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12 Days Train Tour-Silk Road Exploration

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Day 7  Dunhuang (B,L)
Today's Activities:
After a whole day tour in Dunhuang, you will take an overnight train (soft sleeper) to another "Pearl on the Silk Road" - Turpan. Stay overnight on the train. Train No.: Y951 (2018-0704) (leave Dunhuang at 20h18, arrive Turpan at 07h04 next day)
Crescent Moon Spring & Mingsha MountainCrescent Moon Spring is 6km south of Dunhuang in the Singing Sands Mountains and is quite literally an oasis in the desert. The Spring's name derives from the crescent moon shape the small pool of spring water has taken between two large sand dunes. ……
White Horse TowerWhite House Tower has 9 layers and 12 meters high with a diameter of 7 meters. It has a style octagon; wrapped whith the bricks, the first face is three meters of breadth, the second to the fourth layer present to fold the heavy form of cape.
Mogao GrottoesThe Mogao Grottoes (Mogao Ku) also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves, constitute one of the three major Buddhist grotto sites in China. It is one of three noted grottoes in China and also the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Bud……
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Train Y951 from Dunhuang to Turpan: Take a train from Liuyuan Railway Station (138km, 2.5 hours driving) to Turpan. Train No.: Y951 (2018-0704) (leave Dunhuang at 20h18, arrive Turpan at 07h04 next day), stay overnight on the train. The best train ticket is a soft sleeper ticket.

Day 8  Turpan (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Upon arrival at Turpan railway station, pickup by our English speaking tour guide and drive to hotel to freshup and have breakfast. Afterward drive to take our visiting in Turpan.
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 ……
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha CavesBezeklik Thousand-Buddha Caves is situated at the north bank of Muzat River in Turpan, a collection of retreats once inhabited by Buddhist monks, as well as the imperial monasteries for local emperor during the Gaochang Kingdom and Tang Dynasty.
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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 9  Turpan,Urumqi (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Morning tour in Turpan.Drive drive 90 minutes to Urumqi. The distance is 200 KM. You may enjoy the view of Ghobi Dessort on the way. Free tim at International Grand Bazaar in the evening.
Aiding LakeAydingkol 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.
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……
Flaming MountainFlaming 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……
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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 10  Urumqi,Kashgar (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Visit Xinjiang Museum and Red Hill. Later today you will be transferred to Urumqi airport, you'll fly to Kashgar, an oasis city still evocative of its long period as a key port of call on the Silk Road. Free time for the rest of the day in Kashgar. Recommend you to walk around the old town of Kashgar.
Xinjiang MuseumAs 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 pres……
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……
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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Old town of Kashgar: The 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.

Day 11  Kashgar,Urumqi (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Touring around Kashgar. Later today we will fly back to Urumqi. Be met 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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Kashgar Silk Road Museum: Kashgar Silk Road Museum was built in 1992, covering an area of 2360 square metres, the museum has 10 showrooms featuring bronze wares, ceramics, ancient Turkic paintings and rugs, calligraphy works, sculptures, seals, coins, jade wares, furniture and handicrafts of Persian, Turkic, and Indian.

Day 12  Urumqi (B)
Today's Activities:
Morning is free at your leisure till transfer to Urumqi airport to next destination. If you have more time, recommend you to stroll around the local market of Uygur Ethnic people.
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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Southern Mountain Pastureland: It 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.

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