Sayram Lake is located in the alpine basin of the western section of the Tianshan Mountains in Bole, Xinjiang. It is called "Sailimuzhuoer" in Mongolian, which means "lake on the back of the mountain". As a provincial tourist scenic spot and the fifth batch of national scenic spots, it is the mountain lake with the highest elevation, the largest area and beautiful scenery. Sayram Lake is the last place where the warm and humid air of the Atlantic Ocean favors, so there is a saying of "the last tear of the Atlantic Ocean". If you like nature and photography, it is a good place to visit.
Chinese Name: 赛里木湖 [ sàilǐmù hú]
Location: more than 90 kilometers southwest of Bole City
Popular activities: sightseeing, photography, take speedboats, enjoy special Xinjiang food, etc.
Suited to: everyone
Time-needed: 1-2 days
Magical and Unique Natural Scenery
Sayram Lake integrates the aesthetic characteristics of magnificent, strange, secluded, beautiful and open. For a long time, legends such as lake monsters, wind tunnels in the center of the lake, whirlpools and submarine magnetic fields have been circulated in Sayram Lake, which cast a layer of imaginative mystery on the beautiful Sayram Lake. In addition, there are a lot of historical remains of grassland ancestors on the shore of Sayram Lake: rock paintings, Wusun ancient tombs, temple sites, stone inscriptions, ancient post sites, etc. In a word, visitors can fully appreciate the romantic feelings of returning to nature and the unique ethnic culture.
Things to Do
Take scenic tour car to enjoy the unique view around the lake
Sayram Lake is one of the important wetlands in the arid region of northwest China. It is 2073 meters above sea level, about 30 kilometers long from east to west, and 25 kilometers wide from north to south. In addition, Sayram Lake scenic spot is a provincial multi-functional comprehensive scenic spot, it has different beautiful view in winter and summer. Every winter, the snow and water of Sayram Lake congeal, and the slightly random-shaped lake surface is set in the iceberg and snowfield, like a piece of emerald green on the white and soft silk. In summer, the lakeside is full of forests and streams, the grass is lush and flowers are blooming; the vast grasslands, green smoke curls, and flocks of cattle and sheep form a moving pasture landscape. You can come here at different seasons to enjoy the lake's charming beauty and explore more about other beautiful attractions around the lake.
Sayram Lake in Summer & Winter
Visitors can visit Sayram Lake around June and July, when the scenery is most beautiful as wildflowers bloom on the green grasslands surrounding the lake, which contrast with the blue water beneath the snow-capped mountains. And the flowers around the lake also have their own distribution, the north of the lake is mainly purple flowers, the west of the lake is mainly yellow flowers, the east of the lake is mainly blue flowers; the scenery has its own characteristics. In addition, every July, the "Naadam" event on the lakeside grassland makes Sayram Lake more beautiful. If you like photography, don’t miss the chance to take pictures around the lake.
Best Time for Visiting
The best season to visit Sayram Lake is around June and July, when the scenery is most beautiful as wildflowers bloom on the green grasslands surrounding the lake, which contrast with the blue water beneath the snow-capped mountains. The temperature in the Sayram Lake area is relatively low. Even in summer, it will be cold at night; so it is recommended to bring more clothes to keep warm.
How to Get to the Sayram Lake
a. By train
Tourists can take a train from Urumqi to Yining, and then take a car or carpool from Yining to reach Sailimu Lake, the fare is about 100 yuan.
b. By bus
Tourists can take a passenger bus to Bole or Yining from Nianzigou Passenger Station in Urumqi, and get off at the east of Sailimu Lake on the way.
c. Charter a car
If you charter a car, you have free time and routes, and it is also convenient to go around Sayram Lake, but of course the cost is slightly more expensive.
Opening Time: Year-round 10:00-22:00
Customer Service Phone: 0909-7659990
Admission fee: 72.5CNY/PP
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Keguerqin Lavender Garden
The Keguerqin Lavender Garden is located on the north side of the Ili River Valley, backed by the majestic Keguerqin Mountain. There is a large area of lavender planted in the scenic area. You can take a European-style small train to enjoy the beautiful view and if you like photography and flowers, you can take some nice photos here too. Besides, you can taste Xinjiang specialty snacks in the folk food street; and also can experience the joy harvest in the seasonal fruit and vegetable picking garden.