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Tour Overview

Looking for the best side trip around Urumqi? Turpan would be the first selection! Regarded as a pearl-like city along the ancient Silk Road, Turpan processes a large number of cultural relics like Jiaohe Ruins, Sugong Pagoda as well as Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. In addition, the delicate-designed Karez Well definitely will give you a “wow” moment when you come close for visit. Just pick this 2 days classic Turpan tour, and you will find it worthwhile!

Highlights of this tour:

*Learn about the Buddhist culture in Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves and Sugong Pagoda.
*Trace the history and splendid culture in Jiaohe Ruins and Karez Well.
*Marvel at the amazing Flaming Mountains.
*Enjoy the picturesque landscapes in Tuyugou Valley.
*With private driver and English guide, as well as our 10+ years experience, you will love your tour and completely feel the magic of this wonderland.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. In the morning, our English speaking tour guide and driver will pick you up from Urumqi downtown hotel and head to Turpan. The driving lasts around 3 hours, you can enjoy scenery on the way, and talk with your guide for more background information and stories about Turpan, the amazing city.

    After an early lunch in a local restaurant, your exploration begins with Tuyugou Valley. Tuyugou Valley Scenic Area locates at 55km away from southeast Turpan, composed by three major parts: Tuyugou Valley, Tuyugou Thousand Buddha Caves and Mazha Village. It’s a melting pot of different religions, history and culture since the remote old days. As you know, mysterious tales always comes with “ancient”, the old folk village and the Buddha grottoes with rich stories sublimates the surface natural beauty of the valley beyond doubt.

    Xinjiang Tuyu Valley
    Tuyu Valley

    Later, continue your visit to Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, nestled on the Flaming Mountainside, had been the most beautiful and important grottoes along the Silk Road. As the imperial temple and grottoes of Gaochang Kingdom, the incredible value of Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves incurred the terrible loot and destruction from foreign explorers. Although the existed caves here are broken in some degree, how gorgeous the original paintings were still could be imagined from the only remaining parts. You will read the meaningful culture exchange emerging together with Silk Trade Route on some preserved caves.

    Afterwards, move on to the Flaming Mountains. You agree that Flaming Mountains completely deserves the name when you behold that the mountain body is in fire-baked red like a rising flame. People start to marvel at this place from the huge thermometer standing in its entrance gate and showing the real-time temperature there. “Hot” is the only theme. An interesting phenomenon here is that you bury an egg into the sands here, a few minutes later, you can eat it! Amazing, right?

    Friendly tip: Please take hats, umbrellas, sun glass, sun creams and things like that are recommended as you will be exposed directly under the heat for hours without shelter.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Turpan

    Xinjiang Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave
    Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave

  2. Today you will further explore the cultural Turpan with your guide! The first stop will be Karez Well, which is a special Irrigation System distributed in Turpan area, sharing the same fame with Great Wall as “Great Human Engineering”. With a little rainfall volume yearly, it’s almost impossible for Turpan to use water in the surface to irrigate farmland. However, Turpan locates in a basin embraced by the snowy mountains around, so, fortunately, it is rich in water resources underground. Local people brought into full play the tilted terrain of the basin, dug many Karez and connected them together into a subterranean irrigation system.

    Moving on to Sugong Pagoda, you will witness this typical Islam architecture with the largest scale among all pagodas in Xinjiang. It was built by the local governor to show appreciation for Qing Government, today symbolizing national unity. The conical body of the Pagoda was engraved with beautiful paintings of strong ethnic flavor, vividly telling its old stories for the visitors. Behind the Pagoda stands the biggest Mosque in Turpan, consisting a harmonious picture in the scenic area.

    Xinjiang Sugong Pagoda
    Sugong Pagoda

    Then, you will head to Jiaohe Ruins. If you ever watched the aerial photo of Jiaohe Ruins, you will find it roves in the vast Turpan basin just like a giant aircraft carrier. Located at a ship-like loessal mesas eroded by rivers for thousands of years, the ancient city later emerged with the coming of Cheshi people whose great wisdom could be deduced easily on their masterpieces: the dwellings, streets and city layout that they built on a clever use of the local geographic conditions, thus we could have opportunity to have a look to the relics of the largest city made of natural soil in the world with long history, about 1700 years.

    Finishing the sightseeing, drive back to Urumqi.

    Accommodation: N/A

    Xinjiang Jiaohe Ruins
    Jiaohe Ruins


Price Includes

  • 1 night accommodation in Turpan centrally located hotel with breakfast
  • 2 Chinese style lunches
  • Entrance tickets as listed in itinerary
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide
  • Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver
  • Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
  • Government taxes

Price Excludes

  • China Visas/flights/trains
  • Any dinner
  • Accommodation in Urumqi
  • Any optional activity/battery car/shuttle bus/horse rides inside the attractions
  • Our package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase commercial travel insurance before your trip for any unforeseen circumstance
  • Any item beyond "Price Includes"
  • Gratuities to guide and driver (recommended if you are satisfied with their services)
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