Xinjiang Natural Beauty and Historic Heritages

S-607: 11 Days Urumqi - Sayram Lake - Yining - Narat Grassland - Bayanbulak - Kuqa - Korla - Turpan - Urumqi
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches
Tour Highlights:
  • Travel in depth to the Silk Road of 2,000 years ago & learn about the culture and history
  • Enjoy the stunning lake scenery and the most fecund pastures in Yining and Bayanbulak
  • Visit murals in the Thousand Buddha Caves and the ruins of ancient cities and temples
  • Journey to Taklamakan Desert, the world's second largest shifting-sand desert
Day 1 Arrival in Urumqi
When your flight lands in Urumqi today, you will find our local guide is waiting for you outside the baggage claim area of the airport. Our private transfer will escort you to the hotel in the city center area. Relax during the remaining time of the day.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Excemon Xinjiang Yilite Hotel
Day 2 Urumqi - Sayram Lake - Yining
Sayram Lake
In the morning, you will head to Yining and stay overnight at a downtown local hotel. On the way, enjoy the stunning scenery of the Sayram Lake. Sayram means 'blessing' in Kazak language. As a coldwater lake, you will feel chilly cold when washing hands in the lake even in summer time. The lake itself is very calm and the water is rather blue.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Yili Hotel
Day 3 Yining- Narat Grassland
The tour today will begin with a visit to Yili River Bridge, the longest highway bridge in Xinjiang. Standing on the bridge, you could experience the local life style by watching the local people entertaining themselves in the riverside park. After that, you will head for Narat Grassland to appreciate the graceful landscape. The interlacing rivers, flat river beds, high peaks, dense forest, vast grassland dotted with colorful flowers and local Kazak ethnic flavor have made the land a famous place for tourism and sightseeing. You will stay overnight at the local guest house.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Local Guest House
Day 4 Narat Grassland - Bayanbulak
Narat Grassland
The excursion today will take you to Bayanbulak Grassland and the Swan Lake via the huge Tianshan Mountain, which traverses the middle part of Xinjiang. As China's second largest grassland, Bayanbulak Grassland boasts luxuriant grass and herds of sheep and cows. With mountains encircling, lakes dotting on and rivers flowing by, this vast grassland is also a beautiful place for sightseeing. The Swan Lake is among the lakes dotting on this grassland. It is named so because many water birds, especially swans come here to give birth and live every year due to its rich water grass, cool climate and plenty rainfall.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: White Swan Guest House
Day 5 Bayanbulak - Kuqa
Bayanbulak Grassland
Your tour today will extend to Kuqa. First, you will travel there by car and then explore the Dragon Lake and the Mystic Grand Canyon of Tianshan Mountains. The Dragon Lake is encircled by mountains and covered by white snow all year round. Below the mountains, you will see another vibrant view of green plants and grass, free and happy cows and sheep as well as the beautiful herdsmen's tents. The Mystic Grand Canyon of Tianshan Mountains is the result of wind and rain erosion on the russet rocks over millions of years.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Ku Che Grand Hotel
Day 6 Kuqa
Flaming Hill
Today, you will visit the Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves, the Ruins of Subash Ancient Buddha Temple and Kuqa local Bazaar. The Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves are corridor of murals surpassing other existing caves in China in its abundance in content, quantity and long duration. The Caves are significant in Buddhism research as well as the history study of Kuqa. The Ruins of Subash Ancient Buddha Temple is the discovered largest temple ruins in Xinjiang, which is divided into two parts by Kuqa River. The remains and archaeological discoveries on the site provide evidences to the years of change, the stories of Buddhism and the development of civilization in this land. A visit to Kuqa local Bazaar will help you know more about the local customs and life styles.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Ku Che Grand Hotel
Day 7 Kuqa - Korla
You will journey to Korla today and enjoy the scenery of Taklamakan Desert on the way. Upon arrival, visit Tiemen Pass, a pass of great military importance in history due to its special landscape. It is also an important site along the Silk Road more than 2,000 years ago. 

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Loulan Hotel
Day 8 Korla - Turpan
You are going to Turpan today. After arriving, check in at the hotel in the downtown area.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Huozhou Hotel
Day 9 Turpan
Ruins of Jiaohe City, Turpan
Your first travel destination today is the Ancient City of Jiaohe. It is one of the world's architectural wonders and the existing largest, oldest and best-preserved earthen city in the world. Then, continue the tour to the Karez Well, a kind of irrigation system made up of vertical wells, underground canals, above-ground canals and small reservoirs. In addition to providing water for the daily use and irrigation, the Karez Well also serves as the naturally air-conditioned places to escape from the scorching weather. The last stop today is Sugong Pagoda, a famous Muslim pagoda with a unique appearance. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Huozhou Hotel
Day 10 Turpan - Urumqi
Today's private visit will cover the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves and the Ancient City of Gaochang. The Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves was once the royal temple of Huihu (the predecessor of today's Uigur) State. From the murals preserved, you could learn about the Buddhism culture in the region, the lives of the King and Queen and people from all walks of life at that time; the inscriptions left are also authentic reference for historic research. Located at the foot of the Flaming Hill, the Ancient City of Gaochang is composed of three sections: an outer city, an inner city and a palace city. While driving back to Urumqi for a one-night stay, you will pass by the Flaming Hill, reputed as the hottest place in China. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Excemon Xinjiang Yilite Hotel
Day 11 Departure from Urumqi
Our guide will transfer you to Urumqi Airport for your connecting flight on time. Wish you enjoy the trip back home! 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Constantine from CANADA | Aug. 25, 2018 16:53Reply
How often are the rest stop with proper toilet facility long the way for tour like S-607?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gina | Aug. 28, 2018 01:29

Generally, most of scenic spots have restrooms and the rest stops along the way also provide toilet facilities.
Asked by Constantine from CANADA | Aug. 23, 2018 15:04Reply
I like the itinerary of Tour S-607. What is the temperature like in May and September?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Aug. 24, 2018 02:17

Both May and September are good times to travel to Xinjiang. The average temperature of Urumqi during that period is about 24℃ (75℉) in the daytime but drops down to 12℃ (54℉) in the evening. A shirt and jeans are enough for the day, but at night you'll have to change into a long-sleeved clothes or even jacket.

However, the temperature in some remote areas or lake areas is much lower. Therefore, you are also suggested to take some heavy clothes like thick coat and down jacket to keep warm.
Asked by A. Chan from CANADA | Jul. 11, 2016 15:25Reply
bathroom in guest houses?
I like to know if there's private bathroom in guest houses while travel to Xingjiang?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Lydia | Jul. 11, 2016 20:26

Most of hotels and guesthouses can offer private bathroom in Xinjiang.
Asked by I Chan | Jun. 17, 2012 10:30Reply
When is the best time to journey to Xinjiang? Is July & August too hot to go there?
Answers (1)
Answered by Adl | Jun. 17, 2012 06:36

Yes, Xinjiang is quite hot in July and August, while it is cool in the morning and at night. Many travelers still choose visit Xinjiang at this time, but they will bring sun block and light clothes like dress or shorts with them.
Asked by Mr.Jamie | Apr. 20, 2011 20:50Reply
Can private jets coming from Canada fly into the Urumqi airport? What are the restrictions/requirements? Thank you, Jamie
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Sandy | Apr. 21, 2011 02:04

Wow, my suggestion is to contact Civil Aviation Administration of the country and Xining airport. This is very complicated, I guess.
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