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Best Xinjiang Photos

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
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Plan your  Urumqi tour? Xinjiang is a good place, the largest provincial-level region in China, officially named Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Xinjiang spans 1.6 million km2 ( comparable in size to 3 Frances), and covers an area of about one sixth of the China’s territory.

The charm of Xinjiang lies on its diversified ethnic cultures, and unique geography and topography. The best time to explore Xinjiang is between June and October. Follow me to have a virtual photo tour of Xinjiang.
Nestled high and below the snow-capped Bogda Peak in the Tianshan Mountains, 66 kilometers to the northeast of Urumqi.
The Kanas Lake is nestled in a valley of the Altai Mountains, to the northern tip of Xinjiang, bordering with Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia.
The Kanas Lake

The Kanas Lake

The Area around Kanas Lake is mainly inhabited by the ehtnic group called “Kazakhs” in Xinjiang who speak Kazakh, which is the Kipchak branch of the Turkic language sect in the Altaic language Family. Kazakh nomads migrate seasonally looking for pastures to feed their livestock.
Kazakh nomads migrate seasonally looking for pastures to feed their livestock

Kazakh nomads migrate seasonally looking for pastures to feed their livestock

Kazakh nomads’ Summer House. Kazakhs stay on the high moutains in summer and settled down to the village in winter.
azakh nomads' Summer House

azakh nomads’ Summer House

5-colored hills, or Rainbow Beach of Xinjiang. The international river – the Irtysh (Ertix) River passing through in northern Xinjiang.
Rainbow Beach of Xinjiang

Rainbow Beach of Xinjiang

Turpan is well known for its Flaming Mountain, which are barren, eroded, red sandstone hills near the northern edge of the Taklamakan Desert and east of the city of Turpan.
Turpan is well known for its Flaming Mountain

Turpan is well known for its Flaming Mountain

The iconic crescent-shaped lake in an oasis, 6 km south of the city of Dunhuang.
Turpan is well known for its Flaming Mountain

Turpan is well known for its Flaming Mountain

Camel riding is a good way to experience the silk road culture and traditional customs.
Camel riding is a good way to experience the silk road culture and traditional customs.

Camel riding is a good way to experience the silk road culture and traditional customs.

Jiayuguan Pass at the western tip of the Great Wall of China starting from the eastern tip of Laolongtou section of the Great Wall that meets the sea.
The Jiayuguin Pass at the western tip of the Great Wall of China

The Jiayuguin Pass at the western tip of the Great Wall of China

The Yellow River cuts through the city of Lanzhou
The Yellow River cuts through the city of Lanzhou

The Yellow River cuts through the city of Lanzhou

The Gaochang ruins. Gaochang Ancient City is located at the east of Turpan.
The Gaochang ruins.

The Gaochang ruins.

Xinjiang Boys palying at Erdaoqiao, Urumqi
Xinjiang Boys palying at Erdaoqiao, Urumqi

Xinjiang Boys palying at Erdaoqiao, Urumqi

Xinjiang Mother and Baby
Xinjiang Mother and Baby

Xinjiang Mother and Baby

Tip:  Hassle-free Urumqi Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Urumqi Guided Tours:

Urumqi Highlight Day Tour  from US$119 p/p
Urumqi Pasture Excursion Day Tour  from US$89 p/p
Urumqi 4 Day Tour    from US$419 p/p
Urumqi Turpan 4-Day Tour  from US$325  p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Urumqi
Best Urumqi Photos
How to get from Beijing to Urumqi

Any questions, just drop a line.

Urumqi Airport, Urumqi diwopu international airport

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
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Urumqi airport, officially named Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (IATA:URC, ICAO:ZWWW) is located in Diwopu, 16km northwest of Urumqi city center. At present, Urumqi airport has 3 terminals – T1, T2 and T3.
Terminal 1 is mainly for international flights on Urumqi – the countries in the middle Asia line, like Kazakhstan, Uzbekstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghnistan and more.

Terminal 1 for Middle Asia Flight Lines

Terminal 2 is focused on Air China. If you take a flight from Air China, you arrive at or leave from Terminal 3 of Urumqi airport.

Terminal 2 focused on Air China flights

Terminal 3 is newly built largely for China Southern Airline as well as the flights in and out on Urumqi Hong Kong and Macao lines.

Terminal 3 for China Southern Airline

The best way for Urumqi airport and Urumqi downtown transfer is to take a taxi. The Urumqi Taxi fare is about RMB 30 per cab.

 

Urumqi taxi at Urumqi airport

 

 

Departure at the second floor of the Terminal 2

Uyghur People in Urumqi, Urumqi Uyghur People

Saturday, June 25th, 2011
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Plan your Xinjiang tour?  Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China. The Uyghur are a Turkic ethnic group. About 45 % of the total population in Urumqi are uyghur people who largely inhabitate around the Grand Bazaar area.

Today I visited the world famous bazaar in Urumqi, officially named “International Grand Bazaar”, the largest bazaar of this kind in the world. It combines Islamic culture, architecture, ethnic commerce, tourism and entertainment. It is also one of the most important landmarks in Urümqi, and in Xinjiang.

International Grand Bazaar in Urumqi

International Grand Bazaar in Urumqi

Next to the Grand Bazaar is the Erdaoqiao Mosque (Dong Kuruk Mosque)

Next to the Grand Bazaar is the Erdaoqiao Mosque (Dong Kuruk Mosque)

One entrance to the International Bazaar

One entrance to the Internatioonal Bazaar

Selling arts and crafts

Selling arts and crafts

Selling Dried Fruits produced in Xinjiang

Selling Dried Fruits produced in Xinjiang

Small silver knives, Sword Shield Armor Knife

Small silver knives, Sword Shield Armor Knife

Ancient Arts and Crafts

Ancient Arts and Crafts

More local Arts and Crafts

More local Arts and Crafts

Sliced Hami Melons on sale, RMB 1 for one piece

Sliced Hami Melons on sale, RMB 1 for one piece

Eat Sliced Water Melons on a fruit vendor

Eat Sliced Water Melons on a fruit vendor

Uyghur People Walking on the street
Crossing a street

Crossing a street