Korla Travel Guide

Korla or Kuerle, is the capital city of Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, in the centre of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in the Northwest of China.Located in the central part of Xinjiang, the southern foot of Tianshan Mountain, the northeastern edge of the Tarim Basin, the Tianshan branch in the north, and the second largest desert in the world in the south-- -- Taklimakan Desert,  Korla City is one of the throat areas of the ancient Silk Road and one of the birthplaces of Western culture. It is also an important transportation hub and material distribution center in the north and south, and an important political, economic and cultural center in the region.


Facts of Korla
English Name: Korla or Kuerla
Chinese Name: 库尔勒市 (kù ěr lè shì)
Total Area: 7116.9 square kilometers (2747.9 square miles)
Nationalities: Mongol, Uyghur, Han, Kazak, Hui, Kirgiz, Xibe, Tajik, Uzbek, Tatar, Daur, Manchu and Russian
Zip Code: 841000
Area Code: 0996
Administrative Divisions: nine counties, three towns, five farms and five sub-district Offices
Neighboring Areas: Yuli County, Bohu County, Hejing County, Heshuo County, Luntai County

History of Korla
With thousands of years of history, Korla was an important staging post in the middle of the Silk Road, because of the bottleneck of the Iron Gate Pass between Yanqi and Korla. It was set up as a county early in 1940, as a prefecture in 1954, and merged into the Bayin'guoleng Mongolia Autonomous prefecture in 1960.  Finally, it was approved as a city in October 1979.

What to see in Korla?
With its long and rich history and the specific physical features, the city is among the first group of National Excellent Tourist Destinations boasting many places worth seeing, such as Ancient City of Loulan, Bosten Lake, Bayanbulak Grassland, Lop Nur, Takla Makan Desert, Iron Gate Pass and Yadan Spectacle.Other Scenic Spots: Tianshan Mountain Chain, Mt. Aerjinshan, Bosten Lake, Kongquehe River, Tarim River, Kuerchu Brook, Yinyanghu Lake, Lianhuahu Lake....more rea: Bayingolin Travel Guide
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Korla Peacock River Bayingolin Museum Korla Iron Gate Pass

When to visit Korla?

Dominated by continental climate, the area is dry with light rainfall, a high evaporation rate, lots of sun and a huge temperature disparity between day and night; the total sunshine is about 3000 hours per year, and there is an average frost-free period of 210 days. In summer, the temperature can be as high as 40 C and in winter as low as -30 C. The prevailing winds in the area are northeasterly. The annual precipitation of the rainfall is 25-100 mm. The best time to visit this area is from August to September due to the comfortable weather conditions. 

How to get to Korla?

By Train: Korla Railway Station has trains running to Urumqi, Turpan and Hami in Xinjiang, then to the other provincial cities like Lanzhou, Xian and Chengdu.
By Air:
 Korla has its own airport with flights to Chengdu, Jinan, Beijing and other big cities in China every week. It also has daily flights to nearby cities, such as Yining, Urumqi and Kashgar.
By Bus: There are several major national highways linking Korla with the nearby cities and tourist destinations in and around Xinjiang. Everyday, there are buses to Urummqi, Aksu, Kashgar, Karamay City, etc. The newly built dessert road runs through the Taklimakan and reaches Minfeng County and Hetian City.
By Taxi: It is convenient to hire a taxi in this city. The flag down fare is 5 Yuan and may vary according to the size of the vehicle.

Travel Tips

Local Highlights: Singing and dancing are integral parts of the local life and have been around for centuries. Influenced by the ancient Silk Road civilizations, the song-and-dance styles have developed their own unique charm. Uyghur traditional and folk dances are very popular here, including the Bowl Dance, Big Drum Dance, Hoop Dance, Puta Dance, and the Synime, Xiadiyana, Nazirkom and Maixilaipu dances.

Special Local Products: Sweet Pear, Tomato, Muskmelon, Little Apricot In White, Fig, Mulberry, Raisin, Badamu, Cantaloup

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