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Private Day Tour from Urumqi to Turpan

1. Private Day Tour from Urumqi to Turpan

At 9 o'clock Beijing time in the morning, your guide will pick you up at the lobby of your centrally located hotel in Urumqi. Then, you will take a 3-hour ride in a private vehicle from Urumqi to Turpan. On the way, you will see windmill farms, saltwater lakes, and valley of Tianshan. After arriving in Turpan, visit Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves, which is an abandoned site that has ruins of fresco and statues from 15th century. Next, you will go to Astana Tombs where was a public cemetery from 1,000 years ago for the citizens of Gaochang Kingdom. From there, you will have an opportunity to see mausoleum paintings in three tombs. Afterwards, you will go to the Ancient City of Gaochang which was one of the most renowned kingdom along the Silk Road in the history where you could still wander around to visit temples, stupas, city walls...etc among the ruin. Lunch will be provided in the yard of a local Uyghur house before you move to visit the impressive Emin Minaret bult in 1777 with traditional Uygur architecture style. Later, before you head back to Urumqi, you will learn why Turpan could sustain itself in long history by visiting the Karez Irrigation System. After the irrigation system visit, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Urumqi where this wonderful day trip concludes.

Day Tour to Tianchi Heavenly Lake From Urumqi

2. Day Tour to Tianchi Heavenly Lake From Urumqi

At 09:00, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby of the centrally located Urumqi hotel. Then you will take a private vehicle for a one-hour ride to get to Tianchi. Tianchi - Heavenly Lake in English -  is a high-mountain lake located in the central part of the Tianshan Mountains, inscribed in the list of World Heritage by UNESCO in 2013. You can take a boat on the lovely lake with an altitude of 1,980 meters. The "Taoist Temple of Western Mother Queen", lies on the east bank of the lake, where you can climb up and visit. You can also view the Kazak yurts near the lake. Lunch is included at a nearbyrestaurant. Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel where the trips concludes.

Urumqi Private Day Tour

3. Urumqi Private Day Tour

At 9:30 am, your private tour guide will greet you at the lobby of your centrally located hotel in Urumqi and set off for a day of exploration in this wonderful capital city of Xinjiang. Your first stop will be Xinjiang Museum where well-preserved Chinese mummies are exhibited. Among which, you will find the spectacular one named "Beauty of Loulan" who was buried 4,000 years ago near the town of Loulan in Taklimakan Desert standing out from the rest of the mummies. "Beauty of Loulan" was remarkably preserved in an open coffin under hot desert sands of the Taklamakan when she was excavated in 1980. Your private guide will escort you along the way to provide history and background information of the exhibition. After the museum, take a break and enjoy Xinjian style lunch at a local restaurant for more sightseeing in the afternoon. Next, you will take a short ride to Mt. Hongguangshan Buddha Statue, which is 7 times taller than the statue of David and slightly taller then the Merlion of Singapore (approximately 128 feet/38.8 meters in height). Later, head to Shaanxi Mosque, a traditional Chinese architectural style mosque built in 1906 which resonates the great mosque of Xi'an. Then, you will stroll through the wonderful Erdaoqiao Bazaar, a trading hub for merchandises from all over Central Asia since it was set up 130 years ago in the late Qing Dynasty, before driving back to your hotel where this lovely private day trip is concluded.

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