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Turpan to Kashgar train tour

Tour code: Xingjiang022
Duration: 6 days
Route: Turpan, Kuqa, Kashgar, Urumqi
Attractions: Kizil Grottoes, Kuqa Royal Residence, Grand Kuqa Mosque, Subashi Ruins


Day 1 Turpan (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Upon arrival at Turpan railway station, pickup by our English speaking tour guide and drive to hotel to freshup and have breakfast. Afterward our tours in Tupan start.

Emin Minaret It is designed in a simple Afghani style and was built in 1777 AD by a local ruler in order to show the impressive memories of his father's contribution to Qing government.

Karez well These underground channels rate as one of ancient China's greatest public works projects as the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. The city of Turpan owes its existence to these vital wells and channels, some of which were constructed over 2000 years ago……

Ancient City of Jiaohe The Ancient City of Jiaohe is situated at Yar Town, 13 km west of Turpan City. It was first the capital of the State of South Cheshi, which was one of the 36 kingdoms in the Western Region.

Flaming Mountain Flaming Mountains are situated in the north of Turpan Basin. It were made famous in Chinese literature by the classic novel Journey to the West. The story is about the monk Xuan Zang and his followers who traveled west in search of the Buddhist sutra……

[ Today's Optional ] Gaochang Ancient Ruins: It was the capital of Uighurs when they moved into the Xinjiang Region from Mongolia in the 9th century. Gaocheng Ancient City became a major staging post on the silk road as a Buddhist center and printing center during the Tang Dynasty.

Day 4 Turpan,Kashgar (B)
Today's Activities:
Transfer to train station, take train K9786 to Kashgar, the train departs at 12h02, arrive Kashgar at 10h51 next day. Total distance is 1588KM.


The train voyage along the south silk road from Turpan to Kashgar is a way to explore the real Xinjiang.   You will meet passengers of different ethnics and background.   In fact, Xinjiang is a melting pot of all Chinese ethnic groups.


Day 5 Kashgar (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Arrive Kashgar at 10h51.   Pickup from the train station and transfer to hotel. Visit the old town of Kashgar.

Old town of Kashgar The Old Town surrounds the center of Kashgar, with the Id Kah Mosque rising at its center. Use the north-south thoroughfare of Jiefang Lu to orient yourself and then head east or west into the thick of things.

Eid Kah Mosque Lies in the center of the Kashgar, is a large-scale Islamic struture, it has over 500 years' history till now. In 1442 A.D., Shaksmirzha, the ruler of Kahsigar, had the mosque here at first and say prayers to the souls of his deceased relatives.

[ Today's Optional ] Kashi: Kashgar (or Kashi) is situated in the southwest of Xinjiang. From the west, this is the first point of arrival on land routes from Pakistan and Kirgyzistan. Long a vital stop on the Silk Road, this remote city some 4000 km from Beijing, used to take up to six months to reach from the capital.

Day 6 Kashgar,Urumqi (B,L)
Today's Activities:
After our morning visiting of Abakh Hoja Tomb and Silk Road Museum, we will transfer to Kashgar airport for the flight back to Urumqi. Change flight by yourself to sweet home.  

Kashgar Silk Road Museum Kashgar Silk Road Museum was built in 1992, covering an area of 2360 square metres, the museum has 10 showrooms featuring bronze wares, ceramics, ancient Turkic paintings and rugs, calligraphy works, sculptures, seals, coins, jade wares……

Abakh Hoja Tomb In China the tomb is better known as the Tomb of Xiang Fei, the only Uigur concubine among the 41 wives of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The Tomb is the most magnificent tomb in Kashgar, filled with history and symbolism.


On day 4, the train arrive Kuqa at 2am.   Some passengers choose to stay one extension day in Kuqa.  Places worth to visit are:


The Kizil Grottoes: one of four major grottoes in China, is a key national monument, which is situated in the brown cliff walls of the Muzat Mountain and the Mingqudag Mountain in the late 3rd A.D with coded caves of 236.


Kuqa Royal Residence: The house was built for a prince, 80-odd-year-old Dawuti Mahesuti, who is also believed to be the last royal prince of ancient Kuqa Kingdom.


The Grand Kuqa Mosque: first built in the 16th century and reconstructed in 1931 after being damaged by fire, that first signified dominance of Islam over Buddhism in Xinjiang. It is the region's second largest mosque after the Etigar Mosque in Kashgar and has capacity for 3,000 worshipers.


Subashi Ruins: located 23 KM northwest of Kuqa County, Xinjiang Province. It had a relatively large area, divided by Kuqa River into eastern and western areas. The eastern area is over 530 meters long and over 140 meters wide and the western area is over 680 meters long and 170 meters wide. The extent of the ruins reflects the temple's past brilliance.