Big thanks to @WaittingLee370 from Twitter for sharing the photos of China Xinjiang attractions, a brief introduction for the Heaven Pool, Jiaohe Ancient City and Moon Bay in Xinjiang, plus Dunhuan Mogao Grottoes in Gansu Province, northwest of China.
Xinjiang and Gansu are located at the northwest of China, which is bit remote region for me. But from the pictures from this visitor, they appear to have a lot of things to offer. If you like the wild nature, far away from the city, they are a place to consider.
For the rest part of Xinjiang and Gansu Attractions, the Chinese and photos are provided by @WaittingLee370, English and edited by me.
1. Heaven Pool
One of the most famous attractions in Xinjiang is the Heaven Pool. This
is the picture taken from the Heaven Pool. Because of the high
altitude, it is cold even in the summer. According to the legend, there
is a “water monster” showing up sometimes. But unfortunately, I wasn’t
that lucky to see it...
2. Moon Bay of Kanas Lake
Another one of famous Xinjiang attractions is the Moon Bay in Kanas Lake. It is beautiful in the way that the water is running through the channel like the crescent, very beautiful.
It is said in different seasons it has different views. It is a famous place for the tourists to take photography.
3. Jiaohe Ancient City
This picture is taken at Jiaohe Ancient City. Built in Han Dynasty, it is the largest, oldest and best-preserved earthen city in the world.
Because of the hot weather of this region, the buildings in the ancient city were dug from the earth, almost like the basement or half-basement. With time passing by, there is not many left on the ground any more.
4. Yardang Landform
The famous Yardang Landform in Xinjiang. In the local language Uighur, Yardang means the steep hills. The unique feature is formed due to the wind power and dry weather in Xinjiang.
5. Wind Turbine
This picture shows the wind turbine in Xinjiang, which generates the electricity using the rich resource of wind power available from the local.
6. Xinjiang Turpan Grapes
These are the grapes growing in local Turpan Basin. Because the huge temperature difference between day and night, the fruits in Xinjiang are very sweet.
The most famous fruit here is the Turpan grapes, very sweet and delicious, totally different to the normal grapes.
Recommend go there during August and September, as that is the time for grape. The trip to Xinjiang is not completed without tasting the Turpan grapes! (I guess that's why the author considers this as one of the key Xinjiang attractions, Min:).
1. Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes
The picture is the famous Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes in Gansu, taken after the trip in Xinjiang. In order to protect the wall paintings and sculptures, taking photo is not allowed inside. This is the outside entrance, a nine-storey Buddhism tower with a giant Buddha inside.
2. Crescent Lake
This shows the famous Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Lake. But due to many reasons, the water in the lake has been declined a lot. Not sure whether it would disappear completely in the future...
I also asked some further information for visiting Xinjiang and Gansu, as these would be helpful for future visitors.
is very dry in Xinjiang. There is time difference with Beijing but
still uses Beijing time, so the sunset in Xinjiang is about 9pm in
Beijing time. (Note, she visited Xinjiang in the summer).
How to get there? by air, train, or drive? It is bit remote place, will be ok to visit it by yourself, not joining a tour group?
I was joining a group. For group tour, basically it has two options, one for south Xinjiang, another for the north part. The north part tour is mainly for sightseeing, include Turpan, Kanas lake, Hevean’s Pool.
For the south part tour, it has less attraction places, so mainly is to experience the local culture and customs, which may go to Keshi and Taklimakan Desert. The south Xijiang is even direr and hotter than north Xinjiang, but may have chance to ride the camel.
transport in Xinjiang is not very convenient, the attractions are far
from each other, so if you don’t like join the tour, it is better to
hire a car to visit these places.
I found out from the web that driving in Xinjiang you need to follow the traffic rules, especially inside the Urumqi city, otherwise will get fined. Be careful not over speed, as there might be cattle and camels crossing the road.
Hope you find the information about Xinjiang Attractions (plus Gansu) is
useful. Please share with others.
Once again, big thanks to the visitor @WaittingLee370. If you also have some wonderful travel photos or stories about food and travel in China, and like to share with everyone here,
please contact me to find out more about how to contribute to this site, thank you:)
(Post: 30/03/15;update: 15/02/17)
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