Introduction of Bayanbulak:
Bayanbulak is a beautiful wetland, surrounded by snowcapped mountains. It accommodates three-fifths of the world’s total swan population, living up to the name of “Home of Swans.” In the Mongolian language, Bayanbulak means “fountain of affluence.” It is located in central Xinjiang and lies in the heartland of the Tianshan Mountains. With an elevation of 2,300 to 3,100 metres, it enjoys a mild climate with no distinct seasons. Encircled by snowy mountains, the region boasts 100,000 hectares of fertile grassland nurtured by snow water from melting glaciers. Just as a child being well-nurtured by his mother, Bayanbulak has received plenty of water from the surrounding snowy mountains and has become one of the best wetlands in Xinjiang with a high concentration of rivers and lakes. The “swan lake” of Bayanbulak is located on the grassland, in southwest Bayan Town. It is actually a large swamp comprising numerous, interconnected small lakes.
What to visit in Bayanbulak?
As China’s first Swan Nature Reserve, “Bayanbulak Swan Lake” is a paradise for the birds. It is home to tens of thousands of swans of various species, including whooper swan, whistling swan, and mute swan. They build their nests in the food-abundant swamp and lead an easy, happy life in the lakes. At times of leisure, they either plume their white feathers with their bills or sing loudly and excitedly. The most charming scene on the lake is a group of swans dancing a “water ballet” together. The local residents regard the swans as “birds of purity and chastity” and “a symbol of good luck.” Therefore, they have never tried to capture any swans, guaranteeing a safe and peaceful living environment for the birds. In addition to Swans, Bayanbulak also accommodates nearly 130 other birds, such as the black stork, golden eagle, imperial eagle, and snowcock. For those long- distance-traveling and exhausted migrating birds, Bayanbulak will always be a warm, peaceful and safe haven.
When is the best time to visit?
Every June to September is the best time to travel to Bayanbulak, because at that time, many swans will come here to breed and rest, and the scene will be very quiet and peaceful. Bird-watching terraces are built for visitors, who would like to visit the birds.
In addition, every July, the annual Nadam Fair will be held at Bayinbuluk, at that time, a large number of people will gathered here to hold different activities such as singing and dancing, wrestling, horse racing, and archery, to name just a few.
Other travel information about Bayanbulak:
Besides Swan Lake, visitors can also visit Runkure Temple and Baxilike viewing platform, among them, Baxilike viewing platform is famous for it "Nine twists and eighteen turns", and travelers can have a good time to sightseeing.
Travel tips of Bayanbulak:
1.The temperature difference between day and night in the scenic area, so tourists are suggested to take warm clothes.
2.There are many mosquitoes on the grassland in summer, so travelers are suggested to prepare toilet water and mosquito repellent liquid to name just a few.
3.Tourists have to respect local customs and religions.
The admission fees: 65 RMB/Person
7.00 AM to 7.00 PM ( 1st April to 31st October )
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