Turpan Hiking Tours

Turpan 01: 2 Days to Explore the Kumtag Desert
Day 01: Turpan - Shanshan

This itinerary covers the east section of the cycle tour of Turpan. The two day tour will give you a pleasant overview of the Kumtag Desert and the desert theme park-Sand Hill Park. To travelers only staying a short while, this journey allows you to experience the desert and Gobi in a short stay.

You could hire a car on the first day to visit some sites along the way. It is about 90km from Turpan to Shanshan. Shanshan, a county located eastward of Turpan, was once referred to as the "Lost Loulan Kingdom" and renamed as "Shanshan" in B.C. 77.

First, drive eastward along No. 312 National High Way and turn southeast at the fork on the road before reaching Shengjin County. This direction leads to Dikaner Village which is at the edge of the Kumtag Desert and to the southwest of Shanshan County. It is interesting to spend few hours visiting the Kumtag Desert Scenic and Historic Interest Area (CNY30.00 net per person), especially for the travelers who have never visited a desert before. The Kumtag Desert, the world's only desert linked to a city, is a blend of various characteristics of the desert landscape of the major deserts in the world allowing you to experience both the desert scenery and beauty of the south river area in a single day. Besides natural beauty, there are some optional sand-themed attractions in the scenic area like scientific research, exploration, hiking, and sand surfing etc.

On the way to the Desert, you can stop at Subeixi Village to visit the Tuyu Valley Thousand Buddha Cave. It is hidden deeply within the Tuyu Valley with 45 caves on show today. A lot of rare early frescoes were preserved in this extraordinary environment. In summer, grape rope and grapevine cover the whole valley and it becomes a heaven for travelers from all over the world. Sitting under the shade and tasting all kinds of sweet grape is the typical local enjoyment. Then, drive to Shanshan County to stay overnight. For your reference: Nade Ruoshui Hotel (Address: No. 555, Xingfu Road, Shanshan County, Xinjiang). Dinner can be taken in the restaurant outside the hotel.
Kumtag Desert
Uyghur people
Day 02: Shanshan - Turpan

You could visit Sand Hill Park (CNY50.00 net per person). The park is located in the southern part of the Shanshan County and its construction takes advantage of its special geographical location. It connected the north edge of the Kumtag Desert and the south edge of the Shanshan oasis. Thus, the park is divided into two parts: The north part, includes a culture and entertainment area, a children’s entertainment area, water world, horticulture area, grape garden and plant garden, covering an area of 500 acres. The south part is the desert, including an activity area, sand treatment area and the plant area. At the end of the tour, you could go back to Turpan or to Urumqi. The bullet train is the best option. You could take the train D8807 at 17:05. It will arrive in Turpan at 17:33 with a ticket of CNY38 per person for the second class and arrive in Urumqi at 18:30 with a ticket of CNY90 per person for the second class. We wish you a good time on this two day tour.
Turpan 02: Ancient Cheshi Road Hiking Route
► Itinerary: 4 Days Urumqi - Daheyan - Five-star Ranch - Upper Shiyaozi - Qiong Daban - Liudao Bridge - Spring Street - Jimu Saer - Urumqi

Day 01: Urumqi - Five-star Ranch

On the first day, you will need to get to the starting point of the road - Five-star Ranch. You could take the normal train Y962 1005/1157 from Urumqi to Turpan and the second class train ticket is CNY70 per person. The train arrives at Turpan station (Daheyan). As there is no shuttle bus from Daheyan to Five-star Ranch. You will need to hire a car (the fee is about CNY900). The journey takes about 2.5 hours (60KM) if there is no flood at that time. You will pass through various landforms such as mountain, meadow and river. This will give you more time for hiking. Upon arrival, you may set up camp.

Ever since the opening of the Silk Road in Han Dynasty, Turpan has acted as an important hub between the western region and greater China. Hidden deeply in the Heavenly Mountain, Cheshi ancient road is one of the most time-honored ancient roads not only in Turpan but also the whole of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It connected the north and south of the Heavenly Mountain and its origins can be traced back to the early Han Dynasty. Over the past 2000 years, the road played a key role in the barter transactions of businessmen and the military service of warriors. It was a short cut to the detour of crossing the Mountain from the east section. Today, a hiking itinerary of this road may give you an impression of the ancient life. The best time to hike the road is from May to October. Food and water for four days' needs should be sufficient.

Day 02: Five-star Ranch - Upper Shiyaozi

Hike about 3 kilometers to Sanchakou (three-way intersection). The path on the right leads to Xia Ranch in the depth of Tianshan Mountain. The left path leads to Shiyaozi. Walk along the left path and get to Upper Shiyaozi after crossing Yellow Sheep Valley. Stay overnight in your tent.

Day 03: Upper Shiyaozi - Qiong Daban - Liudao Bridge

You will need to hike from Upper Shiyaozi to Liudao Bridge via Qiong Daban. It will be a hard day. You need to start early and continue to walk northward for about 7 hours and pass through 3408m-high Qiong Daban. Daban is the connection part for mountians. Qiong Daban is the watershed of the north and south side of the Heavenly Mountain as well as the highest point of the surrounding valleys. The heavy snow before June every year will lower the hiking speed and increase the level of difficulty. When you arrive at Liudao Bridge, walk down about 2km you will find a meadow which is an ideal camp site.

Day 04: Liudao Bridge - Jimu Saer - Urumqi

Today, you will start your hike along the Liudao Bridge. The altitude will rapidly decrease as you pass down to Wudao Bridge. Near Wudao Bridge, you will see the Meadow Stoneman standing facing southward. The Stone Human Statues mark the Turkic Cemetery in the Sui-Tang period (year 581-907). Continue hiking along the Wudao Bridge, the air is so fresh due to the pine forest on the way. About 1 hour later, you will reach Sidao Bridge, where you will find a local herdsman household. If you like, you may feel free to pay them a visit and have something to drink or eat there. The families are hospitality and honest. Keep walking to Sandao Bridge, then, Erdao Bridge and the final one is Yidao Bridge. Rest near Yidao Bridge, you will find something to visit here, for example the ancient carved stone. Then you could hire a car at the nearby village and drive to Spring Street, where you could take a coach to Jimu Saer County. Take the coach from Jinmusha passenger station back to Urumqi. The coach is available every 30 minutes and the last one departs at 21:20.