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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)



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Classic Silk Road Tour in XinjiangTour Name:         Classic Silk Road Tour in Xinjiang
Tour Code:          M17D216
Duration:            8 Days & 7 Nights
Destination:        Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar
Features:            This classic tour takes you to the most popular cities on the ancient China Silk Road in Xinjiang. You will start the tour from Urumqi, visit Turfan before travel to Kashgar to explore ancient cultural and historical remains.
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Tour Price:          From $ P.P

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Arrive in Urumqi, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

Bayinhe Hotel



Excursion outside to visit Heavenly Lake (including a boat ride), trip to Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum. B, L

Bayinhe Hotel


 Urumqi - Turpan

Morning visit Erdaoqiao Bazaar, driven to Turpan and visit Jiaohe Ruins. B, L

Jiaohe Manor Hotel



Full day tour in Turpan to visit Bezkelik Thousand Buddha Caves, Gaochang City Ruins, Flaming Mountain, and Astana Tomb. B, L

Jiaohe Manor Hotel


Turpan - Kashgar

Visit Karez Well, Grape Valley, and Emin Minaret. Head to Urumqi for flight to Kashgar. Transfer to hotel in Kashgar. B, L

Barony Hotel Kashgar



Full day guided tour to visit Idkah Mosque, the Abakh Khoja Tomb, Sunday Bazaar, the old town and Kashgar Silk Road Museum. B, L Barony Hotel Kashgar



A day excursion to Karakul Lake and local Tajik Village. Transferred back Kashgar. B, L

Barony Hotel Kashgar



Transfer to airport for departure flight (to Urumqi) to catch connecting flight. B N/A

Day01 Day01 Arrival Urumqi
Today you arrive in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in town. The rest of day is at your own disposal.

Day02 Urumqi (B, L)Heavenly Lake,Urumqi
Take a day guided tour in Urumqi. You will first of all be transferred outside to visit the Heavenly Lake. Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi) is a beautiful blue mountain lake. The crystal water, the pine trees covering the hillsides and the snow capped mountains in the background make is a spectacular sight. The tour to the Heavenly Lake includes a boat cruise trip. In the afternoon transfer back Urumqi and visit Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum to learn more of Xinjiang and the Silk Road topics at large.

Day03 Urumqi  - Turpan (B, L)Turpan
In the morning you will visit Erdaoqiao Bazaar, a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. On Sunday, there are more stalls and more goods to buy than any other day. The old streets around the bazaar are really worth seeing. Here is the most welcomed place by tourist especially by ladies where they can buy some traditional Yugur make up cosmetic. Then you will be transferred to Turpan and on the way you will visit Jiaohe Ruins, an important archaeological site 10km West of Turpan is the remains of an ancient walled capital of the Uighur with its large monastery and palace.

Day04 Turpan (B, L)Flaming Mountain,Turpan
The tour today covers the Bezkelik Thousand Buddha Caves, Gaochang City Ruins, Flaming Mountain and Astana Tomb. The Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to the 13th centuries. These caves were built on a cliff face fronting a river valley. In the Uigur language Bezeklik means "place where there are paintings". These caves are one of the largest Buddhist "grotto" sites in Xinjiang. It used to be an important center for Buddhist worship under the Xizhou Huigu government of Gaochang Kingdom, which built the royal temple of the King of Huigu at this site. Flaming Mountain is about 10 kilometers east of Turpan, stretching up to 100 km from east to west and about 10km from south to north. With an average temperature of 30 degrees, it is known as the hottest place on earth and the highest temperature can reach 47.8 Celsius degrees. Nicknamed "underground museum", the Astana Tomb Complex contains a total of over 500 tombs, the occupants of which include aristocrats, officials and ordinary people from the early Western Jin Dynasty to the mid-Tang Dynasty. Due to the high terrain and hot and dry weather in the area, the tomb chambers are naturally germ-free. As a result, mummies and burial objects inside are well preserved after thousands of years, and a large number of historical relics are kept intact, including silk fabrics, murals and pottery ware etc.

Day05 Turpan tour, flight Urumqi - Kashgar (B, L)Grape Valley Turpan
In the morning you will continue your Turpan tour. You will visit Emin Minaret, Karez Well, and tour the Grape Valley. The Emin Minaret is an elegant Muslim minaret built in 1778AD in honor of a great Turpan general, Emin Khoja. The Minaret is quite popular among local Muslims and visitors. Karez Well is a unique underground water system invented and built by the ancient farmers of various ethnic minorities of Turpan, aiming to adapt to the basin natural environment, solar radiation and the atmosphere in the dry region. This irrigation system of wells connected by underground channels is considered to be one of the three great ancient projects in China. Your tour in Turpan will draw a close at one of the vineyard and fruit gardens in the Grape Valley. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Urumqi Airport and take a flight to Kashgar. Upon arrival Kashgar, be met and escorted to your hotel in town. 

Day06 Kashgar (B, L)Abakh Khoja Tomb Kashgar
A full day guided tour in Kashgar. You will visit Idkah Mosque, the Abakh Khoja Tomb, Sunday Bazaar, the old town and Kashgar Silk Road Museum. Idkah Mosque is known for being the largest and oldest mosque in China that invites about 10,000 worshipers on every Friday. Abakh Khoja Tomb that is better known by the Chinese as Tomb of Fragrant Lady is an ancient Islamic building, where five generations of a famous Islamic master were buried. The Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar is perhaps the largest road market in Central Asia, the trip to the Bazaar offers you a good chance to experience the very good touch to the vibrant city with its local residence. After that you will explore the Old Town of Kashgar to observe these time-aged houses and people's daily life. You will also visit the Kashgar Silk Road Museum.

Day07 Kashgar (B, L)Karakul Lake, Tajik Village, Kahsgar
Today's tour brings you to the beautiful Karakul Lake and local Tajik Village. Adjacent to the Karakorum Highway, 192km from Kashgar, 3600 m above sea level lay the Karakul Lake, a stunning combination of turquoise water and grandiose mountains that turn even the most novice photographers into instant professionals. At an altitude of 3,600m, it is the highest lake of the Pamir Plateau, near the junction of the Pamir Mountains, Tianshan and Kunlunshan mountain ranges. You will visit a local Tajik Village close to the lake. Later of the day you will drive back Kashgar after seeing the Karakul in the snowy backdrop of the 7546 meter high Muztagh Ata.

Day08 Depart Kashgar (B)
Free until transferred to airport for departure flight (to Urumqi to catch connecting flight). End of your tour.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com

Price inclusions:
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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