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Tour Overview

Explore the western part of the China Silk Road with like-minded members in this 8 days Silk Road group tour, enjoy a once-in-life expedition from Dunhuang to Turpan, Urumqi, and finally Kashgar. With the commentary from the professional tour guide, you will visit those glittering attractions along Silk Road: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Hill, Crescent Lake, Astana Tombs, Bizaklik Thousand Cave, Flaming Mountain, Karez Well, Sugong Pagoda, Jiaohe Ruins, Erdaoqiao Market, Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake, Karakuri Lake, Sunday Market, Id Kah Mosque, Old Town of Kashgar, Abakh Khoja Tomb…

Highlights of this tour:

1. Experience a short camel ride on the Echoing-Sand Mountain, taking in the view of the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert.
2. Take a guided tour of Xinjiang International Bazaar in Urumqi, being dazzled by an overwhelming of goods in the stalls.
3. The road ventures into Karakuri Lake, a fresh and picturesque world on the Pamirs, reflecting snow-capped mountains.
4. Have an in-depth exploration of Xinjiang’s famous Sunday Market, once the largest international trade market in northwest China, where merchants from home and abroad exchanged various goods, such as silk, perfume, ivory, etc.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Our guide will pick you up when you arrive at Dunhuang train station. You will find the guide is waiting for you at the exit. When you meet, the guide and driver will drive you to the hotel and help you to check in. the rest of the day,take your time to relax yourself.

    Accommodation: Tianrun Hotel

  2. AM: Today we will firstly go to visit the Mogao Grottoes, one of the four most famous caves in China and a rare pearl on the Silk Road.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes
    Mogao Grottoes

    PM: Afterwards we will continue to visit Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. A short camel ride will leave you a unforgettable memory. Riding along the mountain to reach the Crescent Lake, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. It has not dried up over the past one thousand years and still gushes with fresh current.

    At last the local driver and guide will escort you to train station to take the train K69 or similar train to Turpan.

    Accommodation: On the train

    Dunhuang Echoing Sand Mountain
    Echoing Sand Mountain

  3. AM: Our local guide and driver will meet you at train station and after a short rest in hotel we will transfer to visit Astana Tomb, the public tome area shared by all ethnics and of different social class living in Gaochang Kingdom. Next you will go to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, a series of caves with thousands of Buddhism murals. The vivid murals show many Buddhism figures, stories, and the social life about 1,000 years ago in Ancient Gaochang Kingdom.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: The third stop will be the hottest place in China– the Flaming Hill, situated at the north of ancient Silk Road. At last pay a visit to local Uyger family to see the current life of local people.

    Accommodation: Karez Hotel

    Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves
    Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves

  4. AM: Today we are going to visit three famous places. In the morning, you will have an exploration of the well-known Karez Well, the gigantic underground irrigation system created by ancient Xinjiang people. There are over 1,100 Karez Wells in Turpan, providing precious water source to this dry and hot area during the past 400 years. The next stop of today will be the existed largest ancient pagoda in Xinjiang, Sugong Pagoda. The pagoda is a 44-meter-high (144 feet) Islamic pagoda, which bears a history of over 200 years.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    Xinjiang Karez Well
    Karez Well

    PM: Then you will visit Jiaohe Ruins, which is one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road. It is also the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world. Although 2,000 years have passed, the former brilliants of Jiaohe can still be found from the ruins. Then the local driver and guide will escort you to Urumqi, arriving there we will pay a visit to Erdaoqiao Market International Bazaar.

    Accommodation: Jinggu Hotel

    Jiaohe Ruins in Xinjiang
    Jiaohe Ruins

  5. AM: In the morning our local guide will pick you up from hotel and then go to visit Xinjiang Museum to see the unearthed cultural relics full of Uygures ethnic taste. The large numbers of cultural relics collected in the museum will introduce Xinjiang’s past to visitors. And the mummies are the highlight and the must see things in the museum.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: Then we will pay a visit the Heavenly Lake (Tianchi) in the rest of the day.

    Then the driver and the guide will escort you to airport to take the afternoon flight to Kashgar (Flight tickets cost will be left on your own). Our local guide and driver in Kashgar will pick you up from airport and escort you to hotel.

    Accommodation: Tianyuan International Hotel

    Xinjiang Heavenly Lake
    Heavenly Lake

  6. AM: In the morning, you will meet the guide in the lobby to start your journey. The first full day tour covers only one scenic spot: Karakuri Lake. The lake is 3 hours riding from downtown Kashgar. Together with the snow-capped Muztag Ata Mountain, they make up a fresh picturesque world.In the morning, you will meet the guide in the lobby to start your journey. The first full day tour covers only one scenic spot: Karakuri Lake. The lake is 3 hours riding from downtown Kashgar. Together with the snow-capped Muztag Ata Mountain, they make up a fresh picturesque world.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: Return to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Tianyuan International Hotel

    Xinjiang Karakuri Lake
    Karakuri Lake

  7. AM: In the morning our local guide will pick you up from hotel lobby and escort you to Sunday Market, namely Sunday Bazaar, which used to be the largest international trade market in northwest China. Traders at home and abroad come to exchange all kinds of goods, such as Silk, salt, fur, perfume, ivory. Next we will visit the Id Kah Mosque, a typical Islamic architecture like domes, minarets and arches, as well as pious prayers. It has a 500 years history.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: The last stop in Kashgar will be the Abakh Khoja Tomb, which is an ancient Islamic building complex and a cemetery. Five generations of a famous Islamic master were buried here. It is considered as the largest dome architecture in the east of the cemetery. The last stop will be the local Handicraft Street.

    Accommodation: Tianyuan International Hotel

    Livestock Bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang
    Sunday Livestock Bazaar in Kashgar

  8. After breakfast at the hotel, you may have all your belongings and luggage packed, check out of the hotel by yourself. Our guide and driver will drive you to the airport to take the homeward flight.

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price includes

  • Air-conditioned van
  • Excellent English Speaking guide
  • 3-star hotels with breakfast listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee listed in the itinerary
  • Soft sleeper train from Dunhuang (Liuyuan Station) to Turpan
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa support letter
  • 2 bottles of water per person per day

Price excludes

  • Breakfast on the train, lunch, and dinners throughout the itinerary
  • Cost for a boat cruise and camel riding, or other optional activities
  • Personal expenses and tips to guide and driver
  • Flight tickets from Urumqi to Kashgar
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