Top 8 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Urumqi

The beauty of Xinjiang is well-known, but its size surprises many people. With a land area of 1.6 million square kilometers, it accounts for one-sixth of the total area of China. There are numerous interesting places to visit, and it would take more than 30 days to explore them all. Below are the top 8 recommended must-visit attractions.

Tianshan Tianchi

Tianshan Tianchi, also known as "Yaochi" in ancient times, is said to be the place where the Queen Mother of the West bathed. It is the best destination for sightseeing, scientific research, adventure, leisure, fitness, and experiencing ethnic customs.
The Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar is the largest bazaar in the world, integrating Islamic culture, architecture, ethnic trade, entertainment, and dining. It is known as the "Window of Xinjiang," "Window of Central Asia," and "Window of the World," showcasing the prosperity of the ancient Silk Road and representing the rich ethnic and regional culture of the western region.
Country 4A-level tourist scenic spot, also one of the "New Ten Sceneries" of Urumqi City. From here, you can overlook the panoramic view of the city. The Red Mountain has always been regarded as a holy place, where locals worship the Bogda Mountain from a distance. It is also a symbol and emblem of modern Urumqi.
This is a provincial comprehensive geographic museum. It is an institution for collecting, protecting, and conducting scientific research and public education of cultural relics and specimens in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Here you can see the true appearance of the "Loulan Beauty".

Shuimo Valley Park

Composed of "Five Mountains and One River" (Qingquan Mountain, Rainbow Bridge Mountain, Hot Spring Mountain, Water Tower Mountain, Snow Lotus Mountain, and Shuimo River), it combines the charm of ice and snow with beautiful mountains and rivers. It is a national AAAA-level tourist scenic spot. It is the largest park in the local area, where you can take a leisurely walk among small bridges, flowing water, pavilions, and towers.
It is the largest mosque in the city, built during the Qianlong and Jiaqing periods of the Qing Dynasty. The architecture is magnificent, with glazed tiles on the roof. There are 10 courtyards with 72 rooms and one bathhouse with 22 rooms. It can accommodate 1500 people for worship. There is also a school for studying religious scriptures. In addition, there are 33 shops and 2 sugar mills. It is an important religious center for the Hui Muslim community in the Ili region.

Urumqi Botanical Garden

Established in 1986, it has now been developed into different types of areas, including a rose garden, a perennial flower area, a desert plant area, a lawn tour area, a honeysuckle area, a medicinal plant area, etc. It is a national 3A-level scenic spot. The botanical garden currently has rare and endangered plants such as Acer tataricum subsp. semenovii, Abies sibirica, Nymphaea 'Snow Princess', and Astragalus spinosus.
The largest BMW sweat and blood base in the world, collecting various precious ancient ecological resources, is also a business card for Silk Road cultural tourism and a landmark for Xinjiang cultural tourism, a must-visit place to experience the Western Region culture.