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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Yining Travel Guide

Location: in the west of Xijiang

Population: 430,000

Area: 629 sq km

Nationalities: Uyghur, Han, Kazakstan, Hui, Mongolia, Xibo, and Russia

History: From 12-15th century, it was under the control of Chagatai Khanate known as Almaligh. Another Mongolian empire—the Zunghar Khanate—established its capital in the area. In the 19th and early 20th century, the word Kuldja or Kulja was often used in Russia and in the West as the name for the entire Chinese part of the Ili River basin as well as for its two main cities. The usage of 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica is fairly characteristic: it defines Kulja as a "territory in north-west China" bounded by the Russian border and the mountains that surround the Ili basin, and it talks about two major cities of the region.

Climate: Yining enjoys a semi-hungriness climate. Its spring and winter is warm and humid. The summer and autumn is hot and dry. There is great temperature difference between day and night.

Transportation: Airline and highway are the main vehicles in Yining city. There is airline from Yining to Urumqi, taking about two hours. Wu-Yi Highway connects Yining, Shihezi and Urumqi. There are buses to Kuche and Kuerle southward.

Local Specialties: saddle, headgear, deer horn, carve, painting

Local Food: baked mutton chop, Michang, Mianfeizi

Major Attractions:
The Fruit Valley – About 28km long stretching along in the rough direction of the Urumqi-Yining Highway, the Fruit Valley is a natural storehouse of plant species with a wide range of fruits and herbs growing wild in the area. In the valley, wild fruits and apricot trees spread all over the valley, and the rare trees and exotic flowers are everywhere. The valley takes on different outlooks in different seasons.

Yining Travel Guide

Nalati Grassland – Nalati Grassland is one of the four largest grassland of the world. The flourish grass covers the hill, the water and everywhere. It seems that the sky and the land are only connected with grass. The best time to visit Yining is from July to October, as the Nalati Grassland is dense with grasses at that time.

Yining Travel Guide

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