About Urumqi

Urumqi's Grand Bazaar

Urumqi’s Grand Bazaar

Some facts about Urumqi:

  1. Burqa’s are forbidden. Women can wear headscarves and colorful traditional outfits that are modest, but they must show their faces.
  2. The government frowns upon fasting during Ramadan. They insist that all restaurants stay open all day long. From what I could tell many Muslims, didn’t fast as they were eating throughout the day.
  3. There’s security everywhere — as I’ve written and it’s so tiring.
  4. Uighurs drink tea with jam in it to sweeten it. It’s very tasty. Try it at home!
  5. In Urumqi by the Grand Bazaar a man sells wonderful cups of soft-serve orange sherbet that tastes like soft Dreamsicles™.
  6. Young men are forbidden by law to wear beards. Old men can wear them, though.
  7. The Uighurs pretty much live in the south part of the city and the Han and other Chinese ethnic groups stick to the north.
  8. No water, yogurt or lighters are allowed on the BRT buses.
  9. You have to go through two security checkpoints at the airport: one when you enter and another after you check in.
  10. People in Xinjiang don’t smile much, but I’m not surprised.
  11. Uighurs make good meat pockets that make for good snacks or lunch. You can buy them on the street.
  12. Uighurs are famous for their bread.

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