A yurt is a portable dwelling structure traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises a crown or compression wheel, usually steam bent, supported by roof ribs which are bent down at the end where they meet the lattice wall (again, steam bent). The top of the wall is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs. The structure is usually covered by layers of fabric and sheep's wool felt for insulation and weatherproofing.
These mobile houses are quite popular in warm season in Xinjiang. Kazakhs put it at many touristic places and it is a good chance to spend a night here or even some days. Fee is usually much lower than in a hotel but hospitality is even warmer.
Yurt is quite a comfortable house. It saves people from cold wind or heat. In the middle of the yurt is situated a fireplace, and the yurt has a special hole to allow smoke to leave the yurt, so it’s always warm and comfortable here.
Hosts in the yurts also can cook traditional food for you for a small price, speak with you, tell some stories about life in outskirts.
If you decide to spend some time in the yurt, you should take warm blanket, because nights may be really cold even next to fireplace. Don’t allow your rest to be spoiled and prepare well. Also, you will need some money for paying to hosts and maybe give some small presents like chocolate for children of the hosts. It will make your rest in yurt much warm and splendid.
Living in yurt is a good experience for people who are tired of urban life and would like to have some new experience. Also, it is absolutely safe.
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