Nalati Grassland (Nalati Prairie)

Nalati Grassland, Ili
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Located to the east of Nalati Town of Xinyuan County, the Nalati Grassland is the sub-alpine meadow of the Gongnaisi Grassland that is one of the four largest grasslands of the world. Owing to its high altitude and steep terrain, it is also called ‘The Sky Grassland’.

A beautiful story is associated with the grassland. During the last years of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), Genghis Khan made a west expedition to Ili in midsummer. However, it was very cold in the mountains, further exhausting the already hungry soldiers. To their surprise, after crossing a mountain, they saw a boundless stretch of grassland. Dainty flowers were in full bloom and clear streams murmured over the lush green grass. It looked like a marvelous wonderland, so soldiers shouted happily ‘Nalati, Natati’.

Since ancient times, the grassland has been a famous pasture in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The beautiful scenery here is beyond description. If the boundless grassland is a green sea then the white yurts are sails; herds of sheep, cows and horses are waves; continuous mountains are a coast; upright cedars on cliffs are heroic guards.

From June to September, the vast expanse of lush grassland is dotted with colorful wild flowers. The surrounding snow mountains, white clouds, blue sky make this grassland more charming. Thus, this period is the best time to visit this wonderland. Many activities are held in this ‘Cradle of Kazaks’. The hospitable Kazak herdsmen receive guests with their particular custom and culture.
Vast Nalati Grassland
Vast Nalati Grassland
Horse Riding on Nalati
Horse Riding on Nalati
Admission Fee CNY95
Service Since the scenic spot is so large that shuttle buses and sightseeing buses are provided. If tourists intend to take the buses, one needs to buy the bus tickets at the tourists’ center.
Emergency Rescue Number: 0999-5291806, 0999-5291888

1. From Urumqi Nianzigou Long-distance Bus Station, there are three buses to reach Xinyuan County in about 11 hours. The buses depart at 17:00, 19:00 and 21:00 and arrive the next morning. From Xinyuan to Nalati, frequent buses can be found from 09:00 to 21:00 and the bus takes about 40 minutes to reach the grassland.
2. Or visitors can reach Yining city from Urumqi Nianzigou Long-distance Bus Station first. The buses for Yining, operating from 09:00 to 21:00, runs seven to eight hours on the road. Upon reaching Yining, one can take buses, costing about 2.5 to 3 hours, to Xinyuan County from 09:00 to 21:00. Then you can take buses in Xinyuan for Nalati in about an hour.
3. Besides bus journey, flight is another better choice. One can fly to reach Yining first from Urumqi or reach Nalati airport directly from Urumqi. Flights from Urumqi to Yining are available everyday. From Urumqi to Nalati, the flights can be found on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday all the year around and during the peak season (from around June to early October), flights are available everyday.
Nomandic Life on the Prairie
Nomandic Life on the Prairie
Local Ceremony on Nalati Grassland
Local Ceremony
 Travel Tips
1. The temperature difference is large, so that a long sleeved coat and trousers are necessary during the visiting.
2. It is suggested to prepare several bottles of water if you are first to there. The local water is saline-alkaline water, so visitors may be hard to get accustomed to it.
3. A flashlight is advised to prepare at night, because it is hard for you to tell the directions in the evening.
4. Sun cream, sun umbrellas or hats are necessary of the local strong ultraviolet rays.
5. The safety needs to be paid more attention, because one may easily get lost if you drive or ride a horse out of designated areas.
6. It is hard for visitors to find the starred hotel at the grassland, but the condition of some local good hotels or resort is comparatively well. The price for these hotels or villas is around CNY100 to 300 depending on various environments. Those who want to reduce the cost can live in Youth Hostel and two international youth hostels can be found there, Nalati International Youth Hostel and Nalati Gutuoling International Hostel.

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- Last updated on Jul. 18, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Nalati Grassland
Asked by Dev from INDIA | May. 22, 2021 00:20Reply
Yurt on Nalati Grass land
Hello! I am a foreigner, but now I am living inside of China. I am planning to visit Nalati Grassland around 30th of June, this year.
1)Am I allowed to stay in a yurt when I reach there? Or should I book a hotel somewhere nearby?
2)What is the approximate cost per night?

Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Mackenzie | May. 23, 2021 19:08

1. As I know, you are allowed to stay in a yurt.
2. Generally speaking, the fare is CNY 100 - 200 per night. But it is just a reference price.
Asked by Bamboo from USA | Sep. 27, 2020 21:27Reply
can I camp or stay in a yurt at Nalati Grassland?
where can I reserve for a campsite or a yurt?
Answers (1)
Answered by Aria | Sep. 29, 2020 19:27

As I know, you cannot camp. But you are allowed to stay in a yurt. You can easily find one when you arriving there. Don't worry.
Asked by KING from UKRAINE | Oct. 01, 2019 20:53Reply
I am in Sayramlake. Can you please guide how to reach Nalati Grassland?
Reply my as soon as possible.
Answers (1)
Answered by Freda from CANADA | Oct. 09, 2019 20:31

You can share a car to Yining city first. Then you can take a bus from coach station to your destination.
Asked by Shiuwai KO from HONG KONG CHINA | Jul. 08, 2019 23:19Reply
Is there a train service from Urumqi to Yining now?
Answers (2)
Answered by Lily from USA | Jul. 09, 2019 02:43

There is no direct train between the two cities, but you can transfer in Chengdu.
Answered by Laura from GERMANY | Oct. 05, 2019 07:16

There are several ones, but only overnight trains, no bullet trains.
Asked by Clement Hoh from MALAYSIA | Aug. 22, 2017 13:25Reply
Bus to Nalati Grassland from Yining
Hi team, I will reached around 2pm. Is there any bus to Nalati after 2pm
I wanna stay in tent, is it possible and how much
Answers (3)
Answered by Anna | Aug. 23, 2017 02:18

At Ili Autonomous Perfecture Bus Station, three buses are for Nalati at 10:00, 12:00 and 15:00. Hope you can catch the last one. Then it will take around 5h to reach. Tents will be available there and you can find one upon arrival. The locals are very friendly and you can negotiate about the price. I am sure you will have a good time.
Answered by Clement Hoh from MALAYSIA | Aug. 23, 2017 13:12

Thanks Anna, how abt coming back
Will it be a problem?
or Same timing for bus?
Can I know the price too?
Answered by Anna | Sep. 06, 2017 02:38

For the return trip, you should take a bus to Xinyuan County with the fare of CNY15. Then you can transfer to another bus to Yining, which costs CNY35 or so.
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