Southern Xinjiang Train Tour
Tour Code: CITA-TS-05
You will arrange for you international flight to Kashgar. We will meet you at the airport, transfer you to your hotel and check you in. You will have the rest of the day free to do a little exploration at your leisure.
Accommodation: In Kashgar
- Sunday Bazaar
In the morning, we will visit the Sunday Bazaar, (livestock Market) with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive, eat breakfast, set up their animals and check out the action. Idigar Mosque, It is the largest Mosque in China and most famous one in Xinjiang. Afterwards, your guide and driver will take you to visit the Handicraft street, it gathered hundreds of handicraft workshops, which has become a boutique exhibition for handicraft in Kashgar and Central Asia. Then we’ll visit the Apak Hoja Tomb, which is the holiest place in Xinjiang and an architectural treasure. Stroll around the Old Town, to explore the local culture and history.
Accommodation: In Kashgar
24th,Dec.KashgarKarakul LakeTaxkorgan (320kms, 6hrs driving)
- Karakul Lake
Morning drive on the China and Pakistan highway to visit the Karakul Lake and enjoy the Pamir landscape. Then drive to Taxkorgan for rest.
Karakul Lake is situated at an altitude of 3,600 m. It is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau, near the junction of the Pamir, Tien Shan 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 (7 546m), Kongur Tagh (7 649m) and Kongur Tiube (7 530 m).
Accommodation: In Taxkorgan
- Taxkorgan County
After breakfast visit Stone Fortress,and walk around the pastureland to see Local Tajiks customs.Afternoon back to Kashgar and transfer to the train station to take the overnight train to Kuqa.
Stone fortress Located on a tableland northeast of the county seat of Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County, the covers an area of 100 thousands square meters and consists of ruins of city and temple of the Tang times and government office of the Qing Dynasty. A temple occupied the eastern part of the city. In the western and southeastern parts are found ruined houses. On the ruins of the temple the Pulitin Office of the Qing Dynasty was built. The city is oval in shape. The city walls were built with sun-dried bricks on stone foundation. It is 1285 meters in circumference outside.
Accommodation: In Kashgar
26th Dec.KashgarKuqa K9788(13:23-21:47)
Morning enjoy your free time in Kashgar, and then you will be transferred to the train station to take the soft sleeper train to Kuqa. Upon arrival, we will pick you up from the station and bus transfer to hotel check in.
- Our Cadana Gourp in Poplars Park
In the morning, arrive at Kuqa, we will meet you at the train station and transfer you to the hotel check in. then we will visit Diversifolius Poplars Park, The park is located in the north of Taklimakan Desert, and the middle portion of Tarim River. One can see Tarim River, poplar trees, the desert and the oil industry complexes. It is a good resort for sightseeing, entertainment, adventure, scientific expedition and vacation. After that, Stroll around the Kuqa Old City, to explore the local lifestyle.
Accommodation: In Kuqa
- Kizil Grottoes
Breakfast at the hotel, take you to visit the Kizil Grottoes, which is a typical representative of Qiuci Grottoes. Then we will visit the Tianshan Great Canyon, which is the excellent geological park all over the world. It recorded the whole process of crustal movement in Xinjiang during the past 400 million years. then we will visit Kizilgaha Beacon Tower, Located 10 km outside Kucha, the Kizilgaha Beaacon Tower provided security for traveling caravans on the Silk Road and prevented enemy invasions. Round earth tower built with a wooden roof, it rises to the sky in the middle of the desert landscape as typical scenery of the region. Subashi Ruins, Located 23 kilometers northwest of Kuqa County, Xinjiang Province are the ruins of the Subashi Temple. The Ruins are divided by Kuqa River into eastern and western areas. These large area ruins reflect the temple's past brilliance. Subashi Temple was a Buddhism temple, which was built in the first century and reached its peak during the sixth to the eighth centuries in the Sui and Tang dynasties.After that, transfer to the train station and take the overnight train to Turpan.
Accommodation: In Overnight Train
- Tuyoq Valley
Morning arrive in Turpan, we will meet you at the train station and take you to visit 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 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. Astana Tombs, This is the graveyard of the residents who lived in the Gaochang City in the Jin-Tang period.
Accommodation: In Turpan
30th,Dec.TurpanUrumqi (200kms, 3hrs driving)
- Sugong Minaret
Morning we will pick you up from the hotel lobby. then we will take you to visit Turpan Museum, to explore the local culture and history. visit Sugong Minaret, the largest Islamic minaret in China built in 1778. Karez Well, which is a special irrigation system in desert areas. And Jiaohe Ruins—with a history of 2,300 years lies between two rivers on a loess plateau atop a cliff of over 30m. It is one of the best preserved ruins of its ancient era in China, it was include in the World Heritage List on June 22, 2014. after that, drive back to Urumqi for rest.
Accommodation: In Urumqi
31st,Dec.Urumqi City Tour
- Xinjiang Museum
Morning arrive at Urumqi, we will meet you at the train station and transfer you to the hotel check in. Then tour at the Xinjiang regional museum to see archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and Xinjiang's minority cultures. drive about 120kms (1.5hrs) to visit the Heavenly Lake which is located in the deep of the Tianshan Mountain Ranges. Later, drive back to Urumqi. Visit the Xinjiang International Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Urumqi.
Xinjiang Museum,The museum has made extensive contacts with museums domestic and abroad, and held several exhibitions abroad. The main exhibitions on display include “ The Exhibition of Historic Cultural Relics in Xinjiang”, “A Selection of the Unearthed Cultural Relics in Xinjiang”, “ The Exhibition of Ancient Mummies in Xinjiang”, “ The Exhibition of the Customs of the nationalities in Xinjiang”, etc,. and various special exhibitions are often held here.
Accommodation: In Urumqi
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the train station to take the express train to Urumqi, and catch your flight to your next destination.
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* Accommodation based on DB/Twins shared rooms listed with breakfast; 4star hotel
* Excellent English speaking guide
* All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary;
* 2 bottles of water each person every day
* First Class soft sleeper trains (4berths in one private cabin). Kashgar to Kuqa, Kuqa to Turpan.
* Travel insurance and government tax
* Full board meals
* Flight to Kashgar and Leave from Urumqi
* Two breakfast when overnight on the train
* some other tours or culture show not listed in the itinerary
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