Hemu Village

As the most attractive, and primitive village in Kanas. Hemu Village is known as "the first village in China". It is a exquisite and unique wooden house village with small bridge and flowing water, snow peaks, forests, grasslands, blue sky and white clouds, which is quite magnificent.

Introduction of Hemu Village

Hemu is the paradise of photographer, Many might have already heard of the serene beauty of Kanas Lake, but here in Hemu Village, the green grassland, boundless forest and misty snowcapped mountains welcome you to a hidden Chinese fairyland. the scenic Area is located in Burqin County, Altay District, about 30 kilometres east of Kanas Lake. It is a small village inhabited by Kazakhs and Tuwa people. Generally, tourists will visit Hemu Village and Kanas Lake Scenic Area together when they visit North Xinjiang.

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Must See in Hemu Village

1) The primitive villages and Tuva ethnic group in Hemu

Hemu Village is the most remote and largest of the three residences of Tuva ethnic group. The other two are Kanas Village and Baihaba Village, both in Xinjiang.

The locals have kept their simple and ancient lifestyle and many still make a living by animal husbandry. Their residential area is characterized by wooden houses scattered across the village. The roof is generally nailed with wood and each door opens to the east.

2) Hemu River and Hemu Viewing Platform

Opposite the residential area is the Hemu River whose water comes from the snow mountain. There are two bridges over the river that people usually call the Hemu Bridges. One is for visitors to walk across the river to the Hemu viewing platform, and the other is mostly used for local herders and their livestock to cross. 

Hemu Village is definitely a paradise for shutterbugs. Both sunrises and sunsets offer a wonderful chance for stunning photos. When the night approaches, the sky adorned with numerous stars creates a mysterious and mesmerizing view. You can simply lie down on the ground, gaze at the stars and empty your mind.

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Best Time to Hemu Village

The best season for visiting Hemu Village is from June to October, at this time, the birch trees on both sides of the village have golden leaves, and the top of the mountain begins to snow into a small snow mountain, like a fairy tale.

1) Visit Hemu Village during the autumn season

Many simply can't resist the temptation to visit Hemu Village during the autumn season when the golden leaves cast a glow over the whole village. The mountains and forests are reflected on the water, forming a surreal watercolour painting. You might also be able to witness the lake change its colour several times a day.

2) Visit Hemu Village during the winter season

Growing winter tourism has given the homestay business a shot in the arm in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.Diverse winter fun programs and more trains and flights have heated up the region's winter.Local authorities now offer more than 130 tourism activities through March last year, and major scenic spots provide free or discounted skiing and dining tickets.Hemu has special winter activities almost every week, such as ski and bonfire parties."I'd never seen so much snow in my life, and it was fun to ski and play in the snow in ways the locals recommended," says a traveler, who was also impressed by the homestays in Hemu, where he experienced local winter folk activities. 


Take a flight to Urumqi first and then transfer to Burqin Kanas Airport. A road trip is highly recommended to get to the destination and also tour around Xinjiang.