Exotic Ürümqi

Can you guess what is in the featured image of this post?

No. No clue will be given You’d need to read our handprint story (see link at bottom of post) for the answer. Heheh. Some way to drive readership traffic to the pages right? OK we try.


Ürümqi. Capital of the vast vast Xinjiang (新疆) province of China. You might read that it is the Guinness holder of being the most remote city in the world. Being at least 2500km from the sea in any direction, it sits in the middle of the continent and was a major hub on the famed silk road. And we were on that road for nearly two weeks. Back in the day tourist facilities were definitely not at its current level (ok someone correct us?).

No toilets in the open desert for sure.

It was easily the journey with the greatest hardship endured by us. And fortunately we got to start it in the relative comfort of this city. We got around the sights that ring the city. Would you like to know more about them?

Here in the middle of nowhere (and we know someone who had that record in Australia), you’d think the sights were just for tourists. Oh boy will you be surprised that it teems with life. Not just wild life but people too. For the region has been inhabited by the nomads for eons.

Why not read all about what one can experience here? Now you know what the featured picture is?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

13 thoughts on “Exotic Ürümqi”

    1. LOL. Oh no. Urumuqi is said to be the furthest inland city in the world. So not much in the way of seafood. It is a very locally available dish because the locals herd a lot of them. Guess again?


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