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8 Days Silk Road Highlights Tour to Dunhuang, Turpan, Kashgar,Urumqi

Tour Code: XJ-FA11

Destinations: Dunhuang-Turpan-Urumqi-Kashgar-Karakul Lake

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

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Day 01 Dunhuang start your National Holiday
Accommodation: Yangguan Hotel

Meet and be transferred to your hotel for rest.Then visit the Shazhou Night Market which carries a wide selection of local crafts and souvenirs

Day 02 Dunhuang-Turpan
Accommodation: Soft sleeper train

after breakfast visit the Mogao Grottoes , Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake.then be transferred to the railway station to catch the train to Turpan.

Mogao Grottoes:The traveler finds the Mogao Caves, a shrine of Buddhist art treasures, 25 km (15.5miles) from downtown Dunhuang on the eastern slope of Mingsha Shan (Mount Echoing Sand). A network of plank reinforced roads plying north to south 1600 meters (5, 249 feet) long lead to the cave openings, which are stacked five stories high some reaching up to 50 meters (164 feet). By the way, Mogao means high up in the desert

Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake:Located 5 km (about three miles) south of Dunhuang City, the Echoing-Sand Mountain, for many Chinese well known as Mingsha Mountain, is celebrated for the sound of the moving sand. In 1994 it was acclaimed as the national key scenic spot. Together with the Crescent Springand the Mogao Caves, the Echoing-Sand Mountain is most popular sitein Dunhuang travel.You may wonder why the sand makes these different sounds

  • Mogao Grottoes

    Mogao Grottoes

  • Echoing Sand Mountain

    Echoing Sand Mountain

Day 03 Turpan
Accommodation: Jinxiu Hotel

Meet guide at train station, drive to Turpan (40mins).check in the hotel.,Visit Astana Tombs, the Flaming Mountain, Bezklik Grottoes and Local Uyger Family in the Vineyard. Dinner in the local Uighur family arranged

Astana Tombsare the graveyard of the residents lived in the Gaochang City in the Jin-Tang times.. Between 1959 and 1975, 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 Known as “the Underground Museum.

Bezklik Grottoes:“Bezeklik”means “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 excising caves were reconstructed or newly extended by Uighurian. 


  • The Astana Tombs

    The Astana Tombs

  • Bezklik Grottoes

    Bezklik Grottoes

  • The Flaming Mountain

    The Flaming Mountain

Day 04 Turpan-Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tumaris Hotel

After breakfast visit Karez Well, Sugong Minaret,Jiaohe Ruined,then back to Urumqi.Visit the Erdaoqiao Market & Inetrnatinal Bazaar upon arrival.

Karez Irrigation System, is a unique irrigation system in Turpan, 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 reservoirs
Sugong Minaret 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.


  • Sugong Minerat

    Sugong Minerat

  • The Ruins of Ancienty City of Jiaohe

    The Ruins of Ancienty City of Jiaohe

  • Erdaoqiao Market International Bazaar

    Erdaoqiao Market International Bazaar

Day 05 Urumqi-Kashgar
Accommodation: Tianyuan Hotel

After breakfast visit Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake & boat cruise on the lake.Afternoon take the flight to Kashgar (the flight suggest leave Urumqi is around 20;00)

Xinjiang 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 Western Regions, etc., are unusual tidbits in the world.

Heavenly Lake which 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”. Enjoy the experience of the lifestyle of the local Kazaks in the deep of Tianshan Mountain.


  • Xinjiang Museum

    Xinjiang Museum

  • The Heavenly Lake

    The Heavenly Lake

Day 06 Kashgar
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tianyuan Hotel

After breakfast take the city tour.Visit Sunday Bazaar, Id Kah Mosque, Old Town, Apak Hoja Tomb, Handicraft Street

Sunday Bazaar(livestock Market) near this big market are choked on Sundays with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle,  horseback, ete, 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 

Id Kah Mosque It 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 K ah 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 buildings of Id Kah Mosque look magnificent and solemn , and display the artistic styles of Islamic mosque architectures.

Apak Khoja TombThis 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 muti - colored tiles. I t most complete Islamic tomb of the Qing Dynasty up-to-now in China.

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 muti-ethnic crowds combine to make Kashgar' historic district a highlight of any visit to the city


  • Sunday Bazaar

    Sunday Bazaar

  • Idkah Mosque

    Idkah Mosque

  • Handicraft streetStreets

    Handicraft streetStreets

Day 07 Kashgar-Karakul Lake
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tianyuan Hotel

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 travelers 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 shortest.

  • Karakul Lake

    Karakul Lake

  • Karakul Lake

    Karakul Lake

  • Karakul Lake

    Karakul Lake

  • Karakul Lake

    Karakul Lake

Day 08 Kashgar- Beijing/Shanghai

After breakfast check out hotel and transfer to the airport,take the flight back to your sweet home.

Day 01 Dunhuang start your National Holiday
Meet and be transferred to your hotel for rest.Then visit the Shazhou Night Market which carries a wide selection of local crafts and souvenirs
Accommodation: Yangguan Hotel
Day 02 Dunhuang-Turpan
after breakfast visit the Mogao Grottoes , Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake.then be transferred to the railway station to catch the train to Turpan.
Accommodation: Soft sleeper train
Day 03 Turpan
Meet guide at train station, drive to Turpan (40mins).check in the hotel.,Visit Astana Tombs, the Flaming Mountain, Bezklik Grottoes and Local Uyger Family in the Vineyard. Dinner in the local Uighur family arranged
Accommodation: Jinxiu Hotel
Day 04 Turpan-Urumqi
After breakfast visit Karez Well, Sugong Minaret,Jiaohe Ruined,then back to Urumqi.Visit the Erdaoqiao Market & Inetrnatinal Bazaar upon arrival.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tumaris Hotel
Day 05 Urumqi-Kashgar
After breakfast visit Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake & boat cruise on the lake.Afternoon take the flight to Kashgar (the flight suggest leave Urumqi is around 20;00)
Accommodation: Tianyuan Hotel
Day 06 Kashgar
After breakfast take the city tour.Visit Sunday Bazaar, Id Kah Mosque, Old Town, Apak Hoja Tomb, Handicraft Street
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tianyuan Hotel
Day 07 Kashgar-Karakul Lake
After breakfast take the drive on the China and Pakistan highway to visit the Karakul Lake and enjoy the Pamir landscape.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tianyuan Hotel
Day 08 Kashgar- Beijing/Shanghai
After breakfast check out hotel and transfer to the airport,take the flight back to your sweet home.

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
  • New car
  • New car
  • New car
  • 6—9pax 15—19seats Mini-bus
  • 10—16 pax 22---37seats Jinglong Bus
  • New car
  • New car
  • New car
  • New car
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