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9 Days Kanas Lake Tour

Trip Length
9 Days
Tianchi, Multi-Colored Bay (Wu Cai Tan), Kanas Lake, Tuwa Tribe, Monster City
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Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Urumqi

Today's Highlights:

Airport/train station transfer to hotel


Arrive in Urumqi Diwopu Airport by air or Urumqi Railway Station by train. Our guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest time is free. You can have a good rest in the hotel, or roam the local streets nearby recommended by our guide.


Xinjiang is the largest one of the five autonomous regions in China. The total land area is 1/6 of the whole China with 47 minorities, the largest one in China. The clock time in Urumqi, Xinjiang is the same as Beijing Time, but there is 2-hour difference because of the longitude. You should adjust your rest and dinning time 2 hours later as compared with that in mainland China.

Day 2: Urumqi-Tianchi (Heavenly Lake)-Urumqi

Tianchi, means Heavenly Lake in ChineseToday's highlights:

Tianchi-Heavenly Lake, Tianshan Mountain


Drive to Tianchi (Heavenly Lake), a marvelous view of mountain lake formed more than million years ago in the 4th glacial epoch. It is famed as the "Jewel in the Crown". The pine trees covering the hillsides and the snow capped mountains in the background make the huge clear water spectacular sight-reminiscent of Switzerland or the Rocky mountains but somehow with more vibrancy and color. Bogda Peak-the highest peak stands to the east of the lake in the east part of Tianshan Mountain which is capped by glacier and snow glistening in the sun, finely contrasted with blue lake water, forming fabulous scenery. You can take the cruise on the lake.

Day 3: Urumqi-Fuyun

You might not know Multi-Colored Bay (Wu Cai Tan), but you must know the place Zhang Ziyi was hidden in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"Today's highlights:

Multi-Colored Bay


Transfer to Fuyun, 400km away from Urumqi. Visit the Multi-Colored Bay which is showed in the well-known movie "CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON". In the movie, the heroine Zhang Ziyi was hidden here.

Day 4: Fuyun-Burqin

Today's highlights:

Head to Burqin where the Kanas Lake located


Drive about 400km to Burqin. Rest time is free on your own.

Day 5: Burqin-Kanas Lake Nature Reserve

Kanas Lake where the Nessie appears sometimesToday's highlights:

Kanas Lake


150km away from Burqin county, we arrive in this dreaming world-Kanas Lake Nature Reserve. It is the most beautiful mountain lake you have never seen. The lake takes on different colors following the four seasons of the year, sometimes it's crystal blue, sometimes it's dark green, or even gray.

Day 6: Kanas Lake

Autumn is the most beautiful season of Kanas LakeToday's highlights:

Kanas Lake Boat Trip, Local Family-Tuwa Tribe Visit


Some free time to enjoy the nature. You can have a boat trip. We will also visit the local ethnic family, the Tuwa Tribe. It's a Mongolian tribe called Tuwa lives on the south bank of the Kanas Lake. They believe in Lamaism. Tuwa is a valiant ethic minority with a long history. They speak Turkish, resembling the language of Kazakh, and live on hunting and graze. They also have a special folk custom. Tonight we would accommodate in Russian style wooden house.

Day 7: Kanas-Burqin

Today's highlights:

Burqin River


Back to Burqin County, on the way we can require several stops at Kazak yurts and their grassland. Pay a visit to the Burqin River which covers an area of 5,588 square kilometers. The Burqin River is 25 kilometers long with its deepest place of about 176 meters.

Day 8: Burqin-Urumqi

The Monster City looks like a pirate ship when the furious wind blowsToday's highlights:

Monster City-Yadan Landform


The distance between Burqin and Urumqi is 800km. Visit Monster City on the way. It is a Yardan landform shaped by wind erosion and looks like ruined castles or various kinds of animals. When the day falls, the furious wind blows wildly in the city, which sounds just like angry ghost's wailing, so the local Kazakh people call it "Monster City".

Day 9: Urumqi-Diwopu Airport or Urumqi Railway Station

Today's highlights:

Airport/train station transfer from your hotel


Pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport or railway station for the flight or train to next destination.

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