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5 Days of Yining - Zhaosu County - Xiata County - Tekesi Eight Trigram County
Description: The Silk Road, which was shaped in the Western Han Dynasty, is very famous in Chinese history. Starting from Chang'an (now called Xian), the road passes through Gansu, Xinjiang, central and west Asia, before linking with the land passages of many countries in the Mediterranean area. Now let's explore part of this magnificent area and experience its unique beauty.

On the first day of your arrival in Yining, take a bus to visit the street of the Han people. (The No. 1, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15 and No. 101 buses can get you there directly.) People who go to that street for the first time will be very puzzled and feel quite strange, because they see hardly  any Han people there. What they see are people from many different minorities. Wandering in that street, people will lose themselves among the delicate handicrafts, the colourful traditional clothes, the special snacks and so on. After visiting the street, continue to the Yili River Bridge, situated at the south of Yining, about 5 kilometers from the city area. You can stay at Suhao Business Hotel (Add: 79 Jiefang Road, Yining; Tel: 0999-8098888).

On the second day, take a bus to Zhaosu county. The tickets can be bought at Yili Area Passenger Transportation Center (Add: 127 Jiefang Road, Yining; Tel: 0999-8024121). The buses run every 20 minutes from 8:50 in the morning to 16:50 in the afternoon. Upon arrival in Zhaosu county, which is surrounded by mountains, go and have a look at the dreamlike sea of rape flowers.

On the third day, charter a car and travel to Xiata countryside. Pay a visit to the Xiata Grand Canyon. Here, you will find that it is very difficult to progress quickly. This is not because of poor road condition but the charming and breathtaking scenery that stops you in your tracks. The beautiful and rustic natural scenery, affected just a little by humans, will make you feel that you are walking in a worldly paradise. Return to Zhaosu in the afternoon.

On the fourth day, travel to the Tekesi Eight Trigram County. This county is famous for its radial circle layout which looks like a labyrinth. It is the biggest and the most well preserved eight trigram county in the world. And also it is a place where the I ching culture is widely known. There is a strange thing in this county, no traffic lights can be seen here. No matter which direction you head, you will eventually reach your destinations, because all the roads are closely linked to each other. Find a local hotel to spend the night there.

On the fifth day, charter a car and set off for the Kalajun high mountain meadow. It is 58 kilometers south of the Tekesi county and covers an area of nearly 3000 square kilometers. Please note that for the last stage of the journey to the meadow, the road condition is not satisfactory. You need to travel via an off-road motor cycle. Be sure to take raincoats, ready-to-eat food and warm clothes with you. Although it is not an easy place to get to, the mountain meadow is really a beautiful place worthy of a visit. Return to Tekesi in the afternoon. Leave there per your schedule.
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