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11-Day Tour to Southern Silk Road in Xinjiang

Tour Code :ACXJ004

Tour Destination :Xinjiang

Tour Duration :11 days

Departure Date :Daily Departure

Tour Type :Tour Package

Customizable :Yes


Urumqi, Turpan, Korla, Kashgar and Aksu are Xinjiang cities surrounded by beautiful nature and interesting historical attractions. You can be sure of having a good rest and nice impressions.


Day 1 Urumqi Arrival
Upon arrival in Urumqi by flight, greeted by local Uighur guide and transferred to hotel.




Day 2 Urumqi – Turpan by road
Morning drive 75 km to the Southern Mountain Pastureland to experience the nomadic Kazakh life by visiting their yurt as guests in the beautiful grassland. You may try horseback riding if you want. In the afternoon drive to Turpan.




Day 3 Turpan
First visit Gaochang Ancient City, which was built with thick walls in the 1st BC by the Han Dynasty garrison as base to supply frontier troops. The city is well known as the capital of Gaochang Kingdom and Uyghur Gaochang Kingdom. It was destroyed by the Mongol rebellion in the late 13th century.



After that visit Astana Tombs, which is close to Gaochang and regarded as the underground museum with lots of relics and mummies that date back to the period between 3rd and 8th century AD. 



Then visit Bezeklic Caves in the valley of the Flaming Mountain. Among 77 caves, 40 of them remained with fragments of mostly Buddhist murals. First construction of the caves started in the 6th century and in the 9th century it served as the royal temple for the Uyghur Gaochang Kingdom.



In the afternoon start with a visit to Jiaohe Ancient City, built in the 2nd BC on a long and narrow plateau with a river on each side, it served as a garrison town in Han Dynasty and it was prosperous in Tang Dynasty but was destroyed by war in the late 13 century.




Coming up is Karez, which is created by connecting a series of wells by tunnels to the foothills of the mountain so as to bring the underground water to the oasis.




Then go to Imin Minaret, which was built in 1777 in memory of Imin Hoja who, as the leader of Turpan, was always at the head of his army to fight against rebellions. The surface of the minaret is beautifully decorated with brickwork.




Day 4 Turpan – Korla by road
Drive 390 km to Korla and visit the Iron Gate Pass, wedged between the mountains and the river, used to be a strategically important gateway along the Middle Silk Road. The original building of the Iron Gate Pass was destroyed. The reproduction was replaced in 1989.


Day 5 Korla – Kuqa by road
Drive 280 km to Kuqa and visit Subashi Ancient City, also known as the Zhaoguli Temple,dates from the 4th century and is divided into two parts by a river in the middle with many ruins of towers, monasteries and pagodas.




Day 6 Kuqa – Aksu by road
Visit one of the highlights of this trip Kizil Buddha Caves, the earliest and one of the Four Biggest Buddhist Caves in China with the first construction in the 3rd century. The well preserved wall paintings in the caves depict Buddhist legends, Karma tales and Jataka stories. After lunch we continue our trip to Aksu.




Day 7 Aksu - Kashgar by road
It will take us almost whole day to drive 480 km in the wilderness to Kashgar.


Day 8 Kashgar
Drive 200 km and enjoy the beautiful view along the Karakorum Mountain Highway before arrive at Karakuli Lake, which is 3600 m above sea level and located at the foot of the Muztagata Peak. This area is inhabited by nomadic Kirghiz people.




Day 9 Kashgar – Urumqi by flight
Morning visit Abakh Hoja Tomb, which was built in 1640 in typically Islamic style. The domed tomb hall, covered by blue and green tiles, contains 72 bodies from five generations of the same family.



Next stop is Id Kah Mosque, the largest in China. It is located in the city center and was originally built in 1442 as a small mosque, and has reached its present size since the extended renovation in 1872.




Sunday is market day in Kashgar, so better come to visit the Grand Bazaar on Sunday. You see thousands of farmers from neighboring areas flowing to the Bazaar like rivers. Now it has become an international with products from many countries in the Bazaar. The Animal Bazaar is an absolute must for tourists.




In the evening fly back to Urumqi.


Day 10 Urumqi
Morning visit the Heavenly Lake, 120 km northeast of Urumqi and 1980 m above sea level. As one of the tourist attractions in China, the lake is a famous summer resort surrounded by snow peaks, pines and grassland. Boat ride on the lake makes you feel refreshing.



In the afternoon visit the Xinjiang Museum, where you will see some world famous ancient mummies such as “Beauty of Loulan” and many other cultural relics. The Ethnic Minority Exhibition is worth visiting.




Day 11 Urumqi Exit.
Pick up from hotel and transfer to airport for departure.


Brief Itinerary  
Day 1 Arrive in Urumqi by flight and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2 Visit the Southern Mountain Pastureland and drive to Turpan.
Day 3 Visit Gaochang Ancient City, Astana Tombs, Bezeklic Caves, Jiaohe Ancient City, Karez Well and Imin Minaret.
Day 4 Drive to Korla and visit the Iron Gate Pass.
Day 5 Drive to Kuqa and visit Subaxi Ancient City.
Day 6 Visit Kezil Buddha Caves and drive to Aksu.
Day 7 Drive to Kashgar along the highway in the wilderness.
Day 8 Drive along the Karakorum Highway to visit Karakuli Lake.
Day 9 Visit Abakhoja Tombs, Id Kah Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Fly to Urumqi.
Day 10 Visit the Heavenly Lake and the Xinjiang Museum. 
Day 11 Urumqi Exit.


Hotels in Use:

Urumqi Mirage Hotel 
Web: www.mirage-hotel.cn
Add: No.305, North Xinhua Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang, P. R. China  830002
Tel: (86-991)2937888


Turpan Huo Zhou Hotel
Add: Shui Yun Plaza, Donghuan Road, Turpan, Xinjiang 838000
Tel:(86 -995)8666999


Korla Golden Star Hotel
Add: No. 6 Wenhua Road
Tel: (86 996)-2615222


Kuche Hotel
Web: http://www.xjkchotel.com/
No.266 Middle Tianshan Road, Kuche, Xinjiang 


Aksu Excemon Hongfu Hotel 
Add:No.32 East Street, Aksu, Xinjiang 


Kashgar Tianyuan International Hotel
Add: No.8 Eastern Renmin Road, Kashgar, Xinjiang 
Tel: (86-998)2801111

Inclusion & Exclusion

Price includes:
Accommodation with breakfast
Good vehicle with air-conditioner (experienced driver)
Fine English speaking tour guide
The first admission tickets to tour sites as listed
Air tickets for Urumqi-Kashgar-Urumqi (second-class)


Price excludes:
Flight/train tickets to and out of Xinjiang
Any optional activities or tours
Tips to tour guide and driver

Travel Tips

Important Notice:
1. The tour program or listed hotels is subject to change before the tour booking done.

2. All meals except breakfast are NOT included. Our guide will assist you to select restaurant and order local well-known dish. Normally every meal cost RMB 35-50 per person.

3. Please leave us message through inquiry form, if you have any question. We are very glad to help you tailor China travel to fit your requests.

4. For the children at age <3, the land tour is free of charge if sharing one bed/seat with parents in hotels. For any air tickets included, the children need to pay actual cost charged by airline compay. For any question on price for kids, please contact us to get more details.

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