China travel map - Xinjiang Desert Exploration by Camel Ride Silk Road is the long road linked the western and eastern culture by camels; Riding a camel and crossing the civilizations clustered and thrived in Taklimakan Desert, travelers have chance to visit the precious historic relics and have a good adventure in endless desert landscape. What a special journey to the world’s wild areas. And you will visit other highlights like Rawak ancient town, Malike-awat ruins, Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves, Kizil Grotto, Tianshan Grand Canyon, Subash ancient city ruins, Xinjiang Museum.

Duration: 8 days & 7 nights

Destinations: Urumqi - Taklimakan desert - Kucha - Urumqi 

Starting Point: Urumqi 

Ending Point: Urumqi 

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Fly to Urumqi, and connect your flight to Hotan. Be met and transferred to the hotel.

Drive to Jeyya village, which is famous with its tie die local silk, a possible visit to the village before entering the desert. Then take a camel ride into the Taklimakan desert (camel riding around 6-7 hours). Overnight at camp site.

Taklimakan desert

Ride the camel to Rawak ancient town, and visit Buddhist pagoda ruins (built in Tang dynasty 6th century AD, combination of Persian Indian architectural style), Malike-awat ruins, Jade River and jade carving factory.

A long day ride (650km) to Kucha through Taklamakan Desert – the largest one in China. This road was the second desert highway in Taklimakan built in 2007.

Explore Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves or Kizil Grotto Temples, where boasts some of the most impressive Buddhist art in Central Asia and date to the third century. In the afternoon, you will visit Tianshan Grand Canyon.

Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves

Morning visit Subash ancient city ruins, local Bazzar of Kucha, old city area. After dinner, take overnight train to Urumqi

About noon arrive to Urumqi, check into Hotel, after lunch, visit the Xinjiang Museum.

Xinjiang Museum

Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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