Hanas National Nature Reserve

Kanas National Nature Reserve is in Xinjiang Province of China. Kanas is also called Hanas which is the name used by local Kazakhs. Kanas is the named used by local Tuvans, and has been recognised by local government as the official name.

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Kanas is a nature reserve in the Altay mountains of northern Xinjiang famed for its alpine scenery Kanas lake.

Kanas Lake & Friendship Peak

Tickets are ¥240 per person good for two days. The price is made up of ¥150 of entrance fee and ¥90 of unlimited bus ride within the park.

Kanas is home to the mythical Kanas Lake monster. Supposed pictures of the monster are in the rest house at the top of Guānyú Tái (Fish-Watching Pavilion).the sight seeing bus to the Guanyutai will cost you ¥60, then you will have 0ver 1000 steps before you reach the top ( on the Guanyutai)

Kanas Lake (48.82N 87.04E, about 1,325m ASL) lies in the southern Altay mountains near to the Chinese border with Mongolia and Russia. To the north of the park is Friendship Peak (4,374 m. ASL), marking the boundary with Kazakhstan and Russia.

Its extremely cold during the winter, be sure to take proper protection. It suddenly becomes excessively cold during the night.

The nearest town to Kanas is Burqin (布尔津 or Bù’ěrjīn), approximately three hours away by car. It is recommended to stay there as accommodation in and near the park is extremely expensive, as this is sort of a luxury destination for inlanders. There should be buses to the park from Burqin.

The quickest way is to fly to Buerjin City Airport aka Kanasi Airport (KJI) from Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang (Full price: ¥1,200). The airport is about 50km. (~1 hour by bus) from Kanas National Geopark.

No permits necessary for visiting Hanas Nature Reserve or Kanas Lake. There are single day and double day tickets available for Kanas Lake. Single day ticket costs ¥230 and double day tickets cost ¥240. If you want to go to Hemu village, there’s 3 ways to there. By hiking or horse-riding along the Kanas river from Jadengyu, or take bus or car that will cost about ¥200.Hemu village also has ticket about ¥80. You can stay there at night in Kazakh yurts or wooden house.

There are free bus rides available after you buy the tickets of Kanas. The service is quiet good and all the places are quiet well connected.

  • Fish Observatory

    Fish-Watching Pavilion – perfect spot to compose poems while searching for the giant lake monster. Aka Guanyu Ting (Fish Observatory) about 30 min from Kanas Bus Station then another 1,111 steps to the Pavilion. The trip up Guānyú Tái, a mountain that offers a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding mountains including the Youyifeng (Freindship Peak), which is the apporximate landmark of the tri-country border of Russia, China and Mongolia.

  • Friendship Peak (Youyi Feng) – (Khüiten Uul in Mongolian) the approximate landmark where the countries of China, Mongolia and Russia meet.
  • Fairy Bay
  • Moon Bay
  • Sleeping Dragon Bay
Moon Bay & Genghis Khan footprints, Kanas river
Sleeping Dragon Bay, Kanas river

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