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  • Kanas Lake of Xinjiang
  • Fishing Pavilion (Guanyu Ting)
  • Demon City (Mogui Cheng) of Xinjiang
  • Multicolored Beach of Xinjiang

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9 Days Kanas and Hemu Village Riding and Photo-Shooting Tour

Tour Code: CTKH-01
Tour Duration: 9 Days
Attractions: Kanas Lake of Xinjiang, Fishing Pavilion (Guanyu Ting), Demon City (Mogui Cheng) of Xinjiang, Multicolored Beach of Xinjiang

  • Tour Summary
  • Day by Day Itinerary
  • Reviews

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Urumqi Be met in the airport and transferred to the hotel. Details... D
Day 2 Urumqi/Burqin Drive to Burqin after breakfast and visit Kalamaili Ungulate Wildlife Reserve, Huoshao Mountain and the Guerbantonggut Desert on the way. Details... B,L,D
Day 3 Burqin/Hemu Drive to Hemu in the morning and visit Hemu, the "private plot in the backyard garden of the god". Details... B,L,D
Day 4 Hemu Shoot the morning sceneries of Hemu. Details... B,L,D
Day 5 Hemu/Black Lake Ride to the Black Lake. Details... B,L,D
Day 6 Black Lake/Kanas Lake Shoot the beautiful sceneries of the Black Lake. Then ride to Kanas Lake of Xinjiang . Details... B,L,D
Day 7 Kanas/Burqin Visit the Fishing Pavilion (Guanyu Ting) , Demon City (Mogui Cheng) of Xinjiang and Multicolored Beach of Xinjiang . Details... B,L,D
Day 8 Burqin/Wuerhe/Urumqi Drive to Urumqi and visit the Demon City (Mogui Cheng) of Xinjiang . Details... B,L,D
Day 9 Urumqi Be transferred to the airport after breakfast and return home. Details... B,L,D
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclude

A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.

Day 1 Arrival Urumqi (D)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Be met in the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Accommodation: three-star hotel of Urumqi or similar
 

Day 2 Urumqi/Burqin (B,L,D)

Urumqi/Burqin (B,L,D)

Transfer via: bus arranged by us
sightseeing: Kalamaili Ungulate Wildlife Reserve, Huoshao Mountain and the Guerbantonggut Desert

Drive to Burqin after breakfast and visit Kalamaili Ungulate Wildlife Reserve, Huoshao Mountain and the Guerbantonggut Desert in the center of Junggar Basin (the second largest desert of China and the largest fixation and half-fixation desert covering 4.88 square kilometers) on the way.

Accomodation: three-star hotel of Burqin or similar

Tips: the bus ride takes about 12 hours on this day so please have a good rest in the first day. You should take enough water on the way because the climate of Xinjiang is relatively dry.
 

Day 3 Burqin/Hemu (B, L, D)

Transfer via: bus arranged by us

Drive to Hemu in the morning and visit Hemu. Hemu attraction was praised as one of the six most beautiful ancient village of China and the "private plot in the backyard garden of the god".

Accomodation: hotel of Hemu

Tips: the bus ride takes about 4.5 hours on this day; please take care of yourself when shooting; there is big temperature difference between its day and night, so please take thick clothes with you.
 

Day 4 Hemu (B, L, D)

Hemu (B, L, D)

Sightseeing: Hemu

Shoot the morning sceneries of Hemu: white birches, pine trees, fogs, villages of Towa people, wooden residences; Hemu in the afternoon is more impressing.

Accomodation: hotel of Hemu

Tips: full-day photo-shooting. Please wear thick in the cold morning.
 

Day 5 Hemu/Black Lake (B, L, D)

Transfer via: riding

Ride to the Black Lake after breakfast and visit the beautiful alpine flowers, lakes, grasslands and snow mountains there.

Accomodation: tent

Tips: take care of yourself when riding; no running to avoid accidence; please cover yourself well with quilt at night. 
 

Day 6 Black Lake/Kanas Lake (B, L, D)

Black Lake/Kanas Lake (B, L, D)

Transfer via: riding
Sightseeing: Black Lake, Kanas Lake

Shoot the beautiful sceneries of the Black Lake in the morning. The Black Lake is also named 1000 Lakes with big and small lakes in good order. Visit the deer farms and overlook Kanas. Then ride to the famous Kanas Scenic Spot to visit the Moon Bay, Fairy Bay and Dragon Bay. To the north of Kanas, there is the snowy Kuytun Mountain and towering Friendship Mountain.

Accomodation: tent

Tips: full day riding, please be careful.
 

Day 7 Kanas/Burqin (B, L, D)

Kanas/Burqin (B, L, D)

Transfer via: bus arranged by us
Sightseeing: Fishing Pavilion, Tuwa Ethnic Village, Multicolored Beach

Visit the Fishing Pavilion and listen to the tales of the lake monsters. The Fishing Pavilion is also called Cloud Pavilion or Rain Pavilion because the sky seems quite close here. The snowy Friendship Mountain, located in the joint border of China, Mongolia, Russia and Kazakhstan, is towering in the northeast. Among the mountains, there is blue lake waters melt from the snowcap. The color of the lake changes with the changing clouds, just like phantasmagoria. When it rains, the whole lake was covered in a mist-a separate world. After visiting Tuwa Village, drive to Burqin and shoot the sunset at the gorgeous Multicolored Beach.

Accomodation: three-star hotel of Burqin or similar

Tips: the bus ride on this day takes about 3.5 hours; please respect the local customs of Tuwa People when visiting the village of Tuwa Ethnic Group.
 

Day 8 Burqin/Wuerhe/Urumqi (B, L, D)

Burqin/Wuerhe/Urumqi (B, L, D)

Transfer via: bus arranged by us
Sightseeing: Demon City

Drive to Urumqi after breakfast in the morning and visit the 10 square-kilometer Demon City. More than 10 million years ago, Demon City was a huge freshwater lake and the paradise of aquatic animals: thick plants grow by the lakeside and primitive animals including Wuerhe stegosaurus, plesiosaur and dinosaur lived there. Then the land was formed after two times of huge crustal movements.

Accommodation: three-star hotel of Urumqi or similar

Tips: the bus ride this day takes about 12 hours; do not climb the Demon City and pay attention to safety.
 

Day 9 Urumqi (B)

Be transferred to the airport after breakfast and return home.

Comment on our service from Gracie Chan, USA

We had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU! Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

 

Hello Sandy,

Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks for being patient. Here's what we thought of the trip.

Overall, we had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU!

Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. It was great to have their help dealing with hotel checking-ins and transportation details. It was very convenient and helpful. Having to move in and out of hotels daily and trying to catch all those train on time are very stressful ~ A big "Thanks" for all their help.  

I want you to know that we consider Jackie Zhang (our guide for Zhangye & Dunhuang) to be the BEST of all the guides we encountered on this trip. She is enthusiastic, meticulous and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell that she enjoys her job tremendously!

         

My observation ~ Most "Foreign Visitors" don't always have a base knowledge of the history of the places they are visiting. A SHORT & CONCISE explanation is better than a long and winding narrative. It should not be assumed that one formula works for everyone. Some visitors are more knowledgeable than others and vice versa.

We enjoyed all the sights we visited on this trip tremendously. That said, there are some room for improvements.

The one disappointment for me was the visit to Qinghai Lake. It was too commercialized. It would have been so much better if we were able to stop by the lake area BEFORE the visitor center where it was much more pristine and unspoiled. After all, we are there to take it the natural beauty of the area after all.

Our guide and driver was most accommodating when we asked them to stop by the side of the road in order for us to photograph herds of YAK and sheep. It was the highlight of the trip for me! I am sure other visitors will feel the same way.

My suggestion ~ Maybe some sort of arrangements can be made with local farmers that owned land along the Qinghai lake for a short stop over in your future tours? This way, your visitors can have wonderful opportunities to photograph and experience the scenery and lifestyle of the local people.

My observation ~ In Turpan, the Turpan Museum would have been a BETTER choice than the visit to the Karez well system (Kan'erjing Museum). There is really nothing much to see here.  

The International Grand Bazaar was also a bit of a disappointment, it was too touristy. I think we would find it much more interesting if we have the opportunity to visit a local street market instead.

We rode a donkey cart at the Flaming Mountains. It was great fun! I think this should be included in the future and its a great way to help the local make some extra money too. You agree?

Hotels ~ We still prefer staying at International Brand hotels. We really liked the Sofitel Hotels (in Xian & Xining) and the Sheraton in Urumqi.  

We find the service and breakfast food selection available at the local brand hotels are still somewhat lacking compared to the International Brand hotels.

Food ~ We had some amazing and some mediocre food on this trip. The quality of the meal is inconsistent. I guess it depended a lot on your local tour coordinators?    

I hope our observations and honest suggestions are helpful to you. Please do not consider this is as criticism of our trip but as suggestions for improvements. We had lots of fun and we hope you'll be able to attract more visitors to your tour. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

I have attached the "corrected" photo and an extra one taken at the Flaming Mountains. You have our permission to include all three of the photos along with the following review to your website. I will write a review for TripAdvisor.com later.

Regards,

Gracie.


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Comment on our service from Sergey Shunailov, Russia

It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot. If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Dear Sandy,

Nice to hear from you. The one day Beijing tour was fine. It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot.

If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Best regards,

Sergey


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Comment on our service from Thomas Anthony Lucker, USA

It was great and the guide was tremendous!

Hi Sandy,


It was great and the guide was tremendous.  I had a great time in Kaifeng. I think we have another tour coming up quickly on the 26th to Luoyang.  :)  


Tom

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Comment on our service from Robert William Miller, USA

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.   The Dazu museum was very interesting since did not know there were so many of the grottoes in China and other countries as well. We didn’t take lunch but asked rather to see another grotto.  Would recommend going to the small grotto and then the larger one and then museum in that order.

Rob Miller

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Comment on our service from Caitlin Radich, New Zealand

Overall we loved our tours. Zhangjiajie was fantastic! Our tour was really great and we would recommend it. Beijing - our guide was fantastic! So full of facts, great English and overall fantastic. Overall we have found dealing with your company a very pleasant experience, and we like the individualised aspect of it.

Hi Sandy,

Nice to hear from you. Overall we loved our tours. Zhangjiajie was fantastic! Our tour was really great and we would recommend it. Our tour guide was really lovely in zhangjiajie, but her English was less than perfect, but overall that didn’t hinder anything.

Beijing - our guide was fantastic! So full of facts, great English and overall fantastic. Forrest was his name. Seeing the wall was amazing!!!

Overall we have found dealing with your company a very pleasant experience, and we like the individualised aspect of it.

I hope you find this helpful, and thank you for your help,

Thanks

Caitlin


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Comment on our service from Wolfgang Ernst Kasper, Australia
I want to to thank you again for your good services. Everything worked out as expected ––or better! Getting the gaotie tickets was easy, and the two excursions were most enjoyable.

Dear Sandy,

now that we have returned home after a marvellous trip through China, I want to to thank you again for your good services.

Everything worked out as expected –– or better! Getting the gaotie tickets was easy, and the two excursions were most enjoyable. In particular, the guide at Huangshan – I called her ciao Xue (Little Snow) – was attentive and intelligent, great company!


After the hike up and down on Huangshan, we felt great: we can still do that at our age in the high seventies!


Hakka Country


Finally, it was a pleasant surprise to get your call. That was unexpected, but much appreciated.

Keep selling China to the world!

Best wishes

Wolfgang


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