Plan your Xinjiang Tour? We stay two nights in Kalamay mainly for the participation of the 7th Internatonal Tourism Festival of Xinjiang. The festival ceremony itself doeen’t last long, and the festival organization puts a very tight sightseeing fam schedule for the participants as if in an attempt to cram all the “must to see” into the minds of attendees.
Before found oil, Kalamay was a a barren and deserted region at the northwest edge of Xinjiang Zhungar Basin. Karamy oilfield became the first large oilfield in new China as a result of the commercial oil flow found in well Karamy 1 on Oct.29, 1955.
Established in 1958 as a city, now Kalamay has become a rich and green city after over 50 years’construction. It is a human wonder, unbelievable beyond your imagination! Now Karamay is one under direct jurisdiction of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The local orginizors are busy and ready to show us their achievements – Jiulong Pond, Karamay Culture Street, Landscape along Kalamay River.
“Karamay” means “black oil” in Uyghur. Karamay was born from black oild and has been developing owing to the black oil. It is the only city named after black oil in the world.
Karamay Culture and Leisure Street
Located in Yuanlin Road, Karamay Culture Street is a pedestrian streeet with culture themes. The street is 1065 meters long and 50-70 meters wide with an area of 70,000 square meters. It is the main street where local residents spend their leisture time in cultural and leisure activities.
Gardens & Man-made Stream
Anaglyph Art Wall depicting the development of the oil city of Karamay
A city statue – Physical exercise
National Art Gallery – introducing the main 13 ethnic nationals in Xinjiang
Karamay District Teahouse – a group of retirees are preparing for the celiberation of the 90th anniversary of the founding of CPC
Playing at the Bell Tower Square on the culture street
Karamay River and Nine Dragon Pond
With an investment of 5 billion yuan, the 465km water introduction project was completed on August 01, 2000. The man made water passage starts from the Erqisi in Burjin to the Nine Dragon Pond in Karamay. The project itself was an outstanding human wonder, which has greatly enhanced the development of Karamay and laid a solid foundation for future generations.
The water passage or now Karamay River originates from the 465km man made water passage starting the Erqisi River in Burjin
The water of the man made river first enters the Nine Dragon Pond