Urumqi travel guide

Source: Global Times [16:25 July 10 2009]

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Urumqi skyline

TRANSPORTATION

Urumqi (Wulumuqi), the capital city of Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region, situated on the northern slope of the Tianshan, is the furthest city in the world from the ocean, founded in 1763. As the most land-locked area in the world, the city somewhat resembles a Russian industrial town. This is also a compulsory stop in terms of transportation since the Silk Road was opened up.

With a long history as an important trading center, the Han Chinese population dominates the city. Explore the old streets and the Uigur area known as Erdaoqiao, so that you can compare the different ways of living among the diverse ethnic groups.

For most travelers, Urumqi is only a quick stopover on the way to more attractive sights in Xinjiang
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Getting there and away

By air

Daily domestic flights to Beijing, Guangzhou and other major cities and to Kashgar internally are available. International flights to Moscow and Islamabad are also available (not all daily).

The Urumqi airport is 17km from the city. Either take a taxi for around Y40 or an airport shuttle bus for Y10, which terminates at Red Hill Park gate. Also, Bus No.51 (Y1/head) can take passengers to the downtown area.

By train

Urumqi is linked by rail to 6 major cities, including Xi'an, Shanghai(48 hours), Beijing(45 hours), Chengdu, Zhengzhou and  Lanzhou.Train services also connect Urumqi with other main cities in Xinjiang, such as Korla, Aksu, Kuitun, and Liuyuan.

The train station is in the southwest part of the city. It costs Y10 to take a taxi from the city center to the station. Bus #8 / #52 can also get you there.

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