6 Days Apricot Flower Photography Tour from Urumqi

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

Traveler Reviews


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

bjsDenverCO

5.0

We had little time to plan this trip to China and decided a private tour was best for the short time we had available. We really enjoyed the tour 4.5 days in Beijing and 1.5 days in Shanghai. We saw all the highlights, but more importantly our guides talked to us about the people, the culture, the society, etc. We felt very immersed in what we were learning and seeing for those days. The guides were flexible, changing the schedule to accomodate visiting the Great Wall of China on a sunny day. Our hotels were all very nice, and we enjoyed having a driver drop us off right at the entrance to the places we were visiting and picking us up right when we were done. It enabled us to see quite alot in a short amount of time. We enjoyed the one on one contact with our guides (Cathy in Beijing and Sophie in Shanghai.)
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.
bsingh1952

5.0

Overall our 16 days customized private trip to China ( including Tibet region ) was organized very well .Our contact person was Maggie Qin . We visited Beijing , Xi'an , Lhasa and Shanghai. We also took 3 nights Yangtze river cruise from Chongqing . Everything went off smoothly . The five star Hotels booked for us were excellent and centrally located . There was no problem with air , train or ship bookings . All cars arranged for local travel were in good condition and drivers courteous . All guides were well behaved and always present at the time of arrival at different destinations . They explained things nicely and in interesting manner . They were also helpful and flexible to meet our requirements . Thank you Maggie and thanks to the entire TCT team .
susan v

5.0

My daughter and I recently did a private 13 day tour with TCT starting in Beijing and ending in Shanghai. We went to Xian, Guilin and on a 3 night Yangtze river cruise. I did a lot of research before using TCT as last year we had a very bad experience with a tour company in Morocco which really spoiled our whole holiday. Obviously doing a private tour is much more expensive but well worth the money. From the beginning my dealings with Bonnie were so personal. It was so nice to be met at airports/stations by a private guide and drivers. I loved the fact that the guides did all the check-ins at airports and at the station for the Bullet train from Beijing to Xian. I was so glad that Linda could accompany us right to the waiting room at station as there were thousands of people at the station and it could have been quite overwhelming. All the hotels that we stayed in were above my expectations for China. All our guides and drivers were very attentive and enthusiastic . We are vegetarians and all the guides made sure that they helped us find food at lunch time. Linda our guide in Beijing wrote a note saying we were vegetarians which we used in the evenings at restaurants for the whole trip. At the great wall of China we went up the chair lift and tobogganed down. My only criticism would be that we would have preferred to go up with the cable car and then walk all the way along the wall to the toboggan ride. Unfortunately when we said we want to toboggan down the guide decided that we should go up the chair lift as it is closer to the toboggan. I felt that we did not have enough time on the wall. My advice is for the guide to give all the options as the walk from the cable car is quite long and not everybody might want to walk so far. The Terracotta warriors were another highlight of the trip. Lucy we loved your selfie app....we want it too :) We loved the Li river cruise in Guilin and our guide Michelle even brought us a special vegetarian packed lunch as often the cruise does not have vegetarian options for lunch. She was so attentive on the cruise and pointed out all the special highlights of the cruise, something I did not see all the other guides doing. On our flight from Xian to Guilin there was not vegetarian option for us. I mentioned this to Bonnie and she then arranged that when we flew from Guilin to Chongqing that Cherry, who met us at the airport to take us to the Boat Cruise, had a vegetarian meal for us. Also when we disembarked in Yichang, Victor also brought along a vegetarian packed lunch for us. Jakob our guide in Shanghai practically became our family in the few days that we spent with him. He had the most amazing sense of humor and made us laugh every day. Thank you for the very special Chilli sauce. Bianca eats it on practically everything. To Bonnie and all the guides... Linda, Lucy, Michelle, Cherry, Victor and Jakob... thank you for making this one of the most memorable trips that we have ever done. Also big thank you to all the very proficient drivers for keeping us safe on the 'wild' Chinese roads. China is an amazingly beautiful and vibrant country to visit. Just one suggestion: On the itinerary mention all the optional shows that one can attend in different cities and suggest booking before you go. We were unable to go to the show in Shanghai as it was a weekend and fully booked by the time we asked our guide.
Brian M

5.0

We recently did a 14 day tour of China organised by Top China Travel. The trip was organised at the last minute as a result of a previous tour with another company being cancelled. There were four of us, all over 65, who travelled together. We were extremely impressed with the tour. It was well organised, well presented and communication was very effective throughout. Much of the tour’s success can be attributed to the enthusiasm, professionalism and good communication of Rebecca Wei our contact at Top China Travel. Rebecca’s knowledge of travel options and matching our needs to the arrangements was extremely valuable. Our tour involved Beijing-Xi'an-Guilin-Chongqing-Yangtze River Cruise-Yichang-Shanghai. Our tour guide for 4 days in Beijing was Quee Na, ably supported by our driver Mr I. They both went out of their way to make our stay comfortable, exciting and educational. We really appreciated their smiling welcoming faces and safe, punctual and flexible tours. Quee Na’s knowledge of the Beijing area was outstanding providing us with plenty of great advice for eating places, shopping etc. The visits to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Great Wall and the Summer Palace were all highlights. At the Great Wall we travelled up the hill on the chairlift walked 4 towers up and back and then 2 of us took the toboggan down- great fun at our age. We stayed at the Sunworld Hotel Beijing which is in a great location close Tiananmen Square and Shopping and clean comfortable rooms. Quee Na’s insight into the local area was very helpful. We travelled to Xian by fast train, averaging approx. 295 kms per hour. Very comfortable and smooth ride. On the train it is difficult to get your luggage close to you if you have large cases but Quee Na was able to find us a safe place to store. We stayed at Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an, once again well located and clean and comfortable. We did all the usual tourist things in Xian but one of the highlights was doing tai chi on the City Wall with a professional Tai Chi Master. We then travelled to Guilin by plane. Our tour guide in Guilin was Ann, who is outstanding. She has incredible energy levels, great knowledge of the local area and China as a whole and was great at tailoring activities to our needs. She was ably supported by our driver Mr Wong. We really enjoyed Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area (Dragon's Back), including a cable car ride. These terraces are built into the hillsides. We also went Li River Cruise (about 4 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo. Impressive scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. We stayed in Yangshuo for dinner to enable us to see The Show of Impression Liusanjie. This was organised by Ann and is highly recommended as an optional activity in Yangshuo. We stayed at Lijiang Waterfall Hotel. Once again a great location and providing 5 star rooms and service. While in Guilin we had an opportunity to meet Rebecca Wei who is based there who made us feel very welcome and double-checked to make sure all our needs were being met. We then travelled by fast train from Guilin to Chongqing. Ann made sure we were well organised and punctual for the train and sent us off with a huge smile. The Yangtze River cruise boat departs from Chongqing. We were on the President No.7 ship which holds up to 500 passengers; approximately 80% were Chinese with the rest quite a mix from around the world. The River Cruises in China are a little different to Europe, pithed more at economy class but the ship was clean, service was good, food was fine and the scenery through the 3 gorges awesome. We didn’t do the optional tours as we needed a couple of hours free to rest up after such a hectic time to date. The three gorges dam tour at the end was extremely interesting We flew from Yichang to Shanghai. Our base was the Sunrise on the Bund hotel. Probably the best hotel overall on the tour. Our guide in Shanghai was Leo. He is energetic, passionate and we all quickly became friends. Our driver was Mr Wong who beyond expectations to ensure our travels were safe and enjoyable, including making sure we got to the airport in plenty of time for our flight. Overall a great trip, very good value for money and we would have no hesitation in recommending Top China Travel to anybody considering a China Tour.
lagoplaya3000

5.0

Thanks Top China Travel, Vicky Lu, for coordinating and assisting us in the process of our trip to China and Hong Kong. We enjoyed and learned a lot. The guides, Serena in Beijing, Mason in Xi'an, Meli in Shanghai and Bill in Hong Kong, were very friendly and enthusiastic. Now we have a new vision of China and its people. Thank you again.
Bonnygillis

5.0

We used Top China Tour for a recent trip which included Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai. This was a small group with four to six members. Top China travel did an excellent job. The hotels were all in excellent locations and the service was top notch. The tour guides all spoke very good English and knew the history of all the many places we visited. I always felt very comfortable wherever we went. Everything was organized nicely. I highly recommend Top China Travel as they provided us with a very memorable trip!
VanSalinas

5.0

I went to China on July (2017) and had a great experience with TCT. Our organizer was Janet and she was really helpful during our stay in China. They helped us with the itinerary and it was valuable choice to do the tour with an organizer in order to know more places. We had a great time during the 21 days we stayed in China and all the small problems we had, Janet took care of it. Felt really secure and look foward to have another experience with TCT!
JrnyJunkie

5.0

The views are stunning and the boat that we were on had VIP seating for just our group with a private balcony to view the river.
Sharma550000

5.0

It has been a wonderful private tour with TCT visiting Hong Kong, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xian, Bejing. We were promptly received at every airport and train station and warmly welcomed by all of the tour guides and also brought to our departure flights and trains always on time with warm and friendly smiles. This team (Billy, Summer, Eric) is very responsible which is very comforting for a traveller. Billy (Guilin/Yangshuo), Summer (Xian) and Eric (Bejing) are very knowledgeable about these cities and towns, and, easily provide the historical and traditional context of things which provided us deep understanding and clarity to our perspectives. We really enjoyed the Four Lakes cruise (Guilin), dinner in Yangshuo West Street, the performance impressions of Liu Sanjie (Yangshuo), Imperial show and Dumpling Banquet (Xian), dinner in the Houhai lake (Bejing), Peking Roast Duck at Quanjude Restaurant. At every location where we ate this team (Billy, Summer, Eric) ensured that our food preferences were taken care of even when it meant some last minute changes to the menu. Great flexibility. Strongly recommend these apart from visiting all the cultural and historical sites. Outstanding planning by Bonnie and immaculate execution by Billy, Summer, Eric made this a wonderful and memorable trip. Thank you guys and girls of TCT.
عبدالرحمن ا

5.0

My trip with tour was beijing-xian-zhaj-chengdue -beijing . It was one of the amazing tour group that i ever had . I recomended rylen ,she was my best tour guide around china , she is an excelent follow up with all location and activities .
ralphrarb

5.0

I highly recommend Top China Travel (TCT) in particular Janet Chan for her excellent professional services in organising our recent tour in China. My wife and I did not want a group tour because we wanted greater flexibility so Janet put together a tour that took in all the major sight seeing cities. It was very well organised, the accommodation was great e.g. excellent locations, English speaking and delicious buffet breakfasts and close to all the major sights that will leave us with lasting memories. Her choice of guides was very good, they also spoke excellent English and had good personalities and were all very knowledgeable, the drivers were also very good and drove safely. In summary we believe that TCT provided a quality value added service and would recommend TCT to anyone looking for a reliable Chinese agency for organising their travels. Ralph Arbon Brisbane, Australia
Chris W

5.0

When planning our China trip we read many trip advisor reviews and noticed Janet Chan’s name came up a number of times so we asked for her to arrange our journey across this fascinating land. What a great choice we made, she listened and responded to our questions and arranged all our trip that went off without any problems. We didn’t want shopping nor group travel and she responded brilliantly. Two days hiking on the wall with fabulous guide Miko, in fact all our guides and drivers were just excellent. High speed train meant we saw lots of China’s varied countryside and went to some out of the way places. We can only say great things about TCT and especially Janet Chan if you are planning a trip. Thank you Janet for an exciting and memorable trip! Chris n Jools Winstanley
Mary M

5.0

Ms. Christina is very proficient in her English and knowledgable of the city of Xian and Chinese history, which made our trip to the terra cotta warriors and the museums much more engaging. She is easy to converse with and very nice company. She suggested a traditional Chinese show with a hot pot dinner that were both mediocre but a good representation of the history of traditional China. Both lunches that were part of the itinerary were really delicious and lots of food. Xian is a great city lit up a night, beautiful buildings and gardens. Safe to walk around and they have underpasses for pedestrians so you don't have to cross the main road. We did a bike tour on top of the city wall that was very bumpy, but nice early in the morning - it started getting crowded after 10:30am. Our hotel was in a great location with a nice coffee shop in the lobby. Xian was a nice historical city with a great tour guide!
KAIS Y

5.0

I contacted TCT TopChinaTravel Guellin for my trip to china, the travel consultant "Raylene" is very proffesional, she make every things easy and possible, also.she helps us to prepare a rich and comprehensive program. Also it is very reactive whatever by mail or by other means of communication.
The welcome at the airport was perfect as all visits mentioned in our trip programme. Their prices are very competitive too. I strongly recommend to choose this agency.
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