Altay Travel Guide
It is a common question for the tour operators like us.
What to Visit in Altay?Altay boasts everything from glaciers to grasslands, from canyons to desert dunes, so there's a lot to explore!
Kanas Lake is one of the most beautiful natural sceneries in China with alpine mountains, rivers, forests and grasslands. The forests, named Taiga forests, are dominated by straight and tall fir and pine trees, which grow by the Kanas Lake, giving it some hints of mystery.
Located near Kanas Lake in Burqin County, Hemu Village boasts a picturesque natural landscape. Many might have already heard of the serene beauty of Kanas Lake, but here in Hemu Village, the green grassland, boundless forest and misty snowcapped mountains welcome you to a hidden Chinese fairyland.
One of Altay's most stunning features is Grassland Rock City ( Caoyuan Shicheng ). This geological wonder is 60 square kilometres of granite rock formations, a product of tectonic movement and wind erosion. With just a touch of imagination, you'll realize they're quite life-like!
Keketuohai National Geopark is a collection of stunning landscapes and geological wonders. Yileimu Lake, in the shape of "8", is a blue sapphire on this land of miracles.
Rainbow Beach, also known as Wucaitan, is the marriage of multiple colours caused by different minerals in rocks and a large area of poorly consolidated rock surfaces grooved by wind erosion has created the unique beauty of Yardang terrain in Xinjiang.
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How to Get to Altay?There are two ways to travel to Altay: Flights, and Trains.
Go to Altay By Air:Altay Airport is located in the southwest of Altay City, 11.5km from the urban area. There are daily flights to Urumqi, China Southern Airlines has two flights a day, Tianjin Airlines and Hainan Airlines have one flight on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Xinjiang Kanas Airport built close to a world-renowned scenic spot in Xinjiang, and it is a seasonal airport ( Available from 10th June to 7th Oct ) that serves Burqin County and the nearby tourist destination Kanas Lake in Xinjiang.
There is no train service in Altay City, so you can only take a train from Urumqi to Beitun Railway Station, which takes about 12 hours, and then drive to Altay ( about 1 hour ).
2. Sun Protection: In some mountainous areas and high altitude areas, you still need to do some sun protection measures.
3. Border Defense Pass: To get to Kanas Lake, you must apply for a border defense pass at the Border Defense Brigade of Burqin County Armed Police.