6-Day Tour to Urumqi, Kashgar and Turpan
Tour Code :ACXJ003
Tour Destination :Xinjiang
Tour Duration :6 days
Departure Date :Daily Departure
Tour Type :Tour Package
A nice tour for having familiarized with Xinjiang historical, cultural and natural attrations in Urumqi, Turpan and Kashgar, 3 the most famous Xinjiang cities.
Day 1 Urumqi Arrival
Upon arrival in Urumqi by flight, greeted by local guide and transferred to hotel in Urumqi.
Day 2 Urumqi – Kashgar by flight
Morning visit the Heavenly Lake, 120 km northeast of Urumqi and 1980 m above sea level.As one of the tourist attractions in China, the lake is a famous summer resort surrounded by snow peaks, pines and grassland. Boat ride on the lake makes you feel refreshing.
In the afternoon visit the Xinjiang Museum, where you will see some world famous ancient mummies such as “Beauty of Loulan” and many other cultural relics. The Ethnic Minority Exhibition is worth visiting.
In the evening fly to Kashgar.
Day 3 Kashgar
Drive 200 km and enjoy the beautiful view along the Karakorum Mountain Highway before arrive at Karakuli Lake, which is 3600 m above sea level and located at the foot of the Muztagata Peak. This area is inhabited by nomadic Kirghiz people.
Day 4 Kashgar – Urumqi by flight
Morning visit Abakh Hoja Tomb, which was built in 1640 in typically Islamic style. The domed tomb hall, covered by blue and green tiles, contains 72 bodies from five generations of the same family.
Next stop is Id Kah Mosque, the largest in China. It is located in the city center and was originally built in 1442 as a small mosque, and has reached its present size since the extended renovation in 1872.
Sunday is market day in Kashgar, so better come to visit the Grand Bazaar on Sunday. You see thousands of farmers from neighboring areas flowing to the Bazaar like rivers. Now it has become an international with products from many countries in the Bazaar. The Animal Bazaar is an absolute must for tourists.
In the evening fly back to Urumqi.
Day 5 Urumqi –Turpan by road
Morning drive 75 km to the Southern Mountain Pastureland to experience the nomadic Kazakh life by visiting their yurt as guests in the beautiful grassland. You may try horseback riding if you want.
In the afternoon drive to Turpan.
Day 6 Turpan Exit.
First visit is to Gaochang Ancient City, which was built with thick walls in the 1st BC by the Han Dynasty garrison as base to supply frontier troops. The city is well known as the capital of Gaochang Kingdom and Uyghur Gaochang Kingdom. It was destroyed by the Mongol rebellion in the late 13th century.
After that visit Astana Tombs, which is close to Gaochang and regarded as the underground museum with lots of relics and mummies that date back to the period between 3rd and 8th century AD.
Then go to Bezeklic Caves in the valley of the Flaming Mountain. Among 77 caves, 40 of them remained with fragments of mostly Buddhist murals. First construction of the caves started in the 6th century and in the 9th century it served as the royal temple for the Uyghur Gaochang Kingdom.
In the afternoon we start with a visit to Jiaohe Ancient City, built in the 2nd BC on a long and narrow plateau with a river on each side, it served as a garrison town in Han Dynasty and it was prosperous in Tang Dynasty but was destroyed by war in the late XIII century.
Coming up is Karez, which is created by connecting a series of wells by tunnels to the foothills of the mountain so as to bring the underground water to the oasis.
Then your trip continues in Imin Minaret, which was built in 1777 in memory of Imin Hoja, the leader of Turpan, who is famous for being always at the head of his army to fight against rebellions. The surface of the minaret is beautifully decorated with brickwork.
Our service ends. (Option: take evening overnight train to Dunhuang.)
Day 1 Arrive in Urumqi by flight and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2 Visit the Heavenly Lake and the Xinjiang Museum. Evening flight to Kashgar.
Day 3 Drive along the Karakorum Highway to visit Karakuli Lake.
Day 4 Visit Abakhoja Tombs, Id Kah Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Fly back to Urumqi.
Day 5 Visit the Southern Mountain Pastureland and drive to Turpan.
Day 6 Visit Gaochang Ancient City, Astana Tombs, Bezeklic Caves, Jiaohe Ancient City, Karez Well and Imin Minaret. Our service ends here.
Hotels in Use:
Urumqi Mirage Hotel
Add: No.305, North Xinhua Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang, P. R. China 830002
Turpan Huo Zhou Hotel
Add: Shui Yun Plaza, Donghuan Road, Turpan, Xinjiang 838000
Kashgar Tianyuan International Hotel
Add: No.8 Eastern Renmin Road, Kashgar, Xinjiang
Inclusion & Exclusion
Accommodation with breakfast
Good vehicle with air-conditioner (experienced driver)
Fine English speaking tour guide
The first admission tickets to tour sites as listed
Air tickets for Urumqi-Kashgar-Urumqi (second-class)
Flight/train tickets to and out of Xinjiang
Any optional activities or tours
Tips to tour guide and driver
1. The tour program or listed hotels is subject to change before the tour booking done.
2. All meals except breakfast are NOT included. Our guide will assist you to select restaurant and order local well-known dish. Normally every meal cost RMB 35-50 per person.
3. Please leave us message through inquiry form, if you have any question. We are very glad to help you tailor China travel to fit your requests.
4. For the children at age <3, the land tour is free of charge if sharing one bed/seat with parents in hotels. For any air tickets included, the children need to pay actual cost charged by airline compay. For any question on price for kids, please contact us to get more details.
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