Urumqi And Kashgar Discovery Tour
6 days tour will take you to the most important and
charming sceneries in Urumqi and Kashgar. You will visit many enchanting
sites, such as The Erdaoqiao Bazaar, Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar Minority
Nationalities and Oytagh Glacier. On arrival at Lake Karakuli, you will
stay overnight in the Yurt, which is a traditional dwelling of nomadic
tribes. This is a real culture experience and will highlight your trip.
Day by Day Itinerary
Place & Transport: Arrive in Urumqi, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport to Hotel Transfer (Urumqi)
Place & Transport: Urumqi to Kashgar, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Urumqi), Airport to Hotel Transfer
(Kashgar), Hotel to airport Transfer (Urumqi), Airport to Hotel Transfer
(Urumqi), Erdaoqiao Market, Xinjiang Museum
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Jiamu Restaurant
- Erdaoqiao Market: The Erdaoqiao Bazaar is the largest in Urumqi. You'll
find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives,
carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. On Sunday, there are
more stalls and more goods to buy than any other day. The old streets
around the bazaar are really worth seeing.
- Xinjiang Museum: Xibei Road of Urumchi,Provincial Level Comprehensive
- Jiamu Restaurant : Jiamu is a nationalistic style restaurant, mainly
providing Uygur cuisine but no wine allowed while dining. The restroom
is in good decoration and there is a short time for live performance
during lunch time. Due to some problem for communication as the working
staff are Uygur and the higher expense there is few chances to cater
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Place & Transport: Kashgar
Today's Activities: Zhiren Street, Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar Minority Nationalities
Kindergarten, Livestock Market
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Orida Culture Restaurant
- Zhiren Street: It is close to Id Kah Mosque, an old street with an
amazing range of goods being crafted for sale by hand , from strictly
utilitarian cookware to exotic musical instruments. There's not much
light industry in Kashgar, so everything is hand-made or imported from
a very distant place. Copper, metal, porcelain, woodwork, jewellery
and other goods are seen to be made and you will marvel at incredible
devices like the wooden objects that prevent babies from wetting the
- Id Kah Mosque: This 15th century mosque is one of the largest and
busiest in China. As you stroll under the trees in the pleasant courtyards,
you glimpse the strength and care of the local community. At midday
on Fridays around 10,000 people will gather to pray and study the Koran,
and prayer 5 times/day on other days. You'll be asked to remove your
shoes before entering the Main Hall, which has traditional Islamic pillars,carvings
and rugs strewn over the floors. Women are adviced to cover upper arms
and legs, a scarf is not compulsory, but is seen as a mark of respect.
- Kashgar Minority Nationalities Kindergarten: These enchanting children,
2-6 years old of age, are mainly Uighur and other local groups. They
learn to read and write Uighur and Chinese, as well as dancing and singing.
Sometimes they dress in traditional costume for performances, other
days you will find them practising. Be warned - they LOVE you to join
in at the end,with enthusiasm! If you take any gifts (eg pencils, books
etc) please give them to the teacher rather than directly to the students.
- Livestock Market: Streets near this big market are choked on Sundays
with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback,
ute, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and
cheerful as they arrive, eat breakfast, set up their animals and check
out the action. Cattle, sheep (they definitely look different), goats,
donkeys, horses have their own sections; sellers show their animals
are "good eaters"(most go as livestock not meat) and the entire
experience is fascinating and fun.
- Orida Culture Restaurant : It is an authentic Uygur restaurant mainly
providing Uygur cuisine in local. With a great prestige it attracts
a large number of tourists for enjoying Uygur culture during peak season.
The restroom is in normal condition, no wine allowed while dining.
Place & Transport: Kashgar
Today's Activities: Lake Karakuli
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch
- Lake Karakuli: A sparkling glacial lake, surrounded by stunning rocky
mountains, and snow-covered peaks as high as 7500m (the lake's at 3,600).
After eating in one of the collection of yurts at the water's edge you
can walk around the lake (about 4 hours), or take a ride by pony, camel
or motorbike, or just enjoy the scenery before returning to Kashgar.
Camping is available in the yurts (best to come well prepared), and
longer treks available by arrangement.
Place & Transport: Kashgar
Today's Activities: Oytagh Glacier, Visit a local Keerkezi Family
Meals: Chinese Lunch
- Visit a local Keerkezi Family: Take advantage of this rare opportunity
to experience the life, customs and food of the Keekekezi local people
in their ancestral homeland. Have tea and snacks with the family as
they welcome you to their world.
Place & Transport: Kashgar to Urumqi to Departure City, Flight No.
TBA, connect Flight not included
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Kashgar)