Ili travel guide

Source: Global Times [10:28 July 11 2009]

TRANSPORTATION

Yining Airport is only 5 kilometers (3 miles) from downtown Gulja City, operating flights to Urumqi and Kashgar.
 
BANKING & OTHER SERVICES

Bank of China: 0999-8220347

USEFUL NUMBERS

Tourist Complaints: 0999-8028697

Weather Forecast: 121

Postal Code Inquiry: 184

TRAVEL TIPS

When to go:

The prefecture enjoys a cool, temperate, semi-arid, continental climate. Owing to the vast expanse of land, there are also microclimate features in different regions. Generally, Ili's summers are short and the winters, long. The temperature varies greatly between day and night. The temperature in spring rises rapidly but unstably, while the autumn temperatures drop rapidly.

Summer and autumn are the best time in Ili. The pastures are verdant. Melons and fruits are ripe. Notable is the sunset in Ili River. It is the favorite of many photographers.

Where to go:

Sayram Lake is the largest and highest alpine lake in Xinjiang. Surrounded by the vast verdant grassland, it is a stunning attraction definitely worth visiting.

Nalati Grassland is one of the four largest alpine meadows in the world.

Kanas Lake is a mysterious lake, attracting numerous visitors, not only for its enthralling scenery and clear water, but also for the enchanting legend about the monster in the lake.