Xinjiang Odyssey

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Run by: Travel The Unknown

Reference number: 195

From: £2395

Journey through remote landscapes and discover ancient traditions on this fascinating tour through China's wildest province, Xinjiang. Begin at the foot of the mountains in the business hub of Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, and explore its Grand Bazaar and fascinating Regional Museum. Skirt along the fringes of the Gobi Desert and visit the quintessential oasis town of Turpan to sample its famous fruits.

Xinjiang's natural contrasts, from the crystal-clear waters of Heavenly Lake to the fiery red sandstone hills of the Flaming Mountains, are a tonic for the soul. Penetrate the defences of the ruined cliff city of Jiaohe, before uncovering the secrets of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Kuqa. Marvel at Kashgar's iconic Sunday market, where farmers haggle over camels, sheep, donkeys and more as they have done for centuries.

Follow in the footsteps of the Silk Road travellers, browsing for jade, silk and carpets in Hotan's bazaars and meet Tajik villagers in the mountain settlement of Tashkurgan. Finally, take the dramatic Karakorum Highway through traditional Kyrgyz settlements and up to the stunning Karakul Lake, where you can take in the breath-taking natural beauty of this astounding region with a backdrop of the snow-capped Pamir and Tien Shan mountain ranges.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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