Altay Airport is an airport serving Altay, a city in the autonomous region of Xinjiang in the People's Republic of China. The airport serves two carriers, China Southern Airlines and Tianjin Airlines, which connect the city to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Altay Airport located in the southern suburbs of Altay city, about 10 kms from the city center.
Altay is a county-level city of just 561,667 residents (2000). The opening of the airport in 1956 allowed greater access to this remote but beautiful region and supported the thriving tourist industry in this quiet community. There are several hotels and restaurants within the city center that cater to travelers. Visitors must try the local specialties such as roast whole lamb, shish kebab, yogurt and milk tea.
As for shopping, local products in Altay include embroidery, tapestry, and traditional musical instruments.
Altay's residents are ethnic Kazakh majority. Kazak people are the majority living in the Altay area, and they have some taboos in daily life. Please respect their custom and habits when visiting the area.
Currently, there are no rail services to the city of Altay. Long-distance buses and car rentals are available between Altay and other counties and cities in Xinjiang. The most common way to travel to Altay is still by air, connecting through Urumqi International Airport.
Visitors to Altay will enjoy a variety of attractions that are just a short drive from the city centre. This quiet, small city is a gateway to the vast landscape of the northern Xinjiang region. Scenic attractions just outside the city attract sightseers, backpackers and photography buffs.
Starting from the scenic drive to famous Kanas Lake, visitors will be enthralled by the beautiful views of the region and see Kazach tents and Tuwa wood houses and of course a lot of sheep, horses and cows.
Stone Man Statues are 3000-year old statues, usually seen in pairs, that dot the grasslands facing the east. The most famous of these are the Turkic warrior statues that date back to the Tang Dynasty.
Crouching Dragon Bay, Immortal Bay, Moon Bay are romantic names that suit the view and are the must see places along the river flowing into Kanas Lake.
Kanas Lake lies near the Altay Mountain is also known as the oriental Sweden, with its picturesque lakes and stunning views. It is China’s deepest freshwater lake.
Kanas in Mongolian means “lake in canyon”. Tucked in the lush forests and mountains of Altay, Kanas Lake is known for its changing colors with every change of weather and seasons or vantage point. as you travel around the lake and move higher up the mountain, Kanas Lake takes on a different color.
At the south bank of Kanas Lake,is one of the most beautiful villages in China. This picturesque town is home to Tuwa tribe, the local ethnic minority that have lived here for centuries. You can walk around or go on horseback to explore the local culture and enjoy the scenery.
The Irtysh River originating from the Altai Mountain, flows through Altay and finally flows into the Arctic Ocean. It is the second longest river in Xinjiang and famous for the beautiful scenery. There are also many rivers, lakes and grassland.
Located in the Irtysh River, this is not really a beach but a colorful landform along the riverbank formed by the long time of water and wind erosion. This masterpiece of nature with its amazing array of colors is best enjoyed just before sunset.
Altay and its surrounding areas has a temperate continent climate and the best time to visit is between July and September. Find the best flight for you by searching for promo fares to Altay on Skyscanner.
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