Xinjiang, the biggest province in China, almost accounts for 1/6 of China’s territory. With nearly 6000 km borderline, bordered with 8 countries, Xinjiang has formed its unique exotic culture and traditions. Numerous stunning landscapes there also attracts thousands of travelers come to visit.
As the most professional inbound tour operator in Xinjiang, we have devoted to Xinjiang travel for more than 20 years. Almost all the things you need to know before visiting Xinjiang can be found here.
When is the best time
Where to visit
What to eat
When is the best time
The best time to travel Xinjiang is from April to November.
Depending on your preference, you will enjoy different scenes in different seasons and weathers. If you also love snowy days, then you will enjoy Xinjiang traveling all year round.
Travelers who come to Xinjiang for the first time may be confused about the weather in Xinjiang. For such a vast land, weather varies widely throughout the region. See more information in Xinjiang Weather.
Based on geographical features of Xinjiang and our experiences, the following information may help you better discover beautiful Xinjiang.
From March to May. Air temperature rises rapidly in southern Xinjiang, while changes not that dramatically in northern Xinjiang. So the flowering season in north is longer than south while the blossom is earlier in south. Lavender, rape flower field, apricot flower and peach flower are competing for blossom everywhere.
From June to August. It is the season when fruits and melons are ripe and fragrant. Although Xinjiang is also hot and dry in summer, however, the temperature in the mountain area is relatively cold, which is a good summer resort. Also, it is the golden season of sand therapy in Turpan, and experience the prairie culture in Ili.
From September to November. The hot summer recedes, and the cold wave comes slowly, which makes the sky-high and cloud light, the air crisp in autumn. At this time, you can enjoy the harvest and temptation of fruits and delicacies. It's the most suitable for food lovers.
From December to February of the next year. The snow and ice in winter is the unique flavor of Xinjiang, and it is also the season with the least wind, but there are many patches of fog.
Xinjiang is a region with a large number of ethnic minorities. And most of them are muslims.So most restaurants provide halal food. If you don’t want halal food,or you have special requirements, please be sure to inform in advance.
Beef and mutton are the main meat in Xinjiang. Don’t drink cold water after eating beef and mutton, you’d better drink hot tea.Tea can resolve greasy.
Smoking and drinking are not allowed in the halal restaurants. And remember don’t bring other food into the restaurants.
When you visit minorities home. You should be polite. Respect their customs.
Xinjiang is the land of melons and fruits. There are plenty of fruits you can eat in autumn. But don’t eat too much, in case of gastrointestinal discomfort.
The route between attractions in Xinjiang is very long. Be sure to prepare enough foods before your tour.
The climate in Xinjiang is very dry.So you should prepare enough water during your tour.
Due to the large temperature difference between morning and night.You should pay attention to pre-cold and heat prevention.In summer,you should prepare short sleeves,long sleeves and coats.
When you visit mountain area,you should prepare thick coat or sweater.It is cold in mountain area.
AC should be opened moderately during your sleep.
Other Travel Tips
The best time to travel Xinjiang is from May to October.Southern xinjiang is dominated by cultural landscape and unique natural scenery.Northern xinjiang is dominated by the beautiful natural scenery of the original ecology, snow mountains, grasslands, lakes, rivers, yurts, primeval forests, etc.Therefore, it is hot and dry. Please do not use open fire or smoke in the scenic area.
The tourist attractions in xinjiang are scattered, and it is easy to get tired after a long ride. Please be prepared to bear hardships and ensure a good night's rest.Many scenic spots require tourists to walk or climb mountains.You'd better prepare a pair of comfortable, fit and easy to exercise shoes.
Xinjiang climate is dry and sandstorm is big, Sunshine time is long, ultraviolet ray illuminate is intense, in the way must drink water more to replenish body moisture, take good prevent bask in article to be like sunshade hat, umbrella, sunglasses and sunblock.
There are many scenic spots in xinjiang, the scenery is magnificent and beautiful, different, every trip to take photos as much as possible with batteries and storage cards.
There are many religious ceremonies of ethnic minorities in xinjiang. Please do not stop to watch or pay too much attention to their personal life.Do not beat and scold herdsmen's livestock and hounds to avoid misunderstanding.