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Bayangol Mongol Travel Guide

What do we know about Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture? The unique ethnic customs, or the magnificent Bayanbulak Grassland or Swan Lake; the region is located in the southeast of Xinjiang, bordering Gansu, Qinghai, Tibet and other provinces. It is a beautiful and rich treasure land with a long history and many ethnic groups.

What to Visit in Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture?

Bayanbulak Grassland is a hidden paradise and is the second largest grassland in China. Bayanbulak means “abundant spring” in Mongolian. Being mostly flat and surrounded by snow mountains, the prairie abounds in grass and is studded with lakes and rivers.
Bayanbulak Swan Lake is an important breeding ground for birds and waterfowl, and it is the only breeding ground for swans in China. Swans and other rare birds would return to the lake, a connected series of wetlands, from the south to live and breed here for eight months from April each year.
The Kaidu River in the reserve is famous for its "Nine turns and Eighteen Bends" view and is a wonderful place to watch the sunset. It's said that if lucky enough, one can see nine suns in the river at one time. The best opportunity falls around the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Taklamakan Desert, also known as "the place of no return," in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, it is the largest desert in China, the tenth largest desert in the world, and the second largest mobile desert in the world.
Known as the "ear of the earth", Lop Nur was once the second-largest inland lake in China, and it was also the main point of the ancient Silk Road, with an elevation of 780 meters and an area of approximately 3,000 square kilometres.
The Iron Gate Barrier ( Tiemen Guan ) was once a natural danger hub for traffic in the north and south of Xinjiang, and the throat of the ancient "Silk Road".

Nadam Fair in Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture:

Nadam Fair is a big event held on June 4 in the lunar calendar every year. Locals and tourists are entertained by various activities such as horse racing, wrestling, dancing, and archery. It is a good opportunity to experience local customs.

Climate and Weather of Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture:

Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture has a medium-temperate and warm-temperate continental climate, with four distinct seasons, large temperature difference between day and night, rapid and unstable temperature rise in spring, short and rapid temperature drop in autumn, more sunny and less rain, sufficient sunshine, dry air and more wind and sand. The annual average temperature is -4.6℃, and the average temperature in January is -26.6; in summer, the average temperature is only 19.6℃. Among them, from June to October is the best time to travel to Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture.

                                       Annual Temperature of the Year/℃ ( High-Low )

Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun.
-15/-26 -10/-21 11/2 15/3 20/10 30/17
Jul. Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
31/15 28/10 21/10 17/5 0/-8 -9/-20

History of Bayingol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture:

Bayingol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture has a long history, and it was once the political, military, economic and cultural center of the Western Regions. In 60 BC, the Western Han regime established the Protectorate of the Western Regions in Wulei (now Luntai County) to govern military and political affairs. In 1771, the Mongolian Turhute tribe returned to the motherland from the Volga River Basin, which is a glorious chapter of patriotism.

Population & Ethnic Groups of Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture:

Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture is a multi-ethnic settlement, with a total population of 1,280,600, and 37 ethnic groups. Mongolians believe in Buddhism; Uyghur, Kazakh, and Hui believe in Islam.

How to Get to Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture:

There are three ways to get to Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture: Flights, Trains, and Cars.

Go to Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture By Air:

Korla Airport is the second largest airport in Xinjiang. It is about 17 kilometres (11 miles) southwest of downtown Korla. At present, it mainly operated flights to Qiemo County, Chengdu, Jinan, Beijing and Urumqi; it takes half an hour to reach Urumqi.

Go to Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture By Train:

There are direct trains from Korla Train Station to Urumqi, Turpan, Hami, Lanzhou, and Xi'an.


Drive to Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture:

Driving from Urumqi to Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture takes about 6 hours and 37 minutes ( 467.4 km ).
Driving from Turpan to Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture takes about 5 hours and 35 minutes ( 398 km ).
Driving Hejing County to Bayanbulak takes about 4 hours and 35 minutes ( 273 km ).

Travel Tips of Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture:

1. Bring warm clothes as the temperature difference on the grassland in quite large between day and night.
2. Prepare some medicines such as eye drops, antidiarrheal medicine, cold medicine, etc.
3. Recommended Days to Travel: 1- 5 Days.

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