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URUMQI

Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and situated at the northern foothill of the snow-capped Tianshan Mountains, was originally inhabited by a mixture of ethnic groups about 3,000 years ago. Since the northern route of the Silk Road passed through the city, it was a heavily guarded fort in the Han Dynasty, and remained so for many centuries. The city museum of the autonomous region houses some valuable relics unearthed along the Silk Road. During the Han and Tang dynasties, silk products and other goods were shipped to the capital city of Chang'an (present-day Xi'an), where the Silk Road started, and then .

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they were transported by a constant flow of foreign caravans along the northwest Corridor to west Asia and Europe by way of Xinjiang, where three routes were divided on the Silk Road. A journey along the Silk Road has now become the most enchanting tourist program. Tianchi, the "Heavenly Lake," is about 60 miles southeast of Urumqi, at an elevation of 6,435 feet above sea level. It is a beautiful highland lake, flanked by rugged pines and cypresses, and with clear waters that reflect the surrounding mountains.


The Heavenly Lake

Sprawling on the waist of Mount Bogda of Tianshan Mountains and over 90 km southeast of Urumqi, the Heavenly Lake runs 4.9 square km wide and 90 meters deep, a natural lake filled by thawing snow water. Together with snow-mantled peaks and sky-soaring spruce, the Heavenly Lake makes the highland as the most beautiful scenic place with prismatic splendor. All of the visitors who come to Urumqi must take an enjoyable excursion to this area.



Taklamakan Desert

Taklamakan in Tarim Basin of south Xinjiang Autonomous Rigion, is the world's second largest desert that used to be dubbed "Death Sea". Today, a 522-km-long highway has been paved across it from south to north, turning the "Death Sea" into a tourist hot cake. A "golden travel route" mapped out by local tourist authorities runs from Urumqi to Kashigar by way of Turpa, Korla, Kuqa, Niya, and Hotan, which bring the visitors with an itinerary of discovery on the landscape, the local people's customs and the places of historical interest.


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