5-Day Tour to Urumqi, Turpan and Hami
Tour Code :ACXJ002
Tour Destination :Xinjiang
Tour Duration :5 days
Departure Date :Daily Departure
Tour Type :Tour Package
To get learn about Xinjiang national minorities, visit museum, see a charming lake, see ancient city or eat the sweetest melons? Why to choose? You can take this tour and experience that all!
Day 1 Urumqi Arrival
Upon arrival in Urumqi by flight, greeted by local Uighur guide and transferred to hotel Urumqi.
Day 2 Urumqi Tour
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 also interesting to visit.
Day 3 Urumqi – Turpan by road
Morning drive 200 km to Turpan and 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 XIII century.
Coming up is Karez irrigation system, 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 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 - Hami by road
In the morning 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 go to 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 after lunch at the town of Shanshan we drive about
400km to Hami.
Day 5 Hami Tour; Hami Exit.
In the morning visit Hami’s most important historical site Tombs of Hami Kings, which is situated only 2 km away. The complex consists of mausoleums of Hami kings with their families and a grand mosque called Id Kah that can hold as many as 5000 people for religious service. The tombs were built by the seventh king with the help of the Qing government in 1840. The construction was completed with typical Islamic domes on the top of multi-tiered wooden eaves in the Chinese style.
Then our service ends. (option: Take next excursion to Dunhuang by road).
Day 1. Arrive in Urumqi by flight and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2. Visit the Heavenly Lake and the Xinjiang Museum.
Day 3. Drive to Turpan and visit Jiaohe Ancient City, Karez Well and Imin Minaret.
Day 4. Drive to Hami after visiting Gaochang Ruins, Astana Tombs and Bezeklic Caves.
Day 5. Leave Hami after visiting Tombs of Hami Kings.
Hotels in Use:
Urumqi Mirage Hotel
Add: No.305, North Xinhua Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang, P. R. China 830002
Turpan Huo Zhou Hotel
Add: Shui Yun Plaza, Donghuan Road, Turpan, Xinjiang 838000
Hami Jiageda Hotel
Add:No.7 Aiguo Road, Hami, Xinjiang
Tel: (86-902) 2261666
Inclusion & Exclusion
Accommodation with breakfast
Good vehicle with air-conditioner (experienced driver)
Fine English speaking tour guide
The first admission tickets to tour sites as listed
Flight/train tickets to and out of Xinjiang
Any optional activities or tours
Tips to tour guide and driver
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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