Day 1 (Wednesday): Urumqi
Arrival to Urumqi International Airport, meeting with a guide and driver and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 (Thursday): Urumqi---Heavenly Lake (130kms, 1.5hrs driving)
After breakfast transfer to Tianshan Mountian wings. Visit Heavenly Lake & boat cruise on the lake.
Heavenly Lake, 110 kilometers from Urumqi, the Heavenly Lake is a long and narrow gourd-shaped moraine lake, 3400 meters long, about 1500 meters wide, 105 meters at the deepest point, with an average depth of 40 meters, covering an area of about 5.9 square kilometers. There are eight beautiful scenic spots in the lake scenic area, they are “A Ray of Stone Gate”, “Dragon's Pool and Green Moon”, “Magic Needle for Guarding the See”, “Three Stones Bearing the Sky”, “the Snowcapped Southern Mountain”, “Pine Billows in Western Mountain”, “the Hanging Waterfall”, and the “Sea Peak's Sunrise”. 2 PM back to Urumqi Visit Xinjiang Museum, Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar, Xinjiang Museum is the main institution to collect and investigate the unearthed cultural relics and specimens in Xinjiang. There are more than 50 thousand pieces of various kinds of cultural relics stored in the museum, among them, the ancient mummies represented by ‘the Loulan Beauty', manuscripts in Chinese, Kharosthi, Qiuci, Yanji, Tibetan, Uigurian and other characters prevailed in ancient Westen Regions, the silk ,wool, cotton and hemp fabrics and folk rainment, etc., are unusual tidbits in the world.
Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar
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.Here is the most welcomed place by tourist especialy by ladies where they can .buy some traditional yugur make up cosmetic. Overnight at Urumqi
Day 3 (Friday): Urumqi – Turpan (190kms 2.5hrs driving)
After breakfast go to Turpan. Visit Bezklik Grottoes, Astana Tombs, Tuyoq Valley and Kumtag Desert.
Bezklik Grottoes is located 50 kilometers to the east of Turfan City. “Bezeklik”means “a place with beautiful decoration”. There are 83 numbered caves; among them 40 preserved murals totaling 1200 square meters. These caves are first excavated in Qu`s Gaochang period. The exising caves were reconstructed or newly extended by Uighurian people. In some caves one can find that Buddhish murals are painted on Manichean murals. Themes of the murals are mainly the stories about causes.
Astana Tombs is located over 40 kilometers to the southeast of Turfan City, covering an area of 10 square kilometers, the Astana Tombs are the graveyard of the residents lived in the Gaochang City in the Jin-Tang times, including large sized family graveyard. Between 1959 and 1975, here had been excavated 13 times, a great number of cultural relics have been unearthed, including Chinese documents, textiles, epitaphs, coins, clay sculptures, pottery, wooden wares, silk-paintings, crops and foods ,etc., and total number of them reaches tens thousands. Known as “the Underground Museum.
Tuyoq Valley. The caves lies 65 kilometers to the east of the city of Turfan and are constructed or dug in eastern and western cliffs in Tuyoq valley . Among more than 40 caves, there are 10 preserving murals. They are considered to be the earliest caves in Turfan, Murals are mostly damaged, but unique in styleю
overnight at Turpan.
Day 4 (Saturday): Turpan ---- (190kms 2.5hrs driving)--Urumqi--Kashgar
Visit Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation System, Sugong Minerat, Local Uyger family in the Vineyard.
The Jiaohe Ruins are located on a mesa in willow leaf shape between the Yarnaz River valleys 10 kilometers to the west of Turfan City. Running from northwest to southeast, 1760 meters long and 300 meters across at the widest part. The city includes city gates, streets and lanes, government office, temples, domestic houses, cave houses, wells, and an underground temple.
Karez Irrigation is a unique irrigation system in Turfan, which, taking advantage of the slopes, draws the underground water to flow by itself to irrigate farmland. It consists of four parts: vertical wells, underground channels, ground canals and small reservoirs.System
Sugong Minerat is located in Mura Village 2 kilometers to the east of the city of Turfa, the Tower was built in the 41st year of the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty. It is an embodiment of the ancient architectural arts of the Uygur nationality. The tower is 37 meters high and 10 meters in diameter at the base. The body of the tower is cylindroid in shape, built with bricks arranged in various symmetrical patterns on the outer wall. The tower has 14 windows and a spiral stairs inside it leading to the top.
Local Uyger Family with Vineyard. Turpan is a kingdom of Grapes, all the local uyger families plant the grapes at the back of their house. Local Uyger family visiting is a special experience for you to know their lifestyle in the fireland.
Transfer to the airport in Urumqi. Flight to Kashgar. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 (Sunday): Kashgar Sunday Market
Today is a further day in Kashgar for us to experience the famous Yakshambe Bazaar - the Sunday Market. In the morning we will first visit the famous animal market. Here we will spend the morning watching the locals trade everything from woodwork and iron wear to sheep, donkeys, cattle, horses and camels before progressing onto the covered bazaar, believed to be the biggest in Central Asia. The afternoon & evening will be free for you to spend at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 (Monday): Kashgar - Torugart - Tash-Rabat
Breakfast. Transfer early in the morning to Torugart Pass. Meeting with the Kyrgyz travel company at Kyrgyz-Chinese border. Drive to Tash-Rabat, Caravanserai 11th century, served as a fortress for travelers along the Great Silk Road. This is a carefully restored stone building. Overnight in the yurt
Most of the our clients after the trips, continue to central Asia , so we mentions here ,when you leave from Kashgar to KG Via Torugart pass.. either you wanna by flights to other destinations we will arrange the airport transfer service.
Trips Include :
1. All transfers;
2. Twin room accommodation;
3. Sightseeing tour programs in each city;
4. Entrance tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums. Camera and photo fees are not included and should be paid separately;
5. Domestic flights: Urumqi/Kashgar
6. Local English speaking guides in Kashgar;
7. Permits to cross Torugart;
8. Mineral water;