Urumqi Overview

Chinese Name: 乌鲁木齐 English IPA: /'ʊrʊmtʃɪ/ Location: Situated in the middle of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Population (city): 2,220,000 Language: Lanyin official dialect, Uygur language, Kazak language, Mandarin, etc. Main Nationality: Han, Uygur, the Hui and Kazak Nationality Zip code: 830000 Time zone: UTC+6

Urumqi, commonly known as “Wushi” and formerly called “Dihua”, is the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and the political, economic, cultural, scientific, educational and transportation center of Xinjiang. Urumqi, now listed in the Guinness Book of Records, is a large city that is the most inland and furthest from the sea and coastline in the world.

Urumqi was originally developed as a city which benefited from the garrison of Qing Dynasty in Xinjiang. In 1763, Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty expanded the construction of the city and renamed it Dihua. In 1884, Dihua became the capital of Xinjiang Province and became the political center of Xinjiang. In 1954, it was renamed Urumqi, which means “beautiful pasture” in Mongolian. Urumqi is a national garden city, an excellent tourist city, a national model city of national unity and progress, and a national civilized city.


  • Regional Culture: Urumqi is an important city on the new north road of the ancient Silk Road, the economic and cultural exchange center between the east and the west and a gathering place of western culture and Chinese culture.
  • Streets with Ethnic Styles: Streets like Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar, Minjie Street and Erdaoqiao that have strong ethnic customs hangjiang became famous tourist attractions and are known from home and abroad.
  • Wonderful Tourist Resources: Urumqi is an important tourist distribution center and destination in Xinjiang and even the whole country. It offers not only snow and ice landscape, mountain forest landscape and grassland landscape, as well as humanistic landscape with ethnic characteristics.
  • High-quality Fruit: Owing to large differences of the temperature between day and night, fruit here is with high quality and is famous in China. Excellent fresh fruit brings quiet good dry fruit.

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Urumqi Attractions

As a popular tourist destination, there are lots of tourist sites and scenic spots that you could visit and enjoy, such as Silk Road International Ski Resort, Heaven Lake of Celestial Mountains, Nanshan Pasture, Museum of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Shuimogou Park (水磨沟公园), Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar (新疆国际大巴扎), Xinjiang Silk Road Museum, Tianshan Grand Canyon, Chaiwobao Lake (柴窝堡湖), No.1 Glacier of Tianshan Mountains (天山一号冰川), Nanshan Mountain Scenic Spot, Hongshan Mountain, the Geographical Center [...]

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Urumqi Tours

As a significant city of the Silk Road, together with its unique ethnic culture and customs, Urumqi is a recommended destination for tourists. There are a lot of tourist sites and scenic spots so that you’d better plan your trip in advance. To provide you some information about tour in Urumqi, we have some tour for you here, such as 1 Day Urumqi City Tour with Heavenly Lake and Grand Bazaar, 1 Day Urumqi City Tour with Xinjiang [...]

Climate & When to Go

Spring The spring of Urumqi arrives late. Its northern suburb areas welcome spring earlier, the date is on March 26 or so. It arrives the city center two weeks later, about April 8th.. Then, about 10 days later (April 20th or so), southern suburbs can see the life of green. Every year, spring ends from north to south. Rainfall in this season accounts for 40% of annual precipitation, which is favorable for spring sowing and upland crops. Summer In summer, Urumqi is covered [...]

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As the capital city of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Urumqi provide convenient transportation linking with plane around as well as lots of far away from it. In order to get you know more about Urumqi transportation, this part provides you information about plane, train, long-distance bus, subway, bus, etc. Here are the details. How to Get to & Leave Urumqi By Air Urumqi is one of the cities that one of China's seven civil aviation administrations locates. Also, it is the eight major [...]

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Festivals and Activities

In order to offer you convenience for your visiting there, we would give you some information of some festivals and activities in Urumqi below. Corban Festival Time: December 10th of the Islamic calendar Activities: In the early morning of the festival, Muslims bathe and then wear neat and formal clothes to go to the mosque to attend their ceremonies. Whether in the cities or the countryside squire, grand Maxrap dancing shows are held. Colorful and wonderful decoration is made during the event. [...]

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Travel Tips

Useful Telephone Numbers City Code: 0991 Zip code: 830000 Fire: 119 Ambulance: 120 Police: 110 Emergency Center: 0991-2833000 Tourist Complaint: 0991-2831902 Diwopu Airport: 0991-3801453 Post Offices Development Area Post Office: No.316 Zhongya South Road Chengzhuti Post Office: No.194 Wuyi Road Bagang Post Office: Zhaoyangxijie Strert Daqinglu Post Office: No443 Aletai Road Global EMS Express: No173 Tianchi Road Time of Sunrise Because of the use of a single time zone for all of China, the sun is 2 hours and 10 minutes behind China Standard Time (CST = UTC+8). During early January the [...]

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Useful Maps

Our Urumqi maps cover different types of useful maps including Urumqi location Map, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Map, Urumqi City Map, Urumqi Attractions Map, Urumqi Subway Map, Scenic Spots Around Urumqi Map, etc. to help you better understand about Urumqi city and plan your dreamlike Urumqi tour. [...]

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Urumqi Accommodation

As the most important economic, political and cultural center in northwest China, Urumqi is a mature tourism city with millions of visitors every year. Therefore, it is quite convenient to find ideal hotels of your own favorite, ranging from luxury and modern 5-star hotels to local featured hostel, from economical hotels to youth hostels. Among thousands of Urumqi hotels, you can choose to stay around scenic spots for the convenience of sightseeing, or stay around railway station and bus station for [...]

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