Xinjiang is a highly praised city located in the northwest of China. It is renowned as the "Home of Singing and Dancing" for its unique folk culture and custom all of which you can experience on private guided tours.
This vast, sparsely populated city is one of the most famous stops along the "Silk Road" as it is abundant in tourist attractions. Tourists travel to visit the popular spots on the mountains, deserts, lakes and grasslands.
There are sightseeing tours to the Tianchi Lake where visitors can witness real natural beauty or to the Xinjiang regional museum, where one can explore China's history and see the well-preserved mummies of ancient people.
No matter how you decide to spend your time in Xinjiang, you are sure to get value for your money and an experience of a lifetime. The locals are renowned for their kindness, honesty and are most welcoming to tourists, which gives your trip that little bit extra. Read More...
Experience a Taste of Paradise at Heavenly Lake on Private Guided Tour
Get a little taste of Paradise at Heavenly Lake when you go on a private guided tour. It holds an ancient story that it was once a fairyland where the heavenly queen lived. It now ranks as a top destination for sightseeing tours in Xinjiang due to its popularity.
There are many places to visit which are remarkable in Xinjiang which include stunning architecture, fascinating archaeological sites and buildings full of history and culture.
For the more adventurous tourists, there are thrills, and no doubt spills, to be had when going on exciting activity tours to any of the major mountains in the region.
Top 10 Things to Do in Xinjiang
Heavenly Lake holds an ancient story that it was once a fairyland where heavenly queen lived. It ranks as a No.1 resort in Xinjiang and popular for sightseeing tours. Summer is best time visit as the weather is warm and cruises and boat tours are at a peak. Enjoy a guided tour of this marvellous place and soak up the beauty of the flourishing plants, inverted reflection of snow mountains and the blooming flowers around the lake.
Xinjiang Regional Museum
Explore the Xinjiang Regional Museum on a privately guided tour, and you will not be disappointed. It is an integrated museum that is decorated beautifully in Uygur style and is home to more than 5,000 history relics and arts. There are three exhibition halls: The Ethnic Exhibition, the History Relics Exhibition and the Mummy Exhibition. Each exhibition offers its own unique and wonderful story.
Id Kah Mosque
Go on guided tour to the Id Kah Mosque, the largest mosque in China, and also one of three largest in central Asia. Located in Kashgar, the Id Kah Mosque is an extraordinary and holy land for Muslims. Muslims come to pray and worship daily, and it is a good idea to dress respectively when visiting, (no shorts and have a headscarf if you wish to look inside the mosque.) It was once an Islamic school where many scholars graduated.
Jiaohe Ancient City
Renowned as "perfect ruin of earth building"the Jiaohe Ancient City is a spectacular place to see. Take a fascinating sightseeing tour to experience the two thousand-year-old, well-preserved buildings. What is so special about this attraction is that these earthly buildings were once the capital city of the former Cheshi State. Explore the 700 households that belonged to 6,500 residents and 85 soldiers.
Located at the Altay Mountain, north of Burqin County is Kanas Lake. A popular place for sightseeing tours where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and join the summer activities that are held every year. The meaning of Kanas is "beautiful, rich and mysterious" a that is exactly what this place is. The lake was formed by a movement of a glacier over 200 years ago and changes colour as the weather and seasons change.
Narati Scenic Spot
The Narati Scenic Spot is situated in the hinterlands of Tianshan Mountain. Sitting to the east of the Ili River, this tourist attraction covers an area of 400 square meters and has an altitude of 1,800 meters. Witness the beauty of the Narati mountain on the three sides of the river, the abundant vegetation, deep canyons, historical sites and the folk customs. Book a guided tour to this great pasture of ancient times.
Located 190km outside of Kashgar city is Karakul Lake. Another popular tourist attraction that is seated at the foot of the Muztagh Ata mountain(7546m). Take a super sightseeing tour here to explore the highest lake of the Pamir Plateau. Karakul Lake is surrounded by three giant mountains that are snow covered throughout the year. It features a fantastic combination of snow mountain and lake views.
Kumtag Desert Scenic Spot
The landform of the Kumtag Desert Scenic Spot is situated in the east of Xinjiang. It became a national park in 2002 and is open to the public to walk, explore and reap the benefits of healing for ailments such as rheumatism and back ache from the hot sand. With an area of 1,880sq km, it is expected to be the world's largest national Park. Take a sightseeing tour to experience the barren yellow sands various shapes.
Jiangbulak Scenic Spot
You will not be down hearted when you go on a sightseeing tour of Jiangbulak Scenic Spot. Situated to the south of Qitai County (about 6km) this famous landform is a vast grassland with beautiful landscapes. The best time to visit Jiangbulak Scenic Spot is during the summer when the weather is at its finest. Visitors will not be disappointed when witnessing the beautiful natural scenery, the various flowers and crystal lakes.
Known as the 'Pearl on the Silk Road, Sayram Lake is the largest and highest alpine lake in Xinjiang. It is the last place the warm air current of the Atlantic Ocean reaches and why it is known as the "Atlantic Ocean's last teardrop". A guided tour will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed as this oval shaped lake is a clear and peaceful lake with flocks of swans and ducks. A destination not to be missed.
Travel Tips for Xinjiang
Best Time To Visit Xinjiang
The ideal months to visit Xinjiang are April, May and October when the weather is mild and there is not much rainfall. This is the definitely the best time go on sightseeing tours. September to November is popular for tours through desert lands. The summer is regarded as peak season and more expensive but the weather is great for spending time around the lakes. Winter has plenty of snow so ideal for the winter sports lovers.
Typical Costs in Xinjiang
Xinjiang is known for being less expensive than other major cities in China. Most attractions in the city are also reasonably priced however book your sightseeing private tours before your arrival for lower prices. Accommodation prices will vary on the type of place you want to stay in. A three-course meal for two people will cost less than US$12 in a mid-range restaurant. Rickshaws, buses and taxis are cheap and frequent.
Know Before Visiting Xinjiang
When touring through Xinjiang, it's a good idea to bring a book as the road trips can be lengthy. The hotels and restaurants are basic usually basic in remote areas. It is a city that is rich in many varieties of fruits but try to avoid overeating to prevent an upset stomach. In some minority areas, locals can be traditional, so please respect their customs and dress respectively when visiting the mosques.
Weather in Xinjiang
Xinjiang has a climate that is a local steppe climate. Throughout the year there is not much rainfall and the annual average temperature is about 13.2 °C with an average annual rainfall of 514 mm. July is the hottest months with temperatures reaching about 26.6 °C. Winters get quite cold with temperatures dropping to about -2.0 °C, especially in January. December and January see the least amount of rainfall.