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

ourview_11

5.0

From the first email to Top China Travel with Joyce to our wonderful Tour Guide Linda and our driver I can not say more happily what a wonderful trip we have had. Linda was very Kind and very informative with all your tours. The vehicle used was at very high standard and the Driver very safe. We had a private Tour for myself and my Husband we would totally recommend this company.
docbj82

5.0

Lily, the tour organizer for Top China Travel, was wonderful. She planned everything and adjusted the trip to match our specific destination requests (My daughter and I were traveling alone). At every destination on the trip (from Beijing to Guilin), a driver and guide met us so we never had to worry about transportation or the challenges of making ourselves understood. Our guides varied from being very poor (when it was a contracted city guide to see the Great Wall or the Forbidden City) to the very good (when it was their guides for stops in Guilin or the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park). The Beijing guides couldn't speak English or spoke it poorly, they made us go to destinations no one wanted to see, and they were rude. Those places would be worth visiting on your own because Beijing's subway system is pretty straightforward and arranging transport to the Great Wall seemed uncomplicated.We are not great with guides in that we prefer to travel on our own and "discover" the joys of a new place without the rigidity of a tour, but having a driver and in some places a guide can be essential in China. If we didn't have a guide in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, we probably would still be there! In very few places do people speak English, so figuring out the queue system or even the need to hold onto your ticket for endless checking made the presence of a guide rather handy. The downside of having a guide, though, is how their presence limits your spontaneity and impedes your ability to choose where or what you want to eat. Eating Chinese food three times a day can be pretty depressing to your taste buds. From this trip I learned ( I have never used a tour company before and I have traveled all over the world) that you need to play an active role in requesting the kind of accommodations you want. We prefer to be in walking distance of city centers and having an English speaking person on staff would have been nice. In Xi'an we were outside the city walls and, throughout our trip, rarely did any of the hospitality staff in the many hotels we stayed in speak any English. That oversight was my fault because I failed to request those things. I expected some English proficiency from people working in the hospitality industry, but in reality English speakers didn't appear to be very common. Beijing and Xi'an were one time places for us (the crowds at the Terra-cotta soldiers were literally overwhelming), but the mountain region in the Hunan Province and the Li River in Guilin (bike riding in Guilin was a real highlight!) were delightful. No matter where you go, though, be prepared for endless crowds, a lot of shoving, and an ongoing din as you navigate this part of China. Top China Travel made an extremely challenging trip (China is not an easy country to visit- the inconsistency of sanitary toilet facilities, a form of public behavior that can be very disconcerting to visitors, and the total absence of any multi-culturalism), one that was a bit less challenging. We had a fascinating time in China. Many of the destinations we chose were not for the faint of heart or for someone who is new to international travel. In most places, we were the object of intense curiosity and the subject of many, many photos. The Great Wall alone made the trip worth doing, so don't be put off by the extreme hustle and noise that will surround you night and day. Top China Travel certainly helped make our trip one we will never forget!
drphani

5.0

professional people to handle everything. Rebecca the star of our trip to china answered my unending emails with lot of patience and smile. gave a perfect tour to see china in a memorable way. the guides Helen at shanghai and windy at Hongkong are very kind people and lot of patience to organise the trip to your liking. curt very bad guide in Beijing, doesn't have patience and smokes continuously, very rough in speaking. but china is beautiful country to visit.see it through these guys.
rmunzenmayer

5.0

Just returned from two weeks of travel through China set up by Rebecca at Top China Travel. Absolutely perfect experience. In each city our guides and drivers were the best! Started in Beijing, then Xian, Yangtze River Cruise, Wuhan and Shanghai. In each city a university educated tour guide was waiting for us full of local history and information. Additional evening attractions like Beijing Opera and Tang Dynasty Show were perfect. She set up a cooking lesson for us with a private family in Beijing that was the best. Each and every one of our requests were honored and planned specifically for us. A special trip to Wuhan, off the normal tourist path was delightful. We finished the trip with a visit to Shanghai Disney. So thankful to this organization for the trip of a lifetime.
Avani S

5.0

We were apprehensive of booking the trip to china through a travel agency in China. But we found Maggie, our travel co-ordinator to be extremely helpful n co-operative. We had arranged for a 12 day private tour of Beijing, Xian, Shanghai & Hong Kong. The tour guides and drivers were good. Especially in Beijing, we had Annie as our guide. And she was so friendly, flexible and knowledgeable.We really enjoyed her company. In Xian, we had Sherry who was also gud enough. In Shanghai, we had Nathan who was good but Annie had set our expectations higher. We had asked for Indian Vegetarian food for lunch everywhere and we really surprised by the good Indian food available there. Hotel Novotel Beijing, Skytel in Xian, Sunrise on the Bund in Shanghai & Park hotel in Hong Kong were all very gud. Specially in Shanghai n Hong Kong, there were better vegetarian options in breakfast. Overall we had a wonderful stress-free trip to China and we wud surely recommend TCT to others.
suarezfamilyto

5.0

Top China Travel provided an intense 15 day tour of China. Now that we look back we realize how much we accomplished. It was more expensive than a regular tour, but it was worth it. Very few local people actually understand and speak English, so having a guide to take us around was a great help. We had a different guide in each area, but all were great; Alex, Liang, Kellie, Annie, Gerry, Adam, among others, really made each city trip enjoyable. They provided an overall view of their area, including the main sights and picked an excellent restaurant for our lunches so we were able to sample lots of different local foods. We had a car just for us and the guide basically picked us up at the airport/train station and ended his assignment after checking us in for our flight/train ride to the following city in our itinerary. We couldn't have done everything we did had it not been for the organization of this custom tour. Only issue we had is that we were only 1 day in Xian and therefore missed the cultural night show since we arrived too late into Xian to make it that night; and the following day after touring the Terracotta Soldiers we left in the afternoon for our next stop. Would have liked to have been told about this famous show so we could have maybe rearranged something. Other than this, Top China Travel made our China experience a memorable one.
doronbron

5.0

We just came back from an eight days trip with Janet at TCT during March 2017. The trip was tailored to our needs as we were in Shanghai for 5 days before starting our trip. We visited Shanghai Xian and Beijing. The help and service received from Janet and TCT were outstanding. Our guides in Shanghai (Sarah) Xian (Cherry) and Beijing (Cathy) were excellent, they all knew the history and were very flexible. The guides were always on time and we had excellent drivers. We would highly recommend TCT and Janet on your next trip to China.
Maria Soledad R

5.0

After doing a long long internet research about the best itineraries and competitive prices for private tours, I decided to book with Top China Travel. My tour advisor was Lily, from Guilin. Always there to help me and accommodate my expectations and needs. I decided to visit Guilin, Yangshuo, Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang. My tour guides, Annie (Guilin) and Linda (Zhangjiajie) were outstanding; together with the drivers. I felt safe and very well looked after all the time. Unfortunately I had very bad luck with the weather, so the only thing I would encourage Top China Travel to do in the future is to advise on the weather and which are the best seasons or months to travel to each scenic spots. Anyway, I had a great time and because of weather conditions I could get some of the itineraries changed without much issues...LILY YOU WERE GREAT! The suggested hotels and restaurants were very good and exactly what I expected. MANY THANKS...I will keep the best memories from this trip. Maria (From Argentina)
BigV36

5.0

Rebecca from Top China Travel organized the trip for 4 for 2 weeks. We had a private driver and tour guide in each city. We were met and escorted everywhere from pickup to drop off at train stations or airports. The guides were excellent and generally spoke English well. they were enthusiastic and helpful. We often had them ordering our meals because of language issues. The tour in each city was very good. Unfortunately as someone else has indicated the Oct 1 week is very busy and so you have to time where you go to try to avoid the unbelievable crowds. The travel arrangements whether by train or air were perfect with no hassles or problems. we were always met punctually and there were never any surprises. Meals were excellent in the absolutely amazing hotels which were 5* plus. Getting used to the Chinese food was challenging and so it did take a bit of effort to figure out what our stomachs could handle but we did prefer the local restaurants as opposed to sticking with western food. Our favourite site was Guilin. The landscape and scenery spectacular plus the opportunity to hike and cycle refreshing after the big cities. One must see Shanghai and the warriors but be aware that there are crowds and a lot of traffic so getting anywhere is often longer than expected. Overall I would do the trip again and 2 weeks was certainly a good length of time. The organization and attention to detail was excellent
574george

5.0

In April we had the pleasure of having Juli Liu as a tour guide for three days in Guilin China and the sourronding area. She speaks very good English. Is very friendly, knowledeable,and has a good sense of humor. She asked what we wanted to do and see and made suggestions of things she felt we might enjoy. She took us on a Li River day trip is not to be missed. She advised us on shopping and other things to do on our own. She did not rush us or try to push us to go to certain sights or stores. She stayed with us each day from early morning to what ever time we wanted. She even took us to an evening event after spending a full day showing us around. She also advised us on places to eat. We enjoyed her so much we wished we had allowed more time in Guilian. We plan on return to Guilian and will use Juli again.
Dan C

5.0

Top china travel put together a great tour starting with boat crude down down li river beautiful scenery the whole trip very informative guidelines then trip to caves which again was good very well planned
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 .
Miriam F

5.0

Arrived in Beijing, took high speed train to Xian and then plane to Shanghai. Beautiful weather, good food and great sites. Would have liked an extra day in Beijing and Shanghai.

Hotels and local tour guides were fantastic. Bus drivers got us around each city with amazing skill and precision.
Helen L

5.0

We have just returned from a very satisfying trip to China. One of the highlights was the lovely city of Guilin. We had no idea that this would be such a pleasant spot in which to stroll around and enjoy the bridges and walkways. The temperature was comfortable and we felt at home walking around the park, footbridges, and along the lakes. Helen and Jim from Canada
anonymousA9743DZ

5.0

I am so glad that I did the day tour. The scenery was stunning. I stay on the top deck most of the time during the cruise. I meal wasn't that great. I was very excited to get to see the picture on the 20 yuan in real life.
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