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On the west of Xinjiang, there is a region called "Yili(Ili)", the trees are the residents of the mountain, the mountain is their foundation, and the grass upon it is the golden blanket covering the ground. I always thought that the Nalati and Zhaosu grasslands were the city's beautiful skirt, but upon arriving at Yining I found out that most of the girls on the street were smoking hot.
Our guide will welcome you at Urumqi train station or Airport / Drive to hotel in Urumqi.
Urumqi is a city where all kinds of nomads congregate, and also the largest concentration of gragrances in the ancient Western Region. People say that a vast region and strong challenge to survival lead men to be highly motivated, and women to be fond of beatuiful adornments and enticing perfumes. These are characteristics of the city to this day. Urumqi is complicated -coarse and fine, intense and mild, southern accent with norhern inflection – a place where all these things can be felt.
Accommodation: local best hotel in Urumqi.
Dushanzi grand canyon, Shawan famous restaurant.
We begin our Xinjiang(Ili and Kuqa) private tour at the time you requested, after check out hotel in Urumqi, we drive to Dushanzi grand canyon. The Dushanzi canyon is one of the most beautiful Danxia landforms featuring Western China, its entrance is a flat and dry riverbed, flanked by reddish-brown cliffs, almost resembling a kind of “red square”, a kind of exciting venue. There are also layers of blue, white, yellow and green, rolling together like rumbling waves. There are numerous peaks within the valleys, with ravines and gullies criss-crossing as if in a maze. The field of view is wide at times and narrow at others – each turn around a bend takes you to a new landspace.
Xinjiang is a multi-ethnic are in which many cuisines compete with each other. The food of Xinjiang is characterised by an important aspect – it is “big”. “Big plate chicken” is one of the more representative Xinjiang dishes, rough and bold, large in dimension, with clear characteristics of the Western Region. Shawan, the town where “Big plate chicken” is born, is famous for this signature dish.
Meals: B, L
Accommodation: local best hotel in Jinghe
Sayram Lake national forest park, Gouzigou(Fruit gully) hiking, Lavender museum.
We drive to Sayram lake, one of Xinjiang’s most beatuiful lakes, and has been called the sapphire of the Tianshan Mountains. It has also been called the “last tear of the Ltlantic Ocean” – it is the farthest inland area that receives moisture from the Atlantic. Grassland around lake always grows in a free manner. Unlike the grass elsewhere, which is eaten away by sheep as soon as it sprouts; here, the grass continues to sprout all spring, all the way until autumn when it still only exists as roos.Every plant will bloom, every flower will produce seeds, and in the long-lasting northwesterly wind, the seeds will be flung far away to spread.
Laying in the endless purple of a lavender field, looking back or towards the future we see reality dispelled by a deep and serene entity – color, and fragrance. In the Yili River Valley, under the western sun, lavender is mystical, beautiful and real – it has an amazing beauty. If you have the chance, you should definitely visit this legendary purple paradise.
Accommodation: local best hotel in Yining City.
Yi-Zhao mountain road, White stone peak, Tekes(Tex) town.
After check out the hotel, we will drive to Tekes, through the famou “Yi-zhao mountain road”, enjoy the view on the road, visit White stone peak(3,100m attitude). Zhao su is in the south of Yili.In addition to the beauty of the slopes that roll like waves and the boundless yellow or rape blossoms and the bands of green, purple, red and other colors on the landscape, there is also the sky. With light rain every day, the sky shows all knids of colors that may change moods at any time. The air is wonderful, the colors of the scenery are wonderful, and even the memories after one leaves are wonderful.
Tex in Xinjiang is a curious county town. With an area of 8 square kilometers, it has a park covering an area of 2 hectares at its center. Four roads radiate from its oblong center, mirroring the 64 trigrams and 386 constituent componenets. The plaza, hotel, mall, streets, and even the park itself, are all part of the layout and have names that are part of the Eight Trigrams.
Accommodation: local best hotel in Tekes
East Kalajun Grassland.
After check out the hotel, we will drive to Kalajun grassland, it is a world of flowers in the summertime, and has been called the “prairie of the five flowers”. Blooms open resplendently against a carpet of green, as if the local herders had embroidered colored designs into the blanket of the ground. Upon this verdant carpet they herd animals and conduct the doings of their daily lives, year after year.
Accommodation: local best hotel in Tekes
West Kalajun Grassland.
After check out the hotel, we will drive to West Kalajun grassland, seeing cattle and sheep grazing, heads buried in the grass, their dedication makes me think of herders in the same position. On the vast prairie, the wind blows poetically, and the long pastoral song accompanies the golden eagles spiralling in the sky. These things seem to have no great relationship with the herders, as they quietly face the ground, the state and distrubution of the grass dictating the gathering of herds, the sounds the cattle make forming a chorus.
Accommodation: local best hotel in Tekes
Nalati means “sun” in Mongolian, and it’s said that when Genghis Khan and his armies marched west, under the pressures of both cold and hunger, they found hope when they looked over this grassland. When I saw coniferous forest upon the mountain, it made me think of their army, powerful and forceful, seeing the mountain off in the distance. The trees are the residents of the mountain, the mountain is their foundation, and the grass upon it is the golden blanket covering the ground. In Xinjiang, grasslands are the boundary between the forests and deserts, covered in countless blades of shaggy grass. The story that starts with one blade of grass continues throughout the land.
Accommodation: local best hotel in Nalati
Dushanzi- Kuqa (Duku) mountain road.
After finish sight-seeing at Nalati, we drive to the Duku mountain road, seeing grass grow upon the Gobi desert is a nice aspiration, but for a city to spring forth is an almost risible fantasy. In the southwest of the Junggar Basin in Xinjiang, there is a single solitary mountain called Mt. Dushan(“solitary mountain”), and is called “Karamay” and “Maitao” in the Uyghur and Kazakh the area developed rapidly and the Gobi Desert saw the development of a new city – Dushanzi. The mountain road was built for PLA forces to defind enemies back in the 1980s. The view is unique and weather is changing all the time, you could experience “four seasons” in one day.
Accommodation: local best hotel in Dushanzi
Kuqa Grand canyon, Kuqa thousand buddhas caves.
Half day Kuqa tour to Grand Canyon, a mystery place with magnificant view and perfect place for a short hike, enjoy the speacial view of colorful mountains and valley. The ancient flourish Buddhist region of the silk road old time called Quci as the name of the country, after lunch visit the Kezil thousand buddha grottoes, the splendid buddhist grottoes full of the early times murals how the Buddhism spreading from west to east. The Subashi Buddhist Ruins and the Kuqa Grand Mosque, the second largest mosque in southern Xinjiang. Sightseeing in Old town, enjoy tea break and dance with locals, know more about uyghur people’s lifestyle and culture.
Modern-day Kuqa is located on the north-western reaches of the Tarmin Basin in southern Xinjiang, and was the site of historical capital of the ancient Kocha Kingdom. In the Tocharian language, Kuqa means “resplendent capital”. English historian Arnold Toynbee said that if he were to pick a historical city to live in, it would be ancient Kuqa. It was a central city on the Silk Road during the Han and Tang Dynasties, where the four great cultures of the world came together. The merchants who walked the Silk Road took the city into a wondrous golden age.
Accommodation: Star-rated hotel in Kuqa
Iron gate(Tiemen) Pass.
we drive to Korla, the second largest city in Xinjiang. Korla is the capital of the Bayin’gholin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, which is larger than France and is the largest prefecture in China. Korla is known for its “fragrant” pears, it is on the ancient route along the silk road, on the way we visit the vast land cross part of the Tian Shan Mountains, and arrive Korla to visit the Tie Men Pass, the ancient strategic pass at the Tian Shan Mountain.
Accommodation: Star-rated hotel in Korla
The Karez irrigation system, Emin(Suleiman) Minaret, Turpan Museum.
Depart from Korla and drive to Turpan, the famous metropolitan of the silk road in ancient time. The 4-most place in China, the driest, lowest, hottest and sweetest place around the country. After lunch visit the Karez irrigation system, the one of three biggest manmade ancient project in China. The world heritage, ruins of Jiao He, where the ancient country in west of Turpan for more than 2000 years. And the Emin Minaret, where the latest city centre of Turpan in mid of Qing dynasty.
Accommodation: Star-rated hotel in Turpan
Jiaohe(Yar) Ruins, Turpan Museum, Tuyugou.
After breakfast we will visit the Jiaohe(Yar) Ruins, the world heritage, ruins of Jiao He, where the ancient country in west of Turpan for more than 2000 years. Tuyugou is a village in Shanshan county, Turpan, and a site of intersection of Islam and Buddhism. Approaching this area, one walks into a millennium of history. Everything in this area is ancient, with only the people being young. Old trees, courtyards, adobe walls, wood doors, wooden window frames carved with flowers, riverside barriers built with earthen bricks – all these mix past and present, making you believe it is a genie springing from an oil lamp, or a flying carpet with an Arab seated upon it, as if it were a scene from Arabian Nights. We drive to Urumqi after all visit is completed.
Accommodation: Star-rated hotel in Urumqi
Depart from Urumqi airport.
Airport private transfer service, service end.