12 Day Kashgar, Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang and Beijing Tour

Hutong Tour including Prince Gong's Mansion

  • Hutong Tour including Prince Gong's Mansion
  • Temple of Heaven
  • The Forbidden City
  • Suleiman Minaret
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12 Days Kashgar, Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Beijing Tour

Highlights: Lake Karakuli, Sunday bazaar, Kaxgar ancient city, Astana Tombs, Gaochang Ruins, Tuyoq Village and Tuyugou Canyon, Suleiman Minaret, Karez Well, Mogao Grottoes, The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City

Day 1

Place & Transport: Arrive in Kashgar, Flight not included

Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Kashgar)

Day 2

Place & Transport: Kashgar

Today's Activities: Lake Karakuli, Pass to Lake Kalakuli

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Lake Karakuli: A sparkling glacial lake, surrounded by stunning rocky mountains, and snow-covered peaks as high as 7500m (the lake's at 3,600). After eating in one of the collection of yurts at the water's edge you can walk around the lake (about 4 hours), or take a ride by pony, camel or motorbike, or just enjoy the scenery before returning to Kashgar. Camping is available in the yurts (best to come well prepared), and longer treks available by arrangement.
- Pass to Lake Kalakuli: Karakuli Lake is located in Kashgar. It is a glacial lake with an altitude of 3600 above sea level. Muztagata Mountains, which is considered to be the "Father of Galciers", provide a magnificent backdrop.

Day 3

Place & Transport: Kashgar

Today's Activities: Abakh Khoja Tomb, Id Kah Mosque, Xinjiang Minority Handicraft Center

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Orida Culture Restaurant

- Abakh Khoja Tomb: It is a tiled mausoleum holding the tomb of Abakh Khoja, who is a revered sufi preacher and political leader in the 17th century. There are 58 other tombs remaining of the original 72, including that of 'the Fragrant Concubine', a descendant of Abakh Khoja ,who was so loved by the Emperor Qianlong that he even built her a special Uighur style house in the Forbidden City. Her body was brought back to Kashgar by her sister-in-law, according to Uighur custom.
- Id Kah Mosque: It is one of the largest and busiest Islamic mosque in China. It was builr in 1442 and went through several expansions. Visitors should respect the rules while visiting. You should remove your shoes on entering the hall, and women visitors should have their upper arms and legs covered.
- Orida Culture Restaurant : It is an authentic Uygur restaurant mainly providing Uygur cuisine in local. With a great prestige it attracts a large number of tourists for enjoying Uygur culture during peak season. The restroom is in normal condition, no wine allowed while dining.

Day 4

Place & Transport: Kashgar to Urumqi, Flight No. TBA

Today's Activities: Sunday bazaar, Kaxgar ancient city, Hotel to airport Transfer (Kashgar), Airport Transfer (Urumqi)

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Nuolan Restaurant

- Sunday bazaar:
- Kaxgar ancient city: Kaxgar ancient city still retains its special charm of long history. In Uyghur language, "Kaxgar"means "colorful city", which it used to be back in thousands of years ago, although it is dust and partially damaged.
- Nuolan Restaurant : Located at the Kashi town center, is away from the Aitigaer mosque 100 meters. The dining room environment is ordinary, the bathroom repair is simple, squats the type, the hygiene condition is ordinary. But south may taste the boundary Uygur national minority's characteristic diet, with they more intimate contact. Dines when the dining room may not drink wine.

Day 5

Place & Transport: Urumqi

Today's Activities: Mt Nan Pastures, Mt Nan Pastures and Terai Camp, The Terai Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Mt Nan Pastures and Terai Camp: Mount Nan Pasture surrounded by verdant hills. Horse-riding is recommended to explore the area, or you can watch or take part in the local activities. A visit to a yurt is an interesting experience to taste the local food and interact with the herdsmen.
- The Terai Camp: A special experience of Kazak nomad life here, have a cup of milk tea and taste some really local food.

Day 6

Place & Transport: Urumqi to Turpan

Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Urumqi to Turpan, Gaochang Ruins, Tuyoq Village and Tuyugou Canyon, Astana Tombs

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Gaochang Ruins: The city's name means'the King City'. It was founded during the first century B.C. and abandoned during the 15th century, an important point on the Silk Road.Ascending a height to enjoy a distant view, you can see the whole city in a plane shape of an irregular square, which is divided into three parts the exterior city, interior city and the palace city. The total area is about two million square meters.



Now the desert is reclaiming its own. Donkey carts can take you among the ancient ruins, some identifiable, others disappearing into the dust. A few are partly restored and the outlines of the outer, inner and palace cities are clear. This desolate, ancient city evokes an overwhelming sense of history and the march of time.
- Tuyoq Village and Tuyugou Canyon: Tuyugou Great Canyon is an ancient oasis village with orchards, vineyards, irrigation channels and narrow streets. There are few tourists, and an easy walk will take you to a group of ancient Buddhist meditation caves containing frescos.
- Astana Tombs: It is located in the Gobi Desert in the north of Gaochang, 40 kilometers away from Turpan city. At the Ancient Tombs of Astana, thousands of treasure historical relics had been unearthed, including mummy, writing, inscription, painting, earthen figurine, stone wares, pottery wares, wood wares, bronze wares, iron wares, gold wares, silver wares, cotton, silk, wool, ancient coins and so on. Therefore, the Ancient Tombs of Astana is called the "Gaochang's live history record and underground museum in the Turpan area."

Day 7

Place & Transport: Turpan to Overnight train, Train No. Y502 Dep - Arr

Today's Activities: Grape Valley, Suleiman Minaret, Karez Well, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Turpan)

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Red Rose Restaurant

- Grape Valley: Xinjiang Province is famous for growing grapes. At the vineyards, you can savor various delicious grapes, see how raisins are processed, and enjoy dancing by beautiful Uygur girls in their traditional costumes.
- Suleiman Minaret: Located 2 kilometers from Turpan, the Suleiman Minaret is the only Islamic ancient pagoda in China. The minaret was started in 1777, and its ground floor is square, while the higher parts are of carrying shapes.
- Karez Well: Karez Water System is considered one of the three greatest water projects in ancient China, alongside with Dujiangyan Irrigation and Grand Canal. It is located 3 kilometers from Turpan. The water system is still functioning nowadays.
- Red Rose Restaurant: Red Rose Restaurant is an authentic Uygur restaurant mainly providing Uygur cuisine in local.

Day 8

Place & Transport: Overnight train to Dunhuang

Today's Activities: Train station Transfer (Dunhuang), Mogao Grottoes, The Crescent Lake and Echoing-Sand Mountain

Meals: Chinese Lunch at Caigenxiang Restaurant

- Mogao Grottoes: Also known as "Thousand-Buddha Caves", it is one of China's three famous ancient sculptural sites. The construction began in 366 AD, and it contains some of the finest examples of ancient Buddhist art. The caves were carved out of sandstorm cliffs, and stretch 1600 kilometers from north to south.
- The Crescent Lake and Echoing-Sand Mountain: The Echoing-Sand Mountain is a sand crusted hill with singing sand phenomenon on sunny days. The crescent moon lake is situated between two large sand dunes, forming an oasis in the desert.
- Caigenxiang Restaurant: The Caigenxiang is near Moon Spring in Dunhuang. It is well known for its Sichuan dishes, mutton roll and hotpots.

Day 9

Place & Transport: Dunhuang to Beijing, Flight No. TBA

Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Dunhuang), Airport Transfer (Beijing), Summer Palace with boat Cruise & The Garden of Virtue and Harmony, Li Heng Tang pearl store

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Jing Mian Da Wang Restaurant(Di'anmen Branch)

- Summer Palace with boat Cruise & The Garden of Virtue and Harmony: Summer Palace is China's largest and best preserved imperial garden. Covering an area of 290 hectares, Summer Palace mainly consists of Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. Visitors can enjoy a short cruise on the lake, or watch Beijing Opera at the Garden of Virtue and Harmony.
- Jing Mian Da Wang Restaurant(Di'anmen Branch): This restaurant of typical Chinese style, it serves traditional-style food(mainly noodle) in a active Old Peking atmosphere. Waiters clad traditionally shout and cry around the room to announce customers arriving or leaving. Having the taste of the tasty noodles, usually eaten with a thick sesame and soy-based sauce, it is very noisy! You have some real experience of Old Beijing.

Day 10

Place & Transport: Beijing

Today's Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Temple of Heaven

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant

- The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car): This section of the Great Wall is less-crowded than Badaling. It is about 2.5 hours from Beijing city center. Cables car is available to take visitors to a good section and enjoy superb views from its watch towers. You can either walk back down or choose to descend in a chairlift. Good walking shoes and protection from weather is advisable.
- Temple of Heaven: Built in 1420, the Temple of Heaven covers an area of 2.72 million square meters,even bigger than the Imperial Palace. Most of the buildings are located along the central axis from south to north. This is where ancient emperors used to hold sacrificial ceremonies and pray for bumper harvests for his people.
- Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant: Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant is near Great Wall of Mutianyu section. This garden style restaurant serves farmhouse dishes, specializing in rainbow trout, sturgeon and salmon. Its use of natural ingredients and fabulous taste will leave you with great memories.

Day 11

Place & Transport: Beijing

Today's Activities: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Hutong Tour including Prince Gong's Mansion

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Beijing Ba guo bu yi Restaurant

- Tiananmen Square: Located in the center of Beijing City, it is the largest city square in the world. It is surrounded by many magnificent buildings, such as national museums, People's Hall, and Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao.
- The Forbidden City: The Imperial Palace was once home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, from 1420 till 1911.Its construction began in 1406 and completed in 1420. It is the world's largest and best preserved ancient complex of wooden architecture. In 1987, it was enrolled as a "World Chutural Heritage" by the UNESCO.
- Hutong Tour including Prince Gong's Mansion: Hutong, or old alleys, is the best place to observe the tradition of old Beijing. By taking a Hutong tour, visitors can ride a rickshaw that goes through the winding Hutongs, visit a local family in their courtyard house get to see how life goes on within the traditional architectures. Then walk on Yinding Bridge, visit Prince Gong's Mansion and exlpore Pipe Street.
- Beijing Ba guo bu yi Restaurant: Ba Guo Bu Yi is located in Xizhimen next to the Beijing Youth Palace at No. 68 Nanxiao Road. It serves some of the heartiest and most authentic Sichuan fare in town with its traditional Chinese style decorations. Favorite dishes include mapo dofu (tofu braised in chili oil with brown peppers), dandan noodles in spicy peanut-sesame-garlic sauce, lazi jiding (chicken smothered by chilies), steamed fish served with chili-oil sauce and huiguorou (twice-cooked pork).

Day 12

Place & Transport: Depart Beijing, Flight not included

Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing)

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Summary

Tour Dates Destinations Transport Today's Activities Meals Included
Day 1 Arrive in Kashgar Flight not included Airport Transfer (Kashgar) \
Day 2 Kashgar Lake Karakuli, Pass to Lake Kalakuli B,L
Day 3 Kashgar Abakh Khoja Tomb, Id Kah Mosque, Xinjiang Minority Handicraft Center B,L
Day 4 Kashgar to Urumqi Flight No. TBA Sunday bazaar, Kaxgar ancient city, Hotel to airport Transfer (Kashgar), Airport Transfer (Urumqi) B,L
Day 5 Urumqi Mt Nan Pastures, Mt Nan Pastures and Terai Camp, The Terai Camp B,L
Day 6 Urumqi to Turpan Our guide and driver will escort you from Urumqi to Turpan, Gaochang Ruins, Tuyoq Village and Tuyugou Canyon, Astana Tombs B,L
Day 7 Turpan to Overnight train Train No. Y502 Grape Valley, Suleiman Minaret, Karez Well, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Turpan) B,L
Day 8 Overnight train to Dunhuang Train station Transfer (Dunhuang), Mogao Grottoes, The Crescent Lake and Echoing-Sand Mountain L
Day 9 Dunhuang to Beijing Flight No. TBA Hotel to airport Transfer (Dunhuang), Airport Transfer (Beijing), Summer Palace with boat Cruise & The Garden of Virtue and Harmony, Li Heng Tang pearl store B,L
Day 10 Beijing The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Temple of Heaven B,L
Day 11 Beijing Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Hutong Tour including Prince Gong's Mansion B,L
Day 12 Depart Beijing Flight not included Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing) B

Tour Price

Your Group Size Tour Class

Low Season

(Nov.16 - Mar.31)

High Season

(Apr.01 - Nov.15)
1 Person Superior Class
Deluxe Class
Tourist Class
2-5 Person Superior Class
Deluxe Class
Tourist Class
6-9 Person Superior Class
Deluxe Class
Tourist Class
City Superior Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Kashgar Yambu Hotel Yambu Hotel Seman Hotel Kashi
Urumqi Ramada Tunhe Hotel Hoi Tak Hotel City Hotel
Turpan Jiaohe Manor Hotel Jiaohe Manor Hotel Jiaohe Manor Hotel
Overnight train Stay on train Stay on train Stay on train
Dunhuang Dunhuang Hotel The silk Road Dunhuang Hotel Dunhuang Yangguan Hotel
Beijing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel Beijing

* Prices are in US dollars per person. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Labor’s Day (Apr 29-May 3, 2012), China National Day Holiday (Sep 29-Oct 8, 2012), and Chinese Spring Festival (Jan 21-26, 2012).

* If only one person is traveling then the single room supplement is not required. If, for example, three people book a hotel, with two in one room and one in another room, the single room supplement must be paid.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Private Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Kashgar, Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Beijing by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Transportation:
    Kashgar To Urumqi Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    Turpan To Dunhuang Transfer via: Train, Y502 (Our arrangements)
    Dunhuang To Beijing Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)

  • Airport Tax and Fuel Fee
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports/railway stations and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm.
  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.