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.
UnderstandKanas is a nature reserve in the Altay mountains of northern Xinjiang famed for its alpine scenery Kanas lake.
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 60RMB, 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.
Flora and fauna
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 yuan). 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 220 RMB and double day tickets cost around 360 RMB in which you can stay in Hemu village at night in Kazakh Yuts.
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.
Stay one night at Hemu village.
There are some souvenir shops inside the lake and you can buy jade stones from the entry gate of the lake. But be sure to bargain and check whether its genuine or not.
There is a buffet restaurant in the park serving bland Chinese food for about 35 yuan. Another famous local cuisine is fat-rumped lamb, usually grilled can cost as mush as 2,000 CNY per lamb. If you want authentic but reasonable priced Kazakh or Mongolian better to eat in Burqin or Altay (or Urumqi).
If you happen to bump into any Kazakhs in this thorough Hanified park, ask for koumys (fermented mare's milk) or shubat (fermented camel milk). There is also nǎijiǔ (奶酒, literally means "milk wine"), a fermented milk drink said to be favored by Ghengis Khan. Most drinks in the park are moderately overpriced.
The place is quiet safe but private drivers outside the lake might cheat you and take more money from you. The price from Kanas lake to Burqin city costs 80 RMB per person.