High-speed rail speeds your discovery of an ancient Silk Road outpost.
Urumqi is a Chinese city unlike any other. The capital of Xinjiang, it’s an important economic hub for Central Asia and has seen a great deal of development in the past few years. Most notably, the high-speed rail line from Lanzhou recently opened, and the response from China’s domestic tourism market has been immense. While the city itself is relatively new, settlements in this region played a historic role on the Silk Road. Visitors can explore this legacy and the greater regional history at the Xinjiang Uygur Regional Museum. To escape the urban scene for a day, consider scheduling a day trip to the serene Heavenly Lake in nearby Tianshan Tianchi National Park.