• 11 Days Classic Xinjiang - Silk Road In Depth in Hemu and Kanas Lake Extension

    The very mention of the Silk Road evokes a sense of romance and remoteness. Retrace this ancient trade route. This itinerary traverses off-the-beaten path to lesser-visited Silk Road gems such as Hotan and Kuqa . Treat yourself to an extension into Kanas Lake, one of the most picturesque ones in China!
  • 11 Days Classic Xinjiang - Silk Road In Depth in Hemu and Kanas Lake Extension

    The very mention of the Silk Road evokes a sense of romance and remoteness. Retrace this ancient trade route. This itinerary traverses off-the-beaten path to lesser-visited Silk Road gems such as Hotan and Kuqa . Treat yourself to an extension into Kanas Lake, one of the most picturesque ones in China!
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11 days
From HK$28,000/Adult

Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Hong Kong / Kashgar
    Fly Hong Kong / Chengdu CA 6502 1015/1250 – Daily (2h 35m)
      Chengdu / Kashgar CA 4241 1505/1940 – Daily (4h 35m)

     

    Upon arrival in Kashgar, be met and transfer to hotel. If you’re feeling up for it, you may also wish to visit the atmospheric Night Market.

    Meals included: Breakfast 

  • Day 02 - Kashgar

    Visit with the Grand Bazaar (opens everyday liveliest on Sundays) and the Sunday Livestock Market.

    Next, see what remains of the old town from the bazaar. Have a traditional Uyghur lunch in a local home before visiting Id Kah Mosque and the Apak Hoja Tomb.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

  • Day 03 - Kashgar / Yarant / Hotan

    Drive approx. 500km to Hotan. En route, stop for lunch in Yarkant and visit the Altun Mosque Complex with the Tomb of Ammanisahan as well as the local pharmacies that sell local herbal medicines. You may also wish to stop at the Friday Mosque in the town of Kargilik.

    Arrive in Hotan and check-in to your hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 04 - Hotan

    If you’ve missed the Sunday Market in Kashgar, Hotan’s more chaotic Sunday Market is the other place to experience it! Visit the Imam Asim Tomb approx. 23km from Hotan. Headscarves are recommended for women. Drive to a plateau overlooking Hotan for a panoramic view over the city and to visit Kokmarim Cave.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

  • Day 05 - Hotan / Kuqa

    Today drive about 600km through the Taklamakan Desert Highway on good roads, taking approx. 7-8hrs. Take in the landscapes of the second largest desert in the world, and Tarim River, and the diversiform-leaved poplar forests, stopping at desert villages along the way.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 06 - Kuqa

    Visit the Friday Bazaar (Fridays only). Afternoon, travel 72km north of Kuqa to the Tianshan Grand Canyon. Also, visit the Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 07 - Kuqa / Urumqi

    Transfer to the airport for flight to Urumqi.

    Fly Kuqa / Urumqi CZ 6874 0955/1050 (0h 50min) – Daily except Fri

     

    After breakfast, visit the Xinjiang Museum, highlighting different ethnic minorities of Xinjiang. Then, climb the Red Hill for a bird’s eye view of the whole city. Explore the International Grand Bazaar.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

  • Day 08 - Urumqi / Turpan

    Drive 200km to Turpan. We also visit the Karez, Emin Tower, the largest ancient tower in Xinjiang, Grape Valley for which Turpan is famous for, and the Jiaohe Ruins, an architectural wonder with a history of over 2500 years.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

  • Day 09 - Turpan / Liuyuan (Overnight train)

    Late morning, set off for your tour of Turpan. Visit Flaming Mountain, the ruins of Gao Chang, and the Bezeklik Caves.

    Transfer to train station for your overnight train (private compartment, shared facilities) to Liuyuan, 2hrs from Dunhuang.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10 - Liuyuan / Dunhuang

    Arrive in Liuyuan, and spend the day exploring the Mogao Grottoes You will also get to visit the restricted access caves which contain the best preserved murals and sculptures in Mogao.

    Transfer to your hotel. Take a sunset tour to the Crescent Moon Lake and ride a camel across the picturesque Mingsha Sand Dunes. Enjoy your dinner on the dunes

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11 - Dunhuang / Hong Kong
    Fly Dunhuang / Hong Kong CZ 6874 0955/1080 (50m) – Daily except Fri

     

    Meals included: Breakfast

     

    Extension: 3D2N Hemu Village and Kansas Lake


    Day 08 - Urumqi / Kansas Lake

    Transfer to airport for your flight to Kanas.

    Fly Urumqi / Kanas Burqin CZ 6617 0800/0900 (1h 00m) – Daily, Seasonal
    Or Urumqi / Altay CZ 6843 0810/0910 (1h 00m) – Daily

    N.B. Kanas Burqin is a seasonal airport in operation from mid-Jun till early Oct only. Otherwise, fly to Altay airport instead, and drive 4.5hrs to Kanas Lake. En route, visiting the Stone Men statues at Jiadengyu.

    Upon arrival, drive to Kanas Lake Geopark (approx. 1hr drive from Kanas Burqin airport).

    Board a tourist bus which will take you to three very scenic stops along the way, including the iconic Moon Bay, before taking you to the tourist base where you will change buses to take you to Kanas Lake.

    Hike to the Guanyu Pavilion where you get a great viewpoint of the lake.

    Transfer to your hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Day 09 - Kanas Lake / Hemu Village / Kanas Lake

    Visit Hemu Village, 70km southeast of Kanas Lake

    Hike to the top of a nearby hill for a fantastic view of the village, especially during sunrise or sunset.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Day 10 - Kanas Lake / Urumqi

    Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Urumqi.

    Fly Kanas Burqin / Urumqi CZ 6618 0950/1050 (1h 00m) – Daily, Seasonal
    Or Altay / Urumqi CZ 6844 1000/1055 (0h 55min) – Daily

    Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

 

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