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4 Days In-depth Urumqi Holiday Tour

Southern Pasture Landscape and Kazak Culture Experience

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Do you prefer a leisure holiday in Urumqi, or want a unique Urumqi trip? Here is the tour. Our 4 Days Urumqi Tour aims to create a relaxing holiday for you. It is strongly recommended for families with kids, photographers and natural lovers. You will escape from the bustling downtown to the Tianchi Lake which is also known as the Heavenly Lake because of its alluring scenery, and peaceful Southern Pasture which is a wonderful place for summer retreat, family activities and natural joy. Both places are beautiful and large with many of your own spaces. There are friendly Kazak people making their nomad living there. If the time is right, you can even try many interesting things there, such as horse riding, visiting a Kazak yurt, dancing show, etc.

Highlights of this tour

  • Southern Pasture – the best place in Urumqi to escape from the city crowds to enjoy summer retreat, vast grassland landscape and Kazak culture;
  • Heavenly Lake (Tianchi) – one of the most beautiful lakes in Xinjiang, created by the melting ice water of Tianshan snow mountains, which has a stunning lake landscape, wild forest, verdant grassland…
  • Xinjiang Regional Museum – best museum in Xinjiang about the longlasting history and diverse culture of Xinjiang and Silk Road, famous for the rare “European” mummies.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Urumqi - Heavenly Lake - Southern Pasture
Travel Length:
Tour Code:
CD-XUT-04B
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureEcologicalPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Urumqi Arrival

Welcome to Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Autonomous Region. Meet your tour guide and driver at the airport/train station, then transfer a short while to the downtown of Urumqi. Check in to your hotel. The rest time is free for you to relax. Feel free to ask for recommendations of places to go from your guide.

How to get to Urumqi? currently you can take flights to Urumqi from Beijing (about 4 hours), Xian (about 3.5 hours), Shanghai (about 5.5 hours), Guangzhou (about 5 hours), Chengdu (about 3.5 hours), etc., or high speed trains from Turpan (about 2 hours), Dunhuang (about 4.5 hours), Lanzhou (about 11 hours), Xining (about 9.5 hours), etc.

Modern Urumqi city with Tianshan Mountains as background
Day 2 Urumqi - Heavenly Lake - Urumqi (B, L)

Today you are going to explore the Heavenly Lake (or Tianchi in Chinese) which is only about 70km away from Urumqi downtown. Your tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel, then drive about 1.5 hours to the scenic area of Heavenly Lake. To protect the authenticity of the natural environment, our private car can only bring you to the entrance of the park. You will then shift on to a park bus to the parking lot around the lake area. Walking about 15 minutes, you will get to the lakeside of the Heavenly Lake. The rest time is free for you to stroll along the periphery of the lake, breathe the remarkably fresh air, and soak in the wonderful scenery. With an altitude of 1980m, Heavenly Lake and its alluring surrounding truly offer you a visual feast like heaven, featuring in serene alpine lake, rugged slopes with snow-capped mountains, pure glaciers, wild forest, vast grassland as well as unique ethnic culture.

Generally speaking, there are three ways to explore Heavenly Lake. You can go to walk around the lake, take a boat cruise, or ride cable car to the mountain top. If time allows, you can even enjoy all the experiences. The Boat cruise and cable car need extra fees. Tell your preference to your guide who will then arrange accordingly for you.

- Walking around the lake. Plank roads were constructed to encircle the lake. But since the lake is very large, it takes about 5 hours to finish the circle. You can decide the hiking length on your own according to your physical condition and time. Fee: free.

- Boat Cruise on the lake. It is very popular among travelers to take a boat cruising to the deeper area of the lake and back, which is leisure and scenic. There are modern ships, Chinese-style ships and high-speed boats available with different prices. Fee: about CNY 100.

- Panoramic view from Maya Mountain. If you want more landscape, you can take a cable car up to Maya Mountain where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Heavenly Lake and closer view of Tianshan Mountain Range. Fee: about CNY 220.

After the landscape trip, take park bus to exit the park, and drive back to Urumqi.

Stunning scenery of Heavenly Lake of Tianshan Green mountains at the lakeside of Heavenly Lake (August) Grandiose view of Tianshan Mountains from Heavenly Lake
Day 3 Urumqi - Southern Pasture - Urumqi (B, L)

Today, you are going to be pleased by lovely grassland, pasture and Kazak culture. After breakfast, drive about 1.5 hours to the Southern Pasture. Located about 1000m higher than Urumqi on the northern slope of Tianshan Mountains, Southern Pasture has been the popular summer retreat for Urumqi people for centuries due to its cool weather, fresh air and lovely scenery.

You will visit the most highlighting West Baiyanggou Scenic Area where thick firs and pines cover all over the hillside, little streams flow through the craggy stones, Kazakh yurts are dotted in the vast grassland. Wulasitai Grassland is the No. 1 sight you cannot miss. Wild flowers and green grass spread over the left slope of the grassland while the right slope is covered by prosperous forest and cornfield. There is also a 70m high Shenbulake Waterfall hanging on a cliff like a white slice, which is stunning and amazing. To enrich your experience, you can ride horse to experience the quiet and serene natural scenery (optional activity with extra cost), or just lie down on the soft meadow under the warm sunshine, watch the eagle hovering in the sky, and enjoy the Kazakh performances by the local people. It is a rare cozy that you won't have in fast-paced city life.

After the pasture exploration, drive back to Urumqi.

Useful tips: 1) the best time to visit Southern Pasture is June ~ August; 2) please wear properly according to your time and weather condition. Keeping warm and protect yourself from the strong ultraviolet light and strong wind. 3) Sightseeing car with extra cost is available if you get tired of walking or want to save time.

Walking on the grassland of West Baiyanggou Scenic Area of Southern Pasture Riding a horse in the Southern Pasture
Day 4 Urumqi Departure (B, L)

This morning after breakfast, you will be taken to have an educational visit to the Xinjiang Regional Museum. It is the most important ancient Silk Road themed museum in China which exhibits about 50,000 historical relics including more than 400 National First-class relics (60% of the total in Xinjiang). Among all the exhibitions, the most unique exhibition is the Mummy Hall. It collects 10 more than 4000 years old mummies which were mostly found in Loulan Ancient Kingdom Ruin and preserved almost intact. Loulan Princess, the most famous mummy in the museum, will definitely strike you with its typical European face. All these important exhibitions help you learn deep into the history and culture of Xinjiang as well as ancient Silk Road.

Continuing your Urumqi city tour, you will move to Red Hill Park which is regarded as the symbol of Urumqi. It is the most popular place for the locals to relax and gather. For travelers, it is a great place to experience folk culture and living style. Finding a higher location in the park, you are rewarded with a pleasant panoramic view of Urumqi city. Leaving the Red Hill Park, you will get to Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar to enjoy a leisure stroll. If you want to purchase some souvenirs, here is the best place.

The rest of today is free for you to relax until you are escorted to catch your flight/train to the next destination. Tour ends.

Uygur dancers at Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar Loulan Princess mummy in Xinjiang Regional Museum

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Your Xinjiang tour is not complete without Kashgar. It is the best place in Xinjiang to experience authentic Xinjiang culture as well as ancient Silk Road atmosphere. In Kashgar, you can stroll leisurely around the Kashgar Bazaar to find the trading tradition that has lasted more than 1500 years on the Silk Road and experience the Livestock Market if you are in Kashgar on Sunday, explore the traditional living quarter of local Uyghur people and enjoy a relaxing tea time in the Ancient Tea House, drive out the town to enter into a magnificent world of landscape and adventure – Pamirs' beautiful Karakul Lake and Muztagh Ata, the “father of glaciers” .

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