7-Day Xinjiang Cultural Tours

  • Tour Code: CNXJ04

  • Destinations:Urumqi; Turpan; Kashgar; Karakoram Highway; Karakul lake; Tashkorgan

  • Tour Type: Private Tour

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Tour Highlights

  • Experience the live ancient Tuyuk Village with a lunch at a local house.
  • Visit the picturesque scenery of Heavenly Lake at the Tianshan Mountains.
  • Understand the secrets of the longest ancient underground irrigation system Karez.
  • Visit the vast grassland and stone fort in Tashkorgan roof of the world.
  • Enjoy the most interesting livestock market on the Silk Road.
  • Admire the construction art of tallest minaret of China.

Day 1
Arrive in Urumqi
Meals:No Meals
Activities: Warmly welcome you at Urumqi airport and transfer to your hotel
Our guide will pick you up from Urumqi airport and accompany you to your Hotel. For the first day in Xinjiang you are free to explore on you own as you will.
Urumqi is the capital city of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of the people’s republic of China. It is located in the north – west of the country. Urumqi was a major hub on the Silk Road during China’s Tang dynasty and developed its reputation as a leading cultural and commercial center during the Qing dynasty. Literal translation of Urumqi means “beautiful pasture” in Mongolian language. It is the largest city in China’s western region. Since 1990s Urumqi has developed economically and now serves as a regional transport, educational,cultural and commercial center.
Day 2
Urumqi to Turpan
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Drive to Tupan and visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigations system and Emin Minaret
After breakfast, drive to Turpan on the first-class highway for about 2.5 hours. Once you arrive Turpan first visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient City which is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China. The ruins of the buildings are divided into temples, civilian dwellings and government offices. Workshops,residential houses and the streets are still visible and time there is a time spent in a long lost world.
After an hour of touring around the ancient city, we’ll drive on to see the world famous Karez Underground Irrigation System, unique to this part of the world. The system is considered as one of the three great projects in China with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal.
Then visit Emin Suliman minaret which is a magnificent combination of ancient Uighur and Islamic architecture. It is the tallest ancient tower in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient minaret in the country. Locals call it “pure tower”.
Day 3
Turpan Tours And Take Overnight Train To Kashgar
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Idikut (Gaochang) ancient city, Toyuq village, Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves; Flaming Mountains and Drive to Turpan train station for your overnight train to Kashgar
We start our exciting day in Turpan with a visit to the ancient city of Idikut (Gaochang). The city was first built in the first Century BC and later became capital of the Idikut (Gaochang) Uighur Kingdom in the 8th Century.
We’ll spend about 40 minutes in this ancient city then drive to Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves which used to be an important center for Buddhist worshipers under the Xizhou Huigu government of the Idikut (Gaochang) Kingdom.
Later Move on to Toyup village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and have lunch with a local family at their home. This could be the highlight of your tour today.
After lunch we drive to Urumqi airport for your flight to Kashgar.
On the way to Urumqi, we will stop at the Flaming Mountains which people claimed to be the hottest and driest along the silk road that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come”.
End of the day drive to Turpan Railway station for your overnight train to Kashgar. It is about 16 hours train journey.
Train Info
Train Journey from Turpan to Kashgar is about 16-18 hours. We book first class soft sleeper tickets, there are 4 beds in one compartment, this tour includes one ticket per person. so if you are less than 4 people and want to get all 4 beds, you have to pay for the rest of beds then you can stay privately without any other strangers. please let us know when you make booking.

Day 4
Arrive Kashgar And Explore Kashgar City
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Pick up you from railway station and visit Grand mosque; Apak Hoja tomb (which is also called Fragrant Concubine Tomb); Old city walking tours; livestock market; Sunday market and dinner at a local Uighur family countryside of Kashgar.
Our guide and driver will pick up you from Kashgar railway station and start the tour. First visit Livestock market which is the most interesting and traditional part of the Sunday market; Then drive to one of the largest bazaar in Central Asia Kashgar Sunday Bazaar;
After lunch visit the Id Kah mosque which is the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Mausoleum which is also called Fragrant concubine tomb.
We’ll also spend some time in the Old City walking in its zizagged endless streets.
Finally have dinner in a local Uighur family to taste real family foods and deeply understand local life and culture.
Day 5
Kashgar to Tashkorgan
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Drive along the KKH, Stop at Opal Village, Oytagh Kunlunshan Colorful mountain range, Gaz Valley and check point, Bulungkol Valley (white sand mountain), Karakul lake and local Kyrgyz family visit
We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world)visit Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level). The lake sits at the foot of the notorious, Muztagh Ata (7546m) and Gongur (7719m) mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountain and is one of the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world.
Lunch will be at local Kyrgyz family or at the lake side restaurant as your like.
You can stop along the way at good spots for photos as much as you like or hiking around Karakul lake for a few hours. Our driver and guide never mind for your many stops or spending time for hiking
Arrive Tashkorgan in the late afternoon and stay overnight
Day 6
Tashkorgan to Kashgar
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Stone Fort, Tajik village, Hike on the Grassland and drive back to Kashgar after lunch
Tashkurgan Tajik autonomous county was once an important hub on the old Silk Road. The area borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan  via the Kunjerab Pass and Wahan Corridor.
After breakfast, you’ll have an opportunity to see the town’s ancient Stone Fort – still standing after 2200 years! ‘Tashkurgan’ is a translation of ‘Stone Fort.’ Later Hike on the grassland next to the Stone Fort.
After lunch, drive back to Kashgar and you can make stops along the way if you like.
Day 7
Kashgar To Your Next Destination
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: See you off at Kashgar airport
Today is the last day of your tour with us, so we hope this shouldn’t be the last. We strive to make every day of your time with us the one that you’ll always remember and if you’d like to book some other tours please Contact us for more information

Tour price

  • Our Tour prices are seasonal, and we are specialized in organizing private tours, if you are interested in this tour, please let us know the time of your travel; the number of the PAX; the hotel star rating and other info as detailed as possible.
    So One of our tour consultants will contact you within 24 hours with more details.

Service Includes

  • Air-conditioned private Vehicle for whole land transportation
  • Private excellent English speaking local Tour guides
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary (one room shared by two people)
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee for the sights as listed in the program (including shuttle bus)
  • Expenses of the guides, drivers and vehicles (Accommodation and meals for guide and driver; Highway fee, oil and parking fees for the car)
  • First class soft sleeper train from Turpan to Kashgar
  • Visa support

Service excludes

  • Tips for the guides and drivers
  • Beverages
  • Arrival and Departure flights
  • Chinese visa
  • Personal excursions like horse or camel riding at the spots or boating Etc.

Trip Notes

  • Here are some notes for the above tour. If you want to make any changes according to your personal request , please let us know , one of our tour specialist will tailor make your tour just for your needs

1. Accommodation

  • —Different types of Hotels are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in best locations, good value 3-star hotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region.
    —Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds at the hotels listed above
    All hotels listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities
    –If you have any special requests for hotels, please let us know, our travel experts will try to meet your requests and find out the perfect one for you.

2. Meals

  • Breakfast is usually at the hotels. Lunch and dinners will be provided at good conditioned, clean local restaurants or tourist restaurants.
    You can also taste authentic local dishes of different minorities along the Silk Road.
    sometime also arrange local family meals wherever it is possible to let you deeply understand local life and culture. You Could also join the cooking if you like.

3. Transportation

  • Air-conditioned good conditioned vehicles for whole land transportation including Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing. China is a big country, distance from one city to another is a long way to drive, so We usually arrange flights or trains to your destinations.

4. Drivers and Car Types

  • All of our tour guides are very experienced and helpful, who could create unique and unforgettable experiences to share with you.
    Our tours include excellent English-speaking local tour guides in each destination, so they don’t travel with you on the trains or flights. But our driver/guide always pick up you from railway stations or airports with “your name” on a welcome board.

    All of our drivers are experienced tourism licensed who are very helpful, friendly and easy going.
    We provide following cars for the tour:
    1. 1-2 PAX: Sedan, SUV or MPV
    2. 3-5 PAX: MPV
    3. 6-8 PAX: 13-15-Seater minibus
    4. 9-10 PAX: 17-22 Seater Minibus
    5. 11 or more PAX: 33 seater or bigger coaches.

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