As one of the popular travel destinations in Xinjiang, Keketuohai is a town of Fuyun County, Altay Prefecture, is a national geological park. It is inhabited by herders of the Kazak and Mongolian ethnic minorities and is noted for the changing beauty throughout the year.
Introduction of Keketuohai:
Featuring beautiful natural scenery such as valleys, rivers, peaks, forests, mines, and seismic belts, the park was listed as a UNESCO World Geopark in 2017.
Keketuohai in the Kazak language means green woods. But in the Mongolian language, it means the blue river bends due to the fact that the gorgeous Irtysh River flows through it.
What to visit?
Inside Keketuohai, the Taiga along the banks of the sapphire blue Irtysh River brings vitality to the Irtysh Grand Canyon. The waterfall-like granite canyon is a masterpiece of nature.
The rapid Irtysh River that runs from east to west is the only river in China that flows into the Arctic Ocean. Its headstream lies in the coldest place in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. When the river flows through its cradle, it leaves the ridgy Irtysh grand canyon on both banks, creating a marvellous scene.
Best time to visit:
Every June to October is the best time to travel to Keketuohai. In winter, the river still runs through, with vapour rising into the air to create a sense of mystery. Mountains stand aloft against the white background of snow and rime, just like an exquisite ink wash painting.
Keketuohai was once a celebrated mining area, and the No.3 Mineral Vein here used to be the top national secret and the greatest treasure. It has 86 kinds of minerals while there are only 140 kinds of minerals known in the world, and it earned national fame, as minerals in the area were used in the country's aerospace and defence industries.
Today, a ski resort has been put into use in Keketuohai, attracting ski lovers from all over the world.