Korla Travel Guide

  • Monument of central square
    Monument of central square
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  • Kong Qi river
    Kong Qi river
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  • Uygur man and bread
    Uygur man and bread
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Korla Things to Do

  • Street scenes

    What street scenes? Many bikes (as in other places of China, I guess), at the road crossings, The three masked women, selling watches, wallets, umbrellas, and other petty things and the Uygur (probably) man passing by, having a look. Notice the women wear gloves, they do not have it easy sitting there all day long, and the mask, I don’t know. . . ....

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  • Look at all these different people!

    Walking in the streets gives the opportunity to see the different people of this city; of course there is a majority of Han Chinese, but there are also Mongols, Uygurs, Tibetans, and probably others; but I am not able to make a difference between people, and if the Han are generally easily identified (and, even, I noticed I was sometimes wrong) I...

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  • Have a rest on the riverside.

    The riverbed of the Kongqi river flowing through Korla is fully artificial; the banks have been laid out that people can have a rest, just sitting, even going on small boats or playing in the gardens nearby.It was winter when I was there, and even during that season, there are many people who enjoy he fresh air on the riverbanks. Walking there is...

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  • Eat dry fruits!

    Like many places in central Asia, Korla has a lot to offer as it goes for dry fruits. As I sometimes was not in the mood for a lunch, I just walked to a place not far from the telecom building and bought some fruits; I am not afraid of high calories food, so, a bit nuts (their coquille is not thick and they are easy to open), a handful raisins, few...

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  • Have dinner outside

    A dinner in open air, in the midst of thousands of smells and voices, helped to keep morale on rather high level in Korla. On a square, opposite the Telecom building, each evening, people install tables, chairs, barbecues and other cooking devices, and very soon the area is packed with people who have dinner there. There is choice between the...

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  • Have a break at work !

    Chinese people are hardworking people and like everybody they need a rest during the day. In Korla, the watches are on the same time as in Beijing, but the sun is of course 2 hours later; Works begins early and there are one break in every half of the day; the employees of the company I visited use the break time 100%! Some play ping pong, other a...

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  • Central square decoration

    FromEarly morning to late in the night there are people and there is some animation on the central square of Korla ; this square is a bit strange with its Chinese post soviet (the name and designation are from me!! Haha!!) decoration: paper flowers (in fact plastified paper, it lasts longer) used to make bigger flowers, mushrooms, arches and other...

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  • Visit the small markets early morning

    Early morning, walking in the streets near the hotel, I noticed people carrying plastic bags coming from a small street; I decided to go the opposite way, to see what they may have in they bags and where it comes from. Very soon, I stepped on a small more or less informal market, where vendors displayed their products on the street. I visited this...

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  • Taste the famous Korla pears

    I discovered on the WWW that Korla was well known for its pears; I though, well, in March, I will not see or taste a lot. I was wrong! My Chinese counterparts offered me pears during working sessions breaks and I found also on street stalls on the big square place. This pear is very juicy and has a bit a crispy consistency ; it tastes very sweet...

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  • A walk on the Central Square

    The central square of Korla is decorated in a “realist-socialist” style, using modern sculpture, landscaping, very kitschy and traditional decoration. It is the meeting point of people early morning, but also during the rest of the day for whatever people want to do and on week ends there are also attractions for the children. I am not used to see...

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  • Short visit to the big market

    Those who know me (in VT, but not only) expect I tell (write, in the present case) know that they will see pictures of a market. The market of Korla seems to be very big, I am not sure I explored it completely during two lunchtimes; The open market is on two main streets where fruit and vegetables coexist with all sorts of small items going from...

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  • Finding old potteries and skulls!

    You can go to the nameless ruin near the Qigexing ruin. You don't need to get any permission or pay the entrance fees. There was an ancient Buddhist city. 2000 plus year old potteries and skulls are there. There is an amazing ruin more than other one in Xinjiang.

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Korla Restaurants

  • Central Asian food forever !

    According to my Chinese colleagues it is one of the most famous restaurants in Korla; it is a muslim restaurant and you have to forget about wine or beer; without exaggeration the food is wonderful, and as you can see, the restaurant was crowded when I was there, demonstrating a bit the fact that when a restaurant is full of people, the food is...

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  • Chinese fondue

    Stupid me, I forgot to take an outside picture of the restaurant, and forgot the name; it was to tell about Chinese Fondue, which I discovered in Korla (like so many other things I discovered during my stay here).I knew the Savoyarde, the Burgundy and other varieties of fondue, now I know a new one. A big container in the centre of the table with...

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  • Dinner in the midst of the orchards

    My Chinese colleagues insisted we have a dinner in that restaurant (Qing Gua or Green Apple) located a bit outside Korla in the middle of the fruit trees orchards. They even organised a sort of a special event with singers/dancers (from the restaurant) welcoming the host, and, well, I was a bit moved, this was not as cold and formal as the official...

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Korla Transportation

  • Train condition

    Our train ticket from Korla to ZhangYe is 95yuan each for hard seat normal speed train 22 hours total. This train goes pass many beautiful places in mostly big mountain range with vast landscape, very hot in the month of July when goes pass Turpan, most passengers on train strip topless.

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  • My train to ZhangYe

    Picture is the train station's ticket office, the train station is opposite, not at the same place, but is only across the road, very easy. The bus station is at another location, you can take cab or take a local public bus there. I went to both bus and train to ask, at least decided to take train to ZhangYe. I bought the seat ticket which is the...

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  • The 3rs class train

    This is taken on the train of 3rd class with hard seat. The seat is quite comfortable but you can't adjust, at night you still be sitting, that's why passengers had to sleep on the floor, and the Chinese spitted so much in day time with garbage all there, so its quite fun to experience this kind of thing. Wanna try?

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Korla Local Customs

  • Billiard on the streets

    What to do on Sundays when you live in Korla ? Play billiard of course! On several places of the city, early morning or late afternoon, you can watch people playing billiard; there are all sorts of people playing billiard, ethnic Chinese, Uygurs, others, men and women. . . . It seems there are competitions, and all take it very seriously; local...

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  • Other physical activities

    Other people play with some sorts of “rackets” and a ball and make movements to keep the ball on their “pan”. Other have swords and play with the sword. I can imagine that in that sort of society and mentality collectivism (not necessarily in a bad sense) has a better chance to find interested people rather than in anarchist-individualist educated...

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  • Fly kites

    This is a nice activity, you can practice from the day you can walk till the day your legs do not want anymore. . . Flying kites! It is a very popular activity here in Korla (and probably in all China), and it is nice to watch the kites in the sky and very interesting to watch the people who “play” with he kites.The elder people seem to like a lot...

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Korla Off The Beaten Path

  • Fringes of the desert (cont.)

    At the fringes of the desert you can still find life, before the emptiness; here is water, there are trees and in the sand, there are small bugs which are fun to watch at. And of course, there is the desert vessel, the camel! The ones here were in a paddock, where they have been driven few minutes before. They probably do not anymore the travels...

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  • The fringes of the Takla Makan desert...

    I was in Korla for my work, but being there and not going to the desert would have been a shame!! So I managed to convince my colleagues that it was very important for me to see the desert and to have a walk there.The Takla Makan is a very wide desert of about 340.000 square kilometres, known to be a very harsh environment with diurnal temperature...

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  • Tiemen Guan; (follow up)

    So, who is in the graves? I red in a Chinese guide about Sin Kiang that a princess and her lover are here; they are said to have died for freedom and love, princess Tzuohla of Yanqi kingdom and Tayi a simple shepherd; trying to escape the soldiers sent by the princess’s father they died falling from the cliffs; the father ordered the graves to be...

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  • The red flag is still there and kids...

    The red flag is still there and kids cannot escape “red education”Walking in the streets at noon makes discover things I would not have seen if aving unch in a restaurant; one day (which special day, I wanted to check, but I forget to ask my Chinese counterparts), there were small groups of children, dressed in a festive or “official” way, and it...

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  • City architecture

    You probably don't want to know this, but since you are here, you must look because this is what you can see in Korla city centre, its this way, you can call this modern China or anything.

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  • Sailing activities ?

    It looks like sailing activities here in Korla's riverside, but those two white triagular shape thing were not sails, I don't know too.

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