Best Things To Do in Urumqi, China

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  • Tianshan Mountains (Celestial Mountains/ Heavenly Mountains) : An hour drive from Urumqi will take you to this beautiful mountain range, situated in the Eurasia hinterland. It is one of the popular tourist attractions of Urumqi that has been declared a World Heritage List by the UNESCO in 2013.
  • Tianshan Tianchi Lake (Heavenly Lake) : It is one of the adventurous things to do and see in Urumqi. People often refer this beautiful lake as a ‘pearl of Heavenly Mountain’ because of its crescent shape and the crystal clear water in it that comes from the melting snow of the Heavenly Mountain. You can go for boating on this lake.
  • Xinjiang Regional Museum : It is the largest integrated museum and has been the center for preserving around 50,000 collections displaying the revolutionary spirit of the people of Urumqi and the ancient corpse that was said to be dried by natural process.
  • Red Hill : Made of aubergine rock which is of reddish brown in color explain the fact as to why the name ‘Red Hill was given to this mountain. The hill is around 1 kilometer wide from east to west and 1.5 kilometer long and is near to this hill lies Yamalike Hill.
  • People’s Park : It is said to be the biggest park in the urban city and is one of the best things to see in Urumqi. The park is said to be ‘the park for sharing happiness’. 

Below we have a list of things to do in Urumqi and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Urumqi getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Urumqi with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Urumqi

Here is the list of things to do in Urumqi and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Tianshantianchi Lake

    View Point, Lake, Nature

    On the east side of Urumqi, right in the middle of Bogda peak, covering around 4.9 square meter area, lies TianshanTianchi lake or Heavenly Lake. People often refer this lake as a ‘pearl of Heavenly Mountain’ because of its crescent shape and the crystal clear water in it that happens because of the melting snow of the Heavenly Mountain. The best time to visit this lake is during su...Read more
  2. Xinjiang Regional Museum

    Museum

    It is the largest integrated museum and has been the center for preserving around 50,000 collections. The collection displays the revolutionary spirit of the people of Urumqi. The colorful costumes, tools and everyday used accessories illustrating the lifestyle of the minorities of Xinjiang that are put on display, are also considered as the influential feature in making the museum popular. Hig...Read more
  3. Tianshan Mountains

    Outdoors, View Point, Nature

    An hour drive from Urumqi will take you to this beautiful mountain range, situated in the Eurasia hinterland. It is said to be the largest mountain range and considered as one of the Seven Mountain systems in the world. The striking feature of this mountain range is it remains covered with snow throughout the year. Thus, the mountain looks absolutely like picture perfect to take numerous snaps ...Read more
  4. Peoples Park

    Garden, Park, Entertainment, Picnic Spot

    Situated on the west bank of Urumqi, People’s Park is said to be the biggest park in the urban city. There is a saying among the people, that this park is often considered as ‘the park for sharing happiness’. Established in 1755, the location where the park is now located was once a marsh land and lakes surrounded with old trees. Now, the entire land has been turned into a bea...Read more
  5. Dabancheng Wind Power Station

    Windmill

    If you are fond of science, this power station should be in your tourist destination list. Located 8 kilometers southeast of the city, along the highway, this power station is said to be the first large scale wind power plant of China. There are nearly 100 silver fans spinning throughout the day and generating around 18,000,000 watt of electricity. Come and visit this exotic destination to know...Read more
  6. Red Hill

    View Point, Hill, Nature

    When it comes to symbolizing Urumqi, Red Hill is the first name that comes in mind. Made of aubergine rock which is of reddish brown in color, describes the fact as to why the name ‘Red Hill’ has been given to this piece of mountain. The hill is around 1 kilometer wide from east to west and 1.5 kilometer long. Near to this hill lies Yamalike Hill. The myth says that both the hills w...Read more
  7. Grand Bazaar

    Food And Drinks, Market, Street Market, Shopping Center

    Popularly known as the International bazaar, is a heaven for shopaholics. From regional products to international products from distant places like Russia and Mongolia and states of the west, the market has everything to offer, right in front of your eyes. Its location, that is in Uighur district is also said to be responsible for making the market popular. Though some people consider it to be ...Read more
  8. Shuimogou Eco Tourism Area

    Forest, Water Body, Park, View Point

    Moving 5 kilometers to the northeast direction from Urumqi, this beautiful eco tourism region includes nearly four hills and one beautiful river named Shuimogou River. The aim of this scenic spot is to protect the forest from getting exploited. The best part of this tourism area is the river that flows through Shuimogou sports and leisure area. History says, this region used to be a favorite sc...Read more
  9. Urumqi Botanical Garden

    Garden, Botanical Garden, Nature

    Beautiful! That’s the word that is going to come out of your mouth when you first visit this beautiful botanical garden of Urumqi. Comprising of 11 gardens – Chinese rose garden, perennial flower zone, planting demonstration zone, desert flora, lawn resort, honeysuckles zone, Medicinal plants, fruits zone, rose zone, honey plant zone, pine and cypresss zone; the garden covers around...Read more
  10. Tianshan Wildlife Reservation

    Park, Wildlife Park, Nature

    A trip to Urumqi should include a visit to the Tianshan Wildlife Reservation. It is still considered as one of the unique tourist attractions of the region, located in the TianshanBogedafeng Hills and covers an area of about 75 square meters. Animals like lions, bears and tigers are found in great numbers in this park. Step inside the wildlife park and get yourself lost in the scenic beauty of ...Read more
  11. Glacier 1

    View Point, Hiking Trail, Nature

    For the individuals who love hiking on snow capped mountains, Glacier 1 should be the destination. Though located nearly 120 kilometers away from Urumqi city, it has turned out to be a popular destination among tourists. Located on the Norther side of TianGeEr Peak, Glacier is said to be the largest one among all the other five glaciers surrounding the city. It’s height is around 3800 met...Read more
  12. Silk Road Ski Resort

    Trail, Adventure Sport, Cable Car, Nature

    For skiers, Silk Road Ski Resort is the ultimate destination. Located slightly away from the city, this resort is considered as the biggest ski resort in the northwestern region of China. Take a bus from the Grand Bazaar for Urumqi and the bus will take you to this beautiful resort. The journey will hardly take around 40 minutes. Once you reach there, you are definitely going to shiver because ...Read more
  13. Southern Mosque

    Mosque, Religious Site, Architecture , Hall

    Capture the beauty of this mosque in your camera which doesn’t have the usual traditional Islamic architectural design in its exterior portion. Rather it is made in brick and wood classic Chinese structure. Sounds interesting, right? Covering around 3133 square meters of land, the mosque was has been shifted to the present location in the year 1919. Previously, it was constructed in Nanta...Read more
  14. Mt. Tianshan Ski Area

    Outdoors, Entertainment, Adventure, Adventure Sport

    Visiting Urumqi and not going to Mt. Tianshan ski area will be a sheer miss. Around 60 kilometers away from the city, this snow covered resort is located in the Golden Spring Valley, very close to the Tianshan mountain. For around 175 days, the snow covers the whole resort and thus let you enjoy activities like skiing and many other adventurous activities. Their ski learning session continues f...Read more
  15. Urumqi Water Amusement Park

    Amusement Park, Garden, Park, Boating

    If you are travelling with your kids, give them a break from visiting historical and natural sites. Visit this amusement park that was founded in 1987 with the aim of improving the tourism industry of the city. The park is beautifully designed with tall trees forming natural sheds, a large lawn and fragrant flowers filling the ambience with a sweet smell. Before, the whole area used to be a lar...Read more