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Tour Overview

Are you looking for a deep tour of northern Xinjiang? This route is it! Xinjiang is a region brimming with natural wonders and cultural treasures. From the stunning Heavenly Lake to the captivating Kanas Lake Nature Reserve, immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of mountains, lakes, and deserts.

You will also explore the vibrant Five-Colored Beach, wander through the surreal rock formations of Urho Ghost City, and marvel at the dramatic cliffs of the Dushanzi Grand Canyon. Experience the tranquility of Sayram Lake and the vastness of Karajun Grassland. Encounter the nomadic lifestyle at Nalati Sky Grassland and delve into the region’s rich cultural heritage.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of Heavenly Lake, nestled in the Tianshan Mountains.
2. Immerse yourself in the serene landscapes of Kanas Lake Nature Reserve, with its turquoise waters and majestic peaks.
3. Explore the enchanting Five-Colored Beach, where vibrant hues create a stunning natural spectacle.
4. Discover the surreal rock formations of Urho Ghost City and the dramatic cliffs of the Dushanzi Grand Canyon.
5. Experience the tranquility of Sayram Lake, walking along its shores and admiring the surrounding mountain vistas.
6. Be captivated by the vast expanse of Kalajun Grassland, dotted with wildflowers and grazing livestock.
7. Step into the nomadic lifestyle at Nalati Sky Grassland, where Kazakh traditions and stunning vistas create an unforgettable experience.
8. Delve into the rich cultural heritage of Kazanqi Folk Village and enjoy the melodious tunes at the Accordion Museum.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, your guide and driver will meet you at the airport. They will warmly welcome you and assist with your transfer to the hotel.

    Take some time to relax and recover from your journey, and enjoy the facilities and amenities of your hotel. Urumqi is known for its rich history, diverse cultures, and bustling markets, so you may want to explore the city at your own pace in the evening.

    Accommodation: in Urumqi

  2. After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a 1.5-hour drive to Heavenly Lake (Tianchi). This stunning alpine lake is nestled in the Tianshan Mountains and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and forests.

    Xinjiang Heavenly Lake
    Heavenly Lake

    Enjoy a 40-minute scenic bus ride to the lake, and then you can take in the pristine beauty and snap memorable photos. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature and feel the refreshing mountain air. In the afternoon, return to Urumqi and head to the Urumqi Railway Station to board the overnight train to Beitun (12 hours). The train journey provides a chance to relax and enjoy the comfort of the sleeper cabins.

    Accommodation: on the train

  3. Upon arrival in Beitun in the morning, your guide will take you to a local restaurant for a delicious breakfast, allowing you to savor the flavors of the region. Afterwards, embark on a scenic drive to Hemu, a picturesque village known for its stunning landscapes and traditional wooden houses. From Hemu, transfer to a shuttle bus that will take you to Tuwa Village, home to the Tuwa ethnic minority group. Explore the village and have the unique opportunity to visit a local Tuwa family. Experience their warm hospitality, learn about their customs and traditions, and gain insights into their way of life.

    Accommodation: in Hemu

    Xinjiang Hemu Village
    Admire the traditional Tuwa houses in Hemu Village

  4. After a hearty breakfast, join us on a scenic drive along a mountain road that winds through the enchanting landscape to reach the Kanas Nature Reserve. Kanas Lake is known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, surrounded by lush forests and majestic snow-capped peaks.

    Xinjiang Kanas Lake
    Explore the Pristine Waters of Kanas Lake

    Take your time to explore the area, stroll along the lakeshore, and soak in the serene ambiance. Visit the Fish Watching Platform, which offers a panoramic view of the lake and a chance to spot various fish species. Afterwards, make your way to Jiadengyu district where you will check in and spend the night.

    Accommodation: in Kanas

  5. Today, you will visit the mesmerizing Five-Colored Beach, located along the Irtysh River in Burqin County. As the name suggests, the beach showcases a stunning display of vibrant colors caused by the unique mineral deposits in the area. Admire the picturesque landscape and capture the beauty of the colorful rock formations.

    After the tour, drive to the urban area of Burqin and check-in at a comfortable hotel. You'll have the rest of the day to explore the county at your own pace, wander through local markets, and taste the delicious local cuisine.

    Accommodation: in Burqin

    Xinjiang Five-colored Beach
    Five-colored Beach

  6. Embark on a thrilling adventure as you drive along the vast Gurbantünggüt Desert, known for its impressive sand dunes and unique desert scenery. Experience the awe-inspiring expanse of the desert and marvel at the golden sand stretching as far as the eye can see.

    Your next destination is Urho Ghost City, famous for its fascinating wind-eroded rock formations, which resemble ancient ruins and mythical figures. Explore the labyrinth of narrow canyons and intricate rock formations, capturing the surreal beauty of this natural wonder.

    Urho Ghost in Xinjiang
    Ghost City

    Afterwards, continue your journey to Dushanzi Grand Canyon, where you'll witness towering cliffs, lush forests, and cascading waterfalls, creating a dramatic and picturesque landscape. Overnight stay at a comfortable hotel in the area.

    Accommodation: in Dushanzi

  7. Today, your guide will take you to Sayram Lake, one of the largest alpine lakes in Xinjiang. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the lake's shore, taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the mirror-like surface of the lake reflecting the clear blue sky. Experience the serenity and tranquility of the area, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you.

    Sayram Lake in Xinjiang
    Relax in Sayram Lake

    Later, drive to Guozigou Bridge, an impressive architectural structure that spans over the Guozigou River. Admire the engineering marvel of the bridge and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Overnight stay at a comfortable hotel.

    Accommodation: in Yining

  8. Take a scenic car ride from Yining to Tekes, with a stop at the picturesque Kalajun Grassland. This vast grassland offers a breathtaking view of rolling hills, verdant meadows, and grazing livestock. Experience the serene beauty of the grassland, breathe in the fresh air, and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.

    Xinjiang Kalajun Grassland
    Kalajun Grassland

    During the period from June to September, the grassland is particularly stunning, as it is adorned with colorful wildflowers. Enjoy the immersive experience of being in the heart of nature. Overnight stay at a comfortable hotel.

    Accommodation: in Tekes

  9. After a delicious breakfast, head to the Nalati Sky Grassland, a high-altitude grassland nestled in the Tianshan Mountains. Marvel at the expansive green meadows, dotted with flocks of sheep and yurts belonging to the Kazakh nomads.

    Take a leisurely walk through the grassland, enjoying the stunning vistas and the sense of tranquility. Experience the lifestyle of the Kazakh people, learn about their traditions, and perhaps even try some traditional Kazakh cuisine. Overnight stay at a comfortable hotel.

    Accommodation: in Nalaty

    Nalati Grassland Xinjiang
    Nalaty Grassland

  10. In the morning, drive back to Yining and visit Kazanqi Folk Village, a living museum that showcases the rich cultural heritage of the region. Explore the traditional houses, admire the intricate craftsmanship, and learn about the customs and traditions of the local people.

    Later, visit the Accordion Museum, which houses a fascinating collection of accordions from around the world. Discover the history and significance of this musical instrument and perhaps even enjoy a live performance.

    Accommodation: in Yining or Xinyuan

    Kazanqi Folk Street Xinjiang
    Kazanqi Folk Street

  11. Enjoy your leisure time in the morning, allowing you to relax and reflect on the incredible experiences you've had during your journey through Xinjiang. Your driver will then escort you to the airport for your onward flight home or to your next destination, marking the end of your memorable adventure.

    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

  • 10 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Soft sleeper train from Urumqi to Beitun;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight tickets to Urumqi /off Yining;
  • 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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