Welcome to Bù'ěrjīn
Bù’ěrjīn (布尔津), also known as Burqin, is 620km north of Ürümqi, and marks the end of the desert-like Jungar Basin and the beginning of the lusher sub-Siberian birch forests and mountains to the north. The town’s population is mainly Kazakh, but there are also Russians, Han, Uyghur and Tuvans.
The town itself is clean and friendly, and has clear architectural influences from nearby Russia. There's little to see and do, but it's a pleasant place to start or end a journey to the magnificent Kanas Lake Nature Reserve.