3 Days Urumqi Heavenly Lake and Turpan Tour

We will take you on a tour of the mysterious and fascinating Xinjiang. You will visit the capital city Urumqi, enjoy the Fantastic landscape in Heavenly Lake, where the thick forest, vast grassland, magnificent snow mountain, experience the unique nomadic culture of local Kazakhs. Explore the historical Turpan, an oasis in the Gobi Desert. You will learn about the ancient Karez irrigation system using wells and underground canals, Visit the Local Uyghur Family in the ancient Tuyoq village in Turpan.

* Private transportation with good AC
* Professional English Speaking Guide Service
* Bottled water and paper napkins
* 7/24 English Service online.

per adult from




3 days


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • Professional English Speaking Guide
    • Bottled water and paper napkins
    What's excluded :
    • Accommodation in Urumqi and Turpan
    • Lunch and Dinner
    • Entrance fee listed in the itinerary
    • Some activities not listed in the itinerary, such as boating, camel riding
    • Optional The Culture Show with Banquet $45/pp
    • Entry/Admission - Tianchi Forest Park
    • Entry/Admission - Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Karez System
    • Entry/Admission - Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta)
    • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto)

  • Day 1: Hotel Pick up and visit Heavenly Lake

    Stop At: Tianchi Forest Park, Sangong Forrest Farm, Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture 831500 China
    Meet your friendly guide and driver at the hotel lobby, then we will drive 1.5 hours to entrance of the Heavenly Lake about 08:30, following is the 40-minutes shuttle bus twisting through the picturesque Tianshan mountains to the edge of the Lake. Either Trek around the lake, enjoy the boating cruise, or even take the cable car to the explore the Maya Mountain for the incredible view of Bogoda Peak.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: International Bazaar, Heping South Road, Urumqi China
    Travel back to Urumqi in the afternoon which is about the other 1.5hrs, continue the tour at the Xinjiang International Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine. (Option: The Culture Show with Banqute,fr $45/pp)
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Explore the Tuyoq Village & Bezeklik Grottoes in Turpan

    Stop At: Tuyugou Service Area, Shanshan Xian, Tulufan Shi, China
    Start the trip off with the 3hours driving to Turpan, passing by the wind power station which is the largest one in Asia spreading at the foot of Tianshan Mountain. Following glimpse of Salt Lake in Dabancheng. We'll be amazed by the histroical sites and oasis land of Turpan. A must and first visit is the oldest Uighur village Tuyoq Village located in the very center of Flaming Mountain Canyon. It used to be the holy site of Buddhism and Islam. The village consists of four parts: Canyon scenery, Thousand Buddha Caves, Maza tomb and the old buildings of the ancient village.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Shengjin Country, Turpan 838000 China
    Following a lunch in local restaurant, drive you to explore the Bezeklik Grottoes, the Buddhist Center of Gaochang area, is a complex of Buddhist cave grottos dating from the 5th to 14th century between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan at the north-east of the Taklamakan Desert near the ancient ruins of Gaochang in the Mutou Valley. Some murals show a large Buddha surrounded by other figures, including Turks, Indians and Europeans. Some of the murals are masterpieces of religious art. From here, you can enjoy the outlook of Flaming Mountain around the Grottoes.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: Turpan City Tour, Then back to Urumqi

    Stop At: Karez System, Xincheng Ximen Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000 China
    The journey today will begin from the Karez Well, A special irrigation system that the locals make full use of the topography of Turpan to draw the underground water to irrigate their farmland ingeniously.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), Munage Village, Putao Country, Turpan 838000 China
    Thereafter, we will also pay a visit to Sugong Minaret, the largest Islamic minaret in China built in 1778 by Sulaiman that is the ruler and leader of Turpan to commemorate and commend his father's achievements of the reunion of Xinjiang.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto), Jianggelemaisi Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000 China
    The tour today end up to enjoy the scenery of Jiaohe Ruins with a history of 2,300 years lies between two rivers on a loess plateau atop a cliff of over 30m. It is one of the best preserved ruins of its ancient era in China, it was include in the World Heritage List on June 22, 2014.
    We will back to Urumqi in the late afternoon and drop you off at the hotel.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please leave the name and address of the hotel you booked, we will pick you up at the hotel lobby based on the agreed time.
    Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by China Silk Road Travel

Activity ID: V-63760P75

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