Tianshan Grand Canyon and Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves
If the timing is right, make a visit to the Kuqa Friday Bazaar (only on Fridays). Travel 72km north of Kuqa to Tianshan Grand Canyon, where the amazing terrain is characterized by strangely-shaped rocks, craggy pinnacles, rugged cliffs and deep ravines.
Proceed on to visit Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves, home of one of the most impressive Buddhist grottoes in Central Asia. Dating back to 3rd century AD, it is even older than the famous Mogao Grottoes. While many of the finest frescoes were removed by foreign archaeologists in the early 20th century, the remaining frescoes are still a sight to behold and well worth a visit.