From Xinyuan, the well-known city of Guilin is approximately 100 miles (161 kilometers) to the northeast.
From big-ticket tourist hotspots to hidden gems slightly off the beaten path, the area around Xinyuan is dotted with fabulous things to see and do.
Houses of faith are often the best places to experience a region's spiritual traditions. The mosques of Xinjiang are certainly no exception.
This region also has a number of high-altitude experiences such as hot air ballooning.
Try out typical Xinjiang meals or drinks and get to the heart of the local culture. Mutton and pilau rice and Xinjiang big plate chicken are commonly enjoyed by travelers and locals alike.
Allowing time to practice a few handy words and phrases in the local tongue separates the enlightened travelers from the tourists. "Nǐ yào bú yào gēn wǒ tiàowǔ" is good to know. It means "Would you like todance with me?" A second handy one is "Zhèiwèi xiānsheng huì qīngdān" (This gentleman/lady will pay for everything).
When it's time to leave this special place, bid a fond Zàijiàn (farewell) to the people you've enjoyed getting to know and the special places you have seen.