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Urumqi Turpan Ancient Culture Exploration Tour - 5 Days

Destination: Urumqi Turpan
Duration: Five Day
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The 5 days Xinjiang highlights tour give a first Silk Road China impression through Urumqi and Turpan to view Xinjiang Museum, Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar, Heavenly Lake, Bezklik Grottoes, Jiaohe Ruins, Karez Well and more top attractions
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US$750/persons 750USD/Person

Day 1 Urumqi Arrival
Sites Visited: Xinjiang Museum, Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar

Our nice guide will meet you at the airport and then start your Xinjiang Romantic Adventure. City sightseeing in Urumqi. Erdaoqiao Market

Visit Xinjiang Museum, Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar,Xinjiang Museum,the 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 Uygur make up cosmetic.


Day 2 Urumqi/Heavenly Lake (120kms, 1.5hrs driving)Heavenly Lake
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Heavenly Lake, Kazak Yurt

After breakfast head to Tianchi, experience the local Kazak's lifestyle in the deep of Tianshan Mountain.

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¡±.
Kazak Yurt, The yurt was fully decked out, with electricity and primitive coal-based heating. And decorated with over-the-top Kazakhstan carpets, draperies and details; LOVE IT! It's large enough to sleep 10 people and includes all the necessary bedding


Day 3 Heavenly Lake/Turpan (300kms, 3-4hrs driving)
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Bezklik Grottoes, Tuyoq Valley, Kumtag Desert

In the morning, enjoy the fresh air of the lake and take the nice pictures of the Tianshan Mountain. and after breakfast provided by the local Kazaks. Then head to Turpan, the famous for the grapes, hot weather and historical sites.

Upon arrival, visit Bezklik Grottoes, Astana Tombs, , Tuyoq Valley and Kumtag Desert .Bezklik Grottoes . ¡°Bezeklik¡±means ¡°a place with beautiful decoration¡±. These caves are first excavated in Qu`s Gaochang period. The exising caves were reconstructed by Uighurian people.
Astana Tombs are the graveyard of the residents lived in the Gaochang City in the Jin-Tang times.. Between 1959 and 1975, 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 Known as ¡°the Underground Museum.
Tuyoq Valley, constructed iin eastern and western cliffs in Tuyoq valley . 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 style
Kumtag Desert,The Kumtag ("kum tagh" in Uighur, meaning "sand mountain") Shamo, or Sand Mountain Desert, is located inXinjiang province in northwestern China. Like all deserts, the temperature in the Kumtag Shamo varies from freezing at night to baking during the day.


Day 4 Turpan/Urumqi (190kms 2.5hrs driving)/Sugong Minerat
Meals: B, L
Sites Visited: Jiaohe Ruined, Karez Irrigation System, Sugong Minerat

AM visit Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minerat,Back to Urumqi after lunch

Jiaohe Ruined is 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 System,The Karez System 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 reservois
Sugong Minerat 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.


Day 5 Urumqi Departure
Meals: B

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and take the flight back to your destination.

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