Urumqi (Ürümqi) belongs to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and is its administrative center. From the ancient Mongolian language “Urumchi” means “beautiful pasture”. And it’s true: the city center is located on the territory of an oasis, on the one hand, sandwiched between the snow-covered peak of Bogdo (Eastern Tien Shan), and on the other – a large salt lake.
Urumqi is a popular excursion destination known since the times of the Silk Road. Here is the Daban area, where the famous Erdaoqiao market, the beautiful Nanshan Alpine meadows of Juhuatai and the picturesque White Poplar Gorge are located.
According to wholevehicles.com, Diwopu International Airport receives flights from major major cities in China and Southeast Asia. Urumqi also has three stations – South, West and North, from which trains leave for all the main cities of the country.
Cuisine and restaurants
In Urumqi, you can find restaurants of Sichuan, Guangdong and, of course, national cuisines everywhere, where they cook in Uighur, Mongolian and Hui. You should definitely try the Xinjiang barbecue, baked sheep, nan and pilaf. The best local dessert is Xinjiang melons.
Treatment in Urumqi
Shuymogou camp site, 5 km from Urumqi: picturesque slopes covered with perennials, an ancient shrine and pavilions. The local warm spring (+28…30 °С) is popular, the water of which contains potassium, sodium, magnesium, radon, zinc and other minerals. The spring water helps in the treatment of rheumatism and skin diseases, in addition, it can be drunk.
Weather in Urumqi
The climate in Urumqi is harsh, sharply continental. Summers are hot, dry, winters are cold, frosty, with little snow.
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Entertainment and attractions in Urumqi
The landscape area “Mountain Screen” is located 80 km south of Urumqi, in the mountain valley of Krauchen. At the entrance to the valley rises a stone rock resembling a screen, which gave the name to this place. Lush pasture meadows and dense groves are spread here, a river flows. The area is accessible at any time of the day. There is a regular bus from Urumqi to Banfangou township center.
“Heavenly Lake” (Tianchi) is located in the Tien Shan mountains, in the Bogdo Peak area, in the Bogdo-Ola mountain system, 110 km from Urumqi. The lake has the shape of a crescent, its length is 3400 m, the maximum depth is 105 m. Surrounded by green mountains, this lake looks very picturesque, the water in it is clean and transparent, it is not without reason that the name “Tienshan Pearl” has become stronger behind it.
Tienshan International Ski Base is located 65 km from Urumqi. Entrance ticket 10 CNY. Season: beginning of June – mid-October, mid-November – mid-February. Tel: 0991-4635380.