Xinjiang Ancient City

Xinjiang Ancient City, Xinjiang County

Xinjiang Ancient City
Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The area
Within Xinjiang County, Xinjiang County 043100 China

5 reviews
Very good

Kim C
Melbourne, Australia278 contributions
Ancient ruins accessible by coach and shuttle bus
May 2018 • Friends
I visited in May on a hot day 35 degrees Celsius. The ruins are interesting as they were excavated from inside a mountain, therefore the wall of the mountain was the city wall. The first part of the tour we were taken on a motorized cart on the outside of the city. Then we walked through the South gate of the city to explore the ruins. It was very hot. May is before the China school holidays so it isn't peak season. The most crowded months are June to August as per our tour guide.
Written May 21, 2018
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Vienna, Austria173 contributions
Old Town of Xinjiang, SHANXI province
Apr 2015 • Business
The old town of Xinjiang (former Jiangzhou) has nothing to do with the region in Western China. It's one of the countless interesting towns of Shanxi with a tremendous history and a surprisingly (for China) high number of interesting and authentic old buildings. Highlights include the Seat of Prefecture of Jiangzhou (China's oldest), the dominating Longxing temple, the three Towers of Jiangzhou and the Confucian temple - not to forget the interesting church and the high number of important temples outside the town center.

The town is not nearly as scenic as Pingyao, but 100% non-touristic and therefore really interesting for anyone who's prepared for real China.
Written May 4, 2015
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anita h
anita h
hong kong33 contributions
North Xinjiang most beautiful scenery in the world
Sep 2013 • Solo
I spent 13 days in late Sept 2013 and found the scenery there (North Xinjiang) most varied and impressive, compared with all those scenic places that I have travelled around the world. The trip involved very long journey time in very remote routes (we have travelled over 3000km in this tour) and sometimes you do not see anybody for many hours of travel. There are many sunrise and sunsets to see enroute and one sunset will allow you to see the reflection of many suns on the water but I did not get to see this one for myself due to the fact our tour group had to leave early for transportation reason. You will see endless grasslands, hundreds of sheep, horses and camels in the field, more than I saw in my New Zealand tour. The rivers, lakes and mountains are just magnificient. The toilet facilities in some areas are non existent because the places are so remote and you have to do it behind a hill etc. We got used to such outside solution after a while with men on one side and women on the other side, unseen from each other. It is the most concentrated and fruitful trip I have ever done. It is a pity that not many tour groups will go to this part of China as it is too remote and involves hardship for some.
Written November 18, 2013
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Singapore, Singapore133 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
We went to Xinjiang for almost 2 weeks from 8 August 2013 to 20 August 2013.

We got our own airtickets at China Eastern Airlines. As there are no direct flights from Singapore to Xinjiang, we transit at Guangdong. The flight plus the transit took almost the whole day. We flew off at 8 am and arrived in Xinjiang, Urumqi at 9 plus pm And as there are hardly any package tours from Singapore to Xinjiang as well, we book a local package tour through this agency called China Travel international Xinjiang Ltd and they provide us with a van and a driver. They settled the itinerary and the hotel arrangement for us and we paid about $10,000 Yuan per person. The driver serves as a part time tour guide as well.

We went through many places in Xinjiang and the scenery is just beautiful and the air is so fresh. Xinjiang has so many resources, be it precious stones, oil, gas, fruits, cotton, lavendar and etc. Yet the people there are still poor compared to Beijing or Shanghai as all the Xinjiang resources are pulled back to the central Government.

The people in Xinjiang are generally still very honest and down to earth unlike other parts of China where they constantly try to rip off the tourists. I remember that our van broke down at Turpan outside a residential area. They were harvesting their rapes and a lady came out of her house and offered us a plate of grapes! We were touched by the hospitality.

The travel journey and duration of time is really long. It could take as long as 7 to 8 hours to travel from one destination to another and dinner is usually very late at 9 plus. The temperate can varies drastically from one place to another. I remember that it was 2 to 3 degrees when we were up in the mountain and when we travel to another place in the afternoon, the temperate hit 30 degrees over. So a thick jacket is still required at times. My travel mates really suffered through the cold when they did not bring a thicker jacket and warm clothings.

The food is really tasty there as we mostly ate the muslim food. I will strongly recommending trying the mutton. The mutton there is really tasty with no odor smell.

We don't see many foreign tourists visiting Xinjiang maybe because the tourism there is not as advanced as other parts of China. Xinjiang is not suitable for backpacking and it is not easy to get around from place to place if you don't speak mandarin. The younger generation may speak English but not all the people there can communicate in the language. The tourists are mainly from other parts of China.

I also find the travelling expenses rather high in China now compared to 15 years ago

Nevertheless I will strongly suggest a visit to Xinjiang before it get "polluted" like other parts of China as well.
Written September 29, 2013
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Villar Perosa, Italy177 contributions
Within a completely different China
Sep 2012 • Solo
This region , in the extreme North West of China , constitutes a unique experience ,with its wild landscapes , a population of Kazakhs , Russians , Arabs , Mongols and all possible cross-breeds , populated by a Muslim minority named Uigur . The ancient city of Kashgar is wonderful , with its old buildings made of mud and bricks , its narrow steep streets , houses built such in a way to look like they are airconditioned in the hottest weather , a Sunday market attracting hundreds of thousands visitors . The desert , the nomadic people , the mountains , everything gives the visitor the feeling of being in a different China .
Written August 28, 2013
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