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Overview

The most essential parts of Xinjiang have been included in this trip. The most beautiful natural landscapes in northern Xinjiang like Kanas and Hemu and the Kashgar livestock market and old city are all in the package. It is designed for anyone who want to experience the must-see sights in Xinjiang in 2 weeks!

Highlights

  • Visit the lively Sunday Market in Kashgar where to see the transaction ways practiced thousands of years.

  • Drive through the magnificent Pamir Plateau and enjoy the gentle wave and breeze on Karakul Lake.

  • Walk around the oldest Uygur village - Tuyoq Village to feel the rich history of the ancient silk road.

  • Immerse yourself in the Heavenly Lake where to see the majestic snow mountains reflected on the mirror-like lake surface.

  • Enjoy you leisure time in the Tuva Village of Hemu and appreciate the breathtaking scenery of sunrise and sunset.

  • Wander around the turquoise-like Kanas lake and look for the trace of Kanas water monsters.

Itinerary

Day 1Kashgar Arrival

Today is the first day of your tour. Welcome to Kashgar! Upon arrival, you will be met  transferred to the hotel to have check-in. After some rest, you can either explore the city by yourself freely or just stay in the hotel.

Transport: Car
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar

Day 2Kashgar to Taxkorgan

After enjoy your breakfast, we will leave for Taxkorgan county. Driving on the famed Karakoram Highway is really enjoyable! You eyes will always be filled with the stunning scenery on the way. It is one of the most important highways in China as it directly connects Pakistan with China. Driving about 3 hours, you will meet the White Sand Lake, which is just in the right side of your window. Get off the car and have a rest there. The gentle wave of the lake sparkles under the sunshine, and the lake is always in milky blue regardless of the weather. 

 

Enjoy your lunch beside the Karakul Lake. The lake is highest alpine lake in the world. Not like the white sand lake, this lake changes color according to the angles of sunlight. It is an ideal place to know the life style of the Kirghiz herdsmen, who have been settled down and had nomadic life here for more than a thousand of years. The famed Muztagh Ata is just in front of you when you are facing to the Karakul Lake.

 

You will see lost of stunning scenes on the way to Taxkorgan. The dream-like milky blue aquamarine streams alongside the highway will accompany you till the end of today's trip!

Transport: Car
Accommodation: Overnight in Taxkorgan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Taxkorgan to Kashgar

You must have had a nice dream last night! The lovely morning on the Pamir Plateau is very enjoyable especially when the morning gentle sunlight falls on your face. We will head directly to the Stone Fortress where to see the historic relics that has been existed for over 2000 years. The outskirt of the city is protected by the firm stone walls and that is where the city gets its name. There is no conclusion about who built this city, but the wisdom of the designer is well presented by the solid fortress. In front of the city is a meadow named Golden Wetland. The grass on the wetland is always golden, which makes it different from the other wetland. There is a newly constructed pathway where you can have an excellent view of the stone fortress to take great pictures.

 

After visiting, we will drive back to Kashgar and you will renew your sweet experience of Karakul lake and white sand lake. Upon arrival, have hotel check-in and have a good rest.

Transport: Car
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4Kashgar to Urumqi

Today we will have a day tour in Kashgar. Go to the Id Kah Mosque. It is in the city center of Kashgar and also the landmark of it. As the largest Mosque in China, you will learn many things about Islam and how it developed in China here by the interpretation of your guide. Then just crossing the road and walking for a while, we will arrive at the Kashgar Old City. We should be there before 10:30 to attend the interesting opening ceremony. Appreciating the performance of the Uygur girls and boys, you will feel the passion and hospitality of local people. At the crossroad inside the old city, there is a old tea house that has been there for more than 100 years. Have a cup of tea and enjoy the Uygur dance and songs with Uygur elders playing Uygur traditional instrument in the second floor. Listening to the locals chatting and laughing, even with no idea what they are talking about, you will suddenly have a nostalgia of old days.

 

In the afternoon, it is just the busiest time of Sunday Bazaar. There were 2 bazaar befoe, one in the outside selling the items for daily use, the other in the inside for livestock transaction. Now for the construction of that area, the outside bazaar is temporarily closed while the livestock bazaar is still in its original appearance. People are still doing business as what their ancestors did thousands of years ago. You can have your lunch in this interesting place and having the freshest lamb and beef for barbecue is also an excellent idea.

 

The last spot we will visit today is the Handicraft Street. You will find numerous amazing stores and shops on the street. Buying some souvenirs for your friends and family there and looking for some local specialties like shoes, instruments or decorations, you will have a leisure afternoon in the lively place!

 

Later in the day, you will be escorted to the airport to catch the flight to Urumqi based on the schedule. Upon arrival, have a good rest in the hotel.

Transport: Car + Flight
Accommodation: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5Urumqi to Turpan

We will head to Turpan today. It is a well-known city in China for its history, legends and special landform. All most all Chinese know Turpan even if a few of they have no idea where Xinjiang is. Because the novel and the drama adapted from the novelTuyoq Village. It is the oldest Uygur village in existence. The village in at the foot of the Flaming Mountain which is famous for its hot summer and the stories depicted in


We then will drive to a UNESCO World Heritage site - Jiaohe Ruins. It is know as the Oriental Pompeii for its remaining marvelous ruins that has been there for over 2300 years. The mysterious relics has witness the vicissitudes of Turpan city and its charms attracts millions of visitors every year. 

Transport: Car
Accommodation: Overnight in Turpan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6Turpan to Urumqi to Fukang

This morning we will head to Karez Well after breakfast. It is a special irrigation system that embodies the wisdom of Uygur ancestors. Typically the length of Karez Well is about 3 to 4 kilometers to make sure the underground streams keep running. For the reason that the well is very functional for irrigation and daily use, the technique was then gradually spread to central Asia and traveled to Iran via the silk road. Not far from the Karez Well is Sugong Minaret. It is the largest Islamic minaret in China that was built in 1778. Very magnificent and exquisite so that can be rated as the most wonderful Islamic artwork in China.

 

Afterwards, drive back to Urumqi. We will then stroll around the International Grand Bazaar, the world's largest bazaar. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the dazzling goods and beautiful buildings! You will also appreciate the passionate Xinjiang dancing & singing in the center of the bazaar. Buy some souvenirs and gifts here will be a very nice choice!


Later in the day, we will go to Fukang and have overnight stay at the foot of Tianshan mountain near the Heavenly Lake.

Transport: Car
Accommodation: Overnight in Fukang
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7Heavenly Lake to Fuhai

Freshen yourself up in the Heavenly Lake in the morning. It is a picturesque alpine lake, with snow mountains surrounded and meadows dotted around. We will change to the shuttle bus of the scenic area and you will be amazed by the lush forest and magnificent mountains on the way. Find a place to sit down and feel the gentle breeze under the blue sky.


Afterwards, we will head to Fuhai to have overnight stay.

Transport: Car
Accommodation: Overnight in Fuhai
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8Fuhai to Hemu

Exciting day! Today we will drive to Hemu Village, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in China. It is the biggest Tuva village in China, where to see the unique settled nomadic life style of Tuvas. Not like the other tribes, Tuvas settle down in the village and live in the wooden houses. The singing streams with small bridges over them and the beautiful meadows with lush forest accompanied forms a picturesque scenery of the tranquil village. 

 

Have a nice dream in this fairyland!

Transport: Car
Accommodation: Overnight in Hemu
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9Hemu to Kanas

Another day to be amazed! We will drive along the mountain road into the Kanas Nature Reserve. Kanas is regarded as the only European-like place in China as the lush pine forest and continuous meadows looks very like the scenery in Switzerland. It is awarded as the "Pure Land of the World" because of its unparalleled scenery.

 

We will take the shuttle bus to get to the hinterland of the park. By visiting the famous three bays, you will know why there are so many people addicted to Kanas. In Moon bay, Dragon Bay and Immortal Bay, close your eyes and listen to the voice of river and forest. And when you come to the Fish Pavilion, you will again be surrounded by the voice of nature with the best view of Kanas Lake. You can even experience the cruise on the lake if you would like to.

Transport: Car
Accommodation: Overnight in Jiadengyu
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10Kanas to Urho

Be waked up by the breeze and bird's singing in the morning. You must have had a nice dream last night! We will spend the morning in Kanas by strolling around the area. Take as many beautiful photos as possible. The color of the lake is also changing following the change of sunlight, weather and seasons. Sometimes it is crystal blue, sometimes milky blue and sometimes dark green or even gray.


Drive to Urho in the afternoon. We will enjoy the stunning scenery of sunset of Five-colored Beach on the way. You will feel like in another planet when you enter the beach. The unique lava landscape is made up of colorful mudstone, sandstone and gravel in purplish red, vandyke red, yellow and light green. You will be filled with the wonder at the sight of the scenery. It is the real masterpiece of nature.


Coutinue our trip and pay a visit to the Urho Ghost City on the way, which is also known as wind city. You will see many strange stones like planted from the ground with all types of shape. Mushrooms, warriors, castles… That are all the masterpieces of nature that caused by the wind erosion. In the evening, if you stand in the draught, you will hear the howl of the wind and feel its power so as to know how the city is formed. The splendid “city” is just like a magic kingdom that is showing the different style of beauty of the world. We will change to take the small train in the scenic area to take a round trip of the whole city.

Transport: Car
Accommodation: Overnight in Urho
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11Urho to Urumqi Departure

Today is the last day of your trip. We will drive to go back to Urumqi after breakfast. Enjoy the scenery on the way and have a good rest. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the airport based on the schedule. Wish you a pleasant journey home and hope to see you again in your next China trip!

Transport: Car
Accommodation: No Accommodation
Meals: Breakfast

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Includes

  • Private transportation through out the itinerary. SRT will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure based on your flight info.

    4pax- 7seats. 6pax- 12seats. 8pax- 18seats. 12pax-33seats

  • 4star hotel include breakfast, service charge and government tax. Located in the downtown

    3star hotel in Taxkorgan county, Local Wooden Cabin in Hemu Village

  • All entrance fees(shuttle bus) sightseeing; excursions and activities as per the itinerary

  • Domestic flights from Kashgar to Urumqi

  • Private friendly and professional English-Speaking guides

  • Visa support letter for you to apply Chinese visa easily.

  • Travel and health insurance when travel with us.

  • 8, A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling.

Excludes

  • International and domestic flights not indicated.

  • Food, Lunch or dinner not specified

  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

  • Personal expenses and the other tours or activities not mentioned

Trip Notes

  • We will upgrade trains to 1st class where available if book the tour 5 months in advance of departure.

  • There is no problem to travel Silk Road during Ramadan.

  • Complimentary 2 bottles of water each person on daily use.

Transportation

We will use business MPV to luxurious coaches and trains.

Accommodation

All the hotels we selected are 4-5star well-located in the city center with good and proper breakfast for our clients.

Guides

Our guides are very friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. And our group tours will be escorted from SRT.

Climate and Altitude

Generally speaking Mid March—End Oct are the best time to visit Silk Road. And we strongly suggest you come in May, June, October to avoid the heat and crowd. No need to worry about high altitude along the Silk Road. We will prepare Oxygen bags if the package includes Xiahe, Qinghai Lake and Taxkorgan County.

We offer beneficial Cancellation Policy to our customers.

Client's Reviews

  • Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

    Chiaki

    from Japan

    I am Chiaki, Japanese, you met at your office on Sep.19th.

    Now I am back in Tokyo, Japan, and am writing this to say 'thank you' to you.

    It was wonderful to meet you.

    There is no person else you who brings a new customer to your office and make such a perfect plan at that late time with the fantastic English.

    You are so smart and diligent. I know that because I am also in a sales department for individual customers of my company (not a travelling company though). 

    Also I have to say that your special offer made my trip definitely awesome one!!

    I spent my time in Xinjiang as almost exactly same as you planned.

    I went to Turpan first, Kashgar, Kalakur lake, and Kanas. I like them all very much! Kanas was the very best season as you said. Without your plan, I would have been just hanging around Urumqi whole 10 days. It would have been just boring....

    If I would have a chance to visit Urumqi again, I would like to meet you again to thank you.

    And also, if you could have a chance to visit Japan and Tokyo, plaese let me know.

    I can show you around, or at least I can make a plan for you :->

    So, I have more to say to you, but I have to go now.

    I appreciate you so much. Thank you very much.

    Xie Xie Xie Xie ni!


  • Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

    Boonme Swang-thamma

    from Thailand

    Thank you to take care my group very much. It was the great trip.,especially at Kashgar . Your guide was professional ,he could make everything to be easy.we enjoyed the Kashgar section very much especially the Old Town. 
    For Kanas Lake ,it was raining. My group were happy to stay in homestay.but the scenery was amazing when the sun came out when we arrive in Hemu. Thanks again for everything!

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