Urumqi Holidays

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Day 1: Urumqi

Welcome to Urumqi, in Xianjiang, a massive province which shares borders with eight countries! A number airlines service Urumqi and our tour starts at this point. Arrival transfer from airport to hotel.

Day 2: Urumqi - Kashgar

Capital of Xinjiang, a largely desert and grassland province fringed by some of the highest mountains in the world, Urumqi sits amidst beautiful scenery, with the snow-clad Tian Shan range to the city’s east. We enjoy an excursion to Tian Chi (Heaven Lake), located at an altitude of 2,000m among the Tian Shan Mountains. Later, fly west to Kashgar.

City mosque

Day 3: Kashgar

Kashgar’s importance grew from its location as an oasis at the point where the northern and southern routes of the ancient Silk Road converged. See the Id Kah Mosque, Aba Khoja Mausoleum, where the local cemetery filled with distinctive mud and brick tombs is still used by the local Uighur peoples and the colourful Old Town.

Street life

Day 4: Kashgar - Urumqi

A visit is made to Kashgar’s local market with free time to explore. Later, a flight to Urumqi.

Day 5: Urumqi - Turpan

Enjoy an excursion to the southern mountain pastures before continuing by road to Turpan. Located on the northern Silk Road, Turpan is a rural Uighur settlement, descended from nomadic Siberian and Central Asian tribes who settled the region in the 9th century. Renowned for its grape production, you’ll visit Putao Gou (Grape Valley).

Day 6: Turpan

We drive to Bezeklik past the Flaming Mountains which due to sun and shadow at certain times of the day seeming to flicker as though glowing poker-hot and visit the Bezeklik Caves which once formed part of a Buddhist monastery. Beyond here are the Astana tombs and the impressive ruins of Gaochang city. Tonight, enjoy a traditional show of song and dance.

Day 7: Turpan - Liuyuan

Visit to Imin Ta (Imin Minaret) constructed in 1778, before heading beyond Turpan to the Jiaohe Ruins. Occupying a spectacular position on a steep plateau, the ancient street plan is still evident. A stop is also made at some 2,000-year-old Karez water channels, an irrigation system that many Silk Road cities and towns relied upon.

Day 8: Liuyuan - Dunhuang

Arrive Liuyuan, and continue to remote Dunhuang, a small and strategically important desert oasis town on the Silk Road, a stone’s throw from the end of the Great Wall. Visit Yueya Quan (Crescent Moon Lake), a small spring-fed lake surrounded by gigantic sand dunes, that has been a vital source of water here for millennia.

Day 9: Dunhuang

Visit perhaps Dunhuang’s most famous attraction, the UNESCO-listed Mogao Caves. The colourful cave paintings which were the legacy of travelling pilgrim monks, merchants and nobles form the most fascinating repository of Buddhist art in China.

Day 10: Dunhuang - Jiayuguan

Enjoy a visit to Jiayuguan Fort at Jiayuguan Pass - the farthest outpost of the Great Wall which was built here by the Ming in 1372, over 5,000km from the wall’s easternmost point at Shanhaiguan. Situated between striking mountain ranges, everything that travelled between central Asia and China had to file through the Jiayuguan Pass.

Day 11: Jiayuguan - Lanzhou

Today we take a flight from Jiayuguan to Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province and a former staging post on the Silk Road. Enjoy a boat ride on the 5,487 km long Yellow River (2nd longest in China after the Yangtze) and a visit to Bingling Temple.

Day 12: Lanzhou - Xi'an

We take a flight from Lanzhou to Xi’an. City touring includes the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and medieval City Wall, enjoy a bike ride on top of the City Wall and check out the Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque.

Day 13: Xi'an

Renown for its noodles, Xi’an in Shaanxi Province is perhaps most famous for the discovery of Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. Made of local clay, no two faces are alike. Today, we visit Huanqing Hot Springs, a scenic spot in the shadow of Li Mountain, the terracotta warrior workshop and the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors.

Day 14: Xi'an - Beijing

We fly to Beijing and head to the legendary UNESCO-listed Great Wall at Badaling. Spanning rugged mountain ranges, lush green valleys and barren plains, it stretches as far as the eye can see. Continuing, we visit the tombs of the Ming emperors, where some 13 emperors were interred and a cloisonne workshop of decorative metal and enamel sculpture.

Great Wall

Day 15: Beijing

Today we will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

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