This private 4-day tour will let you explore Kuqa and Kashgar, two old towns in Xinjiang. The attractions include Kizil Grottoes, Tianshan Grand Canyon in Kuqa, Subash Ruin, Kuqa old town, Kashgar old town and Kashgar Bazaar etc. Detailed trip information, please view What To Expect. Here is the briefing. D1. Met in your Urumqi hotel and transferred to Urumqi airport where you will catch 1.5-hour flight to Kuqa.D2. Visit Kizil Grottos and Tianshan Grand Canyon in Kuqa. D3. City tour in Kuqa before catching overnight train to Kashagr.D4. Kashar city tour. The tour concludes at Kashgar hotel. We offer a free Kashgar airport transfer for next day if you need it.
ItineraryDay 1: Urumqi--Kuqa by airStop At: Kuqa Grand Bazar, Kuqa County, Xinjiang UygurMet and transferred to Urumqi airport from your centrally located Urumqi hotel, where you will fly to Kuqa. The flight information will be sent to you after the booking. Upon arrival, you will visit the Grand Bazaar in Kuqa. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Kuqa, 5-star hotelDay 2: KuqaStop At: Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves (Kezi'er Qian Fo Dong), Baicheng County, Xinjiang UygurTake 1.5-hour ride in the morning to Kizil Grottos that is one of the oldest grottos in China. There are colorful frescos and paintings in these caves to display the Jatakas stories. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tianshan Mysterious Grand Canyon, Kuqa County, Xinjiang UygurThen you will take 1-hour ride to Tianshan Grand Canyon. The 5-km long canyon is impressive for its splendid red rocks. Afterwards you will drive back to Kuqa.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight in Kuqa, 5-star hotelDay 3: Kuqa to Kashgar by overnight trainStop At: Subashi Gucheng Temple, Kuqa County, Xinjiang UygurYou will visit the large ruin of the renown temple, Subash. The ruin displays its splendid past with the huge wall, gate, and the halls. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kuche Temple, Kuqa County, Xinjiang UygurThis mosque is situated in the old town of Kuqa, renown for its old buildings and the islamic court. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kuche Royal Palace, Kuqa County, Xinjiang UygurThe palace was rebuilt recent years, but it is still insteresting to view the relics from Kuqa area in the museum.Later you will catch overnight train to Kashgar for about 8 hours. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight on the soft sleeper trainDay 4: KashgarStop At: Kashgar Bazaar, Kashgar, Xinjiang UygurUpon arrival, you will visit Kashgar old town. The traditional Uyghur houses are well decorated with flowers, trees, and paintings. Then you will move to the Grand Bazaar. It is interesting to explore the local shops for handicrafts, souvenirs, and scarves etc. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar, Xinjiang UygurVisit the old mosque in the city center. The earliest history of the mosque can be tracked back to 1442AD. You can go inside of the mosque to view the old houses. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kashgar Live Stock Market, Kashgar, Xinjiang UygurYou will visit this market on Sunday only. If you want to visit here, you must ensure to get to Kashgar on Sunday. The sheep, cows, yaks, and horses are sold in the open market. Local farmers are from nearby area to sell and buy their livestocks here on Sunday.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gaotai Ancient Homes, Kashgar, Xinjiang UygurThis area is part of the old town in Kashgar. The houses are well preserved, you can wander in the narrow lanes. Afterwards you will be transferred to hotel in Kashgar where the tour concludes. We can offer a free Kashgar airport transfer for next day if you need it. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Kashgar, 5-star hotel