What to visit
Urumqi is one of the largest cities in north west of China. In addition it is an important stop along the Silk Road leading to Europe.
As the saying goes, ‘ If you don't go to Erdaoqiao Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, you don't really come to Xinjiang’. The International Grand Bazaar is located in Tianshan District of Urumqi City, it is the largest Bazaar in the world by scale, combining Islamic culture, architecture, ethnic commerce, tourism and entertainment. It is also one of the most famous landmarks in Xinjiang.
The architectural style of International Grand Bazaar is quite magnificent, there are wide range of ethnic minority characteristic commodities in the market, which are rich and exquisite. The whole international Grand Bazaar is the most ethnic place in Urumqi.
If you would like to know the history of Xinjiang, we will suggest you to visit the Regional Museum, Xinjiang museum is located at No.132 Xibei Road, it was built in 1953. with a total ground area of 41,000 square meters and exhibiting area of 7800 square metres, the museum is the main institution to collect and investigate the unearthed cultural relics and specimens in Xinjiang. The main exhibitions on display include ‘ The Exhibition of Historic Cultural Relics in Xinjiang’, ‘A Selection of the Unearthed Cultural Relics in Xinjiang’, ‘The Exhibition of Ancient Mummies in Xinjiang’, ‘The Exhibition of the Customs of the nationalities in Xinjiang’, etc, and various special exhibitions are often held here.
Flaming mountain Scenic Area is about 30 kilometers away from the urban area, it is a red-brown sandstone-dominated Landform Scenic area, historically, it is the seat of the ancient Gaochang Kingdom. In legend, it is the place where Xuanzang and apprentices used palm leaf fan to fan out the flames in the novel ‘The Journey to the West’. In the scenic spot, you can see the magnificent land forms and the historical exhibition of Gaochang, plus the sculpture of the theme of the Journey to the West.
When you standing on the top of the Sand Mountain in the desert, and observe the brilliant sunrise and the colourful sunset, you can also experience the magnificent view of ‘ In boundless desert lonely smokes rise straight, Over endless river the sun sinks round’.
Anjihai River is one of the four major river systems in Shawan, upper reaches is Bajian stream, originated from the main peak of the Ilian Habiga Mountain, such as a wild horse flow down in a rushing torrent to a far distance,rushed out of the Grand Canyon near Tungut, thus formed a grand-scale of the Piedmont Alluvial fan under the northern slop of Tianshan Mountains.
Every June, the lavender fields of the Ili Valley, when violet flowers sway like waves in the wind, the refreshing fragrance of flowers in the wind seems to tell the harvesters that it is another year of lavender harvest .
In winter, everything in Northern of Xinjiang has turned into a world of ice and snow, a magnificent snowfield, a glittering birch forest haze, a snow-covered ice lake, and you can also experience the wonderful snow bergs such as Tianshan Mountain and Kanas etc.
Kanas is Mongolian, meaning "beautiful, rich and mysterious". It is famous for the beautiful scenery of Kanas Lake and its surrounding snow mountains, grasslands and birch forests. It is known as "Eastern Switzerland, and a paradise for photographer".
In June, mountains are full of flowers, red peony and willow orchids are everywhere. At this time, Kanas is the sea of flowers and the world of flowers.
Colorful wildflowers, together with blue sky and white clouds, snow peaks and clear water, wooden house and jungle, constitute the story of Kanas spring.
September is the best time to enjoy the magnificent autumn landscape in Kanas, and it is also the best time for photography, the high bright blue sky and colourful trees covering all mountains.
Every September, Kanas will turn into a golden fairy tale world. The changeable lakes, Tuva villages far from the disturbing public, I can imagine how many people will be addicted to this beautiful land in northern Xinjiang.
In winter, everything in Kanas has turned into a world of ice and snow, a magnificent snowfield, a glittering birch forest haze, a snow-covered ice lake, a smoky Baihaba and other beautiful views, which have formed the absolute beauty of Kanas. In addition, we can also appreciate the unique folk customs of the Tuva people, who are known as "Forest people" and "tribes in the clouds".
For the vast majority of people, the natural scenery of northern Xinjiang is deeply rooted among the people. However, these scenic spots are only part of the scenery of Xinjiang, while South Xinjiang is a perfect combination of nature and humanity.
Kuqa formerly known as Qiuci, it was an ancient Buddhist kingdom located on the Branch of the Silk Road that ran along northern edge of the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin and south of Muzat River. The area lies in the present day Aksu Prefecture, Xinjiang, China.
From June to October are the best time to travel to Kuqa. Due to the complexity of the landform, there are obvious regional climate differences.
Kuqa Grand Canyon is composed of reddish-brown mountain groups, natives call it ‘Kizilia’. The canyon runs north to south, it total length of more than 5,000 metres. Is a rare natural wonder in China, which is formed by wind and rain erosion plus torrential flood erosion.
Karakul lake is one of the top 10 largest meteorite pools in the world and an attractive destination for Xinjiang tourism, the lake is famous for its fanciful landscape and clear waters.
Every year around April, the swans, gooses and other rare birds will fly back from the south to multiply and thrive. In the sunlight, swans, lakes, mountains, clouds and shadows merge into a very spectacular scene, Bird-watching terraces are built for visitors to climb and watch birds.
Every July, the annual Nadam Fair will hold in Bayinbuluk. Thousands of people will gather here to hold the different activities such as singing and dancing, wrestling, horse racing and archery etc.