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How to get to Urumqi from Beijing

Saturday, June 25th, 2011
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Beijing Urumqi Flight CA1901, June 24, 2011

Plan your Urumqi tour? Over a dozen of daily flights running between Beijing and Urumqi ( Capital of Xinjiang), which take more than 4 hours’non-stop flight. The flight time is basically longer than that of almost all flights wittin West Europe. China is huge geographically.

The 4 hour flights are largely operated by Air China, Southern China Airline and Hainan Airline. Don’t get confused when you use different airlines for different termnals. Terminal 3 for Air China, Terminal 2 for Southern China Airline and Terminal 1 for Hainan Airline.

Urumqi Diwobao Airport is about 20 northwest of the center of Urumqi. The city of Umruqi has three terminals. Terminal 1 is designated for accommodating the passerngers going on Urumqi and 5 Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan…); Terminal 2 for passengers using Southern Airline and also for Internatonal flights to Macao, Hong Kong…; Terminal 1 for Air China and domestic flights.

At the time of writing, only one fast and direct train connecting Beijing and Urumqi – T69(10:13 – next day 18:59), 33 hours and 46 minutes. The train starts from Beijing West Railway Station.

Urumqi Railway Station is located in the south of the city of Urumqi.

Tip:  Hassle-free Urumqi Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Urumqi Guided Tours:

Urumqi Highlight Day Tour  from US$119 p/p
Urumqi Pasture Excursion Day Tour  from US$89 p/p
Urumqi 4 Day Tour    from US$419 p/p
Urumqi Turpan 4-Day Tour  from US$325  p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Urumqi
Best Urumqi Photos
How to get from Beijing to Urumqi

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Attractions in Urumqi, Top Things to Do in Urumqi

Monday, January 17th, 2011
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Plan your Urumqi tour?  Urumqi,  capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, is very often your springboard to delve into the expansive province. Urumqi itself  is worth a pop by on your Xinjiang trip.  It is the largest city in Western China. Urumqi is quite famous for its claim that it is the most inland major city in the world, that being the furthest from any ocean.

Urumqi, with its unique geographic location and its long, rich history, has forged a vibrantly unique culture in this ancient western region. It is an important post on the famed, ancient Silk Road. A great variety of peoples, costumes, languages, religions and customs have forged the unique features of Urumqi.

No. 01: Heavenly Lake
The Heavenly Lake, or Tianchi Lake, is located at the mountainside of the Bogda Peak, the highest peak in the east range of Tianshan Mountain, about 110 kilometers to Urumqi of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

In ancient times, mud-rocks that flowed down from the glaciers and blocked the river course formed the Tianchi Lake. About 1,980 meters above sea level, the lake has a shape of half-moon and covers an area of 4.9 square kilometers. In summer, the Tianchi Lake is a perfect resort in the sweltering desert. One can enjoy the pure and fresh air as well as the cool and pleasant weather.

Entrance Fee: CNY 100 (peak seasons); CNY 40 (low seasons)
Opening Hours: 08:00-19:00
How to get there: there are shuttle buses at Renmin Park and Hongshan Hotel, you can take the shuttle to the Heavenly Lake

Heavenly Lake

No. 02:  Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum 新疆维吾尔自治区博物馆
The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum was established in the spring of 1953 in the People’s Park in Urumai City.The museum boasts a collection of 32,000 cultural relics, 288 of which are of the national first class.

The articles on display at the museum highlight archaeological finds from the Silk Road and local cultural relics. The Museum features two basic displays: the Display of Xinjiang Historical Relics and the Display of Xinjiang Folklore.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:30-19:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 7 from Hongshan Market

Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum

No. 03: Glacier No.1
Glacier No. 1 is the headstream of Urumqi River which is located about 120 kilometers southwest of Urumqi city, on the north face of Tian Ge Er Peak.

Of the 5 glaciers around Urumqi, Glacier No.1 is the largest and it also claims fame as the closest glacier to a metropolis in the world. Its height ranges from 3800 meters to 4000 meters with a length of about 2.4 kilometers.

Its average width is 500 meters with maximum thickness of about 140 meters, and it encompasses an area nearly 2 sq/km. Glacier No.1 is honored by geologists as the “living fossil”.

 Glacier No.1

Glacier No.1

Entrance Fee: CNY 15
Opening Hours: 09:30-17:30
How to get there: You’d better take an off-road vehicle and guide by some skilled persons to go to the Glacier No. 1.

No. 04: Red Hill Park
Red Hill gets its name from its reddish brown color. The hill spans 1.5 kilometers long from east to west at an altitude of 910 meters and a relative height of 400 meters.

Red Hill Park is basically in the center of the city of Urumqi and is easy to find since the hill is noticeable with a nine-story red brick pagoda called Zhen Long Ta on top. It is uncertain when the pagoda was built. The park is a fun place to go. There are some trees and gardens, and you can cross the road to nearby People’s Park .

Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 1, 7, 50, 61, 62, 68 or 101 to the Red Hill Park

Red Hill Park

No. 05: Shaanxi Mosque
The Shaanxi Mosque is a rare Hui Chinese mosque in the predominantly Uygur city of Urumqi which was built during Qing Dynasty rule under the reign of Emperor Qianlong or Emperor Jiaqing.

The mosque is built in the Han Chinese architectural tradition of pavilions with upswept eaves made of timber beams, columns and brick and also manifests Islamic influences from the west in its use of glazed tiles.

It consists of an elevated prayer hall within a high-walled precinct, marked by the bangke tower crowning its mihrab chamber.

Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00
How to get there: You’d better take an off-road vehicle and guide by some skilled persons to go to the Shaanxi Mosque.

 Shaanxi Mosque

Shaanxi Mosque

No. 06: Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar, also known as International Grand Bazaar, is an Islamic bazaar in Urumqi Xinjiang. It is the largest bazaar in the world by scale, combining Islamic culture, architecture, ethnic commerce, tourism and entertainment.

In the international bazaar, there are all kinds of shops, as well as food plaza, theatre and churches. Two areas are particularly interesting and shouldn’t be missed when visiting the Bazaar.

The NO.1 building and the NO.3 building offer global and domestic delights for every taste. There are also wonderful performances every evening in the bazaar.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: there are several buses in the downtown area can reach Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

No. 07: Kanas Nature Reserve
Located in Burqin County of Altay City within the Xinjiang, Kanas Nature Reserve boasts a beautiful natural ecosystem formed by lakes, rivers, glaciers, forests, and grasslands.

This nature reserve, which incorporates forests, grasslands, glaciers, permafrost, mountains, rivers, lakes and other extreme northern ecosystem landscape elements, has diverse rare animals and plants and is rich in other wildlife resources. The highlight of Kanas Nature Reserve would probably be Kanas Lake.

Kanas Nature Reserve

It is an ideal area for scientific research, observation adventure, eco-tourism, film and television production, painting and photography.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 30, 104, 60 or 537 to get the Kanas Nature Reserve

No. 08: Mount Nan Pastures
Located on Kelawucheng Mountain, a branch of north Heavenly Mountain to the south of Urumqi, Xinjiang, Mount Nan Pasture is a great place for horse riding and relaxing in beautiful natural scenery.

The pasture is a fertile place with charming mountains around. It is cool here in the summer, and is a good place to get away from the heat. This is a natural pasture.Besides the animal husbandry, the pasture also has great many tourist attractions.

Entrance Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: There are Tourist Buses outside Renmin Park

Mount Nan Pastures

Mount Nan Pastures

 

No. 09: Wulabo Ancient Town
Wulabo Ancient Town ( also  konwn as Ulanbay ) is located 17 kilometers away from the southern suburb of Urumqi City near Wulabo Reservoir, it is also called Pochengzi. It is an ancient site from the Tang to Yuan dynasties, with walls that are well-preserved and measure 4 meters high 480 meters long from east to west and 550 meters long from north to south.

The town is divided by a wall into northern and southern parts. Many ancient tombs and relics were uncovered in the south of Wulabo Reservoir in 1983. Apart from stone tombs, most of the relics were pottery works, gold earrings, copper mirrors, stone mortars and small ironware.

Entrance Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take bus No.312 from North Railway Station of Urumqi, No.528 from Riyuexingguang Park,9 from Santunbei to Shuixigou Toll Station and exchange 312, 528

No. 10: Bayanbulak Grassland
Covering an area of more than 23,000 square kilometers, Bayanbulak is the second largest grassland in China and is one the most important stock raising bases of Xinjiang.

Bayanbulak means “abundant spring water” in Mongolian. If you come here you will be provided a unique chance to enjoy vast green grasslands which stretch as far as the eye can see. In this vast Bayanbulak Grassland there is the famous Swan Lake. Specifically, Swan Lake is a wide area of wetland that is made up of many interconnected small lakes.

Entrance Fee: CNY 15
Opening Hours: 09:30-17:30
How to get there: take the Tourist Bus to Bayanbulak Grassland from Nianzigou Bus Station of Urumqi

 Bayanbulak Grassland

Bayanbulak Grassland

Tip:  Hassle-free Urumqi Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Urumqi Guided Tours:

Urumqi Highlight Day Tour  from US$119 p/p
Urumqi Pasture Excursion Day Tour  from US$89 p/p
Urumqi 4 Day Tour    from US$419 p/p
Urumqi Turpan 4-Day Tour  from US$325  p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Urumqi
Best Urumqi Photos
How to get from Beijing to Urumqi

Any questions, just drop a line.

 

Urumqi Taxi: Urumqi Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
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Urumqi Taxi
Plan your Urumqi tour? Traveling around Urumqi by taxi is a good choice if you visit the capital city of Xinjiang for the first time. Basically it is not hard to hail the taxi on the streets in Urumqi.

56032-20011If you want to rent a car with driver to visit Urumqi on your own way, check out the link for more information: Urumqi Car Rental.

 

Taxi Models in Urumqi
The taxis running in the street of Urumqi consist of Fukang, Citroen, Jetta, Santana, Cherry and Xiali.Xiali Taxi in Urumqi

 

Xiali Taxi in Urumqi

 

 

RMB1.3 per km for each additional kilometer after flagfall RMB 6.1


Urumqi Taxi Fares:

• RMB10 for the flag-down rate
• RMB1.3 per km for each additional kilometer
• RMB1.8 for each additional km at night.
Taxi Call in Urumqi
Tel: 0991-6887081

Dashboard And Meter Inside Taxi

Hailing a taxi in Urumqi City

•The best places to hail a taxi in Urumqi is at the taxi stands, train station, airport.

Urumqi Taxi rider’s rights
As a taxi rider, you have the rights below:
Direct drive to your destination and no compulsory car pooling
Go to any destination in and beyond Urumqi
Your car driver knows the streets in Urumqi and the way to major destinations in Urumqi;
Your driver should know and abide by all traffic laws;
Air-conditioning on demand;
A radio-free trip;
No Smoking
A clean passenger seat area;
A clean trunk
A driver uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger;
Tip: Do remember to ask your hotel staff write your destination before going out as nearly no taxi driver in Urumqi can speak English.

Urumqi Taxi Stands
Urumqi has over 30 taxi stands in the downtown area. Most of people hail taxi at the stands. Especially in airport and railway station, it is not allowed to hail a taxi discretionally.

Urumqi Taxi Complaints
If you have any problem with a taxi in Urumqi, please contact the following:
• Urumqi Transport office.         Tel: 0991-12358

Urumqi Taxi Useful Information
•Using a meter instead of bargaining with the cab driver
•Refusing a forced pooling taxi
•Urumqi Airpot –Urumqi Railway Station : RMB50

 

Tip:  Hassle-free Urumqi Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Urumqi Guided Tours:

Urumqi Highlight Day Tour  from US$119 p/p
Urumqi Pasture Excursion Day Tour  from US$89 p/p
Urumqi 4 Day Tour    from US$419 p/p
Urumqi Turpan 4-Day Tour  from US$325  p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Urumqi
Best Urumqi Photos
How to get from Beijing to Urumqi

Any questions, just drop a line.