9 Days Xinjiang Group Tour

February 15, 2018
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10 Days Xinjiang Group Tour
10 Days Xinjiang Group Tour
10 Days Xinjiang Group Tour
10 Days Xinjiang Group Tour
10 Days Xinjiang Group Tour
10 Days Xinjiang Group Tour
10 Days Xinjiang Group Tour

Price Details: Starting from 9,390 RMB p/p

Group Size: 2 to 8 Pax

Kashgar – Hotan – Kashgar

Tour Highlight: Our 9 days Xinjiang group tour suitable for first time visitors to Xinjiang. This tour will take you to historically and strategically important cities along the Silk Road Xinjiang. You will have chance to ride a camel in Taklamakan desert and trek around Karakul Lake on Karakorum Highway. This tour will also expose you to culture and custom of various ethnic groups along the route.

Day 1: Arrival to Urumqi

Attractions: Arrival to Urumqi
Activities: Our guide and driver will meet you at Urumqi Airport then transfer you to your comfort hotel. You will be free rest of the day to rest and explore the area near to your hotel.

Day 2: Urumqi to Turpan then Turpan Tour

Attractions: Kariz Water System, Jiaohe Ancient City, Emin Minaret
Activities: After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet with our guide and driver then transferred to Turpan. It is 190 km and takes approximately 2.5 hours depending on the traffic. On the way, you will drive pass Da Ban Cheng, which is the one of the largest wind power stations in China. After arriving in Turpan, you will either check in to your hotel before launching your Turpan tour or straight launch your Turpan tour depending on the season or time you arrive to Turpan. First you will inspect Kariz Underground Water System which is the China’s third most important ancient engineering feat with total length of 3100 miles and dating back more than 2000 years. You will visit one of the natural, non-touristy Kariz spots in Turpan. Your next stop will be Jiaohe Ancient City which is the world’s oldest, largest, and tallest ancient city built of mud. From this ancient city, archaeologists have unearthed many cultural relics and Buddhist scriptures dates back to Tang Dynasty. Your last stop for the day will be Emin Minaret which was built in 1777, it is the largest surviving old tower in Xinjiang. It is the only Islamic tower among the hundred most famous towers in China. After the tour, you will return to your hotel.

Day 3: Turpan Tour then Overnight Train to Kashgar

Attractions: Gaochang Ancient City, Astana Ancient Tombs, Tuyuk Village Uyghur Family Visit, Flaming Mountain (non touristy)
Activities: After your breakfast in the hotel, you will start your Turpan tour by visiting Gaochang Ancient City located 47 km east of Turpan. The city was built in the first century B.C. and was a key point on the ancient Silk Road. Afterwards, you will head to Astana Ancient tombs; it is the royal graveyard and the underground museum of Xinjiang where many important scriptures, paintings and mummies have
been discovered. Then you will visit Tuyuk Village where you can observe traditional Uyghur life by visiting Uyghur family and village. Villagers in this village live in traditional homes made of mud brick. You will also visit the non-touristy part of Flaming Mountains which extend 100 km from east to west and are about 10 km wide. In the summer, temperatures reach as high as 80 C and the air flow shimmers above the mountains like a fire. After your tour at Flaming Mountain, you will head to Turpan train station to catch your overnight train to Kashgar.

Day 4: Kashgar Arrival and Kashgar City Tour

Attractions: Apak Hoja Tomb, Eid Kah Mosque, Kashgar Old Town, Sunday Market, Kashgar Live Stock Market
Activities: Your train arrives Kashgar early in the morning. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our guide and driver then transferred to your hotel if the rooms are ready. Then you will begin your Kashgar city tour by visiting the Apak Hoja Tomb, also known as the “fragrant concubine tomb”. This is a very tranquil place and a beautiful example of Uyghur Islamic architecture. Next, you will head to famous live
animal market, which is one of the biggest in the region where you will see livestock being traded. Then you will continue to Sunday Market, renowned as the biggest in Central Asia. It is said you can buy anything you want at Sunday Market except chicken milk and cow’s egg. After the Sunday Market, you will have your lunch either in a Uyghur private home or in a Uyghur restaurant (note: the request for having lunch in a Uyghur home must be made in advance). After lunch, you will wander through the winding narrow streets of the historic Kashgar Old Town rubbing shoulders with the friendly Uyghur residents. Located at the spiritual heart of the Old Town is Eid Kah Mosque, the largest mosque in China. We will go inside and learn about Islam in Kashgar and how it is practiced by the Uyghur people. After our visit to the Mosque, we will stroll down Handicraft Street, viewing pots being hammered, wood craftsmen at work and traditional musical instrument workshops. After Handicraft Street, you will be returned to your hotel.
Note: For entering the Mosque, visitors should dress respectfully: no shorts or short sleeved shirts and women should cover their heads with a scarf.

Day 5: Day Tour to Shipton’s Arch

Attractions:  Shipton’s Arch
Activities: After breakfast at the hotel, you will start your Shipton’s Arch tour. Shipton’s Arch is reached by a two-hour drive from Kashgar. This drive includes an hour on the road and an hour of exhilarating off-road riverbed driving followed by a 45 minute walk. On foot we will ascend through steeply walled canyons and over rocky riverbed terrain. This trek also involves climbing a series of ladder placed to make
the scramble to the base of the arch easier. Shipton’s Arch is the tallest natural arch in the world, towering 500 meters high and 100 meters wide, enabling a small airplane to pass through it! Shipton’s Arch is known to the local people as “Tushuk Tagh” which literally translates as “Hole Mountain.” It is among the least known twenty Natural Wonders of the World, and was first documented in 1947 by English mountaineer Eric Shipton, who made it known to the West in his book Mountains of Tartary. Due to its remote, inaccessible location
within the Kara Tagh (Black Mountain) Range, it was all but forgotten. Only as recently as May 2000, an expedition sponsored by The National Geographic Society rediscovered the arch, marking its position to enable foreign travelers to find it. After the visit to the arch we will return to Kashgar.
Note: This walk is moderately challenging and will require good walking shoes and a moderate level of physical fitness. It is advisable to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and warm clothes as it can be cooler at the arch due to the high altitude (2000m).

Day 6: Kashgar to Karakul Lake then to Tashkurgan

Attractions: Karakoram Highway, Opal Village, Red Mountain, Corner Lake, Karakul Lake
Activities: Karakorum Highway is renowned as the highest paved border crossing in the world and regarded as one of the most beautiful highways. Our scenic drive will bring us first to Opal Village, a 1-hour drive from Kashgar. Hereyou may photograph village life and traditional activities like bread making, and Uyghur food stalls. Half an hour’s drive beyond will bring us to Oytagh Red Mountain, to a valley framed
by multi-colored mountains topped by snow-capped peaks. Corner Lake (BulungKul) is next, a tranquil shallow lake affording spectacular photographic opportunities with stunning reflections of the sand mountains. Before continuing our road trip to Tashkurgan, where we will pause at Karakul Lake, 3600 meters above sea level, located between Mt. Muztagh Ata (7546 meters) and Mt. Kongur (7719 meters). These are reputed to be 2 of the 6 most beautiful mountains in the world. During your time at Karakul Lake, you can have your lunch in a Kirgiz yurt or picnic by the lake if you have purchased fruit, kebab and bread from Opal village. Then you can either ride a horse or camel around the lake or trek around the Karakul Lake depending on the month or season you travel, trekking the whole lake takes approximately 4 hours on average. Then we will continue to Tashkurgan that is where we will spend the night.

Day 7: Tashkurgan Tour

Attractions: Tashkurgan Stone Fort, Tashkurgan Grassland, Tashkurgan Museum
Activities: Tashkurgan is a small town on the Pamir Plateau, that was once extremely isolated until the rebuilding of the Karakorum Highway in 1987. Even today, the local community, reached by this single road from Kashgar, continues to live a traditional way of life. This region is known to be part of the primary route of the “Old Silk Road” connecting China and Western Asia. The prime attraction here is the Stone
Fort, with a history of more than 2000 years. The fort had once served as the central palace of the Tajik Kingdom. Our visit here will be followed by the Tashkurgan grassland which is next to the Stone Fort. Tashkurgan Grassland is where you can visit free grazing sheep, goat, yak, and horses depending on month and season of the year. In summer, locals put up tents and serve lunch and dinner for tourists in the grassland. Last but not least, you will visit Tashkurgan cultural and custom museum that is where you can learn about Tajik culture and customs.

Day 8: Tashkurgan to Kashgar

Attractions: Karakul Lake, Karakorum Highway, Kashgar
Activities: After breakfast at the hotel, you will head down to Kashgar. On the way, you will stop at Karakul Lake one more time to enjoy the view and take some more memories back home. Whatever you’ve missed on your previous visit,as the weather is very changeable at Karakul Lake, you can make up for before heading down to Kashgar. Once you are done with your visit at Karakul Lake, then you will head down to Kashgar, on the way you are more than welcome to make more photo stops.

Day 9: Kashgar Airport See Off

Attractions: Kashgar Airport See Off
Activities: After breakfast at the hotel, our guide and driver will take you to Kashgar Airport for your next destination. End of our service.
Tour Start Date Tour End Date Price P/P Single Supplement Booked Availability
April
28th Mar 5th Apr 9390 RMB 1380RMB  – Join
18th Apr 26th Apr 9390 RMB 1380 RMB  – Join
25th Apr 3rd May 9390 RMB 1380 RMB  – Join
May
1st May 9th May 9390 RMB 1380 RMB  – Join
16th May 24th May 9390 RMB 1380 RMB  – Join
23th May 31st May 9390 RMB 1380 RMB  – Join
June
6th Jun 14th Jun  9390 RMB 1380 RMB  – Join
20th Jun 28th Jun  9390 RMB 1380 RMB  – Join
27th Jun 5th Jul  9390 RMB 1380 RMB  – Join
July
4th Jul 12th Jul 9730 RMB 1590 RMB  – Join
11th Jul 19th Jul 9730 RMB  1590 RMB  – Join
25th Jul 2nd Aug 9730 RMB  1590 RMB  – Join
August
1st Aug 9th Aug 9730 RMB 1590 RMB  – Join
8th Aug 16th Aug 9730 RMB 1590 RMB  – Join
22nd Aug 30th Aug 9730 RMB 1590 RMB  – Join
September
29th Aug 6th Sep 9730 RMB  1590 RMB  – Join
5th Sep 13th Sep 9730 RMB  1590 RMB  – Join
19th Sep 27th Sep 9730 RMB  1590 RMB  – Join
October
28th Sep 6th Oct 9930 RMB 1590 RMB  – Join
30th Sep 8th Oct 9930 RMB 1590 RMB  – Join
10th Oct 18th Oct 9390 RMB 1380 RMB  – Join
Note: Price listed above is based on 2 person in a room

Price Include

Air conditioned car/van as per the group size

English Speaking Uyghur guides

4 star hotels with breakfast

Crown Inn Hotel or other similar rated

Entrance fee

Turpan to Kashgar train (soft sleeper bed)

All the expenses of guide and driver

3 meals and 1 breakfast

Price doesn’t include

Meals

Tip for the guide and driver