Turpan to Urumqi
Activities: Visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigations system; Emin Minaret; Tuyuq village and Flaming Mountain catch fast speed train to Urumqi
Following the breakfast at the Hotel start your wonderful day in Turpan. Our special itinerary today includes sightseeing in Turpan and take a train to Urumqi after Lunch.
First visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city which is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China , the ruins of the buildings are divided into temples, civilian dwellings and government offices, workshops, residential houses and the streets are still visible and time there is a time spent in a long lost world.
After an hour of walking around the ancient city, we’ll head on to Toyuq village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and have dinner with a local family and stay overnight at their home . This could be the highlight of your tour today. On the way we’ll stop on the roadside for photos of the flaming mountain which people claimed to be the hottest and driest along the silk road that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come”.
Then drive to the world famous Karez irrigation system, unique to this part of the world. The system is considered as one of the three great projects in China with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal.
Next visit Emin Suleyman minaret which is a magnificent combination of ancient Uighur and Islamic architecture. It is the tallest ancient tower in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient minaret in the country. Locals call it “pure tower”.
Finally our driver will drop off you at Turpan north station for your fast speed train to Urumqi . suggested train time 19:30