Urumqi Travel Guide

Urumqi Overview

Urumqi is a modern city and capital of Xinjiang Uighur autonomous Region. It is very important transportation hub in central Asia which provides a great convenience for your trip in western part of China. Xinjiang Museum and Heavenly lake is the great destinations around Urumqi city.

Urumqi lies in the lofty ice-capped Bogda Peak with vast Salt Lake to the east, the rolling pine-covered Southern hill to the south, and the alternating fields and sand dunes of Zunggar Basin to the northwest.

The temperature in Urumqi widely ranges between day and night as it belongs to the semi-arid continental climate of middle temperate zone. The climate is extremely arid due to long period of sunlight and bare precipitation. It has shorter spring and autumn; and longer winter and summer. May to October is the golden season for traveling to Urumqi, when flowers are in full bloom and the fruits, like melons, are ripe with its fragrance. Here we should indicate that there are two hours time difference between Xinjiang and Beijing. The local working time is usually from 09:30 or 10:00. You had better not start your travel plan before 08:00 in the morning since it is still dark at that time.

Heavenly LakeTourist resources of Urumqi have its own advantages and distinctions, which are strategically important in the ancient Silk Road that assembles the cultures of both eastern and western countries. The most famous tourist spots among the numerous cultural relics and natural landscapes include the Heavenly Lake, the Southern Pastures, the Red Hill, the Southern Mosque, the Tartar Mosque, and the Xinjiang Regional Museum.
In recent years, the city of Urumqi has continuously developed its economy, industry, culture as well as tourism and transportation. More choices for accommodation and dining, ranging from luxury hotels to budget hostels and from western restaurants to the local food street have been established. Nightlife in Urumqi provides multiple-range of choices such as watching the ethnic sing-and-dance show, tasting native delicacies in the night market, or simply hanging out in bars. Coming to Urumqi will not let you return to your country empty-handed. Shopping in the International Grand Bazaar is a pleasant experience. Bargain hunting for handicraft souvenirs such as rugs, carpets, Uygur-style hats, knitted sweaters, ethnic costumes, hand-made embroideries and jade carvings, will definitely draw your intense interest.

Heavenly Lake

heavenly lake attraction
In the region of Xinjiang in Northwest China, lies Tianchi or Heavenly Lake, a virtual pearl placed in this mountainous area. Although it is located only 70 miles from Urumqi, this large lake with crystal waters feels like a world apart from this bustling city. Many visitors travel here for the spectacular scenery, as well boating and fishing in the summer months.

Xinjiang Museum

xinjiang museum
Urumqi Xinjiang Museum is a best place to study the culture of 12 different memories in Xinjiang as well as history of the Silk Road. There 4 sections like cultural Section, Historical Section , Mummies Section and clothes Section.

Southern Mountain pastryland



Southern Mountain (called Nanshan in Chinese) is located 75 kilometers (46 miles) south of Urumqi city, in the Southern Mountain, the area at the northern foot of Karawuquntag Mountain, a spur of the Tianshan Mountains, lies Nanshan Grassland( South Mountain Grassland), also known as West White Poplar Gully. Traveling through this narrow verdant gully is a unique experience for sightseers who love natural scenery like snowcapped peaks, dragon-spruce trees and wild flowers to name just a few of the beautiful things to see.

Dongkoruk Market

In Urumqi, a bazaar is more than just a place to buy things. It offers locals a place to enjoy the flavour of a festival, to have a rest and to meet with friends. People barter goods, exchange information, and even gossip at the bazaar market.

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