These are the legendary pastures after which the city of Urumqi ( ''Beautiful Pastures'' in Mongolian) is named. The area lies to the south of the city on the northern foot of Karawuquntag Mountain only 75 kilometers (46 miles) south of Urumqi, stretching over 119 square kilometers (46 square miles).
West White Poplar Gully is perhaps the most famous of all the sights in Southern Pastures. A trek through the gully on foot or horseback will reward you with views of waterfalls, the snowy peak of Karawuquntag Mountain and the rich smell of dragon spruce trees. You may also come across traditional Kazakh yurts and be invited by your guides to join in with Kazakh dancing, or watch displays of horse riding. Your hosts at yurt rest-houses will welcome you with fragrant milk tea and roasted lamb, to keep you warm as the temperature cools overnight
Southern Pastures list of beauty spots seems endless, but include the East White Poplar Gully, Zhaobi Mountain, Miao'er Gully and Da'xi Gully.