12 Days Southern Xinjiang (Lavender bloom departure)

South Xinjiang Karakul Lake

Separated by Tian Mountain (Tianshan) from the north, South Xinjiang offers more to see with regards to the culture of the Uyghurs. From the large bazaars to the beautifully decorated mosques within the cities will keep you in awe of the wonders of this lesser known region of China. Being a dry weather region, you can also expect to see barren deserts and canyons surrounding the towns and cities.

Join us on this departure in time to view Yining’s annual bloom of lavenders which will cover the land in a beautiful blanket of purple.

Highlights

Urumqi

International Grand bazaar

Korla

Dabancheng wind power station

Qigexing Buddhist Temple Ruin

Iron Gate Pass

Kuqa

Kizil Caves

Mystic Grand Canyon of Tianshan

Taklamakan Desert

Hotan

Damagou Buddhist Cultural Relic Site

Ancient Walnut Tree King

Kashgar

Pamir Mountain

Karakul Lake

Golden Grasslands

Id Kah Mosque

Old City of Kashgar

Yining Lavender Fields

Sayram Lake

Wusu

Kuitun Grand Canyon

Price includes

Return economy class ticket by Air China (CA)

11 nights hotel accommodation at local 3 ~ 4 stars hotel

Meals and sightseeing as per itinerary

Mandarin speaking local tour guide

Itinerary

1 Singapore ✈ Beijing ✈ Urumqi

Take your flight to Urumqi via Beijing. Upon arrival, visit the International Grand Bazaar, One of the largest bazaar in the world. Rest for the night.

(Dinner)

2 Urumqi 🚍 Korla

After breakfast, continue on the tour of Xinjiang. Visit Dabancheng Wind Power Station China’s largest wind power station. Also visit Qigexing Buddhist Temple Ruins a ruined compound of Buddhist religious site, believed to have been a major religious center along the northern Silk route. Lastly, visit Iron Gate Pass. The pass was of historical strategical significance because it formed a vulnerable bottle-neck on the Silk Road.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

3 Korla 🚍 Kuqa

In the morning, visit the Kizil Caves believed to be the earliest major Buddhist cave complex in China, occurred between the 3rd and 8th centuries A.D. under the ancient Kingdom of Kucha. Following that, visit the Mystic Grand Canyon of Tianshan Famous for its russet rocks formed by wind and rain over millions of years.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

4 Kuqa 🚍 Desert Highway 🚍 Minfeng

Start the tour visiting Taklamakan Desert China’s largest desert, situated in the middle of the largest Basin, Tarimin Xinjiang Province. This is also reputed to be the world’s second largest shifting-sand desert.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

5 Minfeng 🚍 Hotan

After breakfast, visit the Damagou Buddhism Cultural Relic Site the smallest temple ever found in the West Regions. It contributed to our understanding of Buddhist beliefs and mural technique in the region of ancient Khotan. Also visit the Ancient Walnut Tree King a 560-year old wal nut tree and Hotan Night Market the Biggest Night Market in Southern Xinjiang.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

6 Hotan 🚍 Shache 🚍 Kashgar

Spend some time on the road today. Visit Amannisahan Tomb Famous for its exquisite and splendid decoration, it was first built in 1533. Thereafter arrive at Kashgar for your night rest.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

7 Kashgar 🚍 Tashkorgan

Visit the Pamir Mountain Area which serves as the junction of several important mountain ranges, most notably the Karakorum, Himalaya and Tian Shan Mountains. There, visit Karakul Lake. At altitude of 3600m, it is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau. Thereafter, visit Tashkurgan Stone City with 2,000 years history as a major caravan stop along the Silk Road. Lastly enjoy the Golden Grasslands where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding the Pamir Mountains.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

8 Tashkorgan 🚍 Kashgar

Id Kah Mosque The largest mosque in China
Old City of Kashgar It reflects Islamic culture in architecture and Uygur customs

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

9 Kashgar 🚍 Yining

Kashgar Bazaar For centuries, the bazaar has been a meeting place for locals, merchants and travelers along the Silk Road

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

10 Yining 🚍 Wusu

Lavender Field Reputed as “The Oriental Provence”. It is considered as one of the 3 main planting areas for lavender in the world
Sayram Lake The largest alpine lake (458km²) in Xinjiang and also the highest(2,070m)

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

11 Wusu 🚍 Urumqi

Kuitun Grand Canyon Located at north foot of Tianshan Mountain, it is of the stratum consisting of gravel and sand completely

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

12 Urumqi ✈ Beijing ✈ Singapore

(Breakfast)

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