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Urumqi is the capital and city of Xinjiang Uyghur (an Autonomous Region in northwest China). Urumqi is also the largest city in Western China. The name Urumqi means “fine pasture,” as it is situated in a fertile region of the northern slope of Tian Shan mountain. Urumqi is mainly inhabited by the people of Han, Hui, and Uyghur. Key attractions in Urumqi include Tianshan Mountains, Water Mill Valley, Grand Bazaar, Heavenly Lake, and Xinjiang Museum. May to October is the best period to visit Urumqi, when the weather is favorable for most visitors.
Voice of Travelers to Urumqi
My holiday in Urumqi
I decided to take a vacation in Urumqi since I had been so busy for the past one month without a break. I traveled by air with Air Astana on an economy ticket. The flight was smooth, on time and comfortable. The flight attendants were pleasant and friendly. I stayed in Sheraton Urumqi Hotel. In Urumqi, I visited Tianshan Lake, Red Hill, Confucian Temple, and Shuimugou Hot Springs. I also went shopping in the Grand Bazaar.
Day Trip in Urumqi
My friends and I recently took a trip to Urumqi. We traveled by China Airlines. We were given ticket discounts as we were more than 9, hence qualified for a group package. The crew was very accommodating and helpful. The flight was on time and we arrived in Urumqi as scheduled. We checked in at Grand Mercure Urumqi Hualing Hotel for the night. In the morning we set out to Tianchi, the heavenly lake, which is listed as a World Heritage by the UNESCO. The lake had a fantastic view of water running from the mountain. In the afternoon, we went back to Urumqi, to the Red Hill. We ended our tour by shopping at Shun Ming era Shopping Park.
Urumqi Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the areas in Urumqi that are favorable for a family trip?
A. Urumqi has many family and kids attractions which include,
Urumqi Botanical Garden which has 11 beautiful gardens with more than 400 plant species.
Urumqi Water Amusement Park- the park is well-designed with trees that form large lawns and flowers that have a very pleasant scent. This park is suitable for a family picnic.
Tianshantianchi Lake which is on the east side of Urumqi. The lake is suitable for a boat ride.
Tianshan Wildlife Reservation- This park has lions, tigers, bears and also wildlife unique to China such as Pushi wild horses, Mongolian wild ass and snow leopard.
Q. Can I get a refund in cash for a ticket that I purchased with my debit card?
A. Ticket refunds are made to the method that you used to pay for the ticket. Therefore, if you purchased your ticket with your debit card, the refund will be processed to the debit card. Once we receive the ticket costs from the airline, we will send the funds to the debit card company then the money will be credited to your count. So, ticket refund process may take two to three weeks to reach your account.
Q. Can I book a ticket on your website then pay later?
A. Online ticket reservation requires that you book and pay for the ticket at the same time. Online ticket booking gives you the advantage of seat selection, online ticket discounts as well as access to ticket fares from all other airlines. You can also access the online platform anytime. Hence, you can purchase your ticket at any time.
Q. Can I use my credit card to purchase a ticket for another family member?
A. Yes, you can use your ticket to a ticket for another person. While booking the ticket, please contact us to give us details of your credit card, ID and authorization to purchase a ticket for that other person.
Flight Routes to Urumqi
Major air routes to Urumqi are from Guangzhou, Sharjah, Almaty, Beijing, Bishkek, Astana and Taipei to Urumqi. The air routes to Urumqi use Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport and are mainly served by Air Arabia, Air Astana, Air China and China Airlines.