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8 Days Xinjiang Classic Tour(Urumqi - Turpan - Kashgar)

Urumqi - Turpan - Kashgar

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  • Jiaohe Ancient City
  • Id Kah Mosque
  • Heaven lake
  • Jiaohe Ancient City
  • Id Kah Mosque
  • Heaven lake
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CD-XCT-08
Tour Type:
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Overview:
Connect golden-triangle destinations in Xinjiang - Urumqi, Turpan and Kashgar which are all important historical cities along the ancient Silk Road. Urumqi is the mixture of modern city and stunning nature scenery; Turpan has spectacular desert views, lush grape valley, Buddhist caves; Kashgar is famous for its prosperous market of Silk Road & Muslim culture center.
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Highlights

Visit:
Heaven lake
Xinjiang Regional Museum
Jiaohe Ancient City
Bezeklik Caves
 
Abakh Khoja Tomb
Id Kah Mosque
Kashgar Old Town
Karakul Lake
Experience:
Urumqi - mixture of modern city and stunning nature scenery;
Turpan - spectacular desert views, lush grape valley, Buddhist caves;
Kashgar - prosperous market of Silk Road & Muslim culture center.

Sampling Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Urumqi Arrival

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Welcome to Xinjiang! Your tour guide will meet you at the Urumqi Airport. Then be escorted to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is yours to explore the mysterious city on the Silk Road.

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Day 2 Urumqi - Tianchi Lake ( B,L )

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After breakfast, drive to visit the beautiful Heaven lake. It is located on the Heaven Mountain. In ancient fairytale, it was the fairyland where the Heavenly Queen lived. It is the best summer resort in Xinjiang. Cruising on a boat, enjoying the breathtaking picturesque views of inverted reflection of snow mountains, flourishing plants and blooming flowers around the lake. 

Drive back to Urumqi.

Heaven lake
Day 3 Urumqi – Turpan (B,L )

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This morning we drive to the “fire land” – Turpan(3hrs), famous for its melons and vineyards.

The first attraction for today is the brilliant project - Karez System which is special kind of irrigation system consisting of vertical wells, underground canals, ground canals and waterlogging pond. The  vertically dug wells are linked together to channel the water which occur during summer rain season, or melt from snow mountains of Tianshan range to desired farmlands on the ground. After the Karez visiting, tranfer to tour anther famous relic - the Jiaohe Ancient City which used to be the capital city of the former Cheshi State. It is renowned as the "perfect ruin of earth building" because it has been well preserved for almost two thousand years. Last activity for today is to visit the Emin Minaret. It is a elegant and innovative Islamic pagodaby built by the duke Emin Hezhuo to express his devotion to the lord Allah.  Emin Minaret looks like a awl which is 44 meter high. Nearby, there is an ornate mosque.

Jiaohe Ancient City
Day 4 Turpan - Urumqi ( B,L )

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After breakfast, go to visit the Flaming Mountains. Stretching about 100km, Flaming Mountain is covered by red sandstones which look like flaming fire. Want to get rid of the heat of Flaming Mountains? Transfer to enjoy the pleasant cool of the Grape Valley where you can also taste delicious grapes and other fruits.

In the afternoon, you will explore the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Its highlight is about 40 large wall paintings covering more than 1,200 square meters which have different themes, such as the Gaochang Kingdom, Buddhism, etc.

Drive back to Urumqi.

Turpan Grape Valley
Day 5 Urumqi - Kashgar (B, L)

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After breakfast, you will take early morning flight from Urumqi to Kashgar. Once arrival at airport, your tour guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel in Kashgar.

After lunch, you will firstly visit the Abakh Khoja Tomb which used to be the family graveyard of the powerful ruler, Abakh Khoja, in 17th century. Then transfer to next attraction - the famous Kashgar Bazaar. As one of the most importance cities along the Silk Road, Kashgar has always been a very important trading center. Even in today, Kashgar Bazaar is still the busiest bazaars in Xinjiang.

Sunday Bazaar
Day 6 Kashgar - Karakul Lake (B, L)

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After breakfast, drive about 190km to visit the famous Karakul Lake. It seats at the foot of the Muztagh Ata (7546m), and along the China Pakistan Highway.  At an altitude of 3600m, Karakul Lake is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau. It also features in the amazing combination of lake and snow mountain views. At its surrounding, there are three giant mountains - Muztagh Ata (7546m), Kongur Tagh (7649m) and Kongur Tiube (7530m) which remain snow-covered throughout the year.  

Drive back to Kashgar City.

Tranquil Karakul Lake in October
Day 7 Kashgar & Flight to Urumqi ( B,L )

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After breakfast, you will visit the Id Kah Mosque which is the holy land for the Muslims. Every day, there are thousands of Muslims worshipping here. In the history, Id Kah Mosque used to be a school where taught Islam culture. Many scholars and honored clergies graduated from here. Following activity is to visit the Old Town of Kashgar City where you will experience the authentic uygur life style.

Afterwards, take a flight to Urumqi.

Kashgar Old Town
Day 8 Urumqi Departure ( B )

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After breakfast, you will go to visit the Xinjiang Regional Museum which is an integrated museum, located in the Urumqi City. It is a beautiful building decorated by Uygur style, and has more than 5,000 arts and history relics. It features in three exhibition hall: Ethnic Exhibition, History Reclics Exhibition and Mummy Exhibition.

The rest time is free until your tour guide escort you to airport or train station.

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Hi Leo,

I hope you and your family are healthy. I know the tourism industry has been hit hard in China, but I read in the news that life is getting back to normal.

My family is safe here in the US, and I am fortunate to have a remote job during these times. Since everything is picking back up in China, I would be happy to finally write a review for you. I apologize, I have forgotten where I was to write that review, can you please send again?
Take care,

Molly Sharp

Molly Sharp - 2020.03.26‚ , March 26, 2020

Thankyou Vivien and the team,

My mum and I are in Spain where I live and we have been in total lockdown for 11 days now and have at least another 19 days, we have to stay at home other than going to supermarket for essentials or pharmacy.

We loved our cruise and I actually wrote a blog about our whole trip so other people can do it and I added a link to your company

I am glad to hear it is improving in China and hope this passes quickly so next year we can come back to your lovely country

Saludos

Saludos - 2020.03.24‚ , March 24, 2020

Hello Vivien,

Thank you very much for your warm wishes and for sending this information. It is an interesting read and it does very much agree with the advice we are getting here in the UK. Yes, we are well but as we are in the early stages of the pandemic here in UK it remains a worrying time.

Of course, we have also been watching the situation in China and are pleased that things seem to be moving back towards normal. Our daughter Stephanie who works in Fuzhou was at home in the UK for a month following the outbreak and the closure of public schools in China after the New Year celebrations. She intended visiting for just one week but while she was home the outbreak spread around China and so she remained here. Her school have started teaching on-line and she has been able to do that.

Hearing that the situation was starting to get better in China, she was anxious to return and so she left home on the 15th of March. Unfortunately, she arrived in Haikou, en-route from Hong Kong to Fuzhou, and was caught by the 14-day quarantine for passengers arriving in China that started last Monday. She is now one week into her enforced stay before she will be allowed to fly to Fuzhou. However, although obviously a bit lonely, she is well and quite comfortable in the hotel, and is able to continue her on-line teaching. She is due to continue her travel next Tuesday, 31 March, and is now looking forward to re-joining her colleagues. And it does seem that she left here just in time as we are now starting a period of lockdown.

We do still have flights booked for a future visit to China in May but we have not made any plans yet because we do not know if we will be able to travel. If we can travel then we will contact you nearer the time to help with bookings – no doubt it has been a very quiet time for you recently.

It is a very difficult time for everybody. We are doing our best to heed the advice, as no doubt you have done. Thank you again for your message and we send you our very best wishes for the future.

Sincerely,

Chris & Jude

Chris & Jude - 2020.03.24‚ , March 24, 2020
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Heaven lake
Heaven lake

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Jiaohe Ancient City
Jiaohe Ancient City

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Turpan Grape Valley
Turpan Grape Valley

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Sunday Bazaar
Sunday Bazaar

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Tranquil Karakul Lake in October
Tranquil Karakul Lake in October

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Kashgar Old Town
Kashgar Old Town

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