Xinjiang ethnic culture

Tour Overview

Join the 7 days Xinjiang small group tour to catch a glimpse of the natural and cultural beauty of Northwestern China. The Xinjiang tour has a brilliant itinerary with all highlights of Kashgar, Turpan, and Urumqi included, unfolding an exciting adventure of Karakul Lake, Kashgar Old Town, Id Kah Mosque, Karez Well, Jiaohe Ruins, Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, Urumqi International Bazaar, Heavenly Lake…Enjoy an ultimate expedition in the westernmost end of China together with like-mind group members, is there anything more thrilling to do in your next vacation?

1. Capture the spectacular views of Karakuri Lake on camera – snowy peaks, green grass, leisure flocks and herds reflected in the lake on sunny days, while dark and bleak on rainy days.
2. Experience the unique spirit of Kashgar’s Old Town – walk through the winding Islamic-style alleys, visit the local handicraft market, and admire Xinjiang’s largest mosque…
3. Have a glimpse of the existed largest ancient pagoda in Xinjiang and explore the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, which boast the largest group of caves and the most abundant murals in Turpan.
4. Enjoy the Xinjiang Museum’s vast collection, including silverware artworks, stone tablets, ceramics, and paintings as well as well-preserved 4,000-year-old corpses unearthed along the Silk Road.
5. Appreciate the amazing Heavenly Lake, which is an alpine lake nestled on a snow-capped hillside, and learn about the legend of the Queen Mother of the West.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. When you arrive at Kashgar airport, you will find the driver is waiting for you at the exit after you reclaim your luggage. When you meet, the driver will drive you to the hotel. The rest of the day,take your time to relax yourself and prepare for the coming tour.

    Accommodation: 3 star hotel

  2. 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: When the tour ends, transfer back to your hotel.

    Accommodation: 3-star hotel

    Karakul Lake in Xinjiang
    Karakul Lake

  3. AM: After the breakfast, 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. The next stop is 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.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: The last stop of today is the Old Town of Kashgar and Local Livestock Market.

    When the tour ends, transfer back to your hotel.

    Accommodation: 3-star hotel

    Livestock Bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang
    Sunday Livestock Bazaar in Kashgar

  4. AM: Take the morning flight to Urumqi.  Our local guide and driver in Urumqi will pick you up from airport and then transfer to Turpan. It will take about 2.5 hours riding.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: Arriving in Turpan we will visit Karez Well, the gigantic underground irrigation system created by ancient Xinjiang people. Then we will visit 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. The last stop will be 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.

    Accommodation: 3-star hotel

    Xinjiang Sugong Pagoda
    Sugong Pagoda

  5. AM: In the morning after hotel pickup, you will pay a visit 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. Then we will visit Tuyuq Village, the oldest existed Uygurs village in Chinawhere you will see the ancient earth-and wood structure Uygures house and it is regarded as the Chinese Mekka due to its position in Muslim people.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

    PM: The last stop in Turpan will be the hottest place in China– the Flaming Hill, situated at the north of ancient Silk Road. The temperature is so high that nothing grows on the hill.

    When driving back to Urumqi we will visit the Urumqi International Bazaar.

    Accommodation: 3-star hotel

    Xinjiang Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave
    Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave

  6. AM: In the morning our local guide will pick you up from hotel and then go to visit Xinjiang Museum which has a huge collections, including silver works of art, stone steles, coins and currency, ceramics, wooden articles, and paintings. The amazing part will be the well-preserved 4,000-year-old corpses, unearthed along the Silk Road. Then we will drive you to Souvenir Shop of the Great Hall of the People is famous for high quality Hetian jade. Various kinds of jade will just bring you an eye feast.

    Noon: Lunch on your own.

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

    Accommodation: 3-star hotel

    Xinjiang Heavenly Lake
    Heavenly Lake

  7. 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 ($=USD)

Tour start date Luxury Class
July 20th contact us
Single Room Supplement $
Hotel Standard 5 star
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Price includes

  • All transfer by air-conditional vehicle
  • Excellent English speaking guide during sightseeing days
  • First gate entrance fee to the attractions mentioned
  • 6 nights’ accommodation based on the 3 star hotels with breakfast
  • Economy flight tickets from Kashgar to Urumqi
  • China travel Accident Insurance
  • Government taxes and service charges

Price excludes

  • Any personal expense
  • Any golf car or bike/boat ride inside the attractions
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips to the guide and driver
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