Zhushan Xiugu

On September 9, 2011, in Activities, Adventure Trip, Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, Qingdao, by Jack Li

Zhushan Xiugu means “the elegant valley of the mountains.” It lies on the eastern slope of Dazhushan Mountain and is more than one and a half miles long. At the bottom of the valley, a stream flows through and pours into the artificial lake at the foot of the mountain. Walking along the bank of […]

Zhushan Xiugu means “the elegant valley of the mountains.” It lies on the eastern slope of Dazhushan Mountain and is more than one and a half miles long. At the bottom of the valley, a stream flows through and pours into the artificial lake at the foot of the mountain. Walking along the bank of the lake, you can see the clear shadow of the mountain in the water. It is so calm and picturesque.

Spring comes earlier to the valley. Before Tomb-Sweeping Day (April 4th), the cherries, apricots and peaches blossom in turn. After that the valley and the mountains are covered with a carpet of flowers. When the flowers sway in the wind, the mountain and the valley look like a waving sea and it is totally gorgeous. If you explore deeper into the valley, you will come across a mountain that splits the valley into two. Walking along the one leading to the north, you will see azaleas thickly growing from the bottom to the top of the mountain, dyeing the world red. Standing at the foot of the hill and looking up, you will feel as if the flowers are floating down from the sky. The flower season is extremely popular with the visitors.

Dazhushan Mountain Scenic Spot

Dazhushan Mountain Scenic Spot

On September 9, 2011, in Activities, Adventure Trip, Nature Scenery, Qingdao, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Dazhushan Mountain is situated on the coast in the southeast of the city of Jiaonan. It is more than 20 kilometres from north to south. Dazhaiding, the main height, is 486 metres above sea level and occupies 65 square km. Being a place of both cultural and natural content, Dazhushan Mountain has long been a […]

Dazhushan Mountain is situated on the coast in the southeast of the city of Jiaonan. It is more than 20 kilometres from north to south. Dazhaiding, the main height, is 486 metres above sea level and occupies 65 square km. Being a place of both cultural and natural content, Dazhushan Mountain has long been a favourite place for hermits, monks, nuns, painters and writers. Dazhushan Mountain is a State-AAA level tourist attraction. In the area there are Buddhist grottoes of the Sui and Tang Dynasty, temples and gates built in the Jin Dyansty, Tomb Tower Forest, Mayi Nunnery, Zhuchao Cave, Recitation Terrace, and Zhushan Mountain Stone Chamber where the hermits used to live. These are all places of great cultural tradition. Also in the mountains there are the thousands of acres of wild azaleas which is one of a kind. There are boulders of strange shapes. The most typical is a rare naturally-formed Buddhist statue. Dazhushan Mountain is an ideal place for sight-seeing as well as a place where you can know Buddhism better.

Dazhushan Mountain is a garden of unique plants as well. On the east of the mountain lies a valley where wild azaleas, white jasmines, Tangli, wild roses and lotuses thrive. In April, the valley becomes a beautiful sea of flowers, and large groups of tourists come to enjoy the grand sight.

Since 1993, the Tourism Bureau has invested six million Yuan to establish many tourist sites such as the Great Buddha’s Hall, Temple Wall, and Tomb Tower Forest. Each site has its own set of facilities such as the foot paths, parking lots, scenic spot gates and lawns. It has become more convenient for tourists.

Dazhushan Mountain Scenic Zone Attractions:

Zhushan Xiugu

Stone Gate Temple

Mayi Nunnery

Qifeng Yishi

Kanas Lake Travel Tips

On September 9, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Lakes, Mountain Areas, Tours, Travel Info, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

The Kanas Lake is 1347 meters above sea level. By climbing up 4000 stairs from the west bank you can get up to the Guanyu Pavillon. You can appreciate the whole picture of the Kanas Lake and its six gulfs from this height. The Kanas Lake is 160 kilometers away from the Burqin County. From […]

The Kanas Lake is 1347 meters above sea level. By climbing up 4000 stairs from the west bank you can get up to the Guanyu Pavillon. You can appreciate the whole picture of the Kanas Lake and its six gulfs from this height. The Kanas Lake is 160 kilometers away from the Burqin County. From May to October, there is tour bus. It takes you three hours and a half to get there. In addition, you can also rent a car in front of the passenger station of Burqin County. The average temperature in summer there is from 15℃ to 20℃. You should bring an umbrella and a coat as you may need it. You need a boundary certificate when you rent the car. Just bring one of your credential photos and the car diver will help you with the certificate. The local office charges 2 RMB for each certificate. Generally speaking, there are too many visitors in July and August. So it is a better choice to go there between the end of August and the beginning of September. The first snow of the Kanas Lake usually falls around 20th September.

Best Time to Visit the Kanas Lake:

The annual average temperature of the Kanas is just with January being the coldest month. The average temperature of January is -24℃. You had better take warm clothing with you even in summer. The best time to visit the Kanas Lake is in June and September. In October, it is all snow and ice. People begin to use sledges as the mode of transport. If you are interested in adventures, you can spend the long winter with local villagers. In June, the grass is green and flowers bloom. Once September comes, the autumn in Kanas Lake is called golden autumn. The sky is high and the sky is blue. It is the best time to be taking photos.

Kanas Lake Best Routes

Routes:

1. Jiadingyu Transit Center—Camel Gulf—Huajiu Valley—Kanas Bridge—Wolong Gulf—Moon Gulf―Kanas Village Transit Center

2. Kanas Village Transit Center—Yaze Lake—Fengqing Park—Pingtan Stage—T-juction Crossing—Village Government—Huan Lake—Police Station(you pass by)—Guanyu Pavilion—Training Center Box Office(you pass by) — Xincun Village—Guanyu Pavilion

Kanas Lake Tickets:

Admission Ticket: 150 RMB. Car Rent:80 RMB for the first time and another 10RMB if you enter the second time.

Minzu Fengqing Park Ticket: 40RMB

Horse Renting: 200 RMB including hiring a stuff for horse feeding.

Boating in the third gulf: 120RMB

Ticket for the sixth gulf: 240 RMB.

Guanyu Pavilion Ticket: 60 RMB for admission and 200 RMB for drifting.

All the tickets in the Kanas Lake can work for two days. Children under 1.2 meters, people above 70 years old, disabled people are free to visit all the Kans Lake. Reporters and students with their credentials can have a 20% price cut.

How to get to the Kanas Lake:

By Plane: The Kanas Airport is to the south of the Kanas Lake, about 50 kilometers away. It is 74 kilometers to the northwest of the Burqin County.

By Railway: There are trains from Urumchi to Beijing, Shanghai, Zhouzhou, Xi An, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Korla. There is an international train between Urumchi to Almaty. There are trains connecting Urumchi, Aksu, Alataw pass, Kuitun and Liuyuan. Take bus 2, 8, 10, 16, 20, 36, 44, 50, 52, 58 to get to the train station. If you want go to the south station, take bus 903, 906, 909 and 915.

By Coach: You can take coaches to go any city in Xinjiang. There are several coach stations for example; Jungong Coach Station, Nanjiao Coach Station, Mingyuan Coach Station, Beijiao Coach Station, Zhanzigou Coach Station. Most buses at the Mingyuan Coach Station are for Karamay and pteroleum base. Beijiao Coach Station has three lines to go to Fukang, Qitai and Jimsar County. In Dianzigou Coach Station you can buy tickets to go to any other city in Xinjiang.

By Car: Wuyi Express is the highway between Urumchi and Yining. The whole route is 696 kilometers long and it usually takes two days from Urumchi to Yuning. Wuka Express is the highway between Urumchi and Kashqar. The whole route is 1474 kilometers long and it usually takes three days from Urumchi to Yuning. The express between Urumchi and Kumul is the west part of Lanxin Express.

By Bus: Buses in Urumchi are charged by the distance you are taking. Most of the buses are without air-conditioner.

By taxi: Taxis charge 6RMB for the first 3 kilometers then 1.3 RMB for each kilometer after the first 3 kilometers.

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Cloud Sea with Buddhism Light

On September 8, 2011, in Lakes, Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

If you get to the Guanyu Pavilion to see the sunrise in the Kanas Lake, you can also witness how the clouds and frogs move slowly. Sometimes the cloud sea are with light similar to Buddhism light in the Mount Emei. Mount Emei is a famous attraction in Sichuan province. In August when it rains, […]

If you get to the Guanyu Pavilion to see the sunrise in the Kanas Lake, you can also witness how the clouds and frogs move slowly. Sometimes the cloud sea are with light similar to Buddhism light in the Mount Emei. Mount Emei is a famous attraction in Sichuan province. In August when it rains, the Kanas area is covered by thick frogs. The only thing you can see through the Guanyu Pavilion is the top peak higher than 2000 meters above the sea. When it is sunny, you can see a huge sun not far from you. During nine to ten, the sun has risen to a certain angle and the clouds look as though they are opposite to the sun. At this time a half-round light ring appears. There are seven colors in this ring. The light ring changes with the quantity of the clouds and frogs. This Buddhism light can also last for a quarter of an hour. If you happen to see it, you will never forget it. It is really that breath-taking. The Guanyu Pavilion is the best place to see this view.

Kanas Lake (Kanasi)

Tuvas Village

Tuvas is an old minority ethnic group. People of Tuvas live mainly by hunting and moving about in search of pasture. For the last 400 years, the Tuvas people have settled in the Kanas Lake. The people are known for their strength and bravery. They are very good at horse riding, skiing, dancing and singing. […]

Tuvas is an old minority ethnic group. People of Tuvas live mainly by hunting and moving about in search of pasture. For the last 400 years, the Tuvas people have settled in the Kanas Lake. The people are known for their strength and bravery. They are very good at horse riding, skiing, dancing and singing. The houses they live in are log cabins, which are spread randomly across the Tuvas Village. With small bridges and flowing water, it is quite a nice picturesque place to live. The landscape of the Tuvas Village is as mysterious as the Kanas Lake. Tuvas people have their unique living habits and they speak their own native Tuvas language. The Tuvas language is similar to Turkish and Kazakh in the Turkic group. Normally, the Tuvas people can speak Kazakh, which is different from the modern Mongolian language. The Tuvas people celebrate Aobao Festival and Lugu Festival. They also enjoy the spring festival and celebrate it similarly to the Han people. The majority of Tuvas people practice Buddhism. Another religion that is popular in this region is Saman. The log cabins in the village are built with wood with a square main body on the base and tower structure on the top. When they move about in search of pasture, they live in Mongolian yurts. There are made out of the pines and silver birches that surround the village. The boundary mountain between China and Russia lies towards the back of the Tuvas village. There is always cold wind blowing from the Siberia area.

Kanas Lake (Kanasi)

Changdi Dam

On September 8, 2011, in Lakes, Nature Scenery, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

Changdi Dam is in the mouth of the lake to the north of Kanas Lake in Burqin County, Xinjiang Province. The Changdi Dam is well known for there being more than one kilometer of dead wood. There used to be big pieces of driftwood in the Kanas Lake. Then some very strong wind came from […]

Changdi Dam is in the mouth of the lake to the north of Kanas Lake in Burqin County, Xinjiang Province. The Changdi Dam is well known for there being more than one kilometer of dead wood. There used to be big pieces of driftwood in the Kanas Lake. Then some very strong wind came from a deep valley and moved it against the current. Muds in the lake deposited the wood tightly along the dam. Generally speaking, Changdi Dam is a big wood. However, it will not stay there forever. Gradually there will be some movement of wood. Nevertheless, for years the dead wood hung there on the very upper stream of the sixth gulf in the Kanas Lake. Some villagers suggest that the dead wood could be put in the fifth gulf. However, the dead wood is not the wood that needs to be moved. It is always together with the Changdi Dam. This is because when it floods in the Kanas Lake in the summer, the flood will bring more muds from the up stream to hold the dead wood even more tightly to the dam. The valley winds are also very strong and they push the driftwood together, keeping the trend of going up. As time passed by, the special landscape you see today has been formed.

Kanas Lake (Kanasi)

Moon Gulf

On September 8, 2011, in Lakes, Nature Scenery, Rivers & Gorges, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

Moon Gulf lies within a kilometer to the upper stream of the Wolong Gulf. The Moon Gulf is quite and beautiful. It changes a little bit as seasons change. There is actually a precious pearl in the Kanas Lake. The riverbed of the Kanas Lake is formed by S shape gulfs. One of them is […]

Moon Gulf lies within a kilometer to the upper stream of the Wolong Gulf. The Moon Gulf is quite and beautiful. It changes a little bit as seasons change. There is actually a precious pearl in the Kanas Lake. The riverbed of the Kanas Lake is formed by S shape gulfs. One of them is like a half moon. That’s where the Moon Gulf gets its name. The Moon Gulf is located in the valleys. The water there is clear and clean. The upper gulf and the down gulf look like two footprints. They are quite unique and local villagers call them the ‘footprints of the fairies’. There are a few stories about those two huge footprints. One of them is about the Dragon King in the west sea. It has been said the Dragon King in the west sea left the footprint after he stepped on the river monster in the moon gulf. The footprint worked as a roof that the river monster would never come out of the water again. Another story is that Chinese ancient goddess Chang E went there to steal lucid ganoderma. It took a long time for her to do this. So she headed back in such a hurry that she left her two footprints there. The third story is about Genghis Khan. It is said he left his footprints there when he led his army fighting with enemies. No matter these stories are true or not, they all add mysterious and colors to the Kanas Lake. Peaks around the Moon Gulf are very magnificent. They are covered with big trees and grass. There is a stage along the road which is 1500 meters high above the sea level. That’s the best place to enjoy the views in the Kanas Lake.

Kanas Lake (Kanasi)

The Lake That Changes Colors

On September 8, 2011, in China Attractions, Lakes, Nature Scenery, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

Another amazing thing about Kanas Lake is that it is a lake that changes color. The color changes according to different seasons and weather from April to November.During May, the ice just melts and the water in the lake is green and grey. In June, the water changes to green or sometimes dark blue, because […]

Another amazing thing about Kanas Lake is that it is a lake that changes color. The color changes according to different seasons and weather from April to November.During May, the ice just melts and the water in the lake is green and grey. In June, the water changes to green or sometimes dark blue, because all the plants around the lake are green. In July the river is flooded, there is white water coming from the upper stream of the lake, so the water is shell white. In August the water is dark green as there is much more rain. When autumn comes, the water is jade green. During September and October this is a beautiful color. The water supply of the Kanas Lake is from the Kanas Glacier which is in the south slope of Youyi Peak. When summer comes, some of the ice melts and flows into the lake. Water from the nearby White Lake also comes and joins this lake. That is partly the reason why the lake is shell white during July and Autumn. Every December, the face of the lake freezes, and the Kanas Lake looks like a crystal mirror. Local villagers can use plows to transport goods, or go skiing there. In addition, the Kanas Lake is surrounded by mountains, a blue sky and white clouds. Water in the lake reflects the sunshine and the clouds. The lake is extremely nice and beautiful.

Kanas Lake (Kanasi)

The Flaming Mountain Travel Tips

On September 8, 2011, in Lakes, Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, Tours, Travel Info, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

The Flaming Mountain is one of the most famous scenic spots in Turpan, Xinjiang. Particular customs of minority people, the unique terrain and the long history are all important factors that attract numerous tourists from both home and abroad. The weather and food in this region are quite different from those in the mainland China, […]

The Flaming Mountain is one of the most famous scenic spots in Turpan, Xinjiang. Particular customs of minority people, the unique terrain and the long history are all important factors that attract numerous tourists from both home and abroad. The weather and food in this region are quite different from those in the mainland China, so if you want to enjoy yourself there, you’d better keep the following things in mind:

  1.   The average temperature in north-western China is usually lower than that in the mainland China, and the temperature difference between day and night is  large, so even you go to Turpan in summer, you should also need to take a coat or a sweater with you;
  2.  The ultraviolet rays are very strong in some areas in Xinjiang because of the much higher elevation. In Turpan, the highest temperature can reach up to over 40 ℃ in summer, therefore, it is necessary that you take enough sunscreens as well as some heat-clearing medicines.
  3. The tour routes in Xinjiang are often very long because the various scenic spots are far from each other, so tourists need to spend a lot of time in the vehicles. In some places, tourists will have to walk, climb the mountain or ride a horse or a camel; hence, you’d better put on flatties.
  4. Xinjiang is also famous for its tasty fruits, certainly you can enjoy them but please keep in mind that you should never drink hot tea after eating fruits, or you might suffer from diarrhea.
  5. Xinjiang is one of the minority areas in China, the local people there have their own religious belief which should definitely be respected, so you’d better not to talk about anything related to pigs or take pork with you in Muslim restaurants.
  6. The time difference between Xinjiang and cities in the mainland China is two hours, so all your activities are arranged two hours later at about 9:00 am. to 20:00.

Best Time to Visit the Flaming Mountain:

The temperature in the Flaming Mountain area is higher than 45 ℃ all year around, so do not stay there for very long time. Remember to bring enough water with you when travelling there.

The Flaming Mountain Best Routes:

This scenic spot is not very large, so tourists usually can make their own decisions about the tour routes.

The Flaming Mountain Tickets:

Tickets for adults: 60 yuan per person

Tickets for children: 30 yuan per person

Note:

  1. Children under 1.3 m are free;
  2. Students with their student ID and senior citizens with valid cards can have 50% discount.
  3. Car Renting: Show your ID card, driving license or other valid documentations, and at the same time pay a deposit ranging from 2000 to 5000 yuan. 150-200 yuan per day for a van which can accommodate 5-7 people, 300-600 yuan per day for a car, 1000-1300 yuan per day for a MPV which can accommodate 11-21 people. Vehicles will be examined before being withdrawn; the time for vehicle examination is from 8:00am to 17:00 every day.
  4. Pricing for taking a taxi starts from 5-8 yuan, and 1 km trip will cost you 1.2-3 yuan.

How to Get to the Flaming Mountain:

You can take a donkey cart to go to the Flaming Mountain if you are visiting the bazaar or you are already in the suburban district, it is a very interesting and special experience, but do remember to set a price beforehand. Or you can also take a middle-sized bus for one-day tour in Turpan to go to the Flaming Mountain.

Kanas Lake (Kanasi)

On September 8, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Lakes, Modern Architecture, Mountain Areas, Must-sees, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

Kanas is a Mongolian word. It means the place of rich beauty and mystery. The Kanas Lake lies in the north of Burqin Country, 180 kilometers away from the town. The lake covers an area of 44.78 square kilometers, which is ten times larger than the well-known Bogota Lake. The deepest part of the Kanas […]

Kanas is a Mongolian word. It means the place of rich beauty and mystery. The Kanas Lake lies in the north of Burqin Country, 180 kilometers away from the town. The lake covers an area of 44.78 square kilometers, which is ten times larger than the well-known Bogota Lake. The deepest part of the Kanas Lake reaches one hundred and ninety-six meters. The lake is clear and green which allows Shadows of the surrounding mountains to be cast in the lake. In addition, colors of the Kanas Lake changes according to the different seasons and weather. The shape of the Kanas Lake is like a peasecod. There are six gulfs in the lake. Each gulf has a story. On the first gulf, there is a huge stone that looks like a sleeping sheep. The best place to appreciate the sunset is on the stage of the third gulf. The fourth gulf is terrific for finding secrets. It is said there are mysterious ‘monsters’ there. To the north of the lake is the delta where there are swamps and wetland.  It is open and wide there surrounded by grass and trees. On the upper stream of the lake, there is a small island. It is very beautiful in autumn. The forest there is the only area which belongs to southern Siberian Vegetation belt. There are so many precious plants in the area like larches, Korean pines, spruces and firs. Other creatures included thirty-nine types of animals, one hundred and seventeen sorts of birds, four kinds of amphibians and reptiles and more than three hundred species of insects. Fish in the lake are very special, for example; Hucho salmon, Jiang cod, Altai sturgeon Altai, Siberia oblique fish and so on. The Hucho salmon is very big. Usually they are two to three meters long and over a hundred kilograms weight. The appearance of fish is a bit red, so it is also called Red fish. Some experts say that the so-called lake monster is just a Hucho salmon.

Kanas Lake story attractions

Changdi Dam

Cloud Sea with Buddhism Light

The Lake That Changes Colors

Tuvas Village

Moon Gulf

Kanas Lake story

1.  Kanas Lake Monsters

Kanas Lake is a beautiful and mysterious alpine lake, which is in the deep forest of the Altai Mountains. It is well known not only because of its nice landscape, but also because of the lake monsters. It is said by the local villagers that, there are huge monsters in the Kanas Lake which were able to spray frogs and move clouds. From ancient times, these monsters keep on appearing. The monsters often ate cows, sheep and horses along the lake bank. In recent years, a lot of tourists and science researchers have been to the top of the mountain to see what these monsters really are. What they saw were a bunch of black creatures swimming slowly in the lake. After some deep research, it turned out that those monsters are red fish. The red fish is a species that can live in the cold deep water for more than 200 years. Their movement is not normal. So it is hard for fishermen to follow their tracks.

2.  Bamboo Flute Song
It is said that every night when it is very quiet and the moon has risen, there is always nice music coming out from the lake. That’s because there used to be a handsome young shepherd. He was very good at playing the bamboo flute. One day, he met a pretty princess who was a great singer at the same time. They fell in love with each other at first sight. The princess’ father was strongly against them together. He asked the young man many hard questions, but he answered them correctly one by one. Then the king had the worst idea. He asked the young man to encircle the whole lake within one day which was impossible. That was more than one hundred kilometers and the road was not flat. There are many violent wild animals in the forests. When the young man heard this requirement, he did not say anything. He took the challenge on bravely for his loved one. The king was happy as he knew that he would not succeed. The princess was worried about his father’s conspiracy. She walked into the forest from the other side immediately. They met each other at the road of the lake after one day of walking. Then they lived happily ever after. From then on, villagers near the lake could hear songs played by the bamboo flute. That was the young man. He did it each night for the princess.

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