As the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous, Urumqi attracts travelers by its fabulous exotic cultures and customs of Uyghur ethnic.
Urumqi is the most "inland" city in the world , 3,270 km. (2,050 miles) from Beijing (a five-hour flight),making it far away from any major body of water.The city has a population of one million.Lying as a green-blanketed oasis amidst Xinjiang's barren and uninhabited deserts with loess highlands and Heavenly Mountain.
The word “Urumqi”means "A beautiful Pasture land " in ancient Mongolian. Urumqi is an important town on the Silk Road and make important contribution in promoting Sino-foreign economic & cultural exchanges 2000 years ago.
There are one county and seven districts of Urumqi such as Urumqi county, Tianshan District, Sharyibark District, Toutunhe District, Shuimogou District, Xinshi District, Dongshan District, Nanshan Mine District.
Although the winter is very cold, Urumqi's summer is pleasant,the day is warm and evening is cool.The capital is protected by an extensive series of tree belts planted around the city to reduce wind, dust, and cold.
There are over 40 ethnic groups of people living in the city ,such as Uygur, Han, Hui, Kazak, Mongolian, Kirgiz, Xibe and so on.Vistors admire the city's uniqueness, the strong colorful ethnic life styles and local customs.The culture of Urumqi is very unique from architectural complex to family courtyards, from furniture to utensils, from food to clothing, from etiquette of the young to rituals of the old, from marriage customs to funeral rites.