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This itinerary includes most historical, Cultural and famous sites along the ancient Silk Road. Especially in Turpan, there is a lot to visit as we see how the Karez irrigation water system works, visit ancient ruins, and then experience the culture through a home-stay in an Uighur home.

What's included

Departure Location
Airport in Urumqi
Return Location
Airport in Kashgar
Price includes
  • Accommodation-4 star Hotel
  • All meals during the tour
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and tour spots
  • LOI for Chinese Visa
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Transportation with air-conditioned car/bus
  • Unlimited bottled water
Price does not include
  • All flight tickets
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Day 01 Arrive in Urumqi
  • Day02 Trip to Heavenly Lake and Xinjiang Museum
  • Day03 Urumqi to Turpan
  • Day 04 Turpan to Kucha by overnight train
  • Day 05 Explore the Kucha
  • Day 06 Kucha to Aksu
  • Day 07 Aksu to Kashgar
  • Day 08 Kashgar Tour
  • Day 09 Kashgar to Tasgkorgan
  • Day10 Tashkorgan to Kashgar
  • Day 11 Drive to Kashgar airport
Day 01 Arrive in Urumqi

Welcome you at airport

Our local guide will welcome you at Urumqi airport and transfer to your hotel. On the way, your guide will tell you about all the itinerary of your tour and general information about Urumqi, a city with 3.5 million population.

Day02 Trip to Heavenly Lake and Xinjiang Museum

Heavenly Lake and Xinjiang Museum

After breakfast, our local guide and driver will pick you up from hotel to visit the Xinjiang Museum, which holds an impressive collection of exhibits, artifacts and relics from all over Xinjiang. By this you will get full understanding about Xinjiang and Silk Road before starting the trip.

After the museum, you will drive to the Heavenly lake, which is 115 km (70 miles). The surface of the lake is 1910 meter above sea level, surrounded by high mountain peaks covered by ice and snow. Around the lake, you may go boating, take photos or simply walk around 2-3 hours before head back to the city. Normally you will have a lunch at the restaurant by the lake. There is another option, you may try some food at the Kazakh yurts around the lake, maybe a good chance to understand the life style of the Kazakh people and their life..

Day03 Urumqi to Turpan

Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigations system and Emin Minaret

Turpan is 200 away from Urumqi, it takes about 3 hours driving. On the way, you will pass through the biggest wind turbine groups in China, natural lakes, dry mountain, and sand and stone desert. Once you arrive in Turpan, first check into the hotel, after fresh up , we start our sightseeing by beginning with Yargul (Jiao he) Ancient city, which is a UNESCO site, one of the best preserved ancient cities in China. The ruins of the buildings are divided into temples, civilian dwellings and government offices.  After an hour of walking around the city area, we are going to visit the world famous Karez irrigation system, unique to this part of the world. The system is considered as one of the three great projects in China, with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. Then visit the Sultan minaret which is a magnificent combination of ancient Uighur architecture. It is the tallest ancient pagoda in Xinjiang.

Day 04 Turpan to Kucha by overnight train

Idikut (Gaochang) ancient city, Astana tombs, Toyuq village, Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves, Flaming Mountains and catch overnight train to kucha

Today we start our Turpan tour with the ancient city of Idikut (Gaochang). The city start building in the first Century BC and later became capital of the Idikut (Gaochang)  Kingdom in the 8th Century. Karakhoja Astana tombs, a Tang-dynasty burial ground which also known as the “Underground Museum”. Astana means “capital” in the Uighur language and Karakhoja is the name of a legendary hero of the ancient Kingdom who  killed the vicious dragon. Moving on, we journey to Toyup village, an old, unique village with a friendly Uighur community. Here we can have a meal in an local family. This village is likely  the highlight of your tour. After lunch we visit Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves which used to be an important center for Buddhist worship under the Xizhou Huigu government of the Idikut (Gaochang) Kingdom. On the way back to the city we will stop at the Flaming Mountains, a reddish colored and so dry that not a single grass grows on it.

Day 05 Explore the Kucha

Kucha’s Grand Temple and old city, Subash Ancient Buddha ruins, Kizil Kagha Beacon tower and Tianshan mysterious Grand Canyon

After breakfast , we’ll visit the kucha old town area and visit Kucha’ Grand tempe, originally was built in the 17th Century and it contains Shariya Court in China. Then heading to the ancient city of Subash (2nd-3rd century A.D.) as well as the Kizil Kagha Beacon tower which is an ancient military outpost. In the afternoon, visit Tianshan mysterious Grand Canyon which is located about 70km from Kucha city. The canyon is attractive not only for its color but also the shape of the mountains there. Today, Tianshan Great Canyon is regarded as one of the ten most beautiful places in China. Stay overnight in kucha

Day 06 Kucha to Aksu

Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves

After breakfast, we’ll travel to Aksu, on the way, visit Kizil Thousand Buddha caves (5th and 6th century AD), which is 75km (46miles) from Kucha and form one of the earliest treasure troves of Buddhist art in China as well as one of the four largest cave systems in China. The caves were once hewn on the high cliffs of the Northern Bank of the Muzat River during the early 3rd to 8th Centuries of the first Millennium AD. There are presently 236 coded caves, divided into west and inner valley and rear mountain areas extending over 3 kilometers (1.86 miles). It takes about 2 hours to see the caves and learn about local Buddhist culture. After lunch keep driving to Aksu.

Day 07 Aksu to Kashgar

Shenmuyuan Park

In the morning, visit Shenmuyuan Park which is located about 75kms from Aksu city. Shenmuyuan means Numinous Woods. There many different shaped trees with very interesting names given according to its shape. There are Pair Trees, Thousand-year Numinous Wood, Antlers Tree, Whirlwind Willow, Gate of Heaven, Almond Tree Garden, Arrow Poplar, Nine Dragon Rolling the Sea, Horse Head Tree, Flying Elms, Happy Lawn, Fairies Cave. This place is also regarded holy site by locals as there are many thousand years old tombs. Then Drive all the way to Kashgar.

Day 08 Kashgar Tour

Apaq khoja tomb (mausoleum), livestock Market, Kashgar Old Town, Ide kah & Hand Craft Street

The Apack khoja tomb is just five kilometer to the city center. The mausoleum was initially built in 1640 as tomd of Muhammad yusup khoja, a central Asian Sufi master who had come to the southern Xinjiang in the early 17th century. Later his son was also buried there as well. The beautiful tiled mausoleum contains the tombs of five generations of the Apak family, providing resting places for 72 of its members, The monument is also known as the Fragrant Concubine's tomb, as it is the burial place of one of Afaq Khoja's descendants, Iparhan, who is believed to be the legendary Fragrant Concubine. She was the wife of a rogue leader who was captured by the Qianlong Emperor's troops, and was taken to Beijing to be the emperor's imperial concubine. Then we visit livestock Market ,which is about 13 km from downtown. Kashagr Sunday life stock bazar is one of biggest animal bazar in the south Xinjiang, you will see many animals like horse, camel, donkey, yaks etc. The locals are very friendly, After that we will heading to Sunday market, which is biggest layout market in Xinjiang. then we will have a lunch in an nice local restaurant. After lunch we will visit kashgar old town, a place you can walk around and enjoy from the Uighur architecture, handcrafts and observe locals people’s daily life. If you are lucky, you may coincide live music playing at the musical instrument shops. Then visit Ide kah & Hand Craft Street, Handmade Traditional Musical Instrument, Old Tea House.

Day 09 Kashgar to Tasgkorgan

Opal Village, Red Mountain, Whitesand Moutain Lake, Karakul Lake

In the morning, we’ll heading to the Karakorum Highway, which is one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Around an hour drive we’ll stop in Opal Village to buy some fresh fruits and Naan bread, waters. On the way, we will also stop at some other places like, Red Mountain, White sand Moutain Lake, Karakul Lake etc, enjoy beautiful landscapes, Kyrgyz Nomadic herds, Muztagh Ata mountain which is  (7546m) meters above sea level and Kongur mountain which is (7719m)meters above sea level.

Day10 Tashkorgan to Kashgar

Golden grassland, Stone city

After breakfast, we will visit golden grassland in Tashkorgan, very beautiful and yellow area near the mountains. After that, we visit Stone city, was the capital of Puli kingdom, which was 2000 years ago during the Han dynasty, then we will travel back to Kashgar.

Day 11 Drive to Kashgar airport

Say good bye to our guide, end the tour.

More about Xinjiang

Xinjiang is located in the middle of Asia, a vital gateway of the Silk Road, which connect China with the Southern Asia, Western Asia as well as Europe. In the past 2000 years, through the international trading passage – The Silk Road, the products and techniques from China, such as Silk fabric, powder, medical materials, paper making and compass etc., spread into the western world. At the same time, glass, Medical materials, wool fabrics, vegetables, melon and fruits, as well as the three world big religions came to China from the West and Central Asia.v
This itinerary includes most historical, Cultural and famous sites along the ancient Silk Road. Especially in Turpan, there is a lot to visit as we see how the Karez irrigation water system works, visit ancient ruins, and then experience the culture through a home-stay in an Uighur home.

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Xinjiang Tour from Urumqi to Kashgar

$Ask us per person
11 Days
1-10 Person
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