June Northern Xinjiang

itinerary

Day 1 KL to Urumqi
Take the flight from KL to Guangzhou or Xi’an, then transfer to Urumqi, the guide pick up us to hotel for rest.

Day 2 Urumqi to Bayinbuluk – Accommodation: Bayinbuluk
Driving over the Tianshan Mountain to Bayinbuluk Grassland, which is the second largest grassland in China. We visit Swan Lake and Nine streams with eighteen Angles at sunset.
Urumqi to Bayinbuluk 420 km 10 hrs

Day 3 Bayinbuluk/Nalat/Xinyuan – Accommodation: Xinyuan
Driving to Nalat Grassland, Nalat Grassland is as beautiful as poem or picture, there are springs densely distributed here, every year from June to September, flowers are all blossoming out and numerous herds gathering around, Nalat Grassland is called Dear Garden in the history and an ideal place for people of the pasture of exchange materials and hold cultural activities. After that driving to Xinyuan for overnight.
Bayinbuluk to Nalat 100 km 2 hrs
Nalat to Xinyuan city 90 km 1 hrs30 minutes

Day 4 Xinyuan/Tekes/Kalajun Grassland – Accommodation:Tent
Driving to Tekes Country in the morning, the Tekes is a city was called the biggest Eight Diagrams city in size in the world, the shapes of the city built in accordance with the Eight Diagrams of Chinese Taoism views from the air, also it was a multinational city and there were more than 22 nationalities lived here in the history. The only city there isn’t traffic lights in China we do short exploration in and around Tekes town area,
After lunch, we visit the Kalajun Grassland, it is 60 km away from Tekes city, Kalajun Prairie is as beautiful as in a poem or a picture. There are springs densely distributed here. It is a flower world from May to July, every year. Kalajun, in Kazak means “a dark wilderness.” For generations, people on the grassland have lived a simple nomadic life.
Xinyuan city to Tekes 165 km 4 hrs
Tekes to Kalajun 60km 2hrs

Day 5 Kalajun – Accommodation:wooden house
We are hiking 25 km and across the Kalajun Grassland to Qiongkushitai village (琼库什台), the total about 7-9 hours, we will across the grass land, mountains, valley and rivers, the altitude is 600 meters different, but we are lucky hiking from higher to lower place, the sight on the way is very beautiful and fantastic, get to the destination we will stay in the local village for overnight.

Day 6 Kalajun/Teks/Yining – Accommodation:Yining
We drive to Yining in the morning, get to Yining before lunch time, and then we are driving to visit the biggest lavender base in China later. Yining is called the hometown of Lavender of China; three varieties of lavender were introduced from France into Ili Valley of Xinjiang in 1964. Huocheng County, situated in the northwest of Ili Valley, shares the similar latitude, climate and soil conditions with Provence of France, one of the most famous lavender origins over the world. Now-days, Huocheng and its around areas has become the largest lavender planting base in China. An area of 20,000 mu (about 1333 hectares) is used for planting and over 97% of Chinese lavender products are made in Huocheng. Lavender will become the main attraction in the county to tours from all over the world. We will visit the Huiyuan Ancient City, it was the poliitical、millitary、and economic center in Yili areas in the ancients time. Back to Yining in the later afternoon,. We take a shot for sunset at the Yining river bridge. or we take the walk in the street, the main nation here is Uighur nationality. The building here is Russian style; you may watch the deluxe splendid building here.
Tekes to Yining 120 km 3 hrs

Day 7 Yining/Sayram Lake – Accommodation:Hotel
Free and easy in the town in the morning, and drive to Sayram Lake after lunch, we will visit the Fruit Valley (Guozigou) and Sayram Lake in the afternoon, are a famous gorge channel and its length is 28 km. This valley is stretching along in the rough direction of the Urumqi Yining Highway. The north point starts from Sayram Lake, while its south point is in Yili Valley. It is also the natural storehouse of plant species with a wide range of fruits and herbs growing wild in this area. We take a short hiking for 2 or 3 hours for sightseeing. Then take the bus to Sayram Lake to see the sunset.
Yining to Sayram Lake 90 km 1.5 hrs

Day 8 Sayram Lake/Karamay – Accommodation:Karamay
We get up very early to see the sunrise in the morning, as the largest alpine lake in Xinjiang, Sayram Lake is a fairyland with wonderful natural scenery. The lake is like a brilliant emerald inlaid in the basin which is surrounded by Mt. Tianshan. In Mongolian language, the name of the lake means “a lake on the ridge”. In Kazak, Sayram means “blessing”. We are driving to Karamay, Karamay city, it is named by oil, Karamay in Uygur means black oil, and it is the earliest and largest oil field in China. It is produce the oil 10 million tons in 2002.
Sayram Lake to Karamay 503 km 7hrs

Day 9 Karamay/Burqin – Accommodation:Burqin
We driving to Burqin in the morning, on the way, we visit the Wuerhe Ghost Town; it is 100 km away from Karamay. There is a special wind-erosion Landform here. The local people called as Ghost Town. Actually, it is the typical Yardan Landform area. Yardan is which means “steep hill” in Uygur language. Arrive at Burqin in the afternoon,
Karamay to Wuerhe Ghost Town 100 km 1.5 hrs
Wuerhe Ghost Town to Burqin 220 km 4hrs

Day 10 Burqin/Kanas – Accommodation: Jiadengyu
We drive to Kanas in the morning, visit the Kanas in the afternoon. We visit the Origin Forests, beautiful sliver birch, Moon Bay Lake, and Wolong Lake. Enjoying a reputation of “the tourism pearl of Mountain Altai”, this crescent freshwater lake is about 120 meters deep on average, and the deepest part reaches 196 meters. It is not only famous for its picturesque scenery, but also for it’s the lake monster stories (it is still a mystery now). The lake shows different colors in four seasons, due to its mineral composition changes. Then we stay in Jiadengyu for overnight.
Burqin to Kanas 138 km 4 hrs

Day 11 Kanas/Hemu – Accommodation: Hemu
Today we will take the bus to Fishing Pavilion—the topmost place to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Kanas Lake. You can have a panoramic view of the Kanas Lake, whose surface is smooth and fairy-tale. And the Fairy Bay and Wolong Bay are also visible from far. Grasses, trees and waters are changing irregularly with the light. You can also see the beautiful mountains surrounding the Kanas Lake.  Then we are driving to Hemu village, to visit the Tuva people and their wood construction.
Kanas to Hemu 50 km 1.5 hrs

Day 12 Hemu/Burqin – Accommodation: Burqin
We get up very early to see the sunrise on the top land to the south of village, and then we take a short walk in the village, also enjoy the local customs and life with the hospitable Kazakh families in Hemu Grassland. The natural and primitive scenery of Hemu are beautiful and unique, you’ll see groups of small log cabins and flocks of herds which construct characteristic natural and cultural scenery with Snow Mountains, forests, grassland and blue sky. These log cabins have become the symbol of Tuwa People. We are riding the horse to enjoy the beautiful scenery around Hemu in the afternoon.
we going to visit the Multi-colored Beach beside the Irtysh River, which is Wucai Tan in Chinese. The Irtysh River flows from east to west, through the Multicolored Beach of Xinjiang and into the Arctic Ocean. Belonging to typical Yardan Landform, the Multicolored Beach is gorgeous with multi colors at the sunset time. The bridge on the river is also forming glorious scenery with the Multicolored Beach in the sunset.
Hemu to Burqin 170 km 4 hrs

Day 13 Burqin/Urumqi – Accommodation: Fuyun
We take the bus to Urumqi, arrive at Urumqi and check in the hotel, free and easy in the afternoon.
Burqin to Urumqi is 630 km and 8 hr driving

Day 14 Urumqi/Heavenly Lake – Accommodation: Urumqi
We are going to visit the Heavenly Lake in the morning, In the middle of Bogda Peak, nestles Heavenly Lake. Covering 4.9 square kilometers (1.89 square miles), this crescent-shaped water area deserves its name, Pearl of Heavenly Mountain. With melted snow as its source, Heavenly Lake enjoys crystal water.
In summer, the beautiful place is an ideal cool resort. Boaters on it see the ever-changing silvery mountains soaring into the blue sky, their slopes highlighted with verdant pasture and flamboyant wild flowers.
Urumqi to Heavenly Lake is 120 km and 2 hrs driving

Day 15 Urumqi/Xi’an/KL
We are free and easy in the street or take a walk in the largest market in Asia—Erdaoqiao Bazaar. Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China, is just like a piece of emerald embedded at the foot of the Tianshan Mountains. With a population of two million gaily-dressed ethnic inhabitants, this graceful prairie city is an important stop along the ancient Silk Road, leading to the Central Asia and even as far as Europe.

Day 16 KL
Arrive at KL and tour end.

About the trip:

Flight:
No flight fly directly to Urumqi from KL, so you have to transfer to Urumqi via one of city in China such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Shanghai, Xi’an and so on, so you have to pay attention to which one is best connecting for your flight and cost of air ticket.
According to my experience, the fare of domestic flight of China, don’t like international flight, it isn’t the sooner you book the air ticket the better, the best time to buy China domestic flight is one or two month before you departure.

Xinjiang:
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is located in the central part of the Eurasian Continent, on the northwest border of China. It covers about one-sixth of the country’s total territory, 1,664,900 square kilometers (about 642,821 square miles), making it the largest administrative division with also the longest land frontier and most neighboring countries in the country. However, only about 4.3% of its territory is habitable. The rest is mostly desert such as Gobi, snow-capped mountains and glaciers. China’s largest desert, Taklamakan Desert.

People & Life

Xinjiang is hometown to 47 ethnic minorities, which together account for 60% of its total population. Of the 47 ethnic minorities, 13 are native, including the Uygur, the major ethnic group living here. The Uygur have their own language and religious belief, Islam. Their traditional clothes are long gowns called ‘Qiapan’. As well, they wear small, beautifully embroidered hats called ‘Duopa’. The main foods of the Uygur are Nang (a kind of crusty pancake) and hand-drawn noodles. Hand pilaf and roast meat are usually offered during festivals or to guests. Their roast mutton chop is famous all over the country and can be found in almost every city in the country. The Uygur residence is flat-topped with a skylight. Inside the residence, there are usually a fireplace and recess, the one used for cooking and keeping warm, while the other used for storing daily articles. Both the inside and outside of the residence are decorated with colorful ornamentation. The most famous traditional festivals of the Uygur are Rozah and Corban Festival. Rozah is the fast-breaking festival of the Islam, while the Corban Festival is the New Year’s Day of the Islamic calendar. Last, but not least, the Uygur are very good at dancing and singing. Sainaimu is one of the most popular dances and their ’12 Mukamu’ is renowned as the ‘treasure of eastern music’.

Is it Safe or not in Xinjiang?

I know many people worry about the social unrest in Xinjiang recently, there are many military policemen and armies patrolled everywhere, and there are security guards in each hotel. Maybe you will find out the regular from the news report: most of terrorism happened in the  remote villages and far from the city in South Xinjiang, but seldom happened in North Xinjiang, so I believe it is safety in North Xinjiang, but I and you cannot predict everything in the future,  anyway everybody must decide it by themselves.

Weather:

Situated far from the sea and encircled by high mountains, Xinjiang has a typical continental climate with a low annual rainfall, long sunshine duration and a large diurnal temperature variation. These weather conditions are favorable for sugar accumulation in fruit, so the area is richly cultivated with fruit including melons. It is famous as a ‘hometown of fruit and melons’. The most well-known fruit are grapes and honeydew melon. In general, winters are very cold, springs are often windy, and summers are extremely hot here. The best time to visit is early autumn, when the days are long, the sky is clear, and the temperature is more bearable. Another excellent reason to visit at that time is the abundance of delicious melons and fruits, which are available then.
Our tour is between Spring and Summer in June, generally the weather also is good in June, but some places we visit the altitude is over 3000 meters, so still need thick coat and sweater, the temperature usually between 8- 20 degree, but some place maybe is 0 degree, such as in the mountains. Mostly the average altitude is about 1500—2000 meters, in the daylight the temperature usually about 20 or 30 but it is about 18 degree at night, so the temperature is very different between day and night, the long sleeves T-shirts is necessary, but some place maybe 25-30 degree in the daylight, still don’t forget you short T-shirts. Sunrise is about 06:30 and sunset about 21:30. The flower is blooming and very colorful in June.

Vehicle in the scenery

the bus transfer in the scenery spot means the vehicle in the scenery spot, such as battery car, van and bus and so on, some scenery spot in China now is covers very large  area even hundreds of square kilometers, even some scenery spot were enlarge by man-made such as expand the distance between entrance and sight-seeing place, and forbidden our private bus go inside so that you have to no choice to pay and have to use the transfer vehicle inside, such as in Kanas, from the entrance to the destination is about 30 km away, so we have to use the transfer bus, such as Nalat view bus, if we don’t use the bus but walk, it is need about 5 or 7 hours walking,  and our van or bus cannot go inside, so sometimes the tourists no choice to do.

Accommodation:

Mostly we stay in state-standard 3 star hotels on the trip; which means we have the twin share room with private facilities. But sometime we don’t refuse to use the express Inn, which similar even better to the 3 star hotels. All the hotel including Chinese style breakfast. Usually, I book the hotel located in the downtown or close to the business center in the city so that we are easy to shopping, eating and walking around. We will stay in tent two nights, maybe twin share tent, maybe many people stay in one tent.

Meals:

Our tour covers North Xinjiang, the local people like noodles almost every day, hope you try to eat the noodles as like them because local noodles really very good and I believe you can’t eat so good noodles outside of Xinjiang. Don’t worry about your meals even you don’t like noodles; rice is very popular everywhere in North Xinjiang, the pork also is popular in Chinese restaurant everywhere in North Xinjiang. The food in Sichuan restaurant is very oily and salty.

Clothing and Temperature Notice to Tourist In June

The temperature in Xinjiang is very different between day and night, the temperature is about 10- 18 different in a day, it is a little cold in the morning and at night even in Summer, it is dry and sunshine is very strong, also ultraviolet rays is strong, please take the stuffs such as sun-glasses, umbrellas , hat, sunscreen and so on. Please prepare the thick clothes such as thin feather dress(down jackets) or Pizex with sweater, it is still cold in Sayram Lake, Bayingbuluk, and Nalat grassland. It is also very dry in Xinjiang but it is possible we meet the raining on the tour somewhere, but the raining continue not very long , usually only 20 minutes or 1 hour, but the temperature is down very quickly and very cold after raining.
Please bring the Colourful clothes if you like taking photo, please don’t forget the torch, the star sky is very beautiful at night.