The most worthy attractions for a self-driving tour in Xinjiang and Qinghai, a must-visit once in a lifetime!

Xinjiang is a place that many people yearn for, and the scenery there is so enchanting. Many people often don't know which attractions to visit in Xinjiang. So, I have compiled a list of some of the most worthwhile attractions in Xinjiang. They are: Narat, Tianchi in Tianshan Mountains, Keketuohai, Grape Valley in Turpan, Tianshan Grand Canyon, Flaming Mountains Scenic Area, and Wucan Beach. Faced with numerous attractions in Xinjiang, why not start with these most worthwhile attractions in Xinjiang?

Nalati Scenic Area

Nalati Tourist Scenic Area is located in Xinyuan County, Xinjiang. It is situated in the hinterland of the Tian Shan Mountains, at the eastern end of the Ili River Valley. The scenic area covers a total planned area of 960 square kilometers and consists of the highland meadow sightseeing area, the Kazakh folk customs area, and the tourist living area from south to north.

Tianshan Tianchi Scenic Area

Tianshan Tianchi, also known as Yaochi in ancient times, is characterized by a complete vertical natural landscape belt, as well as snow-capped glaciers and high-altitude lakes. It has cultural connotations of ancient mythical stories about Xi Wangmu, as well as religion and unique ethnic customs. It is the best destination for sightseeing, scientific research, adventure, leisure, fitness, and ethnic cultural experiences.

Keketuohai Scenic Area

The scenic area consists of the E'erqis Grand Canyon, Kekesusuri, Yiremutu Lake, and Karaseng'er seismic fault zone. It is a large tourist attraction with beautiful canyon rivers, rocky forests, mineral resources, polar lakes, and peculiar seismic fault zones as natural scenery. It integrates geological culture, regional characteristics, and ethnic customs, and is known for sightseeing tourism, leisure vacations, special tourism (hiking, photography, etc.), and scientific research.

Grape Valley Scenic Area, Turpan City

Kuqa is a tourist destination in the Turpan region of Xinjiang, known for its beautiful scenery and abundant grape production. In summer, it is a popular place for tourists, both domestic and foreign, to escape the heat and enjoy the cool breeze.

Tianshan Grand Canyon

"Qisong, bizarre rocks, and sea of clouds" has been favored by tourists and left praises such as "Returning from Mount Wuyue, one doesn't see any other mountains; Returning from the Grand Canyon, it is always nostalgic," and "The hundred-mile golden tourism corridor, a leisurely outdoor paradise." Tian Shan Grand Canyon encompasses all natural landscapes in Xinjiang except for deserts. It is a living museum of nomadic culture before the advent of human farming civilization, with extremely high tourism appreciation, scientific research, and historical and cultural value.
Flaming Mountain Scenic Area, a national AAAA-level scenic area, is located 10 kilometers east of Turpan, Xinjiang. The scenic area is famous for its mythical legends and unique natural landscapes. The main peak is located about 40 kilometers east of Turpan City, with an altitude of 831.7 meters. The Flaming Mountain is extremely hot and arid, making it impossible for birds to fly for miles.

Sairimu Lake Scenic Area

National Key Scenic Spot. Located in the southwest end of the Xinjiang Bortala Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, it is mainly characterized by lakes, wetlands, grasslands, forests, and snow-capped mountains as natural ecological landscapes. It is the highest-altitude, largest-area, and most beautiful alpine lake in Xinjiang. It is also the last place where the warm and humid air currents from the Atlantic Ocean reach, hence the saying "the last teardrop of the Atlantic Ocean."

Nalati scenic spot

The Gongnaisi Canyon has a varied terrain and diverse weather. Influenced by the warm and humid airflow from the Ili River Valley, Gongnaisi has formed a unique ecological environment. It has distinct seasons, with lush greenery in spring, blooming flowers in summer, frosted red leaves in autumn, and a silver-capped landscape in winter. It is a natural resort for escaping the heat and a popular tourist destination, known as a green corridor, botanical garden, and animal kingdom.

Kekexili Mountain

Qinghai Kekexili National Nature Reserve is located in the western part of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai Province, with a total area of 4.5 million hectares. It is one of the best-preserved natural reserves in the world in terms of primitive ecological environment in the early 21st century. It is also one of the largest, highest-altitude, and most rich in wildlife resources among the natural reserves in China.