Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, located at the northern foot of the Tianshan Mountains. It is the farthest city from the ocean on earth and the geographical center of Asia.
Urumqi area is surrounded by mountains on three sides. In the north there is a flat open plain, the east, west and south side are all mountains and peaks. This land is inhabited by 43 ethnic groups including Han, Uygur, Kazak and Muslim people. Numerous ethnic groups and different customs constitute the peculiar customs of Urumqi city today.
Urumqi is a vigorous city. People here are very straightforward, especially when it comes to drinking. In the meantime, they are also generous, warm-hearted and frank, which always makes tourists feel at home. For foodies, Xinjiang is definitely a paradise to taste numerous kinds of snacks or local food. The famous Xinjiang dishes are uncountable, including Big Plate Chicken, Xinjiang hand pilaf, dried milk cake and so forth.
As for the climate condition, the city has mid-temperate continental arid climate. The hottest month is July, with an average temperature of 25.7℃. The coldest is January, with an average temperature of -15.2℃. The best time to visit Xinjiang is August and September in autumn, when the weather is cool and the fruits and vegetables are ripe. Especially in early September when photography enthusiasts in Urumqi are out in force. From may to October, it is appropriate to take regular trips. From December to February, there are special winter tourism projects in Tianchi and other areas. Snowboard, ski circle, snowmobile, snowmobile kart, delta wing and other newly added ski activities can always ignite passion of the tourists.
In addition, festivals and exhibitions with cultural characteristics of the silk road, such as the ice and snow travel along the Silk Road and the Silk Road clothing festival, have become the unique mark of Urumqi.