Aksu (Akesu) travel guide

Source: Global Times [09:02 July 11 2009]

TRANSPORTATION

Aksu Airport is 10 kilometers north of Aksu City. It operates two to three scheduled flights a week to Ururmqi. Additionally, there are four flights a week between Urumqi and Hotan that connect in Aksu.

The south Xinjiang Railway has been extended southwestward to Kashgar. There are conveniently scheduled trips from Urumqi, Kashgar and Lanzhou to Aksu. The Aksu Railway Station is located six kilometers southeast of Aksu City. High-speed trains take about sixteen hours from Urumqi to Aksu.

Being the traffic hub of southern Xinjiang, Aksu's network of roads is well developed. Visitors can find the city's main bus station on Wuka Zhong Lu.

BANKING & OTHER SERVICES

Bank of China: 1, Xinhua Dong Lu, Aksu City, Prefecture

China Post: 1, Nan Da Jie, Aksu City, Aksu Prefecture

USEFUL NUMBERS

 Tourist Complaints: 0997-2143133 

 Weather Forecast: 121

 Zip Code Inquiry: 184

TRAVEL TIPS

When to go:

The region's climate is dry and chilly in the winter and arid and torrid in the summer. Temperatures vary greatly between day and night.  While there is abundant sunshine, the area gets inadequate rainfall. The average annual temperature is around 10 – 11C.

September and October are the best times to visit Aksu.

Where to go:

Kuqa Mosque is a grand Islam temple second only in size to the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar. It is about four kilometers from the newly formed district of Kuqa County.  This is an area that dates back to the fifteenth century.

The Mystic Grand Canyon of the Tianshan Mountains is located on the Dushanzi-Kuqa Highway about seventy kilometers from the Kuqa county seat. This canyon is famous for its russet rocks formed by wind and rain over millions of years.

The mysterious Aay Grotto which is about two kilometers from the canyon entrance was built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

Tumur Peak marks the apex of Tianshan Mountain. Around Tumur there are many peaks over 6,000 meters above sea level.  Five of these peaks actually exceed 6,800 meters in height. There are enormous glaciers here and the snow and ice caps provide an important water source for the vast lands in the area.

Other Scenic Spots: Thousand Buddhas Cave of Kizil; Aiximan Lake, Tarim River