Urumqi Travel Tips

A bird
A bird's eye view of Urumqi
Population: about 1.88 million

Area: 10,989 square km (about 4,243 square miles)

Zip code: 830000

Area Code 0991

Toilet facilities: using toilets in the downtown area of Urumqi costs about 0.2 Yuan.

Post office:
Yangzijiang Lu Branch (city center): 4, Yangzijiang Lu
Jie Fang Bei Lu Branch (city center): 61, Jiefang Bei Lu
Beijing Lu Branch (south suburb): 5, Henan Xi Lu

Urumqi Branch of Bank of China offers currency exchange service. Address: 343, Jiefang Nan Lu.

China Agricultural Bank
China Agricultural Bank
Urumqi No. 1 People's Hospital
Address: 91, Jiankang Lu
Shi You Yi Hospital
Address: 22, Shengli Lu

Emergency Numbers
Fire: 119
Traffic: 122
Ambulance: 120
Police: 110

Useful Numbers
First Aid Center: 2833000
Zip code inquiring: 184
Phone number inquiring: 114
Tourist complaint: 2831902

Famous university:
Xinjiang University: 14, Shengli Lu

Xinjiang Agricultural University
Xinjiang Agricultural University

Important Notes
1. Do not shake water off your wet hands in public.
2. Do not irritate Muslims by eating pork and by speaking about pigs in their presence.
3. Respect the customs and habits of ethnic minorities.
4. Protect yourselves against the elements in all seasons. Be careful about your drinking water. Boil it first.
5. You will come upon spectacular scenery, so do bring your photographic equipment along.
6. Avoid drinking hot tea after eating fruits to avoid diarrhea.
7. Though the 'clock time' in Xinjiang is just the same as the rest of the country, in fact there is a two hour difference in longitude between Urumqi and Beijing. For this reason the daily working hours are: 10:00 - 14:00, 15:30 - 19:30

While traveling there, you should modify you rest and dining times to be two hours later than if you were in a city in Middle China, otherwise you might feel out of step with local life. But don't forget that bus, train and flights all adopt Beijing Time. If you booked a flight to arrive or depart the city at around 08:00, then you may find it is quite dark at that time. Please keep this in mind when making reservations.

Wuyi Night Market
May 1 Night Market, Urumqi

For many people their day begins at nightfall. You will see Urumqi street crowds making the most of their night lives. Places where people go for pleasure in their leisure have multiplied in this remote and inland city. In the shadow of brisk night market and gallant plaza, a lot of interesting restaurants, cafes, open-air bars and clubs have sprung catering to the needs and entertainment of people from all walks of life.

Go to May the First Night Market (Wuyi Yeshi) for the local food. It is the most popular gourmet downtown street. Food stalls in this street are well stocked with everything from kebabs to soup. People meet their families or friends here for relaxation as well as sampling the delicacies. The night market opens from 8:00pm to 1:00am daily.

Ethnic Singing and Dancing Show
Uygur Singing and Dancing Show

You can go to the Merry Square of the International Grand Bazaar in the evening to catch the Ethnic Singing and Dancing Show. There are two choices open for you. You may either see it in the open air or in the Banquet hall. The open-air option does not cost you money, but you had better be there well before the show starts at 6:00pm to find yourself a spot. The Banquet hall option charges you about 168 Yuan for dinner (buffet) and show.

Bars, a long establishment of the modern city, do reflect the unique regional culture. Most bars are in the city center. In the prosperous Jiefang Nan Lu, you come across dozens of pubs, internet cafes, bowling clubs, tea and coffee bars, and so on.

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- Last updated on Jul. 18, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Urumqi Travel Tips
Asked by Marizan Nor Basirun from MALAYSIA | Aug. 03, 2019 23:20Reply
My wife and I, 60 yrs old Malaysian (Musims) planned to travel to Urumqi in late Sept 2019.
We prefer to travel to the interesting places in Urumqi on hired car. We therefore would like to be introduced and get in touch with licensed private driver. Please.
Answers (1)
Answered by Justice from CANADA | Aug. 07, 2019 01:42

Well, I didn't have the exact contact number about the private car drivers. Upon landing, you can consult the staff at the airport or railway station. Generally speaking, it won't be difficulty for you to find a car company. Have a nice journey!
Asked by Sufiy from MALAYSIA | Nov. 20, 2018 20:06Reply
I wll staying at urumqi for 3 days, can you suggest hotel 3star to 5 star with muslim/halal food?
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Answered by Madge from CANADA | Nov. 22, 2018 17:23

Sugang Hotel is recommended to you. It is an 5-star hotel and located at No.751 East Xihong Road, Shuimogou District. There is a halal good dining room in this hotel. Hope helpful!
Asked by Kay from SINGAPORE | Oct. 26, 2015 10:28Reply
Kashgar & Northern Xinjiang - Spring or Autumn?
We are planning to go to Kashgar, Tashkurgan, Kuqa, Naraty, Swan Lake, Sarym Lake & Kanas Lake next year.
Understand autumn will be lovely time to visit. However, are also considering spring/summer.

Would the views be just as stunning as autumn with will flowers ? If yes, what month would be a good time? How about the weather?
Answers (3)
Answered by Hank from SINGAPORE | Oct. 27, 2015 21:48

It will be still a little cold in Spring. Considering your demand, Summer is more recommended and the best timing is Jul. Aug. and Sep. when the plants, trees, and flowers are flourishing. The weather condition will also be pleasant.

During these months, it is hot in the daytime and summer clothes are needed. In the nighttime, it cools down quickly and you even need a light jacket. Anyway, sunny days will be the majority.
Answered by Kay from SINGAPORE | Nov. 02, 2015 07:22

Thanks Hank for the info. Much appreciated!
Answered by ablajanj from CHINA | Dec. 22, 2015 07:32

Hi, Best time travel to this region is from mid June to Late september . September is only good for Kanas area when the leaf change color but other grasslands - Narat , Sayram , Swan lak will not green any more and could be dry in September . so i think better to consider Mid june to August .

Good luck !

Ablajan Jilil
Asked by Lee from CANADA | Jul. 28, 2013 19:08Reply
6dys ,2of us,advice...taking tour with private guide to Urumqi,,or going there in hotel for days tour.60ages +
Answers (3)
Answered by Ryan from USA | Jul. 28, 2013 20:05

If you are more than 60 years old and are not very familiar with that city, it is suggested to join a local tour to travel when you reach there.
For booking a tour, you can turn to the hotel you live for help.
Answered by Ablajan Jilil from URUMQI ,CHINA | Aug. 05, 2013 09:10

Hi ,

I am a local private driver and licensed tour guide in Urumqi , if you need any information pls get back to me !

Ablajan Jilil
Answered by John from USA | Jul. 15, 2014 21:12

I am arriving at the airport at 17:55 on August 17. What is the best way to get to Turpan? I have a hotel reserved for that night in Turpan. I am interested a tour of the sites in Turpan for two days and then I'm returning to Umq for two more days. Any suggestions on the best way to do this itinerary are welcome.
Asked by ted dean from UNITED STATES | Apr. 14, 2013 07:35Reply
postal code in Xinjiang
i want to send a pickage to a friend i need to know how to send it to them to make shore that thay get it indefinite ! i need full postal code room 501, unit 4,block 11, Tinjin-road north 186,
Urumchi city, XJ province, china postal code 830000
i need full postal code please to send then something bye mail yhank you

ted ......
Answers (1)
Answered by Sara | Apr. 15, 2013 01:32

It is 830011.
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