Day 1: Arrive in Urumqi Today's Highlights:Airport/train
station transfer to hotel
Arrive in Urumqi Diwopu Airport by air or Urumqi Railway Station by
train.?Our guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest
time is free. You can have a good rest in the hotel, or roam the local
streets nearby recommended by our guide.
Tips: The clock time in?Urumqi ?Xinjiang is the same as Beijing Time,
but there is?2-hour difference because of the longitude. You should?adjust
your rest and dinning time?2 hours later as compared with that in mainland
Day 2: Urumqi-turpan
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Flaming Mountains
We drive to Turpan? directly today. Firstly, we arrive to visit Bezeklik
Thousand Buddha Caves, one of the largest Buddhist 'grotto' located
on the west cliffs of the Wood Valley of the Flame Mountain, 45 kilometers
away from Turpan city.Pass through the Flaming Mountains named of the
red clay mountains reflect the heat and glow of the desert in the evenings
and seem to burn. It is an intensely hot part of the desert without
a single blade of grass to be seen for miles. In July, the mountains
seem to be on fire in the burning sun and become a purplish-brown colour.
Tips:Please do not go to the unopened areas to avoid the danger, as
the caves at Bezeklik are nestled onto the side of a cliff in the Flaming
Day 3: Turpan-Kuerle/Korla
Karez Well, Jiaohe Ruins
Only in Turpan, you can find the Karez Well, the underground canal.
It is one of the three greatest irrigation systems in ancient China
together with the Jinghang Manmade Cannel, and the Dujiangyan Irrigation
Jiaohe Ruin, an ancient ruined city is preserved pretty well due to
its high location and scanty rainfall. Located in the Yarnaz Valley,
13 kilometers away from the Turpan city in the west, Jiaohe Ruin was
built by the old Cheshi people in Qin dynasty and Han dynasty. It was
almost dig from natural ground and the tallest building reached three
stories high, which is the biggest, oldest and best preserved earth
construction city in the world. The present preservation was descended
from Tang dynasty during which period it had its Gold Age.
Turpan is a very hot city indeed. You have to expect 40 Centigrade from
June to September which is the best time to visit. Also, it's the grape
harvest season. Turpan is one of the most amazing places if you like
Day 4: kuerle/korla-kuche
Grand Kuqa Mosque, Kizilgaha Thousand Buddha Cave
Visit Grand Kuqa Mosque, the second biggest mosque in Xinjiang, first
built in the 17th century, but after the burnt down it was rebuilt in
1931. The great praying hall, which can accommodate 1000 prayers, is
supported by 88 pillars, embellished with carved designs and in many
colors, a fine example of Uygur architecture. Kizilgaha Thousand Buddha
Cave, one of the four biggest groups of grottoes in China, is national
Class A Cultural Relics Reserve, it lies in Mingutag Mountains in Baicheng
Day 5: kuche sightseeing
Subash Ancient City
Our focus is Subash Ancient City in Kuche , ancient capital of the Kingdom
of Guici. The city is believed to be even older than the ancient Harappan
civilization, which could be dated back around 4,000 years.
Day 6: kuche-hetian/hotan
Traverse the desert
Whole day driving from Kuche toHeitian/Hotan?
Long distance?on the vehicle today, but exceptionally scenic our of
Day 7: hetian/hotan sightseeing
Mallikurwatur Ruins, the ancient city lies 25 km southwest of Hetian,
on the west bank of the Jade Dragon Kashgar River. Situated on a 1500
m long belt, it is believed to be the ancient city of Yutian Kingdom
although disputes claim it used to be a monastery compound. From 1977,
potsherds, ancient coins and other items have been excavated.
Day 8: hetian/hotan-yarkent
Yarkant King Mausoleum, Amannishahan
Yarkant, this city forms an oasis at the western end of the Taklimakan
desert as a trade center. Mainly inhabited by Turkic-speaking Muslims,
it has more than 120 mosques. Marco Polo visited the city in 1271 and
in 1275; it was on the important Silk Road between China and Europe.
Amannishahan, the Uygurs are excellent at dancing. The "12 Mukams"
(opera) is an epic comprising more than 340 classic songs and folk dances.
After liberation, this musical treasure, which was on the verge of being
lost, was collected, studied and recorded by Amannisha who is the concubine
of Yarkant King.She died aged 34.
Day 9: Yarkent-Kashgar
Long hours driving to Kashgar
Just for the amazing lake and moutain ahead, it's worthy of long distance
driving from Yarkent to Kashgar
Day 10: Sightseeing in Kashgar
Karakuri Lake, Muztagata Mountain
Drive to Karakuri Lake, a very beautiful lake and the Muztagata Mountain,
the unusual shape of the mountain covered in snow all year round, it
associated with Chinese legend appears to have been divided into two
parts, which is especially nice in the summer, when the flowers on the
Day 11: Kashgar-Urumqi
Abakh Hoja Tomb, Id Kah Mosque, Sunday Bazaar, Kaxgar Ancient City,
Airport transfer in Kashgar, Hotel shuttle from Urumqi airport
Visit Abakh Hoja Tomb, a tomb of Uygur woman living Qing Dynasty who
was forced to marry the Qianlong Emperor. However, the tomb is actually
the tomb of her grandfather and his family including Xiangfei.?Then
the Id Kah Mosque built in 1442 for Shakesirmirzha, the ruler of Kashgar,
it is the largest mosque in China and the religious center of Kashgar.
The call to Prayer booming from the mosque can be heard throughout the
We will also go to the local famous Sunday Bazaar has been operating
since ancient times, and the scale has become larger and larger, attracting
merchants from all over Xinjiang and neighboring countries such as Pakistan
and Kirghizstan. Farmers from the suburbs of Kashi come to the bazaar
early in the morning, using various means of transportation, such as
bicycles, motorcycles, tractors, trucks and donkey-drawn carts. The
highways leading to Kashi are crowded with these vehicles and pedestrians
on Sunday mornings, as well as with flocks of sheep.
Kaxgar Ancient City is an old city, located at the north of new Kashgar
city area. Compare to the modern society it still owns its special charm
of long history. 'Kaxgar' means 'colorful city' in Uygur language, although
it is dusty and damaged now but it must be a colorful and wonderful
city thousands years ago.
Transfer to Aiport for the flight back to Urumqi. Pick you up at Urumqi
airport, and transfer to your hotel in Urumqi.
Day 12: Leave Urumqi
Say goodbye to Urumqi, Hotel shuttle to Urumqi Diwopu Airport
Our guide will meet you at your hotel, then you will be transferred
to Urumqi Diwopu Airport or Urumqi Railway Station for next destination.