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.

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$87.63 Transfers & Ground Transport

Urumqi Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

When your driver arrives at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC), he will first check your flight arrival time from the Arrival Flight Information Board, then go to the exact terminal building, wait at the exit from where you will come out.  He will hold your name sign and wait for you to show up.  Please follow him to go to your hotel. Frequently Asked Questions: Q:  How long will my driver wait for me?   A:  Your driver will wait until your show up.  If the last person has come out from your flight, he will ask the airport staff if there is anyone left in the luggage claim area.  Then he will have to make a phone call to the local travel agent.  Your driver will leave the airport only after receiving a phone notice from the local travel agent. Q:  What happen if my flight is delayed? A:  Delayed flights will cost additional charge.  Please use the urgent contact number on your voucher, contact the local travel agent as early as possible.    Q:  What happen if my flight is cancelled?  A:  Please use the urgent contact number on your voucher, contact the local travel agent as early as possible.   If your driver is already waiting for you at the airport, there is no refund for no show caused by flight cancellation. Q:  Will the driver telephone me from the airport? A:  No.  Your driver does not speaking in English.  The local travel agent will be your backup. Q:  What should I do if I can not find my driver? A:  Telephone the local travel agent.  The staff will ask you to pass the phone to a Chinese person standing beside you, because it will be easier for a Chinese person to clarify your exact location.  Then please wait there.  Your driver will come to you.  Do not move!  Please do not go to your hotel by yourself.

$139 Cultural & Theme Tours

Urumqi to Turpan All-Inclusive Private Day Trip with Bezklik

At 8 o'clock in the morning, your guide will pick you up at the lobby of your centrally located hotel in Urumqi. Then, you will take a 3-hour ride in a private vehicle from Urumqi to Turpan. On the way, you will see windmill farms, saltwater lakes, and valley of Tianshan. After arriving in Turpan, visit Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves, which is an abandoned site that has ruins of fresco and statues from 15th century. Afterwards, you will go to ancient city ruin of Gaochang which was one of the most renowned kingdom along the Silk Road in the history. You can wander around to visit temples, stupas, city walls...etc among the ruin. Lunch will be provided in the yard of a local Uyghur house. Next, you will go to  Emin Minaret that was built in 1777AD with a typical Uyghur architectural style.  Later, before you head back to Urumqi, you will learn why Turpan could sustain itself in long history by visiting the Karez Irrigation System. After the irrigation system visit, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Urumqi where this wonderful day trip concludes.

$2250 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7 Days Silk Road Join in Group Tour

Day 1: Upon arrive at Kashgar Airport, our driver will pick you up on time, transfer to hotel, check in hotel, free and easy on your own arrangement.  Day 2: In the morning, you will meet the guide in the hotel lobby to start your journey. The first full day tour covers only one scenic spot: Karakuri Lake. The lake is 3 hours riding from downtown Kashgar. Together with the snow-capped Muztag Ata Mountain, they make up a fresh picturesque world.  Day 3: After breakfast, we will visit the Id Kah Mosque, a typical Islamic architecture like domes, minarets and arches, as well as pious prayers. It has a 500 years history. Then move to the Abakh Khoja Tomb, which is an ancient Islamic building complex and a cemetery. Five generations of a famous Islamic master were buried here. It is considered as the largest dome architecture in the east of the cemetery. The last stop of today is the Old Town of Kashgar and Local Livestock Market.  Day 4: Take the morning flight from Kashgar to Urumqi. When you land in, local guide and driver will pick you up from the airport and then transfer you to Turpan. It will take about 2.5 hours for riding. When you arrive at Turpan, you will firstly visit the Karaz Well, the gigantic underground irrigation system created by ancient Xinjiang people. Next we will go to the existed largest ancient pagoda in Xinjiang, Sugong Pagoda. The pagoda is a 44-meter-high (144 feet) Islamic pagoda, which bears a history of over 200 years. The last stop will be Jiaohe Ruins, which is one of the most important towns along the ancient Silk Road. It is also the largest, oldest and best-preserved earth construction in the world.  Day 5: In the morning after hotel pick up, you will pay a visit to the Bizaklik Thousand Buddha, a series of caves with thousands of Buddhism murals. The vivid murals show many Buddhism figures, stories, and the social life about 1,000 years ago in Ancient Gaochang Kingdom. Then we will visit Tuyuq Village, the oldest existed Uygurs village in China where you will see the ancient earth-and wood structure Uygurs house and it is regarded as the Chinese Mekka due to its position in Muslim people. The last stop in Turpan will be the hottest place in China- the Flaming Hill, situated at the north of ancient Silk Road. The temperature is so high that nothing grows on the hill. When driving back to Urumqi, we will visit the Urumqi International Bazaar.  Day 6: In the morning our local guide will pick you up from hotel and then go to visit Xinjiang Museum to see the unearthed cultural relics full of Uygures ethnic taste. Then we will pay a visit the Heavenly Lake(Tianchi) in the rest of the day.  Day 7: After breakfast at the hotel, you may have all your belongings and luggage packed, check out of the hotel by yourself. Our driver will drive you to the airport to take the homeward flight.

$3099 Cultural & Theme Tours

Silk Road China

Day 1 Arrival / Beijing / Welcome Meeting & Dinner (D)Make your own way to the starting hotel. Group meeting is at 18:00 pm in the hotel lobby. Enjoy Peking Duck Dinner welcome dinner.Day 2 Beijing / Great Wall (B)Start early to visit the Great Wall Mutianyu. The scenery is definitely rewarding. Day 3 Beijing / Forbidden City & Hutong / Overnight Train (BL)Hop on a local bus or metro to explore the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Go deep into the Hutong for the family visit. Overnight train (First Class) journey to Xi'an.Day 4 Overnight Train / Xi’an / City Wall & Muslim Quarter (D)Arrive in the morning. Explore the the Muslim Quarter and learn making dumplings and enjoy the banquet dinner.Day 5 Xi’an / Terracotta Army Museum / Calligraphy Class (BL)Visit Terracotta Army which was buried underground for more than 2000 years. Learn about Han Zi (Chinese Characters) before free to explore the night beauty of Xi'an.Day 6 Xi’an / Han Emperor Tomb / Tianshui (B)Transfer to visit the 2000 years old tomb, which belongs to the fourth emperor of the Han Dynasty. Travel to Tianshui by bullet train.Day 7 Tianshui / Maijishan Grottoes / Xining (B)In the morning, visit Maijishan Grottoes. Explore this amazing cultural heritage then go to station for the bullet train to Xining, the summer city of China.Day 8 Xining / Ta’er Temple / Tibetan Cultural Museum (B)Visit one of the biggest Monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism, Ta’er Temple. Transfer to Tibetan Culture Museum, where the world's longest Tangka Painting in the world is kept.Day 9 Xining / Danxia Landscape / Zhangye (B)Take another 2-hour bullet train journey to Zhangye, enjoy the scenery along the way. In the afternoon, head out to visit the colourful and picturesque Danxia landscape.Day 10 Zhangye / Jiayuguan City / Jiayuguan Great Wall (B)Board on the bullet train for Jiayuguan. In the afternoon, visit the most magnificent pass of the Great Wall, Jiayuguan Pass.Day 11 Jiayuguan / Hami (B)Enjoy a relaxing morning before travelling by bullet train to Hami. Free time to explore this less-known historic city on the Silk Road. Day 12 Hami / Wubao Ghost City / Muslim King Palace / Turpan (B)Explore Wubao Ghost City and visit the former Muslim King Palace. In the early evening, travel to Turpan by bullet train.Day 13 Turpan / Jiaohe Ruins / Kumutage Desert (B)Take a full day to explore Turpan and around. Visit the oldest and best-preserved earth building city ruins in the world. Enjoy the sunset in the Kumutage Desert.Day 14 Turpan / Tianshan Grand Canyon / Urumqi (BD)Morning bullet train to Urumqi. Visit Tianshan Grand Canyon, and enjoy farewell dinner in the evening.Day 15 Urumqi / Departure (B)Departure anytime for onward travelling.

$18 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Urmuqi Airport Departure Transfer from City Hotels

This hassle-free service operates from all Urumqi hotels and connects with all flights departing from Urumqi Diwopu International Airport. A professional driver will pick you up from your accommodation and assist you with your luggage. Sit back and relax in the comfort of your private, air-conditioned vehicle and leave the traffic to the driver, who will deliver you straight to the airport in plenty of time for your flight. At time of booking,Please include the following flight and hotel details in the "Special Requirements" box: Airline information Flight Number Departure Time Hotel Name and address Contact number Please note: You may have a Chinese speaking driver, but he knows exactly where to go,you can use his phone to call translator if need at any time during the ride.

$18 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Arrival Transfer from Urumqi Diwopu International Airport to Hotel

Your driver will be waiting for your at the arrival hall in Urumqi Diwopu International Airport with your name sign. You will then be taken to your Urumqi accomodation in a private vehicle. When making a booking, you will need to advise your flight details and your Urumqi City hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantly and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy! At time of booking,Please include the following flight and hotel details in the "Special Requirements" box: Airline information Flight Number Arrival Time Hotel Name and address Contact number Please note: You may have a Chinese speaking driver, but he knows exactly where to go,you can use his phone to call translator if need at any time during the ride.