Northern Xinjiang Group Tour
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Day 1   Urumqi 
Today you will arrange your international flight to get to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, it is a major city on the north route of the Silk Road as well as the center for economic and cultural exchanges between the East and the West. we will meet you at the airport and transferred to your hotel. the rest of the day is free for you to have a good rest.

Accommodation: In Urumqi

Day 2   Urumqi  Burqin    (700kms, 9hrs driving)
Morning enjoy your breakfast at the hotel, and then we will depart from Urumqi and drive about 700 kilometers to Burqin. Arrive here and visit the Five-Color Beach, Walk into the colorful Beach, you will feel as if in a dream world. The unique lava landscape consisted of purplish red, vandyke red, yellow and light green mudstone, sandstone and gravel. this is the most beautiful colorful Beach, masterpiece of nature, and miracle of Burqin. you will also enjoy the beautiful sunset at dusk. If time permits, you may stroll along Burqin local night market to enjoy the fish BBQ and local made Beer which is called Kawas. Then back to hotel for rest.

Accommodation: In Burqin

Five-Color Beach   Burqin local night market

        Five-Color Beach                                           Burqin local night market

Day 3   BurqinKanas   (180kms, 4hrs driving)
Your guide and driver will pick you up in the morning, and then drive along the mountain road to Kanas Nature Reserve, China's only European-like ecological site that has been awarded the title of the "Pure Land of the World" due to its unspoiled natural scenery. Along the way you will pass through the famous Moon Bay, Laying Dragon Bay and immortal Bay, you can walk around these bays and take some nice pohots. and then change the shuttle bus to the inside of the Reserve to enjoy the beautiful secenery of Kanas Lake. After the visit, back to your hotel, dinner and rest.
Accommodation: In Kanas
Kanas Lake   Kanas Lake
Kanas Lake                                                       Kanas

Day 4   KanasHemu     (67kms, 2-3hrs driving)
Morning enjoy the fresh air and breakfast at the hotel, then you will meet your nice guide and driver and take 2-3 hours to Hemu Village, which is the most beautiful town and one of the three residences of the Tuva Mongol in China. the tranquil village, lush woods, herds of cattle and sheep, here is the paradise for the photographer. you can walk around the village and visit the local Tuwa family where you can experience their lifestyle and character.
Accommodation: In Hemu
Hemu Village   Hemu Village
Hemu Village                                             Hemu Village

Day 5   HemuKaramy  (484kms, 8hrs driving)
Enjoy the sunrise and after breakfast, travel along the Gurbantunggut Desert to the Urho Ghost City, also known as Wuerhe Wind City", a unique wind-eroded geological area commonly referred to as "wind city" because of the frequent howling winds. Whenever there are strong winds, they seem to circle among the rocks, making sad, shrill and hair-raising howling sounds like crying ghosts and wolves. After a long car ride and visit, your guide will escort you to the hotel and check in.
Accommodation: In Karamy
Urho Ghost City   Urho Ghost City
Urho Ghost City                                          Urho Ghost City

Day 6   KaramyYining  (583kms, 7hrs driving)
After breakfast start our trip to Ili Valley and passing by Kuitun and Shehizi which is the symbol Bingtuan, which is either a city or a military organiztion. take the excursion tour to Sayram Lake, known as the last drop of tears of the Atlantic. continue to travel to Yining, on the way, you will see the famous Guozigou Bridge, the largest and most important bridge in Xinjiang. There are many beautiful S bends and you can enjoy the scenery of Guozigou valley which is the most beautiful valley in southern Xinjiang en route.
Accommodation: In Yining
Guozigou Bridge   Sayram Lake
Guozigou Bridge                                                Sayram Lake

Day 7   YiningNaratyBayinbuluk    (400kms, 6-7hrs driving)
Today, your guide and driver will pick you up in the morning. We’ll head to the famous pasture Narat Grassland, one of four famous grassland in the world. you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and explore the Kazakh way of life. Afterwards, we will drive about 3 hours to Bayinbuluk and check in your hotel. Have a good rest.
Accommodation: In Bayinbuluk
Narat Grassland   Narat Grassland
Narat Grassland                                               Narat Grassland

Day 8   BayinbulukKuqa       (250kms, 5-6hrs driving)
This morning we will leave from the hotel and transfer to visit the Bayinbuluk, enjoy the second largest grassland in China, it is also one of the most important Animal husbandry base in Xinjiang. after that, you can visit the Swan Lake it is the largest swan nature reserve and the only one in China. in the afternoon, we will drive to Kuqa, upon arrival, take you to visit the Kuqa 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.
Accommodation: In Kuqa
Swan Lake   Kuqa TianShan Great Canyon
             Swan Lake                                               TianShan Great Canyon

Day 9   KuqaKorla  (300kms, 4hrs driving)
Breakfast at the hotel, then we will drive about 300 kilometers to Korla, one of birthplaces of western region culture, also is the important city on the Silk Road. Arrive in here, you will see the Iron Gate which was a very important pass in the ancient Silk Road. According to textual research, it was set up in Jin Dynasty. Because it is situated in a strategic point and difficult to access, the barrier is vividly called “Iron Gate Barrier”. and then Walking along the Peacock River after dinner to feel the local’s city life style. today you will stay in Korla and depart from Korla in next morning.
Accommodation: In Korla
Iron Gate   Peacock River
    Iron Gate                                                            Peacock River

Day 10   KorlaTurpan     (408kms,5-6hrs driving)
Today you will say farewell to Korla and then drive to Turpan, lunch will be arranged in local family. Then Tour to Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, is a complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to 14th century between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan (Loulan) at the north-east of the Taklamakan Desert in the Mutou Valley, a gorge in the Flaming Mountains, China. 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. explore the Karez Well, which is a special irrigation system in desert areas. And finally we are going to visit the Jiaohe Ruins, the highlights of your Turpan tour, 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.
Accommodation: In Turpan
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves   Karez Well
Bezeklik Caves                                                      Karez Well

Day 11   TurpanUrumqi  (300kms, 4hrs driving)
Morning your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel. Then driving about 4 hours to visit the Heavenly Lake, a picturesque Alpine lake, 2000m up in the Tianshan mountain range. There are eight beautiful scenic spots in the lake scenic area. you can walk around these attractions or take a cruise to see the full view of Heavenly Lake.
In the afternoon, drive back to Urumqi, we will take you to the Xinjiang International Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. you can buy some souvenirs or local dried fruits for your family and friends
Accommodation: In Urumqi
Heavenly Lake   Xinjiang International Bazaar
              Heavenly Lake                                               Xinjiang International Bazaar

Day 12   Urumqi
Today you will say farewell to your guide and driver, end the 12 days Northern Xinjiang tour and back to your sweet home. Looking forward to meeting you next time.

Service included:

Private transportation with good AC (19-33seats)

Excellent English/China Speaking guide service.

Meals listed in the itinerary (Full board meals: 11breakfast +10lunches+10dinners)

Hotels listed in the itinerary with breakfast (twins shared room)

Entrance fee listed in the itinerary (All Shuttle bus included)

2 bottles of water each person on daily use

Travel permit to Bayinbuluk and Korler

All the shuttle bus included

Fish View Pavilion in Kanas Lake included

Horse riding or horse cart in Bayinbuluk Included

Boating Cruise in Heavenly Lake

Culture show in Turpan when we have dinner in the Local Uyghur family 

Service excluded:

All airfare  Personal expenses and tips to the guide and driver (8usd/pad/day,)

Other optional listed such as boating in Kanas Lake, 18usd/pax. Tuwa family visiting 12usd/pax 

Notes: the meals refundable if you not each someday. 8usd/pax/meal

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