The main city of the region is a big modern city, with broad avenues, big hotels, but not very charming. Anyway, is a good basecamp for many excursions around it (Heavenly Lake, Gaochang, Bizaklik...).
Is the farthest city from sea on Earth. There are excursions to the mountains, including the place where Russia, Kazakstan, Mongolia and China meet.
TIAN CHI LAKE LANDSCAPES
Tianch is a beautiful highland lake, flanked by rugged pines and cypresses, and with clear waters that reflect the surrounding mountains. In winter, it provides an ideal alpine skating rink. In fact, China's winter skating games have been held there.
The city of Turpan is an oasis in the middle of the dessert. Their green streets and patios give you a fresh break after so much sand. The local residents have not only covered all the main streets and walkways of the town with vine trellises, converting them into delightful shady green tunnels (see photo), but have also managed to retain a relatively easy-going manner even in the heady economic climate of modern China. There are still few cars (there were when I was), and donkey carts remain the preferred mode of transport.
In summer the weather is reputedly the hottest in China - the dry heat is so soporific that there is little call to do anything but sleep or sip cool drinks in outdoor cafes with other tourists. This may not be what you came to China for, but quite a lot of people appreciate it by the time they reach Turpan.
Dun Huang -
the skylines of Urumqi will always give you wrong impression to forget that you are on your journey to Silk Road.
the bird view of the largest city of Xing Jiang.
It's about 4 to 5 hours bus from Urumqi. The most characteristic of this city is the grape frameworks that cover almost all the streets in the city, as shown in the photo.
Besides improve the outlook of city, it also has function in protect the passenagers from the direct sunshine.
Fondest memory: The train from Urumqi to Kashi took 27 hours but it caught in a sand storm on the way and was trapped on the rail for 15 hours.(The window of our carriage was broken by the wind and 5 of the carriages were unhooked due to unknown reasons.)Therefore, we spent 42 hours on the train totally.
Favorite thing: During the weekends, a lot of people can be seen on the streets especially in the shopping areas. Some of them are there just to hang out and relax by the streets.
Favorite thing: Managed to bump into this group of cute children on a street in Urumqi. They seems to be enjoying themselves :)
Favorite thing: Some offices in Urumqi would have their staff do some exercises e.g. jogging in the morning before they start work. You can sometimes see them on the streets.
Favorite thing: No trip to Urumqi will be complete without visiting Tianchi or Heavenly Lake in english. This lake is formed by the glacier waters from the Tianshan Mountains.
Favorite thing: Mutton is one of the main food in Urumqi and Xinjiang, and there are many mutton dishes available. Sometimes you can see people selling mutton on the streets.
Eat on the street! The Uyghur people are amazing and so nice.
Fondest memory: I absolutely loved the culture and the people there. Both Han Chinese and Uyghur people were so hospitable.
Favorite thing: the skylines of Urumqi will always give you wrong impression to forget that you are on your journey to Silk Road.
Fondest memory: Water melon, my favour, and other fruit, can be bought easily in the street. They are cheap and delicious. (picture : marketplace, Kashi)
Fondest memory: On the way to the mountains near Kuqa, shepherds led their goats to grassland. Traffic congestion always appears throughout the trip.