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Tour Overview

Our 10-day Southern Xinjiang In-depth Tour takes you to remote and less-traveled areas in far west China. It is recommended for those who are keen to learn about the culture, customs, history, and natural scenery of Xinjiang and its people.

Explore the historical and cultural wonders of Kuqa, including the awe-inspiring Tianshan Mysterious Grand Canyon and Dragon Lake’s desert wetland scenery. Witness the natural marvels of Wensu Grand Canyon and the Taklimakan Desert, immersing yourself in the vast sand dunes and poplar forests. Indulge in the local flavors of Hotan, delve into its vibrant bazaar, and learn about its rich heritage at the Carpet Museum and Atlas Silk Workshop. Conclude your adventure in Kashgar, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern life in its captivating Old Town and bustling markets.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Experience the stunning beauty of Tianshan Mysterious Grand Canyon, with its towering cliffs and serene lakes, immersing yourself in nature’s wonders.
2. Explore Dragon Lake’s tranquil environment and unique desert wetland scenery, taking a boat or bus tour to appreciate its natural charm.
3. Marvel at the magnificent Danxia landforms and giant rock salt karst wonders in Wensu Grand Canyon, a breathtaking gallery of natural beauty.
4. Embark on a scenic road adventure through the Taklimakan Desert, encountering endless sand dunes and vast poplar forests along the way.
5. Delight in the flavors of Hotan’s local cuisine at the vibrant night market, savoring delicious food and immersing yourself in the city’s lively atmosphere.
6. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Hotan, exploring the bustling Bazaar, Carpet Museum, and Atlas Silk Workshop, gaining insights into the area’s history.
7. Wander through the ancient streets of Kashgar’s Old Town, admiring the mud-brick architecture and intricate alleys that reflect centuries of Islamic influence.
8. Experience the vibrant energy of Kashgar’s Sunday Livestock Market, where you can find everything from handicrafts to livestock, immersing yourself in the local culture.
9. Climb up to Stone City in Taxkorgan, an ancient ruin perched on a rocky hill, offering panoramic views and a glimpse into the region’s rich history.
10. Discover the enchanting beauty of Golden Wetland in Taxkorgan, a picturesque oasis with murmuring rivers, lush meadows, and grazing flocks, creating a dreamlike setting.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Kuqa, a national historical and cultural city! When you arrive at the airport, your local driver will meet you at the exit gate and transfer you to your local hotel to check in. The rest of the day is free to explore the small city or relax at the hotel.

    Accommodation: in Kuqa

  2. After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Tianshan Mysterious Grand Canyon - a series of reddish-brown mountains. The canyon features towering cliffs, deep gorges, and stunning rock formations carved by the forces of nature. Visitors can explore its rugged terrain, marvel at the diverse flora and fauna, and be captivated by the serene beauty of its lakes and waterfalls. It is a true paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

    Tianshan Mysterious Grand Canyon
    Tianshan Mysterious Grand Canyon

    Continue driving to Dragon Lake, named after the dragon in Chinese mythology. With its tranquil environment and dense wetlands, it is comparable to the water towns of Jiangnan (regions south of the Yangtze River). At Dragon Lake Scenic Area, visitors can choose to take a boat tour of the core waters, or take a bus tour among the dense reeds to experience the unique desert wetland scenery.

    At the end of the visit, drive you back to Kuqa for the night.

    Accommodation: in Kuqa

  3. After hotel breakfasts, drive around 4 hours to Wensu for Wensu Grand Canyon, which has the most beautiful Danxia landforms in western China and the most giant rock salt karst geological wonders in China.

    Hiking the scenic area is like a great walk through a beautiful and vigorous natural gallery. At the end of the hike, drive around 1 hour to Aksu.

    Note: Please prepare food for the picnic today as lunch.

    Accommodation: in Aksu

    Xinjiang Wensu Grand Canyon
    Wensu Grand Canyon

  4. Today, an experienced driver will drive you through the "Taklimakan Desert", the largest and most dangerous desert in China.

    This is a long but beautiful road adventure. Along the way, your eyes will be full of endless sand dunes and vast poplar forests. If conditions permit, we will stop anywhere for small desert exploration.

    In the evening, you can pay a visit to the Hotan night market for delicious local food.

    Accommodation: in Hotan

    Xinjiang Taklimakan Desert
    Taklimakan Desert

  5. Today will be a leisure day in Hotan. Follow your guide to explore Hotan Bazaar to know better of the city.

    Go to Carpet Museum and Atlas Silk Workshop to learn more about the culture and history of this area.

    Accommodation: in Hotan

    Xinjiang Hotan Silk
    Hotan Silk

  6. After breakfast, you will head to Kashgar. You would have some stops on the way for rest. After arrival, have a good rest.

    Accommodation: in Kashgar

  7. Today is a day to explore Kashgar City. The first site will be Kashgar Old Town. Enjoy leisurely wandering in this Islamic-style city block, which highlights the centuries-old mud-brick architecture and twisting alleys through workshops.

    After that, take a visit to Id Kah Mosque, the largest Islam Mosque in Xinjiang, which is a construction complex with a magnificent chapel, pagoda, garden, and scripture hall in Islamic style.

    Kashgar Id Kah Mosque Xinjiang
    Id Kah Mosque

    Then move to Sunday Livestock Market, where you can find and buy various things such as handicrafts, livestock, local specialties, and vegetables, as well as many other kinds of things from second-hand items to needles and thread. (If the day is not Sunday when you are in Kashgar, there won't be a Sunday Livestock Market there, or it might get closed randomly by local policy, our tour guide would arrange for you guys a Local Handicraft Market instead if Sunday Livestock Market is not available.)

    Accommodation: in Kashgar

  8. Drive 1 hour along the Karakoram Highway to Opal Village. Along the way, shoot some of the highest and most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. Opal Village is one of the best places to taste local fruit and authentic Uygur bread.

    Afterwards, head for Oytagh Red Mountain, the first major attraction on Karakoram Highway that displays a red tint. Arrive at White Sand Lake, where the scenery of snow peaks reflected on the teal-colored lake must be a feast for your eyes.

    Then come to Karakul Lake. It's a moraine lake surrounded by a series of high mountains. At the lakefront, there is grassland with roaming flocks and herds, creating a fair and charming picture.

    After the tour, we will drive to Taxkrogan County for the night.

    Accommodation: in Taxkrogan

    Xinjiang Karakul Lake
    Karakul Lake

  9. You'll visit Stone City first today. It is an ancient ruin perched atop a rocky hill. Visitors can explore the remains of ancient buildings, walls, and streets, providing a glimpse into the region's rich history. The panoramic views of the surrounding landscape are also a highlight.

    Next to it is the Golden Wetland, dubbed the "Pearl on Pamirs", offering you a dreamlike world of murmuring rivers, and lush meadows, as well as flocks and herds.

    In the afternoon, drive around 5 hours back to Kashgar.

    Accommodation: in Kashgar

    Stone City Xinjiang
    Enjoy the Stunning Natural Views of Stone City

  10. After breakfast, your driver will escort you to Kashgar airport for departure.

    Accommodation: N/A

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

  • 9 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels with daily breakfast;
  • 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 tickets to Kuqa /off Kashgar;
  • 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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