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About Aksu

Aksu lies on the northwest edge of the Taklamakan Desert on the upper reaches of the Tarim River. The name Aksu means “city of white water” in the Uyghur language, and the city was an important stop along the ancient Silk Road. It is the homeland of the ancient Buddhist Kucha and Duolang cultures and has been nicknamed the “Jiangnan of Outer China” because of its scenic beauty. The area is an important source of grain and cotton. It is also known in China and abroad for its specialty products of Chinese dates (jujubes), walnuts, Fuji apples, apricots, Xinjiang fragrant pears, grapes, and Hami melon. It is well-known for its delicious melons. Famous attractions include the Tianshan Shenmi Grand Canyon (天山神秘大峡谷 - “Heavenly Mountain Mysterious Grand Canyon”), the Tianshan Numinous Wood Garden, and Tianshan Tuomu'er Peak (天山托木尔峰).

Popular Attractions in Aksu

The Mysterious Grand Canyon of Tianshan Mountains
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The Mysterious Grand Canyon of Tianshan Mountains is also known as the Keziliya Grand Canyon, located in the northern part of Kuche County in Akesu, Xinjiang. The word Keziliya means "red cliffs" in Uyghur and comes from the Grand Canyon's huge reddish-brown mountains. The reddish-brown mountains of the Mysterious Grand Canyon of the Tianshan Mountains lurch upward into the sky with great momentum, like a cluster of burning flames in the sunlight.
Kuche Royal Palace
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Exhibition Hall
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Kuche Royal Palace is situated in Second Kuqa City, Aksu, Shinjiang. It was built on the order of Qing Emperor Qianlong to commend President Edui's assistance and contribution in quashing the Daixiao Hezhuo resistance movement. It has several hundreds of years of history. The current palace is a reconstruction on the old site based on Dawuti Maihesuti's memory. It shows the unique characteristics of the palace as well as the history and unique dining culture of King Uyghur.
Wensu Grand Canyon
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Kuqa Bazaar
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Kuqa Bazaar is a bustling area of Kuqa. It is located at New Tuanjie Bridge. The head of the bridge used to be the port if the ancient Kucha Kingdom. It is still lively today and is a great place to experience local atmoshphere. There are countless donkey carts under the bridge, where many everyday products are sold. Other than the Kuqa old port, there are also ancient forms of business, as well as specialty food and fruits. It is a great place to experience Uyghurs folk culture -- definitely worth a visit!

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