Cycling around the triangle area of Xinjiang, composed of Kashgar, Turpan and Urumqi, is nothing short of travelling through a magical time tunnel. You'll come across grant ancient city ruins, ever-standing pagodas and tranquil Uygur villages hidden inside valleys. Cycling can't be more beneficial in Xinjiang as you can hold beautiful local legends, interesting folklore, splendid scenery, cool Xinjiang fruits and snacks all in your arms while cycling!
Savor history and civilization along Silk Road by touring Gaochang, Jiaohe Ancient Ruins.
Appreciate Uygur architectural art by visiting Abakh Hoja Tomb and Id Kah Mosque.
Explore Uygur custom by cycling to Sunday Bazzar and Tuyuq Valley .
Feast on breathtaking natural beauty by touring Heavenly Lake.
|Today's Activities||Getting off the flight and marking your feet in Kashgar, you'll start feeling the exotic tone of Kashgar. It's quite magical, mixed with beautiful ancient stories and vague background of unexplored wonderland, yet don't hurry up to unveil Kashgar, you just need to have a good rest at your hotel, restoring energy for tomorrow's thrill.|
|Today's Activities|| It's pretty good to begin your cycling tour in Kashgar with the legend-rich Abakh Hoja Tomb, isn't it? The tomb, which is more famous if called Xiangfei (Princess with great fragrance) Tomb, always look so amazing with the legendary life story of Princess Xiangfei. Besides, it merely takes 5km from downtown Kashgar to arrive at the tomb. So start cycling, later you'll savor the magnificent Uygur architectural beauty whereas imagining how attractive the Princess Xiangfei was.
End the tour at Abakh Hoja Tomb and cycle back to downtown Kashgar. Facing you is the gorgeous Id Kah Mosque, across Id Kah Square. Standing out as the largest-scale mosque in China, the mosque has been the symbol of Kashgar like Emin Pagoda the icon of Turpan.
|1. Don't talk loudly when visiting these spots.
2. Don't walk right by the pilgrims doing service.
3. Don't take photo in the preaching hall of Id Kah Mosque.
4. Dress neatly before touring these spots.
|Today's Activities||Cycling is more than visiting old blocks of architecture; actually you can probe into details of the locals via the help of your bicycle. Let's move on as per the order of today's playlist, Sunday Bazzar - Livestock Bazzar - Old Town, cycling from buoyant markets to tranquil old residence. At the first two markets you'll be excited by the novel local products and animated form of stock-exchange that still keeps flourishing along Silk Road. Afterwards, Old Town of Kashgar will stretch itself like a scroll of panorama of Kashgar folklore before you.|
|1. Don't bargain with the sellers at the bazzar if you don't plan to buy their products.
2. Don't take photo around yards of the locals before they agree.
3. Don't dring hot tea after having lots of cool fruits in case of diarrhea.
4. Don't splash water drops that stay on your hands after hand washing. It is drying your hands with towel that is regarded to be out of courtesy to Minorities in Xinjiang.
|Today's Activities||Today let's go on with the route from prosperity to serenity. Go cycle to Upar Monday Bazzar. You'll find how interesting it is to compare the delicate difference between Upar Monday Bazzar and Sunday Bazzar. Later, make a big switch with a 47-km cycling from downtown Kashgar to Tomb of Kashgali, the well-known ancient scholar who accomplished Grand Dictionary of Turkic. The Arabian style tomb, built in 1,000 years ago, is next to the Pamirs and vast area of oasis. Stop and breathe a fresh breath. Perhaps you'll come across some dedicated monks around there.|
|Today's Activities||Pagodas in Kashgar look quite grand against the sappire-blue sky. To examine how gorgeous they are, let's cycle 25 km from the center of Kashgar city to Moore Pagoda. The 13-meter-high pagoda, built upon a sand hill, looks as if it were made of gold with the background of immense sky. If you're deep into history, you'll surely love the intense feeling of time passing. Later in Baishkeranm Village your understanding of Uygur culture and custom will be strengthen.|
|You need to wear flats or sandals to fit the unrepaired country roads. In addition, you'd better bring water with you.|
|Today's Activities||Take the morning flight back to Urumqi and then drive about 200 km to Turpan. Fully relax yourself at the hotel in Turpan. Tomorrow is another brand-new cycling day!|
|Today's Activities|| Your cycling tour in Turpan begins with 2,000-year-old Jiaohe Ancient Ruins. Cycle about 10 km from downtown Turpan and you get the huge ruins. Sandstorm eroded yet time honored, Jiaohe Ruins is able to stun you with its sophisticated layout and delicate overall shape of willow leaf.
It is own to the extreme arid climate of Turpan that Jiaohe Ancient Ruins are well preserved. On the other hand such a climate causes lots of trouble to daily life of the locals. Can you imagine ways of their getting domestic water? If not, just cycle about 4 km from Jiaohe Ruins to Karez, the longest irrigation channel in the world, ranked as one of the top three ancient projects in China along with the Great Wall and Hangzhou Grand Canal. Incredible is the fact that the aged Karez wells still provide fresh water to the majority of oasis in Turpan nowadays!
There is nothing better than entering the easy breezy Grapes Valley after hours of cycling. Savoring sweet strings of grapes while watching musical performance by the locals is for sure big entertainment.
The last stop of your cycling is Emin Pagoda, the symbol of Turpan and the largest ancient pagoda around Xinjiang region. The towering pagoda, together with magnificent city ruins and underground well system, compose a gorgeous Turpan.
|1. Avoid visiting the ruins at noon as it can get rather hot. You'd better bring water with you.
2. Look out for steps as lights in Karez are quite limited. Don't drink directly well water in Karez.
3. Pay attention to your way of dressing. Brace skirts, mini skirts and slippers are not welcome in Emin Pagoda.
|Today's Activities||Today you'll go all the way through thousands of years of Turpan by bus, visiting unbeaten ancient ruins, tombs and villages. Drive a distance of 27 km from downtown Turpan and you get Gaochang Ancient Ruins right in front of you. Two thousand years ago the Gaochang city was the glorious center of religion and trade exchange between Central Plains of China and Central Asia; today it's still a stunning relic. Flowing times and sense of history get extraordinary vibrant around the huge ruins.
OK, time to leave for the 2nd stop Astana Graves(2km from Gaochang Ruins). Enter the valuable underground museum of Turpan where the largest number of mummies around the world are kept, you'll have a feeling that you go back to thousands of years ago when different ethnic groups.in Gaochang city lived happy together.
The knockout attraction today finally lies in front of you when your bus drives into Tuyuq Valley(76km from downtown Turpan). There you can't help giving thumb-up at serene valley scenery, Buddha caves and unstirred Mazha Ancient Uygur Village.
|1. Avoid visiting the ruins at noon as it can get rather hot. You'd better bring water with you.
2. Photo taking is prohibited inside the Tombs.
3. You need to wear flats or sandals to fit the unrepaired country roads.
|Today's Activities||Having toured so many pagodas, mosques, bazzars and villages, today you're to visit a big assembly of history, culture, religions and folklore around Xinjiang area . That is, Xinjiang Regional Museum. It opens you to a great panorama of 12 ethnic minorities living in Xinjiang, Eleven well-protected ancient corpses are the highlight. Drive back to Urumqi from Urumqi(about 200 km) before you reach the museum.|
|Today's Activities||Harsh weather in Xinjiang leaves the area endless desert, sand hills and yardangs, yet it on the other hand benefits the formation of beautiful salt lakes. Heavenly Lake is the most celebrated. We won't let go of such a fantastic spot from the playlist. With touring Heavenly Lake, the glossy pearl in Tianshan Mountains along with the 240-km car ride towards the lake where scenery is breathtaking, the album of Xinjiang landscape on your mind will be complete.|
|1. Daily range of temperature around Heavenly Lake can reach 10-15 degree, and therefore remember to bring warm coats or sweaters to keep yourself off coldness.
2. Concerning strong ultraviolet ray around the spot, you'd better prepare adequate sun blocks. Meanwhile, drink and heat-relieving dissolvent should be with you in case of thirst and even sunstroke.
|Today's Activities||Drive to Urumqi airport and take the mornight flight, put a lovely period to your article of this merry cycling tour in Xinjiang. We wish you a good journey back home and a permanent memory of the tour!|
|Tour Package Includes:|
|Dining: 10 breakfasts and 8 lunches||Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary|
|Tour Guide: Local experienced English-speaking guides||Car Driver: Experienced licensed drivers|
|Vehicle: Private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers||Hotel: accommodation in Kashgar, Urumqi and Turpan|
|Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance||Government taxes & Service charges|
|Tour Package Excludes:|
|- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary;||- Tips for tour guides and drivers.|
Here we list some most welcomed restaurants for you to make a better catering choice. Each of them will excite you with comfortable environment and lucid tone of Xinjiang local gourmet.
|Mayflower Mansaf Restaurant Urumqi
-- Warm-toned decoration style and Western layout
-- Double storey and arc-shaped stairs
-- Feature: Mansaf, yogurt, grill and brief dance performance at noon
|Korgan Restaurant Urumqi
-- Close to Erdaoqiao Grand Bazzar with shopping convenience
-- Vigorous Uygur decoration style
-- Feature: Original Uygur snack and simple tasty Western cuisine
|Western Restaurant of Grand Turpan Hotel
-- Warm-toned decoration and polished environment
-- Fresh tasty Western food
-- Feature: Local dance performance
|Western Restaurant of Qinibagh Hotel Kashgar
-- Outstanding layout and comfortable furnishment
-- First-class service
-- Feature: Classical Western food
Customer: Agyness Ronson
Destinations: Turpan, Kashgar, Urumqi
Related Tour: 7 Days All-around Kashgar, Urumqi and Turpan Tour