Start today by learning the long history, ethnic lifestyle and humanity of this province in Xinjiang Museum. Have an understanding of its past glory and important position on the ancient Silk Road from the items on display. With the further adventure in the next few days, you will have a comprehensive knowledge of this mysterious and enchanting region.
After that, drive to Turpan, an oasis city which is located in the southeast of Urumqi. Lying on the basin with the lowest elevation, this city is regarded as the hottest place in China. The drive takes over 3 hours, notice the largest wind power station in China along the way. Upon arrival, head to the Karez Well to admire this great project left by the ancient local people 2,000 years ago. Also known as the source of life in Turpan, Karez Well is a unique irrigation system which channels underground water to solve the local problem of water shortage. You will be astonished that this system is still maintained and functioning today.
Followed with a visit to the Jiaohe Ruins, an ancient city which once was an important stop along the Silk Road. The city got its name as it is situated on an island where two rivers converge. Standing like a huge castle on the desert, Jiaohe has witnessed the rise and fall of many kingdoms for 2,000 years. But now, it has become a historic relic waiting to be witnessed. The last sightseeing is the Sugong Pagoda, which is the only Islamic tower among the thousands of famous towers in China. Standing 37 m. (121 ft.) high, this pagoda was built of brick, displaying both Uyghur and Han architectural style.