Xinjiang is the biggest province in China with its spectacular history and landscape attracting travelers to explore. This is a budge tour to travel from Kashgar to Turpan and Urumqi by overnight train and car in Xinjiang, China. You will enjoy the adventure on the splendid land on a budget way.


Day 1Arrival Kashgar

Welcome to Kashgar, an old city on the ancient Silk Road. Today is arrival day. You can check in the hotel in Kashgar with your ID. Please contact us if you need airport or railway station transfer.

Transport: N/A
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar

Day 2Kashgar City Tour, then overnight train to Turpan

It is a busy day today to explore Kashgar with a local guide. You will visit Apa Hoja Mausoleum this morning, which is a family cemetery with stunning blue tiles shining in the sun. Then you will visit the Grand Bazaar that is the biggest market in central Asia to sell all sorts of things. Later, you will visit the Kashgar old town where you will view the traditional houses and shops, workshop etc. 

Afterwards you will wander along the handicraft street in the Kashgar old town where there are music instruments, utensils and caps etc. Visit the Id Ghar Mosque, which is the biggest mosque in Xinjiang. 

If it is Sunday, you will visit Animal Bazaar that opens only on Sundays.

Later, you will be transferred to Kashgar railway station to catch 13-hour overnight train to Turpan.

Transport: Car/Taxi + Train
Accommodation: Overnight on the hard sleeper train
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Sightseeing in Turpan: Kumtag Desert, Bezklik Grottoes, Flaming Mountain, Jiaohe

Turpan is a wonderful place to learn the history about the Silk Road by visiting the historical attractions. Turpan used to be the hub of the business on the ancient Silk Road. Due to its dry climate, there are many ruins and relics that are preserved very well.

Today you will visit Kumtag Desert in Shanshan, to enjoy the fun to walk on the sand.

Then you will visit Bezklik Grottos that is situated in the Flaming Mountain, which still can see the colorful frescos in the caves.

Later, you will view the Jiaohe City Ruin that is a clay city and abandoned about 700 years ago, but you still can see the well-preserved houses and lanes.

Time permiting, you can visit either Karez or Emin Minaret before check in the hotel.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Turpan

Day 4Turpan to Urumqi by car or bullet train

Today is free day in Turpan. You can explore Turpan Bazaar, or Turpan Museum, or enjoy your free time in the hotel. Then you will catch 3-hour car ride or 1-hour bullet train ride from Turpan to Urumqi.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Urumqi hotel.

Transport: Vehicle or Bullet Train
Accommodation: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5Urumqi: City Tour

Today you will start your Urumqi day tour with your local guide at 9:30am. Firstly you will visit Xinjiang Museum that opens from Tuesday to Sunday. The various relicts display the long history of Xinjiang on the ancient Silk Road, particularly the dried mummies including the famous Loulan Beauty are well-known in the museum.

Then, you will visit Red Hill which is the high spot to view nearly entire city of Urumqi. 

Afterwards, head for the Hongguangshan Big Buddha Temple, the 40.8-meter in height standing Buddha Statue is very impressive.

Later, you will move to the bustling Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar, where you will see all sorts of products from China and abroad. 

Finally, you will be transferred back to your hotel. 

Transport: Public bus/Taxi
Accommodation: Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6Departing from Urumqi

Today is departure day, you can depart as per your flight time, but check out by 2pm from your hotel. Please contact us if you need airport transfer.

Transport: N/A
Accommodation: N/A
Meals: Breakfast


- Local guide

- 3-star hotel 4 nights (Half room per person)

- Overnight hard sleeper train Kashgar/Turpan

- Public bus or private car 

- Entrance fees 

- 4 Chinese breakfasts


- Dinners and lunches

- Arrival/Departure transfer

- China Visa 

- Gratuity


Tour duraton: 6 days

Difficulty: Easy

Group size: Min 2 - Max 15

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