Welcome to Xīnjiāng
China's largest province, Xīnjiāng (新疆) is the homeland of the Muslim Uighurs and a fast-changing region where ancient and modern grind up against each other in surprising ways. High-speed railways crothere ss the Martian landscapes linking cities in hours rather than days, and the regional capital Ürümqi is a forest of high-rise apartments and glass skyscrapers; while in parts of the Silk Road oases of Kashgar,... Read More
Top experiences in Xīnjiāng
Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience
Your tour guide and private driver will meet you at your hotel lobby in the evening, and take you directly to the Oriental Pearl Cruise Terminal where you will enjoy a relaxing river cruise ride on the mother river of Shanghai - Huangpu River. Standing on the top deck of the cruise, and have a glimpse of Shanghai’s past and look into the bright future of the city. Your cruise offers a great view of the grand colonial buildings along west side of the Bund, such as the famous Peace hotel, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and etc.. Turn towards east side, you will see the skyscrapers of shanghai, like Oriental Pearl TV Tower, World Financial Center, and Shanghai Tower (the tallest building in China). After your lovely cruise ride, follow your tour guide to a local popular Xinjiang restaurant to enjoy a halal dinner on Nanjing Road. Xinjiang cuisine is famous in China, and you must try Dapanji (big plate chicken), lamb kebabs, Xinjiang yogurt, and naan(a kind of Xinjiang pancake). Dapanji is the most famous dish, and it's nicely flavored in spices as well as the chopped potato and green paper. It is usually served with hand stretched noodles. The kebabs are tasty. If you don't like lamb, you can choose chicken wings or other skewers. The yogurt here is quite unique, and it's surely a good match when you have spicy food. The restaurant offers evening entertainment from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, and there is cultural dancing and belly dancing you can watch. If you are lucky, the dancers will ask you to dance together with them. After your dinner, your guide will send you back to your hotel. If you wish to be dropped-off in other places in the city, such as Xintiandi, your guide will take you there.
Xinjiang Silk Road Impression Dining Experience including Houhai Lake and Yandai Xie Street
Meet your private guide in your hotel lobby at 6:00pm, and take your private vehicle to enjoy a tasty halal dinner in Xinjiang style at Silk Road Impression restaurant. There are various food selections, such as lamp kabobs, naan bread, chicken, noodle, pilaf (rice mixed with raisin and lamb), Xinjiang yogurt, and etc..After your wonderful dinner time, your guide will take you explore the beauty of Old Beijing neighborhood. Start from Lotus Lane where you will see many two-story wooden buildings or shikumen architectures, and they are lit up and with colorfully decoration. Continue walking towards north side of the Houhai lake (the back lake of Shichahai), a popular attraction of Beijing since the early 2000s, and you will also find many interesting shops, restaurants, bars along lakeside. Then, walk thru Yandai Xie Street (Tobacco Pouch Street), the one of the oldest hutongs in Beijing, and you will learn the history of the street from your guide. You also can shop some souvenirs here if you like.At the end of the tour, you will choose one of the bar along the Houhai Bar Street to enjoy a glass of local beer. Sit down and appreciate the illuminated night view there. Your guide will share with you some more interesting stories about the people, the culture of this old Beijing neighborhood.After the tour is finished, you can choose to stay longer on your own in Houhai area, or you will be transferred back to your hotel.
All Inclusive Day Tour in Kashgar including Apa Hoja Tomb, Id Ghar Mosque and Grand Bazaar
Your private guide will pick you up from the lobby of your downtown Kashgar hotel at 10:00am. Your first stop of the day will be Apa Hoja Tomb (built in 1640 by local Imam), and the mausoleum is in impressive Uyghur architectural style. Next, you will move on to Kashgar old town to immerse yourself in local lifestyle. Wander around local streets and browse through shops. From Kashgar old town, you can walk to the Handicraft Street to see local workshops producing music instruments, tools, bronze vessels for food...etc. At the end of the walking tour, you will visit Id Ghar Mosque, the biggest mosque in Xinjiang. Enter the mosque at non-praying time to appreciate its architecture and decor. Lunch is arranged at a local Uyghur’s house for you to taste the authentic and traditional Uyghur food including nang bread, hand-stretched noodles, and pilau...etc. In the afternoon, you will have plenty of time for shopping at the Grand Bazaar, which is well known in Central Asia for its colorful and lively market. It has been two thousand years since the inception of Kashgar Grand Bazaar. Located at the crossroads, you will find a diverse crow from allover central Asia. When your tour is finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
All Inclusive Private Day Tour: Kashgar City Highlights and Animal Bazaar
Meet your friendly tour guide in the lobby of your hotel at 10:00am to start your exciting Kashgar city day tour. First, you will visit Apa Khoja tomb. Built in 1640 AD by local Imam Yusup, notice its impressive Uyghur Islamic architectural style with its minarets and domes. Next, head out to the city's suburbs to visit the Sunday Animal Bazaar where local farmers sell their livestock including sheep, goats, horses, donkeys, camels and more. After visiting the farm, you will return to Kashgar and make your way through the old town to indulge in the local life, wander around the local streets and shops. Continue to the Ancient Art Street also known as Handicrafts Street where you will see local workshops making musical instruments, tools, bronze vessels, food, etc. To end the walking tour, enjoy the architecture and an inside visit of Id Ghar Mosque, the largest mosque in Xinjiang (outside visit only during prayer time). Savor lunch arranged in a local Uyghur’s house where you will taste traditional Uyghur food including Nang bread, hand-stretched noodles, pilaf and more. In the afternoon, you will be offered plenty of time to shop in the Grand Bazaar which dates back to 120 BC. Upon completion of the tour, board your private vehicle for a transfer to your hotel.
All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Shipton's Arch from Kashgar
At 9: 30am Beijing time, you guide will meet you in your hotel lobby and take a private vehicle driving about 3 hours to Shipron’s Arch for about 125 miles (200 kilometers). Shipton’s Arch, Tianmen in Chinese, meaning "Heavenly Gate", is a conglomerate natural arch, west-northwest of Kashgar, near the village of Artush in Xinjiang, China. The arch was discovered by English mountaineer Eric Shipton in 1947 while he was traveling between Tashkent and Kashgar, though it was known by locals. However, it could not be verified of its location after his discovery. It was only as recently as May of the year 2000 that an expedition sponsored by National Geographic Magazine rediscovered the arch for foreigners thus it became well-known. Shipton's Arch is probably the world's tallest natural arch.The height of the arch is estimated to be 1,200 feet (370 meters). Travelers will be impressed by the natural view while hiking in the valley extending about 19 miles (30 kilometers). Upon arrival, your guide will lead your hike in the valley to get the best view of Shipton's Arch. Picnic lunch is included in the valley. Afterwards you will be transferred back your hotel where the trip concludes.
Private 2-Hour Shanghai Tour: The Evolution of Chinese Textiles and Fashion
Meet your expert local guide at a central Shanghai location in the morning or afternoon and head to the Shanghai Museum of Textile and Costume for your tour.Explore the gallery showcasing Chinese fabrics and replicas of machines used in the nation's textile industry in ancient times. As you browse the more than 250 items on display, including replicas of items from as early as 221 BC, learn about China’s long-time tradition of textiles and costume production. Browse textiles such as embroidery, satin, velvet, silk and linen, all in different patterns from different eras in Chinese history. Most of the pieces were found in Xinjiang, Tibet and some inland areas along the Yellow River, once the center of ancient Chinese civilization. Discover how styles and types of clothing have changed over the centuries, and browse robes, jackets, capes, aprons, small bags, ribbons and tapestries. You'll also learn different weaving techniques, see the technologies used in production and see tie-dyed and wax-painted materials produced by Chinese ethnic minorities.