8-Day From Xi‘an To Kashgar Tours

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Karez underground irrigation channels one of the three Great Projects in China.
  • Visit mysterious Crescent Lake in the middle of Gobi Desert.
  • Enjoy the greatest archaeological discoveries of Terra-Cotta Warriors in China.
  • Visit the exquisite murals and sculptures at the Mogao Caves.
  • Visit a unique combination Chinese and Islamic architecture of the Great Mosque of Xi’an.
  • Explore the culture, history and see the real life of Kashgar in the Old City.
  • Enjoy ancient cities perspectives by walking in the streets of Jaohe and Gaochang.

Day 1
Arrive in Xi’an
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Pick up you from airport and transfer to your Hotel
Our professional, friendly local guide will meet you with experienced driver at the airport and transfer to your hotel. It takes about one hour to your hotel from airport. Rest of the day is your time to explore this ancient city by yourself.
It is said, if you want to see 800 years of China’s history, visit Beijing; if you want to see 3000 years of China’s history, go to Xi’an. The root of Chinese history and culture remains there. It used to be the ancient capital of many dynasties and the starting point of Silk Road in China.
Day 2
Explore Xi’an for whole day
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit famous Terra-cotta warriors, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda, Grand Hui mosque and city wall.
After breakfast we start our wonderful one day tour with a visit to Terra-cotta warriors which is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. This site is about an hour drive from Xi’an city. we spend whole morning there and drive to Bell Tower after lunch. Bell tower is located in downtown area, it is a Chinese traditional building and geographical center of the ancient capital, best preserved and largest wooden tower in China.
After seeing the Wall for about an hour we continue our tour to wild goose Pagoda which is a well preserved ancient holy building for Buddhism.
later visit the Hui grand mosque located in Hui minority area, construction of the mosque has rich Chinese features combined with Arabic style. It is one of the oldest and largest mosque in China. Finally drive to Xi’an city wall which is the symbol of Xi’an and the most ancient existing city wall in China until today.
We tour the Wall for a few hours by walking around or riding bicycle as your like (on your own expenses).
Day 3
Xi’an to Dunhuang
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Fly to Dunhuang and visit Crescent lake and Sounding Sand mountain
After breakfast at the hotel , drive to Xi’an airport for your flight to Dunhuang and our driver and guide from Dunhuang pick up you from Dunhuang airport and have lunch first.
After lunch, visit Mysterious Crescent lake which its name derives from the crescent moon shaped by the small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. Here you’ll have chance to ride camels across the sand dunes of Sounding Sand mountain which makes sounds when the wind blows (camel is on your own expenses). If you like enjoy the sunset and back to hotel later
Day 4
Dunhuang to Turpan
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: After breakfast Visit Mogao Grottoes; After lunch fast speed train to Turpan
We spend the whole morning at Mogao Grottoes which were constructed over a millennium ago from the 4th to 14th centuries. The caves are also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves with two distinctions of being one of the most notable grottoes in China as well as the best-preserved treasure house of Buddhist art, sutras, murals and sculptures in the world.
After lunch drive Dunhuang fast speed train station for your journey to Turpan which is about 3:30 hours train ride. Our Turpan local driver/guide will pick up you from Turpan railway station and transfer to your hotel.
Day 5
Turpan For Whole Day
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Idikut (Gaochang) ancient city, Astana tombs, Toyuq village, Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves and Flaming Mountains
After breakfast 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 one hour in this ancient city and then drive to Karakhoja Astana tombs, a Tang-dynasty burial ground which is also known as the “Underground Museum”. Astana means “capital” in the Uighur language and Karakhoja is a name of a legendary hero of an ancient Uighur Kingdom who saved his people by killing a vicious dragon.
Move on to Toyuq 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 of the day.
After lunch visit Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves which used to be an important center for Buddhist worshipers under the Xizhou Huigu government of the Idikut (Gaochang) Kingdom.
On the way back to the hotel 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”.
Day 6
Turpan to Urumqi/Kashgar
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigations system and Emin Minaret. After lunch take bullet train to Urumqi and catch your flight to Kashgar
After breakfast at the Hotel, Our guide and driver will pick up you from your hotel
First we 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 walking around the ancient city, we’ll head on to see the world famous Karez 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.
Finally visit Emin Sulaiman 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.”
Finally take fast speed train to Urumqi which is about an hour journey. our driver will pick up you from Urumqi train station and transfer to airport for your flight to Kashgar
Day 7
Explore Kashgar City
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Grand mosque, Apak Hoja tomb (which is also called Fragrant Concubine Tomb), Old city walking tours, livestock market and Sunday market
Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First visit livestock market which happens on every Sunday and people bring their horses, sheep, goats, camels,cows,bulls,yaks and donkeys to the market for sale. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people, study traditional local market culture, test-drive a donkey or horse or even make its shoes. Like opening a window, today is a real glimpse into a time lost in the annals of the Silk Road’s past and an opportunity not to be missed.
Later move on to Sunday market main Bazaar which is considered one of the largest market in Central Asia. From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals. Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best chance to practice your bargaining skills.
After lunch spend some time by the Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb).
We’ll also spend time in the Kashgar Old Town and have some walking tours through some ancient historical parts; Stop at a century-old tea house for a short break and taste local medicinal teas such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Day 8
Kashgar To Your Next Destination
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: See you off at Kashgar airport
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