Burqin Transportation

  • Main line of shuttle buses
    Main line of shuttle buses
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    Bus attendant doing his job
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  • Shuttle bus to Guanyu (Fish-Watching) Pavilion
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    Hanas/Kanas Lake Shuttle Buses

    by ellyse Updated Sep 3, 2007

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    For the shuttle buses inside the park, note that for the morning inward departures you'll have to follow the bus that you're assigned to, much the way that normal tour buses operate. This's because most of the travellers coming here are on group tours anyway. A common sight (and sound) is bus attendants yelling themselves hoarse to get their charges to return to the correct bus at the stipulated time... lots of stragglers!
    At other times, you can hop-on-hop-off as and when you wish.
    Each bus has an attendant to introduce the sights along the way to you, but I'm not sure if any speak English.
    The fees for the shuttle buses is included in the admission fees for Hanas/Kanas Lake, with the exception of those going to Guanyu (Fish-Watching) Pavilion. These cost an extra 20/40 RMB for one-way/round-trip transport and admission.

    Main line of shuttle buses Bus attendant doing his job Shuttle bus to Guanyu (Fish-Watching) Pavilion
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    Long-Distance Buses

    by ellyse Written Sep 3, 2007

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    I think the main reason for the existence of Burqin/Bu'erjin and its long-distance bus station is Hanas/Kanas Lake. ;)
    There're bus links to Urumqi, Kuytun, Karamay, Wu'erhe, Jimunai etc.
    You could also head to Altai for better connections. Buses to Altai hourly 0900--1800, 14.1 RMB.
    All bus schedules and timings are in Beijing time. The evening departures depart 1 hour earlier in winter, the timings given here are for summer.

    Long-distance bus station Bus schedule Sleeper bus from Urumqi Inside of sleeper bus
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    To Ely/Yili/Yining

    by ellyse Written Sep 3, 2007

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    Have to change buses at Kuytun. Seater bus departs at 0900. There's a sleeper bus departure at 2000 that doesn't originate here, thus limited number of places available. Cost for upper/lower bunk is 85/97 RMB. You can only buy tickets around 1900 and you're advised to be fast about it or else you'll get nothing -- which was what happened to us!
    The alternative would be to hope that a bus going to Urumqi will have spare places. If you take this one, you'll have to get off at Karamay (61/69 RMB for upper/lower bunk) as it won't go as far as Kuytun. The bus will drop you off on the expressway near the exit leading to Karamay, you should then get a seat in a taxi (pray that there's one waiting around) to Karamay for 10 RMB/person.
    All bus schedules and timings are in Beijing time. The evening departures depart 1 hour earlier in winter, the timings given here are for summer.

    Inside of sleeper bus to Urumqi (via Karamay)
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    From/To Urumqi

    by ellyse Written Sep 3, 2007

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    Urumqi's Nianzigou long-distance bus station on Heilongjiang Lu has a sleeper bus departure to Bu'erjin at 2100 which arrived at 0700. Cost for upper/lower bunk is 140/150 RMB.
    The return bus to Urumqi departs at 2000, I would advise buying this in advance. There's also a daytime seater bus departure at 1000 costing 132 RMB. I would choose the sleeper bus to save on travel time.
    All bus schedules and timings are in Beijing time. The evening departures depart 1 hour earlier in winter, the timings given here are for summer.

    Sleeper bus from Urumqi One of the kutest sleeper buses I've seen!
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    To Wu'erhe Yardang Formations (aka Devil City)

    by ellyse Written Sep 3, 2007

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    Seater bus departure 0900 (44.6 RMB), 1100 (38.1 RMB); sleeper bus departure 2000 (doesn't originate here either, 45.6/50.1 for upper/lower bunk).
    All bus schedules and timings are in Beijing time. The evening departures depart 1 hour earlier in winter, the timings given here are for summer.

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    Share-Taxi to Hanas/Kanas Lake

    by ellyse Written Sep 3, 2007

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    Share-taxi Bu'erjin -- Hanas Lake for 50 RMB/person, or 200 RMB/car. (If you're starting from Altai it'll be 100 RMB/person.) The ride took about 4 hours. If you're travelling alone or in a couple, don't worry, the driver will be looking around for other travellers to make up the number.
    There's ABSOLUTELY no difficulty finding a share-taxi, there're a lot of other people arriving at Burqin/Bu'erjin long-distance bus station who also want to go to Hanas Lake. In fact I think that might be the main reason why that town and long-distance bus station is there in the 1st place. ;)
    Make sure the taxi you get is officially authorised for taking passengers to Hanas Lake, our driver had his displayed on his dashboard.
    We squeezed 4 people in the back seat and 1 person in front so it averaged out to 40 RMB/person. Actually on hindsight since the person in front enjoyed no less space, the person in front should've paid the normal 50 RMB and the remaining 150 RMB should've been shared equally among 4 of us at the back, making it 35 RMB/person. That's just me being very penny-pinching. :P
    If you really do this, I hope you're very petite; and be warned that 1 person among the 4 in the back seat has to regularly "duck" to avoid being spotted by the numerous traffic police cameras and etc. No fun for a 4-hour ride unless you're really very tight up for money.
    If having some contacts for the drive will put your mind more at ease, here're 2: Wang Haiyun (86-13139793020, license plate number HT-0618) and He Ning (86-13999459276). The former is the driver who drove us to Hanas Lake, doesn't smoke and drives carefully. The other guy has good connections for drivers and also for homestay accommodation inside Hanas Lake. Another driver (the one who drove us back to Burqin/Bu'erjin) got us there in record time, if you don't mind the fact that he drives like a maniac and smokes: Wang Zhenglin (86-13779053355, license plate number H-12769).
    AFAIK they do NOT speak English.

    On the road Fields of lavender Yurts
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