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“Kanas Lake with Water Monster” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kanas Lake Tuwa Village

Kanas Lake Tuwa Village
London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Kanas Lake with Water Monster”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2012

Located at the north of Burqin County, Kanas Lake which means “beautiful, rich and mysterious” in Mongolian is a typical alpine lake on Altay Mountain with an elevation of 1,374 meters. The lake takes on different colors with the change of weather and seasons. The lake takes the shape of falcate with 6 platforms projecting inward. Every platform has its own legend.

Visited November 2011
2 Thank Grace F
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Tienen, Belgium
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129 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Great nature but not worth the very long trip, acomodion is very dirty, food too expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2012

Unfortunately this region became one of the last victims of Chinese mass tourism what resulted in an overdose of loud people with no respect to nature and local people's customs.
The Tuwa village (Hemu) is unfortunately changing in some kind of Chinese Mickey mouse park with too many shops and restaurants and ugly plastic yellow, blue and orange" Chinese Mobile" umbrella's and other disturbing factors. The region is very nice with georgious valley's, rivers and lakes with many Kazach tents and Tuwa wood houses and of course a lot of sheep, horses and cow's. Clean water and air are very rare in China but there you will find a lot of it. Unfortunately it is a very long and expensive trip to get there and the accomodations are poor and very dirty. Food is far too expensive!!!

Visited July 2012
3 Thank benquintens
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A vanishing Tuwa culture”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2011

The arrival of technology and bus load of tourists had a remarkable changes to this once secluded outback.Women were on their blue jean and men with the latest Iphone.Kids were busily fiddling with the latest electronic gadget..Life at this part of the world could be very tough.Even at September the night temperature could dip below 20 degree C and the day time temperature was dry and hot.The winter temperature is the dreadful minus thirty or sometime forties.
I managed to visit a Tuwa family .One family member tried to "sing" a high pitch haunting sound.As they were the descendant of Mongolian,I requested them to perform the Mongolian 长调 and I was politely turn down.Reason : they don't know.
We sampled their cheese with a bitterly flavour. and also participated in their interesting dance.Mind you,it was very difficult to make a decent sound with their short "flute".
With a better living standard,I believe it is a matter of time the whole village will become a theme park.

Visited September 2011
1 Thank ChoonWah
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Bangkok, Thailand
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Tourist trap, Doesn't worth the trip”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2011

It took an hour on a very winding road by bus from Jiadengyu Forest Park (Hongfu Kanas Lake Resort) to the bus station (where you need to change to their bus). From there it is another hour on a narrow road with lots of tourist buses where you will find yourselves in a fairly new Tuva type house (wooden block house not to be confused with Kazakh's yurt). There were a lot of buses, a lot of houses were turned to shophouse for souvenir, foodhouse, accommodation. There were hundreds of tourists walking on the streets.

If you like trekking, alternatively, you can hire a guide to walk from Kanas to Hemu (or ride horse). This might be a better compromise.

Visited July 2011
2 Thank MayteePH
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