Facts of Xinjiang
Chinese Name: 新疆( Xīn Jiāng )
Abbreviation: 新 (Xin)
Administration Type: Autonomous Region
Location: 34°25' to 48°10' N, 73°40' to 96°18' E
Climate: temperate continental arid/ semiarid climate
Average Annual Rainfall: 165.6 millimeter
Area: 1,664,900 km² (about 642,821 mi²)
Population (2010): 21,813,334
Major Ethnic Group: Uygur
Cities of Xinjiang
Xinjiang, the largest of China’s provinces and is interesting due to it’s economical, political, cultural and geographical position. This province was once crossed by the Great Silk Road that provided the province a great profit and a means of development. The cities situated on the camelcade roots of the Silk Road were particularly rich and modern, people from west and east civilizations met there. There were cosmopolitan cities.
Nowadays, these cities have preserved their greatness and can be visited. They are: Urumqi, Turpan, Hami, Changji, Ili, Aksu, Korla, Kuqa, Artux, Kashgar, Hotan. These cities keep monuments of the Great Silk Road, such as Muslim mosques, Buddhist Temples, bazaars, old streets, caves, ruins of the ancient cities nearby, etc. All these attractions are worth to be visited.
What to see in Xinjiang?
Known as the home of singing and dancing, the land of fruits, and the place of gold and jade stones, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China boasts for its vast expanse, beautiful landscape and unique folk customs. There are in total over 1,100 registered scenic areas in Xinjiang, ranking first in the country. In a selection of the best scenic areas in Xinjiang by Tourism Bureau of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the follow ones won the highest scores in public appraisal and professional evaluation. We will introduce them in 3 categories, Nature, History, Culture... More: Xinjiang Attractions
|Heavenly Lake||Mount Tianshan||Balikun Grassland|
|Jiaohe Ancient City||Turpan Grape Valley||Xinjiang Kanas Scenic Area|
When to visit Xinjiang?
Situated far from the sea and encircled by high mountains, Xinjiang has a typical continental climate with a low annual rainfall, long sunshine duration and a large diurnal temperature variation. These weather conditions are favorable for sugar accumulation in fruit, so the area is richly cultivated with fruit including melons. It is famous as a 'hometown of fruit and melons'. The most well-known fruit are grapes and honeydew melon. In general, winters are very cold, springs are often windy, and summers are extremely hot here.
Xinjiang is also a region of many minority groups in China, and its people is known far and wide for being excellent at singing and dancing. Uygurs are the principal minority group there, the rest are the Hans, Kazaks, Mongolians, Huis, Xibes, Kirgizes, Ozbeks, Tajiks, Russians, Manchus, Daurs and Tatars. Their distinctive culture form adds more charm to the region.
|Xinjiang Shopping||Xinjiang Dining||Xinjiang Nightlife|
|Xinjiang Festivals||Xinjiang Maps||Xinjiang Music Art|