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5 Days Xinjiang Impression Highlights

Destinations:Urumqi, Heavenly Lake, Turpan

from: US$368
Tour Code: CITA-XJ-01
Summary: Our 5 days Xinjiang Tour will bring you to Heavenly Lake which is located in the Tianshan Mountain ranges,enjoy the boat cruise,overnight in the local Kazaks' yurt to learn about the history of the last herdman in Xinjiang.Taste the fresh air of the pure forest which will let you relax and enjoyable,visit the famous silk road town-Turpan which is also called the natural museum.to be guest in the local Uighur family in the grape yard.we will give you a amazing holiday.

Day 1

Arrival in Urumqi
Please arrange for the international flight to get to Urumqi. We will meet you at the Urumqi airport, transfer you to the hotel and check you in. then we will take an Urumqi city tour to visit the Xinjiang Museum, and Erdaoqiao Market&International Bazaar.
Erdaoqiao Market

Xinjiang Museum: The Xinjiang Regional Museum is a large integrated museum and a centre for the collection and study of cultural relics in Xinjiang.  The museum was built in 1953, featuring Uighur ethnic internal decor style and has an exhibition hall covering an area of about 7,800 square meters. There are more than 50,000 pieces of various kinds of cultural relics stored in the museum, among them are the ancient mummies represented by the “Loulan Beauty”, manuscripts in Chinese, Karosthi, Qiuci, Yanji, Tibetan, Uighurian and other characters prevailing in ancient western regions of China, as well as silk, wool, cotton and hemp fabrics and folk raiment, etc., all items of great intrigue. The 'Loulan beauty' mummy in particular is a well-preserved mummy from 4000 years ago. It still has a reddish brown skin, thick eyelashes, charming large eyes, and long hair. 
Erdaoqiao & International Bazaar: Here you will find a bustling market filled with fruits, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets, and almost anything that you can imagine. This is the largest bazaar in Urumqi, and is a place most welcomed by tourists, especially the ladies who will find they can buy some traditional Yugur cosmetics. On Sunday, there are more stalls and more goods to buy than any other day. The old streets around the bazaar are particularly worth seeing. 

Day 2

Urumqi  Heavenly Lake (120kms, 1.5hrs driving)
Heavenly Lake

After breakfast we will head to the Heavenly Lake to enjoy the beautiful scenery there. experience the local Kazak's lifestyle in the deep of Tianshan Mountain.

Heavenly Lake: High up in the Heavenly Mountain, or Tianshan, 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. To the east of the lake stands the Bogdia Peak-the highest peak in the east part of Tian Shan Mountain, which is capped by glacier and snow glistening in the sun, finely contrasted with blue lake water, forming a fabulous scenery. There are eight beautiful scenic spots in the lake area. These 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 LakeTurpan (300kms, 3-4hrs driving)
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. we will be visiting the Bezeklik Grottoes, Tuyoq Valley.
Kumtag Desert

Bezeklik Grottoes: The Bezeklik Grottoes, or Thousand Buddha Caves, is a complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to 14th century between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan at the north-east of the Taklamakan Desert near the ancient ruins of Gaochang in the Mutou Valley. They are high on the cliffs of the west Mutou Valley under the Flaming Mountains, and most of the surviving caves date from the West Uyghur kingdom around the 10th to 13th centuries. There are 77 rock-cut caves at the site. Most have rectangular spaces with rounded arch ceilings often divided into four sections, each with a mural of the Buddha. The effect is of entire ceiling covers with hundreds of Buddha murals. Some murals show a large Buddha surrounded by other figures, including Turks, Indians and Europeans. Some of the murals are masterpieces of religious art.
Tuyoq Valley: This is a 12 km long primitive Uighur agricultural valley about 70 km from Turpan, with vineyards and fields in the northern and southern valleys and a narrow ravine that connects them. It is a Muslim religious pilgrimage site. The southern mouth of the valley has big Uighur mosques older than the Sugong Minaret and a cave thought by many to be described in the Koran. About a kilometer from the cave shrine is a group of grottoes that have some Buddhist and Nestorian artwork. These grottoes are said to date from the West Jin Dynasty (265AD-316AD), and are considered to be the earliest in Turpan. Most of the murals are damaged. Fortunately, 10 of the grottoes still have some of the preserved murals. These precious murals are very unique in style.

Day 4

TurpanUrumqi (200kms, 3hrs driving)
Sugong Minerat

After breakfast we will visit the ancient Karez Irrigation System, Jiaohe Ruined, Sugong Minaret. After that, we will drive back to Urumqi.
Karez Irrigation System: The ancient Karez Irrigation System, which is still used today, is a unique irrigation system in Turpan. It takes 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 reservoirs.
Jiaohe Ancient City Ruins: The city's name means 'River City'. It was founded during the first century BC and abandoned during the 15th century. It is located atop a steep cliff on a leaf-shaped plateau between two deep river valleys in the Yarnaz valley 10 km to the west of Turpan City. It runs northwest to southeast, 1760 meters long and 300 meters across at the widest part. The ruins include city gates, streets and lanes, government office, temples, domestic houses, cave houses, wells, and an underground temple. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Silk Road Sites.
Sugong Minaret: Located in Mura Village 2km to the east of the city of Turpan, the minaret tower was built in the 41st year of the long reign of Qianlong Emperor during the Qing Dynasty. It is the embodiment of the ancient architectural arts of the Uighur people. The body of the tower is cylindroid in shape, built with bricks arranged in various symmetrical patterns on the outer wall. The tower has 14 windows and a spiral staircase inside going to the top.
 

Day 5

UrumqiYour destination

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

 

Price: per person
Travel in party of Superior Class
★★★★★
Deluxe Class
★★★★
Tourist Class
★★★
2-3 persons $728 $ 661 $ 611
4-6persons $561 $ 495 $ 445
7 persons & above $485 $ 418 $ 368
Single room Supplement $258 $ 189 $ 141

Service included:

√  Entrance fees
√ Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch ;
√ Personal Guide & Driver + Private car / van for Private Transfers & sightseeing
√ Hotels (twin share bases) as listed in the itinerary .
√ Domestic flights or trains as listed in the itinerary
√ Airport Taxes: US$30 for domestic,
√ Service Charge & Government Taxes .
√ Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels

Service excluded:

* All the lunches and dinners
* Personal expenses. such as laudentry and tips to the guide and driver
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