September 2, 2009

 

The most interesting thing for tourists here is to visit the local herdsman families of Kazakh nationality. Yurts are sprinkled over the pasture and are home to the local Kazak people. When you come to the yurt, you are warmly welcomed by the enthusiastic herdsman. The Kazak people are hospitable and generous. They usually invite their guests to share dinner of roasted lamb, milk and their traditional food-rice taken with hands.

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September 2, 2009

Located 60 kilometers south suburbs of Urumqi City with about 2 hours driving, Nanshan Pasture is a branch of Tianshan Mountain chains. It stretches a vast natural area with fascinating scenery. The elevation around the Nanshan Pasture is about 1, 600 meters in average. It is cool in summer and could be the nearest summer resort of Urumqi.
The Nan Shan slopes are covered with dragon spruce and mountain flowers everywhere. In the deep of the valley there are small waterfalls fly down like the silver dragon. The clear brook water winds lofty mountain range. The green grassland is dotted by sheep flock and running horses. Here is a natural pasture land of beauty.
There you can appreciate a beautiful picture of steep mountains, luxuriant grassland, herds of sheep and cattle, and Kazak yurts scattered sparsely on the meadow, you will taste food with Kazak flavor and you may also ride a house gallop on the pasture.
There are numerous gullies running parallel form west to east. It is cool here in the summer, and is a good place to get away from the heat. White Willow Ditch is the most famous and unique gully among all. It is surrounded by graceful peak standing side by side with snow on tops all year round. Its landscape stretches into the distance and is painted with flocks of sheep and horses and yaks grazing among the wild flowers.

 

September 2, 2009

The Erdaoqiao Bazaar in the center of Urumqi, capital of west China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has been a trading hub for goods from all over Central Asia since it was set up 130 years ago in the late Qing Dynasty.In 2002, the Urumqi city government renovated Erdaoqiao and opened a 1.2 kilometer shopping street to house Erdaoqiao Market, a Xinjiang International Bazaar, and a Xinjiang Ethnic Products Street.Erdaoqiao has become a “golden shopping district” with ethnic minority goods and handicrafts from China, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and other neighboring countries, attracting thousands of sightseers and shoppers every day.The famous “three treasures of Hotan” – jade, carpets and silk – are on offer, as are copperware, exquisite Yengisar daggers, traditional clothing, Uygur embroidered hats, musical instruments, handmade carpets, and cashmere scarves, not to mention all kinds of dried fruit and herbs. Bargaining is a must as all prices are negotiable.When you are tired of shopping, you can replenish your energy at one of Erdaoqiao’s dozens of restaurants and food stalls. As daylight recedes, stall holders light hurricane lamps and Erdaoqiao turns into a bustling night market and entertainment street with food, handicrafts and dancing.The best time to go is Sunday, when the market is at its busiest.

 

September 2, 2009

 

 

In the middle of Bogda Peak, 110 km (68miles) east of Urumqi, nestles Heavenly Lake. Covering 4.9 square kilometers (1.89 square miles), this crescent-shaped lake deserves its name, Pearl of Heavenly Mountain (Tianshan Mountain). With melted snow as its source, Heavenly Lake enjoys crystal water.In summer, the beautiful lake is an ideal cool resort. Boaters on the lake see the ever-changing silvery mountains soaring into the blue sky, their slopes highlighted with verdant pasture and flamboyant wild flowers.
Heavenly Lake, a relic of the Quaternary Period Glacier and its surrounding geological relics, offers science lovers exploring opportunities.