- Tour Plan
- Similar Tours
- Accommodation-4 star Hotel
- Entrance tickets to monuments and tour spots
- Hotel in Turpan
- LOI for Chinese Visa
- Transport to & from hotel
- Transportation with air-conditioned car/bus
- Unlimited bottled water
- Excursions other than those specified in trips
- Hotel in Urumqi
- Tips to guide and driver
- Day1 Urumqi tour
- Day2 Heavenly lake Tour from Urumqi
- Day3 Travel to Turpan from Urumqi
- Day4 Travel to Urumqi from Turpan
Xinjiang museum, Red Hill (Hongshan), Grand Bazaar
Left from hotel at 10 am to the Xinjiang museum. Xinjiang museum we are going to visit three sections, Ethnic cultural rooms, Mummy gallery and history of western regions. It takes about an hour.
After museum, visit the Red Hill (Hongshan) a public park of Urumqi. Red hill located at the middle of the city, where people exercises and enjoy the broad view of Urumqi. When you reach the the top of the hill, there is a broad platform where you can see the modern view of the city and snow peaks of Tianshan mountains. There is a Red pagoda at west corner of the hill, which is the a symbol of Urumqi.
After having lunch at the local restaurant, visit the Grand Bazaar. Grand Bazaar is located at the south part of the city, a market for both locals and tourists. You can find all the local special products, handcrafts and musical instruments there.
Heavenly lake is about 110 km away from Urumqi, located on the top of Tianshan mountain. The surface of the lake is 1910 meters above sea level, just one kilometer higher than Urumqi. It takes about 2-3 hours drive to reach to the lake since we have to take the shuttle bus for the last 30 km of the trip. You can have a hiking around the lake for hours, blue sky, natural forests and grassland view will relax your mind.
Emin minaret, Kariz, Jiaohe Ruins
Turpan is 200 km away from Urumqi, it takes about 3.5 hours drive including two toilet stops and cross a mountain. The drive is all the way down since Turpan is the lowest basin in China.
After lunch, we will visit Emin minaret. It is an mosque and tower, which was originally built by the king of Turpan at 1776 AD.
After the minaret, we will visit the Kariz. It is the name of ancient underground irrigation system, which was invented about 2000 years ago. Through visiting the site, we will get to know the geographical features and water supply system of Turpan.
At last we will visit the Jiaohe Ruins, which is a UNESCO site left from the 14th century. Jiaohe ancient city is located at the edge of Oasis, best preserved soil structured ancient city. The sunset view of the abundant city is best with the light and mountains in distance.
Flaming mountain, Bezeklik Buddha caves, Tuyuk old village
In the morning, we will drive further to the westward to visit the famous Flaming mountain. Both of Bezeklik Buddha caves and Tuyuk old village is in the valleys of this mountain.
First we will visit the Bezeklik Buddha caves, which is the highlight of Uighur Buddhism 9-12 centuries. Buddhism was the main religion in western region, widely practiced and flourished in Turpan area.
Tuyuk old village is in another valley of Flaming mountain, where you can see the traditional Uighur architecture and traditional lifestyle of local people.
We will have a lunch at a local house, get to know the the food and fruits of Uighurs.
After visiting the Tuyuk old village, we will drive back to Urumqi.