Karamay Travel Guide
Location: Located in the Dzungarian basin
Area: 9,500 sq kms
Nationalities: Han, Uygur, Kazakhs, Mongols and Hui
History: Karamay comes from the Uygur language, and means “black oil”. Karamay was the site of one of the worst disasters in modern Chinese history. It gained this name for the Black Oil Mountain near the city proper. After the first oil well of the mountain began to work in 1955, Karamay entered a great era of exploitation and construction.
Climate: Karamay has a dry and hot summer climate. The annual range can be from -25℃ to 40℃.
Transportation: Karamay Airport is the branch of Xinjiang Airport, leading to Beijing, Chengdu, Urumqi and so on.
Highway is also convenient in Karamay. Karamay Passenger Transport Center offers buses to Urumqi, Shihezi, Tacheng and so on.
Local Specialties: Xinjiang Flower Hat, Aidelaisi Silk
Local Food: Naan, Roasted mutton,
Devil City – Also named “Windy city” by local people, Devil City is about three kilometers southeast of the Urho District of Karamay. Reputed as the number one scenic spot in Xinjiang for Yar-dang ecology and geology, Devil City features unique natural unique scenery of mounds, valleys and grooves.
Baiyanghe Gorge – 17 kilometers west of Urho District, the gorge is located in the spectacular section along the Baiyanghe Gorge where the diversiform-leaved poplar forests are the most flourishing in the river valleys.
At present, only one daily flight leaves for Urumqi in the morning for an hour’s journey in Karamay Airport. If traveling to Urumqi from the bus station of Karamay, you need a ten hour’s drive.
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