6 Days Apricot Flower Photography Tour from Urumqi

Urumqi, Yining, Daxigou, Tuergen, Kurdening, Kalajun Grassland

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Tour Code: TCT-Xinjiang-06

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

  Get into Ili Valley and reveal the unrivaled beauty of apricot flowers

  Be stunned by the mysterious and fantastic landscape of Northwestern Xinjiang

  Have a chance to experience fascinating local custom and exotic charm 

The whole journey with a private vehicle allows you the most comfortable and flexible tour experience
 

Best Travel Time: Early April to early May, based on the weather condition

Price from on request

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Day 1Urumqi-Yining (680km & 8.5hrs journey)
Drive to Yining, Sayram Lake Scenic Area

Meals: Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Ili River Hotel ★★★★ or similar

At early morning, your private guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby. Drive towards the west to Yining City, the capital of the Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture. On the way, you will stop at Sayram Lake Scenic Area for a visit. Renowned as a pearl of the Silk Road, Sayram Lake is a fairyland with wonderful natural scenery. Surrounded by Tianshan Mountain, the clean water reflects the splendid picture of the snow mountain.

After the visit, continue driving to Yining and will arrive at night. Stay overnight there and have good rest for tomorrow’s trip. Lunch would be served at a local restaurant on the way.

Sayram Lake Ili
Sayram Lake Ili

Day 2Yining - Daxigou Village - Yining
Apricot Flowers Tour to Daxigou Village, Fushoushan Mountain

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Ili River Hotel  ★★★★ or similar

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby and drive for 1.5hrs to Daxigou Village where you will enjoy full day apricot flower photography tour. The best place to take photos is in Fushoushan Mountain where you could have a perspective from the peak down to the valley. You could also enter the village to experience the local people’s life if you were interested.

After sunset, you will be transferred back to Yining for overnight stay.

Lunch would be served at a local restaurant or TCT will prepare the easy lunch for you.

Details in the itinerary:
Yining - Daxigou Village: 80km & 1.5hrs journey

Apricot Blossom in Ili
Apricot Blossom in Ili

Day 3Yining - Tuergen Village - Xinyuan (200km & 2.5hrs journey)
Apricot Flowers Tour to Tuergen Village, Drive to Xinyuan

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Liancheng Ecological Hotel ★★★ or similar

Please check out in the morning and drive for 2.5hrs to Xinyuan. Today, you will continue the photography tour to Tuergen Village where is the most famous place of apricot flowers in Ili. The apricot flowers are mainly distributed in the hillside and the peak, and some of them are distributed in the valley, so you would need to move around to find your favorite perspective.

After sunset, you will be transferred to Xinyuan County for an overnight stay. Lunch would be served at a local restaurant or TCT will prepare the easy lunch for you.

Details in the itinerary:
Yining - Tuergen Village: 200km & 2.5hrs journey
Tuergen Village - Xinyuan: 30km & 40mins journey

Apricot Flowers at Tuergen Village
Apricot Blossom at Tuergen Village

Day 4Xinyuan - Kurdening - Gongliu
Kurdening Scenic Area, Quruke Village

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Yuxiangyuan Hotel ★★★ or similar

Say goodbye to Xinyuan and continue the trip to Kurdening Scenic Area after 2 hours driving. As a part of Heaven Mountain, Kurdening Scenic Area still keeps its mysterious to the outsiders even Heaven Mountain got its reputation of World Natural Heritage in 2013. You will not see the crowds of travelers here, which allows you to enjoy a quiet environment to create good photos. Walking along the plank to Quruke Village, you will see the flowers of apricot in full blossom with the background of Heaven Mountain.

Lunch would be served at a local restaurant or TCT will prepare the easy lunch for you. After the tour, you will be transferred to Gongliu County and stay overnight there.  

Details in the itinerary:
Xinyuan - Kurdening Scenic Area: 110km & 2hrs journey
Kurdening Scenic Area - Gongliu County: 70km & 1.5hrs journey

 Kurdening Scenic Area
 Kurdening Scenic Area

Day 5Gongliu - Kalajun Grassland - Yining
Kalajun Grassland, Drive to Yining

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Ili River Hotel  ★★★★ or similar

After several days' photography tour for apricot flowers, today you will have a chance to experience a different scene. Check out from the hotel and drive for 2 hours to Kalajun Grassland. Differing from other grasslands, Kalajun owns a relatively flat landform, which shapes it a pretty gentle view. In Kalajun, you will not only see the grassland but also see the see flowers, snow mountains, and virgin forest. The scenery here is vast and beautiful, which makes it a perfect place for sightseeing and photography.

Lunch would be served at a local restaurant or TCT will prepare the easy lunch for you. After the tour, you will drive back to Yining for an overnight stay.

Details in the itinerary:
Gongliu County - Kalajun Grassland: 105km & 2hrs journey
Kalajun Grassland - Yining: 145km & 3hrs journey

Kalajun Grassland
Kalajun Grassland

Day 6Yining - Urumqi (680km & 8.5hrs journey)
Drive back to Urumqi

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Wake up naturally and check out. Drive back to Urumqi and arrive there at night. The apricot flower photography tour finishes and you could continue your trip to explore other places in Xinjiang.

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Notice:
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.

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5.0

Dorothy G

5.0

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Leandri P

5.0

We did a private tour of Beijing and the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall in October. The company seamlessly put together the tour for us (graciously making changes to accommodate our preferences) without any problems. All the staff I dealt with (Joyce as the organizer and Sisi as the tour guide) was absolutely fantastic. Very kind and knowledgeable people who goes out of their way to make suggestions to ensure the most amazing experience you could possibly have. I wholeheartedly recommend this company for anyone wanting to travel to China. Truly an amazing company!
Gamini H

5.0

We went on an 11 day Private tour organised by TCT to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Cruise on Li River and Shanghai. Everything was so perfectly and professionally organized by Bonnie. Prior to the commencement of the holiday she was so helpful and responded very promptly to all our questions and requests. The tour was perfectly tailored to our taste and we have seen and experienced more than what we expected. The Guides were very knowledgeable, especially Christina in regards to her proficiency in English and the knowledge (Sabrina – Beijing, Christina – Xian, Jay Guilin and Alice Shanghai). They were very helpful and went out of their way to help us and make us happy. At times communication became somewhat challenging though, it did not significantly affect us. They recommended very pleasing, fantastic and one of a kind shows that left memorable impressions on us. We highly recommend TCT to anyone who is planning to have a tour in China. Thank you Bonnie and the team for the wonderful and memorable holiday. Gamini & Wijitha
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5.0

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Deepani999

5.0

Very well organized Tour, value for money, really good three star hotels with very good rooms, including Bfasts, really good guides expect in Beijing. Joe from Xian very knowledgble honest gentleman, same in Tibet Lobson. Very good Cruise.Manager with Personnel touch Alan, Very kind and helpful drivers with very good vehicles, Thanks REBECCA FROM TCT.for organizing this perfect busy still very fun holiday forus.
josiane2015

5.0

We were 10 friends and we took a 13 day trip to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Cruise on Yangtze River and Shanghai. Everything was so perfectly and professionally organized by Bonnie. She was so helpful and responded very promptly to all our questions and requests. The tour was perfect to our taste and we have seen and done all that we wanted. All the guides were very professional, specially Kathy in Beijing. Thanks to all TCT group. Josiane
Hayley131

5.0

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bob

5.0

My wife and I chose TCT to plan a two week private tour of China for us and we are very glad that we did. Yocky, our travel planner, was excellent and everything worked out exactly as she had told us it would. The guides were well chosen and by and large spoke quite passable English. The younger ones sometimes tended to try and cram too much to do in one day for an older couple, but they were very flexible and quite willing to make minor alterations to our set progamme on our request. All in all, I would recommend TCT to anyone who wants an in depth look at China and its people.
Guide39633

5.0

Our 14-day tour went great. Our online agent, Yocky, was very responsive to all the questions I had before the trip. We were met and sent off at each airport, railroad, and bus ride by local tour guides of TCT who were prompt, friendly, knowledgeable, and professionals. Thorough in explaining each of the places we visited and gladly took our questions and responded. The hotels we were checked-in were 4 stars as expected, clean and centrally located, clean, and served a great buffet breakfast (included). The respective tour guides effectively managed the time and arranged lunch stops close by the sites we visited thus not wasting touring time. Overall experience was great. Great value for the price of the tour. If we decide to tour other sites in China in the future I will definitely use TCT again.
Babu_of_Kili

5.0

I first visited China in 1975, the Canton Fair and have been a regular visitor since. In late 1976 partook in a 3 week Australia China Chamber Commerce of "approved" locations, one being that of Tianjin which was near epicenter Tangshan earthquake, staying in a Russian built colossal hotel, my how China has changed! On all previous trips I had business associates assist with my travel arrangements and this Guilin experience was the first I booked. Having never been to Guilin and always wanting to visit the karst formation mountains, I was surfing and an advertisement for TCT appeared to which I responded and immediately received a positive and informative reply from Lily. Informed her that I would be visiting a number of cities in China with my son on business and from our final city of Hangzhou I would like to visit Guilin and some attractions nearby. Lily immediately came up with a 5 day private tour proposal based on 3 star hotels and including private car transportation. The deal was so appealing I did not consider any alternatives. Arrangements were made solely by internet and whilst I was travelling. When I eventually nailed down the date I was to be in Hangzhou, Lily immediately booked a soft sleeper for the train to Guilin, some 18 hours and arranged for the ticket to be delivered to the Ramada in Hangzhou. In the course of the trip with my son in cities such as Taizhou, Handan, Chongqing, Tonglu and Hangzhou we mentioned my intended solo trip to Guilin and all were amazed that I, a Caucasian foreigner not able to speak Mandarin, would be capable of having a successful trip. Well at my hotel in Hangzhou there was the rail ticket as arranged, no problems to take the new Hangzhou subway to the East Hangzhou train station and on my way, sharing my soft sleeper with 3 Mandarin speaking fellow travelers The train arrived at Guilin station precisely on time, 12.18 and outside the terminal was met by my guide for the duration of my trip, the lovely and most capable 23 year old Yu Ming. She whisked me away to see the local sites of Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, and Fubo Hill then to book into Universal Guilin Hotel 3*, top location. Yu Ming accompanied me to one of her favourite restaurants which offered live; snake,bamboo rats, various turtle and many fish. I settled on what is known as duck bill fish which is boneless but expensive, about RMBY220 per half kilo, other dishes as little as one tenth this cost. Following day joined hoards of other travelers on a flotilla of boats meandering some 83km downstream on Li Jiang (Jiang = River). The karst mountains are spectacular and the water clear and quite rapid, particularly in shallows. Considerable activity along the river conducted mainly from 12 pole bamboo rafts made of PVC pipe! Have a RMBY20 note with you and take a photograph of the scenery around Xing Ping which appears on the note. Met three fellow travellers,Guandong residents, who heard from Yu Ming we were to ride bicycles on arrival at Yangshuo and although none spoke any English they asked to accompany us when we ride hired bicycles to the Yulong River through the Yangshuo countryside. Off we set through relatively busy traffic but soon into serene countryside, easy riding. On reaching the Yulong we( Yu Ming and myself) hire a 10 bamboo pole raft (genuine bamboo), placed our bikes on the stern with poleman, sat in a pair of chairs and drifted down the Yulong (Dragon) River, going over weirs of more than 1 metre high, meandering through beautiful scenery and karst mountains to, too soon, to land at a banyan tree said to be 1,400 years old. Off loaded bikes and before setting on way to hotel, Ai Yuan 3*, bought from local vendor, a BBQ fish similar to a sardine, which you ate ,including backbone, from the skewer. Back on our bikes to have dinner at one of many local restaurants and then to the second performance for the night of Liu Sanjie, a love story familiar to all Chinese. A cast of over 700 from the Zhuang, Miao and yao minority in a setting of 1.4 hectares ( 3.5 acres) with karst mountains in background, backlit. Spectacular colours and lights, each performance holding 3000 spectators. To avoid queues for buses and taxis we rode a motorbike, 3 up, for total of RMBY10. During breakfast I could hear bursts of staccato which, was to see later, a funeral of a father. All mourners in white and the son and daughter of the deceased father were in long whites. The crackers were exploding and vast quantities of paper money floating everywhere to be quickly cleaned up by following street sweepers. Our driver, Qin caught up with us at 8 in the morning for an early start for the Longji rice terraces and the following day a visit to the Dong minority village, Yanzhai in the Sanjiang region (three rivers). More of that elsewhere My one regret, I did not have an additional day to enjoy the serenity of the Yulong River. I have had no further contact with tour organiser Lily, all is going like clockwork, Yu Ming not only a highly knowledgeable guide but is astutely aware of her charge's preferences, who is more than three times her age. I put this awareness down to the fact that Yu Ming is not only text book tourist taught by The Guilin University of Tourism, but she had recently spent some 8 months at the Epcot Centre in Florida.
Joseph C

5.0

We (my wife and I) visited the Tienanmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven park and the Great Wall of China. Kurt was our guide. He did an excellent job. Was very helpful, respectful and knowledgeable. A great guy to be with. Mr Wu was the driver. Very good. We had a lovely spacious car with the driver and the guide (KURT) for the entire tour.Beijing is a very beautiful place. Never experienced any pollution.Very good food and friendly people. Thanks to Raylene who arranged this tour. She is wonderful and gave us the right advise. Thank you Raylene.
BrooklynSally

5.0

My daughter and I had a terrific 6 day adventure hiking the Great Wall of China, made extra special by our wonderful,caring, attentive, informative, experienced guide, Jack Chen, and our kind and thoughtful driver, Mr. Zhou. We hiked the Gubeikou, Jinshanling, Wohushan, Jiankou, and Mutianyu sections of the Great Wall,.5-6 hours a day, with our guide, Jack Chen offering information about Chinese history, culture, politics, life, food, and what's it's like to live in China. Jack even gave us tai chi and kung fu lessons in the evening. The hikes offered spectacular views of the mountain ranges and valleys with views of the winding wall in the distance. You can just imagine the enemy armies trying to attack from the north. We took hundreds of pictures! I even got to celebrate my birthday on the second day of the hiking tour and asked other hikers we met to sing happy birthday to me in their own language. Jack and Mr Zhou surprised me with a delicious birthday cake which we all devoured after dinner. Our accommodations were suitable. We ate delicious food, carefully chosen by Jack, being attentive to my daughter's gluten-free needs...no bread, dumplings or wheat noodles. Hiking the "wild wall" on the 3rd day was really challenging! We hiked on very rough, broken, steep, overgrown, and narrow sections of the wall, but it was well worth it! We did welcome the cable car ride down. By the end of the 3rd day, we were tired and our legs felt it! Make sure you wear comfortable and sturdy hiking or trail shoes, carry a small day pack with snacks and water, light layers and a rain jacket. The weather changes a lot. This was a truly marvelous experience, not to be missed even if you hike only one day. If you are lucky to get Jack Chen as your guide, you will be very fortunate and extremely pleased and satisfied. He is a special person! Our trip was indeed, memorable!
Raghavan A

5.0

We signed up with TCT after reading reviews of Tibet tour agencies. Our trip included 4 days in Lhasa, two in Shigatse and one at the base camp. TCT made all the arrangements including the Tibet permit, hotels, tour guide, car and the driver for the entire trip. The arrangements were superb. The guide and the driver were very accommodating to our needs and made the entire trip very convenient. At the base camp, the guide even arranged for extra oxygen in case we need it. She was also very helpful in advising us as how to get acclimated to the altitude. The entire trip was smooth and enjoyable and we would highly recommend TCT for travel to Tibet.
nt281

5.0

Our guide picked us up on time despite all the traffic of National Holiday Week and explained to us early on that her English was not great (however still enough to communicate some history of the village and the region) but she was very friendly and helpful. We were told we would go to another village rather than Ping'an because of the crowds which we much preferred because it meant we could explore this one (however we did not see a long hair show).
Maciej_UW

5.0

The Top China Travel organised for 40 persons a tour in Guilin, Beijing, Xi'an area and especially in Gansu province. All things e.g. transport (flight, train tickets, bus) accommodation and guide service was professional, also in the remote area of Badain Jaran Desert or Qilian Mountain in Gansu province where organisation of the trip for a big group is not always easy. Months of contact with TCT office (responsible Janet Chan) was professional, reliable and always fast so all details were clear before the group departure. During the trip the the guide/office work was also excellent which is important for big groups (but also for small groups or family). The trip was without major problems. The smaller one, which always can happen, was resolved fast by the TCT (Janet Chan). That proves the high quality of the Tour Operator. I can recommend Top China Travel as an reliable Tour Operator for groups or individual travellers to organise a tour in most known China tourist spot but also to more remote areas. Maciej
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