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Tour of Urumqi - Turpan - Shanshan

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Day01  Arrival in Urumqi
Meals: B L D

We will pick you up when you reach the airport or railway station in Urumqi. Then transfer to the hotel. After a short rest in the hotel, if time permit, we will go to visit the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar, the biggest bazaar in the world. You can see Islamic buildings, eat delicious local foods, or buy some local handicrafts at a bargain price.

Day 2  Urumqi-heavenly lake - Urumqi
Meals: B L D

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 hotel.

Day3  Urumqi - Turpan
Meals: B L D

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 4 Turpan - Shanshan
Meals: B L D

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.
After that, you will be guided to the villages of the Tuyugou Valley, which is regarded as ‘Little Mecca‘. You can see primitive Uygur residences and experience traditional local customs.

Then We will drive to Shanshan county to enjoy scenery of the Kumtag desert, You can have fun in the desert riding a camel, experiencing sand surfing or driving an off-road vehicle at your own expense. Taking photos of the endless desert and oasis from the top of sand dunes is a must-do activity , after sunset, we will transfer to the hotel, and enjoy the local life of the small city.

Day 5  Shanshan - Turpan- Urumqi
Meals: B L D

After breakfast, we will drive back along 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 justlocated 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 to a village nearby the flaming mountains, to experience the real life and the traditional food there.Then we will drive back to Urumqi for about four hours.After breakfast, we will drive back along 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 to a village nearby the flaming mountains, to experience the real life and the traditional food there. Then we will drive back to Urumqi for about four hours.

Day 6 end of the tour
Meals: B

It is the last day of your trip. Our guide will transfer you to the airport for your departing flight.

Day01 Arrival in Urumqi
Meals: B L D
Day 2 Urumqi-heavenly lake - Urumqi
Meals: B L D
Day3 Urumqi - Turpan
Meals: B L D
Day 4Turpan - Shanshan
Meals: B L D
Day 5 Shanshan - Turpan- Urumqi
Meals: B L D
Day 6end of the tour
Meals: B