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Kanas Nature Reserve, 155 kilometers north of Burjin County, covers an area of 2.500 square kilometers. It is a complicated nature reserve, and is attractive with its unique scenery. Kanas Lake is located in the heart of the nature reserve, with an area of 37.7 square kilometers and an average depth of 90 meters. The 125kilometer-long Kanas River winds its way like a pearl necklace with the Kanas Lake the most beautiful, bright pearl. The lake is held holy the locals.|
Scenic Area Entrance Fee
Kanas Scenic Area CNY 150 CNY 150 (October 10 - May 10 including Hemu Village and Baihaba Village)
Hemu Village CNY 60
Baihaba Village CNY 60
Vehicle Charge Inter-zone vehicle in Kanas: CNY80; Cruise ship: CNY120; Drifting: CNY200
Because of the long winter in Kanas, the best time to visit is from June to October.
As Kanas is located along the border of China, you have to apply for a Frontier Permit for Burqin County. It costs CNY 50 for each visitor.
How to Get There:
Kanas Lake is 140 kilometers (about 87 miles) away from Burqin County, and 246 kilometers (about 153 miles) away from Altay City. You can take a plane to Altay City or take a coach to Burqin County at Urumqi, and then rent a motorcar to Kanas. You can also ride horses with local guides.
If you want to spend the night around Kanas Lake, you can live with local families or in tents. You can also stay in Kanas Shanzhuang where you will find a greater variety of services and accommodation.
It is recommended that you stay with local families in a Hemu Village if you want to experience a taste of the 'old days'.