Bayingolin travel guide

Source: Global Times [09:07 July 11 2009]

TRANSPORTATION

The new Korla Airport completed in October, 2007 is the second largest airport in Xinjiang. It is about 17 kilometers (11 miles) southwest of downtown Korla. At present, it mainly operates flights shuttling between Korla and Urumqi. In the near future, there will be more flights to some of the larger cities of China. 

Korla passenger transport center is seated in Beishan Lu, and visitors can take public busses No.2, 12, 19 and 26 to the bus station.
 

BANKING & OTHER SERVICES

Bank of China Bayingolin Branch: Renmin Dong Lu, Korla City 

China Post Bayingolin Branch: Post building, Shihua Dadao, Korla City

USEFUL NUMBERS

Tourist Complaints: 0996-2037369

Weather Forecast: 121

Zip Code Inquiry: 184

TRAVEL TIPS

When to go:

The prefecture enjoys a temperate continental climate characterized by aridity, lack of rainfall, much evaporation and long daylight hours. In higher mountainous regions, there is no summer heat all the year round, while in the plain areas, the four seasons are distinct.    

September and October are the most ideal times to visit Bayingolin. The weather is moderate and there are fresh melons and other fruits in the market.

Where to go:

Bayanbulak Grassland is the largest alpine grassland in China, covering a total area of 23 thousand square kilometers (8,880 square miles). Swan Lake is a network of many small lakes located in the center of Bayanbulak Grassland. Every year around April, swans and many other birds fly from the south in succession. May to June is the season when little swan are born, and it is the best time to admire the swans. Also in the grassland, the Kunse (Gongnaisi) Forestry Center is a great natural treasury of wildlife, while also producing many precious herbs.

Tarim River is the largest inland river in China flowing through the Takla Makan Desert. Tarim River Tourist Zone lies in the Lopnur (Yuli) County, 105 kilometers (65 miles) from Korla. The tourist zone is praised to be '800 li (246 miles) of green corridor' with primitive diversified-leaf poplar trees planted along the river banks. How poetic while riding on camel back, meandering through the desert and admiring the fascinating scenery of sunrise and sunset.