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Day 1 Arrive in Urumqi and explore the exotic city
Welcome to Xinjiang! Your tour guide will meet you at the Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport. Then be escorted to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is yours to explore the mysterious city on the Silk Road.
Day2 Urumqi - Turpan
After breakfast, we will take a 3 hours drive to Turpan, you can see the forest of wind mills and the salty lake along the Gobi desert. after getting to Turpan, we first go to visit the Karez System, a unique irrigation system, and one of the three greatest ancient projects in China. Then we will visit the Ancient City of Jiaohe which was built of rammed earth entirely. Standing in the ruins, you can imagine the past glory of the city 2,300 years ago. After that, our trip continues to Emin Minaret - a landmark of Turpan . The adjoining mosque is large enough to hold more than 1,000 people. Afterwards, we go to check into the hotel in Turpan. After dinner, you can walk around in the city to enjoy the local people’s life of the ‘fire prefecture’.
Day 3 Turpan - Urumqi
After checking out, we drive about 40km to the Ancient City of Gaochang, which was called the sister city of Jiaohe, It was founded in the 1st century BC, but largely destroyed by war in the late 13th century. You can still find ruins of city walls, temples, forts and chambers there.
then drive to the Flaming Mountains which runs 100km in length from Turpan city location, A famous novel”Journey to the west” tells a story happened here about the Monkey king. And the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves is just located on the cliffs of the Mutougou valley in the Flaming Mountains. There are large number of Buddha images on the murals , and the spectacular scenary of the landscape in the valley can also astonish you.
After that, we will drive back to Urumqi for about four hours.
Day04 Urumqi-heavenly lake - Kashgar
After breakfast, we first drive to the Xinjiang Regional Museum, because it usually be closed after 4 pm, here you can see three main exibition halls: the hall of history about the western region, the hall of 13 ethnic groups traditional life, and the typical mummy hall where you can see the famous ancient corpse of ‘Loulan Beauty‘ .
Then we will drive to the heavenly lake. Here you will be amazed at the picturesque scenery of Heavenly Lake reflecting the azure sky and floating clouds. In the late afternoon, we will drive back to the Urumqi airport, take flight to kashgar. and transfer to hotel.
Day5 Kashgar city tour
After breakfast, our guide will show you around Kashgar‘s Old Town where you can see and feel Uygur culture. Then we will walk to Id Kah Mosque, one of the largest mosques in China, presenting typical Islamic architectural features.
the Abakh Khoja Tomb which once served for the Khoja Family, the powerful ruler of Kashgar in the 17th century. It is also the resting place for Emperor Qianlong‘s favored concubine - the Fragrant Concubine.
At last, you can dive into the bustling Kashgar bazaar (Sunday Market) to have a bargaining shopping experience and try some yummy local snacks. If happened on a Sunday, there will be another animal trading market for locals to exchange livestock.
Day 6 Kashgar - Karakuri Lake - kashgar
We will take a leisure adventure to the Pamir Plateau, On the way to Tashkorgan, we visit the Karakuri Lake, literally meaning the ‘black sea‘. This huge alpine lake with an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,800 feet) reflects the mysterious and lofty Muztagata nearby. With the Muztagata covered by white snow and reflecting in the lake, you will be astonished by this breathtaking beauty of picture. After we will drive the same way back and check in.
Day7 Departure from Kashgar
It is the last day of your trip. Our guide will transfer you to the airport for your departing flight. There are direct flights from Kashgar to some major cities in China, like Xian, Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. You can also transit at Urumqi Airport to countries in Central Asia, such as Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. We hope you will have had a great time in Xinjiang!