Urumqi Travel Guide

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    Modern city with high buildings
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Urumqi Highlights

  • Pro
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     Friendly people; ethnic melting pot; frontier spirit 

  • Con
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     Remote location 

  • In a nutshell
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     It's a beautiful place! Unbelievable 

Urumqi Things to Do

  • Fruit and Vegetable Market

    The liveliest place in town is this bustling market. You can just find everything on this bazaar: exotic fruits, rare vegetables, meat from various animals.I found it very astonishing, that people, who can afford this (and there seem to be quite a lot!), drive into the bazaar with their big cars or with a taxi, jump out, go to the stall and buy...

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  • Hong Shan Park

    Hong Shan Park is located on and around the highest hill in Urumqi, the Red Mountain. The red Pagoda on the top of the 150m high hill is from 1788. In the park are some pagodas, squares and ponds. There is also a nice and quiet Buddhist Temple, that is about 100 years old. From Hongshan you have a great view of modern Urumqi and the Tianshan...

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  • Regional Museum

    If you are starting your trip of Silkroad or Western China in Urumqi, then the Regional Museum ( Qu Bowuguan) is an absolute must! It houses a detailed exhibition of minority people, their dresses, living circumstances and art, living in Xinjiang Province. Here you see how to distinguish Uygurs from Mongolians, which musical instruments they use...

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  • Xinjiang Regional Museum

    This is probably the biggest attraction for visitors to Urumqi. On the ground floor are exhibits about the many differerent peoples of Xinjiang Province (Uighurs, Kazakhs, Manchus, Kirghiz, Russians etc.) including typical costumes, musical instruments and other artefacts, as well as a yurt.Upstairs can be found the centuries-old mummies from the...

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  • Go to the Park

    There is a good view of the city from the Red Hill Park. For an even better view, you can go up inside the bit pagoda (but take care, as the stairs are steep). You can also see a smaller pagoda which is said to imprison a dragon. If the dragon breaks free from beneath this pagoda and that on the opposite hill, it is said that the city would be...

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  • Shop in the bazaar

    There is a large bazaar housed in a new building. It is a strange mix of traditional bazaar and modern shopping mall. If you can't make it to Turpan, this is a good place to try the local raisins.

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Urumqi Restaurants

  • A piece of home away from home

    The rendezvous is situated on 960 YAN AN Road in the south end of Urumqi next to the silkroad Hotel. Busses 912, 63, 106,16 stop right outside the doors coming from the north. It is opened for 5 years now and have built a reputation for cakes and great fast food. They serve a range of wraps, pizza's and burgers among others. They also serve...

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  • Tex-Mex, Steaks, and Burgers in Urumqi

    This is legit Tex-Mex and Soutwestern style steaks/burgers/pasta washed down with a cold beer or shake. Excellent food. Don't miss the fresh cakes of the day. Its foreign owned and the local staff are excellent with pretty decent English. You can do wireless internet and browse the travel books. The interior of the place is completely old Texas...

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  • Tex-Mex, Steaks, and Burgers in Urumqi

    This is legit Tex-Mex and Soutwestern style steaks/burgers/pasta washed down with a cold beer or shake. Excellent food. Don't miss the fresh cakes of the day. Its foreign owned and the local staff are excellent with pretty decent English. You can do wireless internet and browse the travel books. The interior of the place is completely old Texas...

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Urumqi Nightlife

  • A Must Go!

    In case you are one of the three people who enjoyed the film "Bridges of Madison County" you can relive the movie at a somewhat popular bar in Urumqi, China! Yes, while Urumqi can be said to have a certain derth of quality nightlife (unless you like communist drinking halls), the Bridges of Madison County Bar is an interesting place to visit! Keep...

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  • Fubar

    Fubar is the only bar in Urumqi catering for the expat community and tourists. It's owned by an Irishman, New Zealander and a Japanese guy. They've been living in Urumqi for over 4 years and are a mine of information concerning everyaspect of the XinJiang, from what to do and great travel and touring advice. They also plan and organise tailor made...

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  • o00o's Nightlife Tip

    even in summer night, the temparature may just get as low as 10C, a jacket is a must.. have a stroll at Jie Fang Road at night.

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Urumqi Transportation

  • Bus from Urumqi to Turpan

    To catch to bus to Turpan, you can but a ticket ahead of time at SanTunBei at the Southern Long distance bus station. It is near the giant ferris wheel by the SanTunBei reservoir you can see on the map in the south. You get a taxi or can catch the local bus 915 from the Southern Train Station if you take the BRT Line 1 to the end at the train...

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  • Flying to Urumqi

    Normally, there will be an airplane transit at Chengdu city in Sichuan province if you intend to go to Urumqi from other parts of Asia. The time is about 3 hours.

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  • Railway Booking Office

    As the CITS office in the Lonely Planet Guide is long gone, the best place to get your railway ticket is in the Railway Booking Office at the office alongside the Leiyuan Binguan at the far end of the street that is almost opposite the Holiday Inn.Booking a railway ticket is just way below the dignity of the witless lady in the Holiday Inn business...

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Urumqi Shopping

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  • Good selection of carpets

    Many carpet shops on the second floor of the new Erdaqiao market buiding in Urumqi.There are three names listed here, but they seem to work together to some extent in shops B65 and B48.All three are very trustworthy and they shipped carpets to Beijing. All arrived in perfect condition.Liu Zhencai: Shop B65Tel: 13039453937Ibrahim: Shop B48Tel: 0991...

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Urumqi Local Customs

  • Wedding

    Like in many countries May and June are the preferred months for a big wedding. In China and of course in Urumqi you'll find many shops specialised on organizing the weddings. One part of it is, that the big car is decorated as a wedding car. It is a must for the people to have a car as big as possible.

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  • Granat Apple Juice

    In the big Bazaar and also at other places fresh granatapple juice is offered. The Juice stalls are a very beautiful sight with the red fruits and nicely decorated.The juice is very nice and refreshing.

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  • CHINESE LANGUAGEThe Chinese...

    CHINESE LANGUAGEThe Chinese written language consists of some 50,000 characters, or ideograms, of which around 10,000 are still in modern usage. However, pronunciation of these ideograms varies enormously from region to region, since there are many dialects such as Cantonese in Guangdong province, Fujianese in Fujian province and Shanghainese in...

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Urumqi Warnings and Dangers

  • Ice and marble don't go well together!

    It never ceases to amaze me how building designers in northern Chinese sities put large quantities of marble and fake marble as large pavements. In the winter these become absolutely treacherous!Take great care when walking on marble or smooth surfaces when it is icy.The man in this photo took one step backwards..and ended up on his bottom!

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  • Beware of the cold!

    It sounds a no-brainer, but it is essential to be very careful in Urumqi. The temperatures get very, very low (it was minus 20 C when I was there in December) and it is also a windy city meaning that the windchill factor lowers the temperature even further.You can get frostbite within 20 minutes of skin exposure to these kinds of...

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  • watch out for pickpockets

    people are generally very kind like in this pic, however, some younger pickpockets are very skilled like well trained, keeping your day bag in front, watch out young people or teens close to you. local Market like “er dao ciao” is well know as tourist spot with many money belts say “ciao” to its owner. It is not save to wandering around in small...

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Urumqi Tourist Traps

  • Urumqi Uyghur

    Hello , i am uyghur and i live in urumqi , i can help you , i am about to be a tour guied and my sister is a tour guied ,and i would like to be your friend, i have been learning english for 3 years now , if you come to Urumqi you dont need to pay for tour guied because i am here ,if any one need a help like this i would like to help because i like...

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  • Urumqi Uyghur

    Hello , i am uyghur and i live in urumqi , i can help you , i am about to be a tour guied and my sister is a tour guied ,and i would like to be your friend, i have been learning english for 3 years now , if you come to Urumqi you dont need to pay for tour guied because i am here ,if any one need a help like this i would like to help because i like...

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  • Compulsory Shopping

    Our local guide more or less obliged us to go to two government-run souvenir shops on our way to the airport, saying that he had to get a form stamped. We had been warned that this might happen, but found it hard to say no.In the shops themselves, it was not possible to browse without assistants hovering and starting on the hard sell. This was...

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Urumqi What to Pack

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    Wear good hiking shoes, if you're walking around the ancient cities you're going to be doing some hilly terain. This is a good idea anywhere in China, actually, there's always a lot to see and the best way is by foot or bike. Bring a hat or buy one there to block the sun and stay cool. Also, if you're going to wear shorts have some kind of wrap...

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    fox fur on the street snake mummy for soup

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Urumqi Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit the Kazak settlement

    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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  • Shanxi Mosque

    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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  • Geographic centre of Asia continent

    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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  • Time Zone Problems

    Remember: Urumqi (and all of Xinjiang Province) are on the same timezone as Beijing. Even though, Urumqi should be approximately 4 or 5 timezones behind Beijing they are the same. Thank the People's Republic for this divine wisdom! In practice, this means that when you wake up at 8:00 AM, it is still pitch dark in the streets (time schedules are...

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  • History

    Urumqi has been the center of nomadic movements and merchants on the Big Silkroad.History goes back to Han-Dynasty, when they build a military and administrative outpost in this western borderregion. When this northern part of the silkroad gained more importance in 6th and 7th century Urumqi also grew. In 9th century Uygur people, a Turk nomad...

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  • The City's Name

    "Urumqi" means "A Beautiful Pasture Land" in ancient Mongolian used by the Junggar tribe, which used to live in this area. In Chinese Language it is called "Wulumuqi". The Ancient Luntai, as Urumqi was called when founded in 7th century, played quite a significant a role on the northern route of Silk Road in the Tang Dynasty, was the only town of...

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