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Urumqi, Northwestern China.    While China remains popular with tourists the Western region of the world's most populous country is rarely traveled. Despite a brilliant train network which stretches across the country, places like Urumqi, with its Islamic influence remain unknown.     The same can be said for a Chinese entry in to Tibet (Versus the popular Nepal-side entry).

Urumqi, Northwestern China. While China remains popular with tourists the Western region of the world's most populous country is rarely traveled. Despite a brilliant train network which stretches across the country, places like Urumqi, with its Islamic influence remain unknown. The same can be said for a Chinese entry in to Tibet (Versus the popular Nepal-side entry).

Urumqi: Gateway to Western China & the Silk Road

Urumqi: Gateway to Western China & the Silk Road

Urumqi, China is not really a tourist's city but it is an enjoyable one. Here are the five things to do.

Top 5 Things to Do in Ürümqi, China (There Really Aren’t Any More)

Urumqi, China is not really a tourist's city but it is an enjoyable one. Here are the five things to do.

Thinking about going to Chengdu? Learn all about the city from Intern China's infographic!  Check out all our Internships in Chengdu:   https://internchina.com/section/blog/chengdu-blog/

Thinking about going to Chengdu? Learn all about the city from Intern China's infographic! Check out all our Internships in Chengdu: https://internchina.com/section/blog/chengdu-blog/

Urumqi China! one of the best and coolest places around, the Uyghur people are amazing!

Urumqi China! one of the best and coolest places around, the Uyghur people are amazing!

Masjid in Xinjiang, China. This village outside of Turpan is called Tuyok Valley (Chinese: 吐峪沟 Tŭyùgōu) and is not on most itineraries. I visited-it's beautiful. More info at Far West China - http://www.farwestchina.com/2013/04/traveling-to-turpans-tuyoq-valley.html

Masjid in Xinjiang, China. This village outside of Turpan is called Tuyok Valley (Chinese: 吐峪沟 Tŭyùgōu) and is not on most itineraries. I visited-it's beautiful. More info at Far West China - http://www.farwestchina.com/2013/04/traveling-to-turpans-tuyoq-valley.html

lake Karakul. Last stage of the Silk Road in China, is located 160 km from Kashgar through the Karakorum Highway. PHILIPPE MICHEL / AGE FOTOSTOCK

lake Karakul. Last stage of the Silk Road in China, is located 160 km from Kashgar through the Karakorum Highway. PHILIPPE MICHEL / AGE FOTOSTOCK

Urumqi Photos at Frommer's - A Kyrgyz yurt at Heavenly Lake in Xinjiang, China.

Urumqi Photos at Frommer's - A Kyrgyz yurt at Heavenly Lake in Xinjiang, China.