Bayanbulak Grassland

Situated at the foot of Tianshan Mountain in the northwest of Hejing County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Bayanbulak Grassland is a great prairie boasting luxuriant verdant grass, numerous flocks of sheep and varied plants, etc, making it the second largest grassland in China. Actually, Bayanbulak means 'abundant spring' in Mongolian. Being a far-flung and level prairie, it abounds in varieties of grass, and is studded with numerous lakes, large and small, and is surrounded by mountains. The prairie teems with Yanqi Tianshan horses, Bayabulak dawei (large tail) sheep, Chinese meilinu sheep and yak (otherwise known as the 'tableland tank'), known as its 'Four Treasures'.

Bayanbulak Grassland, Bayingolin, Xinjiang
Bayanbulak Grassland, Bayingolin, Xinjiang
Yurts on Bayanbulak Grassland
Yurts on Bayanbulak Grassland

In midsummer, flowers are in full bloom, vying with each other in beauty; flocks of sheep graze leisurely, resembling white clouds floating in the blue sky; yurts - circular domed tents used by Mongolian nomads - stud the landscape like the snow lotus of Tianshan Mountain.

The well-known Swan Lake is located in the prairie. In fact it is many small lakes and is the only nature reserve for swans in China. Every year, around April, swans and other rare birds return from the south to live and breed here. At that time, it is quite exciting to witness the splendid spectacle of the sky full of flying swans.

In the sun, flying swans, glittering lakes, surrounding peaks and clouds altogether create a picturesque and breathtaking view.

Nadam Fair, a big event on the prairie, is held from June 4th to 6th in the lunar calendar every year. At this time, locals and tourists are entertained by various activities such as horse racing, wrestling, dancing, singing and archery. It is a good opportunity to experience local customs.

Bayanbulak Grassland is located at the foot of Tianshan Mountain
Bayanbulak Grassland
Horse Race, Nadam Fair, Bayanbulak Grassland
Horse Race, Nadam Fair
Tips: September is the best visit time.

The temperature in the prairie is low, so you need to cover yourself with a thick quilt in the evening, even though it might be summer.

You can take a bus from Urumqi Bus Station bound for Bayanbulak Grassland, along Wuyi highway via Duku highway, for about 460 kilometers (around 286 miles) when you arrive in Hejing County. Then you may start out from Hejing County to the west, along the mountain road which is about 300 kilometers (around 186 miles) long to enter the beautiful prairie.

Bayanbulak provides hotels and rest houses for visitors, and in the prairie, tents are provided for visitors to live in.

Admission Fee: CNY 30 for the Bayandulak Grassland,
CNY 65 for the Swan Lake

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- Last modified on Sep. 26, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Bayanbulak Grassland
Asked by Faye from MALAYSIA | Sep. 06, 2018 01:35Reply
Can foreigner visit Bayinbuluk Grassland?
Hi we are foreigner. We are going to northern xinjiang end of September. Can we check if foreigner is allowed to visit Bayinbuluk Grassland?
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Answered by Anne from CANADA | Sep. 06, 2018 20:59

Yes, it is allowed to visit for foreigners.
Asked by hiro from JAPAN | Aug. 09, 2018 03:02Reply
I'll go to Nalati airport from Urumqi.
How can I go to Bayanbulak grassland from Nalati airport?
Is there tour office at the Nalati airport? or I have to go to Nalati city(called Nara?) first, then find the tour office? or I have to go to Bayanbulak grassland directly from Nalati airport by taxi or some?
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Answered by Mandy from SINGAPORE | Aug. 09, 2018 23:05

You need to go to Nalati city first and then hire a car to Bayanbulak grassland.
Answered by hiro from JAPAN | Aug. 11, 2018 04:00

Thank you for your reply!
Is there tour office in Nalati city? If so, could you tell me the name of that office, and address. I also wanna know the usual price to hire a car.
One more thing, what about in Shin Yuan city(新源镇), near Nalati Airport? Is it possible to hire a car to go to Bayanbulak graspland?
Answered by Mandy | Aug. 12, 2018 19:11

Sorry that I’m not very clear about the tour office and there are some travel agencies. Yes, you can and the fare is about CNY 500 per day.
Asked by Callie from AUSTRALIA | May. 15, 2016 19:56Reply
May I know where can I find the hotel's list in Bayanbulak?
Is there a guide book I can buy or tour agencies I can speak to with my booking? I scoured the Internet for a few nights and simply cannot find the info. Many thanks !
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Answered by Johnson from SINGAPORE | May. 15, 2016 20:20

Generally, hotels there are not in great need, so personally it is fine to check in on the spot instead of booking in advance. And I happen to know several hotels for your reference:
1. Batanbulak Hotel near local primary school, Hejing Town.
2. White Swan Hotel
3. Grassland Holiday Hotel near the Swan Lake Scenic Area.
Answered by Callie from AUSTRALIA | May. 15, 2016 22:06

Thank you!!! How can I find their contact number esp for the grassland holiday hotel near Swan Lake. Sorry for all these question. I don't know why it's so difficult to get info from the Internet. Even the Lonely Planet guide is pretty useless when it comes to coverage on Xinjiang. Do I need a permit to enter the park please ? I heard hotels may not take in foreigners. Thanks again!
Answered by Johnson | May. 25, 2016 01:08

Well, I searched on the Internet. The contact number of the Grassland Holiday Hotel is 0996-5350881. You can try to dial it and contact with the hotel staff. As I know, this hotel accepts foreign people. And you don't need to apply for the permit to enter that park. :)
Asked by alan chuan from MALAYSIA | May. 04, 2016 03:37Reply
From Urumqi to Bayanbulat grassland by car, what will be the distance, how long will it takes?
And what will be the cost to go from urumqi to the grassland by hiring a car? many thanks
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Answered by Bob from BRAZIL | May. 05, 2016 03:28

The distance is about 260 miles (420km). It may take around 7 hours on the way. As I know, the fare may be around CNY 800 per day.
Asked by Yen Zi from SINGAPORE | Apr. 30, 2013 11:13Reply
Hi, how we can get from Urumqi to Bayanbulak by public transport?
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Answered by Juana from AUSTRALIA | May. 03, 2013 21:31

You can take a train from Urumqi to Korla first. At Korla, there are direct buses to your destination.

Or a train can be taken at Urumqi to Hejing county first and then transfer to a direct bus to the grassland. But as I know, the buses are scheduled every two days.
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