Day 1: Kashgar ( Meals: -/L/- )
Depart from your hotel to visit the Id Kah Mosque. The mosque, built in 1442, lies in the heart of Kashgar and dominates Id Kah Square, a large square surrounded by bazaars in the old city of Kashgar. It is the largest mosque in Xinjiang. When the adjoining courtyards are taken into account, the mosque is the largest in China. It can accommodate up to 20,000 people. The Id Kah mosque contains many of the essential characteristics of Islamic architecture. In addition to majestic courtyards, the mosque has a domed roof and matching minarets adjoined to its front. The Id Kah mosque like many larger mosques today has replaced the traditional prayer caller (muezzin) with an electronic sound system that projects the prayers of the imam through loudspeakers. What really makes the mosque special is the quiet and solitude one can feel as they pass through the main gate in contrast to the bustling streets outside. Over 500 years it was rebuilt ten times by the people of Kashgar.
After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Tomb of Xiangfei, which is the most magnificent tomb in Kashgar, filled with history and symbolism. The tomb is commonly known among Chinese as the Tomb of Xiangfei, tomb known as the Xiang Fei (Fragrant Concubine) Tomb is in memory of Abakh Khoja's grand-daughter, Iparhan. She was the Fragrant Concubine of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty. After she died, her remains were carried by sedan chair back to Kashgar.
It was built around 1640 as the familial cemetery of Abakh Hoja, the son of the missionary who brought Sufism to Kashgar. The buildings exhibit both Uygur and Arabic architectural styles as well as some Buddhist symbols. At the site, the main tomb hall is situated in the east. It's huge dome and tall minarets dominate the site. There are also three mosques and a teaching hall on the grounds. The tomb has only recently been open to tourists.
This trip price includes:
-All meals as specified in the itinerary.
-Transfers among sightseeing scenic spots & hotels as specified in the itinerary by private car or coach with driver & English speaking guide.
-Entrance fees for sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with English speaking guide
-Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
The trip price does not include:
-Hotels accommodations and breakfast.
-Any meals which are not included in the " The trip price includes".
-Domestic flights, trains or buses, international air and train tickets for coming & leaving mainland China.
-Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
-Excess Baggage Charges.
-Personal expenses: The 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.
-Gratuities, tips to guides and drivers.
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