Reason #4 to Live or Travel in Xinjiang: Exotic and Natural Beauty | Xinjiang: Far West China

Reason #4 to Live or Travel in Xinjiang: Exotic and Natural Beauty

November 15 | 1 Comment

*This post is part 4 in a series of posts entitled “Why It’s Good to Live in (and Travel to) Xinjiang”.  If you haven’t already, it might be a good idea to read over The Intro, Reason #1, Reason #2, and Reason #3 before continuing.*

There are so many places in China that are worth visiting, but very few of them have such a variety of scenery. Here in Xinjiang you can find huge mountain ranges just a stone’s throw from flat desert. Crystal blue lakes or weird rock formations. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a nature photographer, there’s no better place to be than Xinjiang. Hiking, mountain climbing, rafting, horseback riding, and camping are just a few of the activities which make experiencing Xinjiang so much fun.

It would be useless to try to explain natural beauty with words, so I’ll just post a few pictures for you to enjoy.  Just so you know, each one of these pictures you see below was taken by us using our inexpensive digital camera.  Neither my wife or I are great photographers, but it’s difficult to mess up places which are inherently so beautiful.

Beautiful Ghost City in Karamay
The Ghost City
A group of people dwarfed by the Ghost City Rock Formations
The Ghost City
A rest stop along Xinjiang's Karakoram Highway
On the road to Karakul Lake
A small river along the Karakoram Highway
Near Kashgar
The Muztag Ata presides over Karakul Lake in Xinjiang
Karakul Lake and Mountains
A small figure walks through endless Taklamakan desert sands
Taklamakan Desert
The sun rising over Karakul Lake in Xinjiang, China
Sunrise on Karakul Lake
Sun sets behind the mountains in Yili
Sunset in Yili


Follow up with the rest of the series on “Why Live and Travel to Xinjiang?”:

Uyghur people wander around a Friday market in Xinjiang1. The Cultural Diversity

Dapanji, or "Big Plate Chicken" is great Xinjiang food2. Diversity of Food and Music

The Xinjiang-Tibet highway, the highest in the world3. Obscurity

Muztag Ata in Xinjiang, China4. Exotic, Natural Beauty

Paparazzi taking pictures5. Foreigner Curiosity and Excitement

Riding a camel in Xinjiang's Taklamakan Desert6. Hone Your Survival Skills

About Josh Summers

Josh is a writer, musician and entrepreneur who currently resides in Urumqi, capital of China's western province of Xinjiang. He has been traveling and writing about this region since 2006 and has no plans to stop in the near future.

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