Urumqi - Xinjiang Province

Urumqi is the most inland major city in the world, and over 3 million people live here, some 2,500km from the nearest coastline. A large and bustling city and perhaps not what you would expect to find on the Silk Road, Urumqi is a good place to access other more important sites in the region, as well as being notable for its excellent museum which paints a vivid picture of the region’s history and for a couple of interesting markets. As the capital of China’s Xinjiang province, Urumqi has a large Muslim presence. A major point on the ancient Silk Road, Urumqi still holds a vibrant mix of cultures and the food is famed throughout China.

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