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City Along Ancient Silk Road – Yili

There’s always a saying goes as “You don’t know how big China is without stepping into Xinjiang, and not know how beautiful Xinjiang is without stepping into Yili”. Yili Kazakh autonomous prefecture is located in the northwest of Xinjiang, bordering with Kazakhstan. The border line is more than 2,000 kilometers long in total.

Yili was the key point of the north route of the ancient silk road in history, and today it opens to the west. It is known as “vast wet island” for its abundant rain and mild weather. The vegetation coverage of grassland and forest reaches 67.7%. Large fields of lavender can be seen here every June.

The period of June – October is the best time to travel in Yili every year. At this time, Yili is in full blossom of its beautiful scenery and fragrant fruits. Tourists can not only enjoy the picturesque scenery, but also taste all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables in season.

There is a large temperature difference between morning and evening in Xinjiang. From July to September, the average temperature is around 23℃. By the end of September, the temperature drops very fast. After October, it drops to below zero and will not return to above zero until April and May of next year. Therefore, it’s recommended to bring some thick, warm clothes whenever you go.

As in other parts of Xinjiang, most ethnic minorities here believe in Islam. So you must respect Islamic customs when visiting here.

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