We went there for 10 days
You can have the hotel in mind. If you cannot arrive at the place in time, the driver will help to find.
We did not buy any tour package. But you need to pay for entrance fee for certain scenic spots.
Check this out for the brief itinerary: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=278281
I did not book any hotel at all...book a 4WD from kashgar to go near the china pakistan border...and also a 5day 4wd to travel the taklamakan desert...
even after 6years..I can still rem the beauty of xin jiang....would love to go back there again
It is good to visit xinjiang . Can you tell me how many days you are palnning and which time ?
Xinjiang divided two part and two part is diffrent with view and cultur as well. Be cause of the mountain tianshan xinjiang divided two southern side of tianshan is called south xinjiang with more dry climate desolated mountains ,desert, high mountains like karakoram , pamir, also famous silk road`s shouthern also end in here by kashgar. North will be ily, altay, urumqi, citis as I mentoned, but more grasslands lakes, and more rainfals,
If you want cultural trip I would say that you should fly to urumqi, from any major city in other parts of china. and then urumqi museum, overnight in urumqi to see the markets and next day turpan 150km from there. turpan you will see karez(underground water channedl) astana ancient city, jiaohe ancient city, tuyuk village ,grape valley,etc.
Then take train to kuqa where once was buddist ceneter in xinjiang, you can visit the kizil buddist cave which were built in early 4centeruy. Then take train to kashgar , and 3days in kashgar`s old city , sunday bazaar, and some other activities as well. Send me e mail if you like . Freealip@yahoo.com