21 Days Panoramic Tour to Southern and Northern Xinjiang
Tianchi, Hemu Village, Kanas Lake, Monster City of Yadan Landform, Sayram
Lake, Narati Grassland, Bayanbulak Prairie, Kizilgaha Thousand Buddha
Cave, Tianshan Grand Canyon, Kashgar Sunday Bazaar, Karakuri Lake of
Itinerary Day by Day
Day 1: Arrive in Urumqi
Airport/train station transfer to hotel
Arrive in Urumqi Diwopu Airport by air or Urumqi Railway Station by
train. Our guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest
time is free. You can have a good rest in the hotel, or roam the local
streets nearby recommended by our guide.
Xinjiang is the largest one of the five autonomous regions in China.
The total land area is 1/6 of the whole China with 47 minorities, the
largest one in China. The clock time in Urumqi , Xinjiang is the same
as Beijing Time, but there is 2-hour difference because of the longitude.
You should adjust your rest and dinning time 2 hours later as compared
with that in mainland China.
Day 2: Urumqi-Tianchi (Heavenly Lake)-Fuyun
Tianchi-Heavenly Lake, Tianshan Mountain
Drive to Tianchi (Heavenly Lake), a marvelous view of mountain lake
formed more than million years ago in the 4th glacial epoch. It is famed
as the "Jewel in the Crown". The pine trees covering the hillsides
and the snow capped mountains in the background make the huge clear
water spectacular sight-reminiscent of Switzerland or the Rocky mountains
but somehow with more vibrancy and color. Bogda Peak-the highest peak
stands to the east of the lake in the east part of Tianshan Mountain
which is capped by glacier and snow glistening in the sun, finely contrasted
with blue lake water, forming fabulous scenery.
Transfer to Fuyun, 400km away from Urumqi.
Day 3: Fuyun-Burqin-Mount Altay-Kalakungai Prairie-Hemu
Multi-Colored Bay, Mount Altay, Kalakungai Prairie, Hemu Village
Visit the Multi-Colored Bay which is showed in the well-known movie
"CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON". In the movie, the heroine
Zhang Ziyi was hidden here.
Drive to Hemu via Burqin, Mount Altay and Kalakungai Prairie. Hemu,
a small village within the Kanas Lake area in the north of Xinjiang
province, China, enjoy the untraversed snow mountain, icy lake, grassland
and primitive Tuwa minority village whom lived there thousand years.
It is voted by the Chinese National Geography magazine (2005) as the
3rd most beautiful village/old town in China
Day 4: Hemu-Jiadengyu-Kanas Lake
Morning Photography of Hemu Village, Kanas Lake Nature Reserve, Laying
Dragon Bay, Immortal Bay, Moon Bay
If you have already been in Hemu Village, you must take the photos of
this small village in the early morning. It is the paradise for the
Drive 4hrs around to Jiadengyu, the tourist distribution center of Kanas
area. After lunch we continue to drive 1 hour to arrive in this dreaming
world-Kanas Lake Nature Reserve. It is the most beautiful mountain lake
you have never seen. The lake takes on different colors following the
four seasons of the year, sometimes it's crystal blue, sometimes it's
dark green, or even gray.
You will see the beautiful landscape all along the road. We take a boat
on the lake to check out the Laying Dragon Bay, Immortal Bay and Moon
Bay, the most well known and beautiful scenery in this area. Stay overnight
Day 5: Jiadengyu-Kanas Lake-Kanas Village-Jiadengyu
Kanas Lake, Guan Yu Pavilion, Kanas Village, Local Family-Tuwa Tribe
Today we will re-enter the Kanas Lake. We take a boat to the opposite
of the lake and climb up to Guan Yu Pavilion (Watching fish Pavilion
) where it is the best place to take a bird-eye view of whole lake landscape.
We will also visit the Kanas village, where lives 700 Tuwa people. They
are the local ethnic family, the Tuwa Tribe. It's a Mongolian tribe
called Tuwa lives on the south bank of the Kanas Lake. They believe
in Lamaism. Tuwa is a valiant ethic minority with a long history. They
speak Turkish, resembling the language of Kazakh, and live on hunting
and graze. They also have a special folk custom.
Day 6: Jiadengyu-Karamay
Monster City-Yadan Landform
Visit Monster City on the way. It is a Yardan landform shaped by wind
erosion and looks like ruined castles or various kinds of animals. When
the day falls, the furious wind blows wildly in the city, which sounds
just like angry ghost's wailing, so the local Kazakh people call it
Day 7: Karamay-Bole
Jinghe Mongolian Aobao
Details:Drive to Bole, which is a small town between China and Kazakhstan.
When you approach Bole, you will see many Mongolian Aobao in Jinghe
Day 8: Bole-Sayram Lake-Khorgos-Yining
Sayram Lake, Khorgos Port
Drive to Yining. On the way you can visit the Sayram Lake, a fairyland
with wonderful natural scenery. The lake is like a brilliant emerald
inlaid in the basin surrounded by Tianshan Mountain. The water in the
lake is very pure and clear. Flocks of ducks and swans coast on its
surface. Flourishing cypress and cedar trees cover the whole mountain
range. Cottages scatter the foothills of the mountains. Horses and sheep
call on the mountain slope.
Khorgos Port is one of the biggest border between China and Kazakhstan,
so you can see lots of goods for sale here.
Day 9: Yining-Nalati
Yining is famous for its beautiful grasslands, and Nalati Grassland
is the best in Yining area. You can walk on this grassland leisurely
or ride the horse to have a different experience.
Day 10: Nalati-Bayanbulak Grassland-Swan Lake
Bayanbulak Grassland, Swan Lake
Covering an area of more than 23,000 square kilometers, Bayanbulak is
the second largest grassland in China and is one the most important
stock raising bases of Xinjiang. Bayanbulak means 'abundant spring water'
in Mongolian. If you come here you will be provided a unique chance
to enjoy vast green grasslands which stretch as far as the eye can see.
In this vast Bayanbulak Grassland there is the famous Swan Lake. Specifically,
Swan Lake is a wide area of wetland that is made up of many interconnected
Day 11: Bayanbulak-Korla
Drive to Korla.
Since the National Highway 217 to Kuche is still under construction,
we will have to detour around the National Highway 218 to Korla.
Day 12: Korla-Kuche
Grand Kuqa Mosque
Drive from Korla to Kuche to visit Grand Kuqa Mosque, the second biggest
mosque in Xinjiang, first built in the 17th century, but after the burnt
down it was rebuilt in 1931. The great praying hall, which can accommodate
1000 prayers, is supported by 88 pillars, embellished with carved designs
and in many colors, a fine example of Uygur architecture.
Day 13: Kuche-Akesu
Kizilgaha Thousand Buddha Cave, Wensu Grand Canyon
Before our departure to Akesu, we firstly visit Kizilgaha Thousand Buddha
Cave, one of the four biggest groups of grottoes in China, is national
Class A Cultural Relics Reserve, it lies in Mingutag Mountains in Baicheng
On the way to Akesu, you will see the amazing Wensu Grand Canyon.
Day 14: Akesu-Kashgar
Akesu Tianshan Divine Wood Garden
After visit Tianshan Divine Wood Garden, we head to Kashgar.
Day 15: Kashgar Sightseeing
Abakh Hoja Tomb, Id Kah Mosque, Sunday Bazaar, Kaxgar Ancient City
Visit Abakh Hoja Tomb, a tomb of Uygur woman living Qing Dynasty who
was forced to marry the Qianlong Emperor. However, the tomb is actually
the tomb of her grandfather and his family including Xiangfei. Then
the Id Kah Mosque built in 1442 for Shakesirmirzha, the ruler of Kashgar,
it is the largest mosque in China and the religious center of Kashgar.
The call to Prayer booming from the mosque can be heard throughout the
We will also go to the local famous Sunday Bazaar has been operating
since ancient times, and the scale has become larger and larger, attracting
merchants from all over Xinjiang and neighboring countries such as Pakistan
and Kirghizstan. Farmers from the suburbs of Kashi come to the bazaar
early in the morning, using various means of transportation, such as
bicycles, motorcycles, tractors, trucks and donkey-drawn carts. The
highways leading to Kashi are crowded with these vehicles and pedestrians
on Sunday mornings, as well as with flocks of sheep.
Kaxgar Ancient City is an old city, located at the north of new Kashgar
city area. Compare to the modern society it still owns its special charm
of long history. 'Kaxgar' means 'colorful city' in Uygur language, although
it is dusty and damaged now but it must be a colorful and wonderful
city thousands years ago.
Day 16: Kashgar-Karakuri Lake
Karakuri Lake, Mount Muztagata
Drive to Karakuri Lake, a very beautiful lake and the Muztagata Mountain,
the unusual shape of the mountain covered in snow all year round, it
associated with Chinese legend appears to have been divided into two
parts, which is especially nice in the summer, when the flowers on the
Day 17: Karakuri Lake-Tashkorghan-Kashgar
Sunrise of Pamir Plateau, Ancient Stone City (Stone Castle)
In the morning we can appreciate the sunrise of Karakuri Lake on Pamir
Plateau if you are lucky. Before our return to Kashgar, we drive to
Tashkorghan to visit the Ancient Stone City, or called Stone Castle
which has more than 1,300 years old history.
Day 18: Kashgar-Yengisar-Yarkant-Poskam
Yarkant King Mausoleum, Yengisar Uigur Knife Making
Visit the Yarkant King Mausoleum and the Yengisar Uigur Knife Making
on the way.
Yarkant, this city forms an oasis at the western end of the Taklimakan
desert as a trade center. Mainly inhabited by Turkic-speaking Muslims,
it has more than 120 mosques. Marco Polo visited the city in 1271 and
in 1275; it was on the important Silk Road between China and Europe.
Day 19: Poskam-Hetian
Poskam Diversifolious Poplar National Park
35km away from Poskam, the Diversifolious Poplar National Park lies
in the desert.
Day 20: Hetian-Urumqi
Mallikurwatur Ruins, Jade Dragon Kashgar River, Flight from Hetian to
Mallikurwatur Ruins, the ancient city lies 25 km southwest of Hetian,
on the west bank of the Jade Dragon Kashgar River. Situated on a 1500
m long belt, it is believed to be the ancient city of Yutian Kingdom
although disputes claim it used to be a monastery compound. From 1977,
potsherds, ancient coins and other items have been excavated.
Transfer from your hotel to Hetian Airport for the flight back to Urumqi.
Day 21: Urumqi-Diwopu Airport or Urumqi Railway Station
Airport/train station transfer from your hotel
Pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport or railway
station for the flight or train to next destination