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Xinjiang VS Tibet, Which One Will Be Your Next Destination

People think Tibet is the place closest to the paradise.

People also say that Xinjiang is the wonderland on the earth.

With Xinjiang at the north and Tibet at south, which direction will you go if you plan a travel to China?

Let’s have a comparison for the two places with pictures for reference, from which you may get some clue.

Let your eyes follow the text and pictures, have a free Xinjiang trip and Tibet tour now.

Let your heart tell you which one is your final destination.

Apricot blossom in Ili VS peach blossom in Nyingchi

The Apricot Blossom Ditch is a wild apricot woods existed since Middle Ages. In each April days, incomputable apricot flowers popping out all over decorates the hills gorgeously in a very natural but beautiful manner. Distinctive from the solitary flowers, the blossom in Ili’s ditch spreads over the ground intensively, looking majestic and also delicately charming. The best time to appreciate the fair views is around the later half of April when the Apricot Blossom Ditch in Ili is in a good nourishment of rain and good temperature. If in the June, you will be feasted by the fresh apricots here.

A wild woods of peach at 5km southeast of Nyingchi, Tibet, is famed as Peach Blossom Ditch due to its fabulous scenery in spring. It’s also honored as “paradise in Tibet Plateau”—embraced by hills at 3 sides, moistened by the water from the highland, various plants growing with those lovey peach tress, winding streams go through the ditch…..The most outstanding sights here is in March that the ditch is covered by beautiful peaches while the remote mountains is till in snowy coats.

Ili Prairie VS Maoya Prairie

Appreciate flowers in spring, ride a horse on the grassland in summer. That’s a great joy people chase for.

Ili wins its name originally for its fair prairie—the beauty of the grassland combined with local folk customs & culture, has been listed as “one of six best prairies in China”. Ili Prairie is also named Nalat grassland which means “the place witnesses the sunrise firstly” by National Geographic. It impresses visitors with good quality of grass, colorful wild flowers in summer, snowy mountains and blue sky as background for the lovey animals wandering there. That’s a good place for people to approach and interact with nature.

Maoya Prairie has very similar looking with Ili Prairie—the same vast and beautiful as another one of six prairies in China. The small difference from Ili of it is its inside features: the stronger-seeming characteristic generated by its tougher environment, wild Tibetan animals and special Tibetan cultures and religions. The Horse Riding which is very important for Tibetans is held there each year with a great number of local people and visitors outside attended.

Sayram Lake & Namtso Lake

It’s no doubt that both Sayram and Namtso like pearls embedded on the land are the top beautiful lakes in China, however, which one is more attractive and what’s their difference?

Sayram Lake is the largest maintain lake in Xinjiang province. The breath-taking sightseeing of the lake makes there picturesque. August in summer is the best time to visit here, taking it a highlight of Xinjiang tour or Silk Road tour. Because when in that month, Sayram lake joined with its surrounding views treats travelers with the top eye-feast: the lake water is blue as being a mirror for the bule sky, the bank is green as plants spread all over there, the mountains in distance is white with snow covered. Moreover, August also allows you to enjoy the lavender blossom on the Ili grassland.

Namtso shows very distinct beauty from Sayram Lake. It’s the well-known sacred lake in the Qinghai -Tibet Highland with the special position entitled by Tibetan religions. Taking the meaning of “Heaven Lake” in Tibetan, it is the second large salty lake in China and also the salty lake with highest altitude in the world. As the saying among those followers, in each year of goat, all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Dharmapalas gather at Namtso for the dharma assembly. If you go there in that time and recite around it, the bless and fortune you receive will be more than tens of thousands that in the common time.

Kanas & Lulang Forest

Kanas is a precious “Heaven on Earth”, bearing a good combination of the majestic Chinese northern scenery and the delicate & grace views of the Chinese land at south of Yangtze River. Besides, the mysterious legend about the Kanas lake monster here is also like a magnet attractive endless people to visit. However, the Lulang Forest is not in least inferior to Kanas with its own beauty. The forest often surrounded by cloud and fog sea has a title of “Wonderland on Tibetan Land”. Both the two place seems to be adorable by god with colorful sight views, then the question is which one you would to explore?

One prominent feature of Kanas Lake is its changed color. From the time of ice & snow melting in spring to the water frozen in winter, the lake is subjected to show different color in different seasons with fascinating charm. The abundant waterfall and fine climate generates veils made of cloud and fog above the lake. Viewing the Kanas Lake in the morning at the mountain top, you will be fascinated by the fabulous scenery of roaring clouds sea which make viewers think themselves at a wonderland.

The best time for trekking to visit Kanas is from July to September when the scenic area is in the most proper time allowing travelers’ activity. After October, snows covers almost all over there so it exists possible danger for travelers to be here.

Lulang has a very domineering meaning in Tibetan language— “Valley of Dragon King” where the Dragon King lives and also “A Land Free from Homesick”. It is sure that visitors would be surprised by the fabulous scenery of Lulang Forest which makes people wonder if they enter into a mythological world—white snow mountains standing outside in a majestic manner and seeming to guard the beautiful green forest in the valley, the woods molding the mountains to embrace those lovely grassy marshland in their hugs which is also kind and tolerant to allow streams winding through, diversified birds singing and flying at ease here, making Lulang Forest splendid.

Lulang also has its best time for people to visit—from middle April to early June when the valley is carpeted with azalea blossoms and weather is also good for travel here.

Now, after a brief comparison between Xinjiang and Tibet, do you have a idea about which one is your desired destination?


It’s not easy to remove any one of the 2 from your list, right? From our opinions as tourist men, you could not miss both Xinjiang and Tibet. People should travel in Xinjiang and Tibet at least once in their life to know those different and unique beauties on the earth.

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