Southern Pastures (West White Poplar Gully)
The word 'Urumqi' originally means 'Beautiful Pastures' in Mongolian. Fortunately in the suburb of the city of Urumqi there lies the Southern Pastures, a beautiful pasture the pastoral Kazakh inhabit and graze in summer.
Covering an area of 119 square kilometers (about 45 square miles), Southern Pastures, the natural large and famous summer resort, 75 kilometers (about 46 miles) away from the city, is located in the Southern Mountain, the area at the northern foot of Karawuquntag Mountain.
It takes you about one hour by bus from Urumqi to get to West White Poplar Gully which is one of most typical sights. On the way, you can see the bright snowcapped Karawuquntag Mountain, the wandering valleys, hear the gurgle of springs, and smell the lush spruce trees. In the thicket of the lush spruce trees, let your eyes delight in the traditional villas and the scattered Kazakstan yurts as they paint the grassland.
As you stand in Southern Pastures, you can see the forest of emerald green spruce on a chain of undulating grass hills dotted with combined flocks and herds. As you immerse yourself in this beautiful site, the singing of the Kazakh may envelop you and inspire you to sing with them. You can visit one of the traditional yurts locating in the spruce forest where you will be welcomed by a generous host with fragrant milk tea, mare's milk, cheese and roasted lamb. If you are lucky enough, you will be able to observe the amazing horseracing and traditional Kazakh dancing.
Additional beautiful spots there from west to east are respectively Chrysanthemum Tai (a table-board of alluvial fan), East White Poplar Gully, Zhaobi Mountain, Miao'er Gully and Da'xi Gully. With the embellishment by these other sights, Southern Pastures is even more beautiful and fascinating.
West White Poplar Gully is the preferred place in the Southern Pastures for touring on horseback so that you can enjoy a relaxing but invigorating summer holiday.
How to get to Southern Pastures
|Admission Fee||CNY 30|
|Opening Hours||All day|
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i will have only one full day in urumqi , is it possible to visit the Musuem in the city then proceed to nanshan after lunch time? how far from Regional Museum area?which is the fastest and most convenient way of reaching both the nanshan & stopover centre of asia marker?
i will be going this November 2
Have a good trip!
2. the admission fee still only 15y?
3. Are there any other places around this area that you would recommend?
I'm hoping its a nice, quieter and cheaper alternative to Tianchi lake.
2. The combo ticket of the pastures costs CNY 30, and it includes West White Poplar Gully, Juhuatai Grassland, Wulasitai Grassland, Observatory, Golden Spring Gully, and Xiaoquzi.
3. Yes, you can go to the nearby Tianshan Grand Canyon or Zhaobi Mountain. Have fun!
Is it possible to go to the lake early in the mornig and from the lake- to the Southern Pastures to spend a night there?
Is this yurt rest house some tourist-purpose built facility or does one experience the authentic stay?
Thank you in advance.
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In my opinion, hiring a local car or join a local tour may help you a lot when traveling in Xinjiang, because the local transportation is not so good.
The yurts are built for tourists to enjoy the authentic stay.