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Urumqi Turpan Korler Ruoqiang Yitunblak Kechik Lake Kardun Dunhuang Tour -16 Days

Destination: Xinjiang
Duration: Sixteen Day
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Day 1 Arrival in Urumqi
Our nice guide will meet you at the airport and then start your Xinjiang Photography Tour. City sightseeing in Urumqi.
Visit Xinjiang Museum, Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar, and Enjoy the Uyger Show .

Day 2 Urumqi ¡ª Turpan (200kms, 2.5-3hrs driving)
In the morning head to Turpan, the famous for the grapes, hot weather and historical sites.Visit Bezklik Grottoes, Astana Tombs, Tuyoq Valley and Kumtag Desert.

Day 3 Turpan ¡ª Korler (190kms 2.5hrs driving)
In the morning visit Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minerat, after lunch head to Korler

Day 4 Korler ¡ª Ruoqiang (420kms, 5-6hrs)
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.

Day5 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.

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, Tibetan Ass.
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Day 8 Kardun ¡ªYicikpaty (200km, 5hrs)
Enjoy the platue view; experience the heaven of the wild animals.

Day 9 Yicikpaty ¡ªAyakeku Lake¡ªBlack 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 ¡ª Whale Lake (220kms)
IKunlun 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 --Day 14 Whale Lake Aqikeku Lake ¡ªYitunbulak Town--Dunhuang
During these 3 days, you will visit the laked mentioned, and in the afternoon of day 14th, drive to Dunhuang. The city which played important role in the ancient silk road. It is famous for the Mogao Grottoes.

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

Day 16 Dunhuang Departure
You will be transferred to the airport and take the flight back to your destination based on your flight schedule.

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