Burqin Travel Guide

  • A place for fairies
    A place for fairies
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  • Kid in arms
    Kid in arms
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  • The moon represents my heart...
    The moon represents my heart...
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Burqin Things to Do

  • Hanas/Kanas Lake

    Admission costs 193 RMB for student price, 230 RMB otherwise. That includes the comfortable shuttle bus transport inside the park as well. If you can somehow prove that you're above 60 (or 65?) you can get a senior citizen ticket for half price, so it's worth trying! There's also possibility of evading the admission price if you get in via a...

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  • Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger

    Ok, there's no hidden tiger here. I only wrote the title like that to make a play on the name of the blockbuster, Oscar-winning movie -- since this bend is called Crouching Dragon Bend (Wo4 Long2 Wan1).Personally I think out of the 3 major bends of Hanas Lake this's the least attractive to me. I thought the "island" in the middle of the river...

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  • A Crescent of Water

    Moon Bend (Yue4 Liang4 Wan1) is perhaps the most famous of the 3 major bends.There's a nice boardwalk trail that links this to Crouching Dragon Bend (Wo4 Long2 Wan1), but be warned it's a rather long walk that takes a couple of hours to properly enjoy.

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  • Colourful Flowers and a Bird's-Eye View

    Climb for about 20 mins uphill to Guanyu (Fish-Watching) Pavilion. At the top there're bird's-eye views of the entire lake, as well as Friendship Peak in the distance. This mountain sits on the border of China, Russia and Mongolia.Another of my fond memories comes from photographing all the different kinds of flowers. Plenty of colourful flowers...

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  • Fairyland

    Out of the 3 bends, I think this one was my favourite for scenery. There're also kids (young goats), camels, eagles and cows here if you're interested in taking photos of/with these animals.Another of my fond memories comes from photographing all the different kinds of flowers. Walk a little further from the boardwalk and noisy Chinese tourists.

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  • Camel and Eagle Photos

    Apart from the kids (young goats), you could also pose for photos with camels and eagles. Not sure about the price.

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Burqin Transportation

  • Hanas/Kanas Lake Shuttle Buses

    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...

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  • Long-Distance Buses

    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...

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  • To Ely/Yili/Yining

    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...

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Burqin Warnings and Dangers

  • A Sour Taste

    Make sure to ask carefully the price of anything you buy or eat, especially at the homestays! We were stupid enough to be hit with a bill for 40 RMB/person for a plate of very oily rice (shou3 zhua1 fan4) and a bowl of noodle soup (mian4 pian4). The price breakdown was 30 RMB and 10 RMB respectively. Managed to bargain our way down to 30...

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  • (Non-)Existence of Toilets and Hot...

    Toilet facilities at the Tuva homestays are worse than non-existent. We were advised to walk to the 5-star hotel and use the toilet there, but we didn't see it... maybe we didn't walk far enough.Also note that here're no hot showers anywhere in the park... maybe there are in the 5-star hotels. In fact no shower at all is commonplace. We endured 3...

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Burqin What to Pack

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    by ellyse Written Sep 3, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: If you have a lot of luggage, I would recommend that you drop the stuff in Burqin before you go to Jiadengyu and Hanas Lake. Luggage storage is always available at long-distance bus stations in China. This is especially the case if you're going to do any horseback trekking, which starts at Jiadengyu. On your return, you should go directly by share-taxi from Hanas Lake to Burqin without stopping at Jiadengyu at all.

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Burqin Off The Beaten Path

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    There's a nice boardwalk trail that leads from Moon Bend (Yue4 Liang4 Wan1) to Crouching Dragon Bend (Wo4 Long2 Wan1), be warned it's a rather long walk that takes a couple of hours to properly enjoy. Not too many people around.

    Fallen trees in the river Rushing river Standing in the water Bending down for a drink of water Reflection
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    • Hiking and Walking

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Burqin Sports & Outdoors

  • Horseback Trekking (Jiadengyu - Hemu -...

    If you want to go on a horseback trek, you should get off the share-taxi at Jiadengyu, before the Hanas Lake park entrance. However it'll still cost 50 RMB/person from Burqin/Bu'erjin long-distance bus station.At Jiadengyu you can find horses and grooms going to Hemu village, this'll take about a day.Horses cost 150 RMB/day, grooms (mandatory) cost...

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  • Rubber Rafting

    Rafting is also available, IIRC they cost around 120 RMB/person. Each rubber raft fits about 6-8 people. You'll be kitted out with full-body wetsuits.

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    by ellyse Written Sep 3, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The public toilets at Hanas Lake have to be one of the nicest I've seen around sights in China. They were extremely clean (still no paper though) but they close at 2000 in the evening.

    Is that a toilet?!
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