8 Day Silk Road Highlights Tour from Urumqi
Silk Road Highlights Tour views the must-see sites on the Silk Road including Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar, Jiayuguan. You will acquire quick information in a short time.
Uncover uplifting Urumqi and its treasures on a guided adventure tour. Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China and is referred to as a piece of emerald embedded at the foot of the Tianshan Mountains.
It is home to 49 minority ethnic groups and is an important stop along the Silk Road. When it comes to tourist treasures, Urumqi is sure to outshine many other provinces and cities. Take a guided tour to the Silk Road, the oldest and longest trade route connecting Western China to the Mediterranian. Home to much of the cultural treasures and relics, visitors get to see and buy many of the souvenirs offered by the ethnic minority groups along the way.
Or take a guided horse back riding tour to the inspiring Red Hill. Explore the many landmarks such as the greenery, pagodas and shrines that are found here.
A short stay in Urumqi is enough to give you a very good idea of old and new China. Expect to feel refreshed and revitalized after visiting this mind blowing city.
Giddy Up on a horseback guided tour of the Southern Pasture. The Southern Pasture is found at the northern foot of Karawuquntag Mountain 75 kilometres south of Urumqi. One of the most popular attractions is the West White Poplar Gully.
Another advantage that Urumqi possesses is its food. While many prefer to dine in a grand restaurant, in Urumqi you will miss out on some delicious food served from a small nameless snack bar. Er Dao Qiao is an area in Urumqi which has many of these snack bars with tasty and tempting food.
You will enjoy all that Urumqi has to offer!
The best time to travel to Urumqi is from May to October. This is great for sightseeing tours when the exotic flowers are in full bloom; lavender mist scent fills the air, fruits smell sweet including melons and are ripe for the picking. July and August are the hottest months so be sure to dress appropriately and wear sunscreen. The evenings can become cold in May and September so bring an extra cardigan in case you get a chill.
As Urumqi is a favourite for tourists and noted for being very reasonably priced including guided tours. Accommodation is easy to find, but the more basic you choose, the better price is. The Markets/Bazaar is a great place for bargains on regional speciality items. Local restaurants are abundant throughout the city and a meal for one is as little as US$3 while an evening meal for two in a mid-range restaurant will cost US$12.
There is spectacular scenery so be sure to have your camera ready for each tour. Be careful when drinking water, use bottled water only. Also, avoid drinking hot tea after eating fruits as to avoid an upset stomach. As the majority of people living here follow Islam, it is ideal not eat pork or speak about pigs while in their presence. Do not shake water from your hands in public as this is regarded as disrespectful among the locals
Due to the geographical location, Urumqi experiences arid weather. Spring and Autumn are usually short, and summer and winters are long. It is a great place for a summer holiday as the average temperature is 23C and temperatures do not tend to fluctuate until the end of September, early October. Winters are cold with temperatures dropping to -15C so be sure to bring heavy winter wear if travelling during the months of October to March.