Xīnjiāng Autonomous Region Museum

Xīnjiāng Autonomous Region Museum information

Ürümqi , China
Street 132 Xibei Lu
admission free
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Xīnjiāng’s massive provincial museum is a must for Silk Road aficionados. The highlight is the locally famous ‘Loulan Beauty’, one of the 3800-year-old desert-mummified bodies of Indo-European ancestry that became symbols of Uighur independence in the 1990s. Other exhibits include some amazing silk and sculpture from Astana and an introduction to all of the province’s minorities. A free English audiotour is available for a ¥100 deposit. From the Hóngshān Intersection, take bus 7 or 912 for four stops and ask to get off at the museum (bówùguǎn) .