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Ürümqi: Farthest from the Oceans

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A February 2004 trip to Urumqi by SeenThat

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Quote: Pronounced "Ooroomchee," the city claims to be the farthest one from the oceans on earth; 2250km separate it from the closest ocean.

Ürümqi: Farthest from the Oceans

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Overview

Shared Effort Photo, Urumqi, China
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The Red Hill The Red Hill is the most defining landmark of Urumqi. The aubergine reddish rocks forming the hill are best illuminated and appreciated on the afternoon’s late hours, when light reflections create a magical effect. A beautiful pagoda and a park welcome the visitors. The Tartar MosqueAlso known as the Yanghang Mosque, the mosque is located at the southern end of Jiefang Nan Lu and offers a look into Tartar architecture. It features geometric carvings in wood and brick and an octagonal dome adorned with a crescent.The Southern Mosque One of the most interesting aspects of this mosque is the displayed syncretism with Eastern-Asian beliefs represented in twenty-two...Read More

The Meteorological Antipode

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Frozen River Photo, Urumqi, China
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The BackgroundOne of my visits to China was done during the winter; I intended to reach the far north – Manchuria – but temperatures of minus ten degrees Celsius in Beijing deflected me toward the west.I have lived most of my life in regions where the temperatures crossed the thirty degrees line on an almost daily base; Manchuria’s minus forty was too frightening. Thus, I took a train to Ürümqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, hoping to stay at Be...Read More

Central Asian Food

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Heating Up Photo, Urumqi, China
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In Central Asia all the rules regarding food applying to most of the Asian continent go awry. The spicing is different, the rice is a secondary ingredient, chilies are almost unknown; mutton and skewed, sugared fruits take the lead. Pickled garlic and sugar create new spicing harmonies that easily captivate the casual traveler.Bits and Bites:NangUnrelated to the Indian nan, nang is the generic name for a wide variety of breads consumed by the Uygur people in Central Asia. Usually, the golden brown nang are wide, flat circles with a he...Read More

Ürümqi Attractions

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Shared Effort Photo, Urumqi, China
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The BackgroundOne of my visits to China was done during the winter; I intended to reach the far north – Manchuria – but temperatures of minus ten degrees Celsius in Beijing deflected me toward the west.I have lived most of my life in regions where the temperatures crossed the thirty degrees line on an almost daily base; Manchuria’s minus forty was too frightening. Thus, I took a train to Ürümqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, hoping to stay at Be...Read More

Around Ürümqi

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Frozen River Photo, Urumqi, China
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Traveling in or out from Ürümqi by train – especially during the long winters – offers unforgettable views. Despite the image most people have of China, the city is amidst a vast and desolated desert, with shallow, frozen rivers illuminated by a low, cold sun, breaking the monotonous views. Snowed dunes and wild camels are some of the surprises awaiting visitors to this intriguing spot.More conventional sights around the city include:The Tianchi Lake Called also the Heavenly Lake and the Pearl of the Heavenly Mountain, the lake successfully breaks the desert dullness o...Read More

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