China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park is a scenic area invested and founded by Xinjiang Yema Cultural Development. Established in 2005, this park covers an area of 200 mu. Most visitors are locals.

The park gathers rare and precious natural relics and cultural essence of the ancient Silk Road : Akhal-teke Horse Base, Ancient Petrified Woods, Millenium Populus Euphratica Forest, Black Iron Meteoric, Folk Custom Garden, Yema Art Gallery, which integrate as a unique and stunning picture scroll.

We were more excited to see the Akhal-teke Horse (汗血宝马).  But before you enter the horse camp, you need to pass through the ancient woods and meteorites irons. Chairman Mao Zedong Statue was seen decorated somewhere in the park.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood also known as stone tree is a type of fossil formed from a dead tree. Or we understand it as ‘wood turned into stone’ which took million years to form.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Millennium Populus Euphratica Forest

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Meteorite Stones

Black Iron Meteoric Stream it remain of a meteor which fell on the earth in Ice Age and it called “Lucky Stone” by people.  Meteorites show here which are mainly distributed in Altai region are iron meteorites.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Artifact Deco

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Pixiu has no anus!

Pixiu is known by the West as ‘Chimera’; a powerful protector of Feng Shui. Looks like lion and people who are into business love pixiu. They believe Pixiu has a large open mounth which grabs money and keeps it safe. One interesting fact about this mythical creature is that it has no anus. The money goes in will never come out. Hence businessmen love to display pixiu in front of their business building hoping to grab as much momey as possible and never let go any.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Deer Stones

About the deer stone, some people said that it is totem-pole for ancestors and horse fastening pile for the immortal, while someone believed that it is the  male’s penis. With a long-standing history, the deer stone could trace to 3000 years ago. The deer stone mainly scatters in Outer Mongolia and Inner Mongolia, the Altai Mountains of Xinjiang and almost the whole Eurasian grassland through Central Asia. People use the deer stone to worship, commemorate their belief and holy things. Every time famine occurred, ancestors would get together to the deer stone to pray.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Akhal-teke Horses Base /汗血宝马

Chinese Akhal-teke Horses Base has 89 adult horses and 8 newly born horses. These horse are beautiful, noble and amazing and they receive high praises from tourists and become a mysterious and beautiful landscape in this scenic spot.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

The Akhal-teke/汗血宝马 is a horse breed from Turkmenistan. They have a reputation for speed and endurance and intelligence. You will notice the breed is very tall and huge. The total amount is very rare, about 3,100 horses in the world.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Akhal-teke skin is thinner and when they run, the blood flows easily in the blood vessels, hence it is called “Sweat Blood Precious Horse”/ 汗血宝马. It gives an illusion of “blood bleeding” after the run.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

You can feed these horse here in the stable but beware of these animals as they aren’t tame.  They seems very agitated being held in the stable and I guess they want to have some freedom.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

These horses here appear to be very sad.  They certainly look different from the ordinary horses that we see in the grassland.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Akhal-teke special characteristic

Akhal-Teke is also best-known for it fine and silky hair which gives a special metallic sheen to any color.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

The appearance is unique, they are tall and the head are quite long and seem under nourish. The ears tend to be upright and expressive. The neck is set high and quite straight on the shoulders.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Wild Horse – Grandfather of the horses

Beside having Akhal-teke species, you also see ‘wild horse’ in this horse camp. Wild horse is know as Equus ferus and even more precious than Akhal-teke horse /汗血宝马 species. Wild horse are considered to be the immediate ancestor of the family horse. Their characteristics are closer to the prehistoric anscestors of horses than to domesticated horses. They look very small but stocky have a short neck, short back, stubby legs and thin tail base and short mane and forelock.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

There are several activities that you can do with horses, one of them is the sit in the Cinderella horse carriage and travel one round in the park.  Certainly not with the wild horses as they are not domesticated.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Final thoughts :

There are several interesting things found in Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park, such as million years Woods & Black Iron Meteoric from space & Akhal-teke Horse Base camp where you can see these precious horses in different colors in shinning coat.  Akhal-teke horses /汗血宝马 do look different from ordinary horses. You learn a lot about ancient horse culture in this park.

China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

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35 Replies to “China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马”

  1. I had never realized the depth of ancient horse culture in China. China is on my ten year plan. I’ll be sure to check this park out. 🙂

    1. Dear Deb,

      I learn quite a fair bit from this horse camp. You get to see different type of ancient horses and truly unique and aren’t those horses you seen in the farm if you observe carefully.

    1. Dear Laura,

      Petrified wood is millions of years old, making each piece incredibly antique and unique. Yema cultural center here spend a fortune to purchase these petrified wood back to this museum.

  2. I love this! Horses are a kind of big back in Maryland, USA (as we have an island full of small wild horses). I would check out this Chinese park for the horses!

  3. I smiled reading the legend of pixiu and why is the reason why businessmen like it. You can see from your photos the almost metallic color of the horses. They look so well taken care of.

    1. Dear Angelica,

      It was my first experience to see so many meteorite stones and petrified woods. I heard about metorite stone but never imagine I could see it in real life in this park. But my favorite is still the Akhal-teke and wild horse camp base. These endanger horses do look stunning and beautiful. Totally different from the domesticated horses in the farm.

  4. Wow, it looks like a nice place to visit and how fascinating to see and touch that stone tree. I can feel how happy and excited you are in exploring this place, it so beautiful!

    1. Dear Racheal,

      The meteorite stone displayed at the ecological parks are very precious and expensive. However I am surprised that they places these meteorite outdoor and not indoor.

  5. I love horses and I had a few when I was younger because I love to ride. I am amazed at how anatomy of horses enables them to make so fast and they have a well-developed sense of balance. I have learned so much about the ancient horse culture in China from your post and the horse camp.

    1. Dear Mariam,

      First timer of China, usually go to visit Beijing where you can see thousands years of history of China. Shanghai would give you a more recent history of hundreds years old. Ancient Ecological in Urumqi is in Xinjiang, a north west province in China. Xinjiang has total different experience. Well, China is just too big to explore.

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