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Travel tip:

  •  Climate: Silk Road covers a wide range of area. The climate and temperature differ greatly in different places. It has the minimum temperature in the Kalakuli Lake. The maximum temperature is in Turpan and along the road in desert and Gobi, probably reaching 40℃ or more by day. The ultraviolet ray is always strong there. Rain coat is a must and the temperature will fall a lot if it rains. You are supposed to bring clothes of four seasons and protect yourself from wind, rain, coldness and sunstroke. Rain coat, umbrella are need for bad weather.
  •  Time zone: As China spans two time zones and Xinjiang province is in the west of china, the time is two hours late compared to Beijing.
  •  Necessities: Enough films and batteries, Sun-cream with the protection index of 40-60, sunglasses with a sun protection factor of 15, the lip creams and balms with SPF rating, towel, toothpaste, electric torch, snacks. Cloth that you bring must be warm enough and can be removed easily enough according to the weather.
  •  Medicine: In addition to the normal medications for traveling, just like the Aspirin and medicine for diarrhoea,siriasis,sunstroke and carsickness, you should bring some High Altitude medication when you are near the KalakuLi Lake just in case. The " Acetazolamide" is recommended to prevent symptom of acute mountain sickness, or you can ask your local doctor for suggestions.
  •  Food: The staple food of Silk Road, is often in Muslim style so that meat dishes are generally of mutton and beef, rather than pork and chicken, varieties. It is very important to drink a lot of water and eat enough fruit in your tour. But it is not advised to drink hottea after eating fruit like grapes, which may cause diarrhea, and eat too many Hami Melons may cause excessive internal heat.
  •  Accomodation: We use 4 star hotels in the big city and the best hotels in the rest of the area. And 4 or 5 star hotels there are not as good as those in the big city like Beijing and Shanghai. Along the desert rim, most of the cities and towns are in less developed area, you could not expect luxury hotel in the tour. In Tashkurgan and Karakuri Lake, no western breakfast is available.
  •  Minority and Customs: There are many minorities in Xinjiang and Gansu Province. The customs and habits of local people are different from place to place. The local guide will inform you remarks to avoid culture stroke
  •  Currency to use: Chinese currency is the best choice. If you want to change US$ to Chinese currency in the tour, you can change it in the Hotel you stay or in the Bank of China. You could draw cash only from Bank of China in the big cities like, the ATM there doesn’t always work properly. So change the money and have some cash at home whenever you could.
  •  If possible please prepare some pens, notebooks and books at hand. They are good presents for the local children.


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Two of us enjoyed a truly wonderful tour of Guilin, Yangshuo and surrounding countryside.    Many thanks to CnAdventures for providing very helpful assistance and our guide, David, who was really terrific, both accommodating and informative.  The trip provided a great deal of variety as we hiked, biked and rafted through some of the most gorgeous countryside I have ever seen.  An unplanned side trip to the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terrace was a most worthwhile addition to our itinerary.  Another nice aspect to the trip was the opportunity to sample some excellent local food along the way--stuffed snails and sticky rice cooked in bamboo were a couple of highlights along with rice wine and osmanthus tea. 

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