KTV: Sing, Dance and Be Merry!

On September 8, 2011, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Entertainment, Nightlife, by Jack Li

KTV (short for Karaoke Television) is a popular social activity in the far east, and is an interesting twist on the typical bars and clubs we commonly visit in the UK, Australia and America. It is an experience any tourist should try at least once when they travel to Beijing and there are KTV venues […]

KTV (short for Karaoke Television) is a popular social activity in the far east, and is an interesting twist on the typical bars and clubs we commonly visit in the UK, Australia and America. It is an experience any tourist should try at least once when they travel to Beijing and there are KTV venues located all over the city near to many Beijing hotels and attractions, you will usually spot them by their big sign with ‘KTV’ in neon lettering.

 

 

The entrance lobbies are generally very grand with extravagant decor, vibrant colours and giant chandeliers. You are usually met at the entrance and shown to your booth for the evening. KTV rooms are available to rent for an evening or per hour, and there is a broad price range which varies between establishments.

 

 

They have many different rooms ranging from a simple 2 person room right up to big rooms suitable for work gatherings and birthday parties.  The idea is to rent out a booth with a group of your friends, select your favourite tracks and sing your heart out. The booth is closed off and private, and provides television screens with the music video and lyrics so everyone can sing along with you. In Chinese culture it is a very popular pastime even if you are not so vocally talented, and the locals use it as a place to vent their emotions, socialise and relax.

 

KTV establishments normally provide food and beverages or have them available to purchase giving you no reason to leave your private area, and each room has a spacious dance floor for those who feel less than confident about singing in front of their friends!

 

There is normally a variety of music to choose from with both English and Chinese favourites available, including all the latest popular chart hits from back home. Karaoke rooms are kitted out in style with fancy couches, a modern computer playlist and giant flat screen televisions. The atmosphere is generally very party orientated with twinkling coloured lights, disco balls and dimmed lights.

 

KTV was originally invented in Japan and came to China about 25 years ago, originally existing in mostly expensive four and five star hotels, before moving on to nightclubs and specific KTV establishments. Alongside the private rooms there is usually a general public karaoke area where groups can gather and sing together.

 

KTV is the perfect way to chill out with your friends and sample the culture first hand, a must see on for your China travel itinerary!

The Snowland

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

The Snowland is located above the snow line of the Bogda Peak, which is 3800 meters above the sea level. The area looks like a beautiful white ocean because it is covered by thick permanent snow and magnificent glaciers. Dates back to 1,700,000 to 570,000 years ago, when the earth was experiencing an algid stage, […]

The Snowland is located above the snow line of the Bogda Peak, which is 3800 meters above the sea level. The area looks like a beautiful white ocean because it is covered by thick permanent snow and magnificent glaciers. Dates back to 1,700,000 to 570,000 years ago, when the earth was experiencing an algid stage, the Snowland occupied one third of the whole peak, and the largest glaciers were as long as 27 kilometers. The huge glaciers moved down the peak along the valley and left many traces. Visitors can still find on the cliffs of the valley.

Since the earth is now in its warm period, the scale of the permanent snow and glaciers are growing smaller. The Snowland occupies 55 hectares on the peak, within which there are approximately 44 glaciers. The longest glacier lasts for 7 kilometers. Visitors can indulge into many special glacial landforms there, such as esker, ice dam, and arete.

There is no much wildlife in the Snowland area because of its frozen temperature. Actually, only white snow chickens and snow leopards take the area as their home. The white snow chicken is the only kind of chicken you can find in such a high elevation in the world. They go out to search their food in areas with relatively lower elevation, and live in the Snowland. If you are lucky enough, you may meet these lovely creatures during your trip to the Snowland.

The Heaven Pool

The Heaven Pool

On September 8, 2011, in China Attractions, Cool Places, Must-sees, Nature Scenery, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

The Heaven Pool is dotted on the mountainside of the Bogda Peak, the highest peak in the east chain of the Tianshan Mountains in Xinjiang Province. The average sea level elevation there is 1928 meters. Renowned for its cultural value and picturesque lake scene, the Heaven Pool was named as one of the first main […]

The Heaven Pool is dotted on the mountainside of the Bogda Peak, the highest peak in the east chain of the Tianshan Mountains in Xinjiang Province. The average sea level elevation there is 1928 meters. Renowned for its cultural value and picturesque lake scene, the Heaven Pool was named as one of the first main scenic spots of China in 1982.

The Heaven Pool scenic region consists of four natural scenic belt and forty attractions, with a total area of 380.69 hectares. And the main attraction, the Heaven Pool, is situated in the Tianchi scenic belt. The surface of the pool has the shape of a half moon. It is 3,400 meters long, and the widest part reaches 1,500 meters. It is surrounded by several elegant hills. In spring and summer, they are covered by verdant grass and colorful flowers. Their comely reflections on the clear water surface, with the setting of the azure sky, make together a breathtaking picture. The Heaven Pool looks just like a pearl within the magnificent Bogda Peak if you look down to it from the air. Since the water in the pool comes from the snow on the Bogda Peak, the temperature of it is relatively lower than its surrounding. Thanks to the cool water and the gentle breeze, it is very comfortable to boat on the lake in hot summer. But remember not to swim in the pool because it is actually quite deep. The deepest part of it reaches amazingly 105 meters.

To the southeast of the Heaven Pool is the towering Bogda Peak. The sea level elevation of it is 5445 meters. The main peak of it is related to two relatively lower peaks to the east and the west. The three peaks look like three sharp pens thrusting into the sky. They are all covered by gorgeous permanent snow. At the foot of them, you can find sparse trees like spruces and pines.

The Heaven Pool scenic region has become one of the most popular summer resorts in China now. Nestling on the mountainside, the glorious lake welcomes a great many visitors every day.

The Heaven Pool Attractions

The Ancient Elm Tree

The Meadow Steppe

The Snowland

The Temple of the Mother Queen of the West

The Heaven Pool Story

1.   The Legend of the Bogda Peak

It is said that, once upon a time, there was a beautiful girl named Glailis lived in the village where the Bogda Peak is located today. A ruffian in her village was fascinated by her gorgeous appearance, and harassed her every day. He even wanted to force the girl into marrying him. Glailis was so afraid that she turned herself in to a high mountain, which is the main peak of the Bogda Peak today. But the ruffian continued his evil deed; he tried to climb the mountain and kissed the girl’s face. Glailis’ two brothers then turned themselves into 2 peaks in front of the main peak, so that the road to get to the top of the main peak was blocked and the ruffian could not reach the top. However, he figured out another solution— climbing the mountain from the other side of it. When five kind-hearted young men in Glailis’ village heart about this, they were so angry that they decided to protect the girl. So they stopped the ruffian on the mountainside and fought for 49 days. The ruffian was seriously injured in the end. He turned into a wolf and ran away. But the five young men were too tired to go back to the village. They turned themselves into peaks that surround Glailis and her two brothers.

If you visit the Bogda Peak today, you will notice that there are two peaks located closely in front of the main peak. They form the famous view of “the three peaks in the Snowland” together. The three peaks are surrounded by five relatively lower peaks. They are the incarnations of Glailis, her two brothers, and the five young men. The ruffian is still wandering in that area, waiting for an opportunity to harass the girl.

2.   Yunu and the Spruce on the Western Hill

The Heaven Pool is known as a residence of the Queen Mother of the West. Rumor has it that, the Queen Mother took baths in the Heaven Pool every day. Because the limpid water in the lake comes from the snow on the Bogda Peak, it is very good for people’s skin. Thanks to the baths, the Queen Mother became slightly prettier every day. A maid of the Queen Mother called Yunu envied her beauty, and desired to bath in the Heaven Pool. One morning, the Queen Mother got up a little late than usual, and Yunu caught that opportunity. She took off her clothes and jumped into the pool. However, her furtive deed was soon discovered by the Queen Mother. She was so afraid that she picked up her clothes and tried to run away. But it was too late. The furious Queen Mother used her power to turn her into a spruce on the Western Hill beside the pool forever.

3.   The Three Rocks that Hold up the Sky

It is said that the Heaven Pool used to be the residence of many ghosts and monsters. The water in it was black and the whole pool was shrouded by dark frogs. When the Queen Mother of the West first visited the place, these ghosts and monsters were not aware of her power. They kept on stirring the lake and even broke the sky. The Queen Mother was so angry that she took off one of her shoes and threw it into the Heaven Pool. All the ghosts and monsters were locked in the shoe immediately. She then took them back to the Heavenly Palace. But before she left, she took out one of her hair clasp and broke it into three pieces. Each of the three pieces was turned into a giant rock. Together they held up the collapsed sky, and the earth became peaceful and quite again. The Three Rocks were now on the top of the Denggan Hill beside the Heaven Pool.

The Sangye Temple Travel Tips

On September 8, 2011, in China Attractions, Cool Places, Temples, Tibet, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The best spot to enjoy the overview of the Sangye temple and take pictures is the top of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi beside it. From there you can see the magnificient exterior of the temple. If you do not want to climb all the way up to the top of the mountain, you can […]

The best spot to enjoy the overview of the Sangye temple and take pictures is the top of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi beside it. From there you can see the magnificient exterior of the temple. If you do not want to climb all the way up to the top of the mountain, you can enjow the beautiful temple from the pagoda on the mountainside as well. It is not allowed to take pictures in some places inside the Temple. So if you want to take pictures inside the temple, you’d better ask the lama there whether it is OK to do so first.

Best Time to Visit the Sangye Temple

The Shannan Prefecture is in the same sea level elevation with Lhasa. The seasons there are quite distinct. The annual average temperature is around 8℃, while The maximum temperature is around 20℃. It appears between June and August. Generally speaking, the weather then is nice and cool, and very comfortable for visitors. But in January and December, it is quite cold there.

The Sangye Temple Best Routes

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The Sangye Temple Tickets

Ticket price: RMB 40 per person

Opening hours: 9:00 to 18:00

Notice: Generally it takes 2 or 3 hours to complete the trip in the temple.

How to get to the Sangye Temple

The Sangye Temple is located on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi. To visit the temple, you need to get to the Sangye Ferry in the Sangye Village from Lhasa first. After arriving at the ferry, tourists can take a boat to go across the Yarlung Zangbo River and reach the Sangye Temple. Don’t forget to bargain with the sailors over the price because they often offer foreigners a much higher price. There are buses to the temple on the bank of the river, and they will take you directly to the temple after you get off the boat.

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The Wuzi Hall

On September 8, 2011, in Historical Relics, Popular Provinces, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

The Wuzi Hall is the main hall of the Sangye Temple. The three storey hall faces the east, with a floor area of around 6000 square meters. The height of each storey is between 5.5 to 6 meters. Because the storeys are much higher than usual storeys, it appears from the outside that the Wuzi […]

The Wuzi Hall is the main hall of the Sangye Temple. The three storey hall faces the east, with a floor area of around 6000 square meters. The height of each storey is between 5.5 to 6 meters. Because the storeys are much higher than usual storeys, it appears from the outside that the Wuzi Hall has five floors inside, but actually it has only three. On the second and third floor of the hall, there are spacious balconies built along one side of them. Thanks to them, sunlight can enter the hall during the day and keep it bright inside.

According to historic records, the architects of the hall wanted to combine Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian architectural styles together to build it. That is why the first storey of the hall represents typical Tibetan style, while the second storey is in Chinese style, and the third storey adopted Indian style. The elegant frescos and statues in each storey also reflect the architectural styles of that storey, and are in harmony with their surroundings. The mixed architectural style of the Wuzi Hall is very unique. As a matter of fact, you can hardly find an ancient building like this in the history of architecture. People even call it the “Three-style Temple” to honor its special design.

The Sangye Temple

The Sangye Temple

On September 8, 2011, in Historical Relics, Mountain Areas, Museums, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

The Sangye Temple is located on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi in the Shannan Prefecture in Tibet, beside the Yarlung Zangbo River. Built in the Tupo Period, it has a history for over a thousand years now. The Sangye Temple is one of the most famous ancient buildings in Tibet because of […]

The Sangye Temple is located on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi in the Shannan Prefecture in Tibet, beside the Yarlung Zangbo River. Built in the Tupo Period, it has a history for over a thousand years now. The Sangye Temple is one of the most famous ancient buildings in Tibet because of its uniqueness and grandness.

The Sangye Temple is like a large museum on Tibetan culture. You can find historical and cultural relics on almost every aspects of Tibet in the temple, for example, frescos, statues, small buildings, and precious documents on history or religion of Tibet. The main hall of the temple, the Wuzi Hall, adopted a very special mixed architectural style. The first storey of it represents typical Tibetan style, while the second storey is built in Chinese style, and the third storey,  Indian style. Because of the unique architectural style, people also called the temple “Three-style Temple”.

The frescos on the walls of the temple are exquisite and rich in content. The most famous of them is the 92 meter long fresco “History”. It shows the history of Tibet and some ancient legends on it. The “Origin of Lotus” on the southern wall of the second storey of the Ming Gallery describes the customs in Tibet. Visitors will acquire a general knowledge of Tibet and the Sangye Temple through the frescos.

The Sangye Temple has a colorful history. After being established in 779 BC, the then king of Tibet, Trisong Detsen, invited many profound lamas from India, China, and Khotan to visit the temple and give lectures there. He also picked out 7 aristocratic members, ordered them to get tonsures and be permanent lamas in the temple. They were the first lamas in the temple. The seven lamas all became famous religious master later. They were called “the Seven Masters of the Sangye Temple”, and honored as the founders of Tibetan Buddhism. Trisong Detsen was also highly praised for his efforts to promote Buddhism in Tibet.

Visitors can enjoy the overview of temple from the top of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi beside it. From there you can see the magnificent exterior of the temple, and the beautiful Sangye Village where it locates. If you don’t want to climb all the way up to the top of the mountain, you can enjoy it from the pagoda on the mountainside as well. It is advisable for visitors to bring a flashlight with them during the visit, because the inside of it is often too dark to see anything. Nestling on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi, the weather beaten temple welcomes a great many tourists every year.

The Sangye Temple Attractions

The Wuzi Hall

The Sangye Temple Stories

The fifth king of the Tubo Dynasty, Trisong Detsen, was the son of Princess Jincheng from the Tang Dynasty. In 754 BC, to consolidate his power, he adopted Buddhism from Indian and promoted it in Tibet. Establishing a splendid Buddhist temple in Tibet was part of his plan, too.

King Trisong Detsen ordered several architects to build a temple on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi. But the temple fell apart during the building for no reason. The King asked a Buddhist master for advice, and he said the reason was that the place where the temple was to be built was haunted by ghost. So the king invited a powerful master from another country, Master Lotus, to kill the ghost. Master Lotus drove the ghosts away with his power easily. After he finished his job, he use his magic to make an illusion of a beautiful temple appear on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi. The king was so amazed that he shouted out, “Sangye! (Literally mean beyond one’s expectation in Tibetan)”, because it was exactly the temple he pictured in his mind. So after the temple was built, he named it “the Sangye Temple” to in memory of those difficulties that had been overcome during the establishment.

Sayram Lake Travel Tips

On September 8, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Ethnic Group Flavors, Festivals, Lakes, Travel Info, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

Accommodation: You can get accommodations in some hotels around the lake. The temperature is low here and visitors need to add clothes timely. Diet: You will taste some special dishes here like boiled in clear soup mutton, roasted mutton and milk tea. Best Time to Visit Sayram Lake: In the end of July and the […]

Accommodation: You can get accommodations in some hotels around the lake. The temperature is low here and visitors need to add clothes timely.

Diet: You will taste some special dishes here like boiled in clear soup mutton, roasted mutton and milk tea.

Best Time to Visit Sayram Lake:

In the end of July and the beginning of August every year, the Mongolian people and Kazak nomads hold a great Naadam Fair by the lake. That’s the best time to visit here. In the Fair, many people sing, dance and hold some traditional sports tournaments, also have village fair trade. The interesting sports tournaments include wrestling, horse race. Still have grab sheep and girls run after boys and so on.  All kinds of tournaments and shows are exciting and visitors will enjoy the Mongolian and Kazak culture and customs.

Sayram Lake Best Routes:

The ten best sceneries in Sayram Lake: “Golden Satin Edge,” “see the pine in Ke Mountain,” “the seven color lake,” “lovers in the middle of Sayram Lake”, “weaves hug the embankment,” “Pearls in the Green Sea” (thousands of sheep and cows in the vast grassland), “Wusun Ancient Tombs,” “the Eastern Fushi Tower,” “gold leaps in Sayram Lake” (see the sunrise and sunset by the lake), “Mists Around the Pine Head” (Pine Head is in the middle of two mountains).

Sayram Lake Tickets:

Category of the Scenic Spot: wetlands and lakes

Open time: all day will be open

Ticket: 40RMB

How to Get to Sayram Lake:

The lake is next to the 312 National Road, the bus from Urumchi to Yining will pass by the lake. The driver will stop and people can see the beautiful scenery. Additionally, you can take the special line from Bole to Yining to the lake.

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Lovers in the Middle of Sayram Lake

On September 8, 2011, in Ethnic Group Flavors, Islands, Lakes, Nature Scenery, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

There are four basement islands in the east side of Sayram Lake. The main land is 32 meters higher than the lake and it covers an area of 105 hectares. Some temples were built in islands. In a legend, Sayram Lake was beautiful grassland Lovers int he Middle of Sayram Lake in the past. A […]

There are four basement islands in the east side of Sayram Lake. The main land is 32 meters higher than the lake and it covers an area of 105 hectares. Some temples were built in islands. In a legend, Sayram Lake was beautiful grassland Lovers int he Middle of Sayram Lake

in the past. A girl named Qida fell in love with a Mongolian boy named Xuedeke. One day when Qida was grazing, the grassland king use violence to her, the girl run away from the king. The king run kept run after Qida, then she throw her jade bracelet to the king and the bracelet fell to the ground. A crack emerged, Qida leaped into it and dead. When Xuedeke knew this, he killed the king. He suffered a great sorrow and leaped into the lake and turned into a small island in the middle of the lake. This is the origin of the lovers in the middle of Sayram Lake. The transparency of the lake is more than 10 meters and it is also one of the famous change color lakes in China. The lake is deep and clear. The color of the lake is blue. Influenced by the terrain of the water bottom and the change of the sky, the lake is colorful and it is always change its color.

Sayram Lake (Sailimu Lake)

Food for thought

On September 8, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

  China tours are not complete without experiencing Chinese food.  Anywhere you travel in China you will see and smell all sorts of food. Since being here, I have come across the most bizarre flavours and will be filling my suitcase with them to take home to my friends and family. My favourite so far has been […]

 

China tours are not complete without experiencing Chinese food.  Anywhere you travel in China you will see and smell all sorts of food. Since being here, I have come across the most bizarre flavours and will be filling my suitcase with them to take home to my friends and family. My favourite so far has been the flavoured oreos that come in strawberry, orange and mint! For those who enjoy adventurous food, you will not be bored whilst visiting China. The famous Night Market in Beijing sports a variety of street vendors cooking and selling all sorts of local delicacies from sharkfin soup to snake, a perfect way to practice your basic mandarin and put your tastebuds to the test.

 

 

 

Before heading out here, practice using chopsticks! For my first week I went very hungry by not being able to use them and had to resort to embarrassingly using a soup spoon. Finding a knife and fork is virtually impossible in restaurants

Chopsticks etiquette is exceedingly important when eating:

1. Never point your chopsticks at someone. This is considered to be very rude – you would never point your fork at someone back home!

2. Never point your chopsticks directly down into your food as Chinese people consider this an omen of death (as it looks like incense sticks).

3. Never tap chopsticks on the edge of your bowl, as beggars make this noise to attract attention.

 

For those of us who are homesick whilst out here, you can get all your home comforts in a variety of supermarkets with the chain ‘Jenny-Lous’ being the most common place to get any sort Western food. Being Scottish, I was extremely excited to see Irn Bru sugar free in their fridges. They do everything from Dairy Milk, Reese’s Buttercups and pot noodles. Bare in mind, as this food is imported it is quite expensive.

They also have the big american food chains such as Macdonalds, KFC, Costa, Starbucks but watch out for variations of meals. For example, KFC do rice dishes out here. As with some mainstream Chinese restaurants, English menus are available upon request. A common Chinese drink is plain hot water, which is normally served in small ceramic cups at restaurants.

 

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Sayram Lake (Sailimu Lake)

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

The national level scenic spot Sayram Lake (simplified Chinese: 赛里木湖; traditional Chinese: 賽裡木湖; pinyin:sài lǐ mù hú; literally “Sailimu Lake”) is located in the west of Yining City, Xingjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. The lake in a basin which is located in the north way of the Silk Road and it has 90km to the […]

The national level scenic spot Sayram Lake (simplified Chinese: 赛里木湖; traditional Chinese: 賽裡木湖; pinyin:sài lǐ mù hú; literally “Sailimu Lake”) is located in the west of Yining City, Xingjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. The lake in a basin which is located in the north way of the Silk Road and it has 90km to the southwest of Bole City. The Urumchi – Lli Road along the south bank of the lake. The Sayralake is famous for its beautiful and mysterious natural landscape. People naming the lake “Ru Sea” in the past, the Ele Zhuoyi Tubo Wood Army Office (an organization to deliver the messages to the army) was set there in the Qing Dynasty. The lake’s elevation is 2073 meters, 30km long and 25km wide. The circumference of the lake is 90km and the water covers an area of 455-460 square kilometers. The lake is oval shape and the depth of water is 92 meters and it can store 21 billion cubic meters water. It is also the highest and the largest cold water lake in Xingjiang. In addition to some small ricers will flow into the lake, the Sayram Lake is mainly relies on the groundwater recharge. Because the lake is in a high position, it has large amount of evaporation. The mineral concentration of lake water is 3g/L and the lake belongs to the salt lake. Every winter, snow will cover the lake. The oval shape lake is to the icebergs what a glittering emerald is to soft silk floss. When summer coming, you can see a beautiful picture with the green trees formed a shade in the lakeside and many cows and sheep run in the vast grassland. The pairs of swans and ducks in water and the groups of wild gooses in the sky also catch your eyes. The lakeside is a good pasture in summer. In the end of July and the beginning of August every year, the Mongolian and Kazak herdsmen will hold the Naadam Festival there. The ten beautiful sceneries in Sayram Lake are “Golden Satin Edge,” “see the pine in Ke Mountain,” “the seven color lake,” “lovers in the middle of Sayram Lake” and so on. The Sayram Lake is a good place for spend their holidays.

Sayram Lake Attractions:

Lovers in the middle of Sayram Lake

Sayram Lake Attractions:

1. Stories about the name of Sayram Lake

The Sayram Lake has many names. Because the lake is the last place which the warm and humid air from the Atlantic Ocean passed by, and people call it “the last tear drop of the Atlantic Ocean.” The local people call the lake “Santai Haizi” instead of the Sayram Lake for the Ele Zhuoyi Tubo Wood Army Office was set there in the Qing Dynasty. The lake was naming “the Western Clear Sea” in the ancient time. The Mongolian people call it “Sayram Nur”, it means “a lake in the ridge.” “Sayram” means “peace” in Turki. The name “Sayram” is Kazakh language, it means best wishes. In a legend, the lake formed by the tears of a pair of lover, and is also called “Tianchi” or “Ru Sea.”

2. Sayram Lake

In a legend, the Sayram Lake just like a well so big and weeds around it, but the local people cherish the lake. A very dry year here, all kinds of grains were scorched. All the people prayed for rains in the early morning. One day, a shepherdess Saili and her younger brother Saimu were get water from a well and thought how to help other people to get water. Suddenly, two swans turned in the well and said to the shepherdess that if you touched the Allah, all the people will never use up the water. In order to express your sincerity, you need to bring a boy and a girl for Allah. Then the swan disappeared. Saili and her brother told the story to their father when they came back home. They thought this over and Saili and her brother decided to sacrifice themselves. The next day, Saili and her brother went to the well and said to Allah that they would love to be the boy and the girl for Allah. Then the well turned into a lake. Two islands turned in the middle of the lake. People said the two islands were Saili and his brother. From then on, people named the lake “Sayram Lake” to commemorate Saili and Saimu.

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