Urumqi is the capital city of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and is the most inland city in the world. It sits amidst beautiful scenery, with the snow-clad Tian Shan range to the city’s east. During two thousands year, it is the meeting point between east and west and played very important role on the ancient Silk Road. Merchants from Europe, India and Central Asian countries came to Urumqi then head to Xian to trade with Chinese ancient kingdoms.
After breakfast, we will take an excursion to Tian Chi (Heavenly Lake) which is about 98 km in the northeast of Urumqi city center. The lake is like a big mirror reflecting the snow-white peak and emerald-green spruce trees. In summer, the lake is surrounded by flowers, and the surrounding peaks are all visible. At the pier, small boats are available for pleasure rides on the lake.
Have your lunch at a local restaurant near the lake, and return to Urumqi later in the day. Upon arrival Urumqi, visit Xinjiang Region Museum which presents a wonderful collection of items from the local area as well as items from other areas along the ancient Silk Road. After that, we explore Grand Bazaar of Urumqui, one of the largest bazaars in the world by scale, combining Islamic culture, architecture, ethnic commerce, tourism and entertainment, before flying to Kashgar.
Overnight in Kashgar.