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Aletai (阿勒泰; Ālètài; also known as Altay) is a city in Xinjiang Province of China. Go 100 km or so in any direction except south and you hit a border: Mongolia to the east, Russia to the north, Khazakstan to the west.

Get in[edit]

Map of Aletai

By plane[edit]

The Aletai City airport (AAT) is 17 km from the town center and can be reached by taxi. The only destinations you can fly to are Urumqi and Yining.The airport only operates 5 months in each year and close during winter.

By train[edit]

Overnight trains arrive from Urumqi via Kuytun and Beitun. Allow 9 to 10 hours. Pickup a bus from the Aletai station to town 5RMB.

By bus[edit]

The bus station is at Tuanjie Road.

  • Burqin — takes about 1.5–2 hours, a bus every hour, costs ¥21
  • Urumqi — takes about 12 hours, sleeper ¥160-170
  • Yining — takes about 2 days

Get around[edit]

In place of buses or taxis, .

By bus[edit]

Aletai buses cost ¥1 per person between any two stops within the town. Just put ¥1 in the container.

  • 101 — from the bus station will to the city center, People's Square (人民广场) and near the PSB
  • 1 — from the bus station to city center

Regional buses from Aletai[edit]

The following services were available from the bus station on Tuanjie Road (200m north of Yinshui Rd corner) as 5-Oct-2019. May change seasonally. Alternative spellings possible

Destination Direction Distance Cost Departure Times
Burqin West 107km ¥24 10:00 and every hour until 19:00
Beitun Sth West 60km 12¥ On demand as buses fill. Rail service.
Fuhai Sth West 98km 23¥ On demand as buses fill for Beitun
Fuyun Sth East 230km 60¥ 10:00 and every hour until 17:00
Ginggil/Qinggil Sth East 314km 74¥ 10:00, 12:00, 16:00
Kaba/Habahe Nth West 161km 36¥ 11:00 via Burqin
Jeminay West 196km 57¥ 10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 16:00


  • Birch Forest Park. Prime bird-watching spot as well as amply endowed with wildflowers.


Difficult to find anything to do here, it takes 1 hour to walk through the town, though doing some shopping is not a bad idea.


All kinds of chirstals.


Lamb shishkebab, in local dialect is called Kebab, and in Chinese is called Yangrouchuer. Beshbarmak, the traditional dish of the Kazakhs is a mixture of boiled lamb, potatoes, carrots and noodles usually eaten with the hands.


  • Original Kazak yoghurt, in Kazak is called airan. In Chinese it is Suannai.


  • Aletai Diqu Hotel (Aletai Diqu Bingguan) (in city center, alone the Kelang River), +86 906 2122188. Local three star hotel, probably the best you can find, no one speak English there, the hotel restaurant is also decent.
  • Bus Station G.H (just beside the bus station). Clean rooms and hot water. Double ¥100.
  • Golden Bridge Hotel (in city center), +86 906 2127566. Local three star hotel, no one speak English.
  • Postal Hotel (next to the post office). Two star hotel. They do not speak English. Pay no attention to the marked prices and bargain it down to ¥140.



  • PSB - visa extensions. M-F 10AM-noon, 1PM-6PM. Can give you just 7-10 days and will probably send you to Urumqi. Nobody speaks English. ¥160.

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