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As one of the important travel destinations in Xinjiang, the environment of Keketuohai is quite beautiful, with the clear rivers and dense forests between the canyons, which is quite worth to visit.
Introduction of Keketuohai
Keketuohai is located in Fuyun county, Altay Region. it cover an area about 778 square kilometres, altitude is about 1200-2400 metres. The scenic spot consists of four parts: Irtysh Grand Canyon, Kekesuli, Irem Lake and Seismic-Fault Line. And it is also a natural landscape of gorgeous canyon river, mountain forests, mineral resources,lakes and exotic seismic-fault zone, it combines geological culture, regional characteristics and ethic customs, and it is also characterized by natural sightseeing and leisure vacation.
In Kazakh Keketuohai means 'Green Jungle’. For thousand of years in Mongolian Language, Kokotohai has been well-known for the long history, rich mineral resources, beautiful landscape, legendary pastureland culture and simple humanities characteristics, there are lots of mineral treasures spread all over the Mountain Ranges, the Irtysh river is in constant turbulence, surging forward like torrential tide, the Kazakhs are good at singing and dancing who are enthusiasm and hospitality.
Keketuohai Scenic Area (Grand Canyon Scenic Area) is the headwaters of the Irtysh River, a famous river in northern Xinjiang. The Scenic Area is about 20 kilometres long. There are more than a dozen scenic spots such as birch forest, Shuimogou, Shenzhong Mountain and hot springs, along the Irtysh River.
Traffic Information:
There are interval buses in the scenic area. The ticket is 36 RMB/Person (which must be purchased). It is a round trip ticket from the gate of the scenic area to Shenzhong Mountain (17 kilometres one way). The mode of operation of the interval bus is similar to the bus, after the tourists get off and visit the surrounding scenic spots, they have to wait for the next bus to take them. Shenzhong Mountain is 6.5 kilometres inward to reach the hot spring in the deep canyon, tourists can take a patrol car to the scenic spot (round trip fare is 14 RMB/Person).
What to visit?
The key scenic spots from the gate to Shenzhong Mountain are Betula platyphylla forest, Shuimogou, Hongyegou and Shenzhong Mountain. In addition, there are many strange peaks and rocks along the road and the view of Irtysh River is quite magnificent.
Irtysh Grand Canyon
Irtysh Grand Canyon features Granite landform, Canyon source scenery, and Alpine vegetation landscape,The landscape of the canyon is represented by Shenzhong Mountain, which is mostly bell-shaped, dome-shaped and cone-shaped. It has shown the zonal distribution alone the Irtysh river it has forming hundreds of giant granite peaks, such as Shenzhong Mountain, Camel Peak, Shenxiang Peak, Feilai Peak, Eagle Peak, and so on. In addition there’s a lot of Pictographic stones such as Fugui Stone, Seal stone and Shimeng to name just a few.
Irtysh River
The canyon is Gorgeous and Irtysh River is turbulent, the hot springs, waterfalls and streams are quiet and comfortable, the birch forests and alpine meadows are extremely stupendous, the wild grape valley, the Golden Triangle, Shuimogou and other special natural scenes.
Kekesuli is located in Fuyun county, Altai region. It is also known as Wild Duck Lake, the lake was formed by seismic-fault, and there are more than 20 floating island in the lake. It has various hydrophyte, However the point is the reed was directly grow on the water without root, drifting with the wind which is quite curious.
Hundreds of wild ducks, moorhens and wild geese, will gather here to nest and breed during the summer and winter, which is extremely magnificent.
When is the best time to visit?
Every Summer and Spring are the best time to visit, the Red Leaf Trench near the entrance of the scenic spot is very suitable for autumn viewing, at that time you will see the many golden or red leaves, and the mountains behind the forest are begin to snow in autumn, which is a good time to take pictures and shoot films.
Near Shuimogou scenic area is quite suitable for summer viewing, with the beautiful wild and the vast grassland, which is very peculiar, and it is the landmark of the scenic area.
Travel tips of Keketuohai
1. Scenic hot springs are located at the headwaters of the Irtysh River, and tourists are not allowed to use the chemical toiletries such as shower gel and so on. In addition, the conditions here are limited, so the swimming suits and towels need to be self-provided.
2. Fuyun county is one of the coldest places in China, tourists are suggested to bring some warm clothes.
The admission fees: 90 RMB/Person
The sightseeing bus ticket: 50 RMB to 70RMB
Opening Time:
10.30 AM to 6.30 PM

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