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14 Days Silk Road Culture Travel

  • Trip highlights: The Silk Road covers exotic places like Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Lanzhou & Xian. For those who interested in Silk Road history and tours with cultural aspects this is a right selection.
  • Tour price: From $ 2,252.00 Price including hotels, tours, meals...
  • Destinations: Urumqi, Kashgar, Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Lanzhou, Xian
  • Tour code: SWSR001      Private tour for a van with tour guide and driver, available every day
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Day 1  Urumqi
Today's Activities:
Our English speaking tour guide will hold a welcome sign to meet you at the Urumqi Airport according to your international (internal) flight schedule. Transfer to the the hotel and relax for the rest of the day.
UrumqiUrumqi is situated on the northern slope of the Tianshan Mountains, it is most famous for being the furthest city in the world from the ocean. Urumqi(Wulumuqi) means "A beautiful Pasture Land" in ancient Mongolian used by the Junggar tribe. 2000 yea……
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International Grand Bazaar: In Urumqi, a bazaar is more than just a place to buy things. It offers locals a place to enjoy the flavour of a festival, to have a rest and to meet with friends. People barter goods, exchange information, and even gossip at the bazaar market.

Day 2  Urumqi (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Touring around Urumqi.
Red HillThe Red Hill stands magnificently at the center of Urumqi City. At sunrise and sunset, the hill looks red for it reflects the red light from the sun, so it was named Red Hill. The views from the top of the mountain of the surrounding countryside and……
Heavenly LakeDriving about 2 Hours to the Heavenly Lake, This pristine lake is situated at a refreshing height of 1,980m and is surrounded by jagged snow-covered peaks, forests of pine trees and green meadows. The lake surface of Tianchi Lake is over 1900 m above……
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Xinjiang Museum: As an important place of Xinjiang Region, you can get a whole view of different folklore and customs about 12 ethnic minorities in the area, in the other hand, more than 10,000 culture relics displayed inside exclude some 11 natural corpses that preserved very well.

Day 3  Urumqi,Kashgar (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Fly to Kashgar. Be met at Kashgar airport and transfer to the hotel. Free time in Kashgar. Recommend you to visit the Kashgar old town.
Old town of KashgarThe Old Town surrounds the center of Kashgar, with the Id Kah Mosque rising at its center. Use the north-south thoroughfare of Jiefang Lu to orient yourself and then head east or west into the thick of things.
KashiKashgar (or Kashi) is situated in the southwest of Xinjiang. From the west, this is the first point of arrival on land routes from Pakistan and Kirgyzistan. Long a vital stop on the Silk Road, this remote city some 4000 km from Beijing, used to take ……
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Day 4  Kashgar,Urumqi (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Day tour in and around Kashgar City. The lively markets, which attract thousands of people from the far corners of the region. They come here to sell, bargain, and trade everything ranging from camels to raisins. We will take evening flight back to Urumqi. Pick up at Urumqi airport and transfer to the hotel.
Kashgar Sunday Market (Dabazha)The Kashgar Sunday Market (Dabazha) (with exception of the Sunday Market) is the busiest part of the city. The market is a kind of agricultural market (Nongmao Shichang), that has expanded to include anything you can think of.
Eid Kah MosqueLies in the center of the Kashgar, is a large-scale Islamic struture, it has over 500 years' history till now. In 1442 A.D., Shaksmirzha, the ruler of Kahsigar, had the mosque here at first and say prayers to the souls of his deceased relatives.
Abakh Hoja TombIn China the tomb is better known as the Tomb of Xiang Fei, the only Uigur concubine among the 41 wives of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The Tomb is the most magnificent tomb in Kashgar, filled with history and symbolism.
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Turpan-style food: Turpan-style food is tea with home-baked bread, Pamirdin, kebab, and fruit. Pamirdin is a type of pie, contains lamb, carrots and onion. kebab is served wrapped in bread with a salad and a dressing, it includes grilled, roasted, and stewed dishes of large or small cuts of meat, The traditional meat for kebab is lamb.

Day 5  Urumqi,Turpan (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Morning tour to Nanshan prairie, later we will drive to Turpan, enjoy the view on the way. Free time at the rest of the day in Turpan City.
Southern Mountain PasturelandIt is a vast expanse of grazing land set in a valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The land is inhabited by Kazak herdsmen who graze sheep, cattle and horses here during the summer months.
TurpanTurpan has long been the centre of a fertile oasis (with water provided by karez) and an important trade centre. It was historically located along the Silk Road's northern route, at which time it was adjacent to the kingdoms of Korla and Karashahr to……
Karez wellThese underground channels rate as one of ancient China's greatest public works projects as the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. The city of Turpan owes its existence to these vital wells and channels, some of which were constructed over 2000 years ag……
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Aiding Lake: Aydingkol Lake (Aiding Hu, in Chinese), 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) from Turpan City, is at the bottom of the deepest depression in China's land mass, known as Turpan Pendi.

Day 6  Turpan (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Have a whole day tour to witness highlights in and around Turpan. We will take overnight train to Liuyuan railway station. Stay over night on the train.
Emin MinaretIt is designed in a simple Afghani style and was built in 1777 AD by a local ruler in order to show the impressive memories of his father's contribution to Qing government.
Ancient City of JiaoheThe Ancient City of Jiaohe is situated at Yar Town, 13 km west of Turpan City. It was first the capital of the State of South Cheshi, which was one of the 36 kingdoms in the Western Region.
Astana GravesTo the northwest of the Gaochang Ruins lies the Astana Graves (Asitana Gumuqun), where the dead of Gaochang were buried. Astana means "capital" in Uygur and Karakhoja is the name of a legendary hero of the ancient Uygur Kingdom who removed the evils ……
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Flaming Mountain: Flaming Mountains are situated in the north of Turpan Basin. It were made famous in Chinese literature by the classic novel Journey to the West. The story is about the monk Xuan Zang and his followers who traveled west in search of the Buddhist sutra. The mountains seem to be on fire in the burning sun and become a purplish-brown color.

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