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With vast territory and long borderline, Xinjiang boasts of its charming natural beauty and abundant cultural sites. When taking a Xinjiang tour, you will be fascinated by the histories of Turpan, Kashgar, Kuqa and other towns along the way. The Ancient City of Jiaohe, Loulan Ruins and Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves show you the prosperity of the ancient Silk Road. Furthermore, Kanas Reserve, Yadan Landform and the boundless grasslands and deserts will add more fun if you love to adventure.

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What to visit in Xinjiang?

The top three cities for Xinjiang tour itinerary are Urumqi, Turpan and Kashgar. It takes 3 or 4 days to visit Urumqi and Turpan, but 7 days are needed if you add Kashgar as well.

To learn more about Xinjiang, you can extend your visit to the northern or southern Xinjiang, with Tianshan Mountain as their boundary. Touring northern Xinjiang, including Urumqi, Altay and Ili, needs around 8-14 days. You will indulge in the enchanting natural sceneries with vast grasslands, galloping horses and limpid river... Besides, you can also choose to plan a 9-11 days' trip to the southern Xinjiang, like Kashgar, Hetian and Aksu, if you are fond of discovering the local customs and historical sites.

As you can see, Xinjiang is such an amazing place that is worth a deep exploration. We are always ready to customize a memorable private Xinjiang tour for you.
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Top 10 Things to Do in Urumqi
Karakuri Lake
Nalati Grassland

When is the best time to visit Xinjiang?

May to October is said to be appropriate for arranging a Xinjiang tour itinerary, during which July to September is the best time.

Owing to the cool weather, most travelers would like to go to the northern Xinjiang during July to September. In summer, not only can you admire the sea of lavender fields and golden rape flowers, but you will also be amazed by the spectacular views at Colorful Beach and Devil City. What's more, the most beautiful autumn scenery in Kanas Reserve is definitely attractive to shutterbugs and nature lovers. For southern Xinjiang tours, we recommend the months of August to October, during which you are able to taste the sweet fruits, such as the apples in Aksu, pears in Korla and the honey-dew melons in Hami etc, in addition to sightseeing.
Id Kah Mosque
Kashgar Bazzar

How to get to Xinjiang?

Normally, flights and trains are two popular transportations to enter Xinjiang. A large number of travelers choose to start from an Urumqi tour. However, there are still some people prefer to travel to Hami or Turpan by land transfer from other places nearby, such as Gansu province.

Flights

The most convenient way to Xinjiang is to take flights. For instance, it needs only 4-5 hours to fly from Beijing to Urumqi, but the train from Beijing to Urumqi usually takes no less than 30 hours on the way.


Xinjiang has several airports, among which the Urumqi Diwopu International Airport is the mainly used one. This airport is 16 kilometers (9 miles) away from the downtown area and runs regular flights to more than 60 cities at home and abroad so far, including Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Islamabad, Moscow and Novosibirsk.

Trains

In China, the most economical transportation for travelers is train, by which you can commence a Xinjiang tour directly from most cities in mainland China. As Xinjiang is located in remote area, the train ride normally takes a very long time. Therefore, the train trip is suitable for the tourists who have enough time but less budget. If you are interested, you can also reach Lanzhou or Xining first and then have a high-speed train experience to Urumqi which is faster than the normal trains.

Ancient City of Jiaohe
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    4.725 Reviews
    Tracy Langley
    the United States
    Posted on March 19, 2021
    We visited many cities during this Xinjiang tour. I had a deep impression on the beautiful scenery along the way. The responsible and experienced guides arranged the accommodation and itinerary well. The cars were spacious and comfortable with yogurt and fruits supplied for us. Even taking a long ride, we still felt very steady and relaxing. Xinjiang was so unforgettable that I would go to Xinjiang next time!
    Lothar Prentice
    Denmark
    Posted on November 17, 2020
    Xinjiang was so beautiful! I admired the pure beauty of Karakuri Lake. The Kumtag Desert was worth to see by riding a camel.

    We paid a special home visit to a local Uyghur family in Kashgar Old Town and enjoyed some delicious local food. It was amazing! The restaurants were perfect with a good environment and delicious food. Finally. I’d like to thank the guides’ hard work. It was a pleasant Xinjiang tour!
    Cholthee
    Posted on August 03, 2020
    It was an excellent 4 days Urumqi & Turpan tour. Highly recommended!
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