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Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang, China's far western province, and is home to about two and a half million people. While Urumqi is said to be the most inland city on earth - that is, the farthest from any ocean - it is nonetheless surrounded by an abundance of dramatic natural wonders, from the snow-capped Tian Shan Mountains to the deep blue waters of the Tian Chi Lake. The city's former past as a prominent stop on the Silk Road gives it a wealth of historic and artistic wonders, including teeming bazaars, a flavorful, rich cuisine, a multi-ethnic, multicultural population, and archaeological artifacts and relics. Urumqi presents a side of China little-seen by outsiders, a bustling, culturally distinct city little-changed since the days of spice caravans and itinerant traders.
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Meet a curator for a privately guided tour of the Urumqi History Museum,
whose collection includes 3000-year-old mummies on display, and gain
insight into the history of the most ancient states along the Silk Road.
Visit a nomadic Kazak family, who are usually situated south of the city on the "Southern Pasture". Have a rare chance to understand the local Kazak nomads and their way of life.
Visit the south bank of Tianchi, the Heavenly Lake, which is situated to the east of the Tian Shan Mountain range outside Urumqi. Cross the lake by boat and take in the majestic mountains, glaciers and forests that surround it.
The Grand Bazaar
Browse the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s foremost consumer paradises; a raucous, dynamic mix of peoples and products from all over Central Asia, Russia and Mongolia. Items on sale include, among others, fine rugs of silk and wool, assorted spices, fine grapes and melons (for which Xinjiang is famous), and the distinct fat-tailed sheep - a breed of sheep known for its hardiness and considerable tail fat, which can account for almost twenty percent of its total body weight.
Urumqi Night Market
Take in the local blend of central Asian and Chinese cultures on display at the local night market. Dine in the city’s backstreets on sumptuous Uighur and Hui (Chinese Muslim) food such as lamb kebabs, sprinkled with cumin and grilled over charcoal; lamian, or hand-stretched noodles in steaming broth; or dapanji, chicken roasted in a giant pan with vegetables.
Mount Bogda Hike
More adventurous travelers can hike and camp at the foot of Mount Bogda, then watch the sun rise at 10,600 feet (3,230 meters) above sea level, where there is a magnificent view of the countryside and the Heavenly Lake.
Journey across China’s ancient trade route, meandering from Shanghai, to Xian, Dunhuang, Urumqi, and Kashgar. You’ll stay in hotels fit for aristocrats as you learn about what life was like for traders at sites like the Bund, the Terracotta Warriors, the City of Sands, White Horse Pagoda, the Grand Bazaar, and more.
Navigate China’s historic Silk Road on this 6-day luxury tour from Urumqi to Turpan. You’ll cross paths with the country’s ancient and natural beauty, with stops in the scenic Southern Pastures and the Flaming Mountains, as you float down the waters of the legendary Heavenly Lake and visit the ancient ruins of Gaochang City.
Golden Eagle Shangri-La Express
The Shangri-La Express allows guests to experience the exquisite scenery of China, such as the ancient wonders of the mysterious Orient, the treasures of the Tarim Basin, the Gobi Desert, and the Mogao’s Buddhist cave. It is the most modern hotel train in China, and despite the welcome amenity of air conditioning, it retains the romantic notion associated with the Shangri-La name and is traditionally decorated transporting guests back to an era befitting many of their travels. The accommodation echoes this ethos, ensuring guests every comfort is met. The food prepared by the chefs in the restaurant car is world class, and the Piano bar has a wide selection of high quality wines and beers in addition to other drinks. Not only are personal headsets offered in addition to an experienced guide for each external tour, but laundry service, internet access and an on-board doctor and medical facilities are also available.