Located in the Altay Mountains of northern Xinjiang and within Kanas Nature Reserve, Hemu Village is one of the three remaining habitats of the Tuva people who live a traditional nomadic lifestyle of grazing animals and hunting. Being surrounded by towering mountains and lush birch forests, the village is…

Sayram Lake, or Sailimu Lake, is a stunning alpine lake (the highest one in Xinjiang) nestled in the high mountain basin of the western section of the Tianshan Mountains, enjoying an elevation of 2073 meters. It is believed to be the east-most destination that was influenced by the warm…

Koktokay National Geopark, or Keketuohai National Geological Park, is the first national geological park in China that primarily showcases the typical mineral deposits and mining heritage sites. It is located in Fuyun County in northeastern Xinjiang, covering an area of about 788 square kilometers. The Park comprises four major…

Where are the Altai Mountains? Altai Mountains, or Altay Mountains is one of the most majestic mountain ranges across the Eurasian continent, spanning across territories of China, Kazakhstan, Russia, and parts of Mongolia. It is the source of several important rivers, including the Irtysh River and Ob Rover. A…

Tuyoq Valley (aka Tuyugou Valley) is a can’t-miss for your travel to Xinjiang if you want to experience the ancient Uyghur traditions and folk customs, time-honored Buddha caves, and majestic canyon scenery in one trip. Located in Gaochang District to the east of Turpan City in Xinjiang, the valley…

Located within the Altai Mountains of Xinjiang, Kanas Lake is one of the top attractions in Xinjiang, China, which means “beautiful and mysterious lake” in Mongolian. As the top highlight of Kanas Nature Reserve, the lake is known for its breathtaking alpine vistas and the legendary “lake monster” that is said…

Tashkurgan, which means “stone city” in the Uyghur language, got its name because of the ancient stone castle in the north of the city. Tashkurgan Town is one of the highest towns in the world, located in Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The Stone…

A vital hub on the ancient Silk Road, Kashgar Old Town (aka Kashgar Ancient City) is located in Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang. For thousands of years, it had served as a melting pot for cultural exchange between Central Asia, West Asia, and South Asia. With its rich history and cultural…

There is a saying that you haven’t truly experienced Xinjiang without visiting Kashgar, and without a visit to the Kashgar Livestock Market, you can’t grasp the essence of the ethnic customs in Western regions. That’s why the market is a can’t-miss for your travel to Xinjiang. The Kashgar Livestock…

Emin Minaret, aka Sugong Pagoda, is located about 2 kilometers east of Turpan City in Munar Village. It is the largest existing ancient tower in Xinjiang which is in a distinctive Islamic architectural style. The construction of this pagoda can be dated back to 1778 in the Qing Dynasty,…

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