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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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Gem of Northern XinjiangTour Name:         Gem of Northern Xinjiang
Tour Code:          M17D218
Duration:            12 Days & 11 Nights
Destination:        Urumqi, Burjin, Kanas Lake, Kuitun, Yining (Ghulja), Bayanbulak, Bosten Lake, Turpan
Features:            You will visit the natural beauties of the areas around Tian Shan Mountain, see the Kanas Lake in Altay, along the north and west rims of Dzungarian Basin to explore the Old Towns of Ghulja (Yining) and experience the culture diversity of the monadic Kazak people and Mongols at Narat and Bayanbulak, finally you will reach Turfan, the fertile oasis on the Silk Road.
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Arrive in Urumqi, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

Bayinhe Hotel


Urumqi - Tianchi Lake

Morning visit Erdaoqiao Bazaar and Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum, then driven to visit Tianchi Lake (Heavenly Lake). B, L

Tianchi Hotel


 Tianchi Lake - Burjin

Transferred to Burjin along the east rim of Dzungarian Basin. B, L

Friendship Peak Hotel


Burjin - Kanas Lake

Transferred to explore Kanas Lake. B, L

Hongfu Lake Kanas Resort


 Kanas Lake

Transferred to Kuqa. On arrival visit Subash Ruins and Grand Mosque of Kuqa. B, L Hongfu Lake Kanas Resort

 Kanas Lake  - Kuitun

Full day guided tour inside Kanas Lake. B, L Local Hotel

 Kuitun - Ghulja

Leave in the early morning for Kuitun, en route visit Ghost City at Karamay. B, L Twin Star General Hotel

Ghulja - Bayanbulak

Transferred to Ghulja (Yining), en route visit Sayram Lake and walk at the Old Town of Ghulja. B, L White Swan Guest House

 Bayanbulak - Bosten

Visit Bayanbulak Grassland where to see wild swans, plants, lakes and rivers. B, L Local Hotel

 Bosten - Turpan

Visit Bosten Lake in the morning and be transferred 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, Astana Tomb and Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. B, L Jiaohe Manor Hotel


Turpan - Urumqi 

Visit Karez Well and Grape Valley. Transferred to Urumqi for departure flight. Trip ends. 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 - Tianchi Lake (B, L)tianchi lake, Urumq
In the morning you will visit Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum to learn more of Xinjiang and the Silk Road topics at large. Then 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 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.

Day03 Tianchi Lake - Burjin (B, L)Northern Xinjiang
Transferred to Burjin along the east rim of Dzungarian Basin. You will enjoy beautiful Burning Mountain landscapes en route.

Day04 Burjin - Kanas Lake (B, L)Kanas National Nature Reserve
Drive to Kanas National Nature Reserve, Kanas contains diverse landscape features, including glaciated peaks, colorful alpine meadows, grand granitic natural sculptures, dynamic weather patterns, picturesque rivers and lakes, and authentic nomadic life and folk customs, we plan to take shuttle bus up to the lake side, on the way you can stop at Camel Neck Bay, Moon Bay and Fairy Bay, overnight at Jiadengyu.

Day05 Kanas Lake (B, L)Kanas National Nature Reserve
Full day tour at Kanas Natural Reserve. You will drive up to the Fishing Pavilion to enjoy Altay mountains which bordered with China, Kazakhstan and Russia, trekking along the small trails down to Tuwa village. Tuwa people, also called "Kukumenqiak", have a long history and were recorded in ancient literature. Tuwa people keep their unique custom and language. Their language falls into the Turkic language group, Altaic language family and they believe in Buddhism. Enjoy the local life of Tuwa and scenery of Kanas, afternoon drive down to Jiadengyu for overnight.

Day06 Kanas Lake - Kuitun (B, L)Karamay Ghost City
Leave in the early morning for Kuitun. You will drive along the western rim of the Dzungarian Basin where you could see China's oil city - Karamay, reroute you will enjoy special land formation -  Yardang, Ghost City and hundred miles Oil Zone. Later of the day you arrive in Kuitun.

Day07 Kuitun – Ghulja (B, L)Sayram Lake,Xinjiang
Today you will head for Ghulja (Yining). On your way you will visit Sayram Lake, enjoy the beautiful lake scenery at the foot of the Tien Shan mountains, afternoon drive down the Apple Gorge to Ghulja (Yining). On arrival Yining you will have some walk at the Old Town.

Day08 Ghulja - Bayanbulak (B, L)Narat Grassland,Xinjiang
Drive in the easterly direction along the Kunes River to Narat Grassland which is the paradise for Kazakh nomads with their cattle during the summer. The meaning of Narat is "the place where sunshine first appears" in Mongolian language. This name was came up during the Genghis Khan's period. Transferred to Bayanbulak.

Day09 Bayanbulak - Bosten (B, L)Bayanbulak Grassland,Xinjiang
Visit Bayanbulak Grassland in the morning. Bayanbulak means "many springs" in Mongolian language and it is well known for a large population of wild swans and it is good place for photographers to take photos of nine turned and eighteen curved rivers. The Bayanbulak Grassland is the second largest grassland in China boasting luxuriant verdant grass, numerous flocks of sheep and varied plants. Being a far-flung and level prairie, it also abounds in varieties of grass, and is studded with numerous lakes and encircled by snow mountains. The Swan Lake is located in this grassland. Actually, it is made of a group of small lakes. You could go up to the Bird Watch Platform built there to appreciate the splendid spectacle of swans, lakes, mountains, clouds and blue sky. Transferred to Bosten Lake in the afternoon.

Day10 Bosten - Turpan (B, L)Bosten Lake
In the morning you will visit Lake Bosten. Bosten Lake is the largest lake in Xinjiang and one of the largest inland freshwater lakes in China. Then you will be transferred to Turpan the hottest, driest and lowest place in China, average temperature can be reached nearly 48 during the July, after arrival 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.

Day11 Turpan (B, L)Karez Well 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.

Day12 Turpan - Urumqi, departure (B)
In the morning you will continue your Turpan tour. You will visit Karez Well and tour the Grape Valley. 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 conclude at one of the vineyard and fruit gardens in the Grape Valley. Then you will be transferred to Urumqi Airport to catch your departure flight. End of your Silk Road 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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