With a Private Sightseeing Tour, Embrace the Aroma of Lavender in Ili
Discover the region or prefecture of Ili, situated in the northwest part of Xinjiang on a private sightseeing tour. Experience the famous lavender gardens of Ili, which is one of the largest lavender cultivations in the world.
Ili is endowed with a pleasant climate and has become one of the most favourite spots to visit when travelling to Xinjiang. It is home to nearly 20 ethnic groups, and each has its distinctive lifestyle and folk traditions which add to the fascination and charm of here. A sightseeing tour is a great way to explore the Yili grasslands and basque in beauty for the day.
Take a visit to the bazaar to experience the unique features of the region. Here you will meet the locals and see all the local handicrafts and taste delicacies. There is also a distinct influence of Russian architecture with many buildings imbued with Russian style and design. After you visit Ili, you will feel overwhelmed by this truly under-appreciated travel gem.
Top 10 Things to Do in Ili
Sail Away in a Dream on a Private Boat Tour of the Stunning Sayram Lake.
You may sail away in a dream when you take a private boat tour of the stunning Sayram Lake. Known as the 'Pearl on the Silk Road, Sayram Lake is the largest and highest alpine lake in Xinjiang and it is a popular tourist attraction from Ili.
From where this Ili prefecture is located, there are many great activities to do. One of the main ones being hiking tours of the Tianshan Mountains.
There are many beautiful sceneries and sights to see when you visit here. During the Spring and Summer, there are stunning flowers and butterflies and you can see the most amazing sunset.
Travel Tips for Ili
Anytime during the months of June to August is regarded to be the best time to visit the prefecture Ili. This is mainly due to the density of grasses in the Nalati Grassland at this time. These months are when can do great activity tours with only a chance of a drizzle of rain. April and May are good times too especially for sightseeing tours to the Lavender gardens or any botanic gardens.
Ili is cheap and a great place for a tourist avail of bargains in the bazaar. However, be sure to haggle with the vendors as they expect it. It is advised to book any private sightseeing tours before your arrival for lower prices. Accommodation prices will vary on the type of place you want to stay in. An evening meal for two people in a local traditional restaurant can cost as little as US$10.
Do your research on this prefecture before travelling and make sure you can get accommodation there for the time you want. Some of the sightseeing tours you are doing either to or from Xinjiang can be lengthy, but the views are exceptional along the way. When you are on a group tour, it is very important that you do not stray away from the group, you may get lost or worse the group leave without you.
Ili Prefecture has a continental climate zone. The weather is mild and humid. The summers tend to be short while the winters are long. Also, the weather varies in different areas and there is a noticeable difference in the temperatures during the day and night. The average highest temperatures during the summer is 43 degrees Celsius and in the winter -51 degrees Celsius on average. There is some rain during the year.