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14-day South Xinjiang Silk Route Tour

Day By Day

Day 1 Arrival in Urumqi
Places to visit: Terai Camp, Mount Nanshan Pasture
Welcome to Xinjiang! Upon your arrival in Urumqi before afternoon, your local guide will meet you at the airport and transfter you to visit the Terai Camp, Nanshan Grassland.

Then you will be driven back to Urumqi to check in your hotel for overnight.  

Day 2 Urumqi/Heavenly Lake
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Tianshan Mountains, Heavenly Lake, Mt. Bogoda

As a natural world heritage, Tianshan Mountains is snow-capped all year around and has the beautiful mountain lake-the Heavenly Lake and Mt. Bogoda (5445m in altitude). Heavenly Lake, covering an area of about 5.9 square kilometers, has 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".

Day 3 Urumqi/Turpan
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Turpan Depression, Jiaohe Ruins, Emin Minaret

Take a morning drive to the oasis town of Turpan Depression. Turpan depression is famous for its melons and vineyards. Here Marco Polo first encountered spaghetti, an idea he took home to Italy. Visit Jiaohe ruins and old Karez Wells in the afternoon.

2000-year old Karez Wells is a unique underground irrigation channel in Turpan, which, making use of the slopes of the land to direct water flow into underground channels to irrigate farmland.

Day 4 Turfan/Korla
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Golden Beach

Drive to Korla, Korla is famous for pears, oil and local Mongols people, visit the Golden beach on the way.

Day 5 Korla/Kuche
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Tianshan Grand Canyon

Along the desert road. we drive and arrive at Tianshan Grand Canyon after special local food as lunch. Tianshan Grand Canyon is featured by the mysterious canyon and caves in the deep moutains where scenery is fabulous and fantastic.

Day 6 Kuche/Aksu
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Kizil Caves

Kizil Caves is regarded as one of China's greatest four caves. The caves were cut on the cliffs, the murals and frescos are well-preserved originally in a quiet and peaceful environment.

Day 7 Akesu/Hetian
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Diversified Poplar Forests, Hotan river, Taklamakan desert

This is a great day to drive ahead to Hotan along the second desert highway for the magnificent diversified poplar forests around Hotan river on the Taklamakan desert.

Day 8 Hetian
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Silk family, Malikawat ruins

Visit the Silk family, king of fig tree, Malikawat ruins, and local bazaar.

Day 9 Hetian/Kashgar
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Yarkand, Yinjisar county

Drive on the way to Kashgar, visit Yarkand and passby Yinjisar county famous for man-made knives.

Day 10 Kashgar
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Sunday Bazaar, Id Kah Mosque, Tomb of Abakh Khoja

In the city east, Kashgar Grand Bazaar, Sunday Bazaar, Mal Bazaar or the livestock market on Sundays, daily Yengi Bazaar etc. show the glory of the largest international trade market or fair on ancient China Silk Road. Before 1992, Kashgar grand bazaar was only held on Sunday. So that foreiners called it Sunday Bazaar on travel guidebooks. In fact, the market is open everyday for people,but the highest busy tide still comes on Sunday.

The Id Kah Mosque is located on the central square in Kashgar City, Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region. As the biggest mosque in China, it is a group of old Islamic constructions with strong ethnic style and religious features..

Day 11 Kashgar/Karakul Lake/Taxkorgan
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Karakul Lake, Muztagh Ata And, Konger Mountain

Drive 200km to Karakul Lake along China-Pakistan highway,enjoy the majestice Pamir plateau, encounter the local nomads called "Kirgiz". Admire the snow-capped mountain called "Muztagh Ata" And "Konger Mountain", walking around the Karakul lake (3800M), then continue driving to Taxkorgan.

Day 12 Taxkorgan/Kasghar
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Stone City

Visit the Stone City before sunrise, and golden valley, then drive back to Kashgar via Aoyitak glacier park.

Day 13 Kashgar/Urumqi
Meals: B, L
Places to visit: Xinjiang Museum, Erdaoqiao International Grand Bazaar

Take a morning flight to Urumqi, visit the Xinjiang Museum, the Red Hill and then visit the Erdaoqiao International Grand 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.

Day 14 Urumqi Departure
Meals: B
After breakfast, you will have a relax until a morning transfer to the airport for your flight to next destination.

Service ends

Price Includes:

Transportation & Private Transfers:

Transportation cost covers all the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax, train tickets between the cities as the itinerary specified.

Transfer between airports, railway station, hotels and scenic spots for sightseeing around the cities that are specified by the itinerary with private air conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.

Entrance Fees:

All entrance fees to the scenic spots listed in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by private tour guides depends on the real-time local circumstances wheather are beyond the control of Access China Travel. We will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.

Normal Meals:

All normal meals as the itinerary specified: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner in local restaurant. Breakfasts are served in hotel, breakfasts have Chinese or Western style for your option; Lunches are served in carefully selected quality local Chinese restaurants with best service, your lunches will be ordered by your guide catering to your preferences within normal standard. Dinners as the itinerary specified will be also served in local Chinese restaurants. The meal quotation is normalized. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, famous rare dishes, Indian food or more, please inform us in advance. For the unspecified dinners, you will have dinner on your own. Feel free to ask your local guide for suggestions or recommendation.

Private Sightseeing Escort:

Normal sightseeing activities as the itinerary listed will be escorted with English-speaking guide. The English-speaking guide and driver in each city are with you throughout the entire itinerary around that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.

Hotel Accommodation:

Hotel service criterion: two adults share on one standard twin/double-bed room; solo traveler who want to occupy one twin/double-bed room assigned is required for extra single supplement rate. A single room is available on prior request at an additional cost; if a recommended hotel unavailable, it will be replaced by one of the same class. All hotels as the itinerary listed serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.

Tour Arrangements:

The tour cost includes the planning, handling, booking, operation and communication charges.

Service Charge & Government Taxes

Price Excludes:

International airfare or train tickets for entry or exit China, unless that is noted or required otherwise.

Visa Fees, passport application or renewal fee.

Excess Baggage Charges.
Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as excess luggage fees, laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities (shows) and meals, beverages...

Any meal are not specified in the itinerary with "B", "L" or "D".
Any extra cost caused by the changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, government and local authority orders, politics, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations; as well as tourist law violation, accident damages or injury incurred out of Access China Travel control.

Tips to guides, escort, drivers bellman, etc.