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4 Days Kanas Lake Hemu Village Holiday Tour

Relaxing In-depth Exploration of Kanas's Best Highlights

Kanas is really something else in China. You will be surprised to find it is so unlike other parts of China that you are familiar with. It is simply stunning and picturesque in all seasons, as a superb resort destination for photography, hiking, rafting, bird-watching, rock climbing, paragliding, horse riding, etc.

“Kanas” is a Mongolian word meaning “beautiful, rich, and mysterious”. In your adventure to Kanas, you will prove it definitely lives up to the title. In fact, Kanas is not just a lake, it’s a vast natural reserve resplendent with virtually untouched natural beauty, including three core areas – expansive Kanas Lake, the very essence of Kanas Natural Reserve - Three Bays and Hemu Village, the home to Tuvas people whose ancestry went back to the legendary troops of Genghis Khan. They are conveniently connected by sightseeing buses and walking trails.

Kanas is suitable for travelling all year around. The lake and river change colors with the surrounding alpine forests - dense greens in spring, thick multicolored blankets of flowers in summer, lush golds, reds, and yellows in autumn, white snow world in winter. The most beautiful time is from May to October. In May, the lake and rivers are turned to a greyish blue color, while in July, they are bright aquamarine; in August, the algae turns the water a deep green; and from September onwards it goes a rich turquoise.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-KNST-04
  • Price : from Request
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a local hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : Nature / Culture
  • Physical Demands :


  • Stay a night in the wooden Hemu Village and sock in the amazing morning and sunset views of the village from a high viewing point, also experience unique Tuvas ethnic culture;
  • Enjoy a relaxing and scenic walking around Kanas Lake to escape the crowds and explore deep wild forest, or take a boat to the deep area of Kanas Lake (optional);
  • Panoramic view of Kanas Lake and surrounding captivating mountains, verdant grassland, virgin forests from the high view deck of Fishing-watching Tower;
  • Take the best photos of Kanas’ seasonal scenery at the Three Bays where three gorgeous bays lie along the beautiful Kanas River.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Kanas Airport Arrival - Hemu Village (L)

Kanas airport pick up & drive to Hemu Village

Welcome to Kanas, the most beautiful place in Xinjiang. Upon arriving at Burqin Kanas Airport, you will be welcomed by local tour guide and driver, then drive about 80 km (about 2 hours) to Hemu Village where you will stay over tonight.

Hemu Village is an important part of Kanas Scenic Area. It is one of the most beautiful villages in China, a magic place where you can get rid of the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in the creation of photography. The villagers are Tuvans who is a branch of Mongolian. The ancestors of Tuvas are believed to be solders of Genghis Khan. Currently, there are about 2000 Tuvas people living in Hemu and other two nearby villages – Baihaba and Kanas. Their houses are made of wood entirely without any steels and cements, and they still keep the old traditions of nomad living, Tibetan Buddhism, festival, etc. Small population, old-fashioned wooden house, exotic ethnic culture and wild surrounding forests all make Hemu Village a peaceful and primitive place. You will visit a local Tuvas family to find out what’s their living like, and get treated with local snacks, fruits and drinks prepared by the hosts. Sometimes, you can even a race chance to see Tuvas playing music and dancing. The rest is free for you to relax and exploring surrounding. Sunset here is fabulous. You can walk up to a higher hill to appreciate the sunset in the golden sunlight. The vast golden birch forests and green grasslands surround the peaceful village, together appear charming colors like an oil painting.

Kanas Arrival Idea

Kanas can be arrived by flight and driving. Currently Urumqi has the most frequent daily flights to Burqin Kanas Airport. Turpan, Yili, Boyue and several other Xinjiang cities also operate some weekly flights to Kanas. Travel to Kanas by land driving from Urumqi takes about 9 hours.

  • Wooden house in Hemu Village Wooden house in Hemu Village
  • Visit a local Tuvas family in Hemu Village Visit a local Tuvas family in Hemu Village

Day 2 Hemu - Kanas Lake (B, L)

Today's highlights: Hemu Village Sunrise, Kanas Lake, Walking

Get up early to catch the incredible sunrise which is also the MUST photo to be shot. When the sun rises and shines onto the mist curling up the villages, it is the moment to take one of the best pictures in your lifetime. To shoot the sunrise, you need to walk along the plank road to the high places on the mountains near to the village. After the sunrise, go back to your hotel to have breakfast. The rest time is free for you to experience anything you are interested in - hiking, horse riding, or just taking rest.

After lunch, you will be transferred to Kanas Scenic Area where you will spend about two days so that you won’t miss out all the highlights. Kanas Lake Scenic Area is a perfect place for family resort, leisure sightseeing and photography in all seasons. It includes Kanas Lake, Three Bays and Fish-watching Tower, three separate scenic areas. In Mongolian, Kanas means “beautiful, rich and mysterious”. It is definitely what it is like. Today we will explore Kanas Lake area. Take a park bus directly to the lakeside of Kanas where a leisure hiking awaits you. There is a 5-kilometer-long plank road following the eastern lake shore of Kanas to the deep wild forest. It is a scenic and relaxing experience as well as a good way to escape from the tourist crowds. You will walk through Siberian spruce forest, Wall of Root Carving, Taiga moors and reach at Tuluke Rock Painting at the end of the plank road, then return the same way.

Optional Kanas Lake Cruise – if you want to explore deeper area of Kanas, you can join the Cruise Program. The sightseeing ship sails to the heart area of the lake, then return to the lake shore, lasting about 45 minutes. Tell your guide if you get interested.

After the lake tour, take a park bus back to your hotel. The rest time is your own to relax.

  • Morning mist in Hemu Village in Autumn Morning mist in Hemu Village in Autumn
  • Beautiful scenery along Taiga Trail hiking Beautiful scenery along Taiga Trail hiking
  • Peaceful Hemu Village in Winter Peaceful Hemu Village in Winter

Day 3 Kanas Three Bays & Fish-watching Tower (B, L)

Today's highlights: Recumbent Dragon Bay, Moon Bay and Celestial Bay, Fish-watching Tower, panoramic view of Kanas Lake

Today you are going to explore the famous Three Bays - the essence of Kanas Scenic Area. Kanas River wriggles in valleys, and creates three zigzag bays with beautiful names - Recumbent Dragon Bay, Moon Bay and Celestial Bay. The water here is crystalline, gentle and lovely. Along the two sides of the three bays are forests with alternate colors of green, yellow and golden, changing with the seasons. The trees, sky and clouds together project in the river, and appear a colorful reflection. Looking far into the distance, you can see the imposing Altai Mountains Range.

The visiting of the Three Bays can be interesting and relaxing. If you are lucky, you will see the illusory mist floating on the Kanas River in the early morning. You can walk on the well-paved plank road to the sightseeing platforms to enjoy the tranquil landscape, then walk from one bay to the next, or take park bus to save energy.

After the Three Bays exploration, keep traveling to Fish-watching Tower - the highest location of Kanas Scenic Area. En route take stops to visit Yazehu (Duck Moor Lake), a butterfly-lake lake, and Dianjiangtai where Genghis Khan once paraded his troops. The Fish-watching Tower is located at 2056 meters on a mountain at the outlet of Kanas Lake. One needs to walk about 1000 steps up to reach the tower, but the rewarding is handsome - a panoramic view of Kanas Lake, and stretching eyesight to the snow mountains of the Friendship Peak (4374m).

After the lake tour, take a park bus back to your hotel. The rest time is your own to relax.

  • Stunning Kanas River in August Stunning Kanas River in August
  • Moon Bay (autumn) - the iconic sight of Kanas Moon Bay (autumn) - the iconic sight of Kanas
  • Panoramic view of Kanas Lake from Fish-watching Tower Panoramic view of Kanas Lake from Fish-watching Tower

Day 4 Kanas Departure (B)

Kanas Burqin Airport drop off

Wake up in the peaceful morning of Kanas to have breakfast. The rest time of today is free until your driver escorts you to catch your flight to Urumqi or other destinations.

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The quotation for this trip is from Request Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in a local hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2023.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed(“B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flight to/off Kanas (we can book for you);
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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Photo gallery of this trip

  • Wooden house in Hemu Village Wooden house in Hemu Village
  • Visit a local Tuvas family in Hemu Village Visit a local Tuvas family in Hemu Village
  • Morning mist in Hemu Village in Autumn Morning mist in Hemu Village in Autumn
  • Beautiful scenery along Taiga Trail hiking Beautiful scenery along Taiga Trail hiking
  • Peaceful Hemu Village in Winter Peaceful Hemu Village in Winter
  • Stunning Kanas River in August Stunning Kanas River in August
  • Moon Bay (autumn) - the iconic sight of Kanas Moon Bay (autumn) - the iconic sight of Kanas
  • Panoramic view of Kanas Lake from Fish-watching Tower Panoramic view of Kanas Lake from Fish-watching Tower

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