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Kashgar Tashkurgan Hotan Urumqi Turpan Tour - 10 Days

Destination: Kashgar每Karakorum Highway每Tashkurgan每Hotan每Urumqi每Turpan
Duration: Ten Day
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Xinjiang Tour Route: Kashgar每Karakorum Highway每Tashkurgan每Hotan每Urumqi每Turpan

This is a tour most suitable for first time visitors to Xinjiang. It includes all the major cities Like Kashgar, Hotan, Urumqi and Turpan on the ancient Silk Road Xinjiang. 10 days for understanding Xinjiang is fairly short because Xinjiang is one sixth of total China.

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$2400/persons 2400USD/Person

Day 1: Kashgar Arrival
Once arrival at airport, your tour guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel in Kashgar.


Day 2: Kashgar
Sightseeing: Apak Hoja Tomb, Sunday Market, Old Town, Id Kah Mosque, Handicraft Street
We will begin our tour of Kashgar City by visiting the Apak Hoja tomb also called fragrant concubine tomb (Xingfei in Chinese). This is a very tranquil place and a beautiful example of Uyghur Islamic architecture. Next we will head to the Infamous lively Sunday market renowned as the biggest market in Central Asia . It is said you can buy anything you want from the Sunday market except chicken milk and Cow eggs. We will then enjoy lunch in a typical Uyghur restaurant. After lunch we will wander through the narrow winding streets of the historic Old town brushing shoulders with the friendly Uyghur residents. Located at the spiritual heart of old town is Id Kah Mosque, the largest mosque in China . We will go inside and have the chance to understand a bit more about the Islamic life of the Uyghur people. We will pass down Handicraft Street where we can view pots being hammered, wood craftsmen at work and traditional musical instrument workshops. Visit Yusup Has Hajip tomb at the end.
Hotel: Kashgar

Day 3: Kashgar to Karakul Lake
Sightseeing: Mahmut Kashgari tomb, Karakoram Highway, Opal Village, Red Mountain, Corner Lake, Sand Mountain, Mt. Muztagh Ata, Mt. Konger, Karakul Lake
Today we take a drive on Karakurum highway, renowned as the highest paved border crossing in the World and regarded as one of the World's most beautiful highways). We will see the following on our drive: Mahmut Kashgarri Tomb, Opal village is a 1 hour drive from Kashgar. It is a good location to take photos of village life and traditional activities like bread making and Uyghur food stalls. Half an hour drive from the village we will arrive in Oytagh Red Mountain. The mountain valley is surrounded by a beautiful backdrop of multi-coloured mountains topped by snowcapped peaks. Corner Lake (Bulung Kul) is a tranquil shallow lake where you can take very nice photographs of the lake with stunning reflections of the sand mountains. Karakul Lake is 3600 meters above sea level. It is located between Mt. Muztagata (7546 meters) and Mt. Gonger (7719 meters), which are said to be 2 of the 6 most beautiful mountains in the World . We will visit the local Kyrgyz Yurts and listen to their stories about traditional ways of nomadic mountain life.
Picnic Lunch: We will then enjoy our picnic lunch of fruits and fresh bread that we purchased in Opal village in a beautiful picnic spot overlooking the Karakul Lake. Stay over night at the lake.
Accomodation: Kyrgyz Yurt at Karakul lake

Day 4: Tashkorgan to Kashgar
Sightseeing: Tashkorgan Stone City, Tashkorgan Grassland, Subash Pass
After breakfast we will take 1.5 hours drive from Karakul lake to Tashkorgan. It Tashkurgan is an interesting small town located on the Pamir Plateau. This area was extremely isolated until the rebuilding of the Karakurum highway in 1987 and even today the local community still lives in a very traditional fashion with only a single road reaching here from Kashgar, so it has retained a certain uniqueness. This region is commonly known as the main road of the ※old Silk Road§ the main route leading from China to West Asia . The average elevation is 4000 meters. we will visit the Stone fort, located in downtown Tashkurgan. It has a history of more than 2000 years. In times gone by it was the central palace of the Tajik kingdom. Then we will hike around the Tashkurgan grassland and enjoy the scenery of Mt. Mutztah Ata and Mt. Pamir . We take the Karakorum Highway back to Kashgar and arrive in the late afternoon.
Note: Guests will need to carry their passports on this tour as they will be required to show these at the Gaz check point (around an hour after the colorful mountain on the first day and also on the way back to Kashgar). Everybody at this point needs to be registered by the authorities due to its close proximity to many bordering countries. It is also advisable to bring warm clothes as temperatures can be colder than those found in Kashgar at the higher altitudes.
Hotel: Kashgar

Day 5: Kashgar to Hotan (540KM)
Sightseeing: Yegisar Knife Factory, Golden Graveyard, Tomb of Aman Nisahan,Yarkent Old Town
We will leave for Hotan after breakfast. On our way to Hotan we will make a stop in the county of Yegisar. Yegisar is the most famous region in Xinjiang for making traditional Uyghur knives. We will have the chance to visit one of the many knife factories here and view the production process and purchase souvenirs. Next stop, a further two hours down the road is Yarkent (shache in Chinese). In Yarkand we will first visit the Golden Graveyard. This graveyard dates from the 17th Century and is the burial place of Royal family members of the Yarkand Uyghur Kingdom. Next to this is the Tomb of Aman Nisahan, the wife of the second King of the Yarkand Kingdom. Aman Nisahan is a famous Uyghur poet, musician and composer. She is most renowned for her transcription of the Twelve Mukam of famous traditional Uyghur music. We will enjoy a traditional lunch of corn noodles, pumpkin dumplings and kebab in a local Yarkand teahouse. After lunch we will continue our journey to Hotan (around four and a half hours)
Hotel: Hotan

Day 6: Hotan to Urumqi
Sightseeing: Taklimakan Desert, Local Silk, Carpet, Jade Workshops, White Jade River
After breakfast we will drive to Taklamakan desert, the second largest sand desert in the world where you have the option to ride a camel. Imam Asim tomb (10th century) is located in the desert. Hotan is particularly famous for its high quality Jade products; the best Jade in China is found in the White Jade River. We will visit the river and try to find some Jade for ourselves and watch the locals at work digging and sifting for the precious rock. We will also visit the white Jade factory to see how the Jade is processed and made into jewelry and ornaments. Hotan is also renowned for its high quality wool carpets. We will visit a carpet workshop to see the weaving process. After dinner we will take the evening flight to Urumqi.

Day 7: Urumqi to Turpan then Turpan Tour
Sightseeing: Kariz Water System, Jiaohe Ancient City, Emin Minaret
The drive from Urumqi to Turpan is about 3 hours. On the way we can see the largest wind powered station in China (da ban cheng). After arrival and check-in, we begin our tour of Turpan. Kariz underground water system is the China's third most important ancient engineering feat with a total length of 3100 miles and dating back more than 2000 years. Jiaohe Ancient City is the oldest, largest, highest ancient city built of mud in the World. Many cultural relics were unearthed, such as antefix of the Tang Dynasty and Buddhist scriptures at the Ancient City of Jiaohe. Emin Minaret was built in 1777,it is the largest extant old tower in Xinjiang and it is the only Islamic tower among the hundred famous towers in China.
Hotel: Turpan

Day 8: Turpan to Urumqi
Sightseeing: Gaochang Ancient City, Astana Tombs, Tuyuk Village
After breakfast we drive to Gaochang Ancient City, 47 km east of Turpan. The city was built in the first century B.C; it was a key point on the ancient Silk Road. Then we head to Astana Ancient tombs, the capital tombs and underground museum of Xinjiang where many important writings, paintings and mummies have been discovered. Next we will have a traditional Uygher lunch in Tuyuk Valley. We will visit the Tuyuk Village where we can see traditional Uyghur life. Villagers live in traditional homes made of mud. After lunch we head to Urumqi early in the afternoon.

Day 9: Urumqi
Sightseeing: Xinjiang Museum,Uurmqi Grand Bazaar
After breakfast we will visit the extensive Xinjiang Museum. It is a large integrated museum, holding all key artifacts and cultural relics central to the Xinjiang region and the Silk Road. The museum is famous for its rich collections of silk artifacts dating from many periods throughout history. The museum also contains several mummies, some of them dating back 4000 years, which can easily rival those found in Egypt. You will visit the famous Uurmqi international grand bazaar.

Day 10: Urumqi Departure
Hotel to Airport Transfer and Check in to Your Flight for departure.

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