How to Get to Xinjiang & around Xinjiang by Flight, Train, Car 2021

Xinjiang is China’s largest provincial administrative region and a multi-ethnic border area in Northwestern China. Between its famous three mountains and two basins, there are many charming tourist resources, including spectacular natural scenery of Heavenly Lake of Tianshan Mountains, fairyland Kanas, green corridor - Turpan Grape Valley, grassland in the sky - Narati Grassland, etc, lots of cultural relics along the ancient Silk Road and rich ethnic customs. No matter you’re planning a trip to Xinjiang for nature or culture, here we provide you with the most detailed and helpful Xinjiang transportation guide. You can read different transports and our advice that combines your about-to-visit destinations and departure city to find the best way to go.

Where is Xinjiang located in China?

Xinjiang lies in northwestern China, Eurasia inland, borders Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, altogether 8 Asian countries with a land boundary of 5,742.1 km. Inside China, Xinjiang is adjacent to Gansu, Qinghai and Tibet from east to south. At present, taking a flight or a train is the most popular and convenient way to get to Xinjiang. A road trip to Xinjiang along the national highways is doable but more popular among Chinese domestic tourists. Travelers from neighboring countries can enter Xinjiang via an an open land border port. Transfer service, tour guide and services from a local experienced travel agency, like China Discovery, are highly suggested for you to enjoy a wonderful travel experience.

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Get to Xinjiang by Air - Xinjiang Airports & Flights to Xinjiang

Currently, Xinjiang has 22 airports (including 2 international airports) in service and over 10 new airports are under planning or construction. Undoubtedly, Xinjiang has the largest number of civil aviation airports in China among all provinces. There are more than 250 airlines operating between Xinjiang and nearly 80 domestic cities and 25 international (regional) destinations. Meanwhile, provincial flights between different cities in Xinjiang are also operated for travel convenience.

Urumqi Diwopu International Airport is the most important and frequently used airport in Xinjiang, because it has the maximum number of flight routes with major tourist cities in China, like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xiamen, etc., and more international flights. After arrival, tourists often use the airport as a transfer center to Kashgar and other long-distance destinations in Xinjiang. Besides, Kashgar Airport with many domestic air routes is often used by travelers too, especially those who want to start Xinjiang tour from Kashgar, or spend more time in and around Kashgar and Southern Xinjiang. Moreover, there are some other destinations in Xinjiang that have airports and direct flights to the areas, for example, Burqin Kanas Airport, Turpan Jiaohe Airport, Karamay Airport, Bole Alashankou Airport, Ili Yining Airport, Korla Airport, Hotan Airport, Shache Airport, Kucha Airport.

Take a Flight to Xinjiang

Tianshan Mountains Viewed from An Airplane to Urumqi ©juicejoe /xiaohongshu

Major Xinjiang airports & domestic flight routes:

Airport Destinations
Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (IATA:URC) Outside Xinjiang: Beijing, Ngari, Baotou, Chongqing, Changchun, Chengdu, Changsha, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Harbin, Hangzhou, Hohhot, etc.
Inside Xinjiang: Burqin, Altay, Aksu, Bole, Fuyun, Hotan, Karamay, Korla, Shache, Tacheng, etc.
Kashgar Airport (IATA:KHG) Outside Xinjiang: Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Changsha, Guangzhou, Jiayuguan, Ngari, Jinan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Xian, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou.
Inside Xinjiang: Urumqi, Yining, Aksu, Bole, Hotan, Kucha, Korla, Shache, Tumxuk, tec.
Turpan Jiaohe Airport ( IATA:TLQ) Outside Xinjiang: Lanzhou, Baotou.
Inside Xinjiang: Korla
Burqin Kanas Airport (IATA:KJI) Urumqi, Altay, Fuyun, Bole (all are in Xinjiang)

Note: We list some Xinjiang airports and flights above for your reference. You can contact us 970 to check detailed flight time, schedule and other Xinjiang airports and airways to plan your air travel to Xinjiang.

Get to Xinjiang by Train - Xinjiang Railways and Trains

Xinjiang can be reached by train as well. The main railway linking Xinjiang with other parts of China is the Lanzhou Urumqi High Speed Railway (Lanxin High Speed Railway), an upgraded rail along the Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway. Opened at the end of 2014, the railway starts from Lanzhou (in Gansu), runs through Xining (in Qinghai), Gansu’s Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang and Turpan of Xinjiang, and finally arrives in Urumqi. Modern and advanced engineering perfectly links major sites along the Silk Road and greatly shortens the travel time among them.

Lanzhou Urumqi High Speed Railway Map

Lanzhou Urumqi High Speed Railway Map
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Major High Speed Trains Routes & Schedules to Xinjiang:

Train Route From & To Frequency Train Time Train Route From & To Frequency Train Time
Lanzhou - Urumqi Lanzhou West Railway Station - Urumqi Railway Station 4 trains about 11.5~12.5hrs Lanzhou - Turpan Lanzhou West Railway Station - Turpan North Railway Station 4 trains about 10.5~11.5 hours
Xining - Urumqi Xining Railway Station - Urumqi Railway Station 4 trains about 9~10hrs Xining - Turpan Xining Railway Station - Turpan North Railway Station 4 trains 8~9 hours
Zhangye - Urumqi Zhangye West Railway Station - Urumqi Railway Station 4 trains about 7.5~8hrs Zhangye - Turpan Zhangye West Railway Station - Turpan North Railway Station 4 trains 6~7 hours
Jiayuguan - Urumqi Jiayuguan South Railway Station - Urumqi Railway Station 4 trains 6~6.5hrs Jiayuguan - Turpan Jiayuguan South Railway Station - Turpan North Railway Station 4 trains 5~5.5 hours
Dunhuang - Urumqi Liuyuan South Railway Station - Urumqi Railway Station 4 trains 4hrs 10mins~40mins Dunhuang - Turpan Liuyuan South Railway Station - Turpan North Railway Station 4 trains 3hrs 10mins~40mins

Beijing to Xinjiang

Beijing is directly connected with Xinjiang by the 2540-km-long Beijing-Urumqi Expressway, which is the very famous G7 National Highway. Compared to the time-consuming road trip, travelers have other convenient and efficient ways to get to Xinjiang.

1. By Flight: Faster (More Recommended)

Xinjiang is far away from Beijing and taking a flight is the fastest and most convenient way to travel from Beijing to Xinjiang. Generally, Beijing has about 20 direct flights to Urumqi daily, and some direct and stopover flights to Turpan, Kashgar, Karamay and other destinations in Xinjiang. The best idea is to fly to Urumqi from Beijing directly, because there are the largest number of flights and air travel time is acceptable.

Air Route From & To Flight Time Air Route From & To Flight Time
Beijing → Urumqi Beijing Capital & Daxing International Airports - Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (nearly 20 flights) about 4.5 hours Beijing → Turpan Beijing Capital International Airport - Turpan Jiaohe Airport about 5 hours
Beijing → Kashgar Beijing Capital & Daxing International Airports - Kashgar International Airport (2~3 flights) about 5.5 hours Beijing → Karamay Beijing Capital International Airport - Karamay Airport about 4.5 hours

2. By Train: Slow Over Night Train

Beijing West Railway Station runs 2 normal speed trains to Xinjiang’s Urumqi and Turpan daily. All are overnight trains getting to the cities on the second day or the third day.

Train Route From & To Frequency Train Time Train Route From & To Frequency Train Time
Beijing → Turpan Beijing West Railway Station - Turpan North Railway Station 2 trains per day 28.5~36.5 hours Beijing → Urumqi Beijing West Railway Station - Urumqi Railway Station 2 trains per day 31~38 hours

Our Advice: If you want to visit Xinjiang from Beijing directly, air travel is recommended. If you plan to visit some cities between them, we highly recommend you make a transfer in cities like Xian, Lanzhou or other cities with frequent flights to Urumqi.

Xian to Xinjiang

Xian was the starting point of the Silk Road and a great ancient capital of China with massive historical sites. Many travelers love to trace back to Silk Road from Xian all the way to Xinjiang.

1. By Flight:

There are direct flights flying from Xian to different destinations in Xinjiang, such as Urumqi, Kashgar, Karamay, Hotan, etc. With short duration, flying is a better choice for travelers willing to reach Xinjiang from Xian directly.

Air Route Frequency Train Time Air Route Frequency Train Time
Xian → Urumqi > 15 flights daily 3.5 hours Xian → Kashgar 4 flights daily 5 hours
Xian → Karamay 2 flights daily 4.5 hours Xian → Hotan 2 flights daily 5 hours

Note: The above flight routes and schedule is listed for reference only. You’re free to contact us to get more updated details.

2. By Train:

Xian has both bullet trains and normal speed trains to Xinjiang’s Turpan and Urumqi. Even the faster bullet trains take more than 10 hours. If you plan to visit Tianshui, Lanzhou, Xining, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang along the ancient Silk Road, you can take the bullet train travel, because the train will make stops in these places.

Train Route Frequency Bullet Train Time Normal Train Time
Xian → Urumqi > 10 train daily about 14.5 hours (1 daily train) 25~31.5 hours
Xian → Turpan about 15 train daily about 13.5 hours (1 daily train) 23.5~29 hours

Get to Urumqi

Urumqi is the capital and the most important transfer center in Xinjiang. It’s usually the first stop for a Xinjiang tour.

1. By Flight:

Urumqi Diwopu Airport is an airport serving Urumqi. It is located about 18 km, 30 minutes’ drive to downtown. The airport operates flights to Urumqi from many Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Harbin, Hangzhou, Hohhot, Kunming, Ngari (Tibet), etc., and destinations in Xinjiang with airports.

▶ Urumqi Airport and Flights

2. By Train:

Urumqi is accessible by train. There are daily bullet trains to Urumqi departing from Xian, Tianshui, Lanzhou, Xining, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang. The terminus is Urumqi Railway Station, which is about 10 km, 20 minutes’ drive to the downtown.

▶ Urumqi Railway Station: Location, Trains, Transportation Guide

Urumqi to Nearby Attractions:

  • Urumqi to Heavenly Lake of Tianshan Mountains: about 68 km, 1 hour by private drive; 1.5 hours by bus
  • Urumqi to Nanshan Pasture: about 60 km, 1.5 hours by private drive; 2 hours by bus

Most Popular Xinjiang Urumqi Tours:

☛ 8 Days Classic Xinjiang Tour including Urumqi Turpan Kashgar Tashkurgan
☛ 5 Days Urumqi Discovery to Turpan and Heavenly Lake

Urumqi Diwopu International Airport

Urumqi Diwopu International Airport © mafengwo

Heavenly Lake of Tianshan Mountains

Heavenly Lake of Tianshan Mountains ©陈巍伟 / mafengwo

Get to Kashgar

Kashgar in remote southwestern Xinjiang is another top destination tourists love to explore. This historical city has charming ethnic cultures, a long history as well as stunning natural scenery around. It is usually visited together with Urumqi and Turpan, and is often used as a transportation hub in southern Xinjiang.

1. By Flight:

Taking a flight to Kashgar is the most time-saving and common way. You can fly to Kashgar International Airport from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Nanjing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Changsha, Lanzhou, Jiayugaun, Kunming, Ngari (Tibet), Zhengzhou and other cities in China. Downtown Kashgar and Kashgar Old Town are around 10 km, 20 minutes’ drive from the airport.

▶ Kashgar Airport & Flights

2. By Train:

Very few tourists take a train to Kashgar, because at present, there are only normal speed trains running to Kashgar from Urumqi, Hotan, Korla, Kucha and some other cities in Xinjiang, and several cities out of Xinjiang, including Xian, Baoji, Tianshui, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang (Liuyuan), etc. The train trip is dozens of hours, quite time-wasting and tedious.

Kashgar to Nearby Attractions:

  • Kashgar to Tashkurgan: Tashkurgan is about 290 km from Kashgar City. It takes about 5 hours to travel from Kashgar to Thshkurgan and more than 6 hours by long-distance coach. You can stop and view the amazing Karakul Lake, Muztagh Ata, Baishan Lake & Baishan Mountain and the magnificent landscape of the Pamirs.
  • Kashgar to Shache: Shache County is about 200 km, 3 hours’ drive from Kashgar.

Most Popular Xinjiang Kashgar Tours:

☛ 8 Days Classic Xinjiang Tour including Urumqi Turpan Kashgar Tashkurgan
☛ 6 Days Urumqi to Kashgar Dream Tour

Kashgar Airport

Kashgar Airport © mafengwo

Kashgar Old Town

Kashgar Old Town ©陈巍伟 / mafengwo

Get to Turpan

Turpan is the location of the Flaming Mountains and the unique Kerez canal system. Besides the famous grapes, it also has lots of cultural ruins, like the Jiaohe Ancient City, Gaochang Ancient City, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves and Tomb of Astana. As the gateway to Urumqi, Turpan is usually visited before Urumqi by train travelers.

1. By Train:

Turpan North Railway Station has bullet trains and normal speed trains to Turpan while Turpan Railway Station runs provincial trains inside Xinjiang only. Travelers often take a bullet train from Turpan from Dunhuang (Liuyuan South Railway Station, 3h 10m-3h 40m). A bullet train trip to Turpan from Jiayuguan takes about 5-5.5 hours, around 6-7 hours from Zhangye and longer from Lanzhou. So, we advise you to travel from the above cities to Dunhuang and later get to Turpan by bullet train.

▶ Turpan North Railway Station: Location, Trains, Transportation Guide

2. By Flight:

Turpan Jiaohe Airport is a small airport flying just a couple of routes between Turpan and Lanzhou (less than 3 hours), Baotou (about 5 hours) and Korla. For the limited flights and irregular schedules, the flight is not recommended.

  • Turpan to Kumtag Desert: The desert lies about 90 km (56 miles) away from Turpan City for around 1.5 hours’ drive.

Most Popular Xinjiang Turpan Tours:

☛ 10 Days Classic Silk Road Tour (Xian/Dunhuang/Turpan/Kashgar)
☛ 8 Days Classic Xinjiang Tour including Urumqi Turpan Kashgar Tashkurgan

Turpan North Railway Station

Turpan North Railway Station © mafengwo

Turpan Jiaohe Ancient City

Turpan Jiaohe Ancient City ©陈巍伟 / mafengwo

Get to Kanas Lake and Hemu Village

Kanas is a fairyland scenic area and one of the best natural highlights in Xinjiang. The main attractions inside the nature reserve are the beautiful Kanas Lake, three bays (Wolong Bay, Moon Bay and Fairy Bay), picturesque Hemu Tuva Village and many other spots. Kanas is located in the Altai Mountains, north of Burqin County, Altay Prefecture, Northern Xinjiang. Most travelers get to Kanas from Urumqi by flight and land drive, because the Kanas Airport has no flights flying from other cities out of Xinjiang. Train travel needing complicated and long-hour transfers is not recommended.

1. Get to Kanas By Flight:

Burqin Kanas Airport is the nearest airport to Kanas, which is only about 47 km, 1.5 hours’ drive to Jiadengyu (ticket office & entrance of Kannas). The airport is very small and has only several flight routes from Urumqi, Altay, Fuyun and Bole of Xinjiang.

2. Get to Kanas By Private Drive:

Driving from Urumqi to Kanas via Wu’erhe Ghost City (in Karamay) and Rainbow Beach (Wucaitan in Burqin). The drive and midway sightseeing takes about 1 day.

Get to Hemu Village:

To Hemu Village: You can take a private car to Hemu Village directly from Burqin Kanas Airport and other places in Xinjiang. Another popular option is to transfer from Jiadengyu to Hemu Village by official tourist bus. The whole bus transfer is 2 hours or so.

Most Popular Kanas & Hemu Village Tours:

☛ 7 Days Classic Road Trip to Heavenly Kanas)
☛ 4 Days Kanas Hemu Village Best Hiking Tour

Burqin Kanas Airport

Kanas Airport © mafengwo

Xinjiang Kanas Tour

Kanas Lake ©飞翔 / mafengwo

Get to Ili

Ili is short for Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture. It is a wonderful tourist region in Xinjiang, most known for vast beautiful grasslands - Karajan, Narati, Tangbula, Zhaosu and the visual feast of Apricot Valley during spring, stunning Sayram Lake and large scale of dreamy Lavender fields.

Though there are some airports serving different destinations in Ili, travelers usually take a road trip to Ili from Urumqi, Kanas, Karamay and other places in Northern Xinjiang, because it’s convenient to visit Ili’s major attractions by drive. If you insist on air travel, it’s better to take a non-stop flight to Yining from Urumqi (about 1 hour 10 minutes) and then drive to other spots in Ili.

Drive Distances & Time:

  • Urumqi to Sayram Lake: 545 km, 6 hours’ drive / Karamay to Sayram Lake: 445 km, 5 hours’ drive
  • Urumqi to Yining: 690 km, almost 9 hours' drive / Karamay to Yining: 590 km, 8 hours' drive

Ili Airports and Flights to Ili:

Airport Destinations Transportation to Nearest Attraction
Yining Airport (IATA: YIN) Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chongqing, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Nanjing and Xinjiangs’ Urumqi (1h 10m), Aksu, Kucha, Karamay. 80 km, 1hou 20 minutes’ to Huocheng Lavender Fields
Xinyuan Nalati Airport (IATA:NLT) Urumqi (1h) 70 km/1.5 hours to Narati Grassland

  • Yining Airport to Tekes Bagua City: 130 km, 2 hours' drive / Yining Airport to Karajun Grassland: 145 km, 2.5 hours' drive
  • Yining to Sayram Lake: 145 km, 2.5 hours' drive

Most Popular Xinjiang Ili Tour:

☛ 11 Days Best Xinjiang Landscape Tour (Urumqi-Burqin-Hemu Village-Kanas Lake - Karamay - Ili Sayram Lake- Tekes - Karajun Grassland - Kuitun - Urumqi)
☛ 10 Days Stunning Ili Apricot Blossom and Naraty Grassland Tour

Get to Hotan

Hotan, most famous for tree treasures of Hotan Jade, Atlas and hand-made woolen carpet, is a popular tourist destination in Southern Xinjiang. Hotan is in the southernmost Xinjiang, and can be reached by flight and land drive. But few people make a special trip to Hotan. Normally, travelers extend their Kashgar tour to Hotan.

Kashgar to Hotan by Drive (Most Recommended): Hotan is about 500 km (6 hours’ drive) southeast of Kashgar. If you take a drive, you can visit Shache (Ye’erqianghan Mausoleum - Tombs of the Yarkand Khans) on the way.

Kashgar to Hotan by Flight: Kashgar Airport flies one direct flight to Hotan daily. The air travel is merely 1 hour.

Kashgar to Hotan by Train: Kashgar Railway Station delivers 5 - 6 normal trains to Hotan each day on the Kashgar-Hotan Railway. A train trip takes about 5.5 -7 hours.

Kashgar to Hotan by Long-distance Coach: Buses depart from Kashgar to Hotan between 09:30 and 21:30. It’s a 9-hour drive, which is not recommended.

Hotan Airport

Hotan Airport © mafengwo

Hotan Airport & Flights to Hotan

Airport Destinations Transportation
Hotan Airport (IATA: HTN) Out of Xinjiang: Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Lanzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Changsha, Guangzhou, Hefei, Tianjin, Zhengzhou.
In Xinjiang: Urumqi, Kashgar, Korla, Aksu, Shache, Yutian, Tumxuk.
about 11 km, 25 minutes’ drive to Hotan City Center.

Hotan Railway Station and Trains to Hotan

Train Station Connected Cities Transportation
Hotan Railway Station Xinjiang’s Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar, Shache, Yecheng, Korla, Kucha, Aksu, Luntai, etc. about 6 km, 15 minutes’ drive to Hotan City Center.

How to Get around Xinjiang

Xinjiang is a vast tourist region where destinations and attractions are scattered far away from each other. Before traveling to Xinjiang, you should be mentally prepared for the long transfer on the way among most places. There are four ways to get around Xinjiang - by flight, private drive, train and long-distance coach. The former two are best fit for travelers while the latter two could be nightmare existence, for high cost of time and energy.

1. Get around Xinjiang By Air - Recommended for Tight-Schedule Travelers & Long-distance Travels

As mentioned before, Xinjiang has many airports, which rightly province convenience to travel to remote destinations and travel between long-distance destinations, such as from Urumqi to Kashgar. Air travel usually takes a few hours only, much shorter than a road trip and a train journey. Urumqi Diwopu International Airport basically runs flights to all other airports in Xinjiang, except Turpan Jiaohe Airport.

Major Xinjiang Provincial Flights Routes:

Flight Route Frequency (Per Day) Flight Time Flight Route Frequency (Per Day) Flight Time
Urumqi → Kashgar about 15 flights about 2 hours Urumqi → Kanas 1 flight about 1.5 hours
Urumqi → Yining about 8 flights about 1 hour 10 minutes Urumqi → Hotan > 10 flights about 2 hours

2. Get around Xinjiang by Driving - Scenic, Popular & Flexible

It’s very popular and scenic to make a road trip in Xinjiang, because you can visit different attractions on the way and enjoy freedom to stop and enjoy sightseeing. Although the drives take much longer than a flight, the scenery along the way will always impress you deeply and won’t let you feel bored and unbearable.

Top Recommended Road Trips in Xinjiang:

From & To Drive Time From & To Drive Time
Urumqi → Karamay Wu'erhe → Buriqn(Wucaitan) → Kanas 1 day’s drive (including sightseeing) Kashgar → Tashkurgan 1 day’s drive (including sightseeing)
Ili Sayram Lake → Tekes → Karajun Grassland a half day (excluding accommodation in Tekes) Hotan → Taklamakan/Tarim Desert Highway → Ala’er 440 km/6 hours

3. Get around Xinjiang by Train

Besides the Turpan-Urumqi section on Lanzhou-Urumqi High Speed Railway, Xinjiang has built a lot of railways to connect more major cities and counties in Xinjiang. Operational trains are all normal speed trains with long hours’ rides. Urumqi has already opened intercity trains (C trains) with Turpan, Karmay, Korla, Yining, Kuitun, Bortala, etc.

Below are some Xinjiang Inner Train Routes & Train Times:

From & To Train Time From & To Train Time From & To Train Time
Urumqi → Turpan Intercity Train (C Train - Fuxing Train): 1h 10m
Bullet Train (D Train): within 1 hour
Normal Train (K/T/Z Train): 1.5-2 hours
Urumqi → Kashgar 15.5-24 hours Urumqi → Hotan 5.5-7 hours

How to Plan A Xinjiang Tour

How to Get to Xinjiang: Urumqi is the transfer hub of Xinjiang, and it receives flights from Beijing (4h), Shanghai (5h), Xian (4h), Chengdu (4h), Chongqing (4h), Changsha (4.5h), Xining (2.5h), Dalian (4h), Guangzhou (4.5h), Lanzhou (2.5h), Yinchuan (3h), etc., as well as high speed trains from Xian (13.5h), Lanzhou(10.5h), Xining (9.5h), Zhangye (7.5h), Jiayuguan (6h), Dunhuang (4h), etc.

Best Time to Visit Xinjiang: It is available to visit Xinjiang all year round, but May ~ October is the best time for the most comfortable weather and most beautiful scenery

A longer Xinjiang trip is more recommended and worthwhile because of its large scale. Most travelers start a Xinjiang tour from Urumqi – the tourist distribution center equipped with convenient airlines. Some travelers also unveil a Xining experience from Kashgar – the transfer hub in southern Xinjiang.

A classic Xinjiang tour takes 6 ~ 8 days, including 2~3 days in Urumqi (Xinjiang Regional Museum, Nanshan Passture) and Heavenly Lake, 1~2 days in Turpan (Jiaohe Ancient City, Karez System, Bezeklik Thousand Buddhas… ), and 3 ~ 4 days in Kashgar (Kashgar Old City, Karakul Lake, Tashkurgan Fort…). Don’t miss Kanas - the God’s private garden, and it takes at least 3 full days to enjoy its beautiful lakes, bays, forests, rivers and villages.

☛ 6 Days Urumqi Turpan Kashgar Efficient Tour
☛ 8 Days Xinjiang Classic Tour (Urumqi - Turpan - Kashgar)
☛ 9 Days Kanas Lake Fairyland Tour from Urumqi

Many travelers prefer a Silk Road tour involving Gansu and Xinjiang discovery together. It needs about 2~3 days to explore Dunhuang highlights, 2~3 days to visit Zhangye essences and 1~2 days to enjoy Jiayugan landmarks. It is also recommended to spend 1 ~2 days visiting Xining and Qinghai Lake.

☛ 10 Days Classic China Silk Road In-depth Tour (Xian – Dunhuang – Turpan – Urumqi - Kashgar)
☛ 411 Days In-depth Wild Silk Road Adventure Tour (Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar)

In fact, the Silk Road broke into three routes in Xinjiang, and they passed through many cities in Xinjiang. For adventurous travelers looking for something different along the glorious road, just spend about 2 weeks visiting legendary Turpan, Korla, Kuqa, Kashgar, Tashkurgan, etc.

☛ 13 Days In-depth Xinjiang Silk Road Adventure Tour (Urumqi - Turpan - Korla - Kuqa - Takilamakan Desert - Minfeng - Hongtan - Kashgar - Tashkurgan)
☛ 6 Days Qinghai Lake Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains Tour (Xining - Qinghai Lake - Chaka Lake - Zhangye)
☛ 9 Days Taklamakan Desert Ancient Silk Road Tour (Kashgar - Karakul Lake - Hotan - Ala'er - Kucha - Urumqi)

Many travelers visit Xinjiang for the extraordinary scenic beauty. It is easy to find some places to envelop yourself in nature or capture some excellent photography, such as grasslands, lakes, villages, and some other geographical wonders in 1 ~ 2 weeks.

☛ 10 Days Stunning Ili Apricot Blossom and Naraty Grassland Tour (Urumqi - Sayram Lake - Qingyuan - Naraty - Kuitun - Urumqi)
☛ 11 Days Best Xinjiang Landscape Tour (Urumqi - Burqin - Kanas - Karamy - Sayram Lake - Karajun Grassland - Kuitun - Urumqi)

Five Colors Beach Florian Visited Five Colors Beach Shared with China Discovery Matisi Temple Mrs. Chan's group visited Matisi Temple with China Discovery Heavenly Lake of Tianshan Kucha Palace © 在路上... / mafengwo Taklamakan Desert Scenery Taklamakan Desert Scenery © 托尼star / mafengwo

Recommended Xinjiang Tours

Top 3 Xinjiang tours chosen by most customers to explore Xinjiang in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Abakh Khoja Tomb
10 Days Classic Silk Road Tour (Xian/Dunhuang/Turpan/Kashgar)

Xian / Dunhuang / Turpan / Urumqi / Kashgar

Tashkurgan Fort (Stone City Ruin) in the morning of September
8 Days Classic Xinjiang Tour including Urumqi Turpan Kashgar Tashkurgan

Urumqi - Turpan - Kashgar - Tashkurgan

Local old men in Kuqa Old City
13 Days In-depth Xinjiang Silk Road Adventure Tour

Urumqi / Turpan / Korla / Kuqa / Taklimakan Desert / Minfeng / Hongtan / Kashgar / Tashkurgan

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