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The Vast Bayanbulak Grassland in Xinjiang

 2014-04-10    Selina Ou    Sights    Urumqi    2711  

On the foot of the magnificent Tianshan Mountain and at the northwest of Hejing County in Xijiang Uygur Autonomous Region, there locates the beautiful Bayanbulak Grasslands. It is the second largest grassland in China with an area of 23,000 square kilometers. This is an alpine prairie with an average altitude of more than 3,000 meters above the sea level.

Bayanbulak Grassland is actually situated in the central valleys among the Tianshan Mountains. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, which not only provide water sources for the grassland, also add more charm to this vast prairie. The Bayanbulak Grassland is flat, open and enormous. The whole grassland is like a vast green carpet stretching to the far distant. It has luxuriant grass and large varieties of vegetation and flowers dotted with flocks of sheep, cattle and horses.

Especially when in summer days, Bayanbulak Grasslands become a paradise for tourists and local nomads. There are colorful flowers in full bloom to set off the causal flocks of sheep that are grazing leisurely in the grassland, the scattered yurts, the racing nomads on the horses, the blue sky and the glittering snow mountains. This should be the most pleasant scenery to have eye-catching scenery and cozy life there.
Bayanbulak means “abundant springs” in Mongolian. So there are numerous lakes and ponds in different sizes scattered in the grassland. Among these lakes, the Swan Lake has the outstanding fame by being the only one nature reserve for swans in China. The Swan Lake is actually a series of small ponds that are formed by springs and streams from the mountains. There are thousands of swans of different species habiting around the Swan Lake.

At the area, there is surrounded verdant grassland and lush marshes, the crystal lakes and the vast open sky to be the gorgeous background when these thousands of graceful swans flying under the sunset glow. Every April or May, it is prime time to watch the spectacular of thousands of swans and other birds flying and playing around the lake.

Though the Bayanbulak Grassland belongs to Xinjiang in geological location, it is the home to Mongolian people. So if you travel to the Bayanbulak Grassland in lunar June of every year, you will be luckily to meet the Grand Nadam Fair held in the grassland. At this time, the exciting activities of horse racing, wrestling, dancing, singing and archery would definitely make your tour much more unforgettable. 

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