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9 Days Southern Xinjiang Adventure

Destinations:Urumqi, Turpan,Khotan, Yarkent, Kashgar, Taxkorgan,

from: US$938
Tour Code: CITIC-XJ-06
Summary: Southern Xinjiang With its unique landscape, a large number of historical and cultural relics and folk customs, and the charming Silk Road is attracting more and more travellers to enjoy the authentic Uighur culture and the influence of the Silk Road.

Day 1

Arrival in Urumqi
Xinjiang Museum

Our nice guide will meet you at the airport and then start your Xinjiang Adventure. City sightseeing in Urumqi.
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  Turpan (200kms, 2.5-3hrs driving)
Astana Tombs

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., and total number of them reaches tens thousands. 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

 

Day 3

Turpan  Urumqi (190kms 2.5hrs driving)Khotan
Tuyoq Valley

In the morning visit Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minerat,Back to Urumqi after lunch. and then be transferred to the airport and take the flight to Khotan
Jiaohe Ruined 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 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 on the outer wall.

 

Day 4

Khotan
The Atlas Silk Workshop

Visit Atlas Silk Workshop, Rewake Budda Temple, Khotan Museum, The King of Fig Tree
The Atlas Silk Workshop is open every day and demonstrate the entire process from cocoon to weaving. Which has a showroom where you can buy Atlas silk by the meter or made into scarves, bags, dresses and other items.
The Site of Rewake Buddha Temple: It lies in the Julakansiman desert, 40 kilometers away from the Yulong Kashi town of Luopu county in Hetian,the national key protected cultural relic.
Khotan Museum,Built at South Tanai Road, Khotan City in 1991, the museum has a floor space for exhibition of about 200 square meters. Besides wooden tablets, the main exhibition “Khotan Historical Relics Exhibition” displays potteries, wooden wares, textiles, sculptures and building components from ancient sites and tombs in Khotan area, totaling over 200 specimens. Among them the Kharosthi and Hotanese tablets, wool fabrics and various sculptures are of distinctive Khotan feature. They mirror the important position and role Khotan occupied and played on the southern Silk Road.

 

Day 5

Khotan  Yarkent (300kms 3.5—4.5hrs driving)
Yarkent Old TownI

Drive to Yarkent and Visit Yarkent Old Town, Yarkent King and Amanishan Tomb
Yarkent Old Town
It is the best preserved old town in Xinjiang, which is the main shopping center for the locals so that you can enjoy the authentic handicrafts for the local Uygers and know more about their daily life.
Yarkent King and Amanishan Tomb This city forms an oasis at the western end of the Taklimakan desert as a trade center. Mainly inhabited by Turkic-speaking Muslims, it has more than 120 mosques. The Uygurs are excellent at dancing. The "12 Mukams" (opera) is an epic comprising more than 340 classic songs and folk dances. After liberation, this musical treasure, which was on the verge of being lost, was collected, studied and recorded by Amannisha who is the concubine of Yarkant King.She died aged 34.

 

Day 6

Yarkent  Kashgar via Yingsha county (200kms, 3—4hrs driving)
Id Kah Mosque

After breakfast drive to Kashgar and Visit Yingisha knife factory enroute. annd visit Handicraft street, Idgar Mosque upon arrival in Kashgar
Yingisha knife factory The are dozens of knife shops here(though prices are not much better than Kashgar)and its possible to visit the knife factory(xiaodaochang is Chinese)in the centre of town to see the knives actually being made. Each worker makes the blade, handle and inlays himself, using only the most basic of tools.
Id Kah Mosque is the large Mosque in China and most famous one in Xinjiang. The Mosque started to build in the mid of fifteenth century, and has gradually developed to the present size. Id K ah Mosque, with about 16800 square meters in area, consisting of Pray Hall, the Koran teaching Hall, The Corridor, the Arches and other buildings attaching to it. The Pray Hall of the mosque can hold 4000 prayers is supported by 140 carved wooden pillars.The buildings of Id Kah Mosque look magnificent and solemn, and display the artistic styles of Islamic mosque architectures.

 

Day 7

Kashgar  Taxkorgan county ( 300kms, 4-5hrs driving)
Karakul Lake

Drive on to Chinese Karakorum highway have a short stop in Opal Village. visit the Karakuli Lake enroute.
Karakul Lake At an altitude of 3,600 m. it is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau, near the junction of the Pamir, Tianshan and Kunlun Mountain ranges. Surrounded by mountains which remain snow-covered throughout the year, the three highest peaks visible from the lake are the Muztag Ata (7546m), Kongur Tagh (7,649m) and Kongur Tiube (7,530 m). The lake is popular among travellers for its beautiful scenery and the clarity of its reflection in the water, whose color ranges from a dark green to azure and light blue. There are two Kirgiz settlements along the shore of Karakul Lake, a number of yurts about 1km east of the bus drop-off point and a village with stone houses located on the western shores.
Karakorum high way It is 1200 kilometers almost Sino Pakistan—Chinese friendship high way build since 1976. Ancient Silk Road Merchants often run Via over Karakorum, Wahan corridor with Hindi Kush Mountain to India, Pakistan until Iran. On the road, enjoy the scenery of the Mt. Muztag, Taxkorgan, Persian language that means, stone castle, the brave Tajiks people lives on the Pamir more than 2000 year with nomadic life. Visit Stone fortress, Tajiks National art gallery museum and walk around the pastureland to see Local Tajiks customs.

 

Day 8

Taxkorgan county  Kashgar(300kms, 4-5hrs)
Old Town

In the morning back to Kashgar and visit Old Town, Apak Hoja Tomb
Apak Hoja Tomb This Mazar is the holiest place in Xinjiang and an architectural treasure. Built in 1640 , it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style of Samarkand or Isfahan. A handsome blue-and-white tiled gate leads into the compound, which includes a small religious school and the Abakh Khoja family tomb. The latter is domed and faced with multi - colored tiles. I t most complete Islamic tomb of the Qing Dynasty up-to-now in China.
Old town Kashgar is an ancient city, and in walking the streets of its Old Town, will provide a sense of what this legendary Central Asian hub was like in the days when the Silk Road was at its zenith.500-year old remnants of the city wall, narrow lanes and colorful multi-ethnic crowds combine to make Kashgar's historic district a highlight of any visit to the city.

 

Day 9

Kashgar  Your Destination

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

 

Travel in party of Superior Class
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Deluxe Class
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2-3 persons $ 1580 $ 1458 $ 1390
4-6 persons $ 1316 $ 1190 $ 1125
7 persons & above $ 1130 $ 995 $ 938
Single room Supplement $ 458 $ 330 $ 266

Service included:

1 Entrance fees/
2 Breakfast in the hotel
3 Personal Guide & Driver + Private car / van for Private Transfers & sightseeing
4 Hotels (twin share bases) as listed in the itinerary .
5 Domestic flights or trains as listed in the itinerary
  Flight: Urumqi to Khotan
6 Service Charge & Government Taxes .
7 Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels

Service excluded:

1 All the lunches and dinners and the breakfast when overnight on the train
2 Personal expenses. such as laudentry and tips to the guide and driver
3 other activities such as boating, camel riding ect
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