Sayram Lake

Sayram Lake, renowned as a pearl of the Silk Road, is the largest alpine lake in Xinjiang. It is located about 90 kilometers (56 miles) southwest of Botala Prefecture, Urumqi. In Mongolian language, sayram means 'a lake on the ridge'. In Kazak, sayram means 'blessing'.

 
Sayram Lake, Ili
Sayram Lake, Ili
   
A man ride a horse along the lake
A man ride a horse along the lake

The lake is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) long from east to west, 30 kilometers wide from north to south. It covers an area of about 454 sq kilometers (about 175 sq miles), and has an elevation of 2,073 meters (6,800 feet).

Sayram Lake is a fairyland with wonderful natural scenery. It is like a brilliant emerald inlaid in the basin surrounded by Tianshan Mountain. Its water is very pure and clear. Flocks of ducks and swans coast on its surface. Flourishing cypress and cedar trees cover the whole mountain range. Cottages scatter the foothills of the mountains. Horses and sheep call on the mountain slope. What a vivid and splendid picture!

There is a touching love story about Sayram Lake. It is said that it was composed of the tears of a couple of Kazak young lovers. A beautiful girl and a young man were deeply in love. One day, a cruel devil was captivated by the girl's beauty. He captured the girl and confined her to his residence. The girl took a chance to escape, but the devil found out very soon and went after the girl. She was forced to jump into an abyss. Later, her boyfriend heard of this and he was so sad that he jumped into the abyss to be reunited with his lover. Their painful tears flooded into the abyss and formed Sayram Lake.

 
The tents at the bank of the Sayram Lake
The tents at the bank of the Sayram Lake
    
A toast during the lunch in a local family
A toast during the lunch in a local family
The scenery is quite varied in four seasons. In winter, the cold wind stirs a boundless wave which splashes the bank, and the mist can even hide the snow-capped mountains. In spring, the mountain slope is covered with a green blanket dotted with colored blooming flowers. Summer and autumn are the best seasons to visit Sayram Lake. The water is very peaceful, and its surface is as smooth as a mirror. From late July to early August, the Mongolian people celebrate the 'Nadam Fair'. Kazaks also join in the festival, during which horse-racing, wrestling and folk songs and dance are performed.

Admission Fee: CNY 70

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- Last modified on Sep. 26, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Sayram Lake
Asked by Clement Hoh from MALAYSIA | Aug. 22, 2017 13:32Reply
Yining to Sayram lake
Hi team
I will arrive at 2pm at yining through train, do you think I can go to the lake?
Any bus?
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Answered by Owen from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 23, 2017 02:10
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Go to Ili Autonomous Prefecture Bus Station and catch the bus to Bole County. Ask the driver to drop you off on the way when it arrives at the lake. You may also charter a car or van with other passengers near the Bus Station and it costs CNY150 per person for a single trip.
Answered by Clement Hoh from MALAYSIA | Aug. 23, 2017 13:11
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Thanks for the fast response
How long will it take? If I start 3pm from Yining , is it possible?
How about coming back to Yining, is there any problem?
or use the same method
Answered by Angela from ICELAND | Aug. 23, 2017 21:04
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It may take 2 hours to get there. In your case, you may catch the bus at 15:50 and 16:50. You are suggested to use the same method to catch the bus from Bole to Yining, or if you are lucky enough, you may get a ride from others.
Answered by Clement Hoh from MALAYSIA | Aug. 25, 2017 13:20
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Thanks a lot Angela!
Asked by Paul from USA | Aug. 03, 2017 00:40Reply
renting a car and driver in Xinjiang
I would like to see some natural sights/sites near Urumqi. How far away are they, and how much do you think it would cost to hire a car with a driver? Thanks for any info you can provide. It's hot and humid here in Tianjin, and I HAVE TO GET AWAY from the weather and the crowds. But I don't know a lot of detail about what to do in that part of the country. I just want to enjoy some quiet nature. I will be there 4 days.
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Answered by Nida from GERMANY | Aug. 03, 2017 02:41
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You can visit the Nanshan Scenic Spot, Red Hill Park, Tianshan Valley, Salt Lake, Glacier No.1…during your trip. The distance between these attractions may be around 40-100 kilometers. Since the fare of the car varies from different route, you are advised to book a car from eHi Cars Service and consult the detailed price by the service line 400-888-6608.
Answered by Paul from USA | Aug. 03, 2017 05:02
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Thank you. I hope they speak English.
Asked by Svet from FRANCE | May. 28, 2017 02:17Reply
Hi, how many time from Urumqi to Sayram Lake by bus please ?
What time is the departure time? Thank you
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Answered by Reiss from CHINA | May. 31, 2017 04:32
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I have heard that there are many buses heading for Yining every day. You can catch this bus and get off when the bus stops at the lake. The duration is around 8 hours. This bus departs at 09:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00.
Asked by tan li li from MALAYSIA | Oct. 16, 2016 02:12Reply
Transportation to Hemu Village and Kanas Lake
May i know that is that a direct bus from
which bus station we need .....to reach ?
1. Urumqi to Hemu village
2.Hemu village to Kanas Lake

hope to hear from u soon....
thank you...
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Answered by Annie from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 18, 2016 01:18
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I am sorry that there is no direct bus available. You may take a bus to Burjin from Nianzigou Long-distance Bus Station. Upon arrival, take a bus to Hemu Village. After visit, you can take a bus to Jiadengyu, and then ride a bus to Kanas. :)
Asked by tan li li from MALAYSIA | Oct. 15, 2016 22:46Reply
Visit Tianchi in winter....
May i know that can we visit the following place during winter in November and December.....?
Is there a public bus to the following place ?
1.Tianchi
2.Sayram lake
Hope to hear from you soon....thanks....
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Answered by Jacob from USA | Oct. 18, 2016 00:58
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Well, you can pay a visit to them in November and December. You will enjoy a beautiful winter scene then.

You will start from Urumqi, right? Take a bus to Fukang from Northern Suburban Passenger Transport Station at No. 437, North Nanhu Road, Shuimogou District. Upon arrival, take a bus to Tianchi Lake.

To Sayram Lake, take a bus to Yining from Nianzigou Long-distance Bus Station at No. 49, Heilongjiang Road, and get off at the lake. :)
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