Changji travel guide

Source: Global Times [10:17 July 11 2009]

TRANSPORTATION

Changji is 38 kilometers (24 miles) from downtown Urumqi and 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Urumqi International Airport. Changji Railway Station is located 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of Changji city proper. In addition, the prefecture's central bus station is located in Wuyi Lu.  

BANKING & OTHER SERVICES

Bank of China Changji Branch: No.2, Ningbian Dong Lu, Changji City

China Post Changji Branch: No.2, Yan'an Bei Lu, Changji City


USEFUL NUMBERS

Tourist Complaints: 0994-2042044, 2350280 

Weather Forecast: 121

Zip Code Inquiry: 184


TRAVEL TIPS

When to go:

The prefecture lies at the foot of the Tianshan Mountains on the southeastern edge of the immense desert in the Junggar Basin. The terrain in which Changji is situated inclines to the south and is part of the hinterland of Asia.

Basking in a continental climate, the prefecture has characteristically dry weather with great temperature variations between day and night. To the south, there are the obvious climatic features of the mountains, while to the north there is the typical climate of a dry desert. The average annual temperature is 6.8℃ (44.2℉). The transitional spring and autumn seasons between summer and winter, are short.     
     
Summer and autumn are the best seasons in which to visit Changji. By avoiding the burning sun at noon, the summer in Changji can be refreshing.

Where to go:

BBogda Feng is the highest peak in the eastern part of the Tianshan Mountain range. Situated in the south of Fukang County it has an altitude of 5,445 meters (17,864 feet). The distances as the crow flies, from the peak to Urumqi and the Fukang county seat, are 60 and 49 kilometers (37 and 31 miles) respectively. It is one of the fifteen peaks of Xinjiang open to tourists.

Tianchi Lake, like a silver mirror, lies in the valleys below Bogda Peak, and was included into the Bogda Biosphere Reserve in 1990. The lake water is supplied by the melting ice and snow running off the surrounding peaks, and remains cold even in midsummer. Consequently, the lake is a well-known summer resort for the people of Xinjiang.

Wucai Wan (Five-Color Sinus) is a colorful and astonishing desert landscape in the north of Jimsar County. The coal beds exposed to the air burned out due to lightning and the strong sunlight. The fanciful scenes and the desert scenery make the Wucai Wan appear like a modern painting shining with bright colors.

Other Scenic Spots: Mori Euphrates Popular Forest