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 Aug. 08, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Bayanbulak Grassland
Asked by addy from THAILAND | Aug. 05, 2019 20:30Reply
May i go to Bayanbulak Grassland from Nalati airport?
Is it enough to visit Bayanbulak Grassland for half day.
Please advise. Thank you.
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Answered by Benny from USA | Aug. 08, 2019 19:42
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The distance is around 140km between them, so you may need to hire a car to the grassland. Yes, half a day to a day will be enough.
Asked by Ofri from ISRAEL | May. 14, 2019 09:28Reply
Are Foreign tourists allowed to go to Bayanbulak reservation?
Do we need a permit from the government to enter this area? If so, how much it will cost?
Are foreign tourists can stay the night in this reservation?
What the best way to rich there from kuqa?

Thank you!
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Answered by Amber from RUSSIA | May. 14, 2019 20:49
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No permit is needed to the reservation and you can stay overnight there. It seems there is no public transportation available and you are suggested to hire a private car.
Asked by Precilla from CANADA | Mar. 25, 2019 07:45Reply
I am a Hong Kong Permanent Identity holder. Do I need a special permit to go to Bayinbuluk?
Someone told me that I have to pay 2,000 RMB for the permit and have to apply the permit 60 days in advance.
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Answered by Emma from USA | Mar. 25, 2019 20:48
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No, you don't need, just take your passport.
Answered by Precilla from CANADA | Mar. 26, 2019 13:54
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Thank you, Emma! I really want to believe you but how can you be so sure? Have you been there yourself or did you get some kind of official reply from the Chinese authority in Xinjiang? My travel agent still insisted that I need to apply for the permit, otherwise I cannot cross the road to Bayinbuluk or stay in the hotels there.
Answered by Emma from USA | Mar. 26, 2019 20:22
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Hi, I haven't go any official reply from the Chinese authority but heard this from my Chinese friends. Generally, only the visa is needed. However, even you need to apply for the permit, the fare is not reasonable. You are suggested to verify it with other travel agencies or contact the local entry and exit administration bureau.
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
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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
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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
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Hi,
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
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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.
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