Day 1: Urumqi Lunch is included. Your guide welcomes you at the airport in Urumqi. After you check in at hotel, you go walk the aisles of Erdaoqiao Market. Considered the largest Xinjiang bazaar, you can choose the old stalls or the most modern part. In both cases, you will be flooded by products of the Uighur minority out of sight. If you decide to buy something, whether it be clothes, dry fruits, jewellery or souvenirs, do not forget to haggle.
Day 2: Urumqi Breakfast, Lunch are included. This morning, it takes 2 hours to go to the Heavenly Lake which lies in the Mount Tianshan. You could stroll along the banks of the lake and take a cruise on the magical river. You will be astonished to discover a stunning natural park at Mount Tianshan, just over hundred kilometers away from deserts.
Day 3: Urumqi-Changji-Altay Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner are included. The Amazing Natural Scenery in North Xinjiang. This morning, stop in Changji District to discover the Colourful Mountain. To understand its name, you would stay all day, because the colors are actually changing depending on the time of day. But whenever you arrive there, you will not be disappointed with the beautiful scenery. Before arrive at Altay area, you will stop for a moment in the Nature Reserve Kalamaili. You will discover wild animals roam free in these arid steppes. This harmony between animals and nature will surprise you in this desert where even some nomads come to settle. Tonight, take your meals in Burqin Night Market. Accompanied by your guide, you will find this typical neighbourhood where locals gather to enjoy the local specialty, grilled fish. There are all tastes and all kinds; caught in the Irtysh River, you can appreciate its flavour. Do not forget to accompany your meal with a glass of the local brew, it will be even better!
Day 4: Altay Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner are included. On the road to the Kanas Lake, you will stroll along the Irtysh River. In a natural setting, you can see its impetuous water that offers unique surrounding landscapes. Walk down the road, you can admire the moon bay, and the dragon bay and god bay, each with their own wonders. Upon arrival, discover one of the most beautiful natural landscapes of China while you visit the Kanas Lake. In this park, you will take a speedboat to observe the beautiful scenery of the lake, visiting the most impressive bays. At the heart of your cruise, maybe you will see the monster of the lake, resulting in many local legends. Then, make a stop in the Tuva villages. You will discover that Tuvans build their wooden houses and raise their horses in beautiful steppes, snowcapped peaks and pine forest, with the backdrop of the Mountain. You are far from all the modern hassle.
Day 5: Altay-Karamay Breakfast, Lunch are included. This morning, you will head to the Guanyu Pavilion. Upon arrival, a minibus will take you close to the Guanyu Pavilion, in the heart of the natural park of Kanas. There, it will remain to you more than to climb 1000 steps separating you an unforgettable panoramic view. At the top, pretty simple pavilion allows you to observe the landscape of 360°. In the afternoon, visit the Urho Ghost Town, a hundred kilometers away from Karamay. In this rocks area, you won't believe that the hand of man has not intervened. It is only with erosion and the passage of a strong wind, which still works, these imaginary forms were created. Do not be surprised by the howling of the wind and just enjoy the beauty of the site.
Day 6: Karamay-Ili Breakfast, Lunch are included. Today, you will head to Yining. On the way, you will pass through the Guozigou Valley. Since the expressway bridge is over 200 meters high, you could have a beautiful view over the valley full of fruit trees located on the slopes nearby. You can even make a few stops, including the highest peak, to admire the greenery and perhaps Lake Sayram.
Day 7: Ili Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner are included. In the Nalati Prairie, nothing is better than to ride a horse to enjoy the unique experience of the Mongolian steppes. In this flowery meadow where nomads live, enjoy the coolness away from the desert. In this peaceful landscape, you can see the traditional yurts of nomadic Kazakhs and can even walk through their temporary village.
Day 8: Ili-Urumqi Breakfast, Lunch are included. Enjoy the free morning, you can relax or stroll through the Nalati Prairie. After lunch, you will be transferred to the Ili Airport for the flight to Urumqi. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Urumqi. The balance of the day will be at leisure.
Day 9 Urumqi Breakfast is included. Free until be transferred to the airport for the return flight.
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