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9 Days Turpan, Hami, and Balikun  Tour

Tour Code: TUP05
Departure: Daily
Tour Type: Private Tour
Attractions:  Turpan, Hami, and Balikun  9  Day Tour of Ancient City of Jiaohe, Ancient Karez system, the Grape Valley, the Emin Minaret
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner     

Hami, an important station on the Silk Road, is located in the east part of Xin Jiang, border with Gansu in the east, Mongolia in the north. Hami's melon is well-known all over China. Not far away from Hami, there is the pretty Balikun Grassland, White Stone Tour Region, and the unique Singing Sand Dune which is surrounded by grassland and forest, quite different from the one in Dunhuang.
Include: Urumqi, Turpan, Hami, and Balikun

Day by day itinerary     
D1 Arrive in Urumqi.( D 

Arrive in Urumqi, meet at airport, and transfer to a 4-star hotel in downtown area.
D2 Urumqi to Turpan (
Drive from Urumqi to Turpan, on the way, visit the largest wind power station in Asia. Upon arrival, visit Jiaohe Ruined Town, Karez underground irrigation system, the Flaming Hill, the Thousand Buddha Cave, and the Grape Valley. Stay in a 3-star hotel. 

the largest wind power station in Asia:Xinjiang has seen plenty of growth in recent years, but there is one development that is really standing out, the largest wind power plant in Asia. And it's in an area that used to be covered by desert

Ancient City of Jiaohe, which is located 12 kilometers west of Turpan. The whole city stands on a 30-meter-high plateau between two rivers. In the ancient time, Jiaohe is a city with great military and economic significance. Later the city became ruins because of war. Later, natural forces make the streets and courtyards full of sand

 Ancient Karez system. The history of Karez can be traced back to the Han dynasty. The Ancient Karez system is composed of a series of which was linked by underground channels. There are more than 470 Karez systems, totaling over 1,600 kilometers of tunnels. The Karez system is considered as one of the three great projects in China with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. Most of karezes existing today in the Turpan were built in the Qing dynasty

The Flaming Mountains extend from east to west for about 100 kilometers. The red rocks on the mountain reflect sunlight and absorb the sun's heat as if there were fire on the hill, hense the name.

Grape Valley. Lying at the base of the western end of Flaming Mountains, fifteen kilometers west of the city center, Grape Valley is a unique world of vineyards and fruit trees.

D3 Turpan to Hami
Drive from Turpan to Hami, on the way, enjoy the desert scenery. Upon arrival, visit the Tombs of Muslim Kings. Stay in a 2-star hotel. 

Hami King's MausoleumSituated in Shazaojing, Huicheng, a western suburb of the city, the Hami King's Mausoleum is the largest mosque in the area. The mausoleum is covered with green glazed and white patterned tiles. The vault is majestic and decorated with colorful paintings. Opposite the mausoleum is another large mosque, the ceiling of which is supported by 108 carved wooden pillars and the inside walls are painted with flower patterns with extracts from the Koran.
D4 Hami
Drive from Hami to White Stone, visit the Balikun Grassland, the Singing Sand Dune, and the White Stone scenic spots. Camping or stay in Yurt. 

Balikun Lake 
Located in the Northwest of Hami's Northern Balikun County, this alpine lake is surrounded by a string of mountains. In the summer, herders, tents, and flocks surround the lake, forming a picturesque summer resort.

Singing Sand Mountain
Mingsha Mountain or translated as "Singing Sand Mountain" is another important scenic spot in Hami area, about 100 kilometers away from Hami city. It covers an area of 25 square kilometers at about 2,000 meters above sea level. 
D5 Hami
Trek from White Stone to Songshutang, visit the east range of Tian Shan Mountain, the Cold Air Valley, the forest and grassland. Camping or stay in Yurt.

White Stone Scenic Area The tourist district is made up of pasture, virgin forest and holiday village. Among the green pasture and the dense pine forest, there is only a huge white stone like a sleeping ox.
D6 Hami
Trek from Songshutang to Balikun Lake, visit ancient Great Wall, sightseeing in the lake. Stay in a 1-star hotel.

Beacon Tower on the Silk Road
Historically, Hami was an important part of the ancient Silk Road, and it is now the eastern gateway to Xinjiang, a rich oasis in the middle of a seemingly endless desert.
D7 Hami
Drive from Balikun to Gimsa, on the way, enjoy the Gobi scenery, also visit the Beitin Old Town, temple, and minority villages. Stay in a 1-star hotel.

Tianshan Temple, the only temple on Tianshan (60kilometers south of Kumul city), was built on a height of nearly 3000 meters. It was firstly built in Tang Dynasty, with a full name of Tianshan Temple of Lord Guan.
D8 Hami to Urumqi
Drive from Gimsa back to Urumqi, on the way, visit the Lake of Heaven. Afternoon visit the Erdaoqiao Bazaar. Stay in a 4-star hotel.

Heavenly Lake: Nestling high in the Tianshan Mountain, 115 kilometers west of Urumqi, the superlative beautiful Tianchi Lake lies 1980 meters above sea level and is hemmed in by the towering snow-capped Bagda Peak. 

The Erdaoqiao Bazaar : This is the largest Uigur bazaar in Urumqi, where you'll find a bustling market filled with fruit, clothing, crafts, knives, carpets and more.

D9  Urumqi
After breakfast in your hotel, transfer to airport for your departure flight. 
Suitable Time: June to August.  


Prices in USD (1:7)

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The above price is just for your information only! There are fluctuations in the hotels of different seasons. Please ask the exact price firstly when you want to book the tour!
1. For child younger than 11 who shares one room with parents, the quotation is only 50% of the above price.

This trip price includes:

  1. Hotel accommodations with breakfast as specified (but hotels are subject to change to the same category before finally confirmed).
  2. All meals as specified in the itinerary.
  3. Transfers among airports & hotels as specified in the itinerary by private car or coach with driver & English-speaking guide.
  4. Entrance fees for sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with English speaking guide.
  5. Domestic flights, trains or buses as specified in the itinerary.
  6. Domestic airports departure taxes have been charged with the flight tickets.
  7. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
    Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
  8. Tour (accident) insurance.

The trip price does not include:

  1. Any meals which are not included in the "The trip price includes."
    Single Room Supplements (as the above quotation for accommodation is based on twin sharing room).
  2. International air and train tickets for coming to & leaving mainland China. Air tickets or train tickets not specified in the itinerary on the first arrival day and last departure day.
  3. Three local meals each day in local restaurants, when trekking, have picnic lunches
  4. Excess Baggage Charges.
  5. Personal expenses: Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges, or sightseeing or meals which are not included in the day-to-day itinerary.
    Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
  6. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.
  7. Visa fees

Friendly Note from chinauniquetour.com

1. The above tour is tailored for you exclusively. You will enjoy Private car, driver and English speaking tour guide.
2. Lunch is not refundable if you do not need it.
3. The sunshine is very strong in summer time. Sunglass is useful.
4. Photograph is not permitted in some area. Our tour guide will give you notice.
5. You will walk a distance with this tour. A pair of soft and comfortable shoes is helpful.
6. chinauniquetour.com  lists the exact cost of each person from 1 to 10 persons. This will help you to cut down cost if you have more persons. Please contact us for a special cost if you have more than 10 persons.