Kumtag Desert

Kumtag Desert, Shanshan County: Hours, Address, Kumtag Desert Reviews: 4.5/5

Kumtag Desert
4.5
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yipjcs88
Hong Kong, China9,934 contributions
Quite attractive
May 2019 • Solo
It is perhaps not a great desert as it is bordering suburban areas. The views are quite limited, unlike those in Inner Mongolia and elsewhere. However it is still worth a visit whilst you are in Turpan, Xinjiang. One could take a paid ride to the top station for an expansive view (this is perhaps the only place where one gets a decent view of the desert).
Written May 29, 2019
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EastmeetsWestAB
London, UK1,331 contributions
Beautiful scenery. It's a pity there are some plastic bottles at some places
Jul 2018 • Couples
We arrived in this desert in the morning. Sun is shining but there are breeze.

On arrival there are several ways to go up to the sandunes: walk, camel, sort of 4 wheel drive. We have chosen the latter, that takes us up to other parts of the sand dunes.

It is amazing if u look far you can see the snow capped mountains and greenery. Sand dunes is lovely . Plenty of photo opportunities. However we can still see plastic bottles at places.

Worth a visit.

Howe
Written July 7, 2018
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hx2121
Chicago, IL53 contributions
Good for the initial view
Jun 2018 • Solo
Vast and endless desert - the kind that you picture in your mind and see in photos/brochures. After the initial awe inspiring moment, there isn’t much left. It’s just mounds and mounds and mounds of sand. In the heat. With no shade.

You can go sand sliding, ride camels, or go to other parts of the sand dunes. But honestly with the heat, it’s not worth it as everything is the same. The park is worth a quick initial visit. After that, just take the earlier train back to Urumqi or go to Turpan.
Written June 24, 2018
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Desvergnes
Cognac, France387 contributions
Quite poor and disappointing if you look for peaceful scenery
Jul 2017 • Couples
We only staid at the main dune area. We woke up early to avoid the crowd of Chinese tourists but the motor buggies and the first tourist buses broke the relative silent of the morning. I climbed up the highest dune eager to discover the view behind. Actually, as it is almost everywhere in China, I saw a field of plastic bottles and plastic bags lying on the sand. Chinese seem not to take notice of garbage when they visit touristic sites. I do!
So it should be worth staying longer and walk further deep in the desert expecting some clean and nice site.
Written July 26, 2017
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DanShaDream
Shumen, Bulgaria25 contributions
The most fascinating advanture ever
Aug 2016 • Solo
It is near a city called Pichan by natives. It was a part of an ancient state. This place is all history some of which has been hidden under the sands
Written April 21, 2017
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Katy H
30 contributions
Amazing nature
Apr 2017 • Solo
It is located quite near the city and easy to get to. The sand is smooth as silk and the camels are cute.
It was fun to take off your shoes and climb up the dune though it can be exhausting. Remember to bring sunblock.
Written March 31, 2017
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jtaylor946
Guangzhou, China677 contributions
Spectacular!
Sep 2016 • Friends
Our group visited the Kumtag desert as part of a 5 day tour of Xinjiang and we absolutely loved it! We had a dune buggy ride, ride camels and ran up sand dunes and slid down on a toboggan. The views were incredible and it was a highlight of the trip for most of our group. Aim to spend 2-3 hours here and take sun screen as it can get very hot!
Written December 27, 2016
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PlatinumForeverDUS
Shanghai, China2,399 contributions
Nice and hot afternoon ...
Oct 2013 • Family
We. Had a great time experiencing this pretty special attraction - it takes quite some effortsd to climb the dunes but it is definitely worthwhile to do as the view from the highest dune definitely justifies the physical exercise if climbing up. The location is pretty much commercialized but it is not all agressive - hence, a good place for family to stay for 2-3 hours ... Watch out the temperature before planning a trip here as even in the beginning of October it was still pretty hot.
Written October 4, 2013
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suriChristchurch
Christchurch89 contributions
Sand Dune experience
Sep 2011 • Solo
This is the only real attraction in Shanshan County. It is a commercial area of sand dunes which come down to the southern end of the city. Nothing like as spectacular as Dunhuang. But not as crowded either.

Various activities - dune buggies (self drive if you want), camel rides, and a couple of commercialised large perfectly formed high dunes that you can walk up - or be driven up. Great for seeing dune formation, and crest sand action. Would be great for dune running if it were not for having to avoid the broken beer bottles half way down the run slope.

Little trams start from the entrance and take you around. Unfortunately they finish in the retail area some several hundred metres from the entrance, so be prepared to walk at the end.

If these are the only dunes you can get to see then worth a visit (but if so what are you doing in ShanShan County!?) . But of you can get to Dunhuang they are so much better.
Written August 25, 2012
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