11-Day Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang and Xi’an Tours

  • Duration: 11 days
  • Destinations:Kashgar Idkah Mosque, Apak Hoja tomb, Old city,Karakul Lake on the Karakoram Highway;Urumqi, Heavenly Lake; Turpan: Jiaohe ancient city, Emin Minaret, Karez;Dunhuang,

  • HighlightsThis tour takes the main destinations on the silk road in China. It gives you good opportunity to experience of different minorities and religion.

Day 1
Arrive in Kashgar
Activities: Warmly welcome you at Kashgar airport and transfer to your hotel

Our professional tour guide and driver will welcome you at Kashgar airport and transfer to your Hotel. Have a good rest after a long flight.
Kashgar, an oasis city in Xinjiang, is the westernmost city in China, located near the borders of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. It has a history of over 2,000 years and served as a trading post and strategically important city on the Silk Road between China,Middle East and Europe.
Day 2
Explore Kashgar city
Activities: Visit Grand mosque, Apak Hoja tomb (which is also called Fragrant Concubine Tomb), Old city walking tours, livestock market, Sunday market and dinner at a local Uighur family

Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First enjoy the famous livestock market which happens on every Sunday and people bring their horses, sheep, goats, camels,cows, bulls and other livestocks to the market from all the directions for sale. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people, enjoy the traditional local market culture, test-drive a donkey or a horse or even make its shoes. Like opening a window, today is a real glimpse into a time lost in the annals of the Silk Road’s past and an opportunity not to be missed.
Later moving to Sunday market main Bazaar which is considered one of the largest market in Central Asia. From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals. Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best to chance to practice your bargaining skills.
After lunch, visit the Grand Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb).
We’ll enjoy the Old Town of Kashgar by walk. walking is the best way to see and eunderstand the ancient historical parts,streets,handicraft workshops and many more; enjoy the century-old Kashgar tea house’s atmosphere for a short break. sitting by locals and try various medicinal teas such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Finally wrap up our city tour with a dinner at a local family which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life, culture and traditions of Uighurs.
Day 3
Kashgar to Tashkorgan—-Karakul Lake
Activities: Drive on KKH, Opal Village, visit Karakul Lake, Stone fort, Tajik family, Kyrgyz family Local family yurt by the lake

We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world)visit Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level) on the way. Then Keep driving till Tashkorgan .
Tashkurgan Tajik autonomous county was once an important hub on the old Silk Road. The area borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan via the Kunjerab Pass and Wahan Corridor.
After arriving at Tashkurgan, you’ll visit the town’s ancient stone fort – still standing after 2200 years! ‘Tashkurgan’ means ‘Fort made out of stones.’
Then drive back to Karakul lake People travel to experience the lives of other cultures, which is why we spend a night in the yurt of a local Kyrgyz family and really experience another way of mountain life.
Day 4
Karakul lake to Kashgar
Activities: Hike around the lake and drive back to kashgar

The lake sits at the foot of the notorious Muztagh Ata ( 7546m ) and Gongur ( 7719m ) Mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountains and is one of the most beautiful and mysterious mountain in the world.
Trekking and walking around the Karakul lake for the whole morning and drive back to kashgar in the afternoon.
Day 5
Kashgar to Urumqi and visit Heavenly lake
Activities: take morning flight to Urumqi at 11:00/12:00 and visit Heavenly lake.

After breakfast our guide and driver from Kashgar will see you off at Kashgar airport and another local guide and driver will expect you at Urumqi airport, then drive to Heavenly lake directly which takes about two hours.
Heavenly lake offers some great hiking routes through the valleys on wooden pathways or up to the mountains as you like.
Your stay at the heavenly lake is the time to go for boating,(own expense) taking photos or simply trekking around the lake. You can have lunch with a local Kazak family or just pay them a visit! This is certainly the easiest way to understand the life of the Kazak people in such a short time.
when you finished drive to Urumqi for about 2 hours and check into Hotel.
Day 6
Urumqi to Turpan
Activities: Drive to Turpan after breakfast and visit Idikut (Gaochang) ancient city, Toyuq village and Flaming Mountains.

After breakfast, drive to Turpan on the first-class highway for about 2:30-3:00 hours. Once you arrive in Turpan check into the hotel, then we start our wonderful day in Turpan with a visit to the ancient city of Idikut (Gaochang). The city was first built in the first Century BC and later became capital of the Idikut (Gaochang) Uighur Kingdom in the 8th Century.
We’ll visit the ancient city for about 40 minutes and then drive to Toyuq village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and have tea with a local family at their home. This could be the highlight of your tour of the day.
On the way back to the hotel we will stop on the road side for photos of Flaming Mountain which people claimed to be the hottiest and driest along the silk road that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come”.
Day 7
Turpan to Dunhuang
Activities: visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigation system and Emin Minaret, Take overnight soft sleeper train to Dunhuang

Following breakfast at the Hotel we start another wonderful day in Turpan. Our special itinerary today includes sightseeing in Turpan and take overnight train to Dunhuang.
First we visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city which is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China. The ruins of the buildings are divided into temples, civilian dwellings and government offices. Workshops and residential houses are still visible and time there is a time spent in a long lost world. After an hour of visiting around the ancient city, we’ll head to see the world famous Karez irrigation system, unique to this part of the world. The system is considered as one of the three great projects in China with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal.
Then visit Emin Suliman minaret which is a magnificent combination of Uighur and Islamic architecture. It is the tallest ancient tower in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient minaret in the country. Locals call it “pure tower.
End of the day, take overnight soft sleeper train to Dunhuang which is about 10: 00 hours train journey
Day 8
Dunhuang for whole day
Activities: Arrive in Dunhuang train station in the morning and visit Mogao Grottoes, Museum, Crescent Lake and Mingsha Echo-sand Mountain

Our Dunhuang local guide will be holding your name in front of the Dunhuang train station and first have breakfast and then go for sight-seeing.
Museum, Crescent Lake and Mingsha Echo-sand Mountain
We spend the whole morning at Mogao Grottoes which were constructed over a millennium ago, from the 4th to 14th centuries. The caves are also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves with two distinctions of being one of the most notable grottoes in China as well as the best-preserved treasure house of Buddhist art, sutras, murals and sculptures in the world.
After lunch visit Dunhuang Museum which exhibits relics excavated from the local area, such as paper, coins, a model of the Great Wall as it appeared during the Han Dynasty.
Then drive to Mysterious Crescent lake which it’s name derives from the crescent moon shaped by the small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. Here you’ll have chance to ride camels over the sand dunes of Sounding Sand mountain which makes sounds when the wind blows.
We highly recommend you to stay till Sunset over the high sand dunes before going back to hotel.
Day 9
Dunhuang to Xi’an
Activities: Take morning flight to Xi’an and visit Xi’an city wall and Provincial Museum

Our guide and driver from Dunhuang see you off at Dunhuang Airport and another Knowledgeable and friendly local guide will meet you with experienced driver at Xi’an airport and transfer to Xi’an city which is about 1.5 hours drive.
First have lunch and then drive to Xi’an city wall which is the symbol of Xi’an and the most ancient excising city wall in China until today. We spend a few hours here to walk around or ride bicycles as your wish.
Finally visit Shanxi provincial Museum which is one of the first largest state museum with modern facilities in China. The museum houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins,bronze, gold,silver, and many more. The modern museum was built between 1983 and 2001 and its appearance recalls the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty.
Day 10
Explore Xi’an for whole day
Activities: Visit Terra-Cotta Warriors; Bell Tower; Wild Goose Pagoda and Hui Mosque

After breakfast we start a memorable day tour by visiting Terra-Cotta Warriors which is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. This site is about an hour drive from Xi’an city.
After lunch Visit Bell tower which is located in downtown area and is a Chinese traditional building and geographical center of the ancient capital, best preserved and largest wooden tower in China.
After spending an hour here we continue our tour to wild goose Pagoda which is a well preserved ancient holy building for Buddhism.
Finally visit Hui grand mosque located in Hui minority area, construction of the mosque has rich Chinese features combined with Arabic style. It is one of the oldest and largest mosque in China.
Day 11
Xian to your Next destination
Activities: See you off at Xi’an airport

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