Day Tour to Yarkand Taklamakan Desert

February 17, 2018
Kashgar Tours
Kashgar Tours
Kashgar Tours
Kashgar Tours
Kashgar Tours
Kashgar Tours
Kashgar Tours
Kashgar Tours
Kashgar Tours
Our Day Tour to Yarkand and the Taklamakan Desert is a combination tour which is designed to include the local heritage and cultures as well as the natural scenery of Yarkand and the Taklamakan Desert. You will wander through the Yarkand Old Town and ride a camel in the Taklamakan Desert.
Attractions: Yengisar  Knife Factory, Golden Graveyard , Aman Nisahan Tomb, Yarkant Old Town, Taklamakan Desert
( Taklimakan Desert), Camel Riding and Desert Trekking
Transportation: Bus/Car
Activities:  We will start our tour after breakfast. On our way to Yarkant, one hour East of Kashgar, we will make a stop in the county of Yingsar. Yingsar (Yingjisha in Chinses)is the most famous town in Xinjiang for making traditional Uyghur knives.
You will have chance to visit one of the many knife factories,  view the making process and purchase as souvenir if you wish to.  Next stop a further two hours down the road will be Yarkand (shache in Chinese). In Yarkand,  we will first visit the Golden Graveyard. Golden Graveyard dates back to 17th Century and is the buriel place of Royal family members of the Yarkand Uyghur Kingdom, therefore local people name it as “Golden Graveyard” as a respect to the Kingdom.

Next to the Golden Graveyard is the Tomb of Aman Nisahan, the wife of the second King of  Yarkand Kingdom.

Aman Nisahan is a famous Uyghur poet, musician and composer. She is most renound for her transcription of the Twelve Mukam of famous traditional Uyghur music. She brought together local musicians, the majority of which were farmers, from the region and put their music to paper and also composed one of the Mukams herself.

We will then walk through the Old Town in Yarkandwhere we will visit the lively local market.

Here it is possible to see wood and metal craftsmen in action and sample tradtional food which is sold on small carts along the street. Yarkand was once the capital of the Uyghur Kingdom in ancient times, and it was an important station on the Ancient Silk Road. It has a history of more than 2000 years.

Before leaving Yarkant we can visit a local teahouse where we will enjoy a delicious traditional Uyghur lunch, of corn noodles and kebabs. Alternatively we can have a picnic lunch of fruit and bread in the desert.

After lunch we will drive for around an hour to reach the oasis village of Karasu on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert. From the village you can look out onto endless sand dunes stretching away before you.

Taklamakan Desert is the second largest shifting sands desert in the World, covering an area of 337,600 square km.

Taklimakan Desert is known as the “sea of death” by the silk road traders that used to cross it in their caravans in times gone by, many traders entered the desert lost their way and were never to be seen again.There is the option to experience ancient desert transportation by riding a camel over the dunes. We can also trek through the desert for upto an hour.