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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
Tour Code:
CD-XCT-08
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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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 fairy tale, 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, transfer 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 a thousand years. Last activity for today is to visit the Emin Minaret. It is an elegant and innovative Islamic pagoda built by the duke Emin Hezhuo to express his devotion to the lord Allah.  Emin Minaret looks like a awl which is 44 meters 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 190 km 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 3600 m, 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 Rita.

Yes I’m aboard the train for Guangzhou. It was a really great trip. I have recommended my colleagues to visit and to contact you if they do.

Simon - 2020.06.30‚ UK, June 30, 2020

Hi Wonder

I hope things are returning to normal for you and that the impact in your business of covid-19 has not been too depressing. Please forgive my tardy response, for which there is no excuse!

I flew from Shanghai to Saigon just 3 days before the flights were banned and managed to spend a great 4 weeks travelling through Cambodia and Thailand as well as re-entering Vietnam in Hanoi and touring back to Saigon for a week returning to UK on 22 February, where I completed 2 weeks of self isolation with my wife. As you will know we have been locked down for 9 weeks now so life is very different to how it was before I left for China back on 12 January! I have inserted my answers to your questions below and hope they are helpful to you.

1. Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Wonder Wang, at China Discovery, was very helpful and responsive to my questions and needs and I felt supported and safe in a strange land, especially during a period of uncertainty when I lost key documentation and needed to ensure its replacement before I left China, and also during a time when many around us were conscious of the emerging coved 19 pandemic (Mid to late January 2020).

2. How’s the service of the tour guides during your whole tour?

Very attentive and knowledgeable. Maybe it’s my age (67) but at times I found understanding their English a challenge but they were all patient with me and would repeat their explanations when I asked them to. 

3. Would you like to recommend our company?

 I have no hesitation in recommending China Discovery to anyone looking for a bespoke trip to the land of Wonder that is China.

Thanks again for all you did for me during the China leg of my trip. I had a wonderful time.

Take great care and best wishes

Simon

Simon - 2020.05.25‚ UK, May 25, 2020

Hi Zeva,

Thanks for Advise, you also take care of yourself. Hoping we will be in touch, after this episode. You have blessed time, till we contact again.

Bobby

Bobby - 2020.03.14‚ , March 14, 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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