Xinjiang Hemu Village
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Tour Overview

This travel route takes you on a 7-day adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of Northern Xinjiang. Explore the vibrant Erdaoqiao International Bazaar and the stunning Heavenly Lake before venturing into the Gobi Desert and Keketuohai National Geological Park. Discover the unique lifestyle of the Tuva people in Hemu Village, surrounded by picturesque landscapes and herds of cattle and sheep.

Immerse yourself in the idyllic beauty of Kanas Nature Reserve, with its mesmerizing mountain lake, virgin forests, and scenic bays. End your journey with a visit to the Five-colored Beach and Urho Ghost City before returning to Urumqi for departure.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore Erdaoqiao International Bazaar and indulge in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Uighur culture.
2. Take in the stunning beauty of Heavenly Lake, set amidst the Tianshan mountain range, and choose to cruise or trek along its shores.
3. Marvel at the unique geological formations of Keketuohai National Geological Park, including the largest mine in the world, No.3 Mine.
4. Experience the unique lifestyle of the Tuva people in Hemu Village, surrounded by picturesque landscapes and herds of cattle and sheep.
5. Immerse yourself in the idyllic beauty of Kanas Nature Reserve, with its mesmerizing mountain lake, virgin forests, and scenic bays.

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 - one of the largest-scaled bazaars in the world with a strong Islam flavor in its buildings.

    Xinjiang Erdaoqiao Bazaar
    Erdaoqiao International Bazaar

    Eyes are dazzled by the overwhelming of goods in the stalls while ears are excited by the hawking. Try Uighur fruitcakes and dried fruits. At the end of the visit, we will drive around 1.5 hours to a hotel near Heavenly Lake overnight.

    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
    Take a boat on the 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.

    Accommodation: in Koktokay Town

    Xinjiang Kalamaili Nature Reserve
    Kalamaili Nature Reserve

  3. Today we are going to explore Keketuohai National Geological Park. It is the first national geopark with typical mines and deposits in the country.

    Keketuohai National Geological Park Xinjiang
    Keketuohai National Geological Park

    We can visit the No.3 Mine, which is the largest mine in the world and known as the Geology and Mineral Museum. Once you come to Keketuohai, you will be hugely impressed by the rare and magical geological heritage.

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

    Accommodation: in Burqin

    Keketuohai No.3 Mine
    No.3 Mine in Keketuohai

  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.

    Hemu Village Xinjiang
    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.

    Accommodation: in Hemu

  5. The mesmerizing Kanas Nature Reserve is a must-see for visitors to Xinjiang. After a 3-hour ride on the winding road, you will arrive at Jiadengyu for lunch, and then take the scenic shuttle bus to the legendary Kanas Lake.

    The Mist of Kanas Lake
    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.

    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.

    Kanas Wild Duck Lake
    Wild Duck Lake

    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.

    Accommodation: in Kanas

  6. Start early in the morning and head out to the Five-colored Beach first. Upon arrival at the beach, take in the stunning view of the colorful rock formations, which create a unique and picturesque landscape. Take a leisurely walk on the beach and snap some photos of the magnificent view.

    Xinjiang Five-colored Beach
    Five-colored Beach

    After spending some time at the beach, leave for Urho Ghost City, a unique geological park featuring bizarre rock formations and eerie landscape, believed to have been formed by wind and water erosion over millions of years. Hop on a shuttle bus and explore the entire Ghost City. Listen to your guide share stories and legends about the Ghost City and its history. Stay overnight in Urho.

    Accommodation: in Urho

    Urho Ghost in Xinjiang
    Ghost City

  7. On your last day, you will check out from your hotel and then drive back to Urumqi for departure. You will be assisted by your tour guide to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey to the airport.

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

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • 6 nights' accommodation;
  • Private land transportation in an 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;
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to/off Urumqi;
  • Lunch or dinner;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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