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September 18-24 [Mooncake festival holiday]
In Kashgar you will meet the local tradition, see the famous Karakul lake at the height of 3600 meters above sea level, snow-capped mountains and glaciers and an ancient city full of history! See how the life of the locals has been preserved through centuries!
l Trekking by the side of Karakul Lake of Pamir Plateau, visit the yurt of Kyrgyz family along the China Pakistan Highway.
l Explore one of the oldest cities in Xinjiang – Turpan, the best place for you to know the Silk Road Culture.
l Enjoy the fantastic landscape in heavenly lake with its thick forest, vast grassland, magnificent snow mountain, experience the unique nomadic culture of local kazakhs.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Shanghai Zhongshan Park|
|WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING||Sports shoes and clothes, Food for the picnic, Sunscreen, Sunglasses.|
July 16-22 and 17-23: 7500 rmb/person; single supplement – 1650 rmb
July 24-October 7: 7700 rmb/person; single supplement – 1650 rmb
Today you will catch the flight to Kashgar (08:55-17:30 Shanghai – Kashgar (KHG) CZ699)
17:30 Group pickup from the airport. Transfer to your hotel and check-in. Have a good rest.
Kashagar – Taxkorgan (320kms, 6hrs driving)
In the morning, enjoy your nice buffet breakfast. your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobbyto start the adventure. Driving on the China and Pakistan highway about 4hrs to enjoy the landscape of Pamirs Plateau, Experience beautiful Karakul Lake where the herds of livestock around the lakeside are reflected inlake Kirghiz herdsmen usually settle down and graze their herds beforeshuttling you onward to Taxkorgan. The following day will be spent exploringthe stunning landscape surrounding the highway, and we will drive to Taxkrogan County for overnight stay.
Taxkorgan – Kashgar
Today we will driveback to Kashgar, on the way, you will visit the StoneFortress. The city is oval in shape and the city walls werebuilt with sun-dried bricks on stone foundation. It is 1285 metres incircumference outside. Over the past few years, new wooden pathways have beenconstructed to allow tourist to walk these beautiful grasslands, known asthe Golden Grasslands. From here you can get even better photos ofthe Stone Fortress. Walking around the pastureland to see Local Tajiks customs.
Today meet your guide and driver at thehotel lobby, then we will do full day Kashgar city excursion. we will visit theIdigar Mosque, the largest Mosque in China and the most sacred mosquefor the locals to practise their Islamic activities. around 10:30 we have tovisit the Old Town when the open ceremony ready to greeting all thetourists with the culture show, further exploration to the special culture andexperience the lifestyle with the arrangements of the visiting to the localUighur Family. Lunch arranged in the local Restaurant. We will pay a visit tothe famous Sunday bazaar thatis combined two section. The covered bazaar sells the clothing, nuts, householdgoods and many things out of your imagination. The outdoor Animal Bazaar is thefirst bazaar we visit, where the farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart,truck, bicycle, horseback, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It’s loud,lively and cheerful as they arrive. It is quite interesting to witness theirtypical methods of bargain. Kashgar citytour ends with the wandering to the bustling Handicraft street, dazzlingjewelry, primitive pottery,unique musical instrument, daily resources of thelocals.
After visiting, saygoodbye to Kashgar where you must have amazing experience and you will be transferred to the airport andcatch the flight to Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang.
Urumqi-Turpan(200kms, 3hrs driving)
Start the trip offwith the 2-3hours driving to Turpan, passing by the wind power station which isthe largest one in Asia spreading at the foot of Tianshan Mountain. Followingglimpse of Salt Lake in Dabancheng. We’ll be amazed by the histroical sites andoasis land of Turpan. A must and first visit is the oldest Uighur village TuyoqVillage located in the very center of Flaming Mountain Canyon. It used tobe the holy site of Buddhism and Islam. The village consists of four parts:Canyon scenery, Thousand Buddha Caves, Maza tomb and the old buildings of theancient village. Then drive to enjoythe scenery of Jiaohe Ruins with a history of 2,300 years lies betweentwo rivers on a loess plateau atop a cliff of over 30m. It is one of the bestpreserved ruins of its ancient era in China, it was included in the WorldHeritage List. After the visiting, drive back to Urumqi forovernight stay.
Morningdepart from the hotel, we will head to the Karez Well, which is specialkind of irrigation system, here you can not only visit this ancient irrigationsystem, but also get rid of the heat of summer. Then explore the SugongMinaret, the largest Islamic minaret in China built in 1778.
Travel back to Urumqi in the afternoon which is about the other 1.5hrs,After then, visit the Xinjiang International Bazaar, the largestbazaar in Urumqi. You’ll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing,crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine.
Urumqi- Heavenly Lake (120kms, 1.5hrs driving)
Todayyou will enjoy the tour of the picturesque Heavenly Lake (approximately1.5hrs), 2000m up in the Tianshan mountain range. which is surrounded by thesnow mountains, blooming wildflowers, evergreen pine trees. 40-minute sceniicshuttle bus ride that twists though the dramatic mountains. Then you can eitherwalk to the lakeside in 10mins or take the electronic cart. There are 3 optionssuggested. Boating cruise to take the incredible view of Tianshan Mountain.Trekking along the lake in the fresh air. or you can explore further uo to theMaya Mountain by the cable car to enjoy the magnificent view of the Mountains.The lunch in the local Kazakh’s yurt is highly recommended.
We will drive back to Urumqi in the late afternoon, then you will be transferred to the airport and back to your destination. Wish you a pleasant journey home!
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