11 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Dunhuang

February 15, 2018
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11 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Dunhuang
11 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Dunhuang
11 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Dunhuang
11 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Dunhuang
11 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Dunhuang
11 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Dunhuang
11 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Dunhuang

Price Details: Starting from 14,570 RMB p/p

Group Size: 2 to 8 Pax

Kashgar – Hotan – Kashgar

Tour Highlight: Our guide and driver will meet you at Kashgar Airport before transferring you to your hotel. You will be free rest of the day to rest and explore the areas near to your hotel

Day 1: Kashgar Arrival

Attractions: Kashgar Arrival
Activities: Our guide and driver will meet you at Kashgar Airport before transferring you to your hotel. You will be free rest of the day to rest and explore the areas near to your hotel.

Day 2: Kashgar City Tour

Attractions: Apak Hoja Tomb, Eid Kah Mosque, Kashgar Old Town, Sunday Market, Kashgar Live Stock Market
Activities: You will meet with your guide and driver after your breakfast at your hotel. Then you will begin your Kashgar city tour by visiting 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 3: 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. Here you 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 will 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 you will continue to Tashkurgan that is where you will spend the night.

Day 4: Tashkurgan Tour then back to Kashgar

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. After the museum visit, you will head back to Kashgar. You are more than welcome to do photo stops along the way.

Day 5: Day Tour to Shipton’s Arch then Overnight Train to Kucha

Attractions: Shipton’s Arch
Activities: After the breakfast at the hotel, we will head to Shipton’s Arch which considered to be one of the tallest natural arch in the World. It is reached after 2 hours driving from Kashgar, and a 45-minute walk. The first half of the way is by road, the remainder is off-road driving.From as far as can be reached by car, we will continue another 45 minutes on foot. This trek involves climbing a ladder and traversing a rocky gorge on the mountain leading to Shipton’s Arch.
This Arch was discovered by the famous English mountaineer Eric Shipton in 1947, while traveling between Tashkent and Kashgar and made known to the West in his book Mountains of Tartary. Its span is roughly 180 feet. The “true” height of the arch is debatable: viewed from the east (the usual approach route) it appears to be 200 feet tall from the top of the 100-foot rubble pile; from the west side (approachable only via technical ascent), the height is closer to the estimated 1,200 feet. Thus, the height depends upon what is considered to constitute the base of the arch either the base of the rubble pile (partially under the arch where the span achieves its maximum width) or the floor of the west side canyon head, 900 feet lower. After visiting the arch, you will follow the same trail back to the car/van and return to Kashgar. You will then take evening overnight train to Kuqa.

Day 6: Kucha Arrival and Kucha Tour

Attractions: Kucha Mosque, Subash Ancient City, Beacon Tower
Activities: Your train to Kucha arrives early in the morning. Depending on your arrival, we will either include or don’t include hotel for this morning. After the breakfast, you will start your Kucha tour by visiting Kucha Grand Mosque which located in the north of the old city of Kucha County. It is the second largest mosque in the area after the Id Kah Mosque. The construction of the mosque, which
even has its own religious court, was started in 1922. Kuqa Grand Mosque is the center of religious activities in Kucha. Next visit Subashi Ancient City which was also an ancient capital city of Qiuci Kingdom dates back to 4th Century AD. Tourist can still see the ruins of halls, towers, houses, pagodas and monasteries. The Beacon Tower is located in the northwest of Kuqa County, about 12 km away from the town. The tower was the bulwark of a warning alarm system against enemy attacks. After the Beacon Tower visit, you will return to Kucha.

Day 7: Kucha Tour then Overnight Train to Turpan

Attractions: Tianshan Grand Canyon, Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves
Activities: You will start your tour after the breakfast, first you will visit Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves, which is the one of the four biggest groups of grottoes in China. 75 of the caves are still intact with well-preserved frescoes.The Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves were amongst the earliest large-scale grotto-type temples built. The special grotto structures, the themes of the murals and artistic styles reflect the
Buddhist faith of ancient Qiuci. Next you will visit Tianshan Grand Canyon, also known as the Kezilya Grand Canyon. It is located 64 km away from Kuqa town in the southern foothills of the Tianshan Mountain Range. It runs east to north for about 5.5 km and has an average altitude of 1600 m. This natural wonder was formed by erosion resulting from wind and rain. Then, you will return to Kucha and take your overnight train to Turpan.

Day 8: Turpan Arrival then Turpan Tour

Attractions: Gaochang Ancient City, Astana Ancient Tombs, Tuyuk Village, Flaming Mountain (non touristy)
Activities: You will arrive to Turpan then have your breakfast; 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 return to your hotel.

Day 9: Turpan Tour

Attractions: Kariz Water System, Jiaohe Ancient City, Emin Minaret
Activities: After breakfast at your hotel, you will start your tour by visiting 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 10: Turpan to Dunhuang Express Train then Dunhuang Tour

Attractions: Yumen Pass, Han Great Wall, Shazhou Night Market
Activities: You will arrive to Dunhuang early in the morning then transferred to Dunhuang. After your breakfast, you will start your Dunhuang tour. The first sight you will visit will be Yumen Pass which is located 80 km Northwest of Dunhuang. Yumen Pass used to be an important pass where the Caravan’s used to pass. Then you will visit Han Great Wall which is situated 5 km west of Yumen Pass. It was built by Han Wudi
as a defense wall against Western Region. It is considered as one of the oldest sections of Great Wall. After the tour, you will return to Dunhuang. In the evening, you will visit Shazhou Night Market which is one of the biggest and famous night Market in Dunhuang. You will have option to have your dinner in the Shazhou Market or just stroll around and enjoy the atmosphere.

Day 11: Dunhuang Tour then Fly Out

Attractions: Crescent Lake and Singing Sand Dunes, Mogao Caves
Activities: You will start today’s tour by visiting the Crescent Lake, an amazingly blue colored lake located between two huge sand dunes in the desert. The Echoing-Sand Mountain is also a popular site drawing many local and foreign tourists who climband slide down the giant sand dune. The dune gets its name from the sounds produced by the wind, ranging from a roar during strong winds to
sweet musical sounds during a light breeze. Your tour continued by visiting Mogao Caves. The Mogao Caves is the world’s largest and best-preserved treasure house of Buddhist scriptures, murals and architectural design. Dating from 366 AD, 492 caves have survived, of which 30 are open to the public. Early in the last century, a Taoist monk named Wang Yuanlu discovered a walled up cave in the grottoes containing thousands of manuscripts dating from 406 to 1002 AD. The hoard included the world’s earliest printed book, the Diamond Sutra and other Confucian, Taoist and Nestorian Christian works as well records of government and private transactions. After the tour you will be taken to Dunhuang Airport or train station to to your onward journey to next destination. End of services!
Tour Start Date Tour End Date Price P/P Single Supplement Booked Availability
April
30th Mar 9th Apr 14,570 RMB 2,370 RMB Join
6th Apr 16th Apr 14,570 RMB 2,370 RMB Join
20th Apr 30th Apr 14,570 RMB 2,370 RMB Join
May
27th Apr 7th May 14,570 RMB 2,370 RMB Join
18th May 28th May 14,570 RMB 2,370 RMB Join
25th May 4th June 14,570 RMB 2,370 RMB Join
June
1st June 11th Jun 14,570 RMB 2,370 RMB Join
15th Jun 25th June 14,570 RMB 2,370 RMB Join
22nd Jun 2nd Jul 14,570 RMB 2,370 RMB Join
July
29th Jun 9th Jul 15,190 RMB 2,580 RMB Join
6th Jul 16th Jul 15,190 RMB  2,580 RMB Join
20th Jul 30th Jul 15,190 RMB  2,580 RMB Join
August
3th Aug 13th Aug 15,190 RMB 2,580 RMB Join
10th Aug 20th Aug 15,190 RMB 2,580 RMB Join
24th Aug 3rd Sep 15,190 RMB 2,580 RMB Join
September
31st Aug 10th Sep 15,190 RMB 2,580 RMB Join
Note: Price listed above is based on 2 person in a room

Price Include

Air conditioned car/van as per group size

English Speaking local guides

4 star hotels with breakfast

Crown Inn Hotel in Tashkurgan or other similar ranked hotel

Entrance fee

Kashgar to Kucha Overnight soft sleeper train, Kucha to Turpan overnight soft sleeper train, Turpan to Dunhuang day express train

3 meals in local’s house (two in Kashgar and one in Turpan)

Price doesn’t include

Meals

Tip for the guide and driver