China : Xinjiang – Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach – Wu Chai Tan / 新疆五彩滩

China : Xinjiang - Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach - Wu Chai Tan /五彩滩

Wuchaitan is located in Burqin County, located in the northernmost part of Xinjiang. The colorful Beach is a famous attraction on the Irtysh River in Burqin County, about 24 km from Buerqin city. For the past few days, we have seen similar landscape such as Zhangye Danxia Mountain in Gansu Province. What make Wuchaitan/Five Colored Beach different from Zhangye Danxia is there is a river flowing throw and it is called Irtysh River.

China : Xinjiang - Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach - Wu Chai Tan /五彩滩

Burqin County is part of Altay mountain, bordering with Kazakhtan, Russia and Mongolia. There are 21 enthnic groups including Kazakhstan, Han, Hui and Mongolia live in Burqin. We had our lunch at Buerqin town before reaching to Wuchaitan in the afternoon.

China : Xinjiang - Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach - Wu Chai Tan /五彩滩

After few days staying in Xinjiang, we are kind of use to the tight security and seen police officers everywhere.  Spotted this group of police officers at the entrance of Wuchaitan.

China : Xinjiang - Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach - Wu Chai Tan /五彩滩

China : Xinjiang - Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach - Wu Chai Tan /五彩滩

1. River Irtysh – Only river in China reach to Arctic Ocean

What make Wuchaitan different and special is its located next to River Irtysh and also the only river in China whose waters reach the Arctic Ocean.

China : Xinjiang - Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach - Wu Chai Tan /五彩滩

2. Sunset is best timing but beware of the Fierce Mosquitoes Attacks!

The color of the rocks here is changing according to the timing you come in. People usually choose the sunset timing as the weather is cooler. During the sunset, the color of the rocks is mainly red, with little green, yellow, white and black. However, the fierce mosquitoes attacks are unbearable during sunset. Luckily we were here at around 2pm, the hottest timing but then free from the mosquitoes attack. If you choose to come during sunset, you need to get fully protected – wear long and thick sleeves and bring along the insects spray.

China : Xinjiang - Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach - Wu Chai Tan /五彩滩

Wooden pathways snake through the colorful rocks to facilitate different angles for various photographic opportunities.

China : Xinjiang - Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach - Wu Chai Tan /五彩滩

3. How Long to spend in Wuchaitan?

You need roughly 1-2 hour to explore Wuchaitan.  There is no shelters along the wooden pathways. So bring along umbrella and scarf to protect from the sun. Plenty of sunscreen too!

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4. Try to Listen to the Mysterious Sounds!

The rock formations ranging from 5 to 25 meters in height due to the wind erosion. On windy days, the Wuchaitan will become mysterious with different strange sounds coming from the gaps of rocks.

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5. Why there are different colors in these rocks?

Wuchaitan is also surrounded by white planted wind farm on the opposite side of the river, which made the backdrops different taste. If you observe the below picture, you can see the rocks are in different colors. This is due to various type of mineral found in these rocks and caused the different color tone.

China : Xinjiang - Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach - Wu Chai Tan /五彩滩

Towards the end of the wooden pathways, there is a shop which sell some souvenirs such as Gobi stones & Gold Jade and cold drinks.

JInsiyu 金丝玉 / Golden Jade & Gobi Stone

Golden Jade also known as Jinsiyu is a precious type of jade produced in Xinjiang’s ancient silk road along Gobi desert. The color is usually yellow, red and white.

The Gobi stone as the name suggest is found in Gobi desert. The shape is diverse and the color is usually red, sallow and mud green etc.  Beautiful and highly appreciated for stones collectors.

During my silk road trip, I have seen these two type of stones selling in most of the tourist spots and learn that these two were found in Gobi Desert.

China : Xinjiang - Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach - Wu Chai Tan /五彩滩

China : Xinjiang - Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach - Wu Chai Tan /五彩滩

Final thoughts :

Wuchaitan is super hot place to visit in the afternoon during summer.  But then the people are lesser as compared to cooler month such as Sept and October.  Beware of the mosquitoes attacks during sunset. There are very fierce would even penetrate through thick clothes, so you still need an insect spray.

People usually stop by Wuchaitan as they are doing Kanas Lake way up to Mount Altay.

China : Xinjiang - Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach - Wu Chai Tan /五彩滩

 

39 Replies to “China : Xinjiang – Top 5 things you need to know in 5 Colored Beach – Wu Chai Tan / 新疆五彩滩”

    1. Dear Christina,

      Xinjiang has too many beautiful places to visit and Wuchaitan is just one of them. This place is more popular among the local tourists and many would do a stop on the way to Kanas Lake.

    1. Dear Kam,
      Visiting China enable you to look into the past and ponder into its future. This is truly a sleeping giant, the country is changing so fast that every time I re-visit there is something different. This part of china I visited was in the northern part of China, called Xinjiang, it has the most enchanting landscape in the world, which include the second largest desert Taklamakan Desert and also some famous mountain ranges such as Tianshan and Altay and Kunlun.

  1. This place looks awesome and doable. Whenever we get time we would love to visit Burqin County, this place looks doable in winters, Love the photographs. Thanks for sharing the article on this place. And as you mentioned Wuchaitan look it best at sunset, we are not going to miss this.

  2. I have never been to China but I would love to visit there some day! If I do get there, I will definitely check Wuchaitan out because it sounds AMAZING!! I probably will not go at sunset, mosquitos love me. haha

    1. Dear Amanda,

      Explore China as soon as possible before it get too expensive. Now RMB is still very affordable but I am not sure few years down the road due to the rapid growth. China has the incredible long history of 5000 years, breath taking scenery and view and don’t forget the cheap shopping and delicious food.

  3. I have never seen pictures of anything like this! I won’t have any trouble with the mosquitoes…unfortunately they are fierce around where I live all the time

    1. Dear Sarah,

      Glad you are not afraid of the mosquitoes, that is so brave of you. I am not sure why mosquitoes love me so much and chasing me all the time, probably due to my high body heat. I heard the studies have shown that mosquitoes are most attracted to Type O blood and least attracted to Type A.

  4. Xinjiang really has a lot of beautiful views and spots to offer and honestly I have never knew this place until I visit and read your blog. Thank you for sharing how beautiful place Xinjiang is.

  5. I’ve never heard of this spot, but it looks like a perfect place to visit during summer holidays. I’m impressed with wind farm power, as it’s a great way to save energy and it’s eco-friendly too. I’m adding this place to my bucketlist! 🙂

  6. I have to be honest, this isn’t what I had mind when I saw the word beach. But this looks like it’s worth experiencing, I would definitely need sunscreen and an umbrella and a lot of water to get through it.

  7. This is the first time I hear about WuChaiTan and I’m so glad I stopped to read your article! The place looks beautiful and definitely worth it to visit!

  8. Wow. I have never seen anything like this before. I am not sure I could handle the open wooden path, though. I sunburn with or without sunscreen and shade LOL

  9. I love China and have been a few times. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to visit Wuchaitan. Thank you for sharing your experiences there.

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