You can spend a good half day here as there are some good views of the city from the top looking in all directions and a pleasant walk up the steps well worth spending some time at
One the wonderful scenic spot if you happen to be in Urumqi or in the Xinjiang the autonomous region located in the North west of China. Clear crystal blue lake, where source of water come from the melting glaciers of the Tianshan Mountain surrounding the lake. If you are lucky, you may also appreciate the colorful autumn leave from pine... More
Very beautiful, once you walk 1 hour from the starting point at the lake, everything becomes much more quit. The noise of the boats is still annoying though. Once you walked 2 hours and get away of the lake, you will meet no-one so you can enjoy the peace (for several days if you bring enough food). There are no... More
Scenic drive to get here to the Nanshan area. About 70 kms south of Urumqi on G216. Statues, then crops and herds. Domestic tourism set up with a ticket office on the road (no information) and then half a km on a checkpoint where some cars are allowed in and others (us) waved into the tourist car park and told... More
Prefer Jiu Zhai Gou and Chang Bai Shan over Tianshan. Its rather polluted as it was near Urumqi. Its nice but nothing spectacular.
We drove into areas I don't think many tourists go, where the indigenous people live and tend their herds. Still, areas are well taken care of so that you can walk in the natural surroundings, and the roads are remarkably well-maintained. One of the few times during my travels in China where you could see blue skies and the sun!... More
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