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8-Day Silk Road In-depth Tour
   


Duration:  8 Days

Roam the paths of Silk Road traders and pilgrims and be transported into a magical collage of tastes, fragrances, sights and sounds! Turpan and Kashgar's vibrant oasis life will mesmerize your senses with their Middle Eastern atmosphere and colorful bazaars. The romance of the past and the incredible majesty of the landscape remain today to lead you to enchanting discoveries all along your own Xinjiang journey. 

Highlights

  • Xinjiang Regional Museum
  • Grape Valley
  • Jiaohe Ancient Ruins
  • Old Mud City
  • Sunday Bazaar
  • Subash Ancient Temple
  • Grand Kuqa Mosque
 

Day 01: Urumqi Arrival  

  • Flight: TBA
  • Upon arrival in Urumqi, your local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to have lunch
  • In the afternoon, transfer to visit Xijiang Regional Museum. It is a large integrated museum and center for the collection and study of cultural relics in Xinjiang .
  • Overnight in Urumqi

Day 02: Urumqi - Kashgar (B, L)

  • Flight: TBA
  • Morning transfer to the airport and catch the flight to Kashgar. 
  • Upon arrival, your local guide will pick you up at the airport and then transfer to visit to the Id Kah Mosque, the largest in China. This beautifully decorated mosque more closely resembles a mosque in Pakistan or Afghanistan than China, and will attract up to 10,000 worshippers for Friday prayers.
  • Then transfer to visit Abakh Hoja Tomb, the burial place of a Muslim missionary and saint, and his 72 descendants. It looks like a multicolored miniature with green tiles on the walls and dome. 
  • Finally transfer to visit the Old Mud City.
  • Overnight in Kashgar

Day 03: Kashgar - Kuqa  (B, L)

  • Train: K9788/K9785; 1412/2328
  • In the morning, first visit the Sunday Bazaar, a massive gathering of farmers and merchants from across the area. This colorful and lively market provides a great opportunity to pick up some of the Silk Road's most interesting souvenirs; from hand made leather boots, to traditional musical instruments, to bags of fresh spices
  • In the afternoon, transfer to the train station and catch the train to Kuqa. Your local guide will pick you up upon your arrival and transfer to the hotel for rest  
  • Overnight in Kuqa

Day 04: Kuqa  (B, L)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • A full day tour to visit Subash Ancient Temples, Kizlgha ancient fire tower.. .
  • Overnight in Kuqa

Day 05: kuqa - korla  (B, L )

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • In the morning, transfer to visit Grand Kuqa Mosque. It is the second biggest mosque in Xinjiang and a fine example of Uygur architecture.
  • Continue transfer to Korla
  • Overnight in korla

Day 06: Korla - Turpan (B, L )

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • In the morning, transfer to Turpan and visit the Karez Wells. This irrigation system of wells, connected by underground channels is considered to be on of the three great ancient projects in China .  
  • Transfer to visit Jiaohe Ancient Ruins. The city of Jiaohe was the capital of the Anterior Jushi Kingdom, concurrent with the Han Dynasty, Jin Dynasty and Southern and Northern Dynasties in China. It was finally abandoned after its destruction during an invasion by the Mongols led by Genghis Khan in the 13th century.
  • Overnight in Turpan

Day 07: Turpan - Urumqi  (B, L)

  • Breakfast at hotel . 
  • In the morning, transfer to visit Bezikrik Thousand Buddha Cave. It is located in a gorgeous valley of the Flaming Mountains. Tthen transfer to the Astana Ancient Tombs. Astana was the public cemetery of the ancient Gaochang residents, both aristocrats and commoners. Finally visit the Flaming Mountain and Grape Valley.
  • Transfer back to Urumqi in the late afternoon.
  • Overnight in Urumqi

Day 08:  Urumqi Departure (B )

  • Flight: TBA
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Time for leisure until transfer to the airport and catch the flight back home.
  • End of service

Price:

*Based on Twin Sharing Basis*

Age Classification

Price Based on Per Person in Cash

Adult ( 12 years old)

RMB  / Adult

Child (< 12 years old)

RMB  / Child with an extra-bed

Accommodations:

Beijing

Novotel Xinqiao Hotel (4 Star)

Standard Room

Xian

Grand New World Hotel (4 Star)

Standard Room

Shanghai

Pine City Hotel (4 Star)

Standard Room


Included Services:

  • All domestic flight mentioned in the program in economy class including airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All private transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned vehicles.
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotel with breakfast.
  • Private English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast; L: lunch).

Excluded Services:

  • Meals not mentioned above.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers and hotel porters.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.

Remarks:

  • Quotation based on min. 2 adults traveling together.
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability.

Trip Preparation

Xinjiang is a beautiful, rich and mysterious place, for the guests from other places, in order to make your journey more pleasant, smooth, and comfortable, please pays attention to the following notes:

The first: the diet
Xinjiang is an area with large population of Islamic-believing minorities, according to the doctrine of Islam; it is not allowed to eat pork, so please respect their beliefs and custom. In conversation, dining, please do not talk about such topics. In our arrangements of your travel, most of the meals will be arranged in Muslim restaurants; if you prefer the Han-Chinese food or you have some special request, please let us know in advance.

The other side, the Chinese food in Xinjiang is a little bit spicy and mostly is based on Sichuan, but also varieties of snacks for your choice, such as kebabs, hand pilau, baked buns, nang, and others. The most famous meal in Xinjiang is the roasted whole sheep, which is well known for all the people.  In summer, between July and September, many varieties of fruit appear in market, grapes, cantaloupe, watermelon, pomegranate, apple, peach, pear; apricot can satisfy your palate.  In Urumqi, the famous night snack streets are: "May First of Star lights snack street ", "Friendship Night Snack Street” and so on.

 

The second: the climate

The four seasons in Xinjiang is clear distinct, and the temperature difference between day and night is large.

The temperature in spring in Xinjiang is between 6 degrees above zero and 5 degree minus zero. Considering the large wind, the dry air and the strong ultraviolet radiation, for the tourists who coming to Xinjiang between March and May ,it is better to carry a number of moisturizing cream, sunscreen, sunglasses. About the clothes, thin sweater or thick coat can be the good choice.
In summer, the temperature is higher, and also the duration of the Sunlight is long. The average daytime’s temperature reaches 28 degree, and in Turpan, which is called the fire continent in china, the temperature reach 35-39 degrees. In the day time people need to drink more water. Although the temperature is high but the cool and fresh rest in the shade since every day there is the wind which reaches 3-4 degree. In the morning and evening it is cooler, so a thick coat
is still needed, especially in the high elevation place. For example, In Ili grassland ,Kanas alpine lakes, thicker clothes is necessary ,because the temperature in such places is about 10degree -20degree, people need to wear light shoes, also a simple main luggage is appropriate

 

The third: ethnic beliefs and religious practices

Xinjiang is an ethnic minorities region, local people have strong sense of religion, and each ethnic has its own custom .So be careful to respect the customs of ethnic minorities. Islamic believers do not eat pork, and it is a taboo in their daily life, this taboo must not be offended.

In the Muslim restaurant, according to their custom, after washing your hand, do not throw the hand .smoking, drinking alcohol are forbidden, do not talk about the topics related their taboo. Affected by religion, the custom in the northwest china is different from other place of china ,in your visit ,(for example when entering a mosque) ,be sure to follow the travel notes and the local custom .In any occasion ,do not mention political issues related to ethnic minorities.

The fourth: the dress

Due to the special climate, there is a saying: the local people wear fur coats in the morning, wear gauze at noon and eat watermelon around the fire stove at night.

Please prepare thick coat, sun screen, sun glass, also a sun hat is necessary. Considering the long duration of sunlight and strong ultraviolet radiation, to avoid the sunburn, a long-sleeved shirt is appropriate. At last, do not forget a comfortable pair of sneakers.

 

The fifth: others

The Kg is the unit of weight in Xinjiang.

Time difference exist between Xinjiang and Beijing,( during our tour we unify our trip with Beijing time). 

The sunrise and sunset in desert is very beautiful, let your camera be ready.

Due to strong wind and sands, the camera cover must always be prepared. 

In the Silk Road tour, perhaps some tourists don not get used to the climate, so please bring some common medicine.
Do not drink water immediately after eating fruit,
otherwise it causes diarrhea.

Often rinse the mouth to avoid oral lit. In order to avoid accidents, do not ride a horse too fast. 

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