10-Day Xinjiang Discovery Tours

  • Tour Code: CNXJ19

  • Destinations:Urumqi, Turpan, Kucha, Aksu, Kashgar, Karakul lake

  • Tour Type: Private Tour

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    Tour Highlights

    • Enjoy a nice hike in the Grand Canyon of Tianshan.
    • Enjoy the earliest Buddhism Art, Ancient Xinjiang Buddhism and the Silk Road center of Xinjiang.
    • Experience the live ancient Tuyuk Village with a lunch at a local house.
    • Visit the picturesque scenery of Heavenly Lake at the Tianshan Mountains.
    • Explore the ancient city of Jiaohe, which was built by digging down from the ground.
    • Enjoy the diversified cultural relics and mummies in Xinjiang Regional Museum.
    • Discover Kashgar by walking in the zigzagged streets of Old City.
    • Enjoy ancient cities perspectives by walking in the streets of Jaohe and Gaochang.
    • Admire the world famous Buddha paintings of Bizeklik Thousand Caves

    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 hub, educational,cultural and commercial center.
    Day 2
    Day Trip to Heavenly Lake and Visit Xinjiang Museum
    Meals:B,L,D
    Activities: Drive to Heavenly lake in the morning and visit Xinjiang Provincial Museum in the afternoon.
    Our guide and driver see you at the hotel lobby and Leave for Heavenly Lake after breakfast which is 115 kms (71 Miles) over two hours by vehicle.
    This beautiful and crystal-clear waters of Heavenly Lake is guarded by the Tianshan mountain and once you are at the like, you will have free time to roam around the lake, simply trekking up the mountains through the various valleys as long as you want. You can go for boating or take cable car (own expense) up to the top of the mountain for full scenery of the lake.
    You can have lunch with a local Kazak family or just pay them a visit! This is certainly the easiest way to understand the life of the Kazak people in such a short time.
    whenever you are ready at the lake, drive to Urumqi city and check into your hotel.
    In the afternoon, visit the Xinjiang Museum which houses an impressive collection of exhibits, covering artifacts and relics from more than 12 minority groups. By this way you have some understanding about Xinjiang and the Silk Road.
    Day 3
    Urumqi to Turpan
    Meals:B,L,D
    Activities: drive to Turpan after breakfast and visit Idikut (Gaochang) ancient city, Astana tombs, Toyuq village, Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves and Flaming Mountains.
    After breakfast, drive on the first-class highway to Turpan for about 2:30-3:00 hours. Once you arrive Turpan first check into the hotel, then we start our wonderful 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 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.
    Then 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 today.
    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 4
    Turpan to Kucha By Overnight Train
    Meals:B,L,D
    Activities: Visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigations system and Emin Minaret. Take overnight train to Kucha
    Following a hearty breakfast at the Hotel we start our wonderful day in Turpan. Our special itinerary today includes sightseeing in Turpan and take overnight train to Kucha.
    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 seeing around the ancient city, we’ll drive 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.
    Later 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”.
    End of the day Take overnight soft sleeper train to Kucha. The train journey is about 8:00 hours.
    Train Info
    This Tour includes one way train Journey from Turpan to Kucha which is about 8 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 5
    Kucha Tours For Whole Day
    Meals:B,L,D
    Activities: Visit Tianshan mysterious Grand Canyon, Kucha’s Grand mosque , old city, Subash Ancient Buddha ruins and Kizil Kagha Beacon tower
    In the morning visit Tianshan mysterious Grand Canyon which is located about 70km from Kucha city. The canyon is attractive not only for its colors but also the formation of the mountains. Today, Tianshan Great Canyon is regarded as one of the ten most beautiful in China.
    In the afternoon, we’ll spend some time at old city area and visit Kucha’s Grand mosque. The mosque was built in the 17th Century and roof of the mosque was constructed with 300,000 eggs, cement and bricks.
    Then head to the ancient city of Subash (2nd-3rd century A.D.) as well as the Ancient Kizil Kagha Beacon tower which is an ancient military outpost.
    Day 6
    Kucha (Kuqa) to Aksu
    Meals:B,L,D
    Activities: Drive to Aksu and visit Kizil Thousand Buddha caves on the way
    Check out the hotel and leave for Aksu via Baicheng County. On the way visit the Kizil Thousand Buddha caves which sit high on the cliffs over the Northern bank of the Muzat River, 75km (46miles) from Kucha city. It is one of the earliest treasure troves of Buddhist art as well as one of the four largest cave systems in China. In fact the caves were in use one century before the famous Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang. Here we will have lunch here and continue our journey until Aksu.
    Along the way, we drive through many rare and interestingly shaped mountains and we can stop for photo any time you like. Arrive in Aksu by dinner time and check into your hotel
    Day 7
    Aksu to Kashgar
    Meals:B,L,D
    Activities: Visit Shenmuyuanpark , Kiliq Hoja Tomb and drive to Kashgar
    After breakfast,first drive to Shenmu yuan forest park which is about 80Kms from Aksu city, Shenmuyaun means mysterious forest as there are many different shaped trees which the youngest tree is about 300 years old while the oldest is more than thousand years. This place is also known as Kermish Ata tomb by locals as an Islamic leader named Kirmish and his soldiers were buried here after they died on a holy war thousand years ago.
    When you are finished drive to Kashgar which is 550kms and takes about 7 hours.
    Day 8
    Day Trip to Karakul Lake
    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 Mountains and is one the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world. Return by late afternoon to Kashgar.
    Day 9
    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, Sunday market and dinner at a local Uighur family
    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.
    Finally, we wrap up one day Kashgar city tour with a dinner at a local family which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life, culture and traditions of Uighurs (only if it is available)
    Day 10
    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)
    • One way soft sleeper Train ticket from Turpan to Kucha
    • 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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