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Lop Nur Lop Desert Discovery Tour - 16 Days

Destination: Lop Nur
Duration: Sixteen Day
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Transportation: Vehicle
Best Travel Time:April - Oct
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Located in the northeast of Ruoqiang County, Lop Nur is about 780 meters (2,560 feet) above sea level and covers an area of about 3,000 square kilometers (1,160 square miles). Once it was the second largest inland lake in China and an important station on the Silk Road.

Due to its geological features, Lop Nur has had many names over the centuries - Salt Lake, Puchang Sea and Peacock Sea among them. Since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), it has been called Lop Nur. In Uygur, 'Lop' means a place having a vast expanse of water. In Mongolian, 'Nur' refers to a lake. 'Lop' and 'Nur' together means a vast lake. However, it dried up in 1972 because of excessive human economic activities in the area.

In the broad sense, Lop Nur refers to the Lop Nur desert area which spans Xinjiang and Gansu Provinces. The Spectacle of the Gobi Desert and some historical sites are also scattered in this area, including the dragon-shaped Yadan Landscape, Rose-Willow Valley, the Peacock River, a dead forest of diversiform-leaved poplar (populus diversifolia), a Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) beacon tower, the Sun Tombs, the Milan Farm and the Loulan Ancient City.

The Lop Desert, or the Lop Depression, is a desert extending from Korla eastwards along the foot of the Kuruk-tagh (meaning Dry Mountain) to the formerly terminal Tarim Basin in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. It is an almost perfectly horizontal expanse.

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Day 1 Urumqi Arrival

Meet guide and check in the hotel.Enjoy the Uygher Show in Erdaoqiao Market.

Day 2 Urumqi¡ªTurpan (180kms, 2-2.5hrs) 
After breakfast we drive to Turpan, Visit Gaochang ruin city, the Flaming Mountain and in the afternoon we visit Grape Valley, Karez irrigation system, Jiaohe ruin city.

The Jiaohe Ruins 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 .

Day 3 Turpan ¡ª Korler 
Our adventure start today. In the morning head to Korler and visit the Bosten Lake, and the Irion Gate Pass. Free in the evening, and you can have a walk along the Peacock River and know more about the local's life.

Day 4 Korler ¡ªRuoqiang (420kms, 6hrs) 
After breakfast drive to Ruoqiang, and visit the Lop Nur Village, enjoy the splendid Taklamgan Desert and know about the life style of the locals in the desert. Take a photo of the ancient Diversfilo-poplar. Arrive in Ruoqiang in the afternoon.


Day 5 Ruoqiang¡ª Yitunbulak town (310 kms, 9hrs) 
In the morning visit the Loulan Museum, and the Photo Exhibition of Lop Nur and Ancient Loulan Ruins, Aerjinshan Natural Reserve, then head to Yitunbulak Town.

Today we have to across the Rugged Kumu Daban and Tashi Daban, driving on the winding mountain road, even some place destroyed by the flood. The sea level of Tashi Daban is 4200ms, it is the hub of the main ridge in Aerjinshan Mountain, when you are crossing the Daban, and there is a platform for parking. You can have a bird-view of the whole reserve. And we still have the chance to see the Argali sheep, the argali, or the mountain sheep (species Ovis ammon) is a wild sheep, which roams the highlands of Central Asia (Himalaya, Tibet, Altay). It is also the biggest wild sheep, standing as high as 120 cm (47 in) and weighing as much as 180 kg (400 lb). The Pamir argali (also called Marco Polo sheep, for they were first described by that traveler) may attain more than 6 ft (1.8 m) in length.

Day 6 Yitunbulak¡ª Kechik Lake (400kms, Gebi 8hrs) 
After breakfast drive to Aerjinshan Nature Reserve. It is the largest Mountain Nature Reserve. You can enjoy the picturesque landscape. There are spectacular alpine desert and dozensn of alpine lakes, which offers great opportunity for scientific research and exploration.we overnight in Qimantag county where inhabitated by about 10 families, living on the pastoral life very far from the modern society.

Day 7 Kechik lake¡ª Kardun (180kms, gebi desert) 
After breakfast, head to Kardun pastureland, and you can see many rare animals including the wild Yark, Tibetan Gazelle.There is a nice lake at the south of the Qimantag County, at dawn of the autumn, a large number of birds on the lake fly

Day 8 Kardun¡ª Yicikpaty(200km, 5hrs) 
Enjoy the platue view; experience the heaven of the wild animals

Day 9 Yicikpaty  ¡ªAyakeku Lake---Black Bear Mountain¡ªGolden Junction (240kms, ) 
After breakfast, visit the Ayakeku Lake which inhabitated by the variety of the birds.

Day 10 Golden Junction¡ª Danban¡ªAqikeku Lake (140kms, 4¡ª6hrs) 
Today we have to drive about 5000ms, there is almost no path, we have to drive climb the slope. Cross the Daban, visit the Aqikeku Lake and the Kunlun mountain just stand by you.

Day 11 Aqikeku Lake¡ªWhale Lake (220kms)  
Kunlun Mountain with the sea level of 5000ms, there exist large glacier, which bring life to the mountain area. Whale Lake is 37kms from east to west, 7.6kms from south to north, covers the area of 260kms, with the sea level of 4708kms, the whole lake shaped in a Whale that is the name comes from. The lake is not a salty lake that's why the animals and birds prefer to live there.

Day 12 Whale Lake¡ª Aqikeku Lake 
Back to Aqikeku Lake.

Day 13 Aqikeku Lake¡ª Yitunbulak Town 
Back to Yitunbulak Town.

Day 14 Yitunbulak Town ¡ªDunhuang  
After breakfast drive to Dunhuang, and check in the hotel upon arrival and have a good rest there. After dinner walking along the Shazhou Night Market.

Day 15 Dunhuang  
Visit Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Mountain and the Crescent Lake, Camel Riding.

Day 16 Dunhuang Departure
You will be transferred to the airport based on your flight time




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