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Yining trip, My first trip to Ili Valley

Friday, July 1st, 2011

 

 

Yining, or Ghulja is the capital city of the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture. The Ili Kazakj Autonomous Prefecture (Simplied as Ili or Yili) is located in the Ili Valley ( or Yili Valley), administers 1 city and 8 counties: the capital city of Yining and with 8 counties including the namesake Yining County, Xinyuan, Gongliu, Nileke, Teks, Zhaosu, Huocheng and Chaxian County. 
 
The city of Ying is about 78 km east of Huoergousi Port, 700km west of Urumqi. The Ili River passes through the city of Yining from East to the west, the only river in China which flows from East to West. Yining City borders Keguqin Mountain in the north and Tianshan Mountains in the south..
 
Ili (Yilin) is a green plain, a fertile delta of Ili River which is formed by three principal tributaries -  Kashi River, Kunes River, and Tekes River. Yining is situated on the north of the Ili Valley in the form of an open trumpet with its big mouth facing the west.
 
 
Ili Valley

Ili Valley

 

Driving on the Ili Valley
 

Driving on the Ili Valley

After May each year, lavenders begin to blossom around the valley and turn the place into a sea of purple. The lavenders in Ili takes 90% of all total lavenders production in China.


Lavenders begin to blossom around the valley

 
Visit Kazanqi by riding horse carts,  the protected old area in Yining.


Visit Kazanqi (an old residetial region in Rain ) by riding horse carts, the protected old area in Yining.

 
Uygur Kids
 

Uygur Kids

Vegetable vendors


Vegetable vendor



Narat Grassland in Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture Xinjiang

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

 

“Narat” in Monglian literally means “The place where sunshine first appears”. The “place” is now Narat Grassland in Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture Xinjiang China. There is a story behind how the word “Narat” was coined. Gengkis Khan’s troop led by his second son Changatai (1185–1241) marched westward trying to cross the Ili Vlley in the hinterland of Tianshan Mountain. In the mountains and Ili Valley in Tianshan, the weather was terrible and detrimental with big snow. Cold and tired, the soldiers were reluctant to go further. Then suddenly they found a beautiful area, sunny, fertile at the present grassland where Narat Grassland is located. The soldiers shouted ” Narat, Narat’ which means the sun is coming here! Later the term “Narat” was adopted by local Kazakhs. 
 
Narat Grassland is about 180km long from east to west along the river bed sandwiched by the mountains of Tianshan in three sides, the east section of Ili valley. The famous Ili River zigzags through Ili Valley. Ili River is formed by its principal three tributaries - Kashi, Kunes, and Tekes. Kunes River is the upper reaches of Ili River, passing through the river bed of Narat Grassland.
 
Narat Grassland is a typical river bed grassland and the alpine meadows. Narat Grassland is located at the sea-level of 1800 meters. It is inhabitated by Kazakh minority (but ironically, here in Narat Grassland, we, Han people are the minority.
 
Under the river bed grassland at Narat is the fertile black soil, which make the grass grow bere. It is said the grass can be grown as high as 70-90 cm in Sepetmber. In winter it is very cold on the river bed, reaching over - 40 degree below.
 
 
Kunes River cuts through Narat Grassland from east to west.

Kunes River cuts through Narat Grassland

 

 
Narat Grassland is a river bed grassland. See the cobblestones under the lush  grass.
 

Narat Grassland is a river bed grassland

 
 
The horse trace shows the black and fetile earth under the grass
 

The horse trace shows the black and fetile earth under the grass

The most beautiful gully in Narat Grassland – Snow-capped peaks, Alpine trees, Alpine meadow and uplands
 

The most beautiful gully in Narat Grassland – Snow-capped peaks, Alpine trees, Alpine meadow and uplands

Grazing
 
The river bed grassland in Narat 
 

The river bed grassland in Narat

Meadow and River bed grassland
 

Meadow and River bed grassland

A paradise for cattle
 
Happy life
 
Kazakh Yurt
  
Narat Grassland at Dusk
 

Narat Grassland at Dusk

 
 
 

Kazakh Yurt

 

Happy life

 

A paradise for cattle

 

Grazing

Sayram Lake

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

 

Sayram Lake is located between the Bortala Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture and the Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture. The lake takes an area of 457 square kilometers. The fault basin is at the sea-level of 2,073 meters. The lake has a depth of 86 meters.

The lake is an amazing natural water resource and is circled by green grasslands. Nestled in the mountains, it’s tucked away and misty occasionally. The mixed view of the surrounding snow-capped peaks and the dragon spruce plants on the mountains is very photographic.

In July and August local Mongolian and Kazak herdsmen gather on the lake side to do their traditional ethnic activities which include horse racing, wrestling and lifting sheep while galloping on horse-back.