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Urumqi Travel Guide
Geographical Position
Being the furthest from any ocean, Urumqi is the most inland major city in the world. Urumqi lies in a section of northern foot, south edge of Junggar Basin in Tian Mountain. Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It is known to foreign visitors mainly for its role as the last stopover along the "Silk Road".

Area
Xinjiang occupies about one sixth area of China. As the largest city in Xinjiang, Urumqi has an area of 10,989 km². The average elevation is 800 meters.

Population
At the end of 2008, the total population of Urumqi City is 2,360,500. The natural population growth rate is 0.55 %.

Nationalities
The city"s rich cultural diversity is demonstrated by many ethnic minorities in the area. There are two major ethnic groups, the Han Chinese and the Uyghur. Other ethnic groups in Urumqi include Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Mongols and Hui Muslims.

Weather
Urumqi has a continental climate. The four seasons in Urumqi is quite distinctive. The hottest time is July and August while the coldest time is January. The best time to travel the region is from May to October.

Major Attractions
Red Hill, Heavenly Lake, Southern Pasture, Xinjiang Regional Museum, Night Market

Urumqi Shopping
Urumqi Shopping

As the center of politic, economy and cultural of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Urumqi is provided with local products of the whole region.

Urumqi is also famous for its fruits, such as hami melon, almonds, pomegranates, figs, peaches, grapes and apples. There are many shopping places in Urumqi. Jiangfang Road, Minzhu Road and Zhongshan Road are the largest commercial centers of Urumqi. Erdaoqiao Bazaar is a great place for regional specialty items, and many goods from nearby countries.

Urumqi Dining
Urumqi Dining

The culinary culture of Urumqi is both rich and unique. As both the Uigur and Hui minorities are Muslim, most of the dishes adopt lamb and mutton as the main ingredient. Pork is rare in Urumqi. Only Hans eat pork here. So it is important to remember to respect this tradition in Urumqi. The typical Xinjiang food includes Baked Mutton Kebabs, Xinjiang noodles, Paermuding, and Uigur rice, etc.

Urumqi Weather
Urumqi Weather

Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang which is the most northwestern city and the most inland major city in China. Urumqi belongs to semiarid continental climate of middle temperate zone.
Urumqi has shorter spring and autumn and longer summer and winter. Spring in Urumqi comes comparatively late. Summer in Urumqi is flowery and lush. The difference in temperature of day and night in Urumqi is quite great even in summer. You need to take a coat with you when traveling there in the hottest month. Winter in Urumqi is cold, and the average temperature is minus 15.2 degrees.

Urumqi Nightlife
Urumqi Nightlife

Urumqi is a city with different minorities. People there love singing and dancing. You can go to some entertainment square and enjoy their performances at night. You can also go to the night market to relax yourself. There are a lot of restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars along the street. For most local people, their day begins at nightfall.


Urumqi Attraction
Urumqi Attraction

"Urumqi" means "exquisite pasture" in Mongolian. Urumqi, which played an important role during the ancient Silk Road, is considered as an excellent tourism city in China now.

The real highlights in Urumqi are the wonderful scenery in the nearby countryside. Urumqi is endowed with an abundance of tourist attractions, such as Red Hill, People"s park, Xinjiang Regional Museum, Heavenly Lake, Southern Pasture and so on.

Urumqi Transportation
Urumqi Transportation

Urumqi has a developed transportation network, including airport, rural highway and railway. Urumqi Diwopu International Airport is one of the most important airports in China northwestern area. There are two Railway Stations, West Railway Station and South Railway Station in Urumqi. Three National Roads take Urumqi as their departure stations.


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