Kuqa is a renown town on the ancient Silk Road with its old name Qiuci. There are lots of grottoes, temples and ruins in Kuqa, which are very interesting to explore. This one-day private tour will let you start from Urumqi to Kuqa by round-way flight to visit Kizil Grottoes, Tianshan Canyon. Because Kuqa is a small city with few people speaking English, we will do our best arrange an English-speaking guide for the tour. If no English-speaking guide for your booking, we will arrange Chinese-speaking guide for you, and translate via cell phone from our office staff. Please note this is very long day tour.


Day 1Urumqi/Kuqa/Urumqi by Air

Today you will be picked up from your centrally located Urumqi hotel, and transferred to Urumqi airport to take one-hour flight to Kuqa. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Kizil Caves, which is one of the most important grottoes on the ancient Silk Road. In the history, the Kizil Grottoes were for Kuqa people to depict the Buddha stories. You will visit the colorful caves opened for tourists. 

Afterwards you will head to Tianshan Grand Canyon which is a 5-km long natural valley with red rock, and it is impressive to view the canyon.

Later, you will be transferred to Kuqa airport to catch one-hour flight back to Urumqi. Upon arrival, you will be transferred back to your hotel where the tour concludes.

Transport: Private Vehicle + Flight
Accommodation: None
Meals: Lunch


Entrance fees

Hotel pickup and drop off


Bottled water

Private vehicle in Kuqa

Flight Urumqi/Kuqa/Urumqi (Economy)




China Visa and Passport info required

Pickup: Your centrally located Urumqi hotel

Duration: Approx. 16 hours

Difficult: Easy 

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