15Days North Xinjiang Landscape Tour

15 DAYS NORTH XINJIANG SILKR ROAD AND NATURAL LANSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Destinations: Urumqi-Turpan-Kanas-Hemu-Karamay-Sayram lake-Narat-Bayanbulak-

Tour Description: This tour begins in Urumqi and ends also in Urumqi that you can experience the all the must see places in northern xinjiang ,this is more of natural landscape Photography Tour to enjoy the Pasture ,green mountains with flowers and pine trees ,also enjoy the beautiful landscape in Tianshan Mountain range UNESCO protected natural reserve, in the further north you can see the Kanas lake Hemu village which is part of Siberian ecological system, you can explore the whole ethnic groups in the north and their unique culture and distinctive landscape of Xinjiang which has more wet greenery landscape in the north that Kazakh and Mongol Nomad herding their animals ,not only the landscape in the north but also can visit the historical sites in turpan area ,

Tour Overview: This is a private tour, we will assign private guide, car, van and bus in each city and no other participants will be allowed to join in your group. Also the tour is totally flexible. Moreover, if you would like to do some adjustment in this itinerary, please feel free to contact us ,in what area you are not satisfied, we can adjust the itinerary according to your every request.

Additional Requests :if you have any requests including home staying with locals, learning local xinjiang food ,visiting food markets, please mention to us when you book the trip , we will make special arrangements without changing the program

Duration: 15 days/14 Nights

Best time: May to October, but highly suggested in June/July and early August

Arrival Date: depend on your convenience

Where to Start: Start from Urumqi and end in Urumqi 

DAILY ITINERARY

DAY 1  ARRIVE URUMQI

Arrive Urumqi by flight, picked up by tour guide and driver at Urumqi airport, and Stay overnight in hotel in Urumqi

DAY 2 URUMQI TOUR-TUPAN

First visit the Autonomous regional museum for two hrs and visit the international grand bazaar in the morning , we will drive to turpan in the afternoon, arrive turpan in the evening and transfer to hotel ,

DAY 3 TUPAN CITY CULTURAL TOUR

Turpan is located in the Turpan Basin which is deepest basin in China, northeastern part of Taklimakan desert. it is the Key city on the Middle Silk Road and unique Uyghur Buddha cultural City throughout the Buddha cultural period in the history of Uyghur’s until the 14th century ,then Islam became completely dominant religion in this area after middle of 14th century that Uighur Buddhist royal family escaped to Tibet after big defeat in the war between  the Islamic Uyghur’s from the west , that’s why Turpan has considerably best preserves Buddhist historical sites and some of them very well preserved ancient ruins that protected by UNESCO

 Today spend the whole day to visit historical sites in Turpan, visit Emin Minaret, Karez well Museum, Bezaklik jiaohe ancient city , Tuyuq valley, and Night Markets.

Emin Minaret (sugong Ta in Chinese):  Islamic Uyghur mosque with tallest minaret in China (44m, 144ft), built in 1777, an elegant and circular Uyghur traditional architecture 

 

Karez Wells: More than 5000km long Karez was one of the greatest constructions of China ,Turpan's Karez water system is made up of a horizontal series of vertically dug wells that are then linked by underground water canals to collect water from the watershed surface run off from the base of the Tian Shan Mountains and the nearby Flaming Mountains. The canals channel the water to the surface, taking advantage of the current provided by the gravity of the downward slope of the Turpan Depression. The canals are mostly underground to reduce water evaporation.

Jiaohe (Yarghul in Uyghur )ancient city: it is called Yarghul ancient city Uyghurs and well preserved, excavated mud ancient city ruin in the world . earliest settlers of this city was no later than 1800 years BC, it is abandoned in 14th century AD when the Islam became dominant in the area ,All the houses, even few floor high, were built by excavating the clay ground .that’s the distinctive part than any other ancient cities throughout the silk road .The city was built on a large islet (1650 m in length, 300 m wide at its widest point) in the middle of a river which formed natural defenses, which would explain why the city lacked any sort of walls. it is recently protected by UNESCO

Tuyuk valley: lovely old valley in which the small typical Uyghur village located, when we walk around the village we can absorb the Uyghur old residential lifestyle in Turpan

Bezaklik Thousand Buddha caves: complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to the 9th centuries. There are 77 rock-cut caves at the site. Most have rectangular spaces with rounded arch ceilings often divided into four sections, each with a moral of Buddha. The effect is of entire ceiling covers with hundreds of Buddha murals. Some ceilings are painted with a large Buddha surrounded by other figures, including Indians, Persians and Europeans. The quality of the murals varies with some being artistically naive while others are masterpieces of religious art.

 Night in hotel in Turpan

DAY 4 TUPAN-URUMQI- HEAVENLY LAKE

After breakfast in the hotel,  we will drive to Urumqi and from Urumqi we will continue drive to National park touristic site Heavenly lake (Tianchi in Chinese) , it is located 120 km east of Urumqi, Hike around the lake and Kazakh lunch and dinner would be in the Yurt, and stay overnight in Kazakh Yurt beside the lake

DAY 5   HEAVENLY LAKE TO BURJIN

Have breakfast with Kazah family beside the Lake and drive to Burqin town ,Burqin  which is northern most town closer to the Kanas Lake, We will drive along the beautiful pasture and we will have great view of Altay mountains for photography, and arrive Burqin in the evening ,night in hotel in Burqin

DAY 6   BURJIN TO KANAS LAKE

Drive from Burjin to Kanas national nature reserve in the morning; enjoy the stunning view of Kanas lake, we can hike there, and enjoy the Siberian ecological diversity, unique lanscape and location made Kanas to be of the Siberia Ecological System which connected with Irtish river to north pole , and nature reserve forest area, Kanas lake located in the north of xinjiang where borders with Russia ,Mongolia and Kazakhstan and surrounded by beautiful Altay Mountain range , stay overnight in Kanas lake

DAY 7  KANAS LAKE –HEMU VILLAGE

Today we do Nomadic cultural explore around the area by visiting the ancient Tuva people (they were also called forest people) who believed to consider themselves Genghis Khan descendent when Genghis Khan was waging war towards west from Mongolian pasture, but actually they are one of the Turkic speaking people who believe in Buddhism and Shamanism, hiking in the village, and also visit the another Turkic speaking people Kazakhs, and drive to Hemu village to stay overnight there ,

DAY 8  HEMU VILLAGE –KARAMAY CITY  

Depart from Hemu and kanas area to head out for Karamay , we will visit the Ghost city along the way ,

Ghost city: ghost City. Called so, because when wind blow, eerie noises can be heard, sounding like supernatural spirits. The city is comprised of the rock formations that seemed to appear from nowhere amidst the never-ending desert you must cross to find it. They are formed because years of wind erosion. Those weather-sculpted rocks resemble large castle, tall skyscrapers, animals and so on, just use your imagination to match a jagged rock with an object, maybe later that formation will be named the name you given. Then arrive Karamay in the evening, check in Hotel in Karamay

 

DAY 9   KARAMAY TO SAYRAM LAKE

After breakfast in hotel in Karamay , we will drive south west to Sayram lake which is one of the beautiful highland lake in xinjiang ,we will stay overnight in one of the Kazakh yurt beside the lake ,dinner will be in Kazakh family ,

DAY 10   SAYRAM LAKE –ILY VALLEY-YINING

Today we drive to Yining (Ghulja city),one of the very beautiful Soviet style Uighur city located in the Ily valley ,drive two hrs there from the lake and we will visit the old town area of the city in the afternoon , night in hotel in Yining ,

DAY 11   YINING-NON TOURISTIC VILLAGE MARKET

Today we will spend this extra day to see more of the area , and see the daily life of the locals to explore more non touristic village markets around the Ily , back to Yining in the afternoon to stay in hotel ,

 

DAY 12   YINING-NARAT

Drive from Yining in the morning through Ily valley to Narat , explore the Narat Pasture in the afternoon and back to hotel to stay overnight in Narat ,

DAY 13   NARAT-BAYANBULAK

After the breakfast in hotel in narat , we will drive 1 and half hour to Bayanbulak , on the way stop for photographs and arrive Bayanbulak by lunch time  , we will have lunch in Bayanbulak and drive further inside the pasture to see the largest Swan Natural serve in the World , we will enjoy the sunset view of Bayanbulak grassland which is very special and drive back to hotel ,

DAY 14   BAYANBULAK-URUMQI

Today driving distance is bit longer, , after early breakfast in the hotel, we will drive early in the morning to drive through tianshan mountain ranges to the north to Maytagh(Dushanzi) city to have lunch , explore the beautiful mountain ranges along the way ,stop for photos and continue to drive to Urumqi , arrive Urumqi in the evening ,

DAY 15   DEPARTURE FROM URUMQI

Beautiful photography and cultural tour will be ending today and Our guide and driver will take you to the Urumqi airport to see you off ,

 

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