Urumqi, meaning ‘beautiful pasture’ in the Mongolian language, is one of China’s most vibrant and culturally diverse cities. Situated within China’s far west Xinjiang province, the city is a major gateway to Central Asia and the famous silk road.
The unparalleled cultural variety ensures that teachers living in Urumqi can experience a wide variety of foods, languages, architectures and traditions. From the bustling Da Bazaar to the tranquility of Hongshan park, there is a no shortage of sights to see.
If you are a fan out the great outdoors and enjoy hiking, cycling, skiing or snowboarding, Urumqi is the place for you! The Nanshan mountain range provides to beautiful landscapes for summer hiking and fantastic ski slopes for winter fun.
- Population: 3.5 million
- Public Transportation: One train station, one international airport, a central BRT bus system and a subway due to open in 2016.
- Language: Mandarin, Uyghur languages
- Climate: Semi-arid climate with large differences between summer and winter
- EF Urumqi first opened in 2001
What Makes Urumqi Unique?
- Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang, China’s largest and most remote province encapsulating the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts as well as the Pamir, Tianshan, Altay and Kunlun mountain ranges
- A melting pot of ethnicities – aside from the Han Chinese, Xinjiang is also home to the Uyghur, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Xibe, Tajik, Hui, Tuwa and Uzbek people
- Urumqi is a major trading post on the Silk road
- Xinjiang food is unique within China, having a distinctly Central Asian flavor including kebabs, pilaf and naan – favorites among teachers at EF English First
- Urumqi has great access to outdoor and winter sports facilities with mountain ranges and a major ski resort just 40 minutes outside of the city