Urumqi Off The Beaten Path

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    Make time to see the REAL...

    by bokononist Written Sep 13, 2002

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    Make time to see the REAL grape valley, not the fake one designed for the tourists. You can talk to some of the farmers there and they'll likely invite you in to see how they live - this is outside a farmer's house, where they sleep and eat under vines in the summer.

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    Shanxi Mosque

    by victorwkf Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    Shanxi Mosque, China

    This is the largest mosque of the Hui people in Urumqi and is located in Yonghezheng Lane at the northern end of Jianzhong Street. It was build about 100 years ago during the Qing dynasty and is worth a visit.

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    THE BORDERAny border has a...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    THE BORDER
    Any border has a sense of 'nowhere land', desolation and solitude, but this one in the middle of the Taklamakan Desert was specially isolated. You could fell like being in the middle of nowhere!

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    WATER MELONSIf you go to a...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    WATER MELONS
    If you go to a local market (highly recommendable) you must try the watermelons. They are everywhere, you'll see them in big piles on the floor. They are very sweet and, in summer, very refreshing too!

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    FASHION SHOPSThe shops in...

    by SirRichard Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    FASHION SHOPS
    The shops in this area are very caractheristic. They show big painted signs in the outside but have no windows showing the clothes. Go inside and discover it yourself.

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    JOHN'S INFORMATION...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    JOHN'S INFORMATION CAFE
    Johncafe@hotmail.com
    John's Information Cafe is the centre of tourist life in Turpan. 'John' is in fact a Chinese entrepreneur who seems to know better than anyone in China how to cater to budget travellers - he also has branches in Kashgar and Urumqi. The cafes also double as useful travel agencies, though there are rumours that John reports on the activities of travellers to the authorities. If you are planning anything illegal (such as crossing from Kashgar to Tibet), you might be advised not to talk about it here. They have internet too: 2$ for 30 minutes.
    As for the food, Western breakfasts, buttered toast, cheese omelettes, yogurt with honey, and coffee are all available here under the trellises - as well as quite reasonable Chinese dishes. John's is also a nice place to try the local Turpan wine. The red stuff is sweet and thick like port, but some of the white is very drinkable indeed if you are willing to stretch to about ยด30 a bottle. The outdoor cafe at the back of the Turpan Guesthouse also has an English menu, and is quite a nice place to drink beer, especially in the evenings when you can listen in on the live Uigur singing and dancing performances taking place nearby.

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    not many travellers travel out...

    by keiji Written Aug 25, 2002

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    not many travellers travel out of urumqi when they go to xinjiang. there's this lake called bosten in heshuo county about 7hrs away by bus. it is commonly known as golden sands beach since it's surrounding 'beach' has golden coloured sands although the sand isn't fine. quite a nice place. they have speed boats to take you to some island in the lake although i couldn't quite see it.

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    A tower of Ivory from Xin...

    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    A tower of Ivory from Xin Jiang







    the view on the highway from Tolfan to Urumqi, do't fall asleep during the journey otherwise you will miss this.

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  • No. 1 Glacier The trip to...

    by wypip Written Aug 24, 2002

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    No. 1 Glacier The trip to No. 1 Glacier depends on the weather greatly. Because the roads are winding and dangerous, there won't be tours on rainy days or windy days.To visit the place it is better to join the local tour.

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    Visit the Kazak settlement

    by victorwkf Written Mar 21, 2004

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    Kazak horse riding, China

    You should visit one of the Kazak settlements outside the city to have a better understanding of their nomadic lifestyle and their culture, food etc.

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    Tianshan Mountains

    by victorwkf Updated Jul 14, 2003

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    The Tianshan Mountains surrounding Urumqi can be explored via day excursions from the city, especially the remote Tianshan No. 1 Glacier.

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    Geographic centre of Asia continent

    by victorwkf Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    Centre of Asia Structure, China

    There is a permanent structure about 30kn south-west of Urumqi which marks the geographic centre of the Asia continent. The structure looks like an A shape and is worth a visit.

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    the view on the highway from...

    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    the view on the highway from Tolfan to Urumqi, do't fall asleep during the journey otherwise you will miss this.

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    Vicky discovered that shops in...

    by klchong Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Vicky discovered that shops in the old cities in XinJiang have their own styles. People always draw their products and services in front of the shops. (picture : street, Kashi)

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