IXinjiang Classic Silk Road 8 Days Tour
Urumqi - Turpan - Kashgar -Urumqi
Day 1 Urumqi Arrival
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.
Day 2 Urumqi - Tianchi Lake
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.
Day 3 Urumqi – Turpan
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.
Day 4 Turpan - Urumqi
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.
Day 5 Urumqi - Kashgar
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.
Day 6 Kashgar - Karakul Lake
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.
Day 7 Kashgar & Flight to Urumqi
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.After, take a flight to Urumqi.
Day 8 Urumqi Departure
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 builing 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.