Xinjiang Travel Guide

Xinjiang Attarctions


Xinjiang has a unique landscape which is called 'three mountains surrounding two basins'. These features are, from north to south, Altai Mountains, Dzungarian Basin, Tianshan Mountains, Tarim Basin and Kunlun Mountains.


Urumqi-Capital of Xinjiang  Xinjiang

Its name means “a beautiful pastureland,” Though a modern city today, the regional capital still has numerous scenic spots worth visiting: the Bogoda Peak and the forests in the Tianshan Mountains and the stunning landscapes on the edge of the Junggar Basin. It is the farthest city from any ocean in the world.Since Han Dynasty,the land has been guarded and cultivated.During Tang Dynasty,troops were stationed there and fortresses were built. It had become the northern passage of the Silk Road. Under hundreds of years’ construction and renovation, the original pasture has become a moder metropolis, with high-rise buildings,net-like roads and prosperous business.Urumqi is the political,economic,transportation and cultural center of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Read More: Urumqi Attractions

Top Attractions in Urumqi

Red Hill ParkShaanxi  Grand  MosqueXinjiang Museum
                    Red Hill Park
                  Shaanxi Musque
                     Xinjiang Museum


Turpan,Hami-East Gate of Xinjiang

The flaming Mountain,the grape valley and the Karez wells are the major features that draw tourists to Turpan and Hami.The melons ad fruits produced in this area are also an irresistible attraction. overhead, the sun is shining tirelessly ad the air becomes scorching hot,while the heat creeops into the car, you feel dry and hot and begin to miss the air conditioning of the modern metropolis. Located at the crossroads of Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway and Gansu-Xinjiang Highway, Hami is the most important northern passage to the Silk Road.Thus it is called the “East Gate of Xinjiang,”... Read More: Hami 

Top Attractions in Hami

Grape ValleyJiaohe Ancient CityFlaming Mountain
                      Grape Valley          Ancient City of Jiaohe Ruins                Flaming Mountain


Southern Xinjiang-The center of Silk Road Culture

The vast area between the Tianshan Mountains and the Kunlun Mountains is southern Xinjiang. The southern and central routes of the Silk Road run across it.There also lies the second largest shifting desert in the world,the Taklimakan desert. Since the Han and Tang dynasty, many people from European ad Asian countries had travelled past the places between Rime and Chang’an, which is the south route of the Silk Road. Many historical relics in the region are still preserved.Here you can enjoy the unique ethnic customs,old tales and relics. Tourist from home and abroad keep pouring into southern Xinjiang, a place of fantastic desert,rich cultural relics,valuable resources and colorful customs. More Read: Hetian  Ili  Kashgar Korla 

Top Attractions in Southern Xinjiang 

 Id Kah MosqueSayram LakeKashgar Old Town
             Id Kah Mosque                 Sayram Lake              Kashgar Ancient City


Northern Xinjiang- Paradise for Photographer

Northern Xinjiang, where the ethnic minorities,such as Kazaks,Mongolian and Xibe, live in compact communities, has a very strong appeal for tourist. It is worth enjoying the scenery of the luxuriantly green forests, the boundless prairies, the beauty of lakes and mountains and many nature reserves. Traveling along this route, you can enter the Altay Mountain in the north, stride over Ertix River and Ulungur River. You can see the primitive natural landscape and rough and wild desert.Nomatter when you go to northern Xinjiang,especially to Kanas, you should bring sunscreen, moisture-reservation sticks,skin-protection lotion,Sun hat etc. Major Cities in Northern Xinjiang: Bortala  Karamay  Kizilsu   Tacheng  Altay Bayingolin

Top Attractions in Northern Xinjiang

TianchiKanas GeoparkGhost city
                  Tianchi Lake          Kanas Geopark         Ghost City in the World

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has, since ancient times, been populated by many ethnic groups, including a great number of nomadic tribes and nations. By the end of the 19th century, 13 major ethnic communities had established themselves there: the Uygurs, Hans, Kazaks, Mongolians, Huis, Kirgizs, Manchus, Xibes, Tajiks, Daurs, Ozbeks, Tatars and Russians. The Uygurs comprised the majority, and this multiethnic pattern remains even today.

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