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5 Days Route Exploration Around Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang



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Julia Shi

Diethelm Travel China

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5 Days Route Exploration Around Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang

This Tour will lead you to discover the Uyghur Minority & religious culture around the Spectacular Taklimakan Desert. You will visit the the Holy Land of the Islam-Tianshan Myistirous Wood Garden where you will find the very hundreds-year-old and odd-shapped trees, and the famous Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves, the Kizilgaha beacon Tower. In kuqa, you will be able to know more about the local history and culture in the Kuqa Museum, and walk into the Kuqa Mosque where you will give more knowledge about the local Islam religion.



You will arrival Urumqi, then take overnight train to Hotan. Upon arrival Hotan where is the place you will start your journry, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel, the rest day free at leisure.

Hotan, 1 night


Driving along the Second Desert Road(427km)to Alar,continue our itinerary from Alar to Aksu(140km),visit the Tianshan Myistirous Wood Garden in Aksu. Lunch en road and diner at local Chinese restaurant.

Aksu, 1 night


Drivel to Kuqa (320KM) Visiting the Kizil Thousand Grottoes(60km)(the Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves sit on the cliffs on the northern bank of the Muzat River, 7 kilometers (4.34 miles) southeast of Kizil town. Cut the third century to eight or ninth century, the Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves is the earliest Buddhist art treasure trove in China, even one century earlier than the famous Mogao Grottoes. Currently there are 236 coded caves in the Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves, which are divided into west and inner valley and rear mountain areas extending to over 3 kilometers (1.86 miles).) .And continue to visit the Kizilgaha beacon Tower (Kizilgaha Beacon  It is an important cultural relics protection region of burgh¸ located south and north of Kuqa county. It is said that it is Beacon ruins of Han Dynasty, the Beacon's height is about 15 meters, its length is 6 meters from east to west, its width is 6 meters from south to north, there are watch tower at top of it, now there is ruins of watch tower, it is a earliest and most undamaged Beacon.) . Lunch en road and diner at local Chinese restaurant. Read more

Kuqa, 1 night


In the morning discovery the Kuqa Museum(Kuqa Palace),and continue to visit the Kuqa Mosque (It was the Grand Kuqa Mosque, first built in the 16th century and reconstructed in 1931 after being damaged by fire, that first signified dominance of Islam over Buddhism in Xinjiang. It is the region's second largest mosque after the Etigar Mosque in Kashgar and has capacity for 3,000 worshipers. Within its compound is Xinjiang's sole religious court. Kuqa is also site of the sacred Molanaershiding Tomb to which Xinjiang's Muslims make regular pilgrimages) Free leisure in the afternoon. Lunch and dinner at local Chinese restaurants Read more

Kuqa, 1 night


Breakfast at hotel. Drive to airport and take the morning fly away to Urumqi(the flight can not execute at every Monday and Thursday)


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Hotan
Hotel Yudu Hotel
Day 2
Location Aksu
Hotel Yilong Hotel
Day 3
Location Kuqa
Hotel Kuche Grand Hotel
Day in trip
Day 1
Location Hotan
Day 2
Location Aksu
Hotel Aksu International Hotel
Day 3
Location Kuqa
Hotel Lidu Hotel


Package includes

  • Accommodation in sharing twin room with service charge and daily breakfast
  • Transfers and tours with local English speaking guides in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Train ticket: Urumiqi/Hotan,Soft berth - 4 pax share one compartment
  • Airfare: Kuqa/Urumiqi, ECO
  • All meals as stated in the program, B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Package excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Earlier check in and later check out
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Visa application and visa stamp fees at Chinese embassies overseas and/ or upon arrival (Please note that a visa is compulsory for most nationalities.)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

More information

  • Refunds will not be given for unused or cancelled services after the tour arrangements have commenced.
  • FIT (Individuals): Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the written notification is received by the company or agent as a percentage of the net total tour price as shown plus any surcharges (e.g. ticketed air sectors, other penalties imposed by suppliers such as hotels):
  • Between 29- 21 days before departure: According to the costs incurred will be charged
  • Between 20 days and 15 days prior to departure: 25% of package price
  • Between 14 days and 8 days prior to departure: 50% of package price
  • Between 07 days and 2 days prior to departure: 75% of package price
  • 1 day prior to departure or no show: 100% of package price
  • GIT (Groups): Cancellation of tours due to minimum number of participants will be advised 6 weeks before departure of the tour; in which case Diethelm Travel will offer an alternative tour of a similar standard or a full refund. Cancellation policy

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