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Tour Overview

Explore the enchanting landscapes and vibrant cultures of North Xinjiang on this 7-day journey. Begin in Urumqi, delving into the chaos of Erdaoqiao International Bazaar. Traverse through Heavenly Lake’s alpine tranquility, witness geological wonders at Keketuohai, and step into the Tuva paradise in Hemu Village. Immerse in the magical beauty of Kanas Nature Reserve and experience the dreamlike landscapes of Urho. This adventure promises a perfect blend of natural wonders and cultural richness, leaving you with unforgettable memories.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore Erdaoqiao International Bazaar’s vibrant chaos, where Uighur flavors, hawking, and dazzling goods create an unforgettable cultural spectacle.
2. Experience the breathtaking beauty of Heavenly Lake, nestled 2,000m in the Tianshan mountains, offering optional cruises and mesmerizing alpine landscapes.
3. Marvel at Keketuohai National Geological Park, home to the world’s largest mine, No.3 Mine, showcasing rare and magical geological heritage.
4. Step into the tranquil Hemu Village, a paradise for photographers, surrounded by dense woods, herds of cattle, and the unique lifestyle of Tuva people.
5. Unveil the mesmerizing beauty of Kanas Nature Reserve, where the legendary Kanas Lake bursts into different colors, offering an idyllic embrace of nature.
6. Explore the dreamlike landscapes at Urho, from the enchanting Five-colored Beach with its colorful hues to the unique wind-eroded geological wonder, Urho Ghost City.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Please make your own way to arrive at Urumqi Diwobao Airport between 2-3 pm. When you arrive at Urumqi, the local driver will pick you up with a Joy Travel banner.

    After meeting all group members, you will start the exploration with Erdaoqiao International Bazaar - a bustling market that serves as a cultural and commercial hub. Visitors can explore a vibrant array of goods from traditional Uighur carpets and textiles to local handicrafts and spices. The market is a melting pot of diverse cultures, offering a unique blend of Central Asian and Chinese influences. It provides an immersive experience, allowing visitors to discover the rich tapestry of Xinjiang's cultural heritage through its vibrant markets.

    Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar
    Erdaoqiao International Bazaar

    At the end of the visit, we will drive around 1.5 hours to a hotel near Heavenly Lake overnight.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: near Heavenly Lake

  2. In the morning, go to the amazing Heavenly Lake, a picturesque Alpine lake that is 2,000m up in the Tianshan mountain range. You can choose to absorb the beautiful surroundings by taking a cruise, or trekking along the lake... (boat cruise is an optional activity, please pay by yourself if you want to experience)

    Xinjiang Heavenly Lake Boat Ride
    Rent a Boat and Explore the Heavenly Lake

    Later, drive to Fuyun for the night. On the way, we will pass by the Gurbantunggut Desert and the Kalamaili Nature Reserve. If you are lucky, you may see wild donkeys and goats running in the Gobi Desert.

    Stay overnight in Koktokay Town.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Koktokay

  3. Today we are going to explore Keketuohai National Geological Park, a geological marvel offering breathtaking landscapes. Here, we will see deep canyons and dramatic rock formations. Hiking trails provide access to panoramic viewpoints, allowing travelers to marvel at the rugged beauty of the Altai Mountains. Visit the No.3 Mine, the largest mine in the world and known as the Geology and Mineral Museum.

    Keketuohai No.3 Mine
    No.3 Mine in Keketuohai

    After saying goodbye to this world wonder, we will drive to Burqin for the night.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Burqin

  4. Today, drive to Hemu Village - one of the three settlements of Tuva people in China. We will enter the village on a shuttle bus. It's truly a paradise for photographers. The tranquil village, dense woods, and herds of cattle and sheep make a picturesque landscape. You can freely walk around the village to experience the unique lifestyle of the local Tuva people who have lived here for centuries.

    Xinjiang Hemu Village
    Admire the traditional Tuwa houses in Hemu Village

    Special note: please have lunch or dinner in this hotel, otherwise no breakfast will be provided. The Chinese-style meal is available in the hotel, around RMB80 per person, please pay there on your own.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Hemu

  5. The Kanas Nature Reserve is a pristine wilderness renowned for its stunning alpine landscapes and crystal-clear Kanas Lake. You may have never seen so a beautiful mountain lake. As the seasons change, the lake bursts into different colors, crystal blue, dark green, or even gray. Walking from one bay to another and taking some pictures, you will have a relaxing time immersing yourself in the idyllic beauty and embracing nature.

    Xinjiang Kanas Lake
    Explore the Pristine Waters of Kanas Lake

    Strolling along the Kanas River, you will see the virgin forests, Fairy Bay, Wolong Bay, Moon Bay, and Wild Duck Lake which would be a perfect chance to take nice pictures! After finishing the relaxing sightseeing, you will check into the hotel.

    Special note: please have lunch or dinner in this hotel, otherwise no breakfast will be provided. The Chinese-style meal is available in the hotel, around RMB80 per person, please pay there on your own.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kanas

  6. Get up in the early morning and drive to Urho. First, visit Five-colored Beach, a mesmerizing natural wonder along the Irtysh River. Renowned for its vibrant hues, the beach displays striking colors due to mineral deposits. Visitors can explore the uniquely tinted landscape, with shades ranging from red and yellow to blue and green.

    Xinjiang Five-colored Beach
    Five-colored Beach

    Then travel along the Gurbantunggut Desert to the Urho Ghost City, an otherworldly geological phenomenon characterized by eerie wind-eroded rock formations. Witness surreal landscapes with intricate spires, caves, and pillars shaped by natural forces. The city's unique sandstone structures create an ethereal atmosphere, making it a captivating destination for photography and exploration.

    This is the most beautiful Yadan Landform in the region. When we arrive at the entrance, we will take the shuttle bus, which is shaped like a small train. You can visit the entire Ghost City by shuttle bus.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Urho

    Urho Ghost in Xinjiang
    Ghost City

  7. Today, we will drive back to Urumqi and drop you off at Urumqi airport for departure.

    Note: Please book a return flight after 5 pm to ensure no rush for the trip.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • 6 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to/off Urumqi;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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