Turpan for whole day
Meals: B, L, D
Activities:Visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city,Toyuq village,Flaming Mountain Karez underground Irrigation system and Emin Minaret
After breakfast,we start our tour in Turpan with a visit to 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 and residential houses are still visible and time there is a time spent in a long lost world.
After an hour of walking around the ancient city,Move on to Toyuq village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and lunch with a local family at their home. This could be the highlight of your tour of the day.
After lunch, we’ll visit 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.
on the way, we will stop at the Flaming Mountain which people claimed to be the hottest and driest on the silk road that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come” (just on the road side for photo)
Finally the Emin Suliman minaret which is a magnificent combination of an ancient Uighur and Islamic architecture. It is the tallest ancient Minaret in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient tower in the country. Locals call it “pure tower”.