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5 Recommended Xianjiang Tour Routes

Xianjiang is endowed with vast territory where exist mountains, lakes, grasslands, Gobi, desert, rivers… touring to Xinjiang is the dream of lots of people. Then how to see more beauty of Xinjiang in the limited time? Chinasilkroadtours will recommend you several most scenic tour routes.

1. Eastern Switzerland, Paradise of photographer – Kanas Lake

Kanas Lake

Day 1: Urumqi – Colored Beach – Burqin. Stay Overnight in Burqin. (driving about 11 hours and will cover 700km)
Day 2: Burqin – Kanasa Lake. Stay overnight in Hemu Village. (driving about 3 hours and cover 180km)
Day 3: Jiadengyu – Hemu – Burqin. Stay Overnight in Burqin. (driving about 3 hours and will cover 180km)
Day 4: Burqin – Ghost City – Urumqi. (driving about 8 hours and cover 630km)

Why we recommend it

In the 4 days tourists will meet glacier, lake, forest, grassland, river, oil field, Gobi, village, etc. In the night market in Burqin you could meet and try some authentic Xinjiang food and snack. This route is best for tourists who has short vacation and want to see more of Xinjiang. Sunset in Colored Beach will make your tour colorful as well.

2. Always being Surounded by Beautiful Scenery – Northern Xinjiang

Colored Beach

Day 1: Urumqi – Karamy – Ghost City – Colored Beach – Burqin. Stay Overnight in Burqin. (driving about 9 hours and will cover 700km)
Day 2: Burqin – Habahe County – Baibaha Village. Stay overnight in Baibaha Village. (driving about 4 hours and cover 200km)
Day 3: Baibaha Village – Kanas Lake. Stay overnight in Kanas. (full day in Kanas Lake Scenic Area)
Day 4: Kanas Lake – Beitun – Fuyun County. Stay overnight in Fuyun County. (driving about 8 hours and cover 500km).
Dya 5:Keketuohai – Fukang. Stay overnight in Fukang. (driving about 7 hours and cover 500km)
Day 6: Heavenly Lake – Urumqi. (driving about 2 hours and cover 120km)

Why we recommend

Besides satisfying your view with picturesque scenery, this route will lead you to the tranquil Baibaha Village to experience Tuwa people’s life. You will also hike in the Erqisi Grand Valley. Photography lovers, hiking lovers and people seek for leisure tour can choose this route.

3. Impact of Grassland and Desert

Taklamakan Desert

Day 1: Urumqi – Sayram Lake –Lavender Manor –  Yining. Stay overnight in Yining. (cover 700km in the 9 hours’ driving)
Day 2: Yining – Naraty Grassland. Stay overnight in Naraty. (cover 260km in 4 hours’ riding)
Day 3: Naraty Grassland – Bayinbuluk Grassland. Stay overnight in Bayinbuluk. (cover 90km in 2 hours’ driving)
Day 4: Bayinbuluk – Hejing – Turpan. Stay overnight in Turpan. (cover 730km in 10 hours’ driving)
Day 5: Turpan – Kumutage Desert – Grape Valley – Urumqi. Stay overnight in Urumqi. (cover 360km in 5 hours’ driving)
Day 6: Urumqi – Heavenly Lake – Urumqi. (cover 200km in 3 hours’ riding)

Why we recommend

One can not know how vast China’s territory is if he doesn’t go to Xinjiang. And he will never know how beautiful Xinjiang is if he doesn’t travel to Yili. Traveling from grassland to Gobi, to desert, and then to Heavenly lake of Tianshan Mountain, you will enjoy activities of horse riding, sand sliding, and cruise. It is the best route for family tourists who have 7-10 days for Xinjiang tour.

4. Most Beautiful Highway Driving Tour – Duku Highway + Yizhao Highway

Sayram Lake

Day 1: Urumqi – Sayram Lake –Lavender Manor –  Yining. Stay overnight in Yining. (cover 700km in the 9 hours’ driving)
Day 2: Yining – Yizhao Highway – Zhaosu – Tekesi. Stay overnight in Tekesi.
Day 3: Tekesu – Kelajun Grassland – Tekesi. Stay overnight in Tekesi. (cover 220km in 5 hours’ driving)
Day 4: Tekesi – Bayinbuluke Grassland. Stay overnight in Bayinbuluke. (cover 310km in 5 hours’ driving)
Day 5: Bayinbuluk – Duku Highway – Urumqi. Stay overnight in Urumqi. (cover 550km in 10 hours’ driving)

Why we recommend

The two most scenic highways lead to travel through Tianshan Mountain, cross rivers, and meet the all year round snow-covered Bingdaban. During the driving you will see snow mountain, meadow, herds of cattle and horses, and soaring eagles…

5. “Big Beauty” Xinjiang Tour – North and South Xinjiang

Tianshan Grand Canyon

Day 1: Urumqi – Colored Beach – Burqin. Stay Overnight in Burqin. (driving about 11 hours and will cover 700km)
Day 2: Burqin – Kanasa Lake. Stay overnight in Hemu Village. (driving about 3 hours and cover 180km)
Day 3: Hemu – Burqin. Stay Overnight in Burqin. (driving about 3 hours and will cover 180km)
Day 4: Burqin – Ghost City – Jinghe. Stay overnight in Jinghe. (driving about 8 hours and cover 610km)
Day 5: Jinghe – Sayram Lake –Lavender Manor –  Yining. Stay overnight in Yining. (driving about 4 hours and cover 360km)
Day 6: Yining – Naraty Grassland. Stay overnight in Naraty. (driving about 4 hours and cover 260km)
Day 7: Naraty Grassland – Bayinbuluk Grassland. Stay overnight in Bayinbuluk. (driving about 2 hours and cover 90km)
Day 8: Bayinbuluk –Longchi Lake – Tainshan Grand Valley – Kuqa. Stay overnight in Quqa. (driving about 6 hours and cover 270km)
Day 9: Kuqa – Luntai Poplar Forest – Korla. Stay overnight in Korla. (driving about 6 hours and cover 270km)
Day 10: Korla – Turpan. Stay overnight in Turpan. (driving about 7 hours and cover 400km)
Day 11: Turpan – Heavenly Lake – Urumqi. Stay overnight in Urumqi.

Why we recommend

Only traveling to both south Xinjiang and north Xinjinag one will really understand the “vast” and “beauty” of Xinjiang. If you have enough time for Xinjiang tour, This route is definitely worth of considering.

Hemu Village

If you have interest in any route above, please feel free to contact us, we will be much happy to help with your Xinjiang tour. If you want some more tour alternatives with low cost, small group tours below may meet your requirement:

12 Days Xinjiang Group Tour, 13 Days North Xinjiang Group Tour