The panorama South Xinjiang Tour in 2019
Along the Silk Road, not only history, sites, ancient civilizations, but also countless amazing scenery ahead
Close contact with Weier, Tajik, ... in-depth experience of Western folk culture
Walking into Turpan, Kucha, Kuche, Kashgar, Hetian ... Explore the 36 ancient civilizations in the Western Regions
Visit the world-famous "Longevity Village" and feel the spirit of Hu Yang who "lived for 3,000 years, died for 3,000 years, and died for 3,000 years."Experience the longest desert road in the world, deep into the largest desert in China
Explore the earliest Chinese grottoes and explore the spread of Buddhism
Day 0 KL/Xi’an – On: Xi’an
We take the flight to Xi’an, the guide pick up us and check in the hotel.
Day 1 Xi’an/Urumqi -On: Urumqi
Take the flight to Urumqi, free and easy in the afternoon.
Day 2 Urumqi/Turpan – On: Turpan
We drive to Trupqn in the morning, visit the Flaming Mountains in the afternoon, the Flaming Mountain is famously described in the classic Chinese mythological novel “Journey to the West”. This is the hottest place in China, the highest air temperature in summer is 47.8 degrees Centigrade, and the ground is over 70 degrees Centigrade in summer. During mid-afternoon the heat becomes intense as the sun’s rays are reflected off the red rocks, as though the hillsides are engulfed by tongues of fire, hence the name.
The Bezeklik Caves “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 exising caves were reconstructed or newly extended by Uighurian people. In some caves one can find that Buddhist murals are painted on Manichean murals. Themes of the murals are mainly the stories about causes.
Urumqi to Turpan is 200 km and 3 hrs driving
Day 3 Turpan – On: Turpan
After breakfast, we are driving to Turpan and visit the Jiaohe Ancient City, The city’s name means ‘River City’. It was founded during the first century BC and abandoned during the 15th century. It runs 1760 meters long and 300 meters across at the widest part. The ruins include city gates, streets and lanes, government office, temples, domestic houses, cave houses, wells, and an underground temple. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Silk Road Sites. We visit Karez Well, the ancient Karez Irrigation System, which is still used today, is a unique irrigation system in Turpan. It takes 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. Then we visit the Emin Tower, the Emin Tower is the biggest existing ancient tower in Xinjiang. It is an embodiment of the ancient architectural arts of the Uygur nationality. It was built by Sulaiman, the prefect of Turfan in the Qing Dynasty, to commemorate his father Emin Khoja who achieved brilliant military successes in safeguarding the unification of the country. The tower is 37 meters high and 10 meters in diameter at the base.
We visit the Local Uygur Family under the grape and enjoy their dancing.
Day 4 Turpan/Korla – On: Korla
We drive to Korla in the morning, and visit the Tiemeng Gate after lunch.
Turpan to Korla is 390 km and 6 hrs driving
Day 5 Korla/Luobu people village – On: Korla
We are going to visit the Luobu people village all day,
Kucha to village is 85 km and 2 hrs driving
Day 6 Korla/ Kucha – On: Kucha
We drive to Kucha in the morning , after lunch we visit the Kizil Grottoes in the morning, 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. Visit the Kucha Palace.
Korla to Kucha is 300 km and 5 hrs driving
Day 7 Kucha – On: Kucha
we visit Great Tianshan Canyon and Subashi Ancient Town today. visit the Muslim Street in the afternoon.
Great Tianshan Canyon 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,
Subashi is a lost city located near Kucha in the Taklamakan Desert, on the ancient Silk Road, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. The city was partly excavated by the Japanese archaeology Count Otani. A sarira, a Buddhist relic box of the 6th-7th century, discovered in Subashi shows Central Asian men in long tunics, reminiscent of other friezes which have been called Tocharian.
Day 8 Kucha/Aksu – On: Aksu
We drive to Aksu in the morning, we will visit the Wensu Grand Canyon on the way, it is reputed of the most beautiful Danxia, the largest Karst landform and the unique Yadan Landform scenery. We get to the hotel in the afternoon.
Day 9 Aksu/Kashgar – On: Kashgar
We drive to Karshgar in the morning, We visit Old Town after lunch, 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.
Aksu to Kashgar is 460 km and 6 hrs driving
Day 10 Kashgar/Kalakuli Lake – On:Taxkorgan
After breakfast 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 Pamirs plateau, near the junction of the Pamirs, 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). later we visit the Taxkorgan Ancient City, it was one of the Kingdom of 36 kingdoms in Han Dynasty.
Kashgar to Kkarakkul Lake (Taxkorgan) is 220 km and4 hrs driving
Day 11 Taxkorgan/Kashgar – On: Kashgar
After breakfast we back to Kashgar in the morning. Visit Id Kah Mosque, Handicraft Street in the afternoon.
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. 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.
Day 12 Kashgar – On: Kashgar
We go to visit the Sunday Bazaar and Apak Hoja Tomb, we visit another local people’s building–Gaotai inhabitant toady.
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.
Day13 Kashgar/Hotan – On: Hotan
We set our to Hotan in the morning, on the way we will visit the Yingsar which is famous for making traditional Uygur knives known as Yingsar knives. We will visit workshops to observe how these sough ater knives are made and maybe pick up one or two as souvenirs. Yarkant is a counry of Kashgar and was once he capital of a kingdom. It was also an important station on the ancient Silk Road 2000 years ago. And we will visit the Yarkand Old Town which is non-tourist old town attached to the market. After that we continue our journey to Hotan, we will be Hotan in the later afternoon.
Day 14 Hotan – On: Hotan
We visit the Melikawat Ruins. Melikawat is the ruins of an ancient and enormous Buddhist monastery located about 28 km south of central Hotan. Because the monastery was built along the Yorungkash River, most of the site has been buried in several meters of silt over more than a thousand years. Only a few eroding remnants of the tallest buildings emerge above the plain. We visit the King of Walnut Tree, it is more than 500 years history, and still alive well. Free and easy in the local market in the afternoon.
Day 15 Hotan/Mingfen – On: Mingfen
We visit the local carpet factory and silk making factory, after lunch we drive to Mingfen, free and easy in the afternoon.
Day 16 Mingfen/Luntai/Korla – On: Korla
We are driving through the longest desert road to Korla, and pass through the largest desert in China—Taklamakan Desert. What we see on the road only sand today,
Day 17 Korla/Urumqi – On: Urumqi
We drive to Urumqi in the morning, we take a walk in the largest market in Asia—Erdaoqiao Bazaar in the afternoon. it is the largest bazaar in the world and the largest retail and wholesale market for ethnic minority goods, dry fruits, jade articles and snacks in Xinjiang. As long as you can think of, you will find what you want here.
Korla to Urumqi is 500 km and 8 hrs driving
Day 18 Urumqi – On: Urumqi
After breakfast, Drive to visit the Heavenly Lake in the morning,.In the middle of Bogda Peak, nestles Heavenly Lake. Covering 4.9 square kilometers (1.89 square miles), this crescent-shaped water area deserves its name, Pearl of Heavenly Mountain. With melted snow as its source, Heavenly Lake enjoys crystal water. Free and easy in the afternoon
Day 19 Urumqi/Xi’an/KL
We are driving to airport and catch up the flight back home, tour end
Day 0 吉隆坡/西安 宿：西安
Day 1 吉隆坡/乌鲁木齐 宿：乌鲁木齐
Day 2 乌鲁木齐/吐鲁番 宿：吐鲁番
Day 3 吐鲁番 宿：吐鲁番
Day 4 吐鲁番/库尔勒 宿：库尔勒
Day 5 库尔勒/罗布人村寨 宿：库尔勒
Day 6 库尔勒/库车 宿：库车
Day 7 库车 宿：库车
Day 8 库车至阿克苏 宿：阿克苏
Day 9 阿克苏/喀什 宿：喀什
D10 喀什-卡湖 宿：塔什库尔干
D11 喀什 宿：喀什
D12 喀什 宿：喀什
D13 喀什/和田 宿：和田
D14 和田 宿：和田
D15 和田/民丰 宿：民丰
D16 民丰/轮台/库尔勒 宿：库尔勒
D17 库尔勒/乌鲁木齐 宿：乌鲁木齐
D18 乌鲁木齐/天池 宿：乌鲁木齐