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“Stunning scenery...but”

Xinjiang Kanas National Geopark
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Owner description: North of Xinjiang
Shanghai, China
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95 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Stunning scenery...but”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Absolutely stunning scenery with magnificent views on the drive to the park and within the park. Unfortunately the prevailing attitude of the locals in Aletai and the employees inside the park was extremely disappointing. Food prices outside of the park are a sham and the attitude of the park employees was very rude and indifferent.The only saving grace was the hotel we stayed at inside the park (sorry I don't have the English name, but it was the newest and nicest available) had an exceptional staff with reasonable food quality and prices.It really is a very beautiful place and the different landscapes you encounter on the drive from Urumqi are incredible. It is just a shame that the people (locals and Han) do not have a better approach to their version of the tourist service industry.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Chet D
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Klang, Malaysia
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150 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
“Awesome scenery!”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

The Kanas Geopark deserves a good whole day of exploration, as there are numerous scenic spots. The three areas ( Crouching Dragon Bay, Moon Bay and Immortal Bay) along the Kanas River should be hiked to enjoy the many vistas they offer. Give the Kanas Lake Boat Cruise a miss, as it offers nothing unique for the 1 hour RMB60 ticket. Use the time instead to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire Valley from the Guan Yu Pavilion. It requires a climb of about 1000 steps, but they are really easy with many stops enroute to enjoy the changing views. Try to visit the Tuwa Village too if you can squeeze in the time.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Mah T
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Singapore, Singapore
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“On the road to Kanasi”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

We rented a vehicle with a driver from Urumqi. We left around 3 pm. The plan was to spent the night in Burqin. From Burqin, it will be a 3 hour-drive to get to Kanasi. The landscape changes considerably from city buildings to the desert dunes outside Urumqi, then to the mountain passes into vast grasslands & pine forests getting to Burqin. It is a good road most of the way except for an hour stretch where we had to go off-track for an hour stretch due to road works(which should be completed in October). It is just simply beautiful views unspoiled over the entire journey that you are afraid to miss if you fall asleep along the drive. There are grazing horses, sheep, cattle and camels scattered the countryside. There is also the traditional tents sitting out in the distance without modern comfort. Along the way, the local entreprising people are selling stones & rocks by the road side. These will be loose mineral stones of different colors, shapes with some fashioned to a bracelet, ear rings or necklace. Reaching Burqin is like the ending of a long scenic movie.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Rover4aday
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Niigata, Japan
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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“really beatiful lake!”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

this is the last frontier in Xinjiang! access is hard and expensive. so, u should join the group tour from Ulumqi. it takes 4-day and costs about 300RMB(no meals) to 650RMB(including meals). foods around this area r expensive. so u should take 650RMB tour. tour include a lot of options. almost all options r not worth. but, rainbow beach near Burjing is must option. it is also nice place.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Yoshi_1221
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66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Gorgeous autumn scenery”
Reviewed 22 October 2012

We visited in end September and saw the golden yellow autumn foliage, very beautiful. We were stunned by the gorgeous scenery. The colour variations are lovely as there are are four main types of pine trees. Suggest to pay the extra CNY 60 to get up to the hill top to get a full view of the lake. The park is very well maintained and hope they continue to take good care of the a few hundred years old pine trees.

Visited September 2012
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