What are some off-the-beaten-path attractions in southern Xinjiang that should not be missed?

Southern Xinjiang, representing mystery and exoticism, has some overlooked off-the-beaten-path attractions, in addition to well-known destinations like Kashgar and Hotan.

The Great Canyon located next to the Duku Highway is a gorge in the Keziliya Mountain, a branch of the Tianshan Mountains. It combines magnificence, steepness, serenity, and charm. Although it is less than twenty years old, it is already very famous and can be said to be the most unmissable gorge in Xinjiang.

Shaya County

Shaya County, located in the northern part of the Tarim Basin, is bordered by the Tianshan Mountains to the north and the Gobi Desert to the south. It is home to the Tarim River, the largest inland river in China, which spans the central and northern parts of the region from west to east. As one of the birthplaces of the Kucha culture, Shaya County has a long history and rich cultural heritage.

Stone City

It is the site of the ancient capital of the ancient country of Puli in the Western Regions at that time, and it is also an important stop on the ancient Silk Road. It has existed since around the 1st century AD and is a precious historical relic in Xinjiang. Today, it is no longer as prosperous as it was in the past, only ruins remain.

Alar Jinchautan Folk Culture Park

Under the stone city lies the Alarjin grassland, which is abundant in water and grass, with cattle and sheep everywhere. It is also embellished by the flowing Tashkurgan River and the distant snowy mountains and blue sky.
Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves, the earliest excavated grottoes in China, are listed as World Heritage Sites. The caves are backed by the Mingwutaga Mountains and face the Muzart River and the Qiuletag Mountains in the south, surrounded by picturesque mountains. The Western Regions have unique Buddhist culture, so please follow the local guides and fully experience the Dharma realm of the ancient Western Regions. A competition, a competition.

Taklimakan Desert

The Taklimakan Desert, located in the center of the Tarim Basin in southern Xinjiang, has a total area of approximately 330,000 square kilometers. It is the largest desert in China and the second largest mobile desert in the world. With its raging sandstorms, unique sand dunes, and mysterious ambiance, it is known as the "Sea of Death" and attracts many adventurers to explore.