Welcome to Ürümqi
As a fast-growing Central Asian hub, the city does business with traders from Běijīng to Baku and plays host to an exotic mix of people. Indeed, it's hard to imagine where else in the world you'll see Chinese, Arabic, Latin and Cyrillic script so commonly side-by-side. This truly is Central Asia.
Ürümqi is not a historic city, but its museum is excellent and there are some atmospheric Uyghur districts. Most travellers pass through the provincial capital at some point, and many find their stay to be surprisingly enjoyable.