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Urumqi (乌鲁木齐; Wulumuqi) is the capital of Xinjiang, China's far western province, and is home to about two and a half million people, with vast majority of its inhabitants being Han Chinese. While Urumqi is said to be the most inland city on earth - that is, the farthest from any ocean - it is nonetheless surrounded by an abundance of dramatic natural wonders, from the snow-capped Tian Shan Mountains to the deep blue waters of the Tian Chi Lake. The city's former past as a prominent stop on the Silk Road gives it a wealth of historic and artistic wonders, including teeming bazaars, a flavorful, rich cuisine, a multi-ethnic, multicultural population, and archaeological artifacts and relics. Urumqi presents a side of China little-seen by outsiders, a bustling, culturally distinct city little-changed since the days of spice caravans and itinerant traders.

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This new city, a product of China’s recent boom, is the regional transport hub and a useful base for exploring the surrounding region.

Dahlia Ding
China Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Urumqi

Tian-Chi-(Heavenly-Lake)

Tian Chi (Heavenly Lake)

Visit the south bank of Tian Chi, the Heavenly Lake, which is situated to the east of the Tian Shan Mountain range outside Urumqi. Cross the lake by boat and take in the majestic mountains, glaciers and forests that surround it.

Urumqi-Grand-Bazaar

Urumqi Grand Bazaar

Browse the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s foremost consumer paradises; a raucous, dynamic mix of peoples and products from all over Central Asia, Russia and Mongolia. Items on sale include, among others, fine rugs of silk and wool, assorted spices, fine grapes and melons (for which Xinjiang is famous), and the distinct fat-tailed sheep - a breed of sheep known for its hardiness and considerable tail fat, which can account for almost twenty percent of its total body weight.

Xinjiang-Region-Museum

Xinjiang Region Museum

Meet a curator for a privately guided tour of the Xinjiang Region Museum, whose collection includes 3000-year-old mummies on display, and gain insight into the history of the most ancient states along the Silk Road.

Urumqi-Night-Market

Urumqi Night Market

Take in the local blend of central Asian and Chinese cultures on display at the local night market. Dine in the city’s backstreets on sumptuous Uighur and Hui (Chinese Muslim) food such as lamb kebabs, sprinkled with cumin and grilled over charcoal; lamian, or hand-stretched noodles in steaming broth; or dapanji, chicken roasted in a giant pan with vegetables.

Mount-Bogda-Hike

Mount Bogda Hike

More adventurous travelers can hike and camp at the foot of Mount Bogda, then watch the sun rise at 10,600 feet (3,230 meters) above sea level, where there is a magnificent view of the countryside and the Heavenly Lake.

Kazakh-Nomads

Kazakh Nomads

Visit a nomadic Kazakh family, who are usually situated south of the city on the "Southern Pasture". Have a rare chance to understand the local Kazakh nomads and their way of life.


Best Time to Visit Urumqi

Best time to visit Urumqi is from May to October, as Urumqi winters are long and bitterly cold. The harvest time for grapes from July to October is particularly popular. It is generally dry in Urumqi, which makes the summer temperatures more bearable.

Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
-8
Feb
-5
Mar
3
Apr
15
May
23
Jun
27
Jul
30
Aug
29
Sep
23
Oct
13
Nov
1
Dec
-5
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
7
Feb
8
Mar
17
Apr
26
May
31
Jun
32
Jul
25
Aug
20
Sep
21
Oct
19
Nov
14
Dec
10
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
-8ºC
7mm

FEB
-5ºC
8mm

MAR
3ºC
17mm

APR
15ºC
26mm

MAY
23ºC
31mm

JUN
27ºC
32mm

JUL
30ºC
25mm

AUG
29ºC
20mm

SEP
23ºC
21mm

OCT
13ºC
19mm

NOV
1ºC
14mm

DEC
-5ºC
10mm

Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

  • 01

    Huocheng Lavendar Base, west of Urumqi, blooms in June, and has skiiing in the winter.

  • 02

    July to October is the harvest season for grapes in Grape Valley.


Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Urumqi, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Urumqi on a bespoke touring itinerary to China, do not hesitate to contact us.
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