yangtze Cruise - Chongqing Tour (12 - 18 Jul 2010) 

Good choices were made on tour guides, drivers and hotels.  Excellent follow up by Ms Linda Yau
 
Mrs Jan Chan & family
7 Days Huangshan & Shanghai Tour (17 - 24 Apr 2010) 

After a fantastic couple of weeks in China we leave for Hong Kong tomorrow.  We have had a great time and the memories will stay with us for a lifetime.
 
Could you please forward our sincere thanks to our local guides, ZHAO in Beijing, SUSAN in Xian and SISSI in Shanghai who have made our trip so memorable?  They have all been extremely kind and helpful making sure we experienced the local culture and history in each location.
 
Thank you also for organising the trip and ensuring we had such a great time.
 
With sincere thanks.
 
Kevin & Sallie Redmond  
2010

After a fantastic couple of weeks in China we leave for Hong Kong tomorrow.  We have had a great time and the memories will stay with us for a lifetime.
 
Could you please forward our sincere thanks to our local guides, ZHAO in Beijing, SUSAN in Xian and SISSI in Shanghai who have made our trip so memorable?  They have all been extremely kind and helpful making sure we experienced the local culture and history in each location.
 
Thank you also for organising the trip and ensuring we had such a great time.
 
With sincere thanks.
 
Kevin & Sallie Redmond  
2010

The Titan Times Hotel in Xian is very recommendable. The guide Mary Qu was excellent, her English is outstanding and she is very friendly. The pre-tour briefing was very good.
 
Ms. T. Lesaffre
24-28 Sep 09

Mr. E. Lam:     高原醫生和各導遊值得嘉許
郭小姐:           安排非常週到
M. Kwok:    Thank Silk Road Travel once again to run such a wonderful trip. Will recommend it to anyone who plans on a trip to China
王先生:           西寧之導遊非常值得嘉許,親切熱情,對青藏之風情非常精煉
 
Federation of Hong Kong Industries
7 Days Qinghai and Tibet tour (Sep 2008)

First class guides and driver, very good English language.  Explanations were clear. Driver in Gansu Province was terrific, friendly, pleasant and safe.  Hotels were excellent throughout , clean and comfortable, good service. Did a great job catering to vegetarian dietary needs. An excellent itinerary which exceeded our expectations. Seamless throughout. Polly did a brilliant job co-ordinating and also we all appreciated her follow up throughout the trip. Well done!
 
Ms. M. White & party
18 Days Silk Road Tour (23 Sep – 10 Oct 2007)

Before Departure
A set of travel kit which includes a detailed itinerary, flight schedule, hotel information and contacts will be provided before departure.

Weather
Weather conditions vary from place to place in China. Average daily variation is about 12°C in the Silk Road cities. Temperature in certain desert areas may vary up to a maximum of 36°C in one day between noon and midnight. Despite the hot weather, the summer months of June, July, August and September are a popular time to travel when the oasis towns are full of life, flowers are blooming, fruits are in season, and the fragrance of sweet melons and grapes fill the air. Spring and autumn though short and barely noticeable, are a comfortable season to travel too. Winter is cold but offers a different perspective in scenery.
 
Clothing
Light cotton dresses, sunglasses and a hat to guard against sunburn for the summer. Wool and fleece layers, topped with a down jacket with wind-breaking shell, scarves, gloves, hats and woolen socks for the winter.Wear layers that can be added on or discarded as weather changes. Comfortable rubber-soled shoes are recommended.
 
Accommodation
“Culture Hotel” is our hotel brand that aims to bring to you a unique hotel concept. Each hotel blends in with local architectural style and décor to preserve the indigenous flavour of the region. During your trip, you may have a chance to stay at one of below distinctive hotels that have character and soul:
 
Beijing  : Lusongyuan Hotel
Dunhuang : The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
Shaoxing : Baicao Hermitage
Suzhou : Pingjiang Lodge
Tunxi : Tunxi Lodge
Xidi : Xidi Travel Lodge









Food & Beverages
Hotels in China usually offer buffet breakfast or continental breakfast. You may bring some snacks along with you for the trip. Avoid drinking tap water and eating cold dishes or beverages at the street market. Drink only bottled water and well cooked food during the trip.  
 
Transportation
The most efficient and comfortable way to travel is by air. Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines operate regular flights along the Silk Road cities using aircraft models Boeing 707, 737, 757 and Airbus A320. In addition, the Lanzhou - Urumqi Railway line operates train service along the Silk Road. For the more adventurous travellers who prefer to trace the footprints of Marco Polo, they can consider entering China by road through the Khunjerab Pass from Pakistan on the KarokoramHighway, or by the International Railway from Moscow to Urumqi.
 
China Visa & Travel Document
Most of the overseas passport holders are required to apply for a China Visa to enter China. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for visa application.   To visit Tibet, all overseas passport holders are required to apply for a special permit. Please allow at least 14 working days to apply for the Tibet Permit.   Remember to check if your passport is valid for at least 6 months’ before your departure date.
 
Communication
There are two service systems for China Cell Phone – GSM and CDMA. China Mobile's feature is the GSM system, while China Unicom the CDMA system. Cell phone network covers most provinces in China except that transmission may sometimes be interrupted in certain desert areas. Most hotels have IDD lines where you can make IDD calls in your room. Internet access is available at the business centre of most hotels.
 
Money
The currency is called Chinese Yuan (CNY), which is also known as Renminbi (RMB) locally.  International credits cards like Visa and Master are accepted by hotels in the major cities. US Dollar Travellers Cheques are acceptable for money exchange in most hotels.

Health information for Travelling Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
With an elevation ranging from 3,660 meters to 5,500 meters above sea level, the air pressure of most of the region in Tibet is relatively low. For those who visit plateau for the first time may suffer from different levels of high altitude sickness such as headache, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms. One should avoid vigorous activities on the plateau and dress properly to keep warm. Normally, the symptoms will be relieved or disappear gradually after 2 to 3 days. Get restful sleep to maintain good health, take more deep breath and keep your walking speed slow upon arrival. If you are constantly not feeling well, please go to the nearest hospital or return to a low altitude place to rest.  Our itineraries are designed to ascend gradually from relatively low altitude spots such as Xining in Qinghai (2,200 to 3,200 meters) so that travelers can acclimatize to high altitude environment gradually.




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