5 Days Urumqi and Turpan Adventure Tour

Urumqi and Turpan are two famed cities in Northwest China, which both are important stops along the ancient silk road. This tour will take you explore the capital city and the “fireland” of Xijiang Province, where are full of mysterious sites and fantastic landscapes.


  • Visit the must-see museum in Xinjiang – Xinjiang Regional Museum.
  • Enjoy the picturesque Heavenly Lake and cruise on it.
  • Explore the ancient sites of thousand year ago.
  • Experience the “heat” of “fire land” – Turpan.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Urumqi Arrival
  • Day 2: Urumqi-Heavenly Lake
  • Day 3: Heavenly Lake-Turpan
  • Day 4: Turpan-Urumqi
  • Day 5: Urumqi Departure

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Urumqi Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities: Grand Bazaar
Accommodation: Urumqi

Met by our tour guide and escorted to your hotel for a short visit. Then head to visit Grand Bazaar, one of the most famous landmarks in Urumqi city, which is the largest bazaar in the world by scale, combining Islamic culture, architecture, ethnic commerce, tourism and entertainment.

Day 2 Urumqi – Heavenly Lake

Sightseeing and Activities: Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake
Accommodation: Kazak Yurt
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast at hotel and then head to Xinjiang Museum. A visit to Xinjiang’s capital of Urumqi would be incomplete without a visit to the Xinjiang Museum. It is a comprehensive historical museum in China built in 1953, and famous for holding artifacts and mummies of Caucasians who lived in the region 1500 and 4000 years ago.

After that, continue today’s tour to Heavenly Lake, 98km northeast of Urumqi downtown. It is a crescent alpine lake in the north of Bogda Peak, which enjoys crystal water due to melted snow as its source. Cruise on the lake and stroll around the lake after that.

Stay overnight in the Kazak Yurt.

Day 3 Heavenly Lake – Turpan

Sightseeing and Activities: Bezklik Grottoes, Tuyoq Valley, Kumtag Desert
Accommodation: Shanshan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Morning, drive to Turpan city to visit Bezklik Grottoes, Tuyoq Valley, and Kumtag Desert. Bezklik Grottoes is a complex of Buddhist cave grottos. Tuyoq Valley is a gorgeous valley with a long history, splendid culture and charming natural scenery and Kumtag Desert is one of the eight great deserts in China.

Day 4 Turpan – Urumqi

Sightseeing and Activities: Jiaohe Ruins, Karez Well System, Sugong Minaret
Accommodation: Urumqi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast at hotel, head to visit Jiaohe Ruins. It is a natural fortress located atop a steep cliff on a leaf-shaped plateau between two deep river valleys. Then move on to Karez Well System. Located in the Turpan Depression, it is a vertical tunnel system adapted by the Turpan people.

After that, continue the tour to Sugong Minaret. At 44 meters high, it is the tallest minaret in China.

Then drive back to Urumqi for overnight.

Day 5 Urumqi Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:
Meals: Breakfast

Transferred to the airport or train stataion for your next destination.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.