Source: Global Times [14:14 July 11 2009]
In recent years, the city of Urumqi has developed fast in its economy, industry, culture as well as tourism and transportation. More choices for accommodation and dining, ranging from luxury hotels to budget hostels and from western restaurants to the local food street have been established.
Shopping in the International Grand Bazaar is a pleasant experience. Bargain hunting for handicraft souvenirs such as rugs, carpets, Uygur-style hats, knitted sweaters, ethnic costumes, hand-made embroideries and jade carvings, will definitely draw your intense interest. Nightlife in Urumqi provides multiple-range of choices such as watching the ethnic sing-and-dance show, tasting native delicacies in the night market, or simply hanging out in bars. Coming to Urumqi will not let you return to your country empty-handed.
There are two major ethnic groups, the Han Chinese and the Uyghur, who can mostly speak Mandarin, though with an accent, and Uyghur, a Turkic language. Other ethnic groups in Urumqi include Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Mongols and Hui Muslims.