Urumqi Attractions

Heavenly Lake
Heavenly Lake

 Silk Road
 Heavenly Lake
 Red Hill

 Kanas Nature Reserve & Hemu Village
 Keketuohai National Park
 Southern Mosque and Shaanxi Mosque
 Southern Pasture
 Tartar Mosque and Qinghai Mosque
 Tian Shan Mountains
 Tianshan Grand Canyon
 Xinjiang Regional Museum
 Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar

The tourist treasures of Urumqi outshine those of many other provinces and cities. As an important strategic locale in the ancient Silk Road and the gathering place of historic East-West exchanges, it is home to numerous cultural relics and historic treasures. Thirteen main ethnic minorities offer souvenirs of their enduring colorful customs. Located in the heartland of Eurasia, its unique location and natural environment form an enchanting picture alluring visitors from home and abroad.

Red Hill Park
Red Hill

One of the landmarks of the city is Red Hill with its emerald greenery, pagoda, and shrines. The hill rocks are reddish-brown, hence the name Red Hill. Historical sites on the hill once included the Ebo (stone cairn used by tribesmen to worship and sacrifice to their gods) built by the nomadic Oyrat Tribe; and the Temple of the Jade Emperor and the Temple of the Great Buddha built in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). These splendid temples attracted swarms of visitors and made the hill a holy place where worshipers chanted Buddhist sutras and conducted religious ceremonies. Unfortunately, almost all the buildings were destroyed during the war, leaving only the pagoda at the top. Today, local people regard the hill as the symbol of the city.

People's Park, also called 'the park for sharing happiness', is on the west bank of the Urumqi River. It was originally a stretch of marshland and lakes surrounded by luxuriant centuries-old trees. Now it is a scenic, tree-shaded park with pavilions and a lake where you can hire a rowboat. The best time to visit is in the morning when local people exercise.

Xinjiang Regional Museum
Xinjiang Regional Museum

Xinjiang Regional Museum located in the downtown area since 1953, displays archaeological treasures and local relics from the Silk Road. Cultural relics excavated on the ancient Silk Road include silk, pottery, porcelain, terra-cotta figures, weapons, scriptures, even some mummies discovered in the vast desert. In addition, articles from various ethnic groups are shown. These include clothing, household utensils, handicrafts, hunting tools, and musical instruments, as well as a Uygur house and various yurts.

The most famous landscape gem near Urumqi is Heavenly Lake (also named Tianchi Lake), particularly refreshing to visitors arriving in the city from the barren Xinjiang deserts or from China's granite cities. A moraine lake hemmed in by majestic snow-crowned peaks west of Bogda Mountain, Tianchi is 3,400 meters (11,125 feet) long, 1,500 meters (4920 feet) wide, 1,980 meters (6494 feet) above sea level. The pristine scene is stunning. A one-day tour usually consists of a boat ride on the lake, or a ride or walk along the lakeshore.

Southern Pasture is an area at the northern foot of Karawuquntag Mountain 75 kilometers (46 miles) south of Urumqi. One of the most spectacular spots here is the West White Poplar Gully. Traveling through this narrow verdant gully is a unique experience for sightseers who love snowcapped peaks, waterfalls, dragon-spruce trees and wild flowers. An ideal place for an excursion, visitors can take a horseback adventure guided by local Kazakhs.

Southern Pasture
Southern Pasture
Qinghai Mosque
Qinghai Mosque
In Urumqi, there are ten ethnic minorities practicing Islam. It boasts 263 mosques now. The famous ones include Tartar Mosque and Qinghai Mosque and Southern Mosque and Shaanxi Mosque. Tartar mosque is the center for peaceful Islamic activities in the city. And Southern Mosque is an important historic heritage site. This center of Moslem worship was built in 1919 and subsequently renovated on three different occasions.

Attraction around Urumqi: Kanas Nature Reserve boasts a beautiful natural ecosystem formed by lakes, rivers, glaciers, forests and grasslands.

- Last modified on Dec. 17, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Urumqi Attractions
Asked by Ali from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 03, 2018 10:15Reply
Urumqi and Tibet, can someone please advise me
I will be in Beijing in October. I also want to go to Urumqi and Tibet, can someone please advise me as to how I should go to Urumqi and Tibet.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jim from FINLAND | Sep. 03, 2018 22:58

You are suggested to take a flight directly. Although there are trains from BJ to the two cities, it takes about 40 hours and it's a too long journey.
Asked by Lok from MALAYSIA | Jun. 03, 2017 23:53Reply
Can anyone please provide any idea to get from Urumqi to the No. 1 Glacier.
Is there any public buses and which bus station to take. What is the last return bus schedule from Glacier.
Thank you.
Answers (2)
Answered by Andrew from USA | Jun. 09, 2017 01:58

Generally, people usually charter a car to the scenic spot directly. As the information on the internet, there might to be the shuttle bus at People’s Park in the early morning. However, due to the road conditions, you still need to walk couple kilometers when the bus arrives. Moreover, this bus may be cancelled if the passengers are not enough.
Answered by Clement Hoh from MALAYSIA | Aug. 27, 2017 13:47

May I know how much to Charter a car with driver to Glacier no.1?
Asked by sclok from MALAYSIA | Jan. 04, 2017 18:32Reply
travel to urumqi and kashgar in june

4 of us are from malaysia and will be travelling from Xi'an to Kashgar from 17/6/2017 to 9/7/2017 by train/buses. It's the fasting month (Ramadan) and on 26/6/17 is the Eid al-Fitr ( marks the end of Ramadan).
a. Are shops open during fasting month and during Eid al-Fitr?
b. Will we have problem in getting train tickets/bus tix or do we need to booked in advance?

Thank you

Answers (1)
Answered by Ablajan Jilil from CHINA | Jan. 05, 2017 00:01

Hi , Lok

Ramadan day time a few Uyghur resturants may close but open before fast breaking time , also Eid day still a lot of resturants and shos opend , pls remember that this region living a lot of Han chineseare people who not fast and celebrate Eid .

I sugguest you'd better to book your train ticket in advance . speacilly if you want to travel just before Eid , of course its depends on which area you will get at that time .

Good luck !
Ablajan Jilil ( Urumqi )
Asked by Naufier Mohamad from SINGAPORE | Oct. 08, 2016 05:37Reply
Accomodation and best location to stay in Urumqi in end of Nov.
Anyone can advice which is the best location to stay which is near attractions?
Thanks in advance
Answers (2)
Answered by Vivian from USA | Oct. 10, 2016 00:58

You are advised to stay near Red Hill Park. For instance, the Southern Airlines Pearl International Hotel at No. 576, South Youhao Road is highly recommended. The hotel offers clean environment and quality service. It is adjacent to Red Hill, Xinjiang Regional Musuem, People's Park, and Water Mill Valley. A standard room costs about CNY 550 per night. You can dial 86-0991-4568888 to book a room. Have a nice trip! :)
Answered by Naufier Mohamad from SINGAPORE | Oct. 10, 2016 03:54

Thanks for the advice....appreciate it....
Asked by Suzie from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 19, 2016 04:47Reply
I am planning to travel to Urumqi over the National Holidays at the beginning of October.
And am wondering if there will still be things open/ if I will still be able to go sightseeing on these days?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kate from SINGAPORE | Sep. 20, 2016 02:46

Dear Suzie, I paid a visit to the city over the National Day Holiday (October 1st to 7th) last year. Most attractions, shops and restaurants are open normally. You will enjoy your trip then! :)
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