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12 Days Northern Xinjiang Photography Tour

Tour Code: CITA-GP-03

Destinations: Urumqi-Heavenly Lake-Fuyun-Burqin-Kanas-Hemu-Kuitun-Sayram Lake-Naraty

Tour type: Culture,History,Adventure,Folklore,Landscape,Photography

Price: USD $2420Free Inquiry

  • Full Itinerary
  • Overview
  • Dates & Prices
  • Price Includes
  • Vehicles & Hotel
Day 01 Arrive in Urumqi
Accommodation: Overnight in Urumqi

Welcome to Xinjiang, a magical place where combines the history, culture and natural landscape. Today we will wait for you in Urumqi, the first stop of your northern Xinjiang tour. Upon arrival, bring you to downtown and transfer to the hotel check in.

Day 02 Urumqi - Heavenly Lake - Fuyun
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Fuyun

Morning your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel. you will enjoy the tour of the picturesque Heavenly Lake, 2000m up in the Tianshan mountain range. which is surrounded by the snow mountains, blooming wildflowers, evergreen pine trees. 40-minute sceniic shuttle bus ride that twists though the dramatic mountains. Then you can either walk to the lakeside in 10mins or take the electronic cart. There are 3 options suggested. Boating cruise to take the incredible view of Tianshan Mountain. Trekking along the lake in the fresh air. or you can explore further uo to the Maya Mountain by the cable car to enjoy the magnificent view of the Mountains.
Then we will drive to Fuyun, pass by: Huoshaoshan (Burning Mountain), where you will witness a sea of red, caused by burnt rocks that look as if they are still burning along the hills.

  • Huoshaoshan

    Huoshaoshan

  • Heavenly Lake

    Heavenly Lake

Day 03 Fuyun - Burqin
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Burqin

After buffet breakfast in the hotel, you will start your journey from Keketuohai National Geological Park,  the first national geological park with the typical mine and mineral deposit. you will see the wonderful Shenzhong Mountain and the Irtysh River, the only outflow river from the east to the west into the Arctic Ocean. and explore the Tunnel of Mine No 3, which comprises of many types of minerals. it is the largest pit in the world and know as the Geological and Mineral Museum. Once you come to Keketuohai, you will be shocked by these rare and magical geological heritages. Thereafter, travel to Burqin with about 3-4 hours driving.

  • Keketuohai National Geological Park

    Keketuohai National Geological Park

  • Tunner of Mine No 3

    Tunner of Mine No 3

  • Keketuohai

    Keketuohai

Day 04 Burqin-Kanas
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Kanas

Exciting day! we will drive along the mountain road to the amazing Kanas Nature Reserve, China's only European-like ecological site that has been awarded the title of the "Pure Land of the World" due to its unspoiled natural scenery. Have a lunch when we arrive in Kanas Jiadengyu, after that go to the center of park and take the shuttle bus to visit the famous Moon bay, Dragon Bay and Immortal Bay. When we get off the shuttle bus, we can continue the shuttle bus tour to Fish Pavilion for a bird's eye view of Kanas Lake and its surrounding. or you can experience the cruise if you are interested. later afternoon we will check into the hotel. dinner and rest.

  • Kanas

    Kanas

  • Kanas Lake

    Kanas Lake

  • Fish Pavilion

    Fish Pavilion

Day 05 Kanas
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: overnight in Kanas

Morning enjoy your nice buffet breakfast at the hotel and today we will still stay in Kanas which is the most beautiful mountain lake you have never seen. The lake takes on different colors following the four seasons of the year, sometimes it's crystal blue, sometimes it's dark green, or even gray. you can enjoy the leisure time in Kanas. if the time of last day is not enough, today you will have a chance to walk from the bay to the other one and take a picture.
After the visit, we will drive back to Jiadengyu and transfer to the hotel, Have a good rest.

  • Kanas

    Kanas

  • Kanas

    Kanas

Day 06 Kanas - Hemu
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Hemu

In the morning, enjoy your buffet breakfast and the sunrise of Kanas. then we will travel to Hemu Village,  which is the one of the famous Tuvas village. Arrive at the entrance of Hemu, we still have to change the shuttle bus to the village. Here we would like to suggest you leave your big luggage in our coach and take your must stuff.
tranquil village, herds of cattle and sheep, warm and hospitable locals, What a beautiful and mysterious place! if you want to explore the life of Tuwa people, they will very welcome you to visit their family.

  • Hemu Village

    Hemu Village

  • Hemu

    Hemu

Day 07 Hemu - Burqin
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Burqin

After buffet breakfast in the hotel, then you will take a 4 hours ride to Burqin, enjoy the sunset of Five-colored Beach, Walk into the colorful Beach, you will feel as if in a dream world. The unique lava landscape consisted of purplish red, vandyke red, yellow and light green mudstone, sandstone and gravel. this is the most beautiful colorful Beach, masterpiece of nature, and miracle of Burqin.
In the evening, you can walk around the street in Burqin, enjoy your leisure time and tasty snacks. And we will spend the night in Burqin.

  • Five-colored Beach

    Five-colored Beach

  • Five-colored Beach

    Five-colored Beach

Day 08 Burqin - Kuitun
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Kuitun

Enjoy the sunrise and after breakfast, we will head to Kuitun with about 6 hours driving. passing by Karamy, the famous oil city, and travel along the Gurbantunggut Desert to the Urho Ghost City, also known as Wuerhe Wind City", a unique wind-eroded geological area commonly referred to as "wind city" because of the frequent howling winds. this is the most beautiful Yadan Landform in the region. When we arrive at the entrance, we will take the shuttle bus, which is shaped like a small train. you can visit the entire Ghost city by shuttle bus. After the visit, we will proceed to Kuitun for overnight stay.

  • Urho Ghost City

    Urho Ghost City

  • Urho Ghost City

    Urho Ghost City

Day 09 Kuitun - Yining
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Yining

After breakfast, we will meet you at the hotel lobby and then we will travel to Anjihai Grand Canyon, which is called the paradise of the photographer. Anjihai River is originated in Tianshan Mountain, through many years of scouring, in the vicinity of Tungut, it was formed a huge alluvial fan under the Northern slope of Tianshan Mountain. The scale of the river valley alluvial fan is quite magnificent, to the north opening with umbrella-shaped, it can be called a geographical wonder. Thereafer, we are going to the most beautiful mountain lake Sayram Lake, the another highlight of your northern Xinjiang tour, which is known as the last drop of tears of the Atlantic. Sayram Lake is a fairyland with wonderful natural scenery. its water is very clear and pure. you can stroll on the shore, enjoy the blooming wildflowers and the beautiful grassland around the lake. After visiting, bus transfer to the hotel in Yining for rest.

  • Anjihai Grand Canyon

    Anjihai Grand Canyon

  • Sayram Lake

    Sayram Lake

Day 10 Yining - Naraty
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Naraty

Today, your guide and driver will pick you up in the morning. We’ll head to the famous pasture Narat Grassland with about 4-5 hours driving. Upon your arrival, we will enjoy the Naraty Air Prairie. Naraty, one of four famous grassland in the world. you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and explore the Kazakh way of life. Afterwards, transfer you to the hotel and check in. 

  • Naraty Grassland

    Naraty Grassland

  • Naraty Grassland

    Naraty Grassland

Day 11 Naraty - Yining - Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Urumqi

This morning  we will continue our sightseeing on Naraty Grassland, with flowers all blossoming out here and numerous herds gathering around, a great number of tourists domestic and abroad are attracted here. The Narat Prairie is also called " Deer Garden" in history and an ideal place for people of the pasture to exchange materials and hold cultural activities. After the visiting, we will drive back to Yining and take the flight to Urumqi. 

  • Naraty Grassland

    Naraty Grassland

  • Naraty

    Naraty

Day 12 Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel and then we will pay a visit to the Xinjiang Regional Museum, which a large integrated museum and a centre for the collection and study of cultural relics in Xinjiang. you will see archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and Xinjiang's minority cultures. Coming out from the Museum, we will travel the Xinjiang International Bazaar, which is the largest in Urumqi. You'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and almost anything that you can imagine.
After the visiting, you will end your 12 Days Northern Xinjiang Tour and say goodbye with everyone. then transfer to the airport to catch your flight around 16:00pm , wish you have a pleasant journey home! if you still want to travel to other parts of Xinjiang or experience a Silk Road tour, we will be very pleased to help you.

  • Xinjiang Regional Museum

    Xinjiang Regional Museum

  • Xinjiang International Bazaar

    Xinjiang International Bazaar

Day 01 Arrive in Urumqi
Accommodation: Overnight in Urumqi
Day 02 Urumqi - Heavenly Lake - Fuyun
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Fuyun
Day 03 Fuyun - Burqin
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Burqin
Day 04 Burqin-Kanas
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Kanas
Day 05 Kanas
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: overnight in Kanas
Day 06 Kanas - Hemu
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Hemu
Day 07 Hemu - Burqin
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Burqin
Day 08 Burqin - Kuitun
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Kuitun
Day 09 Kuitun - Yining
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Yining
Day 10 Yining - Naraty
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Naraty
Day 11 Naraty - Yining - Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Urumqi
Day 12 Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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Price Includes

*  Private transportation with good AC
* 4star hotel with breakfast (two persons share one room)
* Excellent English Speaking Guide Service
* Entrance fee listed in the itinerary
* Lunch and dinner listed in every day (10lunches+10dinners)
* All shuttle bus included
* Airfare from Yili to Urumqi
* 2bottles of water each person on daily use.
* Government tax
* Travel insurance
* Visa support if necessary

Price Excludes

* Personal expenses and tips to the guide and driver
* Some activities such as boating, camel riding, culture show etc.
* Flight arrive in Urumqi and leave from Urumqi

Vehicles & Hotel

Vehicles we select for our distinguished guests

Guarantee: Every vehicle with good air-condition New car within four years
Professional & experienced driver

  • 1—2 pax 5 seats car
  • 3—5pax 7—9 seats
  • New car
  • New car
  • New car
  • New car
  • 6—9pax 15—19seats Mini-bus
  • 10—16 pax 22---37seats Jinglong Bus
  • New car
  • New car
  • New car
  • New car
Hotels we select
City Superior class Deluxe class Budget class
Kashgar Bacony Hotel Tianyuan International Qinbag Hotel
Urumqi Hoitak hotel New Times Hotek City Grand Hotel
Turpan Tuha Petroleum Hotel Huozhou (fireland) Hotel Jiao He Plaza
Kuqa Kuqa International Hotel Kuqa Hotel