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12 Days Southern Xinjiang Memorable Tour

Tour Code: XJ-FA06

Destinations: Kashgar → Taxkorgan county (Pamir Plateau) → Kuqa → Turpan → Urumqi

Tour type: Culture,History,Folklore,Landscape,Handcraft

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  • Full Itinerary
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  • Vehicles & Hotel
Day 01 Your city to Kashgar
Meals: Dinner
Old Town

Old Town

Our nice guide will meet you at the airport and be transferred to the Hotel.

Visit Old Town. Old town,Kashgar is an ancient city, and in walking the streets of its Old Town, will provide a sense of what this legendary Central Asian hub was like in the days when the Silk Road was at its zenith. 500-year old remnants of the city wall, narrow lanes and colorful multi-ethnic crowds combine to make Kashgar's historic district a highlight of any visit to the city.

Day 02 Kashgar to Karakul Lake
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Karakul Lake

Karakul Lake

After breakfast take the drive on the China and Pakistan highway to visit the Karakul Lake and enjoy the Pamir landscape.

Karakul Lake,At an altitude of 3,600 m. it is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau, near the junction of the Pamir, Tianshan and Kunlun Mountain ranges. Surrounded by mountains which remain snow-covered throughout the year, the three highest peaks visible from the lake are the Muztag Ata (7546m), Kongur Tagh (7,649m) and Kongur Tiube (7,530 m). The lake is popular among travellers for its beautiful scenery and the clarity of its reflection in the water, whose color ranges from a dark green to azure and light blue. There are two Kirgiz settlements along the shore of Karakul Lake, a small number of yurts about 1km east of the bus drop-off point and a village with stone houses located on the western shores.

Day 03 Karakul Lake to Taxkorgan county
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Karakorum high way

Karakorum high way

Drive on to Chinese Karakorum highway

Karakorum high way It is 1200 kilometers almost Sino Pakistan—Chinese friendship high way build since 1976. Ancient Silk Road Merchants often run Via over Karakorum, Wahan corridor with Hindi Kush Mountain to India, Pakistan until Iran. On the road, enjoy the scenery of the Mt. Muztag, Taxkorgan, Persian language that means, stone castle, the brave Tajiks people lives on the Pamir more than 2000 year with nomadic life. Visit Stone fortress, Tajiks National art gallery museum and walk around the pastureland to see Local Tajiks customs.

Day 04 Taxkorgan to Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast Lunch

AM back to Kashgar, check into the hotel

Visit Id Kah Mosque, Handicraft Street

Id Kah MosqueIt is the large Mosque in China and most famous one in Xinjiang. The Mosque started to build in the mid of fifteenth century, and has gradually developed to the present size. Id Kah Mosque, with about 16800 square meters in area, consisting of Pray Hall, the Koran teaching Hall, The Corridor, the Arches and other buildings attaching to it. The Pray Hall of the mosque can hold 4000 prayers is supported by 140 carved wooden pillars.The buildings of Id Kah Mosque look magnificent and solemn , and display the artistic styles of Islamic mosque architectures.

Handicraft street,Streets near this big market are choked on Sundays with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, Ute, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive, eat breakfast, set up their animals and check out the action. Cattle, sheep (they definitely look different), goats, donkeys, horses have their own sections; sellers show their animals are "good eaters"(most go as livestock not meat) and the entire experience is fascinating and fun.

  • Id K ah Mosque

    Id K ah Mosque

  • Handicraft street

    Handicraft street

Day 05 Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast Lunch

Visit Sunday Bazaar, Apak Hoja Tomb, group dinner

Sunday Bazaar (livestock Market)Streets near this big market are choked on Sundays with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, ute, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive, eat breakfast, set up their animals and check out the action. Cattle, sheep (they definitely look different), goats, donkeys, horses have their own sections; sellers show their animals are "good eaters"(most go as livestock not meat) and the entire experience is fascinating and fun.

Apak Hoja Tomb This Mazar is the holiest place in Xinjiang and an architectural treasure . Built in 1640 , it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style of Samarkand or Isfahan . A handsome blue-and-white tiled gate leads into the compound, which includes a small religious school and the Abakh Khoja family tomb. The latter is domed and faced with multi - colored tiles. I t most complete Islamic tomb of the Qing Dynasty up-to-now in China


  • Sunday Bazaar

    Sunday Bazaar

  • Apak Hoja Tomb

    Apak Hoja Tomb

Day 06 Kashgar to Kuqa Train K9788
Meals: Breakfast Lunch

In the morning you will be free for you to prepare something for the train and be transferred to the hotel upon arrival.

Day 07 Kuqa
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Kizil Grottoes

Kizil Grottoes

Visit the Tianshan Great Canyon, Kizil Grottoes, Kuqa Mosque.

Tianshan Great Canyon in the morning (72 km, 1.5 hours). Known as the most stunning Canyon in China, five thousand meters in total length, and two hundred meters in average depth, the Grand Canyon was once the ancient river course for Kucha River. We will take a half an hour walk in the Grand Canyon to experience the gorgeous scenery, and then enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic spot before returning the same route.

Kuqa Mosque It is located in the north of the old city of Kucha and covers an area of 1165 square meters. With a capacity of 3000 people, it is the second largest mosque in Xinjiang, The mosque consists of a main worshiping hall, a small worshiping hall, a minaret, a qubbah, a religious court and hostels, etc. The mosque is a representative of Uygur architectural art of the Qing Dynasty.

Kizil Grottoes the caves were excavated on the cliff of Qul-tagh Mountain by the Muzart River, as the earlist caves in Xinjiang, they care also the earlist ones in China. The contents of these paintings are very rich. Including jataka stories, Budda’s life story and the stories about karma.

Day 08 Kuqa to Turpan by
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Diversifolious poplars Park

Diversifolious poplars Park

Visit Subashi Ruins, Taklamgan desert , Tarim River.

Subashi ruins The site is located on the ridges on both sides of Kucha River and 23 kilometers tto the north of Kucha City . “Subashi” means “headwater of a river”. It is composed of two parts divided by the river. With a lot of ruins of stupas, temples and grottoes from the Wei and Jin Dynasties to the end of the T`ang Dynasty, the site is the biggest site of Buddhist temples in Xinjiang.

Taklamkan Desert Highway It is the biggest moving desert in the world and most of the people believe that it has buried most of good civilizations among the central Asia. It has occupied land more than 345,000 square km, Taklamakan in local Uyghur language means “Tha desert which buried some places under”, and after some western explorers explore this desert on the early of 20th century, they have given another meaning which is “One go, but never come back”.

Diversifolious poplars Park it is located in the north of Taklimakan Desert, the middle portion of Tarim River, There are sights of Tarim River, the poplar trees, the desert and the oil industry. It is a good a tourist resort of sightseeing, entertainment, adventure, scientific expedition and vacation


Day 09 Turpan
Meals: Breakfast Lunch

Meet at train station, Visit Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minerat, Local Uyger family in the Vineyard.

Jiaohe Ruined The Jiaohe Ruins is located on a mesa in willow leaf shape between the Yarnaz River valleys 10 kilometers to the west of Turfan City. running from northwest to southeast, 1760 meters long and 300 meters across at the widest part. The city includes city gates, streets and lanes, government office, temples, domestic houses, cave houses, wells, and an underground temple.

Karez Irrigation System The Karez System is a unique irrigation system in Turfan, which, taking advantage of the slopes, draws the underground water to flow by itself to irrigate farmland. It consists of four parts: vertical wells, underground channels, ground canals and small reservois

Sugong MineratLocatedin Mura Village 2 kilometers to the east of the city of Turfa , theTower was built in the 41st year of the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty,It is an embodiment of the ancient architectural arts of the Uygur nationality. The tower is 37 meters high and 10 meters in diameter at the base. The body of the tower is cylindroid in shape, built with bricks arranged in various symmetrical patterns on the outer wall. The tower has 14 windows and a spiral stairs inside it leading to the top.

Local Uyger Family with Vineyard Turpan is a kingdom of Grapes, all the local uyger families plant the grapes at the back of their house. Local Uyger family visiting is a special experience for you to know their lifestyle in the fireland.


  • Jiaohe Ruined

    Jiaohe Ruined

  • Karez Irrigation System

    Karez Irrigation System

Day 10 Turpan to Urumqi (180kms, 2-3hrs driving)
Meals: Breakfast Lunch

Visit Tuyoq village, Bezklik thousand budda caves, Astana Tombs. head to Urumqi

Tuyoq Valley The caves lies 65 kilometers to the east of the city of Turfan and are constructed or dug in eastern and western cliffs in Tuyoq valley . Among more than 40 caves, there are 10 preserving murals. They are considered to be the earliest caves in Turfan, Murals are mostly damaged, but unique in style

“a place with beautiful decoration”. There are 83 numbered caves; among them 40 preserved murals totaling 1200 square meters. These caves are first excavated in Qu`s Gaochang period. The exising caves were reconstructed or newly extended by Uighurian people. In some caves one can find that Buddhish murals are painted on Manichean murals. Themes of the murals are mainly the stories about causes.

Astana Tombs Located over 40 kilometers to the southeast of Turfan City , covering an area of 10 square kilometers, the Astana Tombs are the graveyard of the residents lived in the Gaochang City in the Jin-Tang times, including large sized family graveyard. Between 1959 and 1975,here had been excavated 13 times, a great number of cultural relics have been unearthed, including Chinese documents, textiles, epitaphs, coins, clay sculptures, pottery, wooden wares, silk-paintings, crops and foods ,etc., and total number of them reaches tens thousands. Known as “the Underground Museum.

  • Tuyoq Valley

    Tuyoq Valley

  • Astana Tombs

    Astana Tombs

Day 11 Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast Lunch

Visit Xinjiang museum, Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao market.

Xinjiang Museum the museum is the main institution to collect and investigate the unearthed cultural relics and specimens in Xinjiang. There are more than 50 thousand pieces of various kinds of cultural relics stored in the museum, among them, the ancient mummies represented by ‘the Loulan Beauty', manuscripts in Chinese, Kharosthi, Qiuci, Yanji, Tibetan, Uigurian and other characters prevailed in ancient Westen Regions, the silk ,wool, cotton and hemp fabrics and folk rainment, etc., are unusual tidbits in the world.

Heavenly Lake 110 kilometers from Urumqi, the Heavenly Lake is a long and narrow gourd-shaped moraine lake, 3400 meters long, about 1500 meters wide, 105 meters at the deepest point, with an average depth of 40 meters, covering an area of about 5.9 square kilometers. There are eight beautiful scenic spots in the lake scenic area, they are “A Ray of Stone Gate”, “Dragon's Pool and Green Moon”, “Magic Needle for Guarding the See”, “Three Stones Bearing the Sky”, “the Snowcapped Southern Mountain”, “Pine Billows in Western Mountain”, “the Hanging Waterfall”, and the “Sea Peak's Sunrise”.

Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar The Erdaoqiao Bazaar is the largest in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. On Sunday, there are more stalls and more goods to buy than any other day. The old streets around the bazaar are really worth seeing.Here is the most welcomed place by tourist especialy by ladies where they can buy some traditional yugur make up cosmetic.


  • Xinjiang Museum

    Xinjiang Museum

  • Heavenly Lake

    Heavenly Lake

  • Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar

    Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar

Day 12 Urumqi to Your City

Airport transfer based on your flight

Day 01 Your city to Kashgar
Airport transfer to Hotel
Meals: Dinner
Day 02 Kashgar to Karakul Lake
Sunday Bazaar, Karaul Lake
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Day 03 Karakul Lake to Taxkorgan county
Stone city, Tajik people, Pamir landcape
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Day 04 Taxkorgan to Kashgar
Back to Kashgar, Handicraft street , Idgar Mosque
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Day 05 Kashgar
Old Town , Apak Hoja Tomb
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Day 06 Kashgar to Kuqa Train K9788
Free in the morning Softsleeper TRAIN to Kuqa (13:16—21:57) Meet at train station, hotel transfer
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Day 07 Kuqa
Tianshan Great Canyon,Kizil Grottoes, Kuqa Mosque
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Day 08 Kuqa to Turpan by
Subashi Ruins, Taklamgan desert , Tarim River, Hardsleeper train to Turpan (22:07—11:28)
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Day 09 Turpan
Meet at train station Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation system Sugong Minerat, Local Uyger family in the Vineyard
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Day 10 Turpan to Urumqi (180kms, 2-3hrs driving)
Tuyoq village, Bezklik thousand budda caves, Astana Tombs. head to Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Day 11 Urumqi
Xinjiang museum, Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao market.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Day 12 Urumqi to Your City
Airport transfer based on your flight

Vehicles & Hotel

Vehicles we select for our distinguished guests

Guarantee: Every vehicle with good air-condition New car within four years
Professional & experienced driver

  • 1—2 pax 5 seats car
  • 3—5pax 7—9 seats
  • New car
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  • 6—9pax 15—19seats Mini-bus
  • 10—16 pax 22---37seats Jinglong Bus
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Hotels we select
City Superior class Deluxe class Budget class
Kashgar Bacony Hotel Tianyuan International Qinbag Hotel
Urumqi Hoitak hotel New Times Hotek City Grand Hotel
Turpan Tuha Petroleum Hotel Huozhou (fireland) Hotel Jiao He Plaza
Kuqa Kuqa International Hotel Kuqa Hotel