Tekes Eight-Diagram City in Ili

Why is Tekes Eight-Diagram City So Special?

Guacheng is a radial circle, with streets like a magic maze. Roads are interlinked and streets are connected. At the same time, bagua city has rich folk customs, thick history and culture and beautiful natural scenery. This is a city where the people of 22 ethnic groups, including Saizhong, Yueshi, Wusun, Uighur, Turkic, Mongolian, Kirgiz, Kazakh, Uygur and Han, have all multiplied and lived in history.

Where is Tekes Eight-Diagram City

Located in Tekes County, Yili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,This is probably the only city in our country that does not need traffic lights now (relevant departments cancelled traffic lights on roads in 1996, thus Bagua City became a city without traffic lights).

Main Attraction of Tekes Eight-Diagram City

One City“-Bagua City. Tex County Town is laid out according to the Eight Diagrams of the Book of Changes. The whole county has a maze of 64 hexagram streets with roads and streets connected. The county is radial and circular with an area of 8 square kilometers. It is called solidified Zhouyi and tangible Zhouyi. In 2001, it was awarded the Guinness Book of World Records in Shanghai and was listed as a national historical and cultural city in 2007.

One Village“-Qiongkushitai National Historic and Cultural Village. It is one of the earliest villages settled by nomadic people in Ili Prefecture. It has a unique architectural style and retains many wooden houses with Kazakh nomadic characteristics in the 1950s and 1960s. In 2010, it was approved by the State Council as a national historical and cultural village.

One Grass“-Karajun Primitive Grassland. Typical alpine five-flower meadow natural steppe with a total area of 2848 square kilometers. Grade 3A scenic spot, praised by FAO officials as “one of the world’s few natural high-quality alpine grasslands”, was listed as the “Tianshan mountain in Xinjiang” nomination site for world natural heritage application in 2012.

One Mountain“-Wusun Mountain. The only mountain range named after Wusun in China (also known as Mount Temurik and Mount Arakhar), with an altitude of 2,000-3,500 meters, is an important passage through the Ili River valley, over Osaka and into Tekes. There are well-preserved cave painted rock paintings at the foot of the mountain, which are products of primitive society and have a history of 5,000 years. They are the first painted rock paintings of primitive human beings in Yili River Valley.

One Water“-Tex River. The largest tributary of Ili River is an international river, with a total length of 258 kilometers. The flow in Tex County is 99 kilometers long, with a basin area of 23,000 square kilometers and an annual runoff of 6 billion cubic meters, accounting for one third of the water in Ili River Valley.
“One Cave”-Kosan Cave National Forest Park. At an altitude of 1,500-3,500 meters, glaciers eroded mountain structures and geomorphology. Quaternary ancient glacier remains are well preserved. The typical karst landform has created the first karst cave in northwest China, which is of great scientific research value. It has successively won the titles of National Forest Geopark, National 3A Tourist Attraction and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Scenic Area.

One Spring“-Alashan Hot Spring. Along the way, the natural scenery is beautiful, the cultural landscape is unique, the hot spring water source is stable, the temperature is above 40℃ in the four seasons, it is rich in more than 40 kinds of minerals and trace active elements such as sulfur, iron, phosphorus, sulfate, etc., and has high medical and health care value.
“One Road”-Wusun Ancient Road. The world-famous “Silk Road” is the only route that ancient soldiers must take. Along the way, there are a large number of ancient tombs and castles in Wusun, which is a restricted 8.5-grade hiking route and is extremely difficult to challenge.

Tex County has beautiful scenery. With an average annual temperature of 5.3 degrees Celsius, it is neither hot nor cold and is the best resort for summer tourism. There are the largest Kosan karst cave in the northwest region, the Karajun prairie, which is praised by experts of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization as one of the few high-quality grasslands in the world, the Tex Reservoir with 56 square kilometers of water surface, and the Cook Sulin Forest, the second largest Oishinohayashi in the country. Tekes Bagua City-a town that embodies the cultural connotation of the Book of Changes and has a strange and mysterious form of bagua has begun to take shape. In addition, around Bagua City, there are a large number of Wusun tombs, ancient rock paintings and grassland stone people, as well as pastoral areas with pleasant climate and picturesque scenery, primitive forests and hot spring resorts. For example, the Karajun grassland that Chinese and foreign tourists yearn for, the hot spring of Akeshan in the deep forest and Akekule Lake at an altitude of 3800 meters are all tourist summer resorts.

Best Time to Travel Tekes Eight-Diagram City

Every autumn, that is, August and September, is the best time to visit Ili.

At this time, the weather began to cool and the fruits began to mature. This is a very suitable time to travel. At this time, most scenic spots began to hang attractive gold. Let’s travel in the golden ocean. The natural scenery around Ili is very beautiful. In our spare time , we take our family to Ili to play, eat delicious fruits and enjoy different local conditions and customs. I believe this is a very beautiful moment and a very happy memory.

How to Get There

  • It is 119 kilometers away from Yining City. Yining Grand World Station runs several shuttle buses to Tex every day.

Useful Travel Tips

  • The morning light in summer in Xinjiang is earlier, it is about 6:30 in the morning in the plain area and it will light up at about 7:00 in the mountain area, but breakfast in Xinjiang hotels usually starts at 8:30, lunch time is 13: 00-14: 30, dinner time is about 19: 30-20: 30, and the sun will not set until 22:30 in the evening, so pay attention to adjust the time difference when traveling to Xinjiang.
  • Xinjiang has a large number of halal meals, mainly beef and mutton. Cities also have Sichuan, Hunan, Guangdong and other local restaurants with national characteristics. In remote areas and scenic spots, halal meals are the main food. Pasta is the main staple food in Xinjiang, but rice is the main food for group meals. Sheep meat is the main meat in Xinjiang, and the smell of mutton is very small, which is acceptable to the general public.

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Edited by Doreen/张洋