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Top Choice Museum in Ürümqi

Xīnjiāng Autonomous Region Museum

Xīnjiāng’s massive provincial museum is a must for Silk Road aficionados. The highlight is the locally famous ‘Loulan Beauty’, the first of half a dozen 3800-year-old desert-mummified bodies of Xīnjiāng's erstwhile …
Taiwanese in Ürümqi

Huāzhī Lín

This bright and stylish place, with plush booths, private nooks and city views is the place for a Taiwanese feast, though you'll struggle if you don't have a Chinese speaker with you as the menu has few photos. Try …
Cafe in Ürümqi

Tous Les Jours

This excellent bakery serves up an impressive selection of baked goods, including croissants, fresh bread and cakes, and does real coffee, fresh juice and a number of other things that might seem like a dream come t…
International in Ürümqi

Rendezvous

Well worth travelling out a little way for, this American-run cafe offers a welcome change of pace from Ürümqi's other dining options, with pizza, sandwiches, Tex-Mex and real coffee on the menu, not to mention an E…
European in Ürümqi

Aroma

One of the best places to eat foreign cuisine in Xīnjiāng, Aroma showcases delicious pizzas, pastas, seafood and risottos in its warm bistro environment. Order the marbled T-bone steak in black pepper sauce for a re…
Noodles in Ürümqi

Xīqí

This fantastic place in the heart of the city is busy with hungry diners all day and night. The fare is simple but delicious: choose from a variety of steaming bowls of spicy noodles and delicious meat-filled buns. …
Park in Ürümqi

Hóngshān Park

More of an amusement park than a natural wonder, Hóngshān Park is nevertheless a great place to stroll and enjoy the good city views, particularly from the 18th-century hilltop pagoda, which has become something of …
Bar in Ürümqi

Fubar

This well-known, long-running expat watering hole has a good selection of imported beers, and classic pub grub such as pizzas and burgers. It's popular with a crowd of young expat teachers and volunteers, making thi…
Shanghai in Ürümqi

Tiānfǔ Zhēngcài

A cosy and friendly neighbourhood place just northwest of the Hóngshān Intersection, featuring tasty eastern Chinese dishes and enjoying a tea house feel. Try the Shanghai-style braised meatballs (hóngshāo shīzi tóu…
Uighur in Ürümqi

Emin

This is a great spot to try Uighur food if you fancy something more formal than a street kebab stand. There's a pictorial menu to help you decide between various beef and lamb dishes; take a seat in the red-velvet c…