Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Urumqi Xinjiang Bars and Tourist Attractions

Urumqi is the capital city of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonoumous Region, the most western part of China.

Urumqi lies west of Bogda Mountain(part of the Tianshan Range) and at the southeastern edge of Junggar Basin. For over two thousand years, the area around Urumqi has been lush pastures populated by many minorities who herded sheep and cattle, Urumchi actually meaning "beautiful pastures" in Mongolian.

Urumqi has the most ethnic groups live here among the capital cities in China. There are about 13 ethnics, such as the Uygur, the Han, the Hui, the Kazak, the Man, the Mongol, the Sibo and the Russia, etc.

Urumqi City
Urumqi now is a modern city

There is much difference in the ethnic costumes, the languages and the customs with obvious characteristics. Urumqi is the earth that assembles the Chinese cultural, India cultural, the Islamic culture and the Occident cultural, which make the brilliant local cultural landscape.

Urumqi has a long history and the land was once famous for its Silk Road. The Silk Road now became the main reason why visitors come to Urumqi.

Urumqi Tourist Attractions

Silk Road is still the most favourite place at Urumqi. The most famous tourist spots among the numerous cultural relics and natural landscapes include the Heavenly Lake, the Southern Pastures, the Red Mountain, the Southern Mosque, the Tartar Mosque, and the Xinjiang Regional Museum.

Urumqi Top Attractions :

1. Urumqi Tianchi Lake.
Urumqi Tianchi Lake
Heavenly Lake is a lake about 30 miles southeast of Urumqi in Xinjiang, China. It is an alpine drift lake shaped in the Quaternary Glacier period. Heavenly Lake is 2,000 meters (6,500ft) above sea level on the stunning Bogda mountain. (Bogda is a Mongolian word, meaning "God".)

2. Tian Shan Mountains
Urumqi Tiashan Mountain
Tian Shan is one of the most stunning mountain ranges of China. Aptly described as the "celestial mountains", it is encased with snow throughout the year; the weather is sunny all the time, which is why Tianshan is is so attractive.

3. Urumqi Museum
Urumqi Regional Museum
Regional Museum is a large integrated museum and centre for the collection and study of cultural relics in Xinjiang situated in Xibei Lu, in Urumqi City.

4. Da Bazar / Erdaoqiao market (大吧扎)
Urumqi Erdaqio Market
Erdaoqiao is the largest market of ethnic minority goods in Xinjiang. The covered market was first opened in 1982 and the new market was completed in 2002. Merchants at the bazaar sell all kinds of items from local products to imported products, from arts and crafts to animals. T

5. Hong Shan / The Red Mountains (红山)
Urumqi Red Hill Park
Mount Red (also called Red Hill or Tiger Head Hill) gets its name from its reddish brown color. The mountain spans 1.5 kilometers long from east to west at an altitude of 910 meters and a relative height of 400 meters. Its purple sandstone was formed in the Pangaea continental environment 250 million years ago.

6. Silk Road
Urumqi Silk Road
The Silk Road is a series of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting East and West Asia by linking traders, merchants etc. during various periods of time.

7. Shaanxi Great Mosque
Urumqi Shaanxi Great Mosque
Located in the northern end of Jianzhong Road in Urumqi, Shaanxi Great Mosque is the biggest Islamic mosque in the city. Unlike other Islamic mosque in Urumqi, Shaanxi Great Mosque was built in Chinese traditional brick and wooden architecture style.

Urumgi Nightlife

Urumqi Nightlife

The number of bars and nightspots in Urumqi has exploded an recent years, though there are a number of interesting alternatives, like the 'traditional' local open air bars, or head to Erdaoqiao for one of the nightly performances. Most of the city' s bars are clustered around the city center, and there are also a number of internet bars, bowling alleys and coffee shops all open late, for some relaxing interludes to bar hopping.

Fubar is the only bar in Urumqi catering for the expat community and tourists. It's owned by an Irishman, New Zealander and a Japanese guy. They've been living in Urumqi for over 4 years and are a mine of information concerning everyaspect of the XinJiang, from what to do and great travel and touring advice. They also plan and organise tailor made tours depending on what you want to see and do in XinJiang. The tours they offer are ones that no other local tour operators provide.

Urumqi’s bar venues and respective nightlife culture have matured and blossomed over the years, and there are now over 200 bars and pubs in the city. Many of these venues are unique in their own right; they offer different themes and a variety of services – each catering to their own set of visitors and regulars. This article focuses on four popular bars that each have a distinct theme and fun atmosphere.

Some of Urumqi Famous Bars and Nightclub :

1. Silk Road Station & Bar 丝路驿栈酒吧
Urumqi Silk Road Station Bar
This bar is all about the outdoors and also serves as a members' activity center for the Urumqi Mountain Trekking Association. It is located in downtown Urumqi and usually sees a huge convergence of visitors from all over the world. The venue offers updates about the latest travel information, and is a great place to hear about different experiences from fellow travelers. One can also sign up for seminars and functions about different travel options here.

Walls at entryway into the venue are plastered with different assortments of travel pictures donated by visitors. Seats are very comfortable and are separated enough to allow room for privacy. Recommended are their one-of-a-kind ant liquor – it has a nice aroma and is supposedly a good way of warming you up for the chilly winter nights. Also, 100 meters away from the bar is a night bazaar (Wuyi Night Bazaar) – very well known locally. They've got all sorts of local cheap eats that you're probably not able to find anywhere else.

Add: 36 Huanghe Lu, Urumqi
地址:乌鲁木齐市黄河路36 号
Tel: 099 1582 0981
Business Hours: 09:00-23:30
Transportation: Take bus routes 3, 902, 109 to School of Traditional Chinese Medicine station (中医院站)

2. Orange Street Bar 橙街酒吧
Urumqi Orange Street Bar
This is one of the older venues in the city and very well-known locally. It's located near Nanmen (South Gate), an area that is very popular with those that are very much “culturally refined”. Orange Street Bar is modeled after the pub houses of Europe and America; it's both modern and romantic. The venue is very spacious and is decorated with little wooden crafts and handmade ornaments that lend the place an artsy touch. The music of choice here is largely country music from the West. They also carry a nice selection of liquor, beer and wine. After nightfall, visitors can gaze out of the windows for a beautiful night view of the city.

Add: 2F, Dashizi Tangjiu Building, 30 North Jiefang Lu, Urumqi
Tel: 099 12837 988
Business Hours: 20:00-04:00
Transportation: Take bus routes 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 111, 1, 25, 30, 33, 4, 501, 59, 60, 8, 901, 927 to Beimen and walk 46 m to destination

3. Shebin Bar 舍宾酒吧
Urumqi Shebin Bar
This is a 10-year old venue in the city. The bar’s main attraction is their live performances – attracting energetic bar hopping fanatics from all over. It's very nicely renovated with a corridor that lead inside to the main hall and away from the bustle of the city. In the middle of the main hall is a small stage and oddly shaped tables and chairs; the whole atmosphere is quite cost and laid-back. There are exciting performances from bands every night and you can even ask to try out your singing and music talents on stage. They carry a good variety of liquor and drinks at the place as well; recommended are their special cocktails.

Add: 2 North Gongyuan Street, Sayibake Area District
Tel: 099 1558 8789
Business Hours: 21:30-03:00
Transportation: Take bus routes 101, 102, 103, 109, 111, 14, 157, 17, 1, 25, 26, 68, 7, 907, 910 to Hongshan station and walk 271 m to destination

4. Dick Cowboy Bar 迪克牛仔酒吧
This venue is located in one of the most prosperous commercial districts in the city. It's known for its “Wild West” feel and the unique bar culture it presents. Wooden floors, old-style tables and chairs, and walls decorated with all sorts of cowboy attire and ornaments make up for a wild and untamed feel to the venue. There is a round table set up with high chairs in the middle and with different wine bottles and glasses cluttered on it – a seemingly perfect setting for any pub out West. Under the warm lights in the bar, sipping cocktails, listening to soothing saxophone music, makes this one of the most charming bars in the city.

Add: 2F, Wanda Hotel, 105 Hongqi Rd, Tianshan District, Urumqi
Tel: 0991-28835314
Opening Hours: 11:00-04:00
Transportation: Take bus routes 308, 36, 3, 44, 58, 61, 8, 927 to Hongqi Rd station and walk 84 m to destination

Watch Urumqi Night Market and Nightlife Video here