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Kashgar Hotan Niya Korla Turpan Urumqi Tour - 9 Days

Destination: Kashgar,Hotan,Niya,Korla,Turpan,Urumqi
Duration: Nine Day
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Experience typical traditions and enjoy the stunning landscape of the world¡¯s second largest desert Takalamakan. Start your journey in the oriental city of Kashgar, with its mosques and bazaars. Get to know traditional work and see how silk is waved and paper made. Experience a drive through the desert and marvel at the remains of the ancient city of Jiaohe. Enjoy a typical Uyghur dance performance and end your journey with a visit to the ancient tombs in Astana and the beautiful Thousand Buddha Caves of Bizelik.
Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$1800/persons 1800USD/Person

Day 1 Arrive in Kashgar
Meet on arrival at Kashgar airport and transfer to the hotel, check in. Welcome dinner at local restaurant.

Kashgar seems more a part of Central Asia than of the People's Republic of China. The majority of the population here is Uygur, intermixed with Tadzhiks, Uzbeks, and Han Chinese. The fabled city of Kashgar hosted Marco Polo and countless Silk Road traders upon their entry to the Middle Kingdom. While its previous glory as a trading capital has disappeared, Kashgar retains the exotic air and immense appeal of medieval Asia.


Day 2 Kashgar
Visit the famous Sunday Market (incl. the animal market). Thousands of merchants haggle for camels, carpets and other goods, imams on donkeys and veiled woman in their dark robes. Visit the Old town of Kashgar, Abakh Hoja Tomb, Id Kah Great Mosque and its Bazaar. Abakh Hoja Tomb began as a family mausoleum in the seventeen century. The Id Kah Mosque built in 1442 for Shakesirmirzha, the ruler of Kashgar, it is the largest mosque in China and the religious center of Kashgar. Lunch will be at a local Uygur family in the old town.


Day 3 Kashgar to Hotan
You are heading for Taklamakan Desert today. You will travel along the southern fringes of the desert. The first stop is Khotan. You will drive 540 km around 8 hours. Visit the Aletun Mosque and Ancient Tomb of Yarkant Kings enroute. Yarkant, this city forms an oasis at the western end of the Taklamakan Desert as a trade center. Mainly inhabited by Turkic-speaking Muslims, it has more than 120 mosques. Marco Polo visited the city in 1271 and in 1275; it was on the important Silk Road between China and Europe.

Khotan is famous for its jade, carpets and silk. In history, Khotan has witnessed the coming and leaving of the Buddhist pilgrims. You will have a chance to visit some of the small cottage industries to see handicrafts being made by local families. You will also have a donkey cart ride to the Malika Awat Ruins.


Day 4 Hotan to Niya
Visit the paper making and silk making workshop, old town and Bazaar in Khotan.
Paper making in Hotan is a traditional and primitive way to make paper. It is made of the mulberry and old cloth.
Bazaar in Khotan is also very unique and traditional. Compared with Kashgar Bazaar Khotan Bazaar is not very commercial bazaar but just for local people.
Atlas Uygur Silk is made by the traditional technique that has more than 2000-years old history. The colorful silk can be bought in the bazaar.

Your expedition continues to Niya. Niya, believed to have flourished from the 1st century BC to 4th century, has remained the best preserved and one of the largest ruins of the city states that were scattered along the ancient Silk Road about 1,500 years ago. Today, you will drive 320 km the duration is around 4 hours.


Day 5 Niya  to Korla
This is the day for your remarkable journey through the world's second largest desert, the Taklamakan. Taklamakan desert is the second largest shifting sand desert in the world. Taklamakan means: "anyone goes into the desert and never go out". As late as 1960s, it still took around 40 days to travel from new Niya to oasis town Korla (700 km). But now, the journey can be completed in about 10 hours by a superbly built highway.


Day 6 Korla  to Turpan
In Korla, you will visit the Iron Door pass, an ancient pass on the Silk Road. Visit the Bosten Lake-the largest inland freshwater lake.

Expedition continues to Turpan (460 km, around 5 hours on road), another place which is famous for its dried mummies and many other historical sights. The local music dance show will be accompanied during the dinner today.


Day 7 Turpan
Visit the Jiaohe Ruins. Jiaohe Ruins was uniquely arranged, containing an above part and an underground part. The ruins, very rare in the world, are extremely valuable for studying ancient cities.

Stop over at the foot of the Flaming Mountain, one of the hottest places on earth. Flaming Mountain has always been a famous attraction, with its harsh yet unique natural conditions, as well as abundant cultural heritage. Flaming Mountain is largely made up of bare rock. Not a single blade of grass grows on the hills of Flaming Mountain and there are no traces of birds or animals there. When the July sun heats the bare rocks, the blazing air current rolls up like burning flames

In the afternoon, you will visit the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. During the late nineteen and early twentieth century, European and Japanese explorers found intact murals and many were removed and dispersed around the world. Some of the best preserved murals were removed by German explorer Albert von Le Coq and sent to Germany.

You will also visit the ancient Karez Irrigation System. Karez systems are the crystallization of ancient people's diligence and intelligence. The history dates back to 103BC. At its peak, the karez irrigation system exceeded 5,000km and was also referred to as 'the underground Great Wall'. It is among the three ancient major irrigation projects with the other two being the Great Wall and Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal.

The last stop is the Emin Minaret. It is the only Islamic tower among the hundred famous towers in China. It was built in 1777 in honour of the heroic Turpan general, Emin Khoja.


Day 8 Turpan to Urumqi
Drive to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Province. The distance is about 200 km 2.5 hours by high way. In the afternoon, visit the Heaven Lake at the foot of the Heaven Mountain is your last sightseeing spot. A boat ride tour on the lake is included; it is also possible to have a small trekking tour around the lake


Day 9 Urumqi Departure
Transfer to airport and depart. Tour ended and departure


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