heavenly lake

Kanas Lake Tour

9-Day Xinjiang Natural Magnificence Discovery Tour

Destinations: 9-Day Xinjiang Natural Magnificence Discovery Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Urumqi

Your personal guide will meet you at the airport after you retrieve your luggage. A professionally-chauffeured car will directly drive you to your hotel. Your private guide and diver will help you check-in. We aim to take the stress out of travel, so you can enjoy the adventure.

 
Day 2 The Heavenly Lake Tour
heavenly lake 

You will enjoy a full day excursion to the Heavenly Lake. Sit back and relax to enjoy the scenery along your 2-hour drive to the Heavenly Lake. This crescent mountain lake formed millions of years ago, with an altitude about 2,000 meters.

To the east of the lake stands the Bogda Peak-the highest peak in the east part of Tian Shan Mountain, which is capped by glacier and snow glistening in the sun, finely contrasted with blue lake water. You will take a cruise on the lake to enjoy the graceful natural scenery in relax. It would be a little cold when cruising on lake, so bring your warm jacket. Remember to get your camera prepared.

Lunch is at a Xinjiang-styled restaurant, serving Uyghur-styled dishes. 

 
Day 3 The Colorful Bank Tour
the Colorful Bank 

Today you will be driven some 300 kilometers northward from Urumqi to Fuyun County and visit the Colorful Bank. The Colorful Bank is by the Irtysh River, facing the valley with verdant trees on the opposite bank.

The rolling and splendid colorful bank (the north bank) is cliff exhibiting Yardang landforms. The rocks on the bank were carved into peculiar shapes (including castles, towers, canyons, and ravines) by millions of years’ geological processes, and were painted into red, yellow, purple, and blue by nature.

 
Day 4 The Burqin County Tour

This morning you will depart to Burqin County, a border county in north Xinjiang Prefecture. Your private car goes through the area off the beaten track and you will enjoy the flexibility of stopping off to photograph the natural scenery. You will enjoy a half-independent discovery of this county. It is said that the night market is a great place to taste the Xinjiang-styled barbecue. You also can ask you private guide for suggestions.

 
Day 5 The Kanas Tour
Kanas lake 

This morning you will be driven to a wonderland (especially in autumn) — the Kanas Lake Scenic Area is about 150 kilometers from Burqin County. If you are a shutterbug, this scenic area is a great choice.

Enjoying a reputation of “the tourism pearl of Mountain Altai”, this crescent freshwater lake is about 120 meters deep on average, and the deepest part reaches 196 meters. It is not only famous for its picturesque scenery, but also for it’s the lake monster stories (it is still a mystery now). The lake shows different colors in four seasons, due to its mineral composition changes.

 
Day 6 The Tuvas Ancient Village Tour
Kanas lake 

Today you will enjoy a free day on your own to breathe in the fresh air and the splendid landscapes in the Kanas Lake Scenic Area. You can extend your excursion to an ancient village — the Tuvas Ancient Village near the Kanas Lake Scenic Area.

The Ancient Tuvas Village is a Mongolian tribe called Tuwa lives on the south bank of the Kanas Lake. Believing in Lamaism, it is a valiant ethic minority with a long history. Tuwa people speak Turkish, resembling the language of Kazakh, and live on hunting and graze. They also have a special folk custom. Their Swiss-style wooden houses are all surrounded by wooden fences, scattered among green pine trees and yellow birch trees. There you will feel the land of idyllic beauty. 

 
Day 7 Back to Burqin County

You will be driven back to Burqin County today. On the way you can stop off for several times to see Kazak yurts and have deep breathes on the Kazakhs’ grasslands. You will also pay a visit to the Burqin River, a clear river converging complex thaw glacier with verdant plants growing on the both banks.

 
Day 8 The Monster City Tour
the Monster City 

Today you will have a long drive about 800 kilometers for going back to Urumqi. You will stop off to visit the Monster City, a scenic area with wind-erosion landforms. The rocks and the hillocks there are eroded into peculiar shapes by dry wind, shaping towers, pyramids, Angkok Wat, the Temple of Heaven, and other shapes inspiring your imaginations. This barren brown place and the sobbing wind might arouse your fear, that’s why it is called the Monster City by the local Kazakhs.

 
Day 9 Depart Urumqi

Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and your professional driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight to the next destination. They will accompany you to the correct check-in desk and say goodbye at the security gate.

 
Interested? Each tour can be tailored.