Tour Cities:DunhuangTurpanUrumqiKashgar
Tour Code:ACT-Silkroad-03

The 8 days Xinjiang Silk Road Tour covers Shazhou Night Market, Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Moon Spring, Astana Tombs, Flaming Mountain, Bezeklik Grottoes, Local Uygur family visit, Jiaohe Ruined city, Sugong Minaret, Karez Irrigation system, Erdaoqiao Market, International Bazaar, Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake, Karakul Lake, Sunday Bazaar, Id Kah Mosque, Handicraft street...

Day 1Shanghai or Beijing/Dunhuang

Meals: L

Our guide will meet you at the airport then you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening visiting the Shazhou Night Market. It is not only famous for its tasty snacks and local specialties but also for its well-regulated management. The whole night market is 1000 meters long in total. There are shops selling handworks and souvenirs, food stalls and fruit stands. When the fruit season comes, visitors can buy juicy fruits at reasonable prices.

Day 2Dunhuang/Turpan

Meals: L
Sites Visited: Mingsha Shan Echo Sand Dunes , Crescent Moon Lake , Mogao Caves

Mogao Grottoes, Constructed over a millennium, from the 4th to the 14th centuries, the caves hold the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures. Cameras are not permitted. Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Moon Spring is 6km south of Dunhuang in the Singing Sands Mountains and is quite literally an oasis in the desert. The spring's name derives from the crescent moon shape taken by the small pool of spring water between two large sand dunes. Although the area is very dry, the pool doesn't dry up as one might expect.
Train information (overnight soft sleeper with good aircondition, 4 berths in one compartment)

Mingsha Shan Echo Sand Dunes

Day 3Turpan

Meals: L

Meet guide at train station, drive to Turpan (40mins). check in the hotel. Visit Astana Tombs, the Flaming Mountain, Bezklik Grottoes and Local Uygur family in the Vineyard.
Astana Tombs: covering an area of 10 square kilometers, the Astana Tombs are the graveyard of the residents lived in the Gaochang City in the Jin-Tang times, including large sized family graveyard. had been excavated 13 times, a great number of cultural relics have been unearthed, Known as "the Underground Museum".
Bezklik Grottoes: "Bezeklik"means "a place with beautiful decoration". There are 83 numbered caves; among them 40 preserved murals totaling 1200 square meters. In some caves one can find that Buddhish murals are painted on Manichean murals.

Day 4Turpan/Urumqi

Meals: L

AM visit Jiaohe Ruined city, Karez Irrigation system, Sugong Minaret; Back to Urumqi after lunch in Turpan Check in the hotel, visit Erdaoqiao & International Bazaar, Jiaohe Ruins, running from northwest to southeast, 1760 meters long and 300 meters across at the widest part. The city includes city gates, streets and lanes, government office, temples, domestic houses, cave houses, wells, and an underground temple.
Karez Irrigation System,which, taking advantage of the slopes, draws the underground water to flow by itself to irrigate farmland. It consists of four parts: vertical wells, underground channels, ground canals and small reservois.
Sugong Minaret, the tower was built in the 41st year of the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty. It is an embodiment of the ancient architectural arts of the Uygur nationality. The body of the tower is cylindroid in shape, built with bricks arranged in various symmetrical patterns on the outer wall.
Erdaoqiao Market & International Bazaar. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine.Here is the most welcomed place by tourist especialy by ladies where they can buy some traditional yugur make up cosmetic.

Day 5Urumqi/Kashgar

Meals: L
Sites Visited: Xinjiang Uygur Regional Museum, Tianchi Heavenly Lake

Visit Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake & boat cruise on the lake.
PM around 17:00 take the flight to Kashgar and check in the hotel upon arrival.
Xinjiang Museum, the museum is the main institution to collect and investigate the unearthed cultural relics and specimens in Xinjiang. There are more than 50 thousand pieces of various kinds of cultural relics stored in the museum, among them, the ancient mummies represented by ‘the Loulan Beauty', manuscripts in Chinese, Kharosthi, Qiuci, Yanji, Tibetan, Uigurian and other characters prevailed in ancient Westen Regions, the silk ,wool, cotton and hemp fabrics and folk rainment, etc., are unusual tidbits in the world.
Heavenly Lake covering an area of about 5.9 square kilometers. There are eight beautiful scenic spots in the lake scenic area, they are "A Ray of Stone Gate", "Dragon's Pool and Green Moon", "Magic Needle for Guarding the See", "Three Stones Bearing the Sky".

Xinjiang Uygur Regional Museum

Day 6Kashgar

Meals: L

After breakfast take the drive on the China and Pakistan highway to visit the Karakul Lake and enjoy the Pamir landscape.
Karakul Lake at an altitude of 3,600 m. It is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau, near the junction of the Pamir, Tianshan and Kunlun Mountain ranges. Surrounded by mountains which remain snow-covered throughout the year, the three highest peaks visible from the lake are the Muztag Ata (7546m), Kongur Tagh (7,649m) and Kongur Tiube (7,530 m).

Day 7Kashgar

Meals: L

Sunday Bazaar (livestock Market)Streets near this big market are choked on Sundays with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, ute, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive, eat breakfast, set up their animals and check out the action. Cattle, sheep (they definitely look different), goats, donkeys, horses have their own sections; sellers show their animals are "good eaters"(most go as livestock not meat) and the entire experience is fascinating and fun.
Id Kah Mosque It is the large Mosque in China and most famous one in Xinjiang. The Mosque started to build in the mid of fifteenth century, and has gradually developed to the present size. The buildings of Id Kah Mosque look magnificent and solemn , and display the artistic styles of Islamic mosque architectures.Apak Hoja Tomb This Mazar is the holiest place in Xinjiang and an architectural treasure. Built in 1640, it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style of Samarkand or Isfahan.It most complete Islamic tomb of the Qing Dynasty up-to-now in China.
Kashgar Old Town is an ancient city, and in walking the streets of its Old Town, will provide a sense of what this legendary Central Asian hub was like in the days when the Silk Road was at its zenith. 500-year old remnants of the city wall, narrow lanes and colorful multi-ethnic crowds combine to make Kashgar's historic district a highlight of any visit to the city.
Handicraft street Streets near this big market are choked on Sundays with farmers and buyers arriving by donkey cart, truck, bicycle, horseback, Ute, motorbike or on foot, with their animals. It's loud, lively and cheerful as they arrive, eat breakfast, set up their animals and check out the action. Cattle, sheep (they definitely look different), goats, donkeys, horses have their own sections; sellers show their animals are "good eaters"(most go as livestock not meat) and the entire experience is fascinating and fun.

Day 8Kashgar/Departure

Meals: B

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and take the flight back to your destination.

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  • Lily
  • Dec 20,2018, 11:46 AM
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  • I'm interested on this 8-day Xinjiang Silk Road Highlights Travel date is 5/16 or 5/17 or 5/18 !. Can I get a quote.If we have 5 people do we get a special rate discount? 2. Is this a private tour? How many people in a bus or what kind of a vehicle provided. 3. How many star is the hotel? 4. I notice BF was not included only on the last day. In this case, does the hotel offer a BF & dinner? 5. Was it possible to details on the transportation? Also, Do we ride a bullet train? If so, Was it booked as a first class. 6. This tour is English speaking? Hope to hear from you soon. Th

  • Nhung Truong
  • Apr 05,2018, 09:17 AM
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  • Can you give me a price for this tour:silkroad -7 days. Thanks

Price Includes:

Transportation & Private Transfers:

Transportation cost covers all the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax, train tickets between the cities as the itinerary specified.


Transfer between airports, railway station, hotels and scenic spots for sightseeing around the cities that are specified by the itinerary with private air conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.


Entrance Fees:

All entrance fees to the scenic spots listed in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by private tour guides depends on the real-time local circumstances wheather are beyond the control of Access China Travel. We will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible. 


Normal Meals:

All normal meals as the itinerary specified: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner in local  restaurant. Breakfasts are served in hotel, breakfasts have Chinese or Western style for your option; Lunches are served in carefully selected quality local Chinese restaurants with best service, your lunches will be ordered by your guide catering to your preferences within normal standard. Dinners as the itinerary specified will be also served in local Chinese restaurants. The meal quotation is normalized. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, famous rare dishes, Indian food or more, please inform us in advance. For the unspecified dinners, you will have dinner on your own. Feel free to ask your local guide for suggestions or recommendation.


Private Sightseeing Escort:

Normal sightseeing activities as the itinerary listed will be escorted with English-speaking guide. The English-speaking guide and driver in each city are with you throughout the entire itinerary around that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.


Hotel Accommodation:

Hotel service criterion: two adults share on one standard twin/double-bed room; solo traveler who want to occupy one twin/double-bed room assigned is required for extra single supplement rate. A single room is available on prior request at an additional cost; if a recommended hotel unavailable, it will be replaced by one of the same class. All hotels as the itinerary listed serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.


Tour Arrangements:

The tour cost includes the planning, handling, booking, operation and communication charges.


Service Charge & Government Taxes

Price Excludes:

International airfare or train tickets for entry or exit China, unless that is noted or required otherwise.
Visa Fees, passport application or renewal fee.
Excess Baggage Charges.


Personal Expenses:

Expenses of a purely personal nature such as excess luggage fees, laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities (shows) and meals, beverages...



Any meal are not specified in the itinerary with "B", "L" or "D".


Any extra cost caused by the changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, government and local authority orders, politics, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations; as well as tourist law violation, accident damages or injury incurred out of Access China Travel control.



Tips to guides, escort, drivers bellman, etc.