5 Free Things to Do in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China
Discover 5 free things to do in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China. Includes short reviews, directions, pictures and other useful information as well as some (perhaps not so useful) personal ranting.
I have only put 5 free things to do in Urumqi due to limited time, but there is definitely more there.
As I write this I am sitting at the airport waiting for my flight to Hohhot which has been delayed. Another reason why I prefer trains over flights, well two actually. One is because airport security sucks, and the second is because trains are hardly ever delayed, whereas planes often are. However, I am glad that I am taking a four hour flight as opposed to a two day train ride. I have spent a lot of time on trains recently which is a lot of time on my back, and not in a good way!
5 Free Things to Do in Urumqi
1. People’s Park
The first thing on my list of free things to do in Urumqi is People’s Park. Every city in China is almost 100% guaranteed to have a People’s Square and a Peoples Park. People’s square I can take or leave (usually just a big concreted area with some sort of monument), but People’s Parks are always pleasant.
Getting to People’s Park
You can walk from the Bestay Hotel. Check the map at the end of this post.
Alternatively, take a bus for 1rmb. Bus numbers 8, 44, 58, 903, 912 and 308 all go to the west gate. The bus stop name is Xi Gong Yuan 西公园.
2. Zhen Long Pagoda
This one is a bit of a cheat since I am not 100% sure if it is actually free. I think there is a cable car to the view point which would definitely not be free, but I’d be surprised if it cost anything to just walk up… oh hang on, no I wouldn’t.
Getting to Zhen Long Pagoda
Walk to it. You have to cross some major roads. You can see it on the map at the end of this post.
3. Xinjiang Musuem
I’m not a fan of museums usually but this one is specific to Xinjiang history and culture with some cool artefacts inside. Best of all, it is free, and I am actually going to name it as my favorite of these free things to do in Urumqi.
I counted about 4 different sections and if you wanted you could spend half a day.
Opening hours for the Xinjiang museum are:
Summer – 1000-1800 (Last entry at 1630)
Closed monday and public holidays
Winter – Same as summer except opens at 1030.
Note: They ask you for identification. I didn’t have my passport on me but they accepted my Australian drivers license so I guess any photo ID is fine. Also, you can not take water inside (which is also true for the BRT and many other places).
Getting to the Xinjiang Museum
Catch the BRT 1 to Ming Yuan 眀园. At the exit of the BRT turn right and go to the end. Turn right again and follow the signs.
Alternatively catch a bus to Ming Yuan 眀园 and then walk through this mall which will put you across the road of the museum. Bus routes 52, 52 (some Chinese character), 303, 311, 532, 536, 906, 910 all go there.
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4. Da Bizzare
This was not as much of an experience in comparison to the Kashir Bazar but still work a look.
It is also know as the Big Bazar (Da means big) or the Er Dao Qiao Bazar which I’m guessing is because it is close to the bridge of the same name.
Getting to Da Bazar
The BRT 3 goes in the vicinity but I am not sure exactly where it stops.
You can take bus 10, 16, 21 or 63 to the Er Dao Qiao stop 二道桥.
Walk up the street towards the golden building.
Go down the underpass then turn left and then right before coming out of it.
When you come out of the underpass the golden building should be on your right and you should see this in front of you.
Walk up the street a little. The entrance is on your right. Apparently here water is okay to bring in. I wonder how they decide where is water worthy and where isn’t.
5. People’s Square
The last thing on my list of free things to do in Urumqi is People’s Square. I was surprised that there was no statue of Mao.
Getting to People’s Square
Bus routes 36 and 104 go to Ren Min Guang Chang 人民广场 which is out the front of People’s Square. Like all buses around the city, fare is 1rmb.
Got anything to add to this list of free things to do in Urumqi? Let us know them (or anything else you want to say/ask) in the comments 😀 .