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Things to Do in Xinjiang

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Xinjiang province has been important in Chinese history as a Silk Road gateway to the West. It was the westernmost territory of several big empires.

Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is known for its Uyghur culture, beautiful natural scenery, juicy fruit and melons, and tasty Xinjiang cuisine. It has up to 1,100 tourist attractions of different types, including magnificent mountains, beautiful lakes, vast grasslands, unique landform (Danxia, Yardang...), grand canyons, primitive forests, wild deserts, rich flora and fauna, sweet fruits, etc., ranking the top in China. Besides, in ancient times, Xinjiang was the Western Region on the Silk Road, where the old China made economic and cultural contact with the world. Thankfully, Xinjiang has well kept the cultural diversity of different minorities, particularly the multi-ethnic groups’ different religions, skills, art, literature, architectures, languages, festivals, dining & dress culture and customs. Plenty of historical and cultural sites have also been left to help people explore the previous splendor of Xinjiang, covering ancient cities, tombs, grottoes, bazaars, mosques, museums, ethnic villages and so forth.

What’s the top attraction to visit for travelers to Xinjiang? What are the best things to do? What are the points of interest most recommended for first-timers? The answers vary from tourist to tourist. To help you find inspiration for your trip to Xinjiang, below we list some of the most worth-seeing tourist attractions covering both natural and cultural highlights in Xinjiang.

Top Attractions in Xinjiang

  • Sayram Lake

    Type: Historical sites
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Sayram Lake Facts Sayram Lake (Sailimu Lake) is the largest and highest alpine lake in Xinjiang. It features transparent water with changing colors, snow-covered mountains, numerous kinds of wild flowers as well as breathtaking sunrise and sunset...

  • Kanas Lake

    Type: Historical sites
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Kanas literally means a beautiful and mysterious lake in Mongolian. Xinjiang Kanas is a China National AAAAA Level Tourist Attraction , a National Geopark , a National Forest Park , a Nature Reserve a National Natural Heritage property . Usually,...

  • The Karez Well System

    Type: Historical sites
    Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
    Karez Well is one of the longest underground rivers in the world and is known as the most beautiful underground river in China . Qanats are popular with tourists for their clear water and beautiful landscape. Here, we will introduce this worthwhi...

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