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Kizil Thousand-Buddha Cave

    Kizil Thousand-Buddha Cave is in Kizil Township, 60 kilometers from the county seat of Baicheng. Its construction began in the third century and continued until the ninth century, making it the earliest Buddhist grotto in China. The cave features many beautiful frescoes, paintings and sculptures in good condition. These art works once led the development of Buddhist art in China's interior and they incorporate styles from Indian and Persia.

Opening hours: 9:00 to 16:00

Entrance fee: RMB 35

The Remains of Loulan City

    The remains of Loulan City lie in northeastern Ruoqiang County, 300 kilometers from the county seat. In ancient times, this place featured highly developed farming, herding and fishing. It was also a stopover on the Old Silk Road. However, around the fourth century, this wonderful town suddenly disappeared from the map. Today, all that can be seen are the remains of some ancient buildings, including dilapidated yards and a tall Buddhist pagoda.

Opening hours: 8:00 to 16:00

Entrance fee: RMB 5

Lake Kanas

    A typical moraine lake 1,000 kilometers north of Urumqi. In the Mongolian language, Kanas means "beautiful, rich in resources and mysterious." Three wonders of this lake are much talked about: the mysterious lake creature, the Buddhist light in the clouds, and a kilometer-long dam of dead trees. Rare species of pine and poplar can also be found here. This place is a paradise for photographers, and the best time to visit is from July to October.

Opening hours: 9:00 to 14:00; 16:00 to 19:00 on weekdays

10:00 to 15:00 on weekends

Entrance fee: RMB 130 between May 1 and October 15

RMB 80 between October 16 and April 30


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