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Urumqi Travel Guide

This Urumqi travel guide is meant to give you a brief idea of what Urumqi is like, helping you decide whether a Urumqi tour is worth or not.
Urumqi is an isolated out-post of the ancient Silk Road. The city once was an important transportation hub on the Silk Road, and now serves as the capital city of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. In the hinterland of the Eurasian continent, the city is on the northern slope of Mt. Tianshan and at the southern edge of Jungar Basin. With unique natural beauty and rich folk customs, Urumqi is an ideal tourist destination in China
For over two thousand years, the area around Urumqi has been lush pastures populated by many minorities who herded sheep and cattle, Urumqi actually meaning "beautiful pastures" in Mongolian.So make a Urumqi tour,it won't fail you.

In ancient times, Urumqi (which means "a beautiful pastureland" in ancient Mongolian) was an important stop on the Silk Road that helped promote Sino-foreign relations through economic and cultural exchange. The city became a Uygur stronghold in the 8th century AD following periods of tenuous Chinese control during the Han (206 BC- 220AD) and Tang (618-907) dynasties. It came under Chinese control again in the 1760s as part of Eastern Turkistan, and in 1884 the city was made the capital of the newly created Sinkiang Province. Known officially by its Chinese name of Dikhua after 1763, it was renamed Urumqi in 1954 and in 1955 became the capital of the new Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Industrialization, previously hampered by isolation, accelerated after the discovery (1955) of petroleum deposits at nearby Karamay in 1955.
Area Code: 0991
Zip Code: 830063
Area: Urumqi has an area of 12,000 sq km.
Geography:Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The city lies west of Bogda Mountain (part of the Tianshan Range) and at the southeastern edge of Junggar Basin.
Population: Urumqi is an Islamic city inhabited by a variety of people speaking various Turkic languages (Uygurs, Kazaks, Kirghiz, Hui, Tadjik and Sibo). Reflecting a long history as a stop on the caravan route from Central Asia, the population is mostly Uighur, with Chinese, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz minorities.
Administrative Division: Urumqi has one county and seven districts under her jurisdiction. Such as Urumqi county, Tianshan District, Sharyibark District, Toutunhe District, Shuimogou District, Xinshi District, Dongshan District, Nanshan Mine District.
Climate: Belongs to semiarid continental climate of middle temperate zone, temperate difference between day and night; shorter spring and autumn and longer winter and summer; frost-free period of 179 days and 2,821 hours sunlight annually
If you are attracted by Urumqi, make a Urumqi tour during your China tour.

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