"Cold...very cold...but warm inside!" Top 5 Page for this destination Urumqi by mke1963
Urumqi Travel Guide: 150 reviews and 348 photos
Urumqi - or Wulumuqi as it said on the side of the train to Lanzhou - is very cold in winter. It is the furthest place (in Asia? the world?) from the sea, and the geographical centre of Asia is just 50 km to the south.
I arrived on the slightly down-at-heel China Xinjiang Airlines, now part of China Southern, and left on the fabulous T198 train to Lanzhou.
Many of China's ethnic minorities can be seen in Urumuqi, especially in the Erdaqiao market and the streets around it.
However, in ALL the Chinese guidebooks be prepared for constant and wearying messages about how long Xinjiang has been Chinese: to the casual observer it seems paranoid behaviour.
The hardy and frigid climate make the people - Han, Uighur, Kazakh, Tajik, whatever - very friendly and everyone was happy to chat to complete strangers in the frosty streets.
The best time to visit is said to be autumn, from September to late October. Winter too cold, spring too windy, summer too hot.
- Pros:Friendly people; ethnic melting pot; frontier spirit
- Cons:Climate is usually too hot or too cold
- In a nutshell:As far as it gets from the beach
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