Heading west from Dunhuang, you will get to the most classic part of China Silk Road: Xinjiang. This 5-day tours short tour starts from Dunhuang and ends at Urumqi, covering the famous Turpan is the best option to go through the most highlight of China Silk Road with shortest time. The itinerary has been well designed based on the real experience and feedback from our customers with accommodation, guide, admission fees and transportation included. You will be totally free from the trifles of a trip but just immersed in the spectacular scenery and thick history.
Day 1 Dunhuang Arrival: Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake
Day 2 Dunhuang – Turpan by Train: Mogao Grottoes
Day 3 Turpan – Urumqi by Car: Gaochang Ruins, Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, Jiaohe Ruins, Flaming Hill
Day 4 Urumqi: Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang International Bazaar
Day 5 Urumqi Departure
Met by our guide and driver upon your arrival and go to visit one of the most famous attractions along the Silk Road- the Echoing-Sand Mountain which surrounds Crescent Lake where the blown sand could make the sound just like that made by Chinese orchestral musical instruments when it is windy. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands. A short camel ride (optional at your own cost) will leave you an unforgettable memory. Riding along the mountain to reach the Crescent Lake, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert. It has not dried up over the past one thousand years and still gushes with fresh current.
After breakfast, you will travel to the famous Mogao Grottoes which display a very colorful and descriptive world in the paintings. It is known as one of the four most famous caves in China. After dinner, we will take overnight soft-sleeper train to Turpan. Accommodation: Overnight Train
Today we will visit four famous sites one by one. First is the well-known Karze Well of Turpan where you will marvel at the incredible wisdom of the ancient local people. Next move to the Gaochang Ruins which used to be the capital of ancient Gaochang Kingdom and the important transportation hub of western end of China in the Han Dynasty. Then you will go to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Cave, a series of caves with thousands of Buddhism murals. The vivid murals show many Buddhism figures, stories, and the social life about 1,000 years ago. Then you will have an exploration of Jiaohe Ruins, which is one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road. It is also the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world. The last stop will be the hottest place in China– the Flaming Hill, situated at the north of ancient Silk Road. The temperature is so high that nothing grows on the hill. The record highest temperature of summer could reach 47.8 ℃ (118 ℉). And then drive to Urumqi, check in Hotel. Accommodation: Urumqi
After breakfast, you will be invited to visit warm-hearted Kazak People Family to talk with local Kazak People in close distance and to learn about the daily life of them. They will offer fried cookies, milk tea dried grapes which are local specialty. Then, we will visit Heavenly Lake. 100 kilometers away from city of Urumqi, Heavenly Lake gives the impression of nobleness, elegance and beauty. Clear lake, snow mountains and soaring pinaster trees compose the charming scenery of the Heavenly Lake. Come to Heavenly Lake, and you will find words are so weak for the surrounding. It will make you totally relaxed no matter you are sitting in a boat, walking in the mountains, or just standing by the lake. Then will drive to Urumqi. Upon arrival, you will have a stroke at Xinjiang International Bazaar which is the place with the unique construction located in two bridges, it attracts the lots of tourists to visit, shopping and watch the traditional dancing. Accommodation: Urumqi
After breakfast, our guide will see you off at the airport for your homeward flight. Hope our dedicated service leaves you a pleasant memory for this comprehensive Silk Road tour.