/ Silk Road
/ All Inclusive Private Day Tour: Discover Turpan including Karez System and Emin Minaret
Meet your guide in the lobby of your Turpan hotel at 9:00am. Visit the Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves, an abandoned site. Here, fresco and statues dating back to the 15th century reside. Then, make your way to the Astana Tombs, once a public cemetery 1,000 years ago for the citizens of the Gaochang Kingdom. Take the opportunity to observe the incredible tomb paintings in three of the tombs in the burial grounds.
Afterwards, you will head to the ruins of the ancient city of Gaochang. The city was one of the most renowned kingdom in history along the Silk Road. Visit temples, stupas, city walls, and more that run through the town.
Take a break for lunch in the yard of a local Uyghur's house.
In the afternoon, visit Emin Minaret (built in 1,777 by a local king, Sulaiman), you will find it's in a typical Uyghur architecture style. It then served as the symbol of Turpan city. Then you will visit Kerez Irrigation System to explore where the water from in the oasis town. The last stop will be the ancient City of Jiaohe, built on a 124-foot (38-meter) highland and home to preserved houses, temples, and stupas.
At the end of your tour, return to your hotel.
Please bring your passport
Pick up time: 9am
Duration: 9 hours
Pick up location: Centrally located Turpan hotel