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[5-Day Tour] Turpan & Urumqi (Private, 4-star hotel)


Multi-Day Tour | Private Tour

Daily | Book 12 days before


#D2 Asanta Graves | Gaochang ancient city | Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves | #D3 Jiaohe Ruins | Sugong Tower | Karez Water System | #D4 South Mountain Grassland | Xinjiang Museum | Erdaoqiao Bazaar

Per guest price is based on a group of 6.

Asanta Graves (阿斯塔那古墓)

The Astana Graves, nicknamed "The Underground Museum", and located 6 km (4 mi) from the ancient city of Gaochang, is the final resting place for over 1,000 inhabitants of Gaochang, both commoners and locals. The tombs cover over ten sq km (six sq mi), having been used for over 600 years between 200 CE and 800 CE.

Gaochang ancient city (高昌故城)

The ancient city of Gaochang is a sublimely impressive sight, likely to spur thoughts of the grand sweep of history and the insignificance of one little tourist standing in the middle of the vast desert, snapping digital photos of crumbling ruins that date back to the 1st century BC. Unless, of course, you visit at the same time as a huge Chinese tour group, in which case sublimity is likely a lost cause. Even then, Gaochang is worth a whirl, whether you walk or drop RMB 20 on a donkey cart from the entrance gate.

Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves (柏孜克里千佛洞)

The Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are on the northwestern side of the Flaming Mountains facing a river valley about 15 km (9 mi) north of the ruins of the ancient city of Gaochang and 45 km (28 mi) east of modern Turpan. These caves are one of the largest Buddhist grotto complexes in Xinjiang, with 77 shiku (caves carved to house Buddhist images) containing frescoes and statuary ranging from the naïve to the masterly.

Jiaohe Ruins (交河故城)

The ancient ruined city of Jiaohe lies 10 km (6 mi) to the west of Turpan, situated on an island in the middle of river waters flowing through the Yarnaz Valley—the name itself means "at the confluence of two rivers." Abandoned in the thirteenth century after Genghis Khan's Mongol hordes laid it to waste, the ruins of this once-prosperous Silk Road city make for a fascinating day trip out of Turpan. The island rises some 30 m (98 ft) above the surrounding desert and, along with the river waters, provided a natural defensive barrier against attacks; hence the city, unlike so many of its time, was built without a protective wall.

Sugong Tower (苏公塔)

The Sugong Tower, also known as "Turphan Tower" or "Emin Minaret", this is the largest Islamic minaret in China. You'll also visit the amazing ancient karez system which brought water and life to Turpan and beyond from the 1st century BC, as well as a steady stream of traders, adventurers, soldiers and merchants.

Karez Water System (坎儿井)

The system was both the reason for Turpan's prosperity and its key to development as an essential stopover on the ancient Silk Road, skirting the Taklamakan Desert. An irrigation system similar to that which originated during the Han Dynasty, this system is a series of vertically-dug wells, linked by underwater canals to collect water from the runoff from both the Tian Shan Mountains and the Flaming Mountains.

South Mountain Grassland (南山)

Stretching out from the foot of Mount Karawuquntag (喀拉乌成山) in the Tian Shan range, not far from Urumqi, the rolling hills, natural springs, meadows of flowers and spruce forests of this verdant grassland provides a cool respite from the summer heat. Between May and October, the Nanshan Grassland, or South Mountain Grassland, is dotted with the yurts of Kazakhs grazing their herds and enjoying the cooler temperatures.

Xinjiang Museum (新疆维吾尔自治区博物馆)

A number of permanent exhibitions reside in the museum, detailing the history and culture of Xinjiang. Artifacts from some of Xinjiang's ancient "lost cities" are as close as visitors can get to locations such as Loulan, now a nuclear test site. Buddhist frescoes from nearby caves are also on display, as are relics detailing the history of the early people who inhabited the region. The museum also features exhibits on the 12 officially recognized minorities of the region, focused on emphasizing a unified national identity.


Day 1 Urumqi arrival

Your driver and/or tour guide will pick you up from the airport or station and then transfer to downtown.

Stay overnight at the Orient Dynasty Hotel or similar.

Day 2 Urumqi-Turpan (includes breakfast & lunch)

Turpan, the second lowest point on earth after the Dead Sea. It's also a significant Uyghur agricultural town, thanks to the karez (well) water system, the origins of which date back to around 100 BC.

Asanta Graves (about 40 minutes)

Gaochang ancient city (about 30 minutes)

Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves (about 30 minutes)

Stay overnight at the Hongxin Hotel or similar.

Day 3 Turpan-Urumqi (includes breakfast & lunch)

Jiaohe Ruins (about 50 minutes)

Sugong Tower (about 35 minutes)

Karez Water System (about 40 minutes)

In the afternoon you'll drive to Urumqi to take in the mix of Central Asian and Chinese cultures.

Stay overnight at the Orient Dynasty Hotel or similar.

Day 4 Urumqi (includes breakfast & lunch)

South Mountain Grassland

Xinjiang Museum (about 2 hours)

You'll then head to the 130-year-old Erdaoqiao Bazaar, a great place to buy souvenirs and see local Uyghur and Kazakh buyers and sellers doing their thing, just like they've been doing for centuries.

Stay overnight at the Orient Dynasty Hotel or similar.

Day 5 Urumqi departure (includes breakfast)

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airport or station for departure.

Price Includes and Excludes

What is included?

1) Train Ticket: Turpan-Dunhuang soft sleeper

2) English-speaking guide service

3) Accommodation, admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in details

What is excluded?

1) Single room supplement

2) Personal expenses, optional items or anything else not specifically mentioned

Important Notes

Cancellation Policies:
• Please call or email Ctrip if you need to cancel your booking.
• Modification is not accepted, please cancel your booking first and rebook the product.
• Free cancellation for bookings canceled at least 72 hours in advance. No refund will be granted for cancellations made after this time.
• Besides the cancellation fee, penalties from train companies apply if train tickets are issued.

How to Join the Group:
• On departure date you will be picked up from airport or station, please check the pickup range as specified in details.
• You will be contacted before 11:00 p.m. the day before departure to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide.

We may contact you via phone (if provided), hotel reception, or email. If we cannot reach you before this time, please call the emergency contact number which you will find listed on the confirmation email.

Emergency Contact:
• Please call Mike @13579800900 for any urgent matters.


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- Children: 2-12 years old and shorter than 1.2m (3 ft 11 in)

- Each child must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

- Minimum 2 travellers for the tour to run

- Prices for group products are fixed. For private products, the bigger the group the lower the price per person.