This tour starts and ends in Beijing but focuses on Xinjiang. You will explore three areas of Xinjiang — Urumqi, Kashgar and Turpan which will show you the rich culture, different customs and natural beauty along the Silk Road. You will surely fall in love with Xinjiang for its exotic charm, beautiful scenery, friendly people, and of course delicious dishes. Fascinating Xinjiang is waiting for your exploration.
Day 1 Beijing – Urumqi by Flight: Heavenly Lake
Day 2 Urumqi – Kashgar by Flight: Id Kah Mosque, Abakh Khoja Tomb, Sunday Market
Day 3 Kashgar: Karakuri Lake
Day 4 Kashgar – Urumqi by Flight – Turpan by Car
Day 5 Turpan: Jiaohe Ruins, Flaming Hill, Grape Valley, Astana Tombs, Karez Well
Day 6 Turpan – Urumqi by Car
Day 7 Urumqi – Beijing by Flight
In the morning pick up from your hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Urumqi. Upon arrival in Urumqi, our local driver and guide will wait you at terminal exit by holding a welcome board with your name and then transfer to visit Heavenly Lake and cruise on the lake. It will make you totally relaxed no matter you are sitting in a boat, walking in the mountains, or just standing by the lake. Afterward back to downtown Urumqi hotel.
In the morning pick up from hotel and be escorted to airport for flight to Kashgar. Upon arrival in Kashgar met by local driver and guide and start the tour. The first stop will be Id Kah Mosque, a typical Islamic architecture like domes, minarets and arches, as well as pious prayers. Afterwards continue to Abakh Khoja Tomb, an ancient Islamic building complex and a cemetery where five generations of famous Islamic masters were buried. The last stop of today will be the famous Sunday Market, also known as Sunday Bazaar, the largest international trade market on the northwest boundary line of China. At last back to hotel in downtown Kashgar.
Today we will pay a full day tour to Karakuri Lake. After hotel breakfast, drive for about 3 hours we will arrive at the lake spot. The lake is surrounded by the mountain who wears snow cap almost all year round. The tranquil lake and it’s surrounding environment makes a big contrast to the bustling city area. Then back to hotel in Kashgar. Accommodation:Kashgar
In the morning pick up from hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Urumqi. Upon arrival in Urumqi met by local driver and guide and transfer to Turpan to check in at local hotel.
Today’s sightseeing covering Jiaohe Ruins in the morning. Jiaohe Ruins was once the biggest and oldest city built on rammed earth, dating back to 2nd century BC. The next 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 ℉). Then we will pay a visit to Grape Valley to see how grapes are grown and processed there. If you visit in August or September, you will have chance to try some freshest grapes. Then we will visit Astana Tombs which is called “Underground Museum of Turpan Area”. The 500 tombs will tell you detailed information of ancient Gaochang Kingdom. At last visit the Karez Well— an amazing underground irrigation system which made Turpan a rich oasis. Back to hotel.
After hotel breakfast pick up from hotel and transfer to Urumqi. Arrival in Urumqi we will have lunch first and then transfer to visit Erdaoqiao Internationa Bazaar, the largest and busiest comprehensive market in Xinjiang.
According to the flight time, your guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to airport for your homeward flight. Hope the 7 Days Beijing-Xinjiang Silk Road Tour leaves you an impressive and pleasant memory.