Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Province Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by pepemorris11
  • Things to Do
    by pepemorris11
  • Things to Do
    by pepemorris11

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Province Things to Do

  • Mantou and fatty pork

    This is a dish that can be found all over China. Forget the cholesterol. Place the braised pork between the warm bun (mantou) and tuck in. If the pork is really good, it just melts in your mouth and slithers down your throat!

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  • Tiemen Pass

    The pass is located 8 km from Korla city in the northern suburbs. It is one of the 26 famous passes in China. Its name "Iron Gate" says it is as solid and firm as one. It is part of an arduous section of the silk road. It lies in Tieguan Gorge which has been a strategic location since ancient times.

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  • Visit Kuqa Great Mosque

    2nd largest mosque in Xinjiang. Supposed to have been constructed in the 1500s. Prayer hall can hold 3000 people . Inside the mosque, a ruin of a religious court is visible

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  • Visit the Subashi ruins

    Located 23 km in the north west of Kuqa County, Xinjiang province. there are ruins of a Buddhist temple built in the 1st century

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  • Explore and shop at the bazaar

    Just window-shop and enjoy the ambience . ...the colours...the smells...i promise you you will leave with a purchase!

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  • Buy dried fruit at the bazaar

    Buy whatever tickles your fancy at the bazaar.Taste the dates, figs and apricots.... The dried fruit can be packed in boxes so you can carry them home easily.

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  • Tianshan Grand Canyon

    Canyon located at the southern foot of the Tianshan Mts. Runs from east to north about 5.5 km deep. years of natural erosion over the red rocks have formed this natural wonder. canyon has an elevation of 1600 m above sea level while the highest point is 2048 metres. The canyon is characterised by oddly shaped rocks and cragggy pinnacles, rugged...

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  • The Kizil 1000 buddha caves

    This is 73km west of Kuqa - the oldest caves dedicated to Buddhism in China with spectacular murals in thesed caves comparable to those of Mogao grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu province.Caves were 1st chiseled in the 3rd century.Thousands of such caves were carved out of the craggy sand stone cliff.War and natural erosion destroyed quite a few of them...

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  • Have a local lunch

    We ordered roasted lamb which came skewered but with loads of fat.Also they cooked some kind of dumplings and used a tandoor to cook it

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  • Buy a cap or a pair of boots

    In a street bazaar,the commodities here are made in the workshops. You get transported back in time and can imagine the past glory of this ancient trading city on the Old Silk Road. At the shoes and caps market, the caps and boots are made on the spot

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  • Tomb of Xiangfei

    5 km northeast of Kashgar, an ancient Islamic building nestles among poplar trees. Glazed tiles and a tower. Masterpiece of Uigur architecture. It is also known as Abakh Khoja Tomb, 17th century family cemetery of the kashgar area Islamic leader.In China the tomb is better known as the tomb of Xiangfei, the only Uigur concubine among the 41 wives...

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  • Wander in the old district of Kashgar

    Here in the old district, many streets have "bazaar" as part of their names. Some have ceased to exist but get a chance to visit a Sunday Bazaar. Enjoy the architecture along the old streets and maybe see a former caravanserai..

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  • Biggest mosque in China

    Mosque is located on the central square in Kashgar city. Biggest mosque in China. Has strong ethnic style and religious features. Id Kah means a place of praying and celebrating in festivals. Present mosque was built in 1442 as a very small structure but several renovations and extensions have created it with today's scale and style. Whole complex...

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  • A glittering pearl embedded among the...

    About 190 km from Kashgar. Karakuli means "black sea" in the local dialect. It is 3600 metres above sea level at the foot of the Maztagata mountain. The mountains around the lake are snow-capped and the unspoiled natural surroundings are breath-taking.Over the years , this has become one of the destinations for horse back riding and mountain...

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  • Look around.....

    People watch. See what the locals do and eat and how they pass their time. how they move from place to place. Snap candid shots of the locals. Ask permission before you do so or do it discreetly.Tip the local if need be especially if they are dressed in their local attire.

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  • Kashgar

    In Kashgar, except the main street where mostly Chinese people gathered and their shops located there. The rest of Kashgar is very middle eastern feel, very muslims of course.

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  • Turpan

    The town of turpan is famous for many things, including the Karez Wells, Flamming Mountains, Belikeze Buddhist Grottoes, Grape Valley etc. More information and photographs are at my VT Turpan page.

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  • Urumqi

    Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang province and is a very beautiful city with a mix of modern buildings and traditional architecture. More information and photographs are at my VT Urumqi page.

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  • Heavenly Lake (Tianchi)

    This is a very beautiful and famous lake in the tianshan mountains near to Urumqi. However, it is very touristy and crowded, and there are many stores here selling souvenirs. Usually tourists only come here for a short while, which include a short boat ride around the lake. If you are more adventurous, it is possible to arrange for simple 1-2...

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  • Tianshan mountains

    The tianshan mountain range in the centre of Xinjiang is a beautiful and remote mountain range. It is located near Urumqi and stretches all the way west into Kazakhstan. I managed to visit the Tianshan Mountains when I was in Xinjiang during September 2002, more photographs are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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  • Karukal Lake

    Yak milk tea, butter and bread is their every day food. We ate this every morning. But not only here, even in the North those people also served us yak milk tea. The yak milk tea is a bit salty, at first it tasted funny but after while I got used to it. The bread of course needless to say it was hard like a rock. But when you were there, you didn't...

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  • Karukal Lake

    The Tijaik family had a few yurts and we stayed in one of them. When meal time we went to there yurt to eat together. Food is simple. Inside the yurt at night, it was very cold. Blankets were heavy because we had a few on us but still they were hard to keep us warm.

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  • Karukal Lake

    The lake is not very big but it is absolutely gorgeous with snow moutains range aound it. In the day time the temperature was warm but at night it got really cold. We were there during Sept, stayed there for 2 nights, each morning we woke up we saw more snow on the mountain than each day.

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  • Karukal Lake

    When we got off the bus, there was a few guys waiting already at the bus stop try to sell their accomodations. We followed one of them and the family was Tijaiks. We stayed in their Yurt for 30 yuan a day including meals.

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  • Kashgar to Karukal Lake

    The KKH highway is famous for its scenery. It was absolutely right but again my battery was almost dead so couldn't take many photos.

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  • Kashgar to Karukal Lake

    Karukal Lake is about 6 hrs by bus from Kashgar. The route is the same way to Pakistan which crosses the famous KKH highway. The lake is 100km from the border of Pakistan.

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  • Kashgar

    Some of the Uygur women still wear the burka. You can see them on the street very easily. But during that time it was pretty hot, I can't imagine if I had to wear one of those walking under the hot sun.

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  • Kashgar

    In Kashgar, you don't feel like you are in China. You feel like you are in the Middel East. Very interesting.

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  • Kashgar

    It is much more interesting to go to the old city of Kashgar because there you can see all the Uygur people the way they live, their shops, their food, their religion and their culture. Pita bread is very common. We liked to have juicy pears and pita bread with honey for breakfast. There are many bees flying around in Kashgar and honey is cheap and...

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  • Back to Urumqi

    You have to know the conditions of the bus in Xinjiang to all these far away places are not good or advanced like in the Guangdong province or Beijing. The bus that we traveled was dirty and stinky and people smoked inside. In this case, always try to request the front sleeper seat and you don't want to be stuck at the back with all the smog.

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  • Back to Burejin

    Our next stop was Kashgar (west), but we had to head back to Urumqi first in order to go there. The Chinese people that we met on the yurt area was so kind that offered to take us back to Burejin by their Jeep and bought us lunch in a nice restaurant. There we had a good time with them again and we had to say goodbye and continued our journey.

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  • Yurt in Kanas Lake

    After viewing the famous lake, we went down to the national park to find a place to stay over night. There are different types of accomodations, hotels, guesthousese and yurts. We stayed in a yurt and we met some Chinese in the same yurt area. They were so kind and friendly. One is from Beijing and 2 is from Xinjiang, they invited us to have dinner...

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  • Kansas Lake

    You have to pay fee to enter the park just like most of the special parks in China. It's pretty big inside and there are yurts you can stay over nite. To see the lake, you have to walk many steps to high up then you can view it. The lake is border with russia. It was beautiful and the water is turquoise color. There were many Chinese tourists and...

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  • By horse to Kansas

    They introduced me a driver who was taking a Beijing woman alone to the Lake. I was talking with him with some help from the HK people cos my mandarin sucks, to tell him that I needed a car to go to the Lake badly, he told me that he had to ask the Beijing woman if she is ok with that because she hired him and the car alone. At the end, she agreed...

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  • By horse to Kansas

    That nite, I really couldn't walk properly and it was painful to know that I still had to ride the horse the next day. To be honest, I don't ride a horse every week and I can't handle to suddenly ride on a horse for so long. While I was so panicking, I met some HK people also staying at the same place and I told them I wanted a car from here to...

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  • By horse to Kansas

    First the guy over charged us which we found out later on. And because I was galloping on the horse because the guy made the horse to do it to hurry up. I started to feel pain on my inner thighs and butt. By the time we arrived to a small village for sleep over, I could barely walk.

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  • Burejin - On the way to Kansas Lake...

    From Burejin, 3 hrs by car to Kansas lake, that was the original plan. But we were suggested by some Chinese in Urumqi to try the horse to Kansas which takes 2 days to get there. And they highly recommended. So we took the suggestions and okay it was fun for the first few hours provided that the nature surroundings was so beautiful. But after that,...

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  • Burejin - On the way to Kansas Lake...

    From Urumqi to Kansas Lake, first we had to take a 13 hrs bus to a small town called Burejin. A very clean, neat and peaceful town.

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  • Urumqi

    There are not many hostels or guesthouses in Urumqi, unlike the other cities in China. We stayed in a budget hotel which we found in Lonely Planet. The city itself is very similar to other big cities in China, full of people and shops, except there are some Ugyur people that you can tell very easily by their faces who also speak Mandarin. A lot of...

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  • Day2-TianShan Moutain and TianChi Lake

    It is a must go tourist spot for everyone who visit Xinjiang because it is close to Urumqi and it is an easy access point in TianShan to see the snow moutain. The scenary is very like Louis Lake in Banff. The difference is that it is always crowded with people and thus not as clean and quite as Banff's Louis Lake. I should call it half Louis Lake....

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  • Day 3- Yili and on the way to Bayanbulak...

    We set out from Yining which is the main city for the Yili area in the morning heading to Bayanbulak prairie.The first thing I should say is that I am quite regret we didn't have the chance of exploer the area more. I found some picutres from some self-toured traveller of the place and they look amazing. Bayanbulak is the Chinese second lagest...

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  • Day 5- Yining - Salimu Lake

    Salimu lake that sits inside the Fruit Valley. It is a moutain lake which has very high latitude. Beatiful lake and surroundings and it is said to be very very deap. The lake is too big for me to see its borders, but I was told in the winter it will be completely frozen. Amazing ... It is also called as the "last tear of the mediterranean". So...

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  • Day 5- Yining City and the Border

    Day 5 is mainly Yili city tour. Before Urumqi, Yili was the central city of the Xinjiang State (where the main china was in war itself and the area was not under control). But it is very hard to get there from the outside in today's view. There is no highway nor railway to there. It is mainly because Yili is on the western side of TianShan moutain....

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  • Day 6-GaoChang ruins

    Gao Chang ruins is close to Turpan. You will get burned if you stand in that sun for 10 minutes. It was the old captital of GaoChange Kingdom. It is a kingdom that is very religious in Buddism. The famous monk from China bypassed this place during his trip to get buddism scripts in India. He was warmly hosted and gave some talks in this city. Today...

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  • Day 6 - Flamming Moutain

    Flamming mountain is a well known moutain mainly because of the famous novel of "Xi You Ji" (Going west)? In the book, the moutain was said to be alwasy burning.

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Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Province Hotels

  • Hong Fu

    When in China, westerns should choose a "5-star" hotel. Not because its fancy, but it helps being...

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  • Kashi Tianyuan International Hotel

    No.8 Renmin East Road, Kashi, Xinjiang Uygur, 844000, China

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Jiaotong Hotel

    No.230 West Laocheng Rd., Turpan, Xinjiang Uygur, 838000, China

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

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